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Issue 24/2008, December 5 2008 (No. 274)

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ISSUE 024-08:




You know, that I distribute the paper in the morning. When I say 'the paper', then it means the regional newspaper, which dominates the market in Bremen. During the season of Advent the paper is full of brochures, which advertise potentiell Christmas gifts, especially playthings.
In a brochure I saw a page, which was almost only dedicated to the different variants of a well-known parlour game, where the winner finally gets a kind of monopoly by dealings in real estate. A variant, which is subtitled 'world', permits the gamers to deal in real estate in 'the 22 most popular cities' around the world. On the top of the box I saw the note 'FAMILY/ AGE 8+'. The product description in the brochure said, that it is recommended to play the game with children from 8 up.
The monetary transactions in the game are completed by means of a little'bank card reader with a deal-button for a quicker play' - 'Cards instead of cash'. The bank card reader is similar to a simple hand calculator, but it has two slots, where you can put the bank cards in. The left-hand slot has a plus sign, the right-hand slot has a minus sign.
The playboard, the tokens and the playing cards were also shown in the picture. On each playing card was the name of a city, where the houses and hotels were, which the gamers could buy and sell, e.g. Istanbul, Barcelona or Belgrade. The rent, the buying price and the value of a mortagage of each property was listed on its playing card.
If I wanted to buy our little house once again only with the money I earn by doing my small bread and butter job, I would have to save it for twenty years.
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Please also read Charlie Dittmeier's report (September 27 2008) about a family who had saved up enough money to buy a new wall for their house. The link leads to the latest entry of the diary. Please scroll down if necessary.

The international poster organisation Loesje has started a project to train young people from all over Europe and Asia in how to organise and coordinate information campaigns about the Millennium Development Goals. These goals are set by the United Nations to fight poverty and to improve living standards world wide.

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