Happy National Stationery Week 2017

National Stationery Week 2017

Look what letter I got today.
It’s nice that Royal Mail is in on National Stationery Week.

More blogs in the new pencil world

Something else I wanted to mention: There’s a new blog from the ‘new pencil world’. FI started linking to it in my blog link list a few weeks ago, but didn’t get round mentioning it yet, it’s A New Kind Of Pencil. Like The Weekly Pencil it features a series of blog posts about members of the Erasable Facebook group.

In case you wonder why some of my blog links don’t have the latest post displayed, that is usually because my software can’t read their RSS feed, often because it is a Square Space site. If I find a way of getting it to work I will change it, so that their latest blog posts are displayed, too.

Paper Made the Modern Economy

If you’ve got 9 minutes to spare, why not listen to the episode about Paper from the radio series 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy?1 It is narrated by the pop star of economists Tim Harford.2

The image has been taken from a previous blog post about stationery stores in Shanghai.

  1. Don’t answer that. It’s a rhetorical question. []
  2. This is not the first appearance of his name in this blog. Can you find the other appearance? []

Happy National Pencil Day

Happy National Pencil Day to our American friends!

To celebrate the USA’s National Pencil Day I want to reheat some of the previous content:

You might remember the link to Staedtler’s Mandala creator from the bestselling Noris blog post. Unfortunately, the shapes available have nothing to do with stationery, so I put some circles and hexagons together to make them look like pencils, plus something that is supposed to be a fountain pen nib. In case you really want to colour this in, here’s a link to the PDF.

Since the National Calendar page’s entry on the National Pencil Day includes a few words about Roald Dahl I thought I also show this video again. It has previously been featured in the Nail-gun-sharpening discontinued glow-in-the-dark pencils blog post.

To finish off just a quick note that there are 70 new articles in the Stationery Wiki. Please feel free to add more information.

You can find more National Pencil Day blog posts at Pencil Revolution and Lead Fast.

A dangerous pencil hack 4

Youtube suggested I should watch this video – I couldn’t resist.

Having touched a live 240V wire by mistake was a memorable experience (I still remember it even though it was twenty years ago), so I am not too keen on trying this pencil hack out and I suggest you don’t either.

The idea is interesting, though. An explanation how this works would be nice.

Again, I don’t suggest that you try this at home (or at work, or while out and about).

Farewell Joe Dever / Medieval Manuscript Marginalia 5

Farewell Joe Dever

I just found out that Joe Dever, the author behind the Lone Wolf books and other books and games, has died.

His Choose Your Own Adventure books are great. I didn’t own any as a kid, but lent a few from friends who had them. Twenty years later I bought some and again rediscovered them another ten years later.

As his millennium gift Joe Dever made his books available free of charge online.


Well, here’s my Choose your own Goodbye:

1 If you wish to bid him farewell turn to 2

2 You say “I bid you farewell, my brother. May the luck of the gods go with you.”1



Medieval Manuscript Marginalia

This morning Radio 4’s Today programme talked about marginalia in medieval manuscripts2.

You can listen to it online, the segment about the marginalia starts at 1:43:40


In this segment Dr. Johanna Green from the University of Glasgow looks at the doodles and ink flow tests in the margins of a 15th century manuscript.


I believe that the use of the twitter screenshot in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.

  1. Joe Dever. “Flight from the Dark.”, Section 349 []
  2. I was quite tempted to spell it mediæval []