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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The Pen Addict vs. Lamy Shootout—Brad’s on Fire!

At around about the same time this year, three new products and one that was older than me, caught my eye. The first was a bursting orange from The Pen Addict's Brad Dowdy and the Australian manufacturer Robert Oster, with the nicely tongue-in-cheek name of Fire on Fire. This coincided with the delivery of a …

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A Vintage Australian Touchdown

Some while ago, on a too rare visit to the UK, my mother gave me a fountain pen she had unearthed in a fit of cleaning out a long-ignored writing desk. Well, it appears she's been ransacking other items of old furniture, because—amazing lady that she is—she has found another treasure, and it arrived in …

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Sheaffer Vintage Grapes & Leaves Mechanical Pencil

A couple of months ago, I wrote about how I had visited my family back in the United Kingdom, and my amazing mother had not only bought me gifts, but had managed to find a great old fountain pen that bought back some wonderful memories (the vintage Parker 45 Harlequin, with the dark shield pattern). …

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