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The Neros

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

The Neros Awards Season Our year end is at the end of January, but this ‘limbo’ between the holidays is an ideal time to reflect on the year in notebooks. For 2018, we’ll get organised, and have proper categories and a judging panel. We may even get some statues, based on the CEO, Nero the schnauzer. For this year, we’ll get by with a few very personal choices, thrashed out by Clare and I over a coffee, and the winners will have to content themselves with a virtual ‘Nero’. Best Planner Neither Clare nor I used one in 2017. In...

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Planning regime

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Productivity. Surely the Holy Grail of our time. There are countless books, blog, websites, methods and tools all dedicated to making us more productive. I have had long, involved, conversations and exchanges of letters about how to be more productive.  At times, I have been pretty good at it. Other times, I suspect I have been incredibly busy, which is often mistaken for productive. As we hurtle towards the New Year, I have taken some time to get organised; to plan my planning, if you will. I have already declared that a part of my process is going to be...

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Gift Guide

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Yup. It's that time again.  Socks. Slippers. Smellies. Yay. :-( Do yourself a favour, point your nearest and dearest here to get you something. Even if they get you your least favourite brand, it will surely beat the heck out of socks. Hey Big Spender! Schon DSGN 'Every Day Carry' Pens. New to the store, these are awesome. Solid metal, heavy and loaded with a Fisher Space Pen refill. Range from £65 for the simple, light, aluminium design to £200 for a clipped Titanium heavy-weight version, with several other metals in between. Kaweco metal pens. The classic Brass Sport AL...

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Getting to Know...Justin Avery

Posted by Sarah Hanney on

Justin Avery, the man behind Back Pocket Notebooks...Why did you start designing notebooks? How did you get to where you are today?I’ve always loved notebooks. When I was in high school I had a little black notebook that I would carry everywhere with me and jot down just about anything and everything. Song lyrics, poems, theories about life and space… EVERYTHING. In my 20’s I started doing a bit of traveling and once again used a notebook to capture the adventures each day, even when they were boring days just lazing about a hostel.By the time I’d reached my late...

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Trigg Life Mapper Review

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Very much the nervous new boy at school, I wandered around the Stationery Show in April. I had taken the reins at Pocket Notebooks a scant two months previously. I came across Matthew and his weighty Life Mapper books and was delighted to find someone willing to chat. At 635 grams, this is no pocket notebook.  The Life Mapper is turquoise and has a lovely soft-touch cover that has been engraved with a complex, yet appealing symbol. The book is unmistakably of high quality. I love the colour-coding. I have written in it with my Pilot Custom 823 - and...

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