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Parker IM Black Gold Trim Fountain Pen - Medium by Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely fountain pen, 2 Jan 2014
I received a "free" fountain pen, some time ago, a famous de-luxe brand, costing more than 100, from a high-end LOYALTY SCHEME. My pen always seemed to leak, needed servicing.

I write really neatly (italic hand) and never really felt that my de-luxe pen was in sympathy with my own handwriting.

My new Parker (so cheap!) feels really comfortable: I love writing with it. I'm astounded by the price I paid: it feels like a super-luxury product - and, so far, seems to work rather better, and more comfortably, than my 100+ fountain pen. I'm buying this second pen for use in my office.

PS What colour ink do you use? In about 1974 a French professor told me that,… Read more
The Boy Who Would Be Shakespeare by Doug Stewart
The BOY who would be Shakespeare ... not from a major publisher (I wondered whether it had been self-published?) but entirely readable. I read it from start to finish within 24 hours and really enjoyed it. The "boy" concerned wrote more Shakespeare ... and no-one seemed to notice! A really fascinating story - and a beautifully-produced book.
Lionel Bart's Oliver! ~ Lionel Bart
Lionel Bart's Oliver! ~ Lionel Bart
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Oliver!" is such a great piece for schools and amateur companies to do. I sang on the original film and have been involved in three stage productions over the years and think it's a wonderful work.

I saw the London 1994 revival and that, too, was great - with breathtaking sets rivalling the iconic Sean Kenny constructions for the original production. I was surprised, however, by the music: things had been re-written and songs which were so familiar had been "mucked about". For instance, the first number ("Food, Glorious Food") was no longer in a straight 4/4 tempo: there were odd beats here and there added/removed which (in my opinion) made the song limp awkwardly in some… Read more