Friday, May 22, 2015

Traveler's Notebook

Both above pix via internet with thanks to their originators

One of Lewis Carroll's Notebooks in a museum in Austin Texas
Photo by Kirk Tuck and featured in his Visual Science Laboratory Blog

If you are pert and alert at this time of day you may have noticed that I have been playing around with the appearance of this blog lately. Even if you didn't notice it doesn't really matter anyway.
Take Kirk's blog above; it used to be featured along with a dozen or so others in a column that appeared over on the right of this page. To make for a cleaner look I did away with the list and, instead, intend to feature one link a week in the body of the text, like this:
Kirk is a working professional and each time I read one of his posts I miss what I used to do all those years ago, marvel at the way the biz has changed and I thank
my  lucky stars that I don't have to jump thru hoops for clients anymore.
You will find a link to a blog of a different sort at:
Here, usually each Monday, you will find a useful collection of 'notebook porn' inspired by our beloved MTN with both narrative and a handful of video links. Go there regularly for your weekly fix of inspiration.
And for my regular readers who feared that I may have forsaken my interest in photography and notebookism ... no, I haven't. It just felt like time for a change of tack.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Black 'n' Blue 'n' read all over

When you are looking at notebooks and diaries - 18 month academic ones are in the shops now - it is easy to confuse yourself about sizes. Well, it is for me anyway.

Papernotes Mini on top of my open Fauxdori
Here, for example, is my Fauxdori, custom-made to accept a couple of Field Notes size booklets which just happen to be within a spit of A6. My inserts of choice are Clairefontaine 1951 retro cahier pocket notebooks To its left, in the intentionally designed, distressed blue look,  is my Papernotes 'mini' inspired by author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Which is almost, but not exactly the same size.

                                                                                                Still awake?

Side by side with bits from my toy box
So here is a very crude and approximate list of some sizes, in cm so that you can do your own conversions to imperial ... believe me, if you think my words are rough then you really don't wanna see my math!

Your standard A4 paper, the most commonly used in UK, is around 30 x 21

Fold it in half and you get A5 around 15 x 21

In half again for A6 to achieve 15 x 10 ish

Now Field Notes are nearly A6 but Papernotes have minds of their own.

                                                                                              Their Mini is slightly 
                                                                                              smaller than A6, Midi likewise near A5 whilst Ultra is a hefty, but slightly smaller than, A4.

There are some great reads at
This picture is from his 10-10-2013 post.

In passing, if you still use Amazon beware that you don't get tricked into signing up for their Prime service as a pal of mine did by accident - beware too that their descriptions and sizes [of almost anything] are not as accurate as they should be ... and don't be conned into paying postage when they price stuff at £9.99 plus postage when, a few months ago, it was £10 with free postage. Probably nothing illegal going on, but a positive whiff of sharp practise I reckon. Fortunately, we still have nearby bricks and mortar branches of Waterstones and HMV and even, eBay can often beat the 'Big A'.

But hey, the weekend is almost upon us, so let's not even go there.

Come to Margate instead!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cool Desking

Carry in your bag - Sharpie pen for size guide
Ready for work
Around about the time that I  quit gainful employment, 'hot desking' was being hailed as the next big thing.

This tho' is surely the ultimate in cool desking a go-go.

Via with thanks.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Red Bull Virgin

I have never tasted Red Bull 'energy drink'.
I don't even know what colour it is when decanted
But, I do love a company with an interesting back story.

I only became aware of this one a few days ago when I read of an amazing place in Salzburg Austria.


It would be wrong to call Hangar-7 a museum, or an art gallery, or a concert venue, or a fine-dining restaurant, or a bar, or a coffee shop. It is all of those things within one futuristic site.

In the same way it would be wrong to dismiss Red Bull as just another drink in a can. The brand has ownership and sponsorship within just about any sport or energy activity you care to name. It is also behind a magazine [BULLetin!] a TV station, a benevolent charity ... and on and on.

Dietrich Mateschitz

Austrian toothpaste salesman Dietrich Mateschitz was in Thailand in 1984 when he spotted the popularity of a locally produced non-alcoholic drink named Krating Daeng.

Over the next three years and in partnership with Thai businessman Chaleo Yoovidhya they developed what was to become Red Bull, based on that local formula. The first can was sold in Salzburg on April 1 1987 and is now distributed in 167 countries where it employs a workforce of 10,000+.

Your Google search facility has loads more on both the men and the drink.

Take a look at this article by James O'Brien who writes, 'Red Bull is a publishing empire that also happens to sell a beverage'. You can find it at :

Inside just one part of Hangar-7

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Street Photography

Four days ago on Margate seafront
Three of a kind - or six altogether + another five inside the wheelie cots?
Do sextuplets feed three abreast?

Two days ago on the Margate bus
Head shot triptych?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

What's Not To Like?

Dr.Leonore Newman hails from Vancouver.
She visited Chilliwack Airport exactly two years ago.
She used her camera for this food of the gods.
Hot black coffee.
Hot apple pie.
Cold vanilla gelato.
A small airport with planes to watch!

More great pies at:

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Synchronicity Five

In the eye of the artist

P-38 preserved in Salzburg, lovingly  restored to flying  by Red Bull Aviation

And still more synchronicity! All the time I was involved with B-17 Sally B, I had no idea of the above story which linked  P-38 Lightnings with the Boeing.