Parenting Life

Bing on Cbeebies. A Few Questions.

What is the deal with Pando’s trousers? - On Cbeebies Bing

Our Little One was very very much into watching Bing on Cbeebies, and because of the series record feature on our YouView… she 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:

What is the deal with Pando’s trousers? - On Cbeebies Bing

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 on Cbeebies Bing?

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?

That Summer Holiday Bucket List

So at the start of the Summer, I put together an incredibly cheesy list of things that I wanted us to do as a family this Summer… It wasn’t very ambitious, but here’s how we got on…

  1. Try one of the Gluten Free Cones at Orange Elephant. DONE. And they are awesome. If you’re Gluten Free, and bored of being surrounded by your icecream cone eating family? Get yourselves here.
  2. Tidy the living room. Yeah. That was dumb.
  3. Pick sunflowers at Darts Farm. DONE. Mental note for next year to go at the start of the season!!
  4. Explore a different beach to normal… – Meh. We live in Devon. There’s always the chance for another beach.
  5. Take a boat ride.DONE. We jumped on the ferry from Topsham to Turf Hotel, which… well is basically found deep in the Exe estuary. If you’ve not been, go there. But remember it is a little like a pilgrimage to get there.
  6. Go fruit picking. DONE. Want to go fruit picking in Devon? Google thornes farm shop. Worth it.
  7. Jump around Dartmoor. DONE. Went exploring. In sandals. Got wet feet.
  8. Get the paddling pool out, spend the rest of the summer trying to fix that part of the lawn. NOPE Didn’t do that since the start of the holidays. I believe the lawn is kinda thankful for that.
  9. Think about looking for the big tent. DONE. And put up. And slept in. And felt tired the next morning.
  10. Drink Cider. By a river. (And repeat). DONE. And it was good. (Thank you Turf for being you.)
  11. Actually finish painting the shed. – Nah… that thing is like the flippin forth bridge….
  12. Remember to defrost burgers before the BBQ is lit. #WIN
  13. Tidy the living room. DONE. HONEST. No, please don’t ask for pictures…
  14. Just move the flipping stuff around the living room, so it appears to be tidy in Instagram photos. TOTALLY DONE

Now… we just need to survive the new term at school…

The Summer Holiday Bucket List

The Summer Holidays have now hit the Sofa household. The good news. There are no school runs for the next six weeks. The “interesting news”… what do we do for the next weeks?

Not for any “making precious memories” type reasons, but because its good to know we have something to do.

Here’s what I’ve got so far…

  1. Try one of the Gluten Free Cones at Orange Elephant.
  2. Tidy the living room.
  3. Pick sunflowers at Darts Farm.
  4. Explore a different beach to normal.
  5. Take a boat ride.
  6. Go fruit picking.
  7. Jump around Dartmoor.
  8. Get the paddling pool out, spend the rest of the summer trying to fix that part of the lawn.
  9. Think about looking for the big tent.
  10. Drink Cider. By a river. (And repeat)
  11. Actually finish painting the shed.
  12. Remember to defrost burgers before the BBQ is lit.
  13. Tidy the living room.
  14. Just move the flipping stuff around the living room, so it appears to be tidy in Instagram photos.

What plans have you added? Or are plans for this sort of thing just silly?

The Frozen 2 Trailer

The hype train is starting.

Six years after Frozen was released… (YES its six years since Frozen came into our lives, and “Let it go” took its place in our collective nightmares subconscious), the second one is incoming.

Here’s the trailer for Frozen 2.

We already have an excited six year… its going to be a long wait until November.

Who Should Be The Next Prime Minister? (From the World of CBeebies)

As those in the UK know, it feels like the present season of Brexit Britain has reached a season finale with an election still showing a country divided and an announcement that a new Prime Minister is on its way. Whoever the new PM is, they’ll have to word to unite a fairly divided country.

So who should be the next Prime Minister? Instead of looking at the Conservative Party for ideas, I thought I would look for ideas from the world of CBeebies.

Which CBeebies Star Should Be The Next Prime Minister?

Flop (from Bing)



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Lets face it. The guy knows his diplomacy. Sadly the press will be probably be too distracted by discussing where he was born than his policies.

The Snow Queen

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There’s no Queen better….
But could possibly be a little evil.

Ubercorn (From Go Jetters)

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He’s hip.
He’s cool.
He likes pizza.
He leads his team.
He has had a staring role in saving Christmas.
But I fear his purple hair may put some off him, and we’ll end up with…
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Duggee

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Because if Duggee cant save us.
We’re in trouble.

Who would you vote for?



The Lego Set, Queen Queen Watevra’s Build Whatever Box from Lego Movie 2

Lego. Is simply awesome. Considering how awesome this house (and myself), reckon Lego is, I’m not sure why I’ve not written a Lego review yet. But there was something about this set, that simply inspires.

