Thursday, April 9, 2020

Typewriters and the Mueller touch

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Did Mueller himself type his report? The two-space-after-stop convention leads to suspicion....

Workflow: The humble typewriter through rose-coloured glasses

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Notebooks, typewriters, fountain pens: All should by rights be dead, foully killed off by the computer. But they live on.....

Yard-O-Led: Beautiful silver propelling pencils with a genuine yard of lead

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How much lead is there in a Yard-O-Led propelling pencil. Yes, it's a yard, all squeezed into the Sterling silver barrel....

Spooks put new life into the typewriter industry

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So the spooks of Germany's Bundesnachrichtendientst (don't you just love that language?) are giving up their hackable and wormable computers for good old fashioned typewriters. The standard Bundesnachrichtendienstbeamtersschreibmaschine¹ (more respect for the German language....) will henceforth grace every secure desk as Merkelland fights a rearguard action against the perfidious NSA.

 

Lamy Safari: Use this cheap fountain pen to rediscover your handwriting mojo

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If you are losing your handwriting talents why not buy a few notebooks and a good fountain pen? The Lamy Safari costs around £15 and you cannot better it for writing experience. It will give you back your handwriting mojo, believes Mike. 

William Hannah’s notebook and the Dumas Dad Montblanc

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I have a soft spot for notebooks and writing implements. So what better gift to receive than one of William Hannah’s finely crafted British notebooks and a Montblanc collectors’ item to use with it?

Procrastinating all the way to the trash can

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The Most Dangerous Typing app will eat your words if you don't keep typing. It's not the app for the avid procrastinator as Mike finds out....

Art of handwriting dies as keyboard takes over the world

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“There are some schools in America,” she said, “where they have already stopped teaching handwriting.”

Parker 51: More advances in penmanship

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A few weeks ago I described how I had been reunited with the Parker "51", the legendary fountain pen which I had coveted and scrimped and saved for as a callow youth. The pen I bought late last year, almost a perfect replacement for my first 1959 model, has been a true inspiration and has encouraged me to practice writing every day. 

William Hannah’s new pen case and notebook fastener

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William Hannah's leather-bound loose-leaf notebooks are the best. But that's just my opinion. Now you can add an elastic fastener and a colour-matching leather pencase. It makes a perfect Christmas present.