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Desperate Housewife



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:00 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Thanks, Apple - my calligraphy sample is from 21 years ago.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful samples - thanks, everyone!  I love the fact that everyone's writing is different - in the States and in France, everyone seems to write the same!  We were taught how to form letters, and I remember being made to do pages of the same letter, in proportion to the lined paper.  I loved it, used to spend hours at home just practising writing, and got calligraphy books out of the library.  My handwriting has definitely suffered now that I don't use it so much, but is presentable if the paper and the writing implement are good quality!

Like Chib, I love writing in pencil - again, always have.  I even love the sound the pencil makes on the paper.  I always have a pot full of sharpened pencils on my desk.

I also have two fountain pens - one is an 'everyday' Parker that only takes cartridges, but is still nice, the other is a slightly posher Waterman that was part of my leaving present (chosen by me) when I left my job at Bristol University library, and that one has a removable ink barrel.  

Just as well - very sadly, I went to Smith's today, and they no longer sell bottles of ink...hopefully it's just because it's a small branch, presumably Parker still make bottles of blue-black Quink!  Must stock up when I see some...


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not many places sell that Quink any more Evie, you are probably looking at a large W H Smith or a specialist stationers I have a feeling Staples still sell it we have a massive superstore one of those quite close to us, also larger branches of Wilkinsons sell them still - if you have one of those near you, and probably you would still be able to get some off the internet.

I went through a fountain pen stage, around the same time I was doing my calligraphy regularly, but nowadays its a chewed up ballpoint biro that I use -  that is when I can find the bloody thing, pens disappear in our house, anything vaguely reasonable just vanishes never to be seen again.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, I wasn't exaggerating. This is why I type!




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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am no expert in OCR but this looks like a good test piece



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Apple - I am sure I can get more ink, but in the light of discussions about the demise of handwriting, just seemed a sign of the times.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



If I am out of practice writing in English, I can't remember the last time I wrote in Bengali. I actually found those few lines quite hard to write, and it looks embarrassingly like a childish scrawl.



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely to see all these - what fun! But I can't scan anything in.
Apple, I love your roudn handwriting, it is just like my friend's and I was always very jealous of hers; even though we were taught together at school mine did not resemble hers at all after a few years scrawling away.

Mike Alex, that is one of my favourite speeches from Shakespeare.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheRejectAmidHair wrote:


If I am out of practice writing in English, I can't remember the last time I wrote in Bengali. I actually found those few lines quite hard to write, and it looks embarrassingly like a childish scrawl.


Well not being familiar with Bengali it looks fine to me, and I have to say your handwriting is very neat.  

I love looking at all the samples, everyones writing is so different and gives and if analysts are to be believed gives us an insight into different personalities!



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