Not a Bad Day to Work in the Sunshine, Plus Zombies.

2019-07-29 It was Sunday, and being the confirmed atheist I am, I was working; but being just as confirmed in my indolence as my lack of religious faith, I was working about as not very hard as I could get away with, and with a large cup of cold-brew coffee and crushed ice to hand, …

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Traveler’s Notebook meets the Paper Penguin

After recently dipping my toes into the cult of the Tomoe River, I wanted more. I wanted something I would use regularly, but not another new notebook—not just yet anyway. Soon, but not just yet. A couple of possibilities immediately leaped to mind... (i) I've never liked, or used, blank notebooks, and the blank insert …

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What Am I Still Using? 2018

Well, everybody seems to be doing a pens and inks I bought in 2017 post, so I thought I might do something like that, but a bit different. Because I'm contrary. I took a look in my bag, and at what I've been carrying around recently, and it struck me that of all the stuff I've bought in …

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Traveler’s Notebook—Homemade Card Folder Insert

A few days ago I posted my take on the Traveler's Notebook. I love it, but I do think it's a bit pricey for what it is, and some of the inserts are correspondingly expensive for what they are too. One of the inserts that I said I definitely wanted to take a look at …

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The Traveler’s Notebook—With A Leather Thong

If you're one of those people that looks for stationery or nice pens on the interwebs, then you have probably found it difficult to avoid reading about the Traveler's Notebook (from The Traveler's Notebook Company in Japan, formerly Midori). They're written about on almost every pen and stationery site you may stumble across, and—I should …

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Lamy Aion in Black or Olivesilver

My apologies for such a long gap between entries. No excuses are offered, suffice to say that over all that time, there has been a huge amount of work, the loss of more than one dear friend, and not a little international travel; and it's the latter which leads me to my latest post. On …

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Rhodia DotPad Notepad No. 12

Why would anybody write a review of the Rhodia Dotpad? It's ubiquitous—everybody's got one, they're everywhere, and they've been around for years. Exactly. Everybody's got one, and they've been around for years. There must be something about them right? So what's the fascination with this little pad? First-off, it's small; which in this case, is …

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Life Noble Report A4

There comes a point when pocket-sized, and A5 notebooks just don't cut the mustard (note for North American peoples, this means they're just not up to the job; and no, I have no idea whatsoever why that should have anything to do with mustard). Enter, the Life Japanese Stationery Company's Noble Report A4 Writing Tablet. One …

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Rhodia Heritage Notebook in Black Escher

The Rhodia Heritage Sewn Spine notebook in what they call black escher was one of the highlights of my week. It arrived promptly after placing an order with Wonder Pens in Toronto; and I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Liz recently wrote about the new lines of Clairefontaine and Rhodia notebooks they …

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So, I Had a Package Arrive…

The other day I had my latest package arrive from the amazing Wonder pens of Toronto. As ever, an order is accompanied by a thank you note from Liz. Liz' postcards are almost as much fun to get as the package, their designs are great. I thought you could buy these on their web site, …

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