A Thin Slice Of Heaven

132. Thornleigh Christian Hotel

“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? John 14: 2”
and lo, The Thornleigh: Grange Over Sands, just like Heaven, hath many rooms:
13 Single,
12 Twin-bedded/Double &
6 Family rooms.
All bedrooms are en suite.

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This quaint Newbury turned up in a local Charity shop and whilst it gives nothing away in terms of it’s religious persuasion, (wot no Fish symbol!?) the rear elevation is adorned with a fine line drawing of the hotel. We’ve seen similar treatment meted out to PGL, which is in fact our all-time most popular blog post on Mugspotters.
I had half expected the mugs’ innards to perhaps have a deep red tinge to indicate communion usage but it looks like this vessel’s been reserved for hot beverages or in fact just plain old living water, perhaps used by a parched pastor as  he/she delivers a rousing sermon.  But Brothers & Sisters, we have to remember that whilst man looketh on the outside, that is the mug of self righteousness, God looketh on the inside.

I have to say, their website sells the Thornleigh experience to me, especially ‘The Hideaway‘ annex and the promise of home baked scones, cakes & biscuits. However man cannot live by baked products alone so thoughtfully there are a variety of hot beverages available in “The Coffee Stop” situated in the hotel entrance.
In conclusion, I think need to draw this post to a close before my religious pun-slinging becomes tiresome.
And all the Mugspotters said…Amen.

Exit Stage Left

131.  ACC Liverpool

When you think of Liverpool, what springs to mind? A quick Mugspotters HQ poll revealed: The Beatles, Bill Shankly, Echo & The Bunnymen, Kenny Dalglish, The Liver Birds, Boys From The Blackstuff, Teardrop Explodes, The Cavern… We’d all pretty much forgotten that it was somehow voted “Capital Of Culture” at some point. (Rochdale came a close second.) Somehow it didn’t seem right that a city that boasts 2 cathedrals didn’t even have a single top-quality conference centre and so in 2008 the ACC Liverpool was born. Mugspotters has been kindly donated this very black & red commemorative (and much-welcomed) Newbury which marked the launch of this venue. As you can see, BT were heavily involved in its conception but over the intervening years, have faded from view, leaving them free to mug us all off with extortionate line rental and have never-ending sales on their best-ever (honest Guv) broadband. The mug is a very theatrical affair; white dipped in red with a stage & curtain motif but at first glance it’s reminiscent of a certain well-known soup can…

BT 1hienz bt 2Bt 3 There’s lots of ruched curtains, pelmets, starlights and it’s all very dramatic. I know you’re eager to learn more about the background of the ACC, so here is the script off their web-blurb: “Built and launched in time to help Liverpool celebrate its European Capital of Culture title in 2008, ACC Liverpool has already forged an enviable reputation for delivering prestigious events – as its short history will attest. ACC Liverpool opened its doors on 12 January 2008 with the official opening ceremony for Capital of Culture, launching a year-long celebration and signalling the culmination of a decade of regeneration in the city. It cost £164 million to build, financed by Liverpool City Council, English Partnerships (now the Homes and Communities Agency), the Northwest Regional Development Agency and European (ERDF) funding. It is owned by Liverpool City Council and ACC Liverpool Ltd was set up as a management company to run it on the council’s behalf.” We did hear a rumour that originally it was going to be called the “R-A-R-A-RACC”  but for some unknown reason it was shortened to just plain “ACC”.

Can’t think why?