Whilst I reside in Scotland, I’m currently in Mauritius and I took a little shopping trip today, looking for silly trinkets to take home to those undeserving (of my Scrooge-like spending). Here are some of the things I encountered down the streets of Quatre Bornes.


DISCLAIMER: I’d just like to add that you get plenty of knock-offs in Scotland also, and most of the ones in this post seem to have been made in China.


It’s a Me Mario-igi!

Something is off. But what? I’ll admit, it took a few seconds for it to click with me that Mario/Luigi had somehow merged into the driver of this Mariocar.

No purchase undertaken.


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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a Bayformer! It’s Bumblebee, I think, though here in the form of his alter-ego, Super Robot Power Fighter. Of course, a Decepticon will never see through that disguise.

No purchase undertaken.


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I’ll be back on a plane soon enough. What can I take with me to help me through the 14 hours or so? Ah! A GameBoy Advance! No wait, it says Game Advance. And it looks more like a PSP. Oh wait, yes, PSP. At the top it indeed says… P C P Station?

No purchase undertaken.


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Ah! Now we’re cooking! Back in the day, I was so envious when my primary school friends would bring back ’99 in 1!’ cartridges from holidays. Not realising, of course, that there were most likely 4 games and 95 repetitions. But the envy is still fresh enough that I would take a chance on one of these cartridges now - provided I had the appropriate machine.

I asked (in my substandard French) which console these cartridges were for, my guess being SNES, but it not being clear. My French was obviously even worse than I thought because the shop-keeper told me in response “they are for playing games on your TV”. So I said “Sega or Nintendo?” to which he replied ‘Sega’.

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I have both a Super Nintendo and a Megadrive in my flat (back in Scotland), but there’s also an old Megadrive here with my relatives. So, not being entirely confident of the shopkeeper’s retro gaming knowledge, I asked him if I could buy one, and bring it back tomorrow if it didn’t work. And he said… “no.” “No no no no,” in fact, is what he said. And so with that, I said I wouldn’t buy one.

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I am kind of regretting it since it was only 75 rupees (£1.25 or $1.80), but his attitude put me off. No purchase undertaken.


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What do we have here? We have one of the WARRIOR HEROES! And we also have a purchase! I couldn’t resist getting this for my friend because it was big, cheap and brilliantly miscoloured. Out of the paper bag, it’s two hands tall and looks like this:

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I’ve not seen Iron Man 2 or 3, or any Avengers films. There are no blue suits, right? This has a button on the back and space for a battery but as to whether any electrics in it actually work, I shall not be placing bets.

And finally, pour pratiquer la Francais, and for once Le Magazine Officiel as opposed to a knock-off:

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Perhaps I’ll go back for one of those 48 in 1 Super Game cartridges tomorrow?



Bonus: repeat of the picture I took a few days back at the beach at Flic-en-Flac. It was a lovely day.

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