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It seems that the good and mighty fall foul of political correctness – I just heard on the BBC radio that a council clerk in Sudbury, Suffolk, has told the local Bingo caller that he mustn’t use the traditional chant of ’88 two fat ladies’  for fear of offending his audience.

According to the BBC, John Sayers, who runs charity games in Sudbury, Suffolk, says he was told by a council clerk the traditional bingo call could upset some players. Mr Sayers said no-one had complained before, but now players moaned his new numbers-only style was boring.  Apparantly a town council spokeswoman said it was “sad” they had to give the advice but they had to be “politically correct”.

The 75-year-old, a member of Sudbury Town Council and former town mayor, said the clerk advised him to cut the traditional comic calls in case the authority found itself facing legal action.

All of this got me thinking about alternative versions – just for fun of course;

88 – Two plump birds

88 – Two BBW’s

88 – Two large and luscious ladies

Even so there is room for offence so what the heck lets stick with tradition and yell ’88 to fat ladies’ I’m sure the rumble of laughter will still roll through the halls of darkest suburban life and the worse that can happen is the two fat ladies turn into sparkling celebs ripe for the TV world and join the role of honour of ordinary people who have that 10 minutes of fame we all crave for at sometime in our life.

Could there be other, alternative calls – I wonder?

Graham – The Essex Lockey

vita est plenus


One Comment

  1. How about two stuffed turkeys, two Beryl Cooks, (artist who paints round ladies), two Fat Ladies on wheels, (the cooks) or two rubineseques? or REALLY controversial this… two hourglass shaped Godesses? maybe they wouldnt get the same roar of the crowd eh…..
    what next – Number 11 key of the door?

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