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Tone (13.09.2017, 15:04)
Went to the funeral of, Dot, one of my long-term bingo players today.
She was 97.

I don't like funerals that a pseudo-religious, where those attending
literally only think of the church at Weddings, Christenings and
Funerals. It all seems so insincere.

But this one was very apt. Although conducted by a vicar, it was fairly
'humanist', concentrating more on memories than ceremony.

There was a lot of laughter, particularly when her eldest son stated
that she had lived so long they named the 'Year Dot' after her!

They didn't hide the fact that she liked her men, either.

When she forgot to bring her bingo money I used to kid her that I'd come
round and take it in kind. 'Whenever you like! I don't care! she would
reply.

I had no idea she meant it!

Towards the end her sight was going. I managed to source some extra
large cards for her, but she would sit next to me so I could keep an eye
on her. On several occasions I had to wait until she had sussed that she
might have won and had called out, much to the consternation of our
other players.

It is customary in our bingo sessions that if the same person wins more
than twice they donate any further prizes they win (chocolates, cake or
biscuits usually) to somebody that hasn't won anything, or let the game
continue.

Not Dot. On one occasion she won every line and house (apart from one),
and the raffle to boot. She took the lot home. I had to lend her a bag
to put all her spoils in!

Fond memories, Dot. Bingo sessions will never be the same again.

Peter (13.09.2017, 16:15)
Tone <Tone> wrote in news:opbacu$jup$1:

> Went to the funeral of, Dot, one of my long-term bingo players today.
> She was 97.
> I don't like funerals that a pseudo-religious, where those attending
> literally only think of the church at Weddings, Christenings and
> Funerals. It all seems so insincere.


Interesting reminicences snipped for brevity.

> Fond memories, Dot. Bingo sessions will never be the same again.
>


Nice photo and nice obituary - no, not obituary, too formal, what's the
word I'm looking for? - anyway, nice.

I disagree about religious funerals. We need ceremonies, and that's one
thing that churches do well. The Humanists are getting there though - I've
been to some very nice humanist ceremonies in recent years and I do prefer
them.
Andrew Marshall (13.09.2017, 17:53)
In message <14buB.1281133$lu5.996252>, Peter
<myshed> writes
>I disagree about religious funerals. We need ceremonies, and that's one
>thing that churches do well. The Humanists are getting there though - I've
>been to some very nice humanist ceremonies in recent years and I do prefer
>them.


Our Dad's funeral was non-religious, as he eschewed religion and didn't
want it to be involved in his send-off.

For myself, I've taken that one step further, and have told my fambly
that I don't want a funeral or other ceremony of any kind - please just
skip that step in the process.
Peter (13.09.2017, 18:12)
Andrew Marshall <news> wrote in
news:MDIYrQCRSVuZFw$F:

> For myself, I've taken that one step further, and have told my fambly
> that I don't want a funeral or other ceremony of any kind - please
> just skip that step in the process.


My fambly can do what they want when I shuffle off this mortal etc - after
all it won't matter to me, I'm won't be hanging around to see, but I
recognise that some of them might be a tad upset (people often are) and
would like some sort of ceremony (people often do). That's their decision.
Brian Gaff (13.09.2017, 18:26)
I wondered what the attraction of Bingo really was, its certainly not the
great intellect needed to play it or the strategy...
Brian
Peter (13.09.2017, 18:29)
"Brian Gaff" <briang1> wrote in
news:opbm7b$pa8$1:

> I wondered what the attraction of Bingo really was, its certainly not
> the great intellect needed to play it or the strategy...
> Brian


But aren't those the attractions? I've only played it a couple of times and
a very long time ago but I seem to remember quite enjoying it.
Ahem A Rivet's Shot (13.09.2017, 18:34)
On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:53:53 +0100
Andrew Marshall <news> wrote:

> For myself, I've taken that one step further, and have told my fambly
> that I don't want a funeral or other ceremony of any kind - please just
> skip that step in the process.


I have made it clear that I believe funerals are for the living and
I don't give a monkeys what they do with my carcass once I've finished with
it (up until that point I care a great deal), black bag in the bin will do
as far as I'm concerned, but if someone wants to get fancy then fine it's
not like I'll have to listen.

OTOH there is the tempting possibility of an open casket funeral
and some servo motors so that I can sit up and wave goodbye - that'd be
great if only I could see the results.
Tone (13.09.2017, 18:35)
On 13/09/2017 17:26, Brian Gaff wrote:
> I wondered what the attraction of Bingo really was, its certainly not the
> great intellect needed to play it or the strategy...
> Brian


If playing for money then greed comes into it, as in any form of
gambling, but this lot play for simple prizes, none of which they
actually need.

