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5 reasons why stationery is the solution to your shopping dilemmas

By on December 18, 2017 in Books & Pads, Craft, Paper, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
5 reasons why stationery is the solution to your shopping dilemmas

Looking for last-minute present ideas for Christmas? If you’re flying by the seat of your pants and trying to beat Santa and Rudolph to the post, why not look for some special stationery for friends and family? Here are 5 reasons why stationery is the solution to your shopping dilemmas: There are a lot of […]

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Finland To Scrap Handwriting Lessons

By on January 5, 2015 in Books & Pads, Pens & Pencils with 0 Comments
Finland To Scrap Handwriting Lessons

How’s your handwriting? Did your teachers make you practise hard as a child to dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t’s? Learning joined up writing, especially with a grown up fountain pen, has been a tradition in UK schools for at least a century or two! And most of us probably appreciate a beautifully written […]

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National Stationery Week 2014

National Stationery Week 2014

In the hardships of the trenches of World War I, what kept our soldiers going? In horrible circumstances, handwritten letters from loved ones back home helped lift men’s spirits. And even today, handwritten letters have great emotional significance. No one wants a love letter by email – it needs to arrive by snail mail, written […]

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Calling all Budding Writers!

By on November 7, 2013 in Books & Pads with 0 Comments
Calling all Budding Writers!

Calling all budding writers! Can you write a novel in a month? It might sound impossible, but the first draft of historical novel Water for Elephants – now a film on general release- was written by Sara Gruen in just 30 days. Gruen wrote the book as part of National Novel Writing Month- and this […]

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Flash Fiction

By on June 19, 2013 in Books & Pads with 0 Comments

Probably the shortest story ever written was allegedly by Ernest Hemingway and read: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn”. Brevity in prose has now found its niche with the rise of a new literary genre – flash fiction. The name was first used back in the 90s as the title to an anthology of very […]

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The World’s Top 10 Most Read Books

By on November 22, 2012 in Books & Pads with 0 Comments
The World’s Top 10 Most Read Books

Jared Fanning has designed an infographic showing the most read books in the last 50 years – that is, if reading correlates with sales. The numbers represent the quantity printed and then sold, rather than print figures alone. Not surprisingly, The Bible comes first, with 3,900,000 copies sold in the last 50 years. (But read?). […]

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What Does Pretentiousness Smell Like?

By on August 15, 2012 in Books & Pads with 0 Comments
What Does Pretentiousness Smell Like?

A perfume has been launched that makes wearers smell like “freshly printed books.” Paper Passion is a fragrance by Geza Schoen in association with publisher Gerhard Steidl and iconic design mag WallPaper*. Karl Lagerfeld and Steidl provide packaging. “The smell of a freshly printed book is the best smell in the world,” says Karl Lagerfeld. […]

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Writer on a Roll

By on February 20, 2012 in Books & Pads, Janitorial, Toilet Tissue with 0 Comments
Writer on a Roll

Someone has typed out Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby Dick on six rolls of toilet Paper for a bet. As the seller on ebay explains, “My friend and I once joked that toilet Paper should have instructions printed on them for certain people. One day, the conversation grew from there and turned into a wager […]

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Paper Data Storage

Paper Data Storage

A few days ago we told you about “Video Notebooks”, notebooks resembling good old fashioned VHS tapes. Today it’s the turn of the SIMbook notebook from Spinning Hat. The SIMbook is styled after the rather more recent SIM card, making it an apt place to store your telephone numbers, in a “ha ha”, knowing way. […]

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Business Cards for Gang Members

Business Cards for Gang Members

We Are Supervision has shown off a lesser known snippet of Chicago’s history: Gang cards. Apparently it was common practice ca. 1980 for Chicago gangs to put together their own business cards to impress, intimidate, whatever. It’s a bit of outsider history with a homespun aethetic. The names of the members are often included. We […]

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