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.
Having cut your teeth on Caravan Holidays, there inevitably comes a day when the kids are a bit older and you decide you just have to leave this fair isle for 10 days or so for warmer, sunnier, all-inclusive climes.
I don’t mind flying (or being flown) as a rule but it’s the stresser that is the “Airport Experience” that grates me. The ungodly hour you arrive at the terminal, the kranky kids, the heavy suitacases, the passports in your mouth, faffing about with printed boarding passes, the agonising suitcase weigh-in… You’ve already spent umpteen attempts weighing them at home on bathroom scales and hand-held gadgets costing three quid at B & M, but there’s still the element of agonising doubt as you plonk your case on the scales and see the digital display race up to but settle just before your allotted KG allowance is breached. (phew)
Then you’re on to another snaking queue to be body scanned for metals, liquids or shoe bombs, scissors in pencil cases etc.
Then you are fleeced at an airside Burger King outlet who levy and extra £4 on every menu item just for the privilege of you flying. (Don’t even get me started on Duty Free..)
After about 3 hours of utter stress and mither you finally board the plane and at long last, r-e-l-a-x. Now your holiday has truly begun.
To commemorate Airtours International, we bring you this ripped gun-metal grey on bleu foncé Sparta. I recall Airtours having a huge call centre up in Helmshore,(Twinned with ‘The Land that Time Forgot‘) Lancashire in the nineties. A big employer it was too but they eventually went into liquidation only to be swallowed up by Thomas Cook t/a MyTravel.
All that’s left up Helmshore now is Musberry Fabrics, the Textile Museum and it’s own micro-climate of mist and drizzle. (mizzle)
Well, this all feels a lot like a case of ‘After The Lord Mayors Show’. The Mugspotters Office is carnage. The place is strewn with party poppers, Burger King litter, the odd Radlers bottle & a smattering of Trade Mugs. Several colleagues are slumped over their desks barely conscious. Others lollop around like extras from the Walking Dead. There has been some hard partying since we posted our 100th Mug. I’m sure you’ll
all agree that just like the Ambassador and his Ferrero Rochers, we’ve been spoiling you of late. There have been some truly epic mugspots posted over these past few weeks but we know, it’s only now that the hard work begins again, ensuring we continue bringing you top earthenware treats. Complacency is the enemy.
So after much hullabaloo, parity is restored in the shape of this well-turned Sparta for Equity Homes.
This is more like it. A return to the mundane. An obscure brand sat floating on a classic white backdrop with a bolstering ‘Inspired Living’ strapline on its hind quarters.
Equity Homes .. (insert boiler plate mission statement that has to include the word ‘Communities’ – otherwise now referred to as The ‘C’ Word)
…are is based in Stockport, managing high quality homes for rent and
shared ownership across a number of areas.By providing homes and high value services we improve the quality of lives for 4,700 households.
We provide the secure foundation for people to realise their potential. With the development of the Equity Foundation, the positive impact that the Group is having on communities and peoples lives continues to increase.
Their website even has a cool interactive feature where you can ‘Ask Amy’ (quite what I’m not sure?)
Hi Amy. Do You come here often? What are you wearing? How can I kick my Candy Crush addiction?
However there is late-breaking news from the Equity website: “We’d like to remind all our customers that between 1st May and 30th September, we operate a Summer Months Emergency Policy. It means that during this time, having no hot water and no heating is not classed as a 24 hour emergency.”
So if you’re in this boat, Mugspotters.com advise you to drink cordial and suck extra strong mints for warmth.