Staedtler’s Mars 502 lead pointer tub 5

Many of my videos that were originally posted to accompany blog posts were kind of forgotten, i.e. were never mentioned here, even though I made them to be used in a future blog post. This includes one of my most popular videos with currently (July 2020) more than 64,000 views: a demonstration how the Mars 502 lead pointer tub works.

Originally posted because the 502 doesn’t come with useful instructions and the comments left under the video show that there is/was a demand for a video like this.


Un crayon français 2

Season Seven of French police procedural and legal drama series Engrenages (English: Spiral) doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the Staedtler Noris. In a previous blog post I showed the judge’s (juge Roban’s) Staedtler Noris and the police’s Staedtler Tradition. This time the protagonist, police officer Laure Berthaud, played by Caroline Proust, is using a Staedtler Noris. Good choice!

Laure Berthaud’s Noris (Image © Son et Lumière)

This Noris sighting has been added to the Noris in the wild page.

I believe that the use of the screenshot, taken from Engrenages Season 7 Episode 3 falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.


No stationery permitted 1

Schools are slowly opening up again here in the UK, despite the bad Covid-19 related figures, especially in England.

To protect the children some measures have been taken. Unfortunately, this includes a ‘no stationery’ rule.

The picture above was part of the communication sent to parents. Sad message, nice pictogram.


Super Mario glue 2

In Germany, the brand UHU is arguably the most common type of glue and the brand name is, or at least was, synonymous with glue.

As part of their back to school seriesUHU has now released Super Mario editions of their products and they even provide PDF at https://www.uhu.de/de/back-to-school-2020 you can print to make some Super Mario decoration. Their English web site doesn’t have these PDFs (yet?) so I link to the German web site.


Pencil pot of the month – June 2020

It’s time to temporarily revive the pencil pot of the month series.

Lego pencil pot 50154

After spending five years tucked away it was high time for this Lego pencil pot to get assembled.

Lego pencil pot 50154 being assembled

I bought it at the Lego Store in Manchester in August 2015 for £10.99 (~€12.15; ~$13.50) …after unsuccessfully chasing a previous Lego pencil pot, one that I thought looked nicer, for a few weeks.

Lego pencil pot 50154 assembled

You can find previous pencil pots of the month in the pencil pot of the month archive.

Price: August 2015, exchange rates: June 2020