Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Advance to Jarnac - do not pass go, do not collect £200

My youngest daughter is hooked on Monopoly and, aged nine, consistently bankrupts her sister, mother and (yes even with 25 years experience in the property industry and a tendency to purloin the odd £500 note when he's the banker) her father.

We were all playing last night and I had just been dealt the killer blow of picking up the "Advance to Park Lane" card - not good when the scruffy little urchin had a hotel on it and I had cash reserves of £36.

Having nothing better to do I then started discussing with the senior partner all of the towns & villages we have in the Charente and we agreed that Jarnac & Cognac should undoubtedly equate to the purple properties that denote the prime locations on the board.

(In fact, as you can see from the photo above, there is already a "Poitou Charente" version of Monopoly with Futuroscope in place of Mayfair).

We decided that Chez Downie we're going to make stickers of our own - if it ever gets to production stage I'll post a picture.

The tricky bit will be finding a couple of ropey locations to cover Whitechapel and the Old Kent Road and not letting any of the locals find out!

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