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

Trade Mugs Have Rights Too

135. Equality & Human Rights Commission

Never has a mug arrived at our door from such a lofty and prominent organisation. Always one to shy from controversy I’m going to side-step the usual japery of light-heartedly sending up such an institution. Let’s face it, under-represented humankind has many wishing to speak up to fight their corner and raise awareness of even the most niche cultures and communities.
What concerns me are the Rights of Trade Mugs?
Avid followers of Mugspotters will know how we have sought to raise awareness of the general neglect, lack of respect and abuse of Trade earthenware and you could say us bringing such artifacts onto the world-wide web would help consumers and beverage partakers to be more informed and appreciate such humble and frowned upon vessels. Our Mission statement & web-blurb bear testament to this:
Mission statement

Sadly even in Trade Mug circles, those who shout loudest are pandered to. The landscape is awash with White-bread Sparta’s & Vanilla Cambridge’s but wherever possible we love to champion those under-represented mugs sitting on the fringes: the Bell; the Stein & the Tankard. Hardly any of these get a look in!.

It’s a pity then that the E&HRC chose the most glaringly obvious, safe and quite frankly bland Cambridge to promote their cause. This is pretty much sat on the earthenware fence. I’d have much more respect for them if they’d had plumped for something like the Brave Bell.
Maybe rather than offend the majority by being brave, they pandered to the masses?
You have to remember: All trade mug designs are equal but some are more equal than others.

EHR final