Tuesday, 30 August 2016

When I say "Earl Grey," you say "Yes, please!"

A strange article in The Guardian today focuses on the rise of "... the world’s unlikely capital of steampunk... the humble farming town of Oamaru, three hours south of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island."

Apparently, supported by the special effects team from Lord of the Rings and the availability of local farm equipment and junk shops, thousands of enthusiasts regularly descend on the town, and as a consequence Oamaru made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest gathering of steampunks in the world.

I am most intrigued by the sentence: "Steampunk games such as teapot racing [were] invented in Oamaru..."

What on earth is it? How does one set up a "teapot race"?

Maybe the "king of steampunk rappers" Professor Elemental may be able to explain; he knows a thing or two about tea:

That almost took my mind off going back to work for a moment...


  1. Three cheers for Professor Elemental and little old Oamaru too I say.

    Perhaps we should try a spot of ' teapot racing ' at our Grand Picnic next year.

    1. ...if we can work out what it is! Jx


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