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Mugs. How important are they? There's no shortage of people who seem to consider them to be an extension of their personality or indeed sentient beings unto themselves. In fact I have lived in share houses where appropriation of another's tea or coffee vessel is considered worse than incitement to infidelity with one's life partner. Imagine Robert DeNiro now demanding "did you use my mug?" a la Raging Bull. But is it delusionary behavior to invest so many qualities in a peice of pottery? Probably.
Anyway, I love mine. He's quite large and sturdy, not unlike a medieval tankard in shape, though with a fine lip. If there was such a thing, he might be tea world's equivalent of a pint. A rich dark blue he is with concentric circular patternage.
I call him Muggy.
|Nicey replies: Muggy sounds lovely.|
|Graham A. Clay
A newcomer to the site (saw it on the Beeb site), but impressed - especially by the Fig Roll review...my favourites!
Anna's experience with the unwashed Bovril-drinker mug reminded me of a practical joke we played on a colleague some years ago now.
Like the unnamed Bovril-drinker, he was well known in the department for NEVER washing out his mug, despite protestations, letters to the HSE etc. So, one year when he went on summer holiday, we bought a packet of cress, put a nice bit of damp cotton wool in the bottom of the mugs...and let nature take it course - just to make a humorous point, like.
The problem was, we weren't sure of the germination period of cress, so we did it pretty much as soon as he'd gone on leave. This meant that, by the time he came back a fortnight later, the cress had not only grown, but died and begun to compost.. :-P
To those who may be wondering, he DID continue to use the mug, but at least we got him to clean it at least once!!
Graham A. Clay
||My friend was left traumatised by a disturbing incidence with his Personal Work Mug|
(liked particularly for its "largeness" , "heaviness" and the fact it was "mine, damn it!!")
We hired a new chap and he took to this mug with vigour. Not a good start by any means....
He then proceeded to take a DAILY cup of BOVRIL and hot water in it! And without washings up in between!
The lovely cup became smutted inside with Bovril stains. Even a hardened soul wished not to approach too closely should they see the horror and smell the stench.
My friend bought a new mug.
I think Bovril and Hot Water drink is not a pleasant quaff.
||My dad, as you might expect seeing as he is a teacher, has a favourite mug. Other members of staff would attempt to use/soil/borrow/steal this mug. Unperturbed, he passed a length of sturdy chain through the handle and chained it to the side board.|
I only wish I *were* joking, this really happened!
I'm an American living in NYC, however we always have a mug/cup of tea and a bickie here. I'm currently devouring a box of Anna's Chocolate Mint thins. Has anyone on your site reviewed these before? Quite nice. My mug is from Harney's tea company in Connecticut. My husband knows that I will yell and scream if he touches it. It is mine. It does not go to work. It stays at home. Hmm. I think I'll go make a cuppa.
|Nicey replies: Yes we have a source for Anna's range of thins locally who import them from Sweden. We are keen to review them in one of their incarnations at some point.|