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Weekly Miscellany Issue: 003

Knives, The Prancing Horse, The Stasi and more

Welcome to the third edition of Weekly Miscellany which I’ve collated in Bath in the beautiful South West of England. Don’t forget you can submit any recommendations via Twitter — I’m always happy to mention upcoming events, new products and services, and of course bags!

Dull People use Dull Knives

Listeners of the occasional podcast I co-host with Kieran will be familiar with “friend of the show” HRH Craig of Wales. Over the last year, he’s upped sticks, moved to France, and is now working with his hands creating beautiful handmade knives. They are a work of art — I am lucky enough to own number 10. A better blade I have not used.

Here’s a five-minute insight into his new craft — as Craig says “dull people use dull knives”

You can buy your own at the Chop Shop.

Ferrari Under the Skin

When it comes to F1 I’ve always been a more ardent supporter of what Mr Ferrari referred to as the Garagistas. Perhaps it was their cynical (but hugely successful) approach to racing during the Schumacher reign or how the FIA continually seems to favour Ferrari over other teams that has resulted in my less than a fond appreciation of the original F1 team. Regardless you can’t deny the history, the beauty of their machines, and the passion of their fans.

Ferrari Under the Skin
Ferrari Under the Skin

This new exhibition at the London Design Museum looks great and promises a “race through 70 years of passion, glamour and design innovation, with unique behind-the-scenes access to one of the most iconic car brands”.

The accompanying exhibition talks series are always worth it. A few years ago I was lucky enough to hear from F1 legends Patrick Head and Adrian Newey. I’ll never forget Patrick Head’s story about the “gaffer dazzler” — this is the ability to launch a crazy computer generated image or graph that miraculously appears when the boss or potential sponsor is being shown around!

Uniqlo 3 Way

Last week I highlighted the rather elegant, but expensive, Patagonia backpack — at the other end of the scale is the £35 Uniqlo Three Way bag.

The Uniqlo 3 Way Bag
The Uniqlo 3 Way Bag

I recently bought this as a potential new work bag but my wife has commandeered it for her own use. You can easily turn it into a backpack by releasing the stowed straps, alternatively, you can use it like a briefcase or make use of the shoulder strap.

I can’t promise there won’t be another bag featured next week — it’s a problem I know.

The Same Sky

This six-part Cold War drama set in 1974, available on Netflix (requires an account), focuses on Operation Romeo — the Stasi’s use of male “Romeos” to gather intelligence from the West.

The Romeo and his Handler
The Romeo and his Handler

I’ve been fascinated by the divided Berlin since my teens and this drama doesn’t disappoint in bringing the split city, those on either side of it, and the disparity between those in the East and those in the West to life.

After the sixth episode, you’re left wanting more. Sadly, there’s no news of a second series, yet!

Paperplane Email Templates

Found via the Offscreen Dispatch these email templates come in two flavours, digest and notifications.

Email Templates for Newsletters and Shopify
Email Templates for newsletters and Shopify

These are a really easy way to upgrade your notifications and the creators have made it really easy to integrate into both MailChimp and Shopify.

The bundle costs $49 and includes:

Of course, there are plenty of free templates out there but sometimes it pays to pay — these look well worth the money.

This issue of Weekly Miscellany was curated by Keir Whitaker and published on November 23, 2017. Recommendations are very welcome — please submit via email or Twitter. You can also view the blog archives, and subscribe to RSS updates. Articles are also availabe on Medium.