“It was a pleasant café, warm clean and friendly, and I hung up my old waterproof on the coat rack to dry and put my worn and weathered felt hat on the rack above the bench and ordered a café au lait. The waiter brought it and I took out a notebook from the pocket of the coat and a pencil and started to write. ” — Ernest Hemingway
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Last week was National Stationery Week here in the UK. During this joyous week of celebration of paper, pencil, pen and ink I was contacted by the delightfully named Anna Rainbow from The Pen Company asking if I would like to review one of their items. It would have been rude to say no. After chatting for a while we settled on the dramatic looking Faber-Castell Ondoro fountain pen, which was duly despatched. Having now had the chance to use the pen for a week or so I can now share my thoughts with you. Design It was the unique and striking design of the Ondoro that originally attracted me to it, and it doesn’t disappoint in real life. The body of the pen is hexagonal, something more commonly found in a pencil than a fountain pen. I chose the black and silver version of the Ondoro; the contrast between the cap and the body adds to the striking lookContinue Reading ›
I’ve had my POPA for a little while now so I thought it time I share my thoughts about it with you. The Software I’ve been using the app both with and without my POPA, and it’s become one of my favourite iPhone photography apps. What I love most about the app is its speed. Since upgrading to iOS5 the camera on my iPhone 4 has become so slow and hesitant it’s almost unusable. The Apple camera app hunts for focus before allowing you to take your photograph, or rather missing your photograph in many cases, whereas the POPA app takes the shot as soon as you press the shutter button. This means you get the odd blurry shot as you can press the button before the camera has focused, but more importantly it means you get the shot of the moment you wanted. The classic camera aesthetic of the POPA are carried into the app with some lovely design touches.Continue Reading ›
Look a this lovely prize that the splendid people at The Paperie sent me. To mark the latest Field Notes release they had a competition on Twitter; first to reply with their first name would win a Field Notes notebook personalised with that first name. For once I was in the right place at the right time, and won by just a few seconds. I was expecting just the personalised notebook so to receive the whole pack plus a pack of Field Note pencils, a personal favourite, was a lovely surprise. I’ve been buying my stationery from The Paperie for a while now, and I highly recommend them.
Hello, I’m David Hughes. I live in Buckinghamshire, England with my lovely wife and our two incredible children. I work as a Digital Customer Experience Consultant. I’m half of the team behind MK Geek Night. I love great coffee, some might say to obsession. I believe that whisky is the water of life, and beer may be proof that God exists and wants us to be happy. I love the coast yet couldn’t live further away. I feel most calm looking out over the sea. I love travelling, both the getting to and the being there. I’m fascinated by great cities, particularly London, Paris, and Tokyo. I’m addicted to pens, pencils, paper and stationery of all kinds. I love reading, but suffer from Tsundoku. I can’t imagine a day without music. Notes From Afar Notes From Afar is my newsletter – irregular in both schedule and content. Why not subscribe now. Elsewhere Twitter Spotify Find me on Glass as @davidhughes