Michael Pryor (Master of Steampunk) will be visiting us on October 17. We have decided to host the Inaugural MHS Tea Duel to celebrate this event and enter into the culture of Steampunk. Tea Duelling has become an integral part of Steampunkery; there are very strict rules & codes of conduct to be adhered to when duelling. Students, if you think you are up to the challenge, first watch the following videos, then come into the library to read the rules and sign up.
Respect to Denise Beanland for having the strength of character to read through the guidance on the organisation of official tea duelling competitions – not for the faint hearted. The rules of the duel are to be found in the articles of the honourable association of tea duellists (third edition 1899) – as compiled by the signatories of The Hague Convention, December 1899.
I’ve included some of the specifications:
- The only permissible beverage is tea. Coffee and chocolate are strictly prohibited.
- This beverage should be no less than 65 degrees at the time of competition
- The drinking vessel, known as “The Keg” shall be no less than three and one quarter in depth
- The Tiffin Master shall supply the bisquits. Ordinarily these are “Malted Milk”
otherwise known as “Cows”
- On the command “choose your weapons” the dunkers will each select a single
- if the Tiffin Master is happy that there has been a clean dunk he shall count to five.
- Once five has been counted and the bisquit removed the dunkers shall attempt to eat
the bisquit. 94% as adjudged by the Tiffin Master must end up in the dunker’s mouth for a clean
If this sounds like an activity you would enjoy, and you are a student at Melbourne High School, please come to the library and sign up.
These videos give you an idea of how it all works:
Visit The Honourable Association of Tea Duellists for more information.