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“Let us go forward together”- Winston Churchill

During a time of austerity, openly embracing nostalgia and all it brings may save our nation from misery. Having become a cold, technological age gave us what? Teenagers spending every waking moment locked to social media, the importance of office stationery shrinking as an increasing number of business decisions are made over email and the good old fashioned catch up with family and friends slowly morphing into instant messaging and web chats…since when did a nation renowned for its fighting spirit and after dinner politics turn into robots?

We were once people who embraced the face to face chatter, the meetings of old and new minds and the written letter crafted with fountain pens which, connected us so beautifully to our loved ones but where has that all gone?

The Great British nation has lost its spirit and its camaraderie!

The fountain pen was once the ultimate symbol of communication, providing a unique personal touch to correspondence however; Tablet PCs and smart phones have now taken away the beauty of personal communication…a beauty that can only return if it’s out with the new and in with the old. Researchers revealed that reminiscing is great for mental health so why shouldn’t, in a time of struggle, our nation bring back the simpler times? Put the theory to the test; bring back personal communication and return the character and strength to our land.

The rise in sales of the fountain pen proves that during a time where emails, instant messaging and social media seem to conquer our way of life; the appreciation of the personal touch is still there. Not all of us wish to hide behind machines.

The fountain pen is a classic symbol of communication yet, it soon disappeared into the background becoming nothing but an unneeded work tool, however; during a time of severe strain now is the time for the return of the written letter. The personal touch, whatever the business; provides a sense of ease and comfort during a time of austerity…the power of the pen has never been stronger.

“The resurgence of the fountain pen is yet another instance of our increasing appetite for nostalgia. The march of technology can be quite alienating and it is not surprising that some of us want to connect to a simpler past which the fountain pen seems to embody.” Ed Beerbohm. Paperstone.

The UK is struggling economically; it is time to return to the good old days and bring back our fighting spirit. The paperless office will not succeed and the constant electronic communication will not suffice. We are a nation proud to hold the pen…Shakespeare didn’t create his masterpieces on an iPad, did he?

Note to Editors: Paperstone is an online office Supplies Company established in 2005. Based in London, the company offers low cost, high quality office products to businesses throughout the UK. For further information please contact

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