Wednesday, 27 January 2010


Today is Lewis Carroll's 178th birthday!

What better way to celebrate the creator of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass and What Alice Found There, than to toast his memory with a nice cup of tea?

And how better to enjoy that tea than out of one of the best Christmas presents of last year - thank you, Sheila and Roger! - a mug with a vanishing Cheshire Cat!

Now you see it...

Now you don't!

Apart, of course, from that lingering grin!

Time for a top-up...?

"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."
"Nobody asked your opinion," said Alice.
"I want a clean cup," interrupted the Hatter: "let's all move one place on."

(Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)


scb said...

"It's always tea-time," said the Hatter with a sigh, "and we've no time to wash the things between whiles."

Love the vanishing Cheshire Cat! Perfect for celebrating such a birthday.

Does one wish many happy returns to someone who is, er, not likely to return (unless one believes in that sort of thing...)?

Suzanne said...

Thank you for putting a smile on my face this morning after a dreadful sleepless night! What a fantastic cup! Maybe I should get myself one as well for my hot chocolate!
bring: Chinese flashy jewellery

Brian Sibley said...

SCB - On the subject of washing-up, you have to remember not to put this one in a dishwasher or it will wipe off more than just the grin on the Cheshire Cat's face.

SUZANNE - Ideal for hot chocolate, I'd say. Hope you catch up with that lost sleep at some point, still, "Bring: Chinese flashy jewellery" is pretty good for someone with sleep-deprivation!

SharonM said...

It seems to be that sleepless nights are fashionable at the moment, Suzanne.

It's great that someone created such an impact that his birthday is still celebrated 178 years later.

Re the mug, colleagues once got me one of a rather attractive, well-endowed man and em, rather animated guy, wearing a pair of fish-net boxers. Of course, once hot water was added to the mug the boxers disappeared. Eventually they vanished altogether and I threw out the mug for fear of offending the sensibilities of visitors to my kitchen.

Suzanne said...

Especially 20 minutes after I got up! Where does one find such a cup?

Boll Weavil said...

We await the new film with interest...

Brian Sibley said...

SHARON M - What a wonderfully self-sacrificing person you are! To throw out a hunk just because he'd mislaid his fish-net boxers for fear of offending your visitors! Personally, if I'd been near enough to pop round for a cuppa, I'd have insisted that he would have been my tea-date! ;-)

SUZANNE - It's another product from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild whose wonderful range of products (such as Freudian slippers) I have blogged about before...

BOLL WEAVIL - We do indeed!

SharonM said...

Brian, had I known you then, I would have passed the mug on to you.
It's not just that he was naked, it was more the fact that he was obviously happy to see someone when the photo was taken!

Brian Sibley said...

Ah, yes, I've heard about people like that!