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Do not pass MumblesDo not collect £200

Jan 28 2005

Paul Carey, Western Mail

 

CHRISTMAS shoppers will be able to buy a house in the same street as Catherine Zeta-Jones, own land in the plushest part of the city and send their friends to jail when a new Swansea version of Monopoly is launched later this year.

Destinations on the new board game could potentially include Wind Street, the city's own Oxford Street and the £2m family mansion of Catherine Zeta-Jones near Bracelet Bay.

Staff at Winning Moves, which owns the rights to the game, revealed yesterday that the Swansea game should be available to buy in the shops in October, in time for Christmas.

There is speculation that the game could also feature 5, Cwmdonkin Drive, the birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas.

The news comes as it was announced yesterday the 70-year-old game, based around well-known London landmarks, has been brought up to date and now features Gatwick, Heathrow, London City and Stansted airports instead of railway stations, and new locations including the London Eye.

There are 28 addresses in squares around the four sides of the board which have been replaced with tourist destinations in a new, limited edition version of the game to go on sale in June.

A prototype of it went on display at Toy Fair 2005, a trade event that started yesterday at London's Excel exhibition centre.

Players who land on the "Chance" square will now get cards with more modern situations such as "pay the congestion charge" or "you win the National Lottery".

Historian Dr John Davies believes the Swansea version of the game will be very popular with its 230,000 population and he has some suggestions for the addresses.

He said the nearby National Botanic Garden of Wales and the Morfa Stadium deserve prominent places on the board.

Although he believes there is nowhere that deserves to be in place of the lowly Angel Islington and the Old Kent Road, he says that Foxhole, where the effects of pollution from the old copper works can still be seen, could be placed somewhere near the beginning of the game.

He said, "Swansea Jack pub, named after the dog that saved around 20 people from drowning in the docks could feature, along with The Kardomah Cafe, which now has almost mythical status, where Dylan Thomas met his intellectual friends."

Anyone who bought the Wales version of the game could have their hands on a collector's item because no more are in the pipeline.

Father-of-three, Arthur Dafis, 39, who lives in Aberystwyth and works as a press officer for the town's university, bought the Wales version about five years ago.

He plays it with his wife, Carolina, 38, and their daughters, Ainhoa, 10, Megan, eight and Leire, three.

Mr Dafis said, "I'm usually the banker in the game and I pay the bills at home and Carolina has the properties, and she is in control of our house.

"The kids enjoy choosing what piece to play with and Leire usually runs away with the dog.

"We argue about who runs what until we go beyond the children's boredom threshold."

 
 

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