...or the cottage or the house or maybe that savings account:
A beer mat enthusiast who spent a lifetime tracking down some of the world’s rarest mats has left his extraordinary collection to a close friend. Ian Calvert died two weeks ago aged just 48 after battling with Parkinson’s for seven years. In his will the lifelong Hearts fan left a staggering 27,000 beer mats – some of which date back to 1929 – to his close friend and fellow “tegestologist” Dennis Harle. Among the incredible collection are the world’s smallest beer mats, specially made for a dollhouse, along with some of the first produced in the UK.
Good to see that it went to another tegestologist and that he's a member of the British Beermat Collecting Society. Ian, up there to the right, had his own website which now has a memorial page noting that the funeral service is tomorrow. He wrote a good background piece on his own interest in the hobby which goes a long way to show he was keen and supportive participant in this aspect of beer culture.
By the way, apparently "tegestology" is derived from the Greek “tegestos” which refers to a small reed mat. But they are not reed mats, are they? Never mind. Have a tough for him next time you lift a glass off a mat.