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.
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)
Mugspotters is honoured to bring you this well-proportioned Commemorative Newbury for the Manchester Royal Infirmary. (MRI) It was formed in 1752 with just 12 beds in a small house in the city centre. The stippled Sepia Illustration on the mug looks like it was etched in about 1783 judging by the jutting beard of the carer as this was all the rage approaching the 1800’s.
Of course this is a far cry from the gargantuan beast that is the MRI today, whose PR tells us ….”they are a large teaching hospital for Manchester University’s Medical School, and a specialist regional centre for kidney and pancreas transplants, haematology and sickle cell disease. Their Heart Centre is a major provider of cardiac services in the region, specialising in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiology. The Accident & Emergency Department sees around 145,000 patients each year. (I wonder how many of these were degenerate drunks?)
The MRI go on to boast of many medical breakthroughs, the most recent being the first in the UK to carry out urology surgery using a handheld robotic device and fully 3D system. They have also celebrated becoming the first centre to implant 1,000 cochlear implants and carry out 4,000 renal transplants.
The Manchester Diabetes Centre was established in April 1988 and was the first of its kind in the UK and our Heart Centre boasts a Rapid Access Blackout clinic, believed to be the first in the world. The MRI, together with Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital are the only hospitals in the region which undertake kidney transplantation and in 2008 the MRI celebrated 4000 transplants over 40 years of service.
That is some calling card. Of course, Mancs have a great sense of humour and below is a poster of perennial crock, Owen Hargreaves, who was famed for spending most of his unfortunate football career at both Manchester United & Manchester City injured. He was given the honour of adorning this quite funny billboard. When Owen finally retired, the MRI were quite sad to see him go but need not have worried too much as Robin Van Persie took no time in taking up the offer of filling his comfy hospital bed.
Not for one minute do I suspect visitors to our humble web-space are all fraudulent crooks but let me reassure you, we have G4S looking out for us.
Just picture the scene. The intrepid investigator has been on an all-night stake out, their senses dulled and jaded, just waiting for the perp/fraudster to make their move..they reach out to their receptacle housing a refreshing hot beverage which invigorates and stimulates their…….. (err: enough Ed.)
Before this blog post starts turning into an Elmore Leonard novel, take time to ponder on this Newbury variant, with it’s tasteful logo including the ‘4’ ghosted out. I rather like this entry. The logo is of a good size and makes best use of the white space it operates in. The Newbury too is a classy mug, slightly thin in girth so ensure you partake of its contents before they go cold.
Anyway, onto the company themselves. Their web-blurb states: G4S Investigation Solutions specialises in the investigation of fraud across the public and private sector, working for some of world’s largest insurance companies, retailers and local authorities. Our expertise allows us to help our clients combat the many and changing faces of fraud.
So, if you’re thinking of committing any type of fraud, think twice.
You could go from Mugspot to Mugshot!