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4 March 2014

No Mad March Hares Here!

Fair Trade Collage

But it does look like being a busy month! It arrives with Fair Trade Fortnight in full swing having begun on 24 February. We have a small selection of fair trade items to tempt you, both decorative and useful, from shopping bags to table accessories. Made in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, the artisans earn a proper return for their creativity and your purchases help to make a difference.

Boy Teddies

At the opposite end of the month, of course, we will be celebrating Mother's Day (30 Mar), although Mums may feel a little short-changed as British Summer Time also begins then, so we lose an hour in bed! A lovely gift, however, will surely make up for it and, as usual, we have a super selection, many of which are also available from our online shop. Feeling in creative mood we've even put together a little filmshow of just a few of the things that Mum would love! You'll find it here. Do take a look and let us know what you think. Steven Spielberg has nothing to worry about!

Present Perfect Competition Prizes

Another exciting piece of news is the launch of our 7th birthday competition! Present Perfect's anniversary happens to coincide with the end of National Stationery Week (31 Mar-6 Apl), plus 2014 also celebrates the 450th anniversaries of two of the greatest writers of the Elizabethan era, Christopher Marlowe (Feb) and William Shakespeare (Apl). So we couldn't miss the opportunity to build a competition around them. We have chosen six quotes from the works of these two men and all you have to do is identify which works they have been taken from - easy! To take part, you can enter online via our Competition Page or pick up an entry form from the shop. Entrants must be aged 16 years or older and be resident in the UK. Closing date is 5 p.m. on Saturday 12 April 2014.
1st Prize (worth over £80) includes the acclaimed novel 'The Marlowe Papers' by Ros Barber; DVD of Shakespeare's Sonnets read by a stellar cast; quality pen set from Autograph; decorated writing paper and a blank journal from Peter Pauper Press plus a pack of our own notecards.
Five Runners-up will each receive a box of writing paper and the notecards (worth over £10).

So if you love literature, reading, writing, stationery, poetry or simply beautiful things - have a go!

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.... and talking of stationery we've already received a lovely selection of notecards from Peter Pauper Press. Each box has 14 cards plus 15 envelopes, and at only £5.99 they're great value! Some new journals too.

Valentine Quote

Also just wanted to let you know that we held a ‘flash giveaway’ for Valentine’s Day over on our Facebook page. We asked people to identify the person who wrote the phrase in the photograph above. The answer was, of course, Christopher Marlowe and the prize was the sterling silver pendant shown, complete with chain. The lucky winner was Eleanor! If you use Facebook we’d love you to become a ‘liker’. See you over there!

At this rate, it will be Easter before we know it! Better start thinking what we can hang on the shop’s tree to mark everything that's happening! We hope you will call in - and you can always offer suggestions! Take care.

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