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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!

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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!)

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‘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.

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Exercise
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.

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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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Me, myself and I…Oh, and the rest of the world

There was a time not so long ago when people kept their daily rants, moans, info on their latest weird crushes and philosophical thoughts on life to themselves and their diaries.

Then a little thing called Twitter came along and everything changed. Suddenly people thought that everybody else really cared about how their boss had spoken to them at work (we probably don’t), what they were eating for lunch (we REALLY don’t) and how cute their baby looks eating/sleeping/dancing (OK, we concede on that one, but just occasionally).

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A page from the 2011 Dodo Pad diary

Worse still, the world of celebrity went into overdrive and egos already bigger than the stratosphere expanded even further as millions of people tuned in to see what their idols were getting up to at every second of every day.

Twitter provided an amazing platform for people to speak out and reach audiences they could only have ever dreamed of. But it’s become more a public forum for everyone to take out their beef with the world. And while it’s funny for the rest of us to sit and watch, more than one celeb has found themselves an international laughing stock as the result of a Twitter outburst.

Take good ol’ Kanye West for example – a man adored by millions with a successful rap career, pretty hefty bank balance, a stunning wife, two beautiful kids, numerous homes etc. etc. However, when Kanye was feeling a bit sorry for himself, he thought he’d share it with the world.

A few misguided tweets later (slating his ex, Amber Rose, and critics of his music, moaning about being in debt and begging Mark Zuckerberg for cash etc.) and the world just frankly thinks he’s gone bonkers.

His wife, Kim Kardashian West – who has proved herself quite the savvy businesswoman after being  thrust into our attentions with a leaked sex tape – joined her hubby in the public embarrassment stakes when she took to Twitter to pose nude (again) and then slagged off everyone who dared to criticise her on International Women’s Day.

The Wests are not the only ones of course. From Courtney Love threatening designer Dawn Simorangkir in a series of misspelled Twitter ramblings, to Alec Baldwin’s outburst against American Airlines, Charlie Sheen’s public meltdown and Aston Villa Joleon Lescott alienating fans by tweeting a picture of a £120,000 Mercedes after his side lost 6-0 to Liverpool (he later claimed it was sent accidentally in his pocket – but fans weren’t buying the excuse), celebs from all walks of life have learnt how easy it is to lose friends and alienate people at the click of a button.

Celebs – and humankind as a whole – please take note. Twitter is an amazing tool for voicing an opinion to the masses. But sometimes the world doesn’t need to know your thoughts (or what you’re eating for dinner). Before taking to Twitter, take a moment to decide if what you’re saying is really worth inflicting on the world – or if it’s probably best kept to yourself and a rather more private diary.

@lord_dodo

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ICYMI*: How the Power of Words has shaped history over centuries

The written word has saved lives, preserved traditions, given generations an insight into moments in time and ultimately helped to shape the world we live in and the values which we live by.

The way in which we communicate and write continues to change and evolve – and, in my opinion, not always for the better. (I received a text message the other day that simply contained a ‘shocked face’ emoji and the over-used ‘lol’). But never underestimate the power of the written word. Quite how far our Snapchat ‘conversations’, throwaway text remarks or self-indulgent Facebook posts will go towards shaping the future is yet to be seen, but here’s a rundown (in no particular order!) of some written documents that have stood the test of time and made their mark in history.

Magna CartaMagna Carta In 1215, the barons of King John created the Magna Carta and it remains one of the most important documents in history. It is considered one of the first steps taken in England towards establishing parliamentary democracy whilst there are strong influences from the document in the American Bill of Rights, written in 1791. Even more recently its basic principles are seen very clearly in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, penned in 1948.

Anne FrankThe Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank: Heartbreaking, inspiring and often very funny, the diary penned by Anne Frank at the age of 13 whilst she hid from the German occupation in a secret annex in Amsterdam gives an unprecedented insight into her world as a Jew during the Second World War. The diary stops abruptly in August 1944, when her family are betrayed and eventually sent to Auschwitz death camp. Only Anne’s father Otto survived and published the diary in 1947. How wrong Anne was when she wrote: “Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year old school girl.”

Domesday bookDomesday Book Compiled in 1085-6 on the orders of King William I, it is our earliest public record, the foundation document of the national archives and a legal document that is still valid as evidence of title to land. It describes in remarkable detail the landholdings and resources of late 11th-century England and was used for many centuries for administrative and legal purposes.The Domesday Book continues to be the starting point for most local historians researching the history of their area.

BibleThe Bible Made up of a collection of writings written over a span of 1,500 years – the earliest ones set down nearly 3,500 years ago – the impact The Bible has had, and continues to have, on civilisation over centuries is undeniable. The bible continues to be the most read and widely distributed book in the world.

Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone Carved in 196BC, the Rosetta Stone was the key to unlocking the secrets of the ancient world. It contained a Ptolemaic decree, written in three languages: Egyptian hieroglyphics, Demotic script, and Ancient Greek. After many years of studying the Rosetta Stone and other examples of ancient Egyptian writing, Jean-François Champollion deciphered hieroglyphs in 1822 and unlocked the ancient world.

The written word has been key in shaping the world for centuries. I wonder whether generations to come will be able to decipher our current ‘language’ of communication?

