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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


So here we go on a crisp Christmas Day eve 2009.  My first blog which I’m sure will be uninspired and rough to the bone.  I’m not a particularly educated guy, a tadge awkward on the keyboard and I need to use the spell checker to make sure that I have everything pretty much correct.

I feel awkward because at my age it’s not easy to start writing about things – life, work, friends, family and all manner of other things when you haven’t done so before.  We have a whole generation of people who can do this kind of thing much better than I, but I feel that I should do this for myself.

I was reading an article in a national a few months ago about the ‘text generation’ and how the thumb has become the predominant digit for all sorts of things.  This new generation of ‘digit’ users will probably use the thumb instead of the forefinger to carry our a range of functions of previously ‘forefinger only’ operations because of the way in which we now use the mobile to communicate.  One example is probably ringing a door bell.  How do you ring the door bell? with your forefinger or your thumb? Me, I’m still on the forfinger but many I’m sure are on the thumb.

Whatever the outcome lets hope that the door bells keep ringing and that the text doesn’t take over as the preferred means of personal communication, can there be any other better method of keeping in touch with friends and family than by dropping by and ringing the door bell – I think not.   

key ut vita est illic , iustus vultus