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Blue Peter Badge! Answered

It won't mean much (anything?) to non-UK readers, but #2 son's Instructable has earned him a Blue Peter Badge! On a whim, after he got so many favourable comments, I emailed Blue Peter and told them about it.

He got the badge in the post today (it's the blue one ), which probably means he was mentioned on the programme, and the site may have been as well (have we had a spike in young UK members?) (I've emailed BP to ask).

An absolute mystery to people outside the UK, but a major event in the life of any UK child.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

13 years ago

SNAP!!! I got myself a Blue Peter badge last year (when I was 15 ¬_¬ ) Everyone's jealous. Well thats what my mum says anyway...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Forgive me my branching fomr the main topic here but.... I have seen that expression a few times now.....so forgive my having been locked in a dungeon for the past 30 years, but what does the expression snap mean ?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

It's a kiddies card game - the deck has several of each kind of card in it (say, several lions, several hats etc). The deck is shuffled and dealt out. Players do not look at their cards.

Players take turns placing their cards face-up on a pile at the middle of the table. Eventually, two consecutive cards will be the same. The first person to see this and shout snap! wins the pile in the middle of the table. Play continues until the players' hands are empty, the winner has the biggest pile of "snapped" cards.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 13 years ago

Wow, I never realised that's a Brit saying as well...

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

Goodhart's British, right? We say it too.. but I've assumed its a "nice swear"... like "sugar" :P

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I occasionally use a British bit of slang because I chat with a "chap" in England quite often (and has become quite natural to do so without much thought). It gets quite a few odd glances when I forget and speak them out loud however LOL

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

I could have *sworn* you said that you lived somewhere across the pond...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Hmm, sorry if I inferred that in any way (I remember my first "map" entry was in the middle of the ocean), but I have always lived in this area. Grew up just 7 miles from here.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 13 years ago

Nah, a glance as the map proves Goodhart lives in Lancaster, PA.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Oh, ok thanks. I am not sure of the usage here, but I will learn as I see it more often, I am sure :-)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

The usage here is whatsisface saying "snap, I have a badge as well!"

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Oh, understood. I shall try to remember that. Without the memory hook though, I might forget (heck, I might forget that I asked about it LOL) Thanks again.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Hey, you can get into Legoland for free, plus every Sealife Centre in the UK and Europe. What did you do?

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 13 years ago

I dunno, I haven't tried yet, what with being a teenager and all.. I sent in a picture of my Mum when she was a child, wearing a jumper that my Grandma knitted with the Blue Peter ship on it. I got a nice letter from the Editor as well. He must write a LOT of letters...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

:-)

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Danny
Danny

13 years ago

I envy son #2, send him my congrats

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chooseausername
chooseausername

13 years ago

Congratulations to #2 ! What a pity, we don't have that neither here ...

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

13 years ago

That's really neat. Congrats to him. :D I wish we had stuff like that here in the US.

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zachninme
zachninme

13 years ago

Good for him! Tell him I said "Good job!" I'm not absolutely sure what this is, but good job!

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

13 years ago

Give him a congrats from me...and then send Blue Peter an email about me =p

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

There was a bit of a scandal - people were selling Blue Peter badges, possibly even forging them, just to get the various free entries available. These days, you also get a special card, which arrives in a separate packet, to prove it's a genuine badge. If you go to the Blue Peter site, and tell them when and how you won your badge, they will check their records and then send you a card to go with it.

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Mr Tenacious
Mr Tenacious

13 years ago

i once watched that show!! lucky him.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

Well it certainly is a good start towards a great career. It would be great if he gets to be employed at something he loves to do. Congrats on the award.