From my POV IDK myself…

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*ICYMI: In Case you Missed It, *POV IDK: Point of View I Don’t know (The Dodo Pad’s GMC: Guide to Modern Communications)

 

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Unity in tragedy

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The auction for my beautiful Pudsey brooch has now ended and we’ve raised (drum roll)… £303.33 for Children In Need.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who bid for this unique brooch and all those who spread the message on social media to help us raise money for this fantastic cause. The auction had over 1000 views which was amazing!

Of course it would be wrong of me to be completely upbeat at a time when the world is uniting in grief at the atrocities in Paris.

But the actions of these barbaric fundamentalists has once again highlighted amazing acts of kindness, generosity and solidarity from communities across the world as we come together to offer support and love to those affected by this senseless tragedy.

I, like millions across the UK, was sat watching Children In Need on Friday night when I was abruptly stopped in my tracks by the developing tales of depravity in Paris as innocent people going about their Friday evenings with friends and loved ones were being brutality killed.

The world was weeping but tales of human nature at its best started to emerge as Parisians opened their doors to help those in need. At the same time, whilst we watched in horror from the UK – people proved that those who try to shatter our freedom and community spirit will never win.

Despite the ongoing tragedy, the nation came together to raise more than £37 million for Children in Need, a record-breaking amount. It is testament to our resilience and sense of unity that we can still seek light in the darkness to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

And I am proud that we have helped to play some small part, so thank you to everyone who showed their support.

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.

Rebecca Jay
Managing Director, Dodo Pad

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WANTED: A loving new home for Children in Need’s Pudsey Bear

I’ve always tried to do my bit for charity and, with Children in Need just around the corner, I was trying to think of how I could help. And then it came to me – why not use my unique and beautiful Pudsey brooch to help raise funds for this fantastic charity?

When you think of Children in Need, the image of Pudsey Bear and his bandaged eye is probably the first thing to spring to mind, and my one-of-a-kind brooch is a beautiful representation of the charity’s much-loved mascot.

The VERY first Kleshna charity brooch!

Unique Pudsey brooch by Kleshna

It was created by a very talented long-time friend of mine, Kleshna (www.kleshna.com), who I have known from way back during my previous life in advertising and marketing before I took over Dodo Pad. She’s since made a quite a name for herself on the jewellery scene and it was the Pudsey brooch that kick-started other charity creations of hers, including stunning Swarovski ‘Kleshna poppy‘ brooches to raise money for the Royal British Legion that have been proudly worn by celebrity superstars including Emma Watson, Dame Judi Dench, Simon Cowell and Cheryl (before she became Mrs Fernandez-Versini) Cole.

Anyway, back to Pudsey…Kleshna ran a low-key email campaign among friends about eight years ago to bid for this totally unique, one off Pudsey brooch, made up of hundreds of Swarovski crystals, to raise money for Children in Need – and I bid the most and won!

Then in 2010 my beloved Pudsey almost got his shot at TV stardom when a famous TV personality/presenter agreed to wear him during the live broadcast of Children in Need. Sadly, his TV career was never to be, due to a contractual agreement with her stylist.

BUT, I’m determined that this year will be his – and I’m asking our lovely Dodo Pad fans to spread the word.

I am auctioning off my Pudsey brooch on eBay, with 100% of the winning bid to go to the charity. He’s only ever been worn on Children in Need day, spending the rest of the year nestled in his presentation box. He has no special dietary requirements –  in fact, he’s pretty much the perfect pet, as bears go.

With your help, we can find this beautiful Pudsey brooch a new loving home and raise much-needed funds for this fantastic cause at the same time.

You can bid for him here on eBay. The auction ends on Monday 16th November at just after 7pm.

Please keep sharing and sharing again and let’s get him on the telly!

Thank you in advance,

Pudsey Brooch - front

 

Rebecca Jay

Managing Director, Dodo Pad

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Want to meet Lord Dodo at the 2015 Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair at the Eden Project next week?

Lord Dodo is about to don his pinny and dress his stall at his annual Christmas charity fair outing to the Eden Project in aid of Cornwall Macmillan.

Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair

On Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th November, Cornwall’s largest and most vibrant Christmas Fair aims to raise the largest single amount for Macmillan in Cornwall this year.

For two days the Eden Kitchen, between the two Biomes, will play host to a twinkling and glorious selection of Christmas gifts, home accessories, stocking fillers, clothing, jewellery, food and drink and there will be something to suit every taste and budget. There are over 50 different stalls so if you live in or near Cornwall (or even further away!), please join us for a magical event that hopes to raise the most ever for this wonderful charity.

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The Eden Project is very generously offering FREE ENTRY for all visitors on Thursday, so tickets only need to be purchased for the Fair itself. All proceeds, including 15% of all stall-holder takings, go direct to Cornwall Macmillan Cancer Support.
Wednesday 11th November 2015: 6pm – 9.30pm
Preview Event Tickets are £25.00 and include supper and wine, preview and shopping! For tickets please follow the link.

Thursday 12th November 2015: 10am – 4pm 
Thursday Tickets are £15.00 and include a light lunch, shopping and FREE ENTRY access to the entire Eden Project for the day! For tickets please follow the link.

As well as showcasing our fabulous Golden Jubilee 2016 diary and calendar edition we’ll have a wide selection of leather slipcovers, twinkly Swarovski pens and pencils, pen loops and stationery gifts that should satisfy any stationery lover’s desires! We look forward to seeing you there. And thank you 🙂
2016 Golden Jubilee editions of the Dodo Pad in all formats will be on sale!

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