Thursday, April 9, 2020

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: The bug grows as I add the third example to my writing...

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In my opinion the Parker 51 is the iconic fountain pen of the twentieth century. Its sleek design and sheer ability contrives to make it timeless. It looks as at home in 2015 as it did in 1955; and it writes just as well now as before.

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. 

Email Etiquette: Style, form and convention has gone

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Dear Reader - The other day I read a little piece by Derwent May on email etiquette. This is a subject that has troubled me for a long time. As we make more and more use of emails, both business and personal, the angst of knowing how to lay them out gets greater. Hi, Dear, Yo and others vie for the salutation while we have a wide choice of sign offs, including Regards, Kind Regards, Good Wishes, Speak Later, Yrs, Mxx, luv and a dozen others. There is simply no accepted fixed rule that really would be useful.

London Writing Instrument Show: Enthusiasts, they’re all the same

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It doesn't take much to drag Mike to another epicentre of enthusiastic excess. Here he explores the London Writing Instrument Show. 

Bullet Journalling: A new productivity concept for notebook fans

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Mike examines the new analog productivity craze called Bullet Journalling. And takes up his fountain pen to rediscover lost talents.....

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.