Archive for September, 2012

The Mopha Tool Roll

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Where do you put your bicycle tools when you go out for a ride?
In the pockets on the back of your cycling jersey?
Perhaps you don’t take any?

I always take mine in my Carradice Zipped Roll.
It’s roomy enough for me to carry my Holga in there too.
And perhaps a little snackette.
At a push I can squash my waterproof in too.

But what if I just want to go out for a quick blast? Nice and light.
In case I puncture I still need to carry tools.

Rapha do a nice tool roll, but I’m not sure yet if I’m ready to be a Rapha Man.

After a bit of searching I found the Mopha Tool Roll.
It looked perfect. Fits under the seat and is strapped onto the bike with a leather toe clip.

I ordered one.

Ten days later, after winging its way across the Atlantic, it arrived.

Inside the box.
Nicely wrapped.

Ta! Da!
I chose black with a red toe strap.

Look at it.
It’s lovely.

This weekend I will be putting it to the test.

If you want one, here’s the website:

A note of warning:
It cost me $54, including postage. That’s about £33.35.
Not cheap, but not too bad, I thought.
Today, the postman brought me a little card which informed me that HM Revenue & Customs were going to charge me £4.77 for VAT and that my parcel was waiting for me at the sorting office.

The card also told me that the Royal Mail would be right royally screwing me with an extra £8.00 ‘handling fee’.


Home help …

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Well, it’s Friday again and where in heavens did the week go? Today, we have  stuffed our faces on muffins, coffee and hot chocolate, a necessary indulgence at the end of a busy week.

Lauren is away on holiday and at her desk, we have our annual work experience student  from the local school, Joe …

Do you recognise him? Doe he look like his dad? He has a bit more hair and is (almost) taller. He is the son of James … and me.

He’s been busy all week learning the ropes and making a blurb book along the way (we do this with all our students). Looking at page design, typography, even a bit of ‘real’ work (which helped immensely) and of course he was sent out with the traditional £2 to buy a record cover that he liked …

Max Boyce. Nice, but don’t try listening to it … it’s terrible.

Thanks Joe, you’ve been a big help and I liked it when you said you didn’t realise how hard your parents worked. That was good. You can come again.

Have a nice weekend!

What we do

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

We probably don’t show enough of our actual work on the website, and in all honesty we haven’t updated the ‘our work‘ section for a long while. We will get round to it sometime and it must appear that we are lazy, but getting projects out on time comes first. In the meantime here is a conference banner I recently designed for Oxford University Press. We enjoy designing banners and its even better when we get to see them in 3D.