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A Dodo Pad diary – Your Constant Companion

ddp66-ddp17rainbowLong term users of our quirky Dodo Pad have laid their lives bare and spoken of their love affair with it as part of celebrations to mark our milestone 50th anniversary.

A mother keeping the memory of her late daughter alive through the pages of her notes and doodles. Two lost friends reconnecting over shared memories after years apart. A divorcee knowing they’ve always got someone to turn to. A priest wanting to stand out from the crowd at clergy meetings.

Their lives could not be more different. But they all have one thing in common – the Dodo Pad diaries they have kept as a constant companion to chronicle their lives over many decades, through good times and bad.

We recently launched a search for stories from our ‘superfans’ to give them the chance to share in the celebrations of our rich past. Renowned for its innovative weekly planning grid design, quirky drawings and witty anecdotes, generations have used the Dodo Pad to document their lives and keep their day-to-day goings on in order. So many people now treasure their collections of old Dodo Pads built up over the years, having filled them with their innermost thoughts and life milestones.

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This Acad-Pad belongs to a student who started aged 13, is now almost 21 and loves it just as much!

Sarah Vokes said: “A friend of mine way back at university 40 years ago had a Dodo Pad and I envied it enormously. She was rather eccentric and I wanted to be too. I have recently been reunited with this friend, who lives in France, and on meeting again, we shared Dodo memories.”

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Rachael Rushent couldn’t function this year without her Dodo Pad after her mother accidentally threw it away whilst tidying up – and she had no problem rummaging through the bin if it meant getting it back!

She said: “I broke my leg and my mum helpfully came round to help me tidy the house. She managed to scoop up dear Dodo and throw him in the dustbin. I was lost for three days before I decided to have a rummage. After delving through the bin, I found Dodo. My life was restored and I shared my story on Facebook.”

Lady Bridie Graham has been using Dodo Pad diaries since 1978, and can laugh at many a comical tale she has documented of her children growing up through the years.

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Bridie Graham’s Dodo Pad – October 2016

Recalling one particularly funny memory chronicled within her treasured Dodo Pad pages, she said: “I used to put funny things my children said in it. For instance, I was carrying my two-year-old up to bed for her nap and she said ‘my eye is sore, mummy, we are just going to have to buy me a new one’.”

C of E priest, Cilla Hawkes, said her Dodo Pad stood out from the crowd during clergy meetings. She added: “I like to have my Dodo Pad out at clergy meetings to be a bit outrageous. The Church of England Diary is of course is very useful and good, but using my Dodo Pad lets me not be subsumed into the system. It really is an essential part of getting through life. Its light-heartedness and its mad ideas make me feel I belong to the Dodo Pad family.”

dodo-pad-jo-hidderley-collectionFor Mr Jo Hidderley, his Dodo Pad is a friend he can always rely on. He said: “It’s great fun. The design is brilliant in that it’s so practical and functional it keeps me organised, while still being a joy to look at. At 67, divorced and living on my own – It’s my best friend (Aaah!) It’s also house-trained, very clean, doesn’t take a lot to feed and once purchased it is exceptionally cheap to run.”

Jenni Staunton, aged 60, said: “I love everything about the Dodo Pad and it sits by my side for the whole year. I will keep every one of them forever. I have used my Dodo Pads to record every important moment in the lives of my five children.”

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Some exceptionally well-filled Dodo Pads!

The Dodo Pad has also proven to be a genuine friend and source of comfort through the most tragic of circumstances.

“The Dodo Pad means a great deal to me, having used it daily for 40 years.  I have kept all the copies over the years – quite a collection by now – and treasure them with all their memories”. We were very touched when Carole Scott told us: “It is especially poignant because my beautiful daughter Karen died very suddenly and tragically, whilst giving birth to her son in 2002.  It is something which I will never truly get used to, but I have so much of her life chronicled in the Dodo Pads of her youth, which I cherish, along with all my wonderful memories of her.”

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A proud collection of Dodo Pad diaries stretching back to the 1970’s…

Designed by the late writer, painter and illustrator, Sir John Verney, as a way or organising the hectic daily comings and goings of his family-of-nine, Dodo Pad diaries burst on to the scene back in 1966. With their unusual and family oriented theme, the Dodo Pad immediately became the must-have ‘uber-cool’ organiser.

Fast forward 50 years with me Rebecca Jay, mum-of-one, at the helm, we’re still making waves. We’ve just been included again, for the 5th year running, in The Independent’s IndyBest Top Ten diaries for 2017. Not bad for a 50 year old – and still as relevant today as in 1966.

I’ve been overwhelmed with the response from our ‘Super Fans’ for the heartwarming tales they have shared and the fact that so many people treasure their Dodo Pads as lifelong friends. It really does have a personality and people relate to it. It’s funny, it’s warm, it’s witty and it’s quirky and creative. It’s a unique brand that people love. What other diary brand have you ever heard people say they ‘love’ or ‘couldn’t live without’??

It has been especially moving hearing what an important part the Dodo Pad has played in so many lives over decades. It is more than just a diary – it is a true friend. People use it to tell their innermost thoughts, share milestone moments from their lives and those of their children, remember the happiest times, and use it to comfort them in their worst times. Think of all the things you value in a true friendship – loyalty, dependability and companionship – and that is what people say the Dodo Pad brings them.

