Cool, Calm & Collected

136. U.M.S.A

I recently undertook a scouting mission to Aberystwyth, (twinned with Hinterland) mid-Wales and Mugspotters are excited to bring you the first of 2 quite stunning trade mugs. (Please check back soon, the second posting is imminent..)

Mug Numero Uno carries the good old “Keep Calm and (insert message here)” theme, which was so popular in World War 2 and for some reason again in 2013. This teasing, plunging Sparta implores us to ‘K C + Get Advice’.

Upon spinning it round it reveals what I first thought was ‘OUMSA’ which prompted a spontaneous outburst of the Ooompah-Loompah song but in fact the ‘O’ is a thought bubble.(Durr)
U.M.S.A. is the University (Of) Medways’ Student Association.
This particular function offers advice and support to students with ‘needs’ such as, but not limited to:

Visual impairments
Hearing impairments
Asperger’s Syndrome, ASD
Mobility difficulties and physical impairments
Medical conditions or chronic illness
Dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD or another Specific Learning Difficulty
Mental health concerns
Epilepsy or neurological conditions
Speech or communication difficulties
Temporary disabilities (e.g. broken wrist)
Eating disorders, anxiety, depression
Addictions to weird porcelain-centric trade artifact websites (OK I made that one up…)

There is a bristling 16-page PDF drifting round the internet packed with all the info you’ll ever need to know, although I must say I was angered and distressed that from a diversity and equality point of view, I couldn’t see that there was a braille or audio copy available!
Then I remembered, ‘Keep Calm’, so on went the kettle resulting in a nice relaxing beverage.

Epilogue: Do any of you remember this classic Mugspotters entry?
Christmas Mug 1

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