I have an order in for 18 Nintendo Wiis at the minute and there is still no sign of them! These are going to a number of Scottish local authorities who are keen on using them with pre-school and early years children. More of that to come...
But this wait makes you think about how the 'must have' nature of the latest games consoles when first released must be murder for some families. This is probably going to get even worse with the imminent release of the hugely priced PS3! There's a really good Scots language poem in today's The Herald that touches on this as it articulates a mum's desire to be a 'good mum' by getting her hands on the latest console, irrespective of the economic hardship that her family may be enduring, for her son. Here it is...
In the 'Wii', 'Wii' Hours...
“Ah telt him straicht last nicht,” the lassie said,
“Noo Billy luik, ah says, there’s juist no way,
Ah’m gaun tae spend five hunner oan eBay,
It’s still a fortnicht yet till ah get paid.
There’s Leigh wi her twae, bidin’ doon the street,
She’s loast a fortune tae thon ‘Farepak’ crew,
An noo she says her man’s pit oan the burro –
Some Christmas thon! Enow tae mak ye greet!
Likesay, the wurd goat oot the store hud some,
An boy, dis he ken hou tae twist yer airm!
That’s why ah’m stuid oot here at fowr a.m.
But, juist think oan his face, ah’d be some mum,
Gin he didnae hae the latest console gear –
Thenk Christ tho, Santa comes juist aince a year!”
Apparently Rab will, be one of 100 poets meeting in St Andrews tomorrow as part of a marathon poetry session that is features in the StAnza poetry festival. Meanwhile the PS3 release date is getting ever closer and may be looming very large on the horizon for some parents.