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January Competition Time

New Year Competition time so to win one of our mugs  1. Like our Facebook page  2. Like this post on that page  3. Share this post on that page 4. Comment which couples you would like to see on a mug for valentine (ie You’re the Megan to my Harry etc)

Winners will get their choice of any of our 11oz mugs.

Competition finishes 8pm Friday 11th January.
Winners will be chosen from those that satisfy the 4 rules above

And if you don’t win our Harry Potter Mugs are here

You’re the Hermione to my Ron Mug Left-side
You’re the Hermione to my Ron Mug Left-side
You’re the Ron to my Hermione Mug Left-side
You’re the Ron to my Hermione Mug Left-side
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What is the most popular initial alphabet letter mug?

J Camels

So why are we letting you know which are our most popular letter mug?

When we set up Mary Hinge we wanted to know a few things. Things which would normally be secret trading however our approach is pretty open. We sell mugs and coasters and if something could be useful to the wider community and it didn’t impact our business too much why not let everyone know. Seems fair.


So which of our alphabet mugs sell the best.

Firstly before thousands of jewelry companies start  making lots of “K” necklaces. You have to understand our products and our sense of humour. We don’t sell a mug with just a letter on it. No, we wanted to add value to it, so we created our own phonetic alphabet. The Nato phonetic alphabet is helpful, it allows people to communicate the spelling of words or groups of letters easily as the word used not only begins with that letter but also does not sound like any of the other words used in the Nato alphabet. Our phonetic alphabet differs in two ways. Firstly it is totally unhelpful, and secondly some of the words sound alike just to add confusion. It is our unhelpful phonetic alphabet.

So by knowing this, you now know that our customers also have a sense of humour and you would also conclude that the person that they are buying the mugs for (if not themselves) has a similar sense of humour. This therefore may not be the most reliable information on what are the most common or used initials in the United Kingdom.


However here are our findings, and they are to be honest not outrageous. We weren’t expecting many X’s or U’s and we were right, so we created J Camels. As this is the closest word or name we could come up with to describe the choices.

J is by far the most bought for. It may be that our J for Orange is the funniest letter mug or that there are more people with the name beginning with  J who find it funniest.

And then CAMELS are around the same C for Miles, A for Horses, M for Sis, E for Ewe, L for Leather and S for Rantzen .

So there you have it. We hope it is of use and that you let anyone else who is interested know.

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BYOM (Bring your own mug)

BYOM (bring your own mug)

I was in a friends office yesterday and they had the cleanest kitchen area I have ever seen at an office. There were no cups in the sink. There were no cups on the draining board, and before you ask there was not a dishwasher and the cleaner came every other day.

Not the normal thing for me to comment on, however I have been in offices where there are signs all around the worktops where it states “not the dishwasher” or “please put cups in the dishwasher and not the sink”, but this company had none of that and there were around 30 staff milling around the place.

What was the secret I asked.

“It’s very simple, we have a bring you own mug policy. That mug is your mug and your responsibility. If it is found in a place where it shouldn’t be, it is simply thrown away. ”

“surely throwing things away like that would cause a riot?” I inquired.

“No, not anymore. We haven’t thrown a mug out yet, we have put them in the bin and then told the person, and hence if they want it they need to get it out. Problem solved.”

“What about guests mugs?”, thinking I had found a chink in the argument.

“Same thing, we have 5 guest mugs, if they are not cleared up they go in the bin, and because of that, the next time a guest arrives there aren’t any. The person who is embarrassed is normally the person who didn’t clear up. It is simple and about respect.”

So there you have it. BYOM or Bring Your Own Mug. Saves money, time and clutter.

My friend had one final thing to say

“If its your own mug you look after it better, you do a better job of cleaning it, as you only have one mug to look after, you don’t have to wash a whole bowl full.”

Can’t argue with that.


Some of our mugs are fabulous for the office look here