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Cicret Bracelet

After someone posted this video on Facebook I took a look at this ‘product’ to see what it is all about. This company are after $500,000 to fund the development of this bracelet during 2016 —and they have nearly achieved it! I can’t believe they are even advertised ...


Brexit

Thanks oldies for ruining our lives

The image above is what was written on my daughters’ school whiteboard today, showing the reaction of our kids to the referendum vote to leave the EU.

With the EU referendum resulting in the narrowest possible result in favour of Brexit I'm still coming to terms with the shallowness ...


Browken Vows: Tony Blair

This is a review of the book Broken Vows: Tony Blair – The Tragedy of Power by Tom Bower that I posted on Library Thing...

I have been searching for a book that tells the story of the Blair government with credibility. While this book, by Tom Bower, is one of ...


A Rotation of Fountain Pens

I’ve now reached the point where I have 12 fountain pens in my regular rotation. Just a couple of years ago I had 4 or 5 pens and carried them every day. Now I choose three to carry, use them for about three days and then switch things around ...


Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh by Neil Dalrymple

This is a book I always thought I should read. A little like the Great Unfinished Iliad Translation™, bought in the last century when I lived in Dundee and never finished.

I was delighted to learn that it is quite short book — only 100 pages in Penguin Classics. Even better ...


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 ...

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