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Midsummer Madness? We made a mistake and we’re very sorry. But, if it’s your birthday…

This year’s Summer Solstice is on Friday 21st June 2019 and, alongside International Surfing Day illustrated the day before, the current Dodo Acad-Pad diary proudly displays this important day otherwise known as the longest day of the year.

2018/19 Dodo Acad-Pad

June 21st – nothing wrong so far but look a little closer. We’ve completely forgotten 22nd June (but all is back to normal the following week – phew!).

Mistakes do very occasionally happen and in our 53 year proud history there have been a few. Lord Dodo may by superhuman but the people who lovingly create his diaries each year are human. The Dodo Pad and Acad-Pad are hand crafted – first comes the mid year Acad-Pad diary, followed by the calendar year Dodo Pad diary using much of the same artwork. All artwork is checked not once but three times (by the designer, a proofreader and me, Rebecca Jay, and I’m ultimately ‘the buck stops here’ person).

So, in February 2018, whilst proofreading the 2019 Dodo Pad before it went to print, we spotted the error. We’d all missed it and we were pretty devastated. Not only was the 2018/19 Acad-Pad printed, it was already in the shops and available online through third-party websites.

We immediately created the correction sticker above, sent it to all our direct customers who had ordered Acad-Pads from our website and made sure all future copies were sent out with the sticker included.

It just wasn’t possible to recall all copies ‘out there’ and so, if you got one of those and have still not spotted the missing day, we apologise profusely.

And, if it’s your birthday on Saturday 22nd June, we wish you a very Happy Birthday! Email us a pic of your current Acad-Pad by Friday 21st and proof you were born on the 22nd and we’ll send you the new 2019/20 Acad-Pad completely free (and a correction sticker if you still need one…)

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Do-do you still use a Filofax Deskfax?

Maybe you’ve never stopped using yours or maybe you have one gathering dust in a drawer somewhere or on a high shelf elsewhere. Or you might have been (re)introduced to the wonder of this 9-ringed organiser more recently through the aptly named ‘Fraternal Order of the Nine Rings‘ on Facebook (it’s a closed group but ask to join…). The fact is that a Deskfax is for life. A bit like a Dodo Pad (ok, we are unashamedly biased) once you are hooked, it is hard to resist its charms.

The fact is that a Deskfax is for life. A bit like a Dodo Pad (ok, we are unashamedly biased) once you are hooked, it is hard to resist its charms.

Whichever category you fit into, whilst Filofax still produces diary pages for the Deskfax, they no longer produce regular writing paper to fit but, somewhat irritatingly, a search on their website would lead you to believe that they still do. (Grrhh!)

Here we have to thank Victoria at Filofax Customer Services for passing people onto us when they call to enquire as to WHY?  Panic not…help is at hand!

A little background – or skip straight to this link if you just want to get your hands on paper for your DeskFax!

Calf leather Red Deskfax orgniser

My old, but much loved, Deskfax

About 12 years ago, I came to the conclusion that I had to make our original Dodo Pad work in a loose-leaf format to fit my beloved DeskFax organiser. It was red and somewhat worn and getting on for 20 years old by then, but had been my organisational lifeline through the wide shoulder-pad days of the 1980’s when I started in the world of advertising. Move on to a spell in Prague as the head honcho of a certain rather notorious ad agency that fell from grace in the mid 90’s, through early motherhood and juggling paid consultancy (to pay for the nappies etc.) and unpaid work in the early days of saving the Dodo Pad in the late 90’s. It became quite clear that using a Deskfax diary and going to meetings for Dodo Pad was a bit of an unacceptable brand clash!

By a stroke of extreme luck, the Dodo Pad diary was almost identical in size to B5 (176 x 250mm) Deskfax inserts.  So (with a bit of a print tweak to the barcode on the back cover and a cheat on the Frontispiece page to include both ISBNs) we produced a small quantity of loose-leaf Dodo Pads. Add to this a ‘DodoPOD’ binder into which you could ‘download’ it (we are talking early days of the iPod…), writing paper and some pouched ‘Dodividers’ and we had our very own ‘DodoPAX’ system… and you may see a certain verbal connection here!

Filofax was still producing writing paper and other inserts at this time, so for me (with my trusty 9 ring hole punch to punch my diary pages) it was perfect. A Dodo Pad diary, no more embarrassment at not using the brand I loved and had worked so hard to save and see flourish), and my Deskfax remained on my desk and in my briefcase for meetings…becoming increasingly battered.

