During the month of September a fever gripped Twitter unlike had been seen before (well it probably had, but still). Geologists everywhere staked their sides in the epic online battles between different minerals to see which would be named the best: which would be crowned the winner of #MinCup 2017!! We all remember our surprise when pyrite went out SO early and the tension in the voting between plagioclase and zircon – which won by one vote!!!! It was fantastic and if you want to find out more, or relive any of the drama then you should definitely head over to Eddie Dempsey’s website and read his first-hand account.
For many of us it was over too soon, and I was one of those people. I started sketching the minerals in order of their finishing positions in the table and people responded really positively!! So much so that Eddie and I had a chat and decided to make a calendar. We decided that a charity calendar would be for the best – featuring the top 13 minerals (to give us time to design it and have enough room to see the sketches – 32 would have been too much). So that’s what we have done.
Enter the MinCup Charity Calendar. All profits from the calendar will be directly donated to Centrepoint, a charity that helps homeless young people get back on their feet and into education or employment. If you want to own a little bit of mineralogical twitter history then you can buy one of the calendars for £7.99. If you live in the UK this covers shipping, if you live anywhere else I’m afraid you will have to pay a little extra for shipping (DM me on twitter for more information). This is a limited run of 250, so get in there quick if you want one.
MinCup Charity Calendar
An A4 wall calendar with one mineral from the 2017 MinCup competition displayed for each month, with square spaces for each day of the month. The calendar is printed full colour, wire ring bound, one sided with a printed cover and card backing board. Each calendar is individually wrapped and postage is covered for those in the UK. If outside the UK please contact me for shipping details.