I love movies, watching them either at home or at the cinema… and I love being reminded of my favourite movies, of which there are many… Whether it’s the visual splendour of ‘Avatar’ and ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ or the memorable musical score of John Cusack’s ‘Grosse Point Blank’ or the haunting scenes of films like […]Read more "Mean green: A review of Diamine 150th Anniversary ‘Safari’ ink"
I’m not much of a drinker… in fact the last time I was drunk was on my eighteenth birthday, and let me tell you that was quite some while ago. I do imbibe the odd glass of red wine on occasion and at other times I have been seen with a glass of vintage port […]Read more "A dark bruiser: A review of Diamine 150th Anniversary 1864 blue-black"
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"
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 cold outside, and the paint’s peeling off of my walls There’s a man outside, in a long coat, grey hat, smoking a cigarette’ No, that’s not a description of where I live, though strangely it fits to some degree :), but rather some great lyrics from Gary Numan’s “Are Friends Electric?” you can watch […]Read more "An Electric Friend: A short review of Caran d’Ache Electric Orange Ink"