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||I drink from a Che Guevara mug with the slogan " Hasta La Victoria Siempre" emblazoned on it.|
It recently acquired a nasty chip on the rim. This was caused by a souvenir bottle of ouzo in the shape of a violin toppling off the welsh dresser and crashing into the mug. It had been dislodged by my over excited jumping up and down as the England Rugby team won the Rugby World Cup.
I work for a busy public library in the centre of Leeds, West Yorkshire. I was quite incensed to come into the staff room kitchen and find my mug in an unhygienic state or gone altogether. Whenever I discovered the culprit, it was always a man.
One day, I found a mug bearing, on one side, the legend "He loves me" and on the other, "He loves me not". Once this one was installed in the kitchen, for some reason it was never subsequently molested.
Sadly, it only lasted a month before a 'helpful' colleague, washing it up for me, knocked it against the tap and cracked it!
I have since bought a new one in the sales, in very thick china, with the words "BIG BOY" in capitals and primary colours. I can't guarantee this one will be left alone, so it's been stowed away in a locker.
||Following Sue's impressive story of her 25 year old personal Kermie mug, I thought I would share the ultimate mug-revenge story with you. My friend Little Claire got into work at our law firm the other day to find that her lovely mug had a huge great crack in it. Being the ace detective that she is, she found out that the culprit was a partner whom, not wishing to sully the name of an otherwise great solicitor, we shall call H. H thought he would remedy the situation by covering Little Claire's lovely mug in copious amounts of packing tape - as I'm sure you can imagine, Little Claire was unamused... So, seeking revenge in her own inimitable way, she photographed H's own mug and put it up for sale on e-bay. Apparently it got 12 hits!|
So, if ever your own personal mug goes missing, check e-bay - you never know who might be trying to flog it as an act of revenge...
P.S. From another Cornish girl in exile, not only does the jam always go on before the cream, it's pronounced 'scone' to rhyme with 'gone', not 'scone' to rhyme with 'own'. I thank you.
||My 'work mug' has Kermit the Frog on it. I bought it with my birthday money when I was nine. had a bit of crush on Kermmie back then.|
It's a bit chipped now as it has come with me from office to office over the intervening years from nine year old girlishness to present day 34 year old jaded managerial type.
It went walkies a few months ago. I was surprised at my depth of feeling for this battered old bit of badly screen-printed china. My darling administrator searched the building ( I work in a cinema) and after three days of hunting came up triumphant; some naughty person had bourne it away to drink illicit COFFEE out of it in the bar and had hidden it in the obscurity of the glass shelves.
Meant that I had it back in time for a staff screening of Terminator 3. 'Staff screenings' are where we play a new film to staff only (as the name would suggest) so they can get to see things first in time to tell customers how good they are. They also need to happen while the cinema is closed, so it's often quite late at night. It's also a nice perk to have a whole damn cinema to play in without the pesky piblic using mibilephones or eating popcorn to loudly.
Therefore it was very comforting after a hard day at work to finish at 11.30PM, make a nice tray of tea and biscuits and settle down in Screen 1 with my colleagues to munch digestives and watch Arnie shoot things.
|Nicey replies: A 25 year old personal mug commands deep respect, and allows you to wield withering levels of mug ownership over wrong doers. Use this power wisely, but never be tempted to be unduly lenient.|
||Oh dear oh dear oh dear...|
I've been following the mug debate here with interest and found that over the colour of the mug something quite decisive about teamug quality has been entirely forgotten: the SHAPE!
It is vitally important for tea mugs to be either slanting inwards towards the top or, at the very least, straight and not too wide. The reason: heat! As we all know, again, from secondary school physics, heat will disperse faster from a large surface than from a small surface. It is therefore vitally important to keep the surface of the tea in the cup is small as possible and therefore mugs that slant outwards towards the top are RIGHT OUT!
Given this basic physical fact, I've come to the conclusion that the perfect compromise between heat storage and bisciuit dipping capability is found in a straight mug just under three inches wide - it allows hobnobs to be dipped without breaking them but keeps in the heat at the same time. It should have a handle that lets in three fingers for better grip on sunday mornings and be made of lightcoloured materials for the reasons already stated by others.
Have you found that perfect mug yet? Cos I have... :-P