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How Fraudsters Used Scotch Tape

How Fraudsters Used Scotch Tape

Scotch Tape is a very useful invention: how else would we tackle the job of wrapping up our Christmas presents every year, and clean the dust off our keyboards without using a Hoover? But this ingenious invention has a chequered history. It was once an essential piece of kit for con men, who used it […]

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James Haggerty, Stapler Artist

By on April 20, 2017 in Art, Desktop Essentials, Staplers with 0 Comments
James Haggerty, Stapler Artist

A New York artist has now used a total of 78,000 office staples to produce eco-friendly, sci-fi inspired art – and the force has remained with him! Lifelong Star Wars fan James Haggerty, a teacher from New York, has created several Star Wars masterpieces, including Darth Vader, Greedo and C-3PO. He explains on his website […]

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Rebecca Murtaugh, Post-it Artist

By on March 30, 2017 in Art, Desktop Essentials with 0 Comments
Rebecca Murtaugh, Post-it Artist

Slapping a Post-it on to someone’s monitor is more fun than sending an email – it’s a message they can’t ignore. But would you have the stamina to stick thousands of Post-its all over the walls and furniture, like Californian artist Rebecca Murtaugh, for her installation To Mark a Significant Space in the Bedroom #1? […]

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5 Time-Saving Hacks for the Office

5 Time-Saving Hacks for the Office

Run off your feet? Work smart with our five office hacks to save time and be productive. Time-saving office hack 1. Write each major task on an index card. Break the task down into easy steps and then put the card on your desk where you can see it. If you get distracted close down all […]

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What Links Correction Fluid and MTV?

What Links Correction Fluid and MTV?

Here’s a stationery story with a musical twist. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… In the far off days before word processors existed, when documents were bashed out on typewriters, making a mistake was a BIG problem. There was no ‘delete’ key, so red-faced typists had to use an ink rubber which could damage […]

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Pritt Stick’s Lipstick Provenance

By on June 9, 2016 in Desktop Essentials with 0 Comments
Pritt Stick’s Lipstick Provenance

Did you know that a young woman applying her lipstick was the inspiration behind the invention of the Pritt Stick? Back in 1967, Dr Wolfgang Dierichs was on a business trip for his employer, the German glue manufacturer Henkel, and was on board an aeroplane. He looked across the aisle and as he watched a […]

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Office Hazards # 37 – Drawing Pin Injuries

Office Hazards # 37 – Drawing Pin Injuries

The office is not the most dangerous of working environments – it’s much more risky working outside as a builder or an engineer. But the office is not 100 per cent safe. Look out for a common stationery-related injury – treading on a drawing pin! It doesn’t matter so much if you’re wearing shoes with […]

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Paperclip Resistance

Paperclip Resistance

Did you know that the humble paperclip, an everyday object we take for granted, had great symbolic significance in World War II? Paperclips were worn by Norwegians as a sign of resistance against Nazism and anti-Semitism, and wearing one could mean arrest – but many people wore them nevertheless. The paperclip was invented in Norway, […]

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Blu-Tack Art Attack

By on April 12, 2016 in Art, Desktop Essentials, Fun with 0 Comments
Blu-Tack Art Attack

You probably use Blu-Tack to display posters and maybe your Christmas cards, but did you know that this popular and versatile adhesive is also a favourite medium for artists? Research shows the popularity of the famous blue putty with many amateur and professional adult sculptors and model-makers as well as thousands of artistic youngsters. Professional […]

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The Post-it Note – Daydream-inspired Stationery

By on December 10, 2015 in Desktop Essentials, Post-It Notes with 0 Comments
The Post-it Note – Daydream-inspired Stationery

Did you know that the world-famous Post-it note was the result of someone having a day-dream? One Sunday morning in 1974 a man called Arthur Fry, an engineer working for the company 3M, sat in the front pews of a Presbyterian church in the USA. A regular member of the church choir, he was in […]

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