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Watching Bing on Cbeebies

Our Little One is very very much into watching Bing on Cbeebies, and because of the series record feature on our YouView… she seems to have discovered the joys of binge watching Bing.

Obviously this means I have also discovered the joys of watching Bing (and learning how to make the most use of its 7 minute run time). While watching the same episode for what felt like the 20th time, my wife and I started to ask ourselves a few questions, and generally over think about Bing and some of his friends:

why does pando in Bing, only wears pants? Why Does Pando keep taking off his trousers?What is the deal with Pando’s trousers?

Whenever you see him in the TV show, the guy is running around in his underwear, except for one moment at the very start when he takes his trousers off. Why doesn’t his carer type character put his trousers back on?

I guess yellow doesn’t look great on him.

On the subject of the carer type characters…

What is Flop from Bing on Cbeebies?What the actual heck is Flop?

The Cbeebies website describe Flop as Bings carer, but where is his parents?

Flop is there when Bing goes to bed, when he wakes up, Bing looks after Flop when he’s ill. If it was just Flop and Bing, I’d suggest that Bing actually had a heart breaking back story, but other characters seem to have similar carer figures. Maybe all the parents have disappeared? Maybe the carers are aliens?

Again, on the subject of the carers…

How do they get Charlie up these stairs?

Bing on Cbeebies

 

They’re not the tallest of characters, do they have extra powers we’ve not seen?

My last question for now is…

Is Everything a “Bing Thing”?

Is Everything a "Bing Thing"?

 

There were my questions, I’m going to finish by quoting someone on the Mumsnet forum who has attempted to answer some of the oddities of Bing Bunny:

I think the adults are little squishy ants because the toddlers are the main characters and subjects of each others’ interest. Adults assist and facilitate. So it’s the world from the toddler’s emotional perspective. (Bit like those diagrams showing a person with body parts in proportion to nerve endings, so relative significance within our brains).

Is there anything about Bing that you cant get your head around?

Does anyone else reckon that Bing is actually about an alien invasion?

Have I over thought this, and should I just watch some Frozen?

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Doctor Who Life Advice To Tell Your Children.

She was looking up it. It was looking down at her. All of a sudden, I couldn’t help but say “If the Shop Dummy starts moving by itself, then run. Quick.” Whilst I thought that this was important Doctor Who inspired life advice to give the little one, the good lady wife didn’t seem to convinced. I still couldn’t help but wonder what other nuggets of life advice could be learned from watching Doctor Who.

Know when to say Goodbye

Remembering people we’ve lost is ok.

If shop window dummies start moving. Run.

Does that plastic chair feel alive? Probably best not to sit on it.

Always do the best you can. Particularly when fighting monsters.

If you want to wear a fez. Wear a fez. (But people may remove it from you)

Times change. So must I. (or something like that anyway)

Fear. Doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Any more out there?

 

 

 

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Breastfeeding Mum? Thinking about Voting UKIP? Nigel Farage has something to say to you…

There seems to be an interesting combination of headlines about breastfeeding today. On one hand, new research has been released reporting that, new mothers should be encouraged to breastfeed their children up to the age of 18 months to save the NHS money. On the other hand Nigel Farage reckons breast feeding mums should go in the corner, rather then feed in an “ostentatious” way. Which I think is a fairly “ostentatious” word itself.

According to The Independent website:

He said some people feel “very uncomfortable” and “embarrassed” about seeing women openly breastfeeding, although it isn’t a scene that he is “terribly hung up about”.

“I’m not particularly bothered about it, but I know a lot of people do feel very uncomfortable, and look – this is just a matter of common sense, isn’t it?” he said on LBC Radio.

“I think that given that some people feel very embarrassed by it, it isn’t too difficult to breastfeed a baby in a way that’s not openly ostentatious,” Mr Farage said.

His comments come after a mother was given a large napkin to cover her baby while feeding her baby in Claridge’s to avoid causing “offence” to other guests.

