Sunday, February 1, 2009

Monopoly + Jeremy Clarkson.. Inspiration Item #27

In his recent column for the Times Online, Jeremy Clarkson - the big man off Top Gear, not the little one or slow one with long hair - says sales of board games in the UK are dangerously on the increase.

Maybe it's the economic crisis with people cutting back on big family holidays, but sales of Trivial Pursuit have tripled, Monopoly is 13% up and Scrabble is 23 times more popular than it was in 2007.

This, according to Clarkson, is a dangerous state of affairs... because board games, he says, don't bring the family closer together at all. Instead "...they rip out its heart in a seething cauldron of rage, hysteria, accusations and hate."

And from my personal, and very recent observations, I have to assert this to be true. My sister played monopoly with her boyfriend the other day and he CHEATED.

I mean who cheats at monopoly??? What type of person? She forgave him though, but not before she'd had an insight into the icky darkness of what he's capable of. He's just lucky she let him off easily.. if it was me he'd be out on his ear.
But then again board games don't always bring out the best in people.

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