The color magenta

I think it has to be me, or at least my age, for I like to first express my thoughts on – shock – paper.

Using a propelling pencil, mine being a rather fine monogrammed Visconti Vincent van Gogh Starry Night Pencil, I can jot down ideas making alterations as I go along.

So why should I discuss this rather pointless snippet from my writing life?

Well, the manufacturers of the archetypal diary once beloved of the 1980s yuppies – The Filofax – produced a quite impressive accoutrement for the writing man.

The FiloFLEX, sold in a range of sizes and colours had a pen/pencil holder, provision for a writing pad and an additional jotting pad, five pockets to save jottings and paper scraps and somewhere to secure credit cards.

In this digital world, you won’t be surprised to learn that this cleverly designed accessory is now not manufactured by Filofax.

So the only way I could purchase an A5 example (already owning the pocket version) was to buy secondhand. Enter eBay.

Hence the rather fetching shade of pink described as magenta. But at £12, no questions asked Squire, it was a bargain.

Having collected my writing essentials the question now is, what today’s missive should be, and now needs writing, so if you’ll excuse me . . .

3 thoughts on “The color magenta”

  1. When I was a polytechnic lecturer I had a Filofax. Well, actually, I had the Filofax pages but kept them in a ring folder marketed more cheaply by a rival.

    I originally came across Filofax quite by chance and was immediately smitten. I had the diary, of course, and notes pages, some maps and accounting sheets on which I kept personal and household accounts. It was an idyll until along came the smartphone! Need I say more? 🙂

    By the way, there’s nothing wrong with magenta for a discerning gent. My much prized light-weight sports bicycle was finished in metallic magenta and I still remember it (drop handlebars, razor sharp saddle and all!) very fondly.


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