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 3

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


Perfume pencils

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.

Chanel’s Chance Perfume Pencils (Image © Chanel)

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.

  1. I ordered them in the past, including from Japan, because they had some different colours available over there. They are really nice. []