While some of the new suggestions were to be expected, the others range from being surprising to being downright bizarre. Harper Beckham – the latest addition to Posh and David Beckham’s brood who is all of three months – has already found a mention in the new bingo lingo, thereby sealing her status as a potential celebrity of the future. Harper has been assigned the number ‘7.’ This should make her daddy proud as David Beckham was known for his number 7 jersey during his days with Manchester United and England. The little Beckham princess is being kept company by royals Will and Kate who have been assigned number 8 by the Mecca Bingo loyalists. While Harper’s entry was a surprise, Will and Kate’s entry was to be expected, given the Royal Wedding earlier this year.
Commenting on the changes, Claire Osbourne, Head of Bingo at Mecca Bingo, said, “The suggestions we had from our customers were really diverse – from the sublime to the ridiculous – but what we found most interesting was how they reflected modern times and in particular, celebrity culture. For example, it’s no surprise that seven has become ‘Harper Beckham’ given the iconic status the Beckhams hold on mainstream culture.” Adding further, she said, “The Harry Potter phenomenon hasn’t escaped either, as the lovable Dumbledore becomes the number four. Of course the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge remain at the height of public consciousness with ‘Will and Kate’ at number eight.”
During the short period of time when the Mecca Bingo survey was on, the site received as many as 14,835 entries from the players. With bingo being a game that is played widely, across generations and the new bingo calls having relevant cultural significance, it won’t be surprising if these new calls catch on and become the norm for future bingo playing generations.
Other examples include:
22 – All the twos, Lady GaGa’s shoes, 59 – Calvin Klein, 4 – Dumbledore, 10 – Angelina vs. Jen, 19 – Adele, 29 – Bottle of Wine, 30 – Don’t Get Shirty etc.
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