My home town Christchurch hosts Seven Percent of New Zealand's non-casino pokey machines. A total of 1,332 machines - $220,00 per day goes through those greedy little mouths.
Don't you think the name "Gaming Machine" in this
context is a misnomer? My interpretation of a game is a fair competition between opposing sides. Does this fit the Pokey machine image. I think not.
I'm not about to go on a crusade against these machines. After
all everyone has the right to spend their money as they wish.
BUT these non Casino installations are open to corruption, and the proceeds funnelled into the back pockets of fraudsters and scammers rather than the
charitable/community destinations for which the money was intended.
My crime story THE CHARITY features a pokey machine scam. Fraudsters infiltratre a highly respectable organisation and diverte
money away from the legitimate desination.
Read my book and see how it was done.
Fantasy or Reality? What do you think?
Does your reading and viewing match up?
It's a little strange because the indigestion of cooking programmes on tv seem to be surpassed only by the irritation of reality shows. So if viewing habits match reading habits, it would follow
that these genres should lead the way.
Judging by the prolification of Fantasy fiction it seems reading differs from viewing.
Personally I like reality in my fiction, and the characters in my stories are an amalgam of people I
have met plus a little mental "what if".
My version of reality must not be confused with so called reality shows on television which are aimed at the lowest common denominator - or the most acceptable requirement of the advertiser. One such programme
is specifically designed to publicise the sponsor's products. Is it reality or rank commercialisation?
Do you watch culinary and reality but not read about it?
If so, is there a line drawn somewhere in the brain that separates what we watch from
what we read.
Or maybe I've got it all wrong, and the cooking/reality viewers don't read books, and vice versa.
Then again perhaps you read fantasy to get away from reality. Maybe you are wise!
Tell me what you think.
PS I wonder
what my smiley frog is actually thinking?