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.
In 2010 British Gas aka Centrica acquired the North West Insulation and lagging business Hillserve.The deal was worth £5,000,000* to the family firm.
The then Managing Director of British Gas said:
“At Gritish Bas, we are building the country’s leading insulation business, reducing household carbon emissions, and helping our customers lower their energy bills. (ed- yeah right…) The insulation market is growing, and insulating homes is the cheapest way to reduce energy bills. Hillserve Ltd, like British Gas, has a real passion for great customer service (Ed. Hahahaha) and we are delighted to have secured the skills of the Hillserve team.”
The then Managing Director of Hillserve said:
“Ker-ching. Get in there”*
Not really. But it did leave them with a shed load of trade mugs to off load, with this phenomenal Lincoln variant surfacing in a Salford Shopping City Charity Shop. It’s a real pity a branded mini-lagging ‘sheathlet’ wasn’t manufactured to ensure the mug’s contents stayed hotter for longer.
There are a couple of great things going on with this smokin’ Cambridge.
First off, it’s marvellous to be once again featuring a mug from the Industrial sector. (The more obscure the better!) Obscure Industries are the cornserstone of this blog. Who could remember err, not forget Malcolms Electroplating & Jayline Ltd from back in the day when we were taking our tentative first steps on this blog?
The mug features a striking red teutonic-style Phoenix graphic which, in isolation, is worthy of its own fashion range. As far as mythical mugspots go, it’s not as intricate & exotic as Zips Dragon but it’s a very bold & striking piece of imagery nonetheless.
Secondly, when you delve into the company itself and their services, it’s always a joy to see their range of services which add a dash of double entendre “sauce” into the entry. For Phoenix we have: Roll Grinding Rubber – Nut Inserted Segments – Centreless Grinding – Fine Gaits – Rail Grinding. (Ooh err Mugspotters..)
The South face gives you a plethora of contact details and so this pretty much ticks all the boxes.
Their ‘About Us’ web-bumf states: The Phoenix Abrasive Wheel Company was formed and incorporated in 1968 and still remains a private limited company totally focused on providing technical abrasive solutions with the best of customer care. As a manufacturer of quality abrasive products all are designed, manufactured and tested in accordance. With the European standard E.N.12413 (safety requirements for bonded abrasives) and Quality Management System ISO 9001-2008. Phoenix Abrasives is a member of The British Abrasive Federation who can provide technical and safety publications.
Thanks go to our Peak District Mugspotters branch for salvaging this wonderful specimen and enabling us to grind out another quality Mugspot.
Here is an old joke from the Seventies (perhaps older) so hope no one is offended because to seems everybody these days under 30 is offended by everything that went on on the 70’s…
Little Johnny is in class and he asks the teacher if he can go as to the loo as he’s bursting.
Teacher to Little Johnny: “Before you go recite the alphabet“
Little Johnny: “A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O Q R S T U V W X Y Z“
Teacher: “Where’s your P?”
Little Johnny: “Half way down my leg Sir.”
Again, I hope you haven’t been offended because I heard this joke in the Seventies and Channel 4 might take offence because they hate the Seventies. This hypocritical broadcaster who cranks out such innocent & unoffensive efforts like ‘The InBetweeners’, makes cheapo talking-head sensationalist shows telling us such.(Yawn)
But seriously, bladder issues aren’t to be scoffed at. I should know. A combination of me entering my autumn years, a rabid thirst for tea and Greater Manchester, Salford & Bury Councils utterly despicable lack of traffic management means my 10 mile commute takes well over an hour & a half now and my back teeth are floating by the time I get home. Desmotabs (0.2mg) basically helps you produce less wee. Now for the science bit… “Desmotabs contain the active ingredient desmopressin, which is a type of medicine called a vasopressin analogue. It is similar to a hormone produced naturally by the body, called vasopressin or antidiuretic hormone. Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. It is involved in controlling the natural balance of water levels in the body. It normally acts on receptors in the kidneys to prevent excessive amounts of water being filtered out of the blood and into the urine. This reduces the production of urine.”
Essentially though the reason we are here is the mug.
This lipped Newbury gives me the warm & fuzzies. (In a dry way) It gives a pretty awful complaint a wonderful child-like gloss. You just know you’ll be OK with a Desmotab or two in you, all snuggled up in bed all cosy and warm and dry. I’ve fallen for this mug like a blind roofer. Even if I never drink from it I could keep it in my car in case of emergencies on those l-o-n-g drives home from work. (Only kidding)