Its’s No (Mug’s) Game

Over 21 years I’ve had this. It was one of the first things I bought when I arrived in the UK. A souvenir of my first ever visit to London, in the summer of 1999.

It has been the mug I have used first every day ever since. Either for tea (I wasn’t a coffee drinker when I moved over here) or latterly for my first cup of coffee of the day (unless away from home. Obvs).

I currently have five Simple Minds themed mugs, including the most recent wonderful birthday gift. Several others have been broken over the past few years, but this Bowie mug just keeps on keeping on. It even survived the move to Glasgow in tact.

It’s a little chipped around the lip. After 21 years it would be doing well to be in perfect nick!

David is part of my daily ritual. Coffee and banana. That’s “breakfast” for me – a frothy milky coffee and a banana.

The only thing about the mug that makes me sad is – like with a TON of other things – it’s right-hand centric and the the images of David are only visible to right-handed drinkers.

Being somewhat ambidextrous himself (Bowie was left-handed when writing) I’d like to think he’d be pissed off that I, as a fellow kack-hander, can’t see the images when I’m drinking my bevvie each morning.

Here’s to another 21 years of a mug’s life!

Birdy Bonus

Yesterday’s jigsaw puzzle gift was just part one of my belated birthday gifts from Yvonne. The second part arrived this morning.

In all this time, I never thought to get ANYTHING printed of this other than the prints I had done for myself and Jim. So, it is really wonderful to have other things showing it.

I do wish it would be in the book…but hey ho. It was a gamble for my little contribution that I submitted to be based around it.

To have these things…the jigsaw puzzle, this coffee cup…the “original” print signed by Jim! They are treasures. Absolute treasures. As will the book be.

Thank you for the second gift, Birdy. 😊❤️

I am stunned she resisted the temptation of printing my name as “Luriele” 😂😂😂😂😂

Competition Time! Win A Mug!

It’s competition time again! How would you like to get your hands on this fantastic Simple Minds coffee mug? Let’s hear a favourite line from a Simple Minds song from you! It doesn’t have to be your favourite song….just a lyric that means something to you, stops and makes you think…or just gives you chills (or thrills!). I have quite a few…but one favourite is “when the other side of midnight calls, remind me I’m glad to be here” from 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall. It sounds a little morose, but is actually quite optomistic when you think about it.

So what’s yours? Just leave yours in the comments to be entered in the draw. As always, it’s open worldwide. Entries close 23:59 BST September 3rd. Winner announced Sept 4th. Good luck!

Giveaway!! Win A Unique Design Jim Kerr Mug!

To promote my new Etsy shop, I am giving away this beautiful Jim Kerr mug to one lucky person! To enter, just like, comment, retweet or otherwise make yourself known with your favourite Simple Minds song. Entry closes 11.59pm GMT (that’s one minute before midnight) July 8th! Winner announced on Jim’s birthday (July 9th). Good luck!! And please do visit the shop!!

Etsy shop: FreeWonderStyle