A little miscellaneous post for you:
Here is a generous offer for Cornflower readers: if you quote the code GLOBE5 when booking tickets for the play Eternal Love at Edinburgh's King's Theatre (March 18th. to 22nd.), you'll get a £5 discount.
This is the Shakespeare's Globe production of the story of Abelard and Heloise by Howard Brenton and it's billed as a "funny, passionate and legendary love story". Click here for more information including a short video clip from the writer. It sounds excellent, and I shall go if I can.
Reading a publisher's catalogue yesterday, one book in particular caught my eye: Adventures in Stationery: Stories From Your Pencil Case by James Ward is not due out until October, but a lot of us are stationery fiends so may want to add it to the pre-Christmas wish list! Here's the blurb:
"From the first fresh sheet of a hipster's Moleskine notebook to the last gnawed biro lurking at the bottom of a briefcase, stationery is an inescapable part - and pleasure - of our lives. But while few are immune to the lure of of flickable rubber bands or a novelty Post-it note, we rarely, if ever, think about why they are and who first dreamt them up.
Drawing on a lifetime's obsession and research in the obscurest of places, this is a tale of brilliant designs, accidental inventions, bitter rivalries and epic feats of procrastination, laced with Proustian nostalgia.
In a quiet way, the inventors of Sellotape, the highlighter and Tipp-Ex have changed our lives; this book, for anyone who's ever had a favourite pencil case or pondered the evolution of desk organisers, restores them to their rightful place in our hearts and minds."
And speaking of "procrastination" and "desk organisers", as I tackled the overflowing inbox this afternoon and moved books from one pile to another, I thought this might prove helpful!