Fast forward to early 2015 and we learned that Filofax was no longer producing Deskfax sized organisers and worse still… no more paper!

We leapt into action. Our paper fitted, it was an excellent 100gsm, perfect for fountain pen with no show through quality and we could produce it with DeskFax holes by creating a DeskFax Hole Punch Bespoke Service to punch our writing paper (and any of our B5 notepad products launched since!)


‘Deskfax-ify’ our paper, calendar year diary, address book and many other accessories

The process is quite straightforward. You purchase a single ‘Service’ and then as much or as little paper or other of our products that fit a Deskfax as you like. You choose any or a combination of the ‘Related Products’ on the page. We only charge for one hole punching service irrespective of the number of items you buy. If you spend £25.00 or more use the FDXFREE code and we send your order to you carriage free in the UK or take the equivalent off the cost of overseas postage. It is all explained on the page on our Dodo Pad website. If you prefer to phone in your order or have any queries, we always welcome calls during UK business hours – 0345 053 1166.

Simples really. And no need to give up your Deskfax for the foreseeable future! 🙂

Rebecca (aka Lord Dodo)


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10 Top Tips to help with your Exam Revision

It’s nearly exam time and the dreaded ‘R’ word is being rammed down your throat at every turn – Revise. Revise. Revise.

Sadly, we can’t wave a magic wand and make all of those lessons and lectures miraculously stick in your mind without you putting in a bit of graft before the big exam season. But here are some top tips to make your revision sessions really count.

take-lots-of-breaksTake a lot of breaks
This isn’t, should your folks ask, an excuse to skive off actually working. Research shows that shorter 20-30-minute bursts of revision work best because concentration is much higher. Create a timetable with regular short breaks and work on up to three subjects in a day to keep your brain fully engaged.

Mind Map

Get creative
We’re not talking about creating artistic masterpieces here – just simple diagrams, learning maps, doodles and colourful notes that will make your documents easier to memorise for when the exam arrives. Lord Dodo has even been known to make up original ‘songs’ and rhymes filled with subject information to make it easier to stick. All together now… “In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”

Post it

Post-It Note it so you don’t forget it
We have a tendency to remember things that we see a lot so write important points on post-it notes and stick them in places you walk past regularly like the kitchen sink, fridge, toilet or light switch.

A quiet place

Find a quiet place
It may sound obvious but a crowded/loud place filled with lots of distractions is not conducive to a successful revision session. Find somewhere you can work best and concentrate on the job at hand – whether it be a desk in your bedroom, a library or even sitting in the sun in the garden. Having some light music playing at a low volume in the background should be OK, but blasting out rock anthems or trying to concentrate on the latest happenings in Hollyoaks whilst you’re trying to study is a big no no.

Revision with friends

Revise with friends/family
As the BT man always says, ‘it’s good to talk’ and sometimes sharing revision sessions with friends can be a huge help. Share your revision notes and techniques and set each other mini tests and quizzes so you’re all learning together and finding the best ways of making sure the info sinks in. Revision doesn’t mean you have to sit in silence!

Test papers for a mock examination for GCSE in Science Physics

Take past exam papers
It’s important to identify your weaknesses early on so sit plenty of past papers to get a feel of the areas you really need to focus on. Once you have completed three or four past papers, you’ll get a good feel of the way exam paper questions are worded and the best techniques to answer them to gain the best possible marks.


A quick jog may be the last thing you fancy after a day of having your head buried in the text books. But even a short jog could do the world of good for your exam preparations. Exercise increases heart rate, making blood circulate faster, ensuring the brain gets more oxygen which increases productivity and reduces stress. So there.

List of Topics

List out your topics
Don’t go in for a day’s revision totally blind. List the topics/subjects you plan to focus on each day and make sure you stick to the plan so you’re not drifting off and getting distracted. Be realistic with your plan though – nobody’s going to be able to successfully revise the entire contents of six subjects in one session.

alarm-clockGet started early in the day
The thought of getting up early and getting straight into revision mode may fill you with dread but research shows that you’re more likely to get all your work done if you make an effort to start early as you’re more likely to get tempted to do other things the later you leave it. If you put in a good shift in the morning, you’ll have the evening free to enjoy away from the study books.


Reward yourself
It’s not all about work and no play. Set yourself strict times to revise and make sure you leave some free time so you don’t find yourself exhausted, frustrated and chin-deep in revision notes 20 hours a day seven days a week. Strike a good balance between study and social life and make sure you plan a cinema date, shopping trip treat or a catch-up with friends after a productive day of revision.

The very best of luck from all of us at Dodo Pad!

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