Spotting Spots for BBC Children in Need

As promised, I am going to dedicate my blog to day today to Spots and all things spotty. So here goes (I confess Wikipedia was used when my spot spotting ran dry).

But first…..a lesson on how not to do a fundraiser…….

My daughter went to school today wearing her spotty dressing gown and rose-spotted pyjamas. I offered to paint spots on her face but she declined as now she is in Year 2 she is “too old for face-painting”. They were raising money at school through a cake sale so I gave my daughter £10 to buy a couple of cakes and then all the change to be put in the pot for children in need. After 2 calls from the teacher and the headmaster, apparently my daughter had lost the £10 note somewhere between her wallet and the cake stall. I checked the bus company just in case it had fallen in the school bus trip. However the headmaster then rang to say he located the £10 note on someone else because he found it surprising that a child should be clutching a £10 note for a cake sale. Apparently my daughter gave it to a friend (and then forgot she had done so) because the friend said she would give her change when she wanted to buy a cake. All very suspect and don’t know quite where the teachers were to help out with the change situation on the stall. The Headteacher made me feel bad for sending £10 in (well I didnt have any change and besides whats so wrong with buying some cakes and donating the rest to charity – surely a good lesson for a child to learn?). My daughter then came home at the end of the day disappointed with no cakes and the £10 note still intact when I intended it to go to Children in Need. Quite how the school managed to raise any money is beyond me - what’s the point of wearing pyjamas if there is no fee to wear them – where is the fundraising element?

Right, now that’s off my chest…..here are the spots I have managed to spot:

Spots have always been quite fashionable (apart from the acne variety) In the fifties they donned jive dresses and bow ties. This fashion was also found on tableware of the polka dotted variety – Cath Kidston, Laura Ashley and Boden are some of the household names that use spots in their designs. Galleries selling art-work use spots to mark sold pictures. Twister is a popular game that uses spots. Pirates look for spots marked X. My daughter and son enjoy reading the Spot the Dog books. Easter eggs are often decorated with spots, particuraly the Cadburys Smarties variety. Spots are often used as wayfinders in large shops and supermarkets. Spots are often spray-painted on trees to mark them for felling. Some famous people are known as ‘Spot’: the dog (as mentioned before); a chicken character in the 101 Dalmatians series; the name of a pet cat in Star Trek, the next generation; a pet dragon in The Munsters; A pet dog in the Dick and Jane books: the name of the 7up mascot; the name of one of George W Bush’s dogs. Spot is an acronym of Sex Pistols on Tour and the name of a music festival held in Denmark. You find spots in various hotspots. Before google used balloons to mark spots on a map, people used old style Michelin sponsored paper maps to mark spots across the UK. Spot is New Zealand slang for one hundred dollars. USS Spot was an American submarine used in World War 2. The single point of truth (SPOT) is a term used in software engineering to reduce chances of duplication; it is also the name of an airport security technique ‘screening passengers by observation techniques’. Monkeys, birds, fish and butterflys are often given special names for either the presence of spots or for their lack of spots. Finally, Spotland does exist…..in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Oh forgot to mention Mr Blobby.

Pyjamas – term originally derived from the Persian word Peyjama meaning ‘leg garment’ and was incorporated into the English language during the British Raj period (1858). This is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

In January 2012, Michael Williams, a commissioner in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, proposed an ordinance prohibiting people from wearing pajamas in public. Caddo Parish already has a law against wearing sagging pants below the waist, but Williams is pushing for a law against pajama pants after seeing a group of young men wearing loose fitting pajama pants that were about to show their private parts. According to Williams, “The moral fiber in our community is dwindling. If not now, when? Because it’s pajama pants today, next it will be underwear tomorrow.”

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