Welcome to Mugspotters. This is an intimate webspace dedicated to & celebrating the much-maligned world of Trade Mugs which are often given-away, discarded, ill-treated and lucky if they reach the giddy status of 'Emergency Mug' in the domestic arena. We aim to share our love of such artefacts via the world-wide web and carefully selected social media outlets. If you too share our love, we'd appreciate your thoughts and kind comments.
As promised in our recent UMSA entry, this delightfully taut & toned ‘lipped’ Bell is the second and final trade mug in our super-exciting “Aberysthwyth Collection”.
They were salvaged from an intriguing outlet called Craft. Housed in a space looking out across the train station platform, it’s an Artisan pop-up charity shop-style affair selling mainly furniture but also including but not limited to computers, storage units, electrical items and sadly the most derisory collection of 2nd hand CD’s & DVDs I’ve stumbled across. On the music front if you weren’t a Paul Potts fan, you were goosed and I didn’t much fancy ‘Bloodsport 2’.
Anyway venturing deeper in to the bowels of this establishment, I happened across a home wares section and thereupon saved the mugs from a far than certain future and brought them ‘home’ to their final resting place at Mugspotters HQ.
I digress, so back the reason we’re here. Dulux. A household name and world-famous painting & decorating brand. Their products are sold both to the public via large DIY stores and also direct to businesses via their Dulux Decorator Centres.
Back in the day, their TV ads tapped into the emotions of all but the most hard-hearted of viewers as it’s star was a shaggy dog. And all the Mugspotters said..”Awwwww bless”.
The Old English Sheepdog first appeared in a 1961 advert but was taken off air in 1996 after 14 pooches had played the role. Television viewers fell in love with the cuddly breed’s long and soft coat, which covers its face and eyes. The Dulux dog, first played by an animal called ‘Shepton Dash’. (rhyming slang anyone?) It was so well known that this became a common nickname for Old English Sheepdogs and still remains to this day.
The clue is on the mug but this almost antique bric-a-brac dates back to 1991, celebrating 30 years of the Dulux mutt. Incidentally it reached it’s 50 years anniversary back in 2011.
As its now 2015, in “dog years” then, it must about 378-ish.
Craft: Unofficial Artisan recycling partners of Mugspotters.
“Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics” is a phrase used to describe the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments. And I quote (according to various Internet sources) “The quotation is often attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, the 19th century British Prime Minister. The source for this view is the autobiography of Mark Twain, where he makes that attribution. Nevertheless, no version of this quotation has been found in any of Disraeli’s published works or letters. An early reference to the expression, which may explain Twain’s assertion is found in a speech made by Leonard H. Courtney, (1832-1918), later Lord Courtney, in New York in 1895:
‘After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, “Lies – damn lies – and statistics,” still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of.’
What we can’t wriggle out of is the fact we have a stunningly-modelled artifact courtesy of our Cardiff-based branch of Mugspotters, received via Twitter. I’ll tell you it’s a Bell, despite not being able to see the handle but purely based on the ‘lipped’ aperture and well-rounded base. I can’t even fully see that it’s promoting the Office for National Statistics. I’m assuming. You’re all believing.
Let’s face it, we are fed stats and figures every day without any context and we’re expected to gobble them up. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet or hear on the news.
At the risk of repeating myself, the Recruitment Industry must keep Trade Mug manufacturers in business. Heaven knows we’ve got loads on this blog but it has to be said I’m finding it hard to love this ‘Bell’ from GPW Recruitment. It’s about as dour as they come.
There’s not even a logo in sight! It’s 20 pt Times Roman Bold all the way on a sober dark blue background.
It’s all the more distressing as the signage on their website looks like it would work nicely when transplanted on a clean white mug elevation.
Another point of interest is if you have the will to hot foot over to their site (I nearly didn’t..), it shows their Client list: A plethora of logos are showcased.…and like me, I wager you’re thinking…”Could you just imagine having Trade Mugs for all of these bad boys?…..”
Space – The Final Frontier. Builders – err, drive vans and drink unfeasibly strong tea.
Put them together and err….. never mind.
Up until a few weeks ago we’d never seen a “Bell” but, just like buses, you don’t see any for ages and then 2 come along all at once.. Im surprised at just how well the Red-on-Black works.
The strap is fairly non-descript but a butchers at their website reveals what they’re all about. Prefabs. Or more succinctly put, Portable Modular Buildings.
I’m not sure if theyr’e literally into Inter-galactic installations, a la Moonbase Alpha but their website shows schools and building sites are more common locations for their Modular solutions.
If you’ve missed having any updates from Mugspotters this week and are in need of a pick me up, then we have the perfect tonic for you in the shape of this classy little number courtesy of Enterprise Car Hire.
In porcelain circles it’s known as a ‘Bell’, (titter ye not…..) which incidentally makes it’s debut on the site.
U.S.owned Enterprise are a big player in the insurance market. These guy’s USP is that when you’re in need of a hire car and you’re ready to do the deed, they’ll come and pick you up from home, drive you to their branch and once you’ve signed but declined their collision damage waiver exess, you then drive away in your Vauxhall Insignia.
Their ‘Pick You Up’ service (so good they’ve trademarked it!) appears to be a bit of an odd process but you can see how it saves them fuel, resource & time, time which is better spent back at the branch supping a hot beverage from one of their rather lush ‘Bells’.