Tools of excellence – Nicholas Bate

This new series of posts by Nicholas Bate looks promising: the Essential Tools for Excellence. Who can argue with number 1: the Notebook & Pen? And there’s detail too – with which we can argue  debate. Notebook Moleskine.  Yes, definitely, though I favour the 9cm x 14cm lined version as being more pocket friendly.  And […]

Echoes through time: Life isn’t about finding yourself …

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) The above quote comes via Kurt at Cultural Offering, who also provides this image of the man in his writing shack:

Tsundoku – My affliction has a name

The Inky Fool, Mark Forsyth, uncovers a name for the affliction that I call my “must read shelf”.  The Japanese call it tsundoku.

"There's no good being poor and looking poor" – Ray Winstone

The dapper Ray Winstone talks tailoring on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs (starts at 06:13).  

“There’s no good being poor and looking poor” – Ray Winstone

The dapper Ray Winstone talks tailoring on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs (starts at 06:13).  

The font at Salisbury Cathedral

William Pye's "living water" font reflecting stained glass

Words: less is more

(or perhaps that should be “fewer are more”) At the weekend, and quite by accident, I met the Magna Carta.  We took an impromptu trip to Salisbury and thence to the cathedral which owns one of only four remaining copies of the original great charter of 1215 (I now know). What struck me most about this […]

Gotham: older than you thought

Almost despite myself (and thanks largely to teenage son), I’ve been enjoying Gotham, the TV series that gives the back-story to Batman and his Detective / Captain / Commissioner Gordon. I always knew, or suspected, that Batman’s Gotham City was a thinly veiled version of New York. Inky Fool (whose first book, Etymologicon, I’m in the […]

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