The Dock Drinking Game

2014-09-25 09.53.44It was great to see Northern Ireland looking gorgeous on Grand Designs during the week (and what a cool shipping-container house – nice work Paddy).  While I was watching, someone tweeted a very hilarious Grand Designs drinking game (see pic) – which got me thinking – what would a Dock Drinking Game look like?

2014-09-26 18.34.51Well first of all it would involve scrumptious Dock Brew coffee or gourmet Suki Tea rather than shots – obviously!

And now that student term at the Belfast Met is back in full swing and the Dock is bunged with swarming students, vivacious volunteers, relaxing residents and chatting customers (take a look at this time-lapse of Dock Life for the first hour of business this morning), the opportunities for a Dock Drinking Game are manifold…

Take one sip of Dock Brew or Suki Tea:
Every time someone asks “How much is this?”
Every time an off-duty volunteer gets roped into some emergency dishwashing
2014-09-26 18.34.34Every time a customer wanders into the kitchen thinking it’s the loo
Every time someone asks “But how do you survive with an Honesty Box?”
Every time Chris freaks out at someone rolling a cigarette
Every time someone tries a new experimental flavour of Suki Tea
Every time a newbie asks for a Cappuccino

Take two sips of Dock Brew or Suki Tea:
Every time someone confuses James with Chris (Or Chris with James)
Every time a volunteer gets to explain the Honesty Box for the first time
Every time someone donates a sofa/mug/plate/chair/table
Every time someone spends more than two hours on the same sofa (quite often actually)
Every time someone asks us where we get the cool retro milk bottles
2014-05-08 10.40.35Every time someone accidentally drinks a glass of juice without diluting it
Every time someone starts a jigsaw (but gets too frustrated to finish it)
Every time the brownies are the first tray bake to disappear
Every time the knitting group actually do some knitting

Take three sips of Dock Brew  or Suki Tea:
Every time a Dock volunteer goes beyond all call of duty to be kind, patient, friendly, loving, welcoming and to the unending stream of customers (both grateful and ungrateful, helpful and unhelpful, loveable and… loveable in their own way)

Every time a volunteer confronted by messy tables/loads of abandoned dishes/curry chips squashed into the carpet/uneaten bowls of soup wonders if it’s all really worthwhile

and most importantly

Every time one little thank-you/message of encouragement in the visitors book/prayer in the prayer garden/conversation at the coffee bar brings a lump to the throat and helps Chris and the team realise that there is just no place on this planet like Dock Cafe.

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International Peace Day in TQ, Sun 21st Sept @ 7pm at the Drawing Offices

Not wanting to sound too fancy or anything… but on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Belfast and I (ahem), a massive welcome to join us in the Titanic Quarter as Belfast plays its part in marking International Peace Day.


We’ll gather at 7pm at the beautiful old Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices (an experience in itself if you haven’t been inside before) for a performance from a combined Peace Choir.

IMG_7932Then we’ll proceed as the sun sets out onto the Titanic Slipways, where we’ll find the largest map of the Northern Hemisphere in the world (it’s marked on the paving around the Titanic Belfast building) and hold a candlelit vigil for the parts of that map currently suffering conflict or turmoil.

Practicalities: car parking is available in the open-air car park directly opposite the Drawing Offices, tea and coffee will be served at Dock Cafe, and bring a wooly jumper as we’l be heading outside whatever the weather!


(PS can anyone spot a little detail in that pic which betrays the fact that it’s a few years old?  More on the changing face of TQ next week!)