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My little black books and wohlgefühl*

December 13, 2011

Your more than a number in my little black book…………………………..

I was delighted to receive a new Moleskine 2012 diary from my daughter – old hat possibly, a joy to use definitely – something that I use everyday (I do own a Blackberry as well!)

At a recent event I was putting some notes into a Moleskine note book and had a conversation with someone else who used a Moleskine book – we concurred that the little black book was a valuable business tool, quick and easy to use, doesn’t break when dropped, doesn’t run out of charge etc!

Thinking further – I use my little black books -all Moleskines – more on that later – constantly.

A diary (for the last 3 years),  my autobiography (more notes on my life for future generations), for all the Business Network SW events – my hosting notes and quotes (for the last 2 years), for keeping details of all collaborations/business deals/help/support/orders/statistics that BNSW members tell me has happened to them as a result of attending events; my Entrepreneurs Circle book – the nuggets from the national and local events.

And here they all are together for the first time!

Why do I use Moleskines?

Well they feel great, they are hard wearing, they have the really useful pocket, they will hopefully provide a legacy of thoughts, events, people and places and they have a great history……………………..

The history of Moleskine – I thought that it was from the 17th Century – something that the great writers and travellers of the day took on their grand tour or perhaps something that Dickens used when reporting on Parliament or at the very  least something that Orwell, Hemingway used.

Artists who used similar black notebooks were Oscar WildeVincent van GoghPablo PicassoErnest Hemingway and Henri Matisse – not Moleskines

How wrong I was….

From the Moleskine website 

The notebook was Bruce Chatwin’s favorite, and it was he who called it “moleskine.” In the mid-1980s, these notebooks became increasingly scarce, and then vanished entirely. In his book The Songlines, Chatwin tells the story of the little black notebook: in 1986, the manufacturer, a small family-owned company in the French city of Tours, went out of business. “Le vrai moleskine n’est plus,” are the lapidary words he puts into the mouth of the owner of the stationery shop in the Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, where he usually purchased his notebooks. Chatwin set about buying up all the notebooks that he could find before his departure for Australia, but there were still not enough.

In 1997, a small Milanese publisher brought the legendary notebook back to life, and selected this name with a literary pedigree to revive an extraordinary tradition. Following in Chatwin’s footsteps, Moleskine® notebooks have resumed their travels, providing an indispensable complement to the new and portable technology of today. Capturing reality in movement, glimpsing and recording details, inscribing the unique nature of experience on paper: Moleskine notebook is a battery that stores ideas and feelings, releasing its energy over time.

Are they made from moleskin and other FAQ’s

There is even an official Moleskine note taking app released for iOS (Apple)  on April 18, 2011!

How Twitter made handwriting cool

From the rise of ‘journalling’ to the world’s greatest pencil, notes are now in vogue

By Kevin Braddock

*wohlgefühl

Wohlgefühl: it’s one of those enigmatic words the German language excels in constructing. It can mean ‘wellbeing’ or ‘good feeling’, but it is the word Meike Wander, owner of Berlin’s RSVP stationery shop, uses to describe the timelessly simple delight of handwriting: of pen in hand, ink on paper and skin on surface as thoughts and images transfer from the imaginative to the material.

‘It’s a physical experience, it’s your body doing something,’ Wander says in her hesitant English. ‘Handwriting produces a good feeling – awohlgefühl.’

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