Do Not Pass Go: From the Old Kent Road to Mayfair by Tim Moore

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A publication that tells the tale of London because the thirties in the course of the 28 streets, stations and utililties of the Monopoly board. within the fantastic international of Monopoly it nonetheless merely expense -50 to shop for a home in Islington, you could movement round London with the shake of a cube or even park your vehicle at no cost. In don't move cross Tim Moore, belying his acceptance as a participant who continually paid that -10 superb instead of take an opportunity, fearlessly tackles the genuine factor and alongside the best way tells the tale of a online game and the town that frames it. Sampling the rags and the riches he remains in a inn in Mayfair and one within the previous Kent highway, enjoys caliber time with Dr Crippen in Pentonville legal or even lands up on the flawed finish of the Water Works pipe. And, fixing the entire mysteries you will have meditated while languishing in reformatory and plenty of different you definitely would not, Tim Moore finds how Pall Mall received its identify, which 3 addresses you will not locate on your A-Z and why the sorry cul-de-sac that's Vine road has a distinct position within the center of Britain's so much profitable Monopoly champion.
The stirring travelogue of 1 man's erratic development round these 28 streets, stations and utilities, don't cross pass can be an epic and lovingly researched background of London's wayward development within the sixty six years because the release of the world's most well liked board video game

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Monopoly would be no sort of game without the joy of sets. Elizabeth Magie might have invented the wheel, but Darrow came up with the axle that made it roll. And roll and roll: having first played his friends on an old piece of tarpaulin hand-painted with the names of Atlantic City streets, Darrow was soon taking orders from local department stores at four bucks a throw. When the orders went wholesale, Darrow’s cottage-industry production line couldn’t cope and in 1934 he contacted toy giants Parker Brothers.

Despite the weather I felt warmly happy, partly because I was going to play Monopoly, but mainly because of the peculiar thrill of being a tourist in my own city, undeniably commuting and yet somehow on a giddily novel voyage of discovery. Between SE28 and NW11 there were 119 postcodes in London, and my lifelong residence had been almost wholly lived out in two adjacent ones well away from Monopoly’s main focus, the West End. Of the twenty-two streets on my board I could claim easy familiarity with fewer than half, hadn’t set foot in five and had no idea where one was.

Once the non-stop straight-game record got up to fifty-nine days, people – or anyway students – quickly diversified. They played Monopoly in baths, in lifts, in tree houses; they played it underground or upside-down, suspended from helium balloons with the board stuck on the ceiling. They played on boards one-inch square, or painted them out on car parks and threw huge foam dice off a third-floor fire escape. Most especially, they played it underwater. The game’s American manufacturer went so far as to hire out a special sub-aquatic set, with a steel-backed board weighing 7 stone and houses stuffed with wire wool.

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