Scriptus will be held on Sunday, November 1 at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The goal is for everyone to come, without the deterrent of an admission fee. This is about writing & communication, not making money.
The Toronto Reference Library location is central, accessible by car & transit, and has state-of-the-art access for anyone with restricted mobility.
BIGGER THAN EVER!
The Epic Hall & Prologue rooms are booked. This means that there will be space for even more exhibitors’ tables, and for more than 700 visitors at any given time.
Paid parking lots are on Cumberland Avenue, Yorkville and Asquith Avenue.On Sundays there is little competition for spots, and some have reduced rates.
Back in September, 2008, we wrote about a then-new, custom Noodler’s Ink made for our friends Murtaza et al at Sleuth & Statesman, i.e., Blue Upon The Plains of Abraham (BUPA). While we applauded our friends for their effort to provide their customers with an unique ink (and the terrific label on the bottle as chosen by them and/or Noodler’s), let’s just say we were less than enthusiastic about the ink, with good reason, describing it as “incredibly temperamental” and not being able to “figure out how to get work in a fountain pen” (sic). The ink was subsequently discontinued.
It turns out that Wonder Pens has now released a reformulated BUPA (with the same great label) and so we thought it a good idea to compare the old and the new and see what improvements have been made by Noodler’s in conjunction with Wonder Pens.
For illustration purposes, the first scan below shows the two bottles of BUPA side by side with the old on the left and the new to its right. It is obvious that something has changed with the new ink, i.e., the new BUPA seems to be a deeper darker blue while the old is lighter is much less so with a magenta tone.
So let’s take a look (below)at swabs of the old BUPA, before and after the bottle had been shaken to see if that would make a difference – and it did! In fact, redoing these swabs reminded us why we described it as “incredibly temperamental”. The ink was a nice blue, if not consistent, when properly mixed. In fact, if the ink was left unused in a pen for as little as a day, it needed to be shaken to produce anything close to this blue.
Now for the new BUPA – while there appears to be a small difference when the bottle has settled vs. shaken, it is not anything close to the old BUPA. The magenta/purples shades are thankfully gone and while it is not as deep a blue as one might expect upon opening the bottle, it is a still a very nice blue – I would call it aegean – blue-grey – cerulean blue.
So, congrats are in order to both Noodler’s and Wonder Pens, with a special tip of the cap to Wonder Pens for giving its customers something different!
Back on June 30, we wrote about our club’s great fortune in being selected as one of four Canadian cities (the others being Sherbrooke, Montreal and Toronto) and many more from across the globe to host a Pelikan Hub on September 25 at 6:30 PM. That’s just 9 days from the date of writing this post and we are stoked!!
We have over 20 registrants, most but not all from the London Pen Club, and our Hub Master has everything organized for us so that we can enjoy the evening and share our love of fountain pens with other like-minded people – and of course, see what activities, etc… that Pelikan has planned for us.
So, keep checking this blog, our Twitter account @londonpenclub and #pelikanhubs for pictures, etc… from our hub as well as the rest of the globe!
“Vacation Pens — If you could only take 3 pens on vacation, which 3 would they be, and why? And what 3 bottles of ink would you take on your travels?”
Today, the London Pen Club was advised by Pelikan that it was selected to host a 2015 Pelikan Hub on September 25 at 6:30 p.m. ET!! This is great news and a tremendous honour for our club – we are going to do our very best to host a wonderful event!! The other Canadian cities selected are Montreal, Sherbrooke and Toronto and the cities selected from around the globe can be found here.
Thanks to those members of our club who registered before today so that we could demonstrate our keen interest to Pelikan and most of all, a very special thank you to LPC member Kata, who took the initiative to register as a Hub Master for London and inspired the rest of us to follow her lead and register as participants!!
Here’s the next best part – the final registration date for London (or any other location, for that matter) is the end of July. So if you would like to join us in London or elsewhere, you need to register so here that the Hub Master knows the number of participants and can make arrangements for a suitable location, etc.
So, if you expect to be in the neighbourhood of London, Canada on September 25 around 6:30 p.m., please register as a participant and join us to share our love of all things fountain pen!!