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The Euracom Guide to Monopoly! Part 1: The Browns

Designed by a turn-of-the-century American stenographer and, ironically, anti-monopolist Elizabeth Magie (who had hoped, through a game, to explain the single tax theory of  political economist Henry George), Monopoly has sold almost 300m sets with more than six billion green houses and 2.5 billion red hotels since 1935! Since Euracom is a company with apartments all over London, here is our quirky guide to the streets we all know but maybe haven’t visited before…

Let’s start with ‘the browns’. Old Kent Road and Whitechapel are the cheapest properties on the board and they are often overlooked as ‘nuisance’ sites – the ones that don’t offer great returns but towards the end of Monopoly marathons, the £250 for a hotel on OKR could turn out to be a game-changer!

Old Kent Road (£60); Rent: £2; 1 House: £10; 2 Houses: £30; 3 Houses: £90; 4 Houses: £160; Hotel £250

The Old Kent Road is a road in south east London that was originally metalled (paving a road with broken stone) by the Romans as the main road from Dover to Londinium. Chaucer’s pilgrims traversed this route on their way to Canterbury and the Saxons called it Watling Street – the 276 mile-long road that runs from Canterbury in Kent to Wroxeter in Shropshire. In the Middle Ages it was a place renowned for the hanging, drawing and quartering of religious dissenters and it only became known as the Old Kent Road in Victorian times.

The Old Kent Road was most famous for the vast number of pubs along its length and some of them were famous city-wide, including The Dun Cow, the Henry Cooper, the Drovers Arms and the Canterbury Arms. They have all closed down now and the soul of the area has all but gone, replaced with faceless chain stores and fast-food joints.

Whitechapel Road (£60); Rent £4; 1 House: £20; 2 Houses: £60; 3 Houses: £180; 4 Houses: £360; Hotel £450

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Whitechapel Road in London’s East End is named after the 14thcentury ‘white chapel’ that sat on the site until it was destroyed in WW2. It’s another Roman road linking the City of London to Colchester and for centuries, it’s been somewhat of a run-down area. Since it was outside of the City walls, it attracted the less fragrant trades such as tanneries, breweries and foundries (the Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast Big Ben and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia).

It’s most famous (or infamous) as being the stomping ground of 60s gangsters the Kray twins (the famous Blind Beggar pub where Ronnie Kray killed George Cornell is at 337 Whitechapel Road) as well as the place of the gruesomely notorious Whitechapel Murders committed between 1888 and 1891 by Jack the Ripper, a casebook of crime that remains unsolved to this day. Today, Whitechapel Road it is a thriving, multi-cultural, creative hub with property prices going through the roof!

By Rob at 15 Jul 2015

A Sensational Summer of Spectacular Sport!

The summer of 2015 will surely go down as a sporting classic. We’ve followed the incredible fortunes of England’s women at the World Cup in Canada, we’ve seen the inaugural European Games in Baku and we’ve winced at the abject failure of England’s U21 squad in the Czech Republic, but what have you been watching this summer? Here’s a little reminder….

The story of the summer (so far) has to be the England women’s jaw-droppingly brilliant World Cup campaign. Lucy Bronze, Toni Duggan, Laura Bassett and the rest of the girls did the whole nation proud and have ignited a passion for the women’s game in this country that we last saw when Gazza cried at the 1990 World Cup. After 2-1 victories over Norway and Canada in the knock-out stages, a cruel injury-time own goal in the semi-final against favourites Japan denied our girls a first World Cup final appearance. We hope the momentum carries on and we see more exposure of women’s football. Think men’s football but without the diving, moaning, ridiculous salaries and mountain-sized egos!

The less said about the England U21 European Championships campaign the better but sticking with football, the transfer ‘silly season’ is upon us. Who’s coming? Who’s going?  Who’s being touted around as the next Ronaldo, Messi or Bobby Zamora for megabucks? All will be revealed on the first day of the season!

Wimbledon fortnight always throws up some surprises, not least Rafa Nadal getting hammered by the awesomely dreadlocked Dustin Brown! Will our Andy do it again or will we see a new name on the famous trophy?

‘Just out of short trousers’ Jordan Spieth is the new kid on the golf block. The 21 year-old from Texas has already walked away with the US Masters and the US Open pocketing a cool $3.6m! Will he complete the Grand Slam by winning the Open and the US PGA? It now looks like Rory have given Spieth a free run at the Claret Jug after busting his ankle ligaments playing football with his friends. Will he make it…?

In Formula 1, the battle between Lewis and Nico rumbles on. Not exactly best friends, the Mercedes teammates have been hitting 1-2s for the team all season but who will come out on top? A victory for Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix extended his lead at the top of the championship but there’s a long way to go.

Don’t forget the Tour de France, the Ashes, Glorious Goodwood and of course the Archery World Championships from Copenhagen!

Just a word of advice – in between watching all this sport on TV, take a trip outside, it really is quite lovely out there!

By Rob at 8 Jul 2015

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