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Apostrophe Catastrophe

By Paperstone on January 16, 2012 in Books & Pads with 0 Comments
Apostrophe Catastrophe

The UK’s only national chain of bookshops, founded by Tim Waterstone, is to drop the apostrophe from its trading name and logo, sparking panic amongst apostrophe enthusiasts. Waterstone’s becomes Waterstones. James Daunt, apponted managing director of the chain last year, says the decision is a “practical” one: “Waterstones without an apostrophe is, in a digital […]

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The Monetary Policy Game

By Paperstone on December 7, 2011 in Books & Pads with 0 Comments
The Monetary Policy Game

Given the banking sector’s inability to regulate itself and its seeming determination to endanger civil society, you may be forgiven for thinking that you could do a better job of handling money. Well why not try? Itself stricken with difficult policy decisions to make to keep the Euro alive, the European Central Bank has launched […]

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The Emperor’s New Intellect

By Paperstone on November 3, 2011 in Books & Pads with 0 Comments
The Emperor’s New Intellect

Neiman Marcus is a luxury department store in the US. Its Christmas book gains annual attention for its range of “exceptional and distinctive” (or vulgar and exhorbitant) gifts. The list offers an opportunity for mindless spending to the over-wealthy and moronic. Perfect, then, that for one of this year’s “fantasy” gifts, Neiman Marcus teams up […]

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Talking Nazi Dogs

By Paperstone on June 6, 2011 in Books & Pads with 0 Comments
Talking Nazi Dogs

Nazis tried to teach dogs to talk and speak, claims a new book. In Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities, Dr Jan Bondeson asserts, “There were some very strange experiments going on in wartime Germany, with regard to dog-human communication.” The Germans expected great things of their canine charges and Adolf Hitler, himself a […]

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Ceramic Notepads

By Paperstone on May 15, 2011 in Books & Pads, Pencils & Accessories, Pens & Pencils with 0 Comments
Ceramic Notepads

The Ceramic Notepad from Yoyo Ceramics is a jotter made entirely from clay resembling a spiral notebook The ceramic notebook is supplied with a special pencil but dry wipe markers and permanent markers work just as well. All wash off with water. £15 + P&P.

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Office Work Bad for You

Office Work Bad for You

A round of recent studies have confirmed the health risks inherent in sedentary office work. The Zambian Independent Online has recently summarised the main maladies associated with office work. Colon cancer People who work in sedentary jobs for 10 years or more double their risk of colon cancer. Some make a link between prolongued sitting […]

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Play More Notepads

By Paperstone on May 4, 2011 in Books & Pads with 0 Comments
Play More Notepads

So called ‘writer’s block’ often manifests itself as a ritualistic simulacrum. You stare at a blank sheet of Paper. Eventually you write some words which you shortly assess and deem inadequate. This judgment takes the form of scrunching up the scribbled-on top sheet of Paper and tossing it into the wastebin. You can try again […]

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I “Heart” Lexicography

By Paperstone on April 12, 2011 in Books & Pads with 0 Comments
I “Heart” Lexicography

For the first time in its 127-year history, the Oxford English Dictionary is to receive a graphical entry. The heart emoticon (♥), most famously popularised by the iconic 1970s “I ♥ New York” t-shirt designed by Milton Glaser and now ubiquitous in modern electronic discourses, will have its own entry. As an OED update explains, […]

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The Emperor’s New Book

By Paperstone on March 16, 2011 in Books & Pads with 0 Comments
The Emperor’s New Book

A book filled with blank pages has become a surprise bestseller hit. The 200-page What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex is “written” by Oxford University graduate Sheridan Simove and has proved popular with students following heavy promotion in student unions across Britain. The book costs £4.69 and is selling as a novelty notebook. […]

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Mass Borrowing Protest

By Paperstone on January 20, 2011 in Books & Pads with 0 Comments
Mass Borrowing Protest

Residents in Stony Stratford, near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire have taken up a novel form of protesting the spate of government cutbacks. Faced with the prospect of their local library being closed down, Stony Stratforders have borrowed every single book from it in a bid to stop the closure. In total they have taken out all […]

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