Monday, November 26, 2007

Priorities

As regular readers will know, your humble Devil is a public school boy—or private school boy, for any US readers—and so tends to be characterised as "privileged" or "fucking rich" by people who know no better.

However, I would just like to highlight what is a severe difference in priorities as I see, via Westmonster, that people are paying stupid amounts for a computer game console.
A shortage of one of this year's must-have gifts is sure to cause tears and tantrums on Christmas morning.

And the children won't be too pleased either.

The Nintendo Wii—a computer games console designed to appeal to adults as well as youngsters—has sold out in shops across the country.

Chains such as Game, HMV, Woolworths and Tesco say they are receiving more stock only sporadically and the consoles are changing hands for up to £500 on internet auction sites - a huge mark-up on their list price of £179.

Even allowing for inflation, the list price is rather high. As a real-world example, the absolute high-end price limit for my Christmas present was £25. £179 was in the realms of fantasy and for my parents to spend £500 would be absolutely unthinkable (and still is).

To come back to the main point, I am indeed privileged in that my parents were able to even comtemplate sending me to a fee-paying school, but the point is that the greater part of the cash came through my father making foresighted investments prior to my birth and taking out fee-paying insurance plans immediately afterwards. And not spending £500 on a fucking gaming console (I was the first member of our family to buy a computer of any type, back in 1997).

As I said, priorities...

17 comments:

Westmonster said...

I do want one, though.

Devil's Kitchen said...

I had a go on one some months back and it was... well... alright.

It was a sports game, rather than one in which you kill people with ridiculously advanced weaponry, so that may have something to do with me being rather unimpressed.

Also, I just don't play games very much.

DK

Ingram said...

They're shit. My brother has one and the only game with any slight interest is Wii Sports Golf, but that has 9 holes only. Keeps you busy for half an hour tops...

Ms Robinson said...

Here in Australia my niece just got one and it seems to me that kids love it but only if they are continually replenished with new games.

The music on them is rather like shopping centre elevator music. Strange.

Roger Thornhill said...

I found the Wii great fun. To me, I liked it as it got me moving, leaning, stretching my whole body.

Bit expensive, though and yes it is about priorities. £500 on a computer game or £500 off the mortgage? Right now I know where £500 would go right now.

The Gorse Fox said...

Indeed Gorse Fox and his wife went without holidays for eleven years in order to send our cubs through private school. This concept of "fee-paying school" = "rich" is nonsense, it is a usually a factor of doing whatever you can to give your kids the best possible start in life - and if that means making sacrifices, so be it.

Cygnet said...

And do you know what really annoys me? That people who went to fee paying schools somehow feel the need to justify it by launching into explanations about how they're not rich or posh etc.

There seems to be this relentless pressure to apologise. I believe that it stems from this government's apparently successful campaign to impose mediocrity on us all.

I too went to a private school for much of my life. I will not be an apologist for the fact. Just grateful to Mater that I have the capacity to count my polo ponies...

Robin said...

well I didn`t go to a fee paying school or get any qualifications, but I enjoyed being a school bully.

Vicola said...

My parents put 2 of us through private school. This meant that we didn't have foreign holiday, we drove a car that you could leave the keys in at night because no one would even think about nicking it. It had fungus on the inside and a family of spiders nesting in the boot. My parents were completely skint for years. This notion that you must be stinking rich if your kids go to private school is class based horseshit based on bugger all. If some people actually pulled their heads out of their arses and looked properly they'd see this.

Roger Thornhill said...

Labour only want to stop the masses from having independent education. Actually, I think too many Tories seem of that persuasion.

Lib Dems don't matter anymore. The great game of political party musical chairs will happen soon, when the Labour Party fractures under the ball and chain that is The Stain.

WhiteNoise said...

I love that the spokesman for HMV said:

"The fact people can't find them seems to drive the demand forward"....

Nothing gets past you does it mate.

Trixy said...

My parents spent rather more than that on my favourite toy. But then it is a grand piano...

£25? You did spoil me last year!

Edwin Hesselthwite said...

Got his first computer in 1997?

I have just completely changed my image of how this website it written... Previously I imagined a dark and larson-esque genius banging away in his dark dungeon with fingers a-blur...

Now I am visualising you parked in front of your keyboard, with twin index fingers extended... One of those desperately fast through practice, but still basically hunt and peck typists... Never comfortable enough with your interface to crack that 45 wpm limit of the amateur.

The devil is a chicken typist!!!

wildgoose said...

I got my first microcomputer, an Acorn Atom, back in 1980.

How to make someone feel old...

Hardatwork said...

I had a complaint from a colleague once about "showing off" about the school I went to. Upon questioning his logic, he was adamant I knew what he meant without giving me an explanation.
Are we expected to conceal our backgrounds like nazis in Brazil or something? Someone please explain what this chippy wrong'un meant. He's quite happy to bore everyone about the sheer brilliance of his new Honda bike.

Cygnet said...

Hardatwork -

The answer to your question is yes. Clearly private schooling has benefited you greatly in that it has gifted you with intellectual clarity of thought.

Now proceed to the front of the line and collect your coconut.

Oh, and tell the boring little fucker in your office to stop banging on about his Honda because he obviously has a small willy.

anotherjohn said...

Having responsible parents is a far greater privilege than a few quid in the bank.

Leftists, who are obsessed with money, cannot understand this; hence they advocate irresponsible parents as a matter of policy.

Hmm, perhaps they do understand it, and see responsible parents as a threat to the dominion of their God, the omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent State.

Never attribute to incompetence that which can be attributed to malice - it's safer that way.