by Tom Kelly




Male – 18 – early 20s


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I can control the machines. Win when I want. When I really need it they will pull me out. I’m losing at the minute but you’ve got to play yourself out of a bad run. It’s part of the game, you’ve got to accept it or leave the machines but if you do, you’ll regret it; you can turn hot and hit the winning line. It happened to me. I got buzzed up. I was sick. I stank of vomit but me pockets were full of money. I have never felt so good, so happy. It lasted until I got home. All I wanted to do was to run back to the arcade and play and play until I was sick again. That’s the way it gets you. I have been losing for ages. I’ve got no cash. I’m going to have to get some. The machines will turn for me.

Mam and dad are out at work. Me brother and sister are married, I hardly ever see them. I call round now and then and me brother hands me a few quid. Money given never works for you, it dies in the machine: it doesn’t have any life, it always loses. Money you borrow without the people actually knowing always works for you. The machine knows you have had to sweat for it. This is something Joe Citizen doesn’t know. He comes in the arcade, has a cup of coffee and puts a quid or two in the machines but even when he wins he takes the winnings, he doesn’t feed the machine. Never gives himself a chance to feel the machines, it’s like touching a body when it’s working for you; it knows it’s doing it for you. It buzzes the same as you and me.



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