Posted: 12/12/2015 at 13:13
Lily - as Dove has discovered, Paddy from home is exactly the same as her Ring on a String game .....the only embellishment being that you sing a meaningless ditty whilst you play ("Paddy from home has never been, a railway train hes never seen, he likes to watch the great machines as they travel along the railway"). Its a game that has been passed down from my Grandad's family, and he was Norfolk born and bred...so maybe its an East Anglia thing.
Similarly Tippet ....where two teams of 3 or 4 people sit on either side of a dining room table. One team hides a coin in one of the players hands and they then all put their clenched fists on the table - then the other team guesses where the coin is, by choosing hands to take away. When they think they know where the coin is they "tippet". You keep score of which ream wins using a pile of matchsticks.
Both came from more simple times ....but if they are only played once a year they still cause quite a giggle. Tippet, in particular, requires a very good Poker face