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I need to know if the kids' game 'Red Rover' is called this in the UK?

I know the Aussies call it 'Octopus Tag' and Kiwis call it 'Bull Rush'

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#1 - September 23, 2011, 09:20 AM
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Growing up in Australia we called it British Bulldog. Just to keep it confusing!
#2 - September 23, 2011, 10:06 AM
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In the UK, we have Bulldog - where there's two lines of people holding hands and one person from the opposite side has to try and break the line by running at breakneck speed....Is this the same thing?
#3 - September 23, 2011, 10:24 AM
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We always called it British Bulldog too.
#4 - September 23, 2011, 11:05 AM

Oh yay, thanks so much!

So, in the UK it's called Bulldog (sounds like the right game, Maxi) - and other places it's called British Bulldog?
#5 - September 25, 2011, 10:23 AM
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Just out of curiosity, can I ask what you "say" when the game is called something else? Because we yell "Red Rover, Red Rover send "Katie" right over!" and then Katie runs at that team's line of people... 
#6 - September 25, 2011, 02:11 PM
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I'll ask my 12 year old - he'll know the answer to that one! Its been that long since I played myself that I cant remember *stands up slowly, rubs back with a groan and walks at the speed of custard to ask Luca*

He said they say 'Right Chaps, we would jolly much like young Smither's to try his luck. Chins' up'... lol. No really, they just call someone's name out...We're so imaginative here in the UK...haha.
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 :dr thanx for the laugh, Maxi!  :laugh
#8 - October 04, 2011, 11:47 AM
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I'm a Brit and I remember playing this as a child.

We called it British Bulldog but we used to say the rhyme with "Red rover, red rover I call _____ over".  It got banned in our school because one girl tried to go through a particularly strong pair of arms and she didn't break their grip and flew right over the top. She skidded along the playground on her chin and cut herself quite badly.
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Oh yay, thanks so much!

So, in the UK it's called Bulldog (sounds like the right game, Maxi) - and other places it's called British Bulldog?
I called it Bristish Bulldog as a kid, but now my 9-year-old daughter and her friends at school call it Octopus Tag (we're in Australia). So it could be a generational difference as well as geographical.
#10 - December 06, 2012, 01:01 PM
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It's banned at a lot of schools these days.
#11 - December 06, 2012, 01:30 PM
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Red Rover, Red Rover, we call (name) over!

British Bulldog and Red Rover are played interchangeably here in London.
#12 - December 19, 2012, 02:51 AM

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Actually, come to think of it, we used to play a game called British Bulldog where you had to run to the other side without being tagged and there were no linking arms to run through. I think we called the linking arms one Red Rover after all. I think they might be two completely different games.
#13 - December 19, 2012, 07:11 AM

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