Dodo Pad still holds the crown as King of the Diaries!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years since the first ever Dodo Pad hatched back in 1966. Yes, other important events took place that year too – England won the World Cup, Harold Wilson’s Labour Party won the General Election and John Lennon announced that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus.

But, fast forward five decades and, while The Beatles have no doubt cemented their status as music icons and memories of that emphatic win over Germany continue to flood back during every international football tournament, I think you will all agree that it’s the Dodo Pad that’s really still standing the test of time!

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1966 – 2016

Our 2016 range – complete with its opulent gold and purple covers  – is a fitting tribute to the rich history of this much-loved brand and, as we hurtle towards Christmas and into 2016, we’re delighted to announce that we’re still OFFICIALLY the UK’s number one diary!

With 2016 marking the 50th anniversary of the beloved Dodo Pad, it’s an honour still to be king of the diary world – and Lord Dodo is pulling no punches when it comes to keeping his rightful crown out of the hands of the competition.

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According to Amazon, the 2016 Dodo Pad is the out and out leader of the pack when it comes to desk diaries – boxing away the competition from other big hitters including the ever-popular Royal Horticultural Society, Liverpool FC, Manchester United and Arsenal, Marvel Comics and The Simpsons just to name but a few.

As well as topping the best sellers list, the Dodo Pad is also officially the most-gifted diary in the pack whilst Lord Dodo has his boxing gloves on in a hotly-fought contest with Moomins for the crown of best-selling Mini Calendar. It’s a heavyweight battle that’s been dragging on for weeks so watch this space…!

I, myself have been at the helm of Dodo Pad for more than 20 years and I am absolutely dodelighted that this collection of diaries and planners I adore is still so loved after all these years.

And I’m sure the wonderful late Sir John Verney – the founder of this spectacularly quirky brand – would be over the moon to know that his creation continues to be such a valuable aid for thousands of people year in year out.

When he came up with the unique Dodo Pad grid diary concept – with added flashes of his own artistic and literary brilliance to brighten the pages – as a way of organising his chaotic family schedule, I wonder if he imagined then that 50 years later his planners would still be topping ‘UK best-seller’ polls?  

It’s an amazing achievement – and one that wouldn’t be possible without all of you wonderful Dodo Pad fans. In your words, the Dodo Pad is definitely not just a diary – it’s something you could not live without.

I, for one, am proud to help play a part in helping to keep people’s lives in order in our own unique Dodo Pad way. I’ll make sure Lord Dodo keeps those boxing gloves on to tackle any pretenders to our diary crown for a while yet… 😉

Merry Christmas! Deniz Nur tree_cutout with star

Rebecca Jay
Managing Director
Dodo Pad

 

 

 

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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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Shame on you Royal Mail!

Every now and again we get one of these:

There is a fee to pay....

There is a fee to pay….

Postage underpayment – and we pop down to the Royal Mail sorting office and pay the difference – it’s normally about £1 extra to pay and contains a customer order and we just take it on the chin, as you do.

For the past few years in early February we’ve run a doodling competition for National Doodle Day in our Dodo Pad and Acad-Pad diaries in aid of Epilepsy Action to raise awareness and funds for the great work they do in supporting sufferers and their families living and coping with epilepsy.

We invite customers and their families to do a doodle and either post it to us or send it via email. Over the past couple of years, postal entries have declined as the cost of sending an entry is almost as much as the minimum suggested donation, since the ‘large letter format’ came in and the cost to send a large letter shot up in price.

One customer, who missed the deadline for this year’s competition, told us she would send in her entry so it arrived in good time for the 2016 competition. She called to check we’d got last week – no entry had arrived 😦 We checked the address with her, asked if she had remembered to stamp it (!) and she confirmed that her post office had told her the correct stamp to use…and through a short process of elimination we realised that her entry was languishing in the sorting office waiting for us to pick it up.

At the weekend I collected a ‘large letter’ from the local sorting office in Truro. I explained that this envelope contained an entry to a charity competition, the lady had made a £2 donation, bought a first class stamp (on the advice of her post office) and it seemed harsh that we had to pay almost the equivalent of her entire donation to the Royal Mail in order to accept her entry.

