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18th-Jun-2009 03:45 pm
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Darwin Mug
Originally uploaded by innerbrat
A week ago I was at my first Liberal Drinks, during which I became used to being introduced as "our friend Debi, she is a small-l liberal", and at which I finally met Charlotte Gore, who I am assured is not a Tory.

I don't know what happened to the conversation, but it became about mugs. Not just any mugs, but mugs that Belong to a person.

This is my mug. The mug is mine. I will use it preferentially for my morning coffee, afternoon tea, anytime I need a mug, actually. I'm so possessive over it that I don't like seeing anyone else drinking out of it, and I don't generally drink out of any other mugs (well, except for two specific ones).

I bought it a few years ago at Nauticalia, who sell a range of mugs featuring English Heritage blue plaques visible around the country. The blue plaque on this one specifically is actually on the Darwin Building at UCL, where I was a student and where I currently work at the Grant Museum. So not only does it represent evolutionary science and Darwin himself, but also my alma mater. Where I come from intellectually as well as biologically.

Plus it's bigger than normal cups and I can get extra coffee.

Poll #1417587 Your mug

Do you have a mug, a mug that is Yours - at home?

Not at all
Yes - one specific
Yes - a few
Kind of? Let me explain...

Do describe it for me?

Do you have a mug, a mug that is Yours - at your workplace?

This is as complicated as the home question. See you in the comments!

What's that one like?

Tell me more!

18th-Jun-2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
At home, I have a couple of mugs that I prefer. One is a sort of rustic-looking hand-crafted thing, and the other has Spider-Man on it! But I'm not too territorial about them and I won't get upset if someone else drinks from them. El, on the otner hand, has loads of mugs that are HERS, and woe-betide the poor fool who uses them!

At work, I have a green one that I like. But again, I won't cry if someone else beats me to it in the moring. I'll just twitch a bit and reluctantly use one of the others.

Now then, shall I put the kettle on?
18th-Jun-2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Curses, I was sure there would be a picture of it online somewhere! It says 'Man of Action - His Mug' with a suitable illustration of a flying ace. I get really, really upset when my flatemate offers it to guests.

Edited at 2009-06-18 15:07 (UTC)
18th-Jun-2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
I ran out of space describing all my mugs! But yes, I do have a collection of mugs that are Mine, but I let other people use them if I have specifically given them permission.
18th-Jun-2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
I also have a collection of home mugs that are Mine:

- 7 Penguin book mugs that I bought several years ago
- A white mug (with tea strainer!) that has a picture of Hokusai's Great Wave on it
- A black LSE 'currency' mug
- A white mug with my undergrad college's logo on it

There are a few others, including a fine bone china mug that has bookshelves on it, but these are the ones that I don't like other people to use. ^_^ And I'd buy more if I didn't think I owned too many already. I like mugs a lot.
18th-Jun-2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
This is SUCH a complicated question, particularly as I have two places that I call home and two work places. I'm about to be tldr.

My childhood home mug is the one described in the Poll, bought for me because I took all my own MY mugs to uni. It isn't what was chosen but fits well with Mum's habit of buying me something in red/purple and Dad having blue and mum having green (see tooth brushes, towels, breakfast plates). If that one isn't available I steal my Dad's penguin book P.G. Wodehouse mug.

I have lots of mugs here. And I (silently) resent it when my housemates use MY mugs and there isn't one left for me. Mine are the only ones that aren't cracked or chipped or really really small, so I can't really blame them. I don't really have a particular favourite any more but I'm pretty fond of the one that matches the one in the museum office.

I have a boring cream mug that says coffee and tea around the rim at the uni office and the one at the museum is cream with green and grey leaves on it. I bought it Ikea because I particularly like the widening upwards, truncated cone shape. I don't keep favourite mugs in the office because they always get broken :( I'm still in mourning for a previous favourite which is now missing it's handle.
18th-Jun-2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
I also have a mug that says I [heart] steam trains. But I don't use it very often as it doesn't hold a pint, unlike the nice big Periodic Table one. Which also has Dalton's element diagram on the handle, and a picture of Mendeleev.

Seeing that Darwin one, I might have to get it. It does look rather splendid.
18th-Jun-2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
For work- well, I work at Starbucks. We sell cups, and have many 'for here' ones, and.... frankly, I wouldn't trust my coworkers enough to leave any mug that was particularly special to me around for them to use/clean/break.
18th-Jun-2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Haven't been to a Liberal Drinks in ages!
18th-Jun-2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
My favourite mug is my Carry on Loving one, this one on the right


At my parents i have a mug, that looks like a mug and a t cup had a Goth love child.
19th-Jun-2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Twas lovely meeting you, although I did feel like a right dumpy northern thicko ;)

I finally did blog about the mugs thing (http://charlottegore.com/2009/06/19/bonding-with-your-mug.html%22). Fingers crossed it breaks the writer's block.

Your mug is grand, I can see why you like it. :)
19th-Jun-2009 09:22 am (UTC)
I don't know why you felt that, you sure as hell didn't come across that way. And I love your mugs too :D

Also your icon is a work of terrifying genius.
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