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.
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!
Who would have thought… These days you can even get perfume pencils. The name made me curious, so I had a closer look ..but I think perfume pens would have been a better name. They seem to be plastic cased and come with a cap.
These perfume pencils actually remind me of Staedtler’s textsurfer gel 1. I wonder whether the core is of a similar consitency.
The images in this blog post have been taken from the Chanel and Staedtler web sites. I believe that the use of the images shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.
I ordered them in the past, including from Japan, because they had some different colours available over there. They are really nice. [↩]
It’s always nice to drive through Belgium as it gives me a chance to refill my Atoma reserves. As you might know, I’m a big fan of Atoma notebooks.
With such a choice to tempt me (see photo above) I couldn’t resist getting a BIC multi-pen with a pencil to add to my multi-pen plus pencil collection.
Carrefour had an offer on the Pelikano junior for under €10. It’s a great pen. When I bought mine in 2008 I paid £6.80, but these prices are long gone and today €10 seems like a steal.
The reason I really stopped was to get more Atoma notebooks. Unfortunately they didn’t have the Bio Atoma which I love. Even Atomas with cardboard covers were rare. Most had thick plastic covers which seem unnecessarily plasticy and not as nice as the cardboard variety. The similar Adoc notebooks were however available with cardboard covers.
When I drove on, into Germany, I noticed another nice stationery surprise. Kids get the excellent Noris colour pencils with a kids meal. Chicken fillets, fries, orange juice and Staedtler Noris for €3.99. The Noris is certainly the star in this combo.
In Europe Staedtler stationery is a familiar and regular special buy at Lidl, a discount supermarket chain.
I’m happy to see that Staedtler stationery is now also available at their competitor Aldi, a similar and probably better known discount supermarket chain. I don’t remember seeing Staedtler products at Aldi UK before.
It’s of course no wonder that all the pencils where sold out when I saw the Staedtler stationery. There were only a few erasers left.