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(With apologies for the lack of originality of the headline.)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/sep/10/alan-turing-monopoly-board-google

Yes, Winning Moves, in association with Bletchley Park and financed by Google, have produced a commemorative Alan Turing Monopoly Set, with huts and blocks replacing houses and hotels, and the streets named after places that were important in his life (Bletchley Park is Mayfair, a nice touch).

Predictably, given the nature of Turing’s terrible persecution and suicide, some have cried “Poor taste!”  I don’t think it is.  I think it’s a great idea.  To commemorate the life of a man who loved games and puzzles with a game is a lovely way of remembering him.  The article above says that Turning spent time thinking about a system that would “crack” Monopoly, only to fall at the first hurdle.  Even genius codebreakers can’t beat a hotel on Mayfair!

And it’s important that we do remember Turning, how he changed humanity, and how inhumanity took him from us (hence the current campaign in the UK to get him on the £10 note – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31659 )  What better way than with a game, a game you can play with your kids?

“Who was Alan Turing, mum?  What did he do?  What happened to him?”

He was a great man, murdered by bigotry and intolerance, and it’s important to discuss that and keep discussing it.  If a commemorative game of Monopoly helps that, so much the better!

So, yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  Put me down for one for Christmas.

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