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Ursus Cursus

Posted by Scribble Monboddo on

Need a pencil but not sure that you can really justify a whole twelve-pack of Blackwings? Here's a solution: follow the bear.

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Using a pocket notebook - 6. Commonplace books

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

The Commonplace NotebookCommonplace books (or commonplaces) are a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They have been kept from antiquity, and were kept particularly during the Renaissance and in the nineteenth century. Such books are essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces are used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts. Each one is unique to its creator's particular interests but they almost always include passages found in other texts, sometimes accompanied by...

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The Agony of Choice

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

“Oh woe is me!” So much stationery, so little time. If you’re here, you probably have little or no sympathy for my difficulty. I’ll admit, it’s a wonderful problem to have. Several people write for our blog - Paw Prints. Regular articles come from Amanda, Scrib and me, Stuart. All three of us are fountain pen users. As we’re all super-powered nerdy hipsters, we hang out in Slack (which is where super nerdy hipsters used to hang out) and the talk often turns to “ink-friendly” notebooks, and how we don't stock enough of them. (Honestly, the grief I get.)We do...

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Logistics

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Logistics What ho! In the spirit of full disclosure: Delivery DelaysOrders from 29th April will be despatched on the 30th.Orders from 30th April and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6th of May will be despatched on the 7th of May. Now, the 4th, 5th and 6th are the long Mayday holiday weekend, so nothing unusual there.On May the second, Clare is up at the London Stationery Show, seeking out new lines and hot takes and on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th, she is single-handedly relocating the office from Hampshire to Wiltshire. Knowing her, she’s probably rigged a sledge for...

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In the red, again.

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Results In February 2017, I became the proud proprietor of Pocket Notebooks (as was), so we just passed the two year anniversary last month. Like every business, we have to prepare annual accounts and complete tax returns. I’m working on that now. The good news is, the tax man is getting nothing again this year. The bad news is that this is because we are still not making money. That's disappointing. Lessons That said, we made a gross profit this year, versus a loss last. Our overheads are down, so our net loss is one quarter of what it was....

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