Visa is a US based multinational financial corporation, with its headquarters in California. It facilitates electronic money transfers worldwide, mostly via its branded credit and debit card. It is important to remember that Visa does not actually supply the money itself, but instead licences its brand to other financial institutions. In the UK, it was originally closely associated with Barclays bank, but now provides licences to many other financial organisations as well.

Us old timers remember an era when only cash and cheques were allowed. If you wanted an expensive item you had limited choices. You could save up for it; you could ask your bank manager for a loan if it was a really big item like a car. Or you could buy things like televisions or washing machines on what was called hire purchase. This was a really expensive loan, taken out for each individual item, usually over three years. And you didn’t even own the item until you’d paid off the loan. The world changed in 1968. That was the year Barclaycard was introduced to the UK. Although “charge cards” like American Express and Diner’s Club had been available before, it was the first real credit card as we know them today. It grew rapidly, especially as it had an effective monopoly until the introduction of its first competitor Access in 1972.

Today, Visa credit cards are commonplace. It is the leading UK credit card issuer, with around 10 million customers throughout the country. Visa cards are accepted by just about every major retailer, and are accepted by almost all online businesses, including of course, online bingo companies. And it’s not just credit cards. Debit cards are also in everyday use. It’s important to recognise the difference. Credit cards are effectively borrowing someone else’s money, which you have to pay interest on and pay back. When you use a debit card, you are spending your own money, drawn from your bank account. Visa debit cards have been known under several different brands over the years, such as “Connect” and “Delta”. Nowadays, they are really just known as Visa Debit. Contactless payments are also becoming everyday modern events, while the use of visa cards as an old fashioned “cheque guarantee card” has been completely phased out.

So things are really so much easier than they were in my day. Visa, together with its close competitor MasterCard (the descendent of that original “Access” card) enable you to make payments online by just entering your own unique 16 digit number and a few personal details. They never accepted them down the British Legion where I used to play my bingo. But some things have changed for the better. Now you can play bingo from the comfort of your own home, or even on the go on your smart phone. And all you need is a few numbers from a bit of plastic in your purse or wallet. None of that old “finding the right change” palaver. Now, where did I leave my spectacles?

This is not an online bingo site. So what are we doing a review of it for then? Well Busy Bee is an online bingo review site. A bit like us here at Keep Calm really. But we’re happy to recommend them because they and we share a similar attitude to the job we do.

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Although it has a somewhat misleading title (there are no mints with holes, or strange posh horsey games here), Polo Bingo is our sort of site. It has a really nice traditional theatre themed design. The home page greets you with a vaudeville style high kicking “Tiller Girl” graphic, set to a bluesy guitar soundtrack.

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Gossip Bingo is a Dragonfish designed member of what used to be known as the United Bingo Network (UBN). But all its members now seem to be calling the network after themselves, so perhaps we can call it what we like. Whatever we / they decide, all titles in the Moon / Sugar / Gossip

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Robin Hood Bingo is a Dragonfish designed site, a member of the small but perfectly formed United Bingo Network (UBN). Like its sisters, such as Polo and Gossip, it is licenced and registered by the UK Gambling Commission, via the Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar. This means that it is considered safe to play for United

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Moon Bingo is a neat looking site, designed by those big cheeses of the online bingo world, Dragonfish. So you know it’s going to look good and play as smoothly as an old Frank Sinatra classic. But Moon Bingo really does look a bit different from the usual standard layout you might expect. It certainly

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Little Miss Bingo is a member of the Fun Bingo Network, a small group of half a dozen or so sites, including Budget and House of Bingo. It’s a Cozy Games designed site, licenced and registered on the Isle of Man. This means that it is regulated by the UK Gambling Commission, so it is

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