Friday, 23 August 2013

Passing Go

I had a devil of a job finding an image of the common-or-garden  London edition of Monopoly.  There's so many different versions these days. Brighton and Hove have their own board as does Pokemon, Harry Potter and Hello Kitty.  Apparently there's a super-duper jewel encrusted variant with real US dollars.  For me it wouldn't be the same unless there was a Mayfair on the board to cast dread or delight depending on whether or not you're the card holder

Louis has just discovered the game, and being a business minded chap it's now a favourite pastime.  I procured our board for a rather reasonable £2.99 from a Mutley Plain charity shop.  Someone had been having a clearout and there were about six different versions in the store.  Those newcomers didn't tempt me.  Old stick-in-the-mud plumped for the original and British best!

What with the playing cards that Lou has taken to carrying around , we seem to be getting back to the old days and revisiting a childhood that's familiar to me.  Sure, the electronic gadgetry is still in evidence but my son has got a real penchant for a good old fashioned parlour game.  And perhaps whilst the going is good I can introduce my dyslexic son with his aversion to all things that might allude to spelling to my own personal favourite.  Why it's Scrabble of course!


  1. Sounds similar to my 10 year old. Loves all the techno gadgetry but also loves monopoly (old version similarly sourced in a charity shop), has umpteen packs of playing cards (for magic tricks rather than games), and recently bought a 500 piece jigsaw in a charity shop (which I seem to be doing more of at the moment!) you I love Scrabble but living in a house full of dyslexics don't get to play it much :-(

  2. Same here - it's a darned dyslexia that makes it an unpleasurable prospect for Lou! x

  3. Growing up in Canada, we had the American version of Monopoly, with its Park Place and Boardwalk. I didn't know there had always been a UK version.