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Opportunity missed

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Birmingham's regeneration continued apace this week with the launch of a Monopoly edition based on notable landmarks in Britain's second city. The makers have produced 12,000 of the games, but controversially, perhaps as a precursor to it happening elsewhere in real life, have been allowing sponsorship of the locations (Railtrack has of course bagged all the stations). Places featured include the Bull Ring, even though it is set for demolition. But bustling Brindleyplace - surely one of the main images of the new Birmingham - is nowhere to be found. 'You can never get everything in,' Birmingham's Councillor Stewart is quoted as saying. 'Certainly the normal Monopoly board does not get all of London in.' Do not pass go.

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