The Anonymous Widower

24/7 Bingo? You Can’t Be Serious?

Yesterday, I went to Dunelm for the first time and came away with a cushion, which I needed for an experiment.

I took these pictures as I walked back to the station to come home.

24/7 Bingo? Have you ever heard of anything so sad?

January 1, 2022 - Posted by | World | ,


  1. 24/7 online gambling – there are many sites out there many aimed at youngish women at home with children; you can nip online and play while the baby is asleep type of adverts I have seen. I have blocked all the gambling ads on my Facebook account, and also the silly games which encourage you to “buy extra lives”

    However, I can see people at home going online to gamble at 3.00 a.m. It is people going OUT to a bingo hall at 3.00 a.m. which amazes me. Ot dropping in on their way to work for a few games. That speaks to me of serious addiction.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | January 2, 2022 | Reply

    • I remember my uncle, George, who did use bingo positively.

      His wife died, when he was around sixty and he found an evening a week at the local bingo, helped him with his loneliness. I can understand that, as football did the same for me.

      Research at Liverpool University, has shown that many men take up listening to classical music on the death of their wives.

      Everyone has their method of coping.

      Comment by AnonW | January 2, 2022 | Reply

  2. That looks like the Enfield Dunelm. I find that a very useful store with a good range of stock. Together with the large B&Q next door these shops and the bingo hall are a well used local amenities. Of course Enfield Council don’t see it that way and have given permission for these to be demolished to make way for high rise flats.

    Comment by HW | January 2, 2022 | Reply

  3. I think gambling needs to be regulated more strictly, with advertising in particular restricted as tightly as tobacco.

    I might make an exception for very low stakes / low prize events run on a “social enterprise” and social basis, e.g. partly to fund a community hall as a local venue and cover the costs of local events.

    Comment by MilesT | January 3, 2022 | Reply

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