World Stationery Day 2022

"You, boy! What day is it?" cried Scrooge. "Why, it's World Stationery Day!" the boy replied. Scrooge threw down a sovereign into the snow. "Quick," he called, "hurry to the stationer's and buy the biggest pen in the whole shop!" Well, I shan't be celebrating World Stationery Day in quite such lavish style, but I've…

Every day’s a school day

I was pretending again on Friday, but there's a lot to be learned through playing make-believe. On the most practical level, I pretended to be at the coffee shop, lapping up the ambient noise, with my laptop and my cereal bar and my Espresso House coffee flask providing those Scandinavian coffee chain vibes. It wasn't…

It’s all about the paper

The thing about the planner community is that our photography can, at times, tend to focus on the externals whereas, of course, what actually matters is the paper inside the cover. I'm not saying that the cover isn't important, it is. We choose our covers to convey, to ourselves as well as to the outside…

Metal Rat doffs his hat

The Year of the Rat has ended and not a moment too soon. When it started, Covid-19 was a mere rumour shrouded in mist, and I was blithely ignoring the suggestion that the first reappearance of the Metal Rat since the year of my birth was unlikely to turn out well. (You can read last…

Filofax – one (plus) week in

Well, here's what I would have written and posted last Friday if a broadband issue hadn't offered me the chance to spend my weekend doing analogue-only things instead. I'm now one week (plus) into using my A5 Filofax Original as both my planner and journal/notebook, which seems like the ideal time to do a proper…

My 2021 planner setup

Ta Da! I have been toying with my 2021 planner setup for quite some time and now that the new year is so tantalisingly close, I'm ready to put the finishing touches to the whole caboodle. That makes it sound so cut and dried, so decisive, so simple. The journey to where I am, though,…