MC #11: The Fat Controller

 
  Sonofagunzel Chief Commissioner

I wanted to try an experiment to see if Mornington Crescent can work with people as well as places.  I note that this was tried in celebrity-mad Los Angeles once, but failed.  However, I believe this was due to the fact that they were too unfamiliar with public transport and failed to use people connected with public transport.  

To test the theory, let's try the game on say, current and former transport ministers, rail officials and top rail management.  Michael Costa ("MC") is, of course, the target.  

In order not to influence the result (and to avoid the temptation to get everyone stuck on David Hill), after this first move I will merely play the part of observer.  If this works, I understand it will be the first successful nongeographical game of MC in history.

So here goes:

Harking back to my childhood in the Wran era, I open with the amusingly named

Peter Cox

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  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
This is way out of left field and I feel like an observer at a game of Royal Tennis - no idea what it's about but I'll have a go anyway and no one will be the wiser as they don't know the rules anyway...

Alliteration is worth two bonus points and a Chance card

Bruce Baird
  DavidB Moderator

Location: Canberra
In keeping with the spirit of former transport ministers.....

Steve Crabb (och aye the noooo...)
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Bruce Baird
"Warks"



There is a booby prize for nominating the man who -

1) Was Transport Minister when the contract for the Airport Railway was signed.

and-

2) Criticised it for not having specially built trains when it opened.

Perhaps RPA can have an annual presentation (a Baird?) for the pollie who does most, in his own words to advance public transportation.

No one is allowed to nominate Costa on the grounds that he is capable of doing that himself. (or should the prize be a Costa Baird?)


Anyway -

I will move on to -

Phillip Shirley


Who (of course) gets the Special "Drinking cup" Baird full of Champagne.
  Sonofagunzel Chief Commissioner

I'm going to break my own rule.  I announce that I am establishing an EIS to determine whether to make my next move:

Carl Scully.

Today I announce that, with all this talk of drinking, my next move must be:

Carl Scully.

And I have now completed typing his first name.

Carl

Today sees the official opening of my next MC move:

Carl Scully.
  jrobbo Assistant Commissioner

Time to reside

Ron Christie

to the wastepaper basket.
  DavidB Moderator

Location: Canberra
I believe that John Whitton is a valid move.
  jrobbo Assistant Commissioner

But I don't believe that kicking David Hill is a legal move in soccer, especially with a zig-zag kick.
  Sonofagunzel Chief Commissioner

And after I warned everyone!  Sigh.

David Hill
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Did you say

David Hill?
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Ah! No!



David Hill
  DavidB Moderator

Location: Canberra
Argh, still stuck.

David Hill
  jrobbo Assistant Commissioner

Can you guys not think of a *single* other person?

How about this..

Peter Batchelor
  Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Robbo,

Read the first post!


Anyway -

Neil McCusker
  Sonofagunzel Chief Commissioner

The only ways I know to get out the Dollis Hill mire in geographical Crescent is for a new player to declare a fare free day (no one here seems willing to to that - but that's acceptable here given that we are dealing with rail chiefs) or go back to the shed and change locos.  It means you have to start all over (and suffer a two card penalty for shunting out of turn) but at least it gets you going again.  Accordingly, my next move in this game must be:

George Cowdery
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Extricating myself from the mire of David @#$% (famed ex-head of 3 biggest losers - ABC, SRA and North Sydney Bears) I redeem my Chance card and slide down the bannister of power to the office of

Milton Morris
picking up three credits and a purple jeton for two alliterative moves in the game.  Bob Askin's man did the job proud...
  Sonofagunzel Chief Commissioner

Crikey!  Just when I thought I was getting the hang of this, Warks walks in with a move of breathtaking grace, cunning subtlety and savage aggression.  I am not worthy!

But wait, if I swap my my three pink tokens for a red one, and switch alignments for the opposite number, I end up in the drivers' seat by declaring:

Nick Lewocki
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
I think someone's got to clean up this mess.  I'll do it but it'll

costya

Michael Costa
Sound fanfare...

Can anyone else clean up the rest of Mornington Crescent?  Due to lack of participation/interest we should fix up all the games and shut them down, the mods should delete the thread and we should never speak of it again...

Of course that's just my opinion...
  MOM Chief Commissioner

Location: here, there, everywhere....
It probably needs to evolve into something more substantial as a game in Australia.

Very few people can grasp the basic concepts, let alone the finer points of the game, why our own moderator has even been found guilty of playing to rules [refer to the wiining strageries thread]!

Unfortunately, I will have to redeem all my tokens and await a spirited return...

MOM
  DavidB Moderator

Location: Canberra
Can anyone else clean up the rest of Mornington Crescent?  Due to lack of participation/interest we should fix up all the games and shut them down, the mods should delete the thread and we should never speak of it again...
"Warks"

The games are still open and anybody can jump in and make a move.

Cheers
David

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