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Monday, 19 June 2017

A Mug's A Mug For Aw That

Some years ago (in fact, and rather scarily, well over a decade ago) I came across this mug. It's rather chunky but it appealed to me because it was unusual and very comfortable to hold. Unfortunately I couldn't find out who made it.



When I was watching the morning news on the BBC's Breakfast programme it struck me that no one held their coffee mug by the handle.  Everyone held it like this:

Thank you Marcel/David. I try to live by this mantra.
So I wondered what you might think of the innovative design and how you hold your mug. 

Those who prefer China tea cups need not respond.

18 comments:

  1. I use the handle when I drink coffee. I'm not sure that I would like your new mug.

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    1. Red I think it's one of those things that you have to try because it's so different to what we are used to.

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  2. You know - I don't know! I really have to pay attention next time I have coffee how I hold my mug. I know I often clasp both hands around it, as I have cold hands almost all the time (even at 30 Celsius) and welcome the chance to warm them up that way. But I am pretty sure for the actual drinking part I hold it at is handle.
    By the way, DO sweat the small stuff is the advice astronaut Chris Hadfield gives in his book :-)

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    1. Meike, it's something we do so habitually and intuitively that thinking about it makes it harder. You mentioned that fact about Chris Hadfield several years ago when I mentioned not sweating the small stuff in a post. I've still not read his book. However I do recall looking it up and I seem to recall that he was making the point that details matter. They do of course. The test for not sweating the small stuff is basically will it matter in a day, a week, a year, ever? If it does then it's not small stuff using Richard Carlson's definition.

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  3. I bought a large mug at one of the local OP Shops, 10 or more years ago now, I guess it was...it's handcrafted, blue in colour, and I love it!

    The handle has broken off a couple of times, and I've glued it back on again. I never want to be without this mug.

    I hold it by the handle...that's what handles are for, in my opinion. When I make Milo (on milk) or those packet Lattes or cappuccinos and/or hot chocolate, this is the mug I use.

    When I have a coffee made on my coffee machine, I have my own special mug for that purpose, too. Again, it's a handcrafted one bought at the same OP Shop around about the same time I bought the blue one. This mug is not as large, but larger than a regular coffee or tea cup. It's brown earthenware - and it has character! It, too, has had it's handle re-glued a couple of times.

    I don't want to ever be without these two!

    They are the only two mu

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    1. Yes, Lee, having one's special mugs is important I think. I, too, have mugs I use for various drinks.

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  4. I use the handle otherwise my fingers get burnt. And I'm afraid I do sweat the small stuff...

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    1. Frances you obviously drink you drinks very hot because I've never met a female of the species who didn't have asbestos hands. Life is a lot easier if one doesn't sweat the small stuff.

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  5. I like the style of your mug, the colour, the chunkiness and the handle!
    I hold a mug just as shown in the picture, fingers through the handle, cradling the mug.

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    1. Kylie since I wrote the article I've discovered that either I don't have one special way of holding a mug or I keep varying it because I'm now thinking about it.

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  6. I've never seen a handle like that and don't feel sure how it would work for me. I think how I hold the mug or cup depends both on the handle and on the kind and size and weight of the mug/cup itself. I have rather small hands myself so with some mugs I might feel need to use both hands! ;) And there's also the hand-warming aspect that Meike mentions... And also whether one is just drinking, or also eating a sandwich or something (in which case the other hand might be busy holding that!) I think this topic may need a serious study... ;)

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    1. Monica I have very small hands for my height too although my fingers are quite long. I find the 'strange' mug very comfortable and easy to hold.

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  7. I use the handle but because of my neuropathy they have to be a special shape - flattened at the top. Round handles are hard to cope with. I no longer move in cup and saucer circles !

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    1. Most of my mugs have handles that are fairly flat at the top but some, I notice, are flatter than others. I do have a pair of china cups but they are only used when FWKTM comes for a cuppa.

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  8. I have a mug of tea in front of me right now. I pick it up with the handle in the normal manner because I am normal.

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    1. Actually YP there's no such thing as a normal person. I learned that on QI a couple of nights ago. As an example see the jaggedness principle. Aside from that 'normal' can be very boring and you're definitely not that.

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    2. "All the world is queer save thee and me and even thou art a little queer!"

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    3. We obviously come from the same era YP. I used that quotation (which was used by my Mother and Grandmother) on a blog recently.

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