They say memory fades as you get older, which may be true… I forget. There are some memories in particular I don’t ever want to lose though. For example some of my best memories of my children when they were younger are of holidays in France. Holidays in the Loire Valley and the Vendée in […]Read more "Une mémoire française: A review of the Calepino No.4 notebook"
Being a long time fan of the British reggae band UB40, the title of this review was easy to choose… Pace Eric Donaldson for the wonderful original too of course. In fact as I write this I’m listening to the track ‘Kingston Town’ off one of their compilation albums. Anyway today it’s the turn of […]Read more "Cherry oh baby: A review of Private Reserve Black Cherry ink"
‘As fair art thou my bonnie lass, so deep in love am I: And I will love thee still my dear, till a’ the seas gang dry…’ Robbie Burns lauds the value and longevity of love in his popular poem. I’m not sure any of these inks will last that long but they are very […]Read more "Love’s red rose: Ravishing reds for Valentines day…"
A belated happy 2016 to all! I hope your new year has begun well! The good news is that it’s time to begin blogging again… Interestingly my first ink review of the new year turns out to be Namiki Black ink. I should say that this ink was provided for review by Malcolm at Iridium […]Read more "Black to the future: A review of Namiki Black ink"
I’m told the American writer Henry Miller once wrote, “Ones destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things…” That may or may not be the case, but I thought it was quite profound. Anyway I thought that I would write something from my new place as it were, that is, the […]Read more "My view from the desert: thoughts on my exile from pen buying"
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"
‘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"