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Nakaya Pens

I watched SBRE Brown’s latest video review of the Nakaya Portable Writer in Heki Tamenuri with some interest. I have a Nakaya fountain pen too, one that I bought two years ago when flush and it has struck me that Stephen has not reviewed many Nakaya pens.

Nib

What became ...


Elbow grease

Accept no substitutions...

I've been polishing up the family’s shoes todays after a few days away, with too much football played wearing sensible shoes in muddy fields and gardens. As I come to the end of a tin of polish I'm reminded there is no magic shoe cleaning product as ...


I Saw Goody Proctor with The Devil

Last Saturday we went out as a family to see Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible at the Lyceum theatre. It's a powerful portrayal of the Salem witch trials written as an allegory for the McCarthy-era anti-communist activities of the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s. It’s ...


Sunset Song

I have just finished re-reading my favourite book, Sunset Song, probably for the fifth or sixth time. It’s a book I first read as a student in secondary school―hated―and then fell in love with.

Tangy Mill

The novel tells the story of Chris Guthrie. Born into a farming family ...


Peanut Butter

I can’t remember a time when I’ve not enjoyed peanut butter. I recently remembered that I used to eat peanut butter sandwiches when I was at primary school and that was over 40 years ago.

My tastes in food have changed and become more sophisticated but this in ...


OmniFocus Niggles

There’s something about productivity tools — use them serious for a while and then it seems to get common to get itchy feet and want to try something different.

I’ve been using OmniFocus for a while now to pick-up where I don’t use my Hobonichi Techo. I really ...


Requiem for a shirt

Rest in peace old warrior. You have served us well.

Requiem for a shirt

You have kept me warm, but more importantly You have absorbed the tears of small children and caught their vomit, valiantly protecting more delicate materials.

You were wounded in games, battles and ninja attacks Scarred with paint and glitter Stretched ...


Festive Five 2015

In hindsight 2015 looks like a mixed-bag for buying new music. While I’ve picked-up quite a few albums, when I look down the list, I don’t have particularly warm feelings for many of them.So much so that I’ve just deleted Flying Saucer Attack’s eponymous instrumental ...


The dreaded Christmas letter

It’s coming up to that time of year again — the serious newspapers and Radio 4 will soon be parodying those who send out ‘round robin’ Christmas letters. These things are often ripe for parody, with young Oliver making his first speech to the UN and baby Amelia copying mummy ...


Everyday Water Bottle

I try to drink plenty of water. When I’m at work, in a stuffy office environment, it helps to keep me refreshed and (nearly as important) ensure I get up and move around regularly. In general I find that I feel better if I drink regularly and stay hydrated ...

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