Better to be a grafter, than a grifter! -J Allday
Better to be a grafter, than a grifter! -J Allday
The way, the why and how of a working class lifestyle and routine; all be it considered an archaic way by some, highlights the customs found within the inner city working class male, that are as strong today as they have always been.
A Week Away gives an insight into the routine and rituals carried out by your every day working class football doting, beer drinking, boxing fan and his chosen weekend addiction - the ‘to and from’, their beloved sport; the kebab, the pub and the club, the before and afters. Everything from your football-chanting fan to a pint and Sunday dinner. Accounts given by those north, east, south and west. The bonds and friendships found within these habitual acts are also a testament to what matters most.
A Week Away is a comedic yet accurate account of what is considered sacred to some and valued by equally as many.
“Modern Britain was forged by industry and empire and in the decline of these defining forces, the great working class cultural staples of pub, football, music, radical politics and irreverent humor have been airbrushed and sold off to global consumerism in our internet age. But for many these stuff-of-life elements are the fabric of who we are. Do yourself a favour: have a week away with Jason.” - Irvine Welsh- author Trainspotting
It was during what I thought was going to be a simple conversation, I was asked, "where are you going on vacation this year," to which I proudly said, "back to London!" The person asking the question looked almost shocked! "But why, isn't that where you're from?"she then asked, to which I proudly replied, "Yes!"
Later that same day, I asked my long suffering wife, "of all the places I can go to throughout the year, each and every one is back to London... why is that?" Without skipping a beat she laughed and said, "that's who you are - football, your mates, the pub...need I go on!"
I'm afforded the luxury and privilege of being able to live and work on both sides of the pond, but there's something undeniably magical about being amongst your mates at football, in a pub or grabbing a decent kebab or a plate filled with pie 'n mash that simply can't be replicated anywhere else in the world...... and that for me, is why I always have a week away.
Ricky ‘Bullah’ Grover is an English actor and comedian. His stepfather was an armed robber and his mother a hairdresser. His first cousin is Jimmy Doherty. Grover became a ladies' hairdresser and a champion boxer, with the nick-name Ricky 'Goodnight' Grover due to his big punching power.
Brian Anderson is a native Glaswegian and has worked for the national press for over 20 years,; formally working for the News of The World as their chief photographer, he worked on all the big stories from Dunblane/ Terror Attack on Glasgow / Lockerbie Bomber and the death of Princess Diana. Brian is considered by many in the industry as one of the best and most versatile photojournalists of his generation.
Born and raised in East London, Carlton is known and respected by many in the criminal underworld. He has been the subject of 2 major films & various documentaries and also as an accomplished published author, film producer and occasional Actor.
Sam Gittins is a British actor who is famous for his looks and excellent acting skills. He was born in Luton and grew up in South London. Sam discovered his passion for acting in his teens, he got involved in the industry when he was eighteen years old. Sam was awarded The Best Actor award at the Southampton International Film Festival.
The Lifer. Very little is known about the writer, except he’s doing life in prison with a 24 year tariff. A very articulate and well versed man, who acts within the best interests of those that fall victim to the evils in society.
Martin Knight is an English author. In 1999 "Hoolifan" and "The Naughty Nineties" were released; both books dealing with the culture of football hooliganism. Knight was co-author with Martin King whose memoirs form the core of the books. He has since gained success in authoring many other books and accredited pieces of writing.
Vinnie ‘knuckles’ Stone. Assumed to be his pseudonym, ‘Vinnie’ is said to be of a working class upbringing and background. Alleged to have been born into a well known crime family, he now works on various writing projects specialising in both crime and working class themed stories.
A Singer/Songwriter with two Studio albums released. His first album Every Dog Has it's Day (2010) and Singles City Phantastique (2011) and Double Yellow Lines (2012) and his second album The Complete and Utter Confidence of Ignorance (2013). Scott has also supplied songs he has written and performed for the Soundtracks of various feature films to include "The Wee Man" (2013), "The Drama Club"(2017 America) "Break" (2018).
Irvine’s books have made him a cult figure within the writing world since the 1990s. Several of his books have become best sellers and all have a mixture of comedy, drama and hard-hitting issues...the best-known being Trainspotting (1996) which was made into a box-office smash worldwide at the movies in 1996. He has published countless (11+) novels and at least four collections of short stories.
Introduction - Jason Allday
The Black Cab -Brian Anderson
A Full English - Carlton Leach
The Pub - Sam Gittins
Fish n Chips - The Lifer
The British Seaside- Martin Knight
The Kebab - Vinnie Stone
The Sunday Roast - Scott Peden
Football - Irvine Welsh
Pie n Mash - Ricky Grover
The British Cafe - Carlton Leach
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