There’s a new artist on display this week: Peter Lennon’s stunning local photography is up on the wall behind the coffee bar and looks absolutely amazing:
There’s a new super-duper boiler behind the counter (James called it “the Ferrari of boilers” – he gets excited by things like that), thanks to our wonderful tea suppliers at Suki Tea. (Any rumours of a burst pipe and a Titanic-style flood during its installation, complete with anguished cries of “Women and children first!”, are of course completely true.)
But all credit to Wes and Colin who brought the raging waters back under control and were therefore rewarded with the first cuppa from the new Ferrari:
There are new flavours of coffee on offer as well – every week we’ll be showcasing a new gourmet blend of some of the richest, tastiest, most exotic coffees from all over the world (all freshly ground on site just minutes before making their way into your mug). Just check the the blackboard on the pillar beside the counter to see what’s brewing this week:
There’s even some new flora and fauna – have you seen the huge new purple trees, donated by our Abseiling Window Cleaners?
And as always in The Dock, it’s not the product that matters as much as the process. Much as I love having superb coffee, tea and artwork in the cafe, what really brings me joy is the knowledge that it’s all thanks to people donating their time, gifts, talent, energy, enthusiasm and even plumbing skills… A community of people bound by the immense fun of living Life in the Titanic Quarter.
Shorter than Lord Of The Rings… With less Ewoks than Star Wars… More restful than the Godfather Trilogy… Containing more cups of tea than Indiana Jones… It can only be another trilogy of short films featuring The Dock!
The first – the Star Wars if you will, setting the scene of our galaxy far far away (just off the motorway and turn left) – was made a few months back by Jules and the guys from UCB as part of their ‘Real God – Real People’ series of faith stories:
The second, in the tradition of The Empire Strikes Back, is darker and ends on a cliffhanger. Of course, it’s only dark because an iPhone camera can’t pick up the details in the shadows on a sunny day in Dock Cafe, and the cliffhanger is: What happens next? Will yet more customers arrive to enjoy yummy scones and soup?
The third, a la Return Of The Jedi, is a story of hope and redemption… it’s a part of a recent Mindwise project called ‘All Along The River’, which started with a boat trip on the River Lagan and ended with a fantastic art project on display in Dock Cafe:
So there you go – another Titanic trilogy! And just as they can’t stop making new extra Star Wars trilogies, Dock World is always finding new stories – look out for new artwork, new developments and new movies (including Nate’s epic Story Of The Dock) appearing on a screen near you this holiday season…
Saturdays used to be dead as a dodo in the Titanic Quarter… not any more!
Some fantastic shots from Jeremy at The Big Wooden Box of different stalls being set up at DOCK Market this weekend:
And some pics of the buzz of life once the Market started to swing… the atmosphere was great, and the quality and variety of stalls were absolutely brilliant:
And meanwhile in DOCK Cafe, our second week of Eats and Seats was a fantastic success – the cafe was packed with customers enjoying not just yummy scones and tasty soup from The Dock, but freshly-cooked-to-order fry-ups served by Angie and the gang from the Mace (I even got to enjoy a fry with me mum and dad):
Order your brunch on Saturdays, pay for it in the Green Deli next door, then come get a mug of tea or coffee in The Dock Cafe and they’ll bring your food to you – just pop a donation in the honesty box to cover your drinks.
What better way to spend a Saturday – a breakfast fry and a freshly-brewed coffee in DOCK Cafe, a bit of shopping, browsing and some tasty lunch in DOCK Market, supporting local businesses and being part of Life in the Titanic Quarter!