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    Posted November 5, 2010 by
    kandy, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
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    Monopoly turns 75

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    Monopoly memories...


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    I can remember when I was small it was the adults who enjoyed playing Monopoly at my home.  My mother's neice and newphew would come every Saturday with armed with this board game in the evenings, and it would go on and on endlessly it never would end, as the adults kept laughting and talking, buying hotels, and houses, going to jail etc.  both my brother and I would take a back seat and watch on, we were not invited to play, there were food and drinks served by my mother.... I think Ranjith Aiya my mothers nephew was the Banker.  We did not have this board game at the time, hence they would bring it to our place.


    Sometime later my parents bought a new sofa settee for our living room from the Kandy Jayasinghe Furnishiing shop, and this is where we first got our Monopoly game set, the Manger of the furnishing shop very kindly presented to my father for buying the sofa set, it was a sort of thank you gift from the Manager.  My father carried it home like trophy, very proud of himself, and that very evening invited Ranjith and Thilini to come and play with them.  Ranjith and Thilini were the expert board game players and they had many games to their name.  Monopoly being the No. 1 game at the time.

    This game set was given to my brother, and I wish that I had had it now, but somehow or orther it got lost, it was a nice game set becos it had all the local name streets of Sri Lanka like Queens St. Cinnamon Gardens, Rosmead Place, Chatham St. Browrigg Place, and all the high street names of Colombo which was known as the elite of Colombo 7.  I am sad that I dont have this game now.  Later on both my brother and I along with our parents used to play monoploy my brother used to be the banker, at times or he would be the player and buy and buy houses and hotels and build on Rosemead Place and Cinnamon Garden in Sri Lanka.  He used to out beat us all inlcuding my father, and then father would get annoyed and get up and go away.... as he felt he was loosing, oh those days were real fun time days.


    Sometime as I had lost or mispalce my game board I went and bought a new one which had all the british name place with red houses and yellow hotels,


    When Monopoly celebrated its 70th Anniversary I remember I asked my sis in law to send me the new edition from England.  It was cool to see how the board game pieces had changed from plastic to diecast metal planes, burgher bun, mobile phone,skatebord, roller skate shoe, the London bus, and a racking car, while the hotels were now sky high buildings.


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