If you think "apples and pears" are fruit and "tea leaves" are found in the bottom of tea cups then you're in for a shock!
Trouble and Strife is a hilarious new bluffing game that takes your
knowledge of one of the world’s most amusing dialects - Cockney - and puts it through the mangler. Stand by to be swept off your plates!
This one’s got to be a winner with the missus and your chinas and dustbins will have a good hat too.
It's probably the ultimate game for Londoners but if you don’t have links with London then you may well be lost already. Our advice is to give up now and pick a different game but to put you out of your misery before you go, you might like to know that you’ve just been exposed to the very essence of the game – decoding the vagaries of Cockney rhyming slang – and that the opening sentence is explained at the bottom of this page.
Right that’s got rid of 98% of our customers. Good one. I’ll get the tic-tac for this and be spending a few weeks on the rock ‘n roll…
How it works:
One player reads out a phrase written in “the Queen’s English” from one of the cards and everyone else has to write a cockney version of the phrase before the timer runs out. Then the player who read out the card collects everyone’s answers and reads them all out, together with the real answer. All you have to do is guess which is the right answer. Simple eh ? Well not entirely…..
Whilst researching this game, it became clear that some phrases are more used in some areas than others. So we’ve drawn on Peckham Parlance, Blabberings from Bow and even the odd Kensington Cockney Cannibalization, (darling), to put together a range of cockney expressions that would challenge even the knowledgeable of taxi drivers.
You’ll score points both by guessing the right answer and by writing down an answer that other people believe to be the right answer. So you need to be crafty, cunning and occasionally devious as well as knowledgeable.
Included with the game is a free copy of the Cockney Alphabet: A for ‘orses, B for mutton, C for yourself etc. (Read as Hay for Horses, Beef or Mutton, See for yourself…).
And by the way, that opening sentenced makes more sense if you know that: “Chinas” are China Plates which is Cockney Rhyming Slang for mates [friends]. “Dustbins” is short for Dustbin Lids – kids. “Hat” is short for “Hat and Scarf” – laugh. And you might have a lot of hats in this game.
Age Guide: Adults & children over 12 years.
Number of Players: 4 or more
Contents: Cockney phrase cards, timer, score pads and full instructions.
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