Sunday Music

Technically speaking somewhere on the planet it’s still Sunday, I guess. It was a lazy week. I was busy being lazy, read in books, surfed the web. I will start on a new route in September, wonder when I’ll get the new vehicle. Summer returned for the last hot days – 35 °C and more, this Monday evening the big bang is announced, thunderligntningWeltuntergang, dramatic drop of temperature, and finally peaceful quiet coolness from tomorrow onwards, then it’s autumn.
What makes me feel a bit melancholic. There is still the light, the smell of summer, and the premonition of unavoidable winter when all these lovely lively colours will be blanked out with white and grey and black. Melancholic like Motörheads take on Sympathy for the Devil, one last stand. “Hope you’ll guess my name”, yes darling, you will be remembered when you are long gone : The grim reaper looks over Mr Kilmister’s shoulder, who seems determined to take his exit from this life live on stage, collapsing in a heap of black-clad bones, achach
This Sunday Music marks a beginning, not an endpoint. It is the overture to Antonio Casimir CARTELLIERI’s (Ger., Eng.) azione sacra “Gioas, Re de Giuda” (Ger.) (1795), performed by the Detmolder Kammerorchester. I hope you like the music, may it be the prelude to a peaceful and relaxed week.

Nie aufgeben.

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Sunday Music

I had a nice week, travelling by train, reading, cluttering & pottering around the desk. I read the biography of Sonia DELAUNAY I mentioned earlier, a remarkable lady who developed a colourful and unmistakable design of her own. To make ends meet she designed fabrics, clothes, accessories, bags, worked on exhibitions. She was not afraid of colour, au contraire, happily embracing strong and vibrant colours she had a natural feel for it. It is sad to see how much of her time went into taking care of material things like hunting money, how many projects and ideas were not realised. Nowadays the furniture she designed for their appartement is part of the collection of the museum of decorative arts in Paris.
The light changed, it is autumn now. Leaves become already brown, it was much too dry over the last months ; I wonder how this year’s wine will taste. It’s far from snowfall yet, but Snowfall is the title of the little tune Mr Carl KRESS and Mr George BARNES play for us, less than three minutes of beauty – I hope you like it. May we all have a peaceful week.

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Edit

Sorry, only after having published the post and having clicked the video I saw the message that further linking of the video is not permitted. So it’s an additional click to hear KRESS & BARNES play on youtube – I think it’s worth it.

Just Pencils

It started with LX‘s The Write Stuff, followed by a Write of Passage by Dinahmow ; this lead us to Pens, Pens, Pens … at [Ms]Scarlet’s Wonky Words, and finally to IDV‘s insight : Pens: The Best Friends You can Have!
LX uses only one pen – or to put it better : He has found the right pen for his writing needs, and stays with it – a “Pilot Precise® V5 Extra Fine point“.
Dinahmow is not so peculiar with her writing tools, she uses a “Staedtler Lumocolor or a ZIG or something similar” for drawing and has bought a “Lamy Safari“, a cartridge ink pen in yellow, what fits nicely to the yellow walls of her house.
Ms Scarlet flashes not only her steely nibs, but – to my amazement – uses a “Bic Biro fine nib (no blobs with this one, Dinah)” (What she buys in bulk !) “a 0.4 Pilot G-Tec-C maica; Mitchell Scroll nib 20; Mitchell broad edge nib no.3; Titanium Zebra G from calligraphy buddy Linda Yoshida; Gillott 303; Leonardt EF Principal nib; Brause 66EF nib, and Brause 361 Steno nib“. And this is only a part of her huge collection, but yeah, calligraphers love their tools. Wonder where the ink tanks are dug in ?
InexplicableDeVice is clearly a “Mitsubishi uni-Ball“-man, but also uses a “uni-Pin Fine Line 0.3” and a propelling pencil – fine chap !

This includes to take some pictures, why not show the writing utensils in their natural habitat ? Well, yeah … the pictures will give a general impression … don’t have the nerve to clean my desk now, sorry, so no embigulation !

I do not like Kugelschreiber in general, especially since one of these damn things ruined not only a shirt in my youth, but also sapped its blue gloop in a small writing case made from leather I liked very much – we still call these things “Federmäppchen” (kleine Mappe für Federn / a small briefcase for feathers), despite the fact that feathers are not used since ages for writing. I also owned a small Federmesser, a small knife that originally was used to cut into feathers to prepare them for writing, later it was used for sharpening pencils.
I prefer industrially made sharpeners. Sometimes I use a “Füller”, a cartridge ink pen, I still have some from school. And I have a real filler or fountain pen (Tintenpisser) inherited from my father. If I have to write a letter I use one of the cartridge pens, preferably with black ink, of course blue will do. But in general, for other uses, it’s a pencil. Always loved them. And btw in archives you are only allowed to use pencils, preferably very soft ones, so if you have to scribble something on this 18th century letter it can be erased easily after the archivist has fed you to the dragons – with a Ratzefummel of course. I prefer the “Läufer Plast”-series, very effective, easy on even fragile paper (see this pdf).

Here is a picture of the dirty left upper corner of my desk.

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Three boxes: A golden Stabilo box, a box for cigarillos upon a blue plastic box.
Three boxes: A golden Stabilo box, a box for cigarillos upon a blue plastic box.

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The cigarillo box is what I carry around when I go to the library or visit an archive. It contains a ballpoint pen too, simply because one needs them to fill out forms. Which is also possible with a “Kopierstift“, but people do not believe this – don’t get me started … Here it is an astoundingly chunky one in yellow, so it fits into my nervichte Schreibersfaust. It has a small, sharp point, hence gives a fine line, writes in black and is an advertising gift, from a company that produces advertising gifts.

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Cigarillo-box : What one carries around, even a ballpoint pen.
Cigarillo box : What one carries around, even a ballpoint pen.

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The Stabilo box contains different “Kopierstifte” and “Tintenstifte” – or better, what is left of the original pencils, and some others.

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Just some pens.
Just some old pencils.

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The blue box contains my supply of LYRA Orlow Cop. 7200 Mittel, dokumentenecht. Their website is “under maintenance”, don’t know how long this will take, here is a short story of LYRA.

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Only five left.
Only five left.

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I use extensions, when the pencil becomes too small to hold, as you can see on this one in the kitchen :

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Pencil with extension.
Pencil with extension.

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Despite my silly fixation with old pencils I also use mechanical ones, propelling pencils. I own some nice examples. Here is one abused as bookmark in my sleeping room. Yes, I know, bad for the book.

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Propelling pencil abused as bookmark.
Propelling pencil abused as bookmark.

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And before you feel the urge to ask – No, my ankles are not that swollen or yellow, I just wear yellow socks ! Paper ? I use basically any paper I can find, as long as it is white ; without lines or squares, just plain white paper in an acceptable format, like DIN A 4 or smaller. I do not write a diary, so writing by hand is mostly limited to some letters or postcards and notes while reading. Preferable with my LYRA.

Sunday Music

While you read this at Sunday midday, Franconian Time, I am driving South over the autobahn. I am looking forward to the train journey back on Tuesday.
This Sunday Music is a bit of driving music, JJ CALE’s Call Me the Breeze, the opening track of his first longplayer Naturally (Eng.) from 1972. Less than three minutes of minimalistic beauty, or, as CLAPTON put it, “it’s all about finesse”. I hope you like it, and may the Gods smile upon us all.

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