I really think for them, who are mostly very elderly and some quite
immobile, the pleasure is in the playing, but mostly in the socialising.

The capable ones help those less capable and if ever I have to cancel it
(like today for the funeral) there are some long faces.

Tone
Ahem A Rivet's Shot (13.09.2017, 19:10)
On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:35:31 +0100
Tone <Tone> wrote:

> I really think for them, who are mostly very elderly and some quite
> immobile, the pleasure is in the playing, but mostly in the socialising.


It's been a long time since I've known a regular bingo player (my
Grandmother in the 1960s) but I do recall that for her it was one of the
things the Over 60s[3*20] Club did and she went to everything they did for
the socialising.

[3*20] Eeek I gooved that meant *byq* then, I'll soon be eligible and I'm
not byq.
Whiskers (13.09.2017, 19:18)
On 2017-09-13, Tone <Tone> wrote:

[...]

> Fond memories, Dot. Bingo sessions will never be the same again.
>


Good that she had some fun, and that you helped :))
John Williamson (13.09.2017, 19:43)
On 13/09/2017 18:10, Ahem A Rivet's Shot wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:35:31 +0100
> Tone <Tone> wrote:
> It's been a long time since I've known a regular bingo player (my
> Grandmother in the 1960s) but I do recall that for her it was one of the
> things the Over 60s[3*20] Club did and she went to everything they did for
> the socialising.
> [3*20] Eeek I gooved that meant *byq* then, I'll soon be eligible and I'm
> not byq.

My view has always been that I'm not byq, but anyone who has a dozen or
so more candles on the cake than me is.
Sam Plusnet (13.09.2017, 21:36)
On 13-Sep-17 15:15, Peter wrote:
> Tone <Tone> wrote in news:opbacu$jup:
> Interesting reminicences snipped for brevity.
> Nice photo and nice obituary - no, not obituary, too formal, what's the
> word I'm looking for? - anyway, nice.
> I disagree about religious funerals. We need ceremonies, and that's one
> thing that churches do well. The Humanists are getting there though - I've
> been to some very nice humanist ceremonies in recent years and I do prefer
> them.

Yes.
That's why there are so many BMD christians who need ceremonies to mark
Births (O.K. Baptism) Marriage & Deaths - but don't go near a religious
event on any other occasion.
Repeat the above for several other religions, with suitable adjustements
of terminology.
Sam Plusnet (13.09.2017, 21:41)
On 13-Sep-17 17:34, Ahem A Rivet's Shot wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:53:53 +0100
> Andrew Marshall <news> wrote:
> I have made it clear that I believe funerals are for the living and
> I don't give a monkeys what they do with my carcass once I've finished with
> it (up until that point I care a great deal), black bag in the bin will do
> as far as I'm concerned, but if someone wants to get fancy then fine it's
> not like I'll have to listen.
> OTOH there is the tempting possibility of an open casket funeral
> and some servo motors so that I can sit up and wave goodbye - that'd be
> great if only I could see the results. You would need the theme snog from "Not Only - But Also"[27A]


"Goodbye goodbye
We're leaving you
Goodbye"
etc

[27A] Which included a guest appearance by the flight deck of the Ark Royal.
Sam Plusnet (13.09.2017, 21:46)
On 13-Sep-17 18:10, Ahem A Rivet's Shot wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:35:31 +0100
> Tone <Tone> wrote:
> It's been a long time since I've known a regular bingo player (my
> Grandmother in the 1960s) but I do recall that for her it was one of the
> things the Over 60s[3*20] Club did and she went to everything they did for
> the socialising.
> [3*20] Eeek I gooved that meant *byq* then, I'll soon be eligible and I'm
> not byq. We went to a meeting held at the OAP Hall - just round the corner from here.


They have a Pensioner's Club meeting there every Wednesday (I think it is).

Each time we go to that hall for a meeting, I get a shock to think I
have been eligible for that club for a several of years.

D@mmit! Something has gone wrong with mathematics and numbers - that
can't be true.
Peter (13.09.2017, 23:28)
On 13-Sep-17 15:15, Peter wrote:
> Tone <Tone> wrote in news:opbacu$jup$1:
>> Fond memories, Dot. Bingo sessions will never be the same again.
>>

> Nice photo and nice obituary - no, not obituary, too formal, what's
> the word I'm looking for? - anyway, nice.


Eulogy! That's the word I was groping for, eulogy. Nice ring to it.