seen in the wild


School Stationery in Britain and France 1

While in the UK school is coming to an end for this academic year France is already thinking ahead and is looking at Back to School stationery.

In the UK supermarkets are currently filled with ‘Thank you Teacher’ items. The link to stationery is obvious. Thank you, my teacher – or should that maybe also be ‘Thank you, my pencil’ like in Kunio Kato’s Oscar acceptance speech..

Thank you teacher, thank you my pencil.

while Britain is saying Goodbye to the old academic year France is already thinking about the stationery you’ll need for the next academic year. If you were always wondering which 29 stationery items a French pupil needs have a look at this article by The Local.


Ordering Food? There’s a Pencil for that… 1

The Chung Hwa Drawing Pencil 101 is still the pencil of choice in Shanghainese Dim Sum Restaurants.

In the nicer dim sum places, like here in a branch of Sue Hsiao Liu, they are of course also nicely sharpened.

If you wonder where they come from or how many a restaurant would keep: here’s this branch’s ‘secret’ stash of sharpened Chung Hwas, ready for the customers.


If you want to read more about Chung Hwa pencils – here’s a selection of related blog posts form around the web.

The 101:

Other Chung Hwa Pencils: