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Bishop William Bedell and his Sycamore Tree

Bishop William Bedell's Sycamore tree was planted by him in 1632 at the Kilmore Cathedral Cavan just a few minutes from our workshop. Bishop William Bedell (1571) was appointed Provost of Trinity College in 1627 and in 1629 became Bishop of Kilmore and Ardagh. He is essentially most famous for translating the old testament into Irish. He planted the tree in the original garden of the old bishop’s palace which later became part of Kilmore churchyard and when he died in 1642 he was buried beneath this tree. It is believed to be one of the earliest examples of this tree in Ireland. About 20 years ago one of the limbs fell in a storm and its part of that...

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Irish Bog to Brooklyn

A client in Brooklyn NY ordered a pen last month, she was looking for a gift for a special friend, she thought of many gifts but wanted something that would be used and not just sit in a drawer or on a shelf, a gift, when used by her friend, would remind him of her every day. She thought a pen was the ideal gift as her friend likes to write little notes as he goes through his day. So the first thing she wanted was the best quality pen she could have and a handmade pen would be so special and different, it had to be an excellent writer, not too heavy, high-end plating to last a lifetime and...

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Note-taking: pen and paper versus the laptop

   “The Pen Is Mightier Than The Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand over Laptop Note Taking” by Pam Mueller (Princeton University) and Daniel Oppenheimer (University of California, Los Angeles) was first published in Psychological Science in April 2014. Participants in the study were Princeton University students and the material used was a series of TED talks. Half of the 66 students in the study used laptops to take notes; the other half wrote their notes using pen and paper. Both sets of students were then tested on their memory for factual detail, their conceptual understanding of the material and their ability to synthesise and generalise the information. The study found students who used laptops consistently took more notes than the “old...

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To the Moon!

How many pens do you need to get to the Moon   Ballpoint pens can produce up to two miles of writing. As there are 238,855 miles to the moon from earth, it would require nearly half a million ballpoint pens to draw a straight line to our only natural satellite. That's a lot of pens!

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What is the most popular highlighter colour?

Tell us what yours is? Yellow is in the middle spectrum of visible light, and thus works well for people with colour blindness. This is one of the biggest reasons why yellow is the most popular colour of fluorescent highlighter ink. As Chris Martin of Coldplay fame might say, “It’s all yellow”

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