In praise of … pencil cases
But then when reality dawned; you always got stabbed by your compass; had no idea what to do with,or lost, the protractor; and if you were poncey enough to have a fountain pen a cartridge or two always so you ended up with a bunch of pens nicked from ...
Top 10 tips for making uniform last as Bedfordshire goes back to school
8-Pen and ink: Biro and ink stains are fairly common with schoolchildren. A handy trick is to soak a biro stain in milk before washing. Not many children use fountain pens any more, but ink stains can be removed by covering with hairspray and then ...
Top 10 ways of making school uniforms last
A schoolwear specialist has put together a ten tips to help parents get maximum value from school uniform. Carolyn Buddin, a director at ... One of the benefits of sourcing our own product is that we can offer quality garments at a range of prices year ...
Joe Schwarcz's The Right Chemistry: Ink writes place in history
Dye-based inks were ideal for the emerging fountain-pen industry, since they didn't clog up the pen tips the way pigments did. Ballpoint-pen ink also uses dyes dissolved in a solvent, such as propylene glycol, but the key here is the adjustment of the ...
Antiques | Beware of copies of famed pieces
In the 1950s, when Staffordshire figures were again very popular, many copies of both the correct and incorrect Franklin were made. Other old fakes still are around. Some are antique jokes, like "The Vicar and Moses," which shows a judge sleeping in ...