‘It’s more than my job’s worth’ was the explanation given when I asked the chap to waive the fee in the circumstances. I think he was sympathetic but helpless; the Royal Mail has become so rigid and unsympathetic – even when it was a ‘mistake’ by one of their own staff! The upshot is that not only does a deserving charity lose out, but any allegiance we feel to the Royal Mail is further damaged.

So Royal Mail, would you like to redeem yourselves and make an ex gratia donation to National Doodle Day? We’d welcome your doodle entry – entry form available here – but would be pleased to send it on to Epilepsy Action with or without a supporting doodle. That would be nice…but we’re not holding our breath.

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How to customise a Dodo Wall Pad and magically turn it into a stand up desk calendar in less than 2 minutes!

The joy of a Dodo Pad diary or Wall Pad is not just about enjoyable organisation, it’s all about making it YOURS. You may doodle, design, write religiously within the boxes in the weekly grid or scribble across the page with gay abandon. There are no rules. So here is an instant recipe to make either of our week-to-view WALL PAD calendars (emphasis on the word ‘WALL’) turn magically into a stable stand up DESK calendar! Big thanks to would-be customer Rachel Armitage from Accrington for reminding us that it can be done!

Here you go – we tested the theory on an old Wall Acad-Pad:

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Ingredients:

  1. A Wall Pad calendar (can be a 2015/16 Wall Acad-Pad or 2016 Dodo Wall Pad)
  2. Two strong pieces of card approx 23 x 10cms each
  3. Sellotape (or ‘sticky back plastic’ if you are old enough to remember Blue Peter on BBCTV from the 1960s and 1970s!)

Method:

Tape each piece of card to the covers (you can do this on the outside or inside covers – your choice. Bear in mind that when it is stood up you won’t see the covers, but for aesthetic reasons you may wish to use the insides – we tested it on the outside as it is easier to photograph!). Make sure to tape the card down firmly all around. Stand your Wall Pad up with the covers slightly apart and turn to this week’s grid page.

The finished article!

Viola! That’s all there is to it! You now have a new Dodo Pad product – a Dodo Desk Calendar – unique to you…

If you’ve done a Dodo-customization of your own please tell us here and any suggestions you may have to pass on are always appreciated!

Toodlepip!

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National Stationery Week: The Dodo Jotter #lovestationery #getbritainwriting

Here’s another lovely ‘guest’ blog post from National Stationery Week,  Becky Harding who blogs at busybeemummybex.blogspot.co.uk and loves our Desk Jotter Pad – check out her brilliant doodles and how she has personalised it 🙂

National Stationery week is upon us & I want to share this absolutely perfect Dodo Jotter Pad with you.
I’m probably in the minority these days as we own iPads, iPhones & a mac book however I still use a pen & paper most days. I own a diary & simply love the ‘realness’ of writing.
I panic that I’ll put a note in my phone & shortly forget it.
My life is hectic. So crazy that I need a real diary to write everything down at short notice. It probably makes no sense to you if you use your smart phone for everything.
I just can’t get my head around it, I suppose I’m still quite old fashioned.
Nothing beats a pen & paper…. in my eyes.
Why do I love the Dodo Jotter so much?
Well it has different sections to it.
The blank calendar in the corner is perfect.
Then the doodle area is totally me specially if I’m on the phone I quite like a doodle.
The To DoDo today area – I love a good to do list.
I added the meal planner bit for my own use, the blank space is perfect.
Being able to jot my blog ideas down… Perfect.
The Dodo jotter is available in two sizes; the A3 desk jotter (this one) & then the B5 size perfectly portable.
They’re designed to alleviate boredom & keep even the scattiest desk-dweller on the straight & narrow.
They’re made with 50 sheets of high quality 100gsm paper. No pen will be able to get through it.
My favourite bit is designated biscuits & coffee zones.
I also love that the bottom edge is glued on rather than the traditional top, this saves the corners from rolling up & becoming crinkled & unsightly. PERFECT.
I’m delighted to tell you that this product was made locally in Cornwall, England where Dodo Pad is based.

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