I saved Dodo Pad from extinction almost 21 years ago and, when I read what a difference it makes to people’s lives, I feel incredibly proud.

The 2016 50th anniversary diary range was created with a decadent gold and purple cover to mark our ‘Golden Jubilee’. The new 2017 diaries feature a bright and beautiful zesty lime design to stand out from the crowd and welcome in the next 50 years.

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So much to say, so much to show and so little time to Christmas! – Speed Post 1 – Doodle by Stitch

This is a speed post – a bit like in a speed dating session you have to cover a lot of people in a short time and make some quick decisions before you move on. Not that I have any experience whatsoever of speed-dating. But I’m hoping the analogy fits…here goes:

You may already know and love the Dodo Pad and Dodo Pad products (if you don’t then here is a quick introduction) but we now have a whole section on the website totally ‘dodedicated’ to stuff that Lord Dodo LOVES… which incidentally make fine Christmas Gifts but are not necessarily a diary-calendar-stationery-sort-of-thing. You can read the full details here as to how we started this little online shopping (ad)venture!

These are the criteria for selection:

Is it well designed? (essential)

Is is fun?

Is it useful?

Is it colourful?

Is it quirky?

If the answer is yes to all or most of the above and it doesn’t break the bank (prices start at £1.99 for a clever set of page markers) and we love it then it gets a spot in Lord Dodo LOVES…Click on the pics to go straight to the spot in the shop where you will find them. No messing about. Teleport yourself there. Now.

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Write on draw on wash out, doodle-able, strong neoprene-lined pencil case, complete with a set of wash out marker pens (we do refill marker pen sets too!)

This brilliant idea (providing the potential to doodle and draw and then start over with a blank canvas) comes as iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini cases, aprons (two styles – notepaper design shown here), placemats and even reusable canvas bunting! From £10.95 and nothing over £20.

Speed post two tomorrow!

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Snow Dodo Mania at Christmas

Snow Dodo by Lord Dodo's Twitter friend @kinkyclawz

Hellooo dear Dodopadlers!

Well, it seems that the abundance of snow that fell over the recent festive season allowed Lord Dodo’s esteemed friends to express their adoration and dodedication to his Lordship in new and innovative ways.

After Tweeting the challenge @lord_dodo for people to create a snow dodo instead of the usual humdrum snow man,  we were completely bowled over by two acts of creative genius!  You can see the first snow sculpture depicted in the photograph here and the second can be viewed in a video format by clicking here.

Lord Dodo believes that the way the Dodo Pad encourages doodling and creative expression, as well as unheard of  levels of organisation, may have contributed to the creation of these glorious works of art which is of course what he always believed would happen!

We got very excited about Christmas here at Dodo Towers now and you should have seen the old place – it looked just lovely with all the lights and tinsel and our Christmas tree at the bottom of the grand staircase was just exquisite! We kept it up for a few days longer than usual so you could take a peek. Please do sign the Visitors Book if you if you pay a visit.

Lord Dodo and I would like to wish you a dodelightfully organised and less chaotic New Year in 2011!

Toodle-oo!

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Dodo News

Hallooo dear Dodopadlers!  It’s Miss Peabody here again.

This is great fun!   I am certainly enjoying this magnificent “internet” thing.  I thank all of  you who’ve left comments and, for those who haven’t yet, I do hope to hear from you soon!

As you can imagine I was especially pleased thrilled to see Lord Dodo’s comment that he will be returning early from the Dodolomites, and duly recorded his return in my Dodo Wall Pad which I have prominently displayed near my desk here at Dodo Towers to show all of our comings and goings.

Each of us has our own column on the weekly page to facilitate visibility so we all know at a glance whether Lord D is here or away, where Bert Whistle is off to on his latest fact-gathering mission, and whether Miss Davinia Dalrymple is out consulting with suppliers or simply ensconced in the stacks within the stock room.  My comings and goings are also recorded for, although I normally hold the fort here at Dodo Towers while others are away, occasionally I do go off on my hols to beautiful Glen Dodoe, a little-known glen deep in the Highlands of Scotland.

As I was inscribing Lord D’s anticipated return, I noticed on our diary page this week (as will those of you with a Dodo Pad) the anniversary of the birth of stuntman Evel Knievel.  He is most famous for his numerous spectacular stunts involving riding a motorcycle while jumping over as many cars as possible/large canyons/whatever seemed most dangerous at the time.  A truly remarkable man!

Another item of note: visitors to the Dodo Pad website will notice the dodo atop the right hand gatepost holding a sign announcing National Doodle Day!  Draw a doodle and take the chance to show off your artwork and benefit two excellent charities; Epilepsy Action and The Neurofibromatosis Association.  For details look at http://www.nationaldoodleday.org.uk and also in your Dodo Pad 2010 diary and/or your Acad-Pad 2009/2010 diary (in desk, mini or wall form) on the pages following the week beginning 22 February 2010.  You have some time to perfect your sketches before you submit your entry into the contest.  The winning doodles will be printed in a future Dodo Pad or Acad-Pad. Happy doodling!

There is always so much going on here at Dodo Towers!  Tune in for more news soon.

Toodle-oo for now!

Miss P

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