Gentle Spoilers for Lego Movie 2 are found below!  

Lego Movie 2, introduces us to Queen Watevra. A character who can best be described as a shapeshifter, and therefore appears as many different shapes throughout the movie.

This set is based around that idea.

This is a set filled with many bricks, and instead of just an instruction booklet, there is an “inspiration guide” and a poster, which talks you through the 15 different smaller characters that can be made out of the many bricks you find in the box.

Great for smaller people, who are getting into Lego for themselves. Where with previous sets we’d brought for required “adult supervision”, she seems to get on and really own this one for herself.

If nothing else, it’s amazing to see this level of focus happening, enabling her to build the various colourful characters and more.

Queen Watevra is available from Amazon (affiliate link), but we managed to grab it super cheap from our local Tesco.

The “Momo Challenge”. The Twitter Thread That Sums It Up.

The disused bridge in Exeter

I wasn’t going to post “that” picture of The Momo Challenge. But I loved this thread from Jim Waterson, the Media Editor from The Guardian. (Click the text below to open up more in Twitter)

If you read nothing else, please read this from the article:

The UK Safer Internet Centre called the claims “fake news”. And YouTube said it had seen no evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on its platform.
The NSPCC said there is no confirmed evidence that the phenomenon is actually posing a threat to British children and said they have received more phone calls about it from members of the media than concerned parents.
A Samaritans spokesperson was similarly sceptical, saying: “These stories being highly publicised and starting a panic means vulnerable people get to know about it and that creates a risk.”

theguardian.com

It does feel we are reaching some sort of feedback loop stage of this whole thing. Basically freaked out adults, are talking to their kids, and accidently freaking them out in the process.

Maybe The Momo Challenge is actually about how many kids could get accidentally freaked out by creepy lady with big eyes?

The “Momo Challenge”.

No, I’m not going to post any of those pictures of the Momo Challenge. Yeah you know the ones, the pictures of that creepy lady with big eyes. She’s probably found on your Facebook.

Creepy lady associated with a suicide game aimed at kids. Yeah flip, be worried about that one. She and it are the stuff of nightmares.

I’ve had a dig around the internet about the Momo Challenge. While there seems to be concerning stuff there, its worth bearing in mind some of the following…

The Momo challenge is an alleged form of cyberbullying which spreads over the phone messaging service WhatsApp. Children receive threats from an anonymous number associated with a picture of “Momo” – an alien-like woman with bulging eyes, an eerie stretched smile, and straggly hair. Momo allegedly forces children to undertake dangerous tasks – up to and including suicide – by threatening them with violence.


https://inews.co.uk/

Creepy, but The Daily Mail could only manage this

A 12-year-old girl from Argentina allegedly took her life after playing the game 

dailymail.co.uk



Allegedly. The Buenos Aires Times article from the time can be found here. While it says a link was investigated. There doesn’t seem to be anything confirmed.

The BBC article on this seems to focus on the (in comparison) more basic data security issues that Momo presents:

Momo may be creepy, but police believe it is clear it is being used by hackers to harvest information.

Officers in Northern Ireland moved to reassure parents about the doll figure with bulging eyes and a creepy grin.

https://www.bbc.co.uk

But should people be concerned? The answer from rollingstone.com is no…

The Momo Challenge and the subsequent moral panic it has spawned is eerily similar to that inspired by the “Blue Whale” challenge, a Russia-based phenomenon that went viral last year. According to reports in the Russian media, the Blue Whale challenge involved teenagers following a series of increasingly self-harmful tasks over the course of 50 days, culminating with them being encouraged to take their own lives.

Additional reports linking Blue Whale to other teen suicides, like that of 15-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez from San Antonio, have proven to be largely uncorroborated. “There’s no real truth to [games like the Momo Challenge] or evidence that it’s a real threat,” says Benjamin Radford, a folklorist and research fellow for the Committee for Skeptic Inquiry.

https://www.rollingstone.com

The independent, suggests the we (parents) should be more concerned about our own wellbeing

“In terms of whether Blue Whale did cause the deaths of any children as was reported, this has been difficult to validate – however there is more evidence to suggest parents talked about their fears of their children undertaking the challenge, rather than their children actually doing so,” Sugiura says. Momo, she says, seems to be following the same pattern. “It is more likely to endanger the well-being of parents and carers, concerned about their children.”


https://inews.co.uk

I guess this is all a drawn out way for me to say. Can we please stop sharing pictures of that creepy lady character. She’s creepy. We’re creeping ourselves out, and possibly terrifying any kids who see the images over our shoulders.

Please read the above links for more information, and dont have nightmares.