Series. Puntopia.

Title: La Creche. The Parisian. Lote 3, Strip, SAR, P.R. China, Estr. do Istmo, Macau.


©richard mark dobson

Kids around Puntopia are usually left to their own devices. Mum and Dad are way too busy. Hand them a smart phone, and let the juveniles amuse themselves. For boys and girls should be seen but not interfere. Mum and Dad have important things to do. Punting requires focus. Their utmost attention, so the little ones, they have to be distracted. Encouraged to forget their parents even exist for 12 hours or more. There is nothing worse than having whining kids hinder the important task of trying to win back the money they lost the day before.

Dropping infants off at kiddies corner, is one way parents dispose of their children for 95% of their Puntopia time. They are encouraged to jump up and down on the inflatable bouncers, until fatigue wipes them out and they curl up on the inflatable beds. Sleeping kids are the best, because they take no supervision at all.

Another way is to abandon them at the gaming parlour. Real time tactical games work well for boys between the ages of 8–15. Lads with inquisitive minds who have way too many annoying questions. Those who might want to know for example, how the copy Eiffel tower was engineered and constructed. That lurid green structure which is hard to miss! So big it is, outside the grandiose and decidedly tacky, The Parisian casino and multi-level shopping mall. It has little boys entranced.

But irritating questions like that take way too much time to explain. So boys are best dumbed down. Getting them onto a console in a noisy and often smoke filled gaming den, and absorbed in a game of cat and mouse, shoot to kill, Call of Duty is a parental favourite. A diversion they know is a wonderful bottomless pit of interactive blood and guts, and appeals to even the most sanguine of boys. Once on a mission to hunt down Kaptain Krap, parents know their little soldier will forget to eat and or even sleep and can be left happily for 14 hours or more. Mum and Dad can slip away, with complete peace of mind and get back to more material things.

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Written by Richard Mark Dobson / The RMD Gallery

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