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How time flies…

Yes I know, I’ve been really bad. It’s been ages since I wrote a blog, despite drafting a whole range of stories, life has consumed most of my free-time. Modern day living (not that I can compare it to any other form of living) is just so fast-paced, that at times I’m quiet happy to vegetate in front of the TV. Now that we are in mid April, with the national elections looming (and the DA is seriously pissing me off with calls from call centres and SMSes in the middle of the night), complete plans disappearing (anyone think they’ve been abducted by Aliens) and with THAT trial coming to an end, there is enough material to write about. However, the ability to find the creative time is what is so challenging.

I fear for the kids of today – it’s this life that forces them into a performance model, no matter what. You remember the old days when we were at school – assuming that if you are reading this you are over 35. Do you remember when we had “special” classes, when the kids who plugged a standard more than twice were moved into? Socially, we may have been mean to them by calling them horrible names, but what was our defense against someone who was 3 years older than us in the same standard? Special classes just seemed to have disappeared as did the pupils who were confined to them. I wonder where some of those kids ended up? Did they ever “reach their full potential” as is the precursor today for to determine if your child being misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD? Did they disappear because some PhD’s decided that it would be better to socially group them in one environment? Maybe name calling by your peer group isn’t as bad by being called names by the “normal” kids? Time has been consumed by having to protect my kids (but that is material for another story).

Time … so precious when used correctly.


Are these things just sent to challenge me ?

I am not even going to bother to explain ….

My total disappointment with Stationery & Print Sandton


I’ll make this email very simple. If I was buying a cheap pen I wouldn’t give a continental about the issues I have with it. When I get bought a very expensive Montegrappa Emblema I expect service second to none. None of this half-baked rubbish that I have receieved to date.

The brief history
– The pen was bought from Stationery & Print at the beginning of March 2013
– It was given to me on the 4 March 2013
– As part of the purchase agreement I have the right to exchange the nib within 6 weeks after date of purchase.
– We informed Gareth on the 11 March that I wanted a Finer NIB
– He gave us a story that we would have to wait till May for the exchange nib to arrive.
-He said that I could continue to use the pen and it that when the nib arrived he would replace it.
-There were no issues with the pen other than the Nib size
-The pen was taken in last week to have the new nib fitted. I was not there, but from what I can gather, no tools were used in the exchange process.

Now – I own a number of fountain pens, and I generally know that pens require specific tools to exchange nibs, particular premium branded ones.

The pen has not worked properly since it was returned – the ink does not flow correctly. I suspect that the experienced Montegrappa nib changer in the form of Gareth has damaged the feeder. Also there is a horrible mark around the neck of the pen – which is generally caused by slippage when trying to change nibs with the proper tools.

Simply put – the experience has been shocking.

So here’s the deal from my side – you either replace the pen with the Nib I want or return our money in the next 7 years or we will exercise our legal rights.

If you don’t know how to sell expensive pens – then don’t. You have done nothing for the Montegrappa brand.


David Epstein