So I’ve just spent the weekend as a part of the ‘Fellowship of the Hat’ attending the GLNE Monopoly Run for 2006. This was, to put it mildly, a small adventure in the capital of our Glorious Country and a prelude to my Birthday this week.
We visited all the streets and stations on the board along with the Electricity Company, Water Works and Jail for a total of 29 places.
One assumes there would be a bonus for finding a Chance, Community Chest, Go! and the most Humorous Free Parking (its very hard to find such a place in London but with the Tupe [aka Subway to the USA] and the the infamous London buses who would want to drive?)
The contest was to visit all the locations and take a picture of your team with today’s newspaper, the chosen one was the ‘Daily Mail’ which isn’t my favourite but what you going to do? The pictures had to be taken at specific location along each of the streets which makes it a little time consuming for those that know where all the streets are but they won’t know where an exact pub, cafe or shop is on the street.
The event is timed and you received time additions and reductions depending on the number of places you missed and the number of trivia questions you answered correctly, respectively.
The event was planed for 300 people but somewhere close to 1000 attended so the planed logistics couldn’t cope with the extra cooking and winning conditions so some cutbacks were made, mostly in the culinary department which is most frustrating considering the temps were at -1,0,+1 degrees C for the weekend.
Of the 29 locations we visited 23 in around 8 hours this included stopping for an hour for a proper sit down meal in a restaurant on Leicester Square, specifically it was Galdafy’s. I tell you it was interesting walking in wearing hiking boots and slightly mud dried trousers (from being on a muddy campsite).
So what really made it for me? I guess it was seeing so many people so soon after the last event even though I didn’t get to spend half as much time with them as I would’ve liked. I would’ve been more than happy to stay up late but when the temperature that low and campfires aren’t allowed I’d rather be in bed.
Thank You Hobbits for the Early Birthday Present, seriously its Ace. Probably be listening to it all week!
All in all it was a lot of fun and I look forward to doing it again next year.