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Sunday, 27 Dec 2009

I saw this story on the BBC News website this morning and thought you should see it too.

Bingo caller told to cut patter
A 75-year-old bingo caller is advised to stop using phrases such as "two fat ladies" for fear of offending his audience.

Here is the link:-

Here is the transcript in case the link no longer works:-

Bingo caller told to cut 'fat ladies' patter by council

A bingo caller has been advised to stop using phrases such as "two fat ladies" for fear of offending his audience.

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.

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.

'Tradition of game'

"The concern was that if there might be two large ladies in the audience when I said 'two fat ladies 88' or someone might think I was looking at their legs when I said 'legs 11'," he said.

"I was advised that someone might take offence and we could end up being taken to court."

He added: "No-one had ever complained about being offended. But they moan now they say it's boring. And I think just saying the numbers is boring too.

"I'm obviously not being offensive - just having a bit of fun. It's the tradition of the game and part of our language."

Mr Sayers' use of traditional calls was backed by Rob Hutchinson, who runs

"I'm sure any ladies of larger size who go to bingo don't find it insulting but take it in the affectionate spirit in which it's meant," he said.

"What's the alternative, 'two generously proportioned people of either gender?' It's not very snappy."

A council spokeswoman told the East Anglian Daily Times: "In particular with John being a councillor we have to be politically correct."

She added: "It is very sad because it is part of the fun of bingo but unfortunately in today's society people take it literally."

I find myself half-doubting that this story can be true, because it is so incredibly daft. Is it a Christmas joke?

It sounds like this decision was made reluctantly; it was not because of an official's small-mindedness but because of the fear that a small-minded, rubber-lipped PC terrorist might use the rules in place to bring about legal action.

I sob for Britain.

Sunday, 20 Dec 2009

Article on MSN today:-

Celebrity quotes of the week - December 18
Cheryl: 'Devastated for Joe'

"I would be devastated to see Joe lose possibly the best thing that could happen to him in his life. Every aspiring pop star dreams of a No 1 record. It is a beautiful song. He put his heart and soul into every single week of The X Factor and I cannot bear to see him lose out to a mean campaign that has nothing to do with his efforts. If that song, or should I say campaign, by an American group is our Christmas number one, I'll be gutted for him and our charts." Cheryl Cole blasts the campaign to get Rage Against The Manchine's 1992 hit Killing In The Name to number one.

Cheryl Cole and Joe McElderry (ITV)

Click here for the MSN link.

Personally, I find it amusing how Cheryl Cole nee Tweedy is doing a revisionist makeover of her image as the Nice, Kind and Luverly Princess of Pop, who weeps with pride for her proteges etc.

And yet, despite the nurturing, saccharin-sweet, nice-gurl image she gives us on the X-Factor panel, she still seems to want to be sex on legs when it comes to her pop image. One of the most noticeable image disconnects on telly this year must have been when Cheryl did her semi-live performance of her new single, and then rejoined the panel as the Caring, Sharing Fairy Godmother of the Land of Pop.

Raunchiness On A Stick image

Sweetness and Light

Friday, 18 Dec 2009

Here's a comment that I found on a post at SQL Server Central ( This was one of the responses to an article on SQL Server, entitled: "Is It Worth Upgrading to SQL Server 2008" and it expressed my own feelings for me so succinctly that it deserved a mention.

one thing i learned about MS the hard way:
never upgrade before SP3 comes out

For those of you who are registered or wish to register with SQL Server Central, the thread is here;- Beacon