“Frankly, that’s up to Claridge’s, and I very much take the view that if you’re running an establishment you should have rules,” he said.

When asked if women should perhaps sit in a toilet if they want to feed their babies, he came up with another solution.

“Or perhaps sit in the corner, or whatever it might be – that’s up to Claridge’s,” he said.

I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that Nigel Farage isn’t aware that according to the The Equality Act, it is illegal to stop mothers breastfeeding their babies in public places. It is a surprise that as someone who tries to position himself as “a man of the people”, Nigel Farage has made such a pro-business comment.

Or maybe breastfeeding mums dont count? Thinking about it, I dont think I’ve ever met a mum that feeds in a pretentious way…

On a slightly different note, the official UKIP twitter account for the fictional town of Trumpton had this to say.

 

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For more reading check out:

More mothers should breastfeed for 18 months to save NHS money, say researchers
Unicef
Trumpton UKIP
Independent

 

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Barbie Can Be A Computer Engineer – Possibly

So here’s a something thats been going around the internet for a while. It looks like there is a new Barbie book called “I Can Be a Computer Engineer”. On the face of it, this should be good news. After all, Barbie, the most girlie of girls toys has started to encourage girls that they can work in a fairly male dominated profession when they get older.

Good thing right?

Well it seems to be getting reactions like my brother in laws comment on Facebook:

This is wrong on so many levels! Anyone getting this for my niece, even as a joke, may be in for beatings!

The Mirror breaks down the plot:

Our dear Barbie is at her laptop designing a game to show kids how computers work.

“You can make a robot puppy do cute tricks by matching up coloured blocks,” she says.

So far, so good. But unfortunately that’s where the compliments end, because within seconds she’s pointing out to her sister Skipper that she’s “only creating the design idea, I’ll need Steven and Brian’s help to turn it into a real game”.

Within a matter of a few pages, Barbie’s computer gets a virus, but thankfully she’s been smart enough to wear a flash drive as a necklace (a pink, heart-shaped monstrosity) so she remembers to back up her work.

However, when she goes to use Skipper’s laptop instead, disaster strikes: THE VIRUS IS ON THE FLASHDRIVE. Skipper’s homework and all her music files are corrupted. Barbie legs it to class, but not before Skipper “playfully hits Barbie with a pillow”.

At class, Barbie meets up with Brian and Steven, who end up helping Barbie retrieve the lost files from both the laptops. “It will go faster if Brian and I help,” says Steven

So Barbie backs off and lets the men do the bulk of the work. Once the files are retrieved, she returns Skipper’s laptop to her.

When presenting her homework to class, Skipper praises Barbie for her technological prowess and describes her as “a great sister and a great computer engineer”.

So basically, its a book about Barbie designing a game, getting a virus, then the guys creating the game, and fixing the laptop.

Good work…

The really good news is that a “remixed” version of this book has been designed that encourages girls to work in computing, I’d suggest checking that out rather then the official book which is STILL available on amazon.co.uk.

In the meantime, remind me to keep my daughter away from Barbie merchandise.

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Breast Feeding Friendly Places in Exeter

After spotting some upset on local Facebook pages after a breast feeding mum was asked to go to the back of a local cafe for “Health and Safety Reasons”, I decided to put together a list of places that the good lady wife (and others), have found to be breastfeeding friendly in Exeter, Devon:

Breastfeeding Friendly Places in Exeter

  • Cafe 36
  • The Phoenix
  • Royal Clarence
  • The Ship Inn
  • The Hub on The Green
  • Carluccios
  • Cakeadoodledo
  • The Living Room
  • Riverside Leisure Centre Cafe
  • John Lewis Cafe
  • Port Royal
  • Riverside Church
  • The Well (At Riverside Church in Okehampton Street)

Places with Breastfeeding Rooms

  • John Lewis (has a water fountain – but you can feed in the cafe as well)
  • Mothercare
  • Jelly. (Charity shop in Sidwell Street)

Allegedly Not Breastfeeding Friendly Places in Exeter

  • The Coffee Celler
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