A park to celebrate money and property

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 11 Oct 2019

Money money money. Hong Kong's newest theme park celebrates merciless landlords buying up homes and hotels to create profitable monopolies.

How appropriate.

Or, to say the same thing in a more positive way, a 20,000 square foot attraction based on the board game Monopoly is up and running on the Peak.

One video ad of the attraction, which is called Monopoly Dream, shows bank notes raining on a thrilled Hong Kong family - so the organizers know their target market.

But don't bring a bag to scoop up the cash: the activities use virtual reality technology.

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An article on Investopedia says you can learn "life lessons" from Monopoly.

Rubbish. Monopoly teaches you five things. 1) The most ruthless landlord wins. 2) Only pay tax if you are forced to. 3) If you get the card that says "Bank error in your favor", keep the money. 4) Business people end up in jail sometimes, no biggie. 5) The ultimate purpose of life is to get all the cash.

Who created Monopoly anyway? Donald Trump?

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The government just announced that it will pay fees for up to 2,416 students who agree to study disciplines with manpower shortages such as "tourism and hospitality."

Um, tourism and hospitality? Really? I wonder if they checked recently?

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A young black shirt gang vandalized the offices of the Hong Kong Family Planning Association a few days ago. No one knows why.

"Perhaps it's because they give out contraceptives and the youths want a constant flow of junior recruits," said a colleague.

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On the same day that a humorous fictional piece about black shirts taking over the governance of Hong Kong appeared in this space, reader Tom Guendert found election posters had gone up featuring a protester in a black shirt with goggles and a breathing mask. Life imitates art.

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Incidentally, candidate Owen Chow Ka-shing is running for election under the slogan "Vote for Youth".

This must be because youthfulness is the main quality needed to be a great leader.

I'm sure Queen Elizabeth II, 93, monarch of 16 countries, would agree, as would Mahathir Mohamad, 94.

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The animated Hong Kong art film called No 7, Cherry Lane has finally been screened. But not for Hongkongers. It was shown 9,000 kilometers away in Zurich, I heard yesterday.

Yonfan's animation has a subtle message about the need for young people to learn from older ones. Hong Kong cinemas won't show it because they fear being trashed as punishment. (Which kind of proves the point the film is making.)

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Why are on-line quizzes so often filled with unanswerable questions, like the one in the image? "I think they must let the computers write the questions themselves," said Anna Luk, who sent the photo.

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Students turned up at the Polytechnic University on Wednesday to find black shirts had glued a massive line of posters to the ground across campus.

After their first lecture, students emerged into the light to find the entire thing had been removed by people with different sympathies.

Students went back into the lecture halls for their second lecture - and emerged to find that another immensely long line of posters had been glued to the ground.

Tip: buy shares in paper companies.

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