Balance is less of a science than an art… Not so much the act of merely staying upright, though having said that with the winter weather some of us have that can be difficult too. Rather I mean the art of not being flung into extremes, the ability to hold things in tension and deal […]Read more "Fantastic Mr Fox? A Review of Diamine 150th Anniversary Silver Fox ink"
First impressions count, or so they say… However they don’t always count for everything and sometimes can just be plain wrong. How boring would the world be if everything and everybody in it could be sized up and assayed in the twinkling of an eye. Where would be surprise and the joy of the quest? […]Read more "Going Green: A Review of Diamine 150th Anniversary Tropical Green"
OK another year is now in full swing… gone are the Christmas decorations along with the tree and by now mouldy turkey and hardened leftover cheese. The question now is what do we do to keep our spirits up through the bleak quarter of January through March as we weather the financial and calorific cost […]Read more "The Pen is poised: Anticipating & Advocating #InCoWriMo 2015"
I think it was Shakespeare who penned, “Whoever loved who did not love at first sight..” If it wasn’t him then it really should have been, for the phrase captures the essential illogic and impulse of attraction. Such are my sentiments as I write-up this present review of ‘Terracotta’ the latest of my Diamine 1864 […]Read more "Love at first write: A review of Diamine 150th Anniversary Terracotta"
It’s easy to romanticise the past. We do it all the time. I remember an old college lecturer of mine bemoaning the fact that he had not been born in the 13th century, a period in which he felt he would have been much more at home, with quill in hand no doubt. The reality […]Read more "Darkly delicious: A review of Diamine 150th Anniversary Regency Blue"
It’s always good to start a series of reviews in a party mood… Here I go keeping my word that, despite the fact that life keeps getting in the way, I will prioritize the reviews of the 150th anniversary series of ink from Diamine. So I thought why not kick off with a party, or […]Read more "Let’s Party: A short Review of Diamine 150th Anniversary Carnival Ink"
They say that the secret to human longevity is just to keep breathing… In fact the older I get the more I think longevity is generally a good thing, for often things do improve with age (although I’m not sure that’s true for everyone that I know.) Recently the Liverpool based British ink manufacturer Diamine […]Read more "Pieces of eight: An overview of Diamine’s 1864 150th anniversary inks"