When he was a little lad, my son was a truly lethal player of Monopoly.
Truly you’d never want to play against him as you could be sure he’d definitely wipe you out and this was well before the introduction of the new so-called ‘The Money Grab Chance Card’ which launched in 2018 to replace the ‘Bank pays you dividend of £50’ card.
Now if you get this card the rules say that you have to throw all the £100 bills in your account in the air after which there’s a “free for all” as all the players try to grab them.
“The ‘Go to Jail’ square acts as a kind of sink, depriving the spaces after it of opportunities to be landed on, where as the “jail” square acts as a source and allows spaces after it to get landed on more frequently.
What’s more it seems that experts who’ve done their work now claim that purchasing the orange properties will result in a player breaking even in the shortest amount of turns with these properties, so Orange is a very safe and good strategy.
However, the Green properties actually yield the greatest Expected Return, but this is a much riskier move as the game must go on for a long time in order to see those investments pay off.
I never realised there was so much to the game but whatever, it seems that a recent game in an area of the Belgian capital, Brussels, turned violent after residents became upset by noises being made by the four people playing the board game on the pavement outside their home.
Apparently a man came out of his house, apparently brandishing a stick, and got into an argument with the Monopoly players.
And then the resident’s son then came outside armed with a Japanese samurai sword in its holster.
During the ensuing scuffle the katana sword became exposed after the sheath was allegedly removed by one of the Monopoly players.
It’s thought the son and one of the Monopoly players were injured by the blade and two men were taken to hospital, one of whom was reportedly in a life-threatening condition.
Both men were also arrested.
The area along the street where the game had been played by the group – which consisted of three men and a woman – was left stained with large patches of blood and scattered with Monopoly cards after the confrontation.
Perhaps next time stick to HAPPY FAMILIES!
Turning closer to home it seems to me that bin collections are becoming increasingly complicated.
In our area I think I’m right in saying we now have up to 5 different containers and we then try valiantly to sort all the trash correctly
But spare a thought for CARLA GRANDE and JOHN ROWE from Walthamstow who’ve been hit with a £400 fine and accused of fly-tipping for putting their bins out at the wrong time!
They claim that the website for Waltham Forest Council doesn’t make collection times for bins clear and assert that the enforcement contractor is making things unnecessarily complicated with the appeals process.
The council eventually reduced the fine to £150 based on the fact that this was was because the couple’s rubbish had been ‘intended to be collected’ rather than being deliberately dumped or fly-tipped.
The council said it would be too complicated to have specific bin collections times on every household’s portal on the council website saying there are about 72 clear-all routes in the borough where residents put their waste out, the service goes through and reminds properties through a range of means how to go about this.
“The system has been the same system for five to ten years now, we’ve never really changed it from Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and we try to keep it the same as we go through the whole process,” said a spokesperson.
Glad I don’t live there!
All being well I hope to see you again tomorrow,