The last post about the tankard generated a few requests from people who would like to hold the sacred cup. Great news. So I decided to write a list of everyone who spoke up and said that they fancied a go. The list (below) is the initial sequence in which people will receive the tankard, but allowances will be made for deviations from this route - the tankard will surely assume a life of its own.
As stated before, when you receive the tankard, the rules are that you
should post a picture of you with it on your blog. The more outlandish
the photo/situation, the better. And you should also post
trackbacks/links back to Paul and I, so that we can trace its path -
for the record, the trackback addresses to use are
http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/6410825 (me) and
Like we said above, we are open to deviations, but it would be good if everyone on this list got to hold the tankard at some point, seeing as you are the original seekers of the holy chalice. If anyone has got any better suggestions, I'm all ears.
If not, it'll be sent to Kirsty in Paris in a couple of days' time.
Paul was given this tankard as a birthday present by the people he works with. I liked the look of it, so Paul said he would send it to me. I would then post a picture of me enjoying some time with the tankard and then pass it on again (read more in the comments on this post). So here I am with the tankard:
For some reason I stated that we would get it to Nigeria, but to be honest, that might be a little way off. Instead, I ask anyone reading this who would like to take part in the Great Tankard Challenge to let me know. Then I'll choose one of you to send it on to, and then you send it on, and so on and so on, until we either get bored or get it to Nigeria, or perhaps somewhere even more exotic. The only rules are that once you receive it, you must post a picture of you with the tankard on your blog and let us know about it.
The challenge is on. I reckon Tom will be the first person to ask for a go on the tankard.
PS here I am again, supping water from the tankard. In the background is a painting that Giles (who sits next to me) was given by someone we work with. We don't like it much, so if you give me a good reason, you can have the painting as well.
NB some readers will notice that I am beardless. It happens once every 6 weeks. It's a husband thing.