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That was the National Stationery Week that was!

Sorry we didn’t blog last week, we were on tour… No, not with Lord Dodo’s heavy metal band the Wailing Dodo’s (one for another blog, I’m sure *hemhem*), but to celebrate National Stationery Week at the London Stationery Show! Like Nelly the Elephant before him, Lord Dodo proudly packed his trunk (and we packed ours) and we transported our wares up to the big smoke to showcase the best of Dodo Pad at the Business Design Centre in London’s Islington. Though we did request from HRH Queen Elizabeth II Dodo Herethat The Royal Train be used to ferry His Lordship to the city, unfortunately the locomotive was in for a service on the 1 – 2 April and therefore we had to find an alternative mode of transport . The drive from Cornwall meant several pit stops to stretch wings and legs, but we made it to the capital in one piece and boy, was it worth the journey! From pens and sticky notes to little folding contraptions and staple-less staplers that – if it wasn’t down to the little perspex window that shows you exactly how it works, you’d surely mark down as witchcraft – the show was a feast for the senses; a true stationery lovers’ paradise. Taking place during National Stationery Week (a fantastic campaign to ‘Get Britain Writing’ – you can read more here) some of the nicest little companies – including us *blush* – showcased the latest and best products on their stands. We proudly displayed next year’s diary (it’s the one before the big 50th edition – hold on to your hats!), the new, blue and just for you Acad-Pad 2014/15 and our new Dodo Mini Blank Book along with our range of greetings cards and even our very special (and freshly hatched) Dodo Jotter! The London Stationery Show is a very special place, with the best of the best stationery on display for all to see, touch, sniff and peck at. We went, we saw, we made new friends and showed the stationery world what Dodo Pad is all about. We only wish you could have all been there to have a good laugh with us on our stand. You’ll have to save your giggles for Lord Dodo’s 50th birthday bash and bonanza, which you’re all invited to! Details to follow in due course, stay in touch with us here, on Twitter or on Facebook! Or if you’d  like to be ‘Kept Posted’ on the #DodoJubilee celebrations sign up here.

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The Mother’s Day Anti-Gift Guide

We didn’t really need to put ‘Mothering Sunday’ in our Dodo Pad to tell you that this Sunday is a Mum’s special day, did we? Surely the violent explosions of pink in every shop and the excessive flowers appearing at petrol stations all around the UK were enough reminder that the time has come around to tell your Mum how much she means to you.

Mothers have an exceptional ability to know what we’re going to do before we’ve done them, often before we’ve even thought about doing them, such is the power of maternal instinct. Lord Dodo himself was often caught feeding his dinner to the dog under the dining room table before the breakfast pancakes were even served at the table.

Dodo Pad, Flowers, Mother's Day

When you were small, your Mum cut off your crusts before she put your sandwiches into your lunch bag. She gave you ‘the look’ when you were about to say something embarrassing and she dutifully took you to all the parties you’d been invited to. She sent birthday cards on your behalf and stopped you from opening all of your advent calendar windows on the first day of the season.

We love our Mums here at Dodo Pad, and we felt that we could learn from the things that they’ve taught us over the years to give them priceless presents this Mothering Sunday. Here’s our anti-gift guide*. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Lick a tissue and wipe your Mum’s face with it before she goes out. She always did it for you, it’s time to repay the favour
  • Take your Mum out for dinner and cut her meal up into bite-size portions. If she complains, give her ‘the look’
  • Apologise to people on behalf of your Mum when she’s making a complaint on the telephone, to a neighbour or in a shop, explaining that she’s “tired and emotional”
  • Now you’re tall and grown, take your Mum’s favourite snacks and treats from the cupboard and put them on the highest point in the kitchen so she can’t eat them in-between meals
  • Follow your Mum into the bathroom in the morning and say “30 more seconds” once she’s finished brushing her teeth, handing her back the brush
  • Insist your Mum finishes every morsel on her plate at dinner
  • Point to the soap if she swear
  • Threaten to knock her and your Dad’s heads together if they’re in a disagreement about watching Match of the Day

* Lord Dodo accepts no responsibility for smacked legs, groundings, mobile phone confiscation, internet unplugging or pocket money retraction that may come as a result of our fun Anti-Gift guide.

Do you have any fun anti-gift guide ideas to add of your own? Comment here and we’ll choose our favourite to win a special something from the Dodo Pad for you or your Mum – you decide who 🙂

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