RD: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
SM: Hi I’m Steve Morton, I’m a retired specialist radio engineer. I’m British, but I live with my wife Alison in France in Deux-Serves.
I blog at Philofaxy.com, the blog covers every aspect possible about ring bound personal organisers.
I also do a small blog about Travellers Notebooks http://travellersnotebooktimes.com/ ) this is mainly a blog to bring together blog posts and videos from around the Internet to one place for fans of Travellers Notebooks and similar types of planners and notebooks/covers.
RD: How and when did you first discover Rhodia products?
SM: I suppose it was when we bought our house here in France, looking around our local supermarket I was attracted to their bright orange covered notepads.
At the time I didn’t know a lot about the brand until I did the usual thing and put the name in to Google and then wow there was this huge following of these notepads and notebooks. People were asking where they could buy them from and I felt quite privileged to be able to just walk in to my local store and pick them off the shelf.
RD: Which are your favorite Rhodia products?
SM: The bloc notepads for sure, they are just so useful.
As well as the notepads I also like the unlimited note books, I have adapted one of those with a steel ruler and a craft knife to fit in to a small leather notebook cover that I received as a gift from Gillio. It is tiny about the size of an iPhone 6, but being that small means it can slip in to a pocket easily and the Unlimited notebooks have tear out lined pages which are excellent for quick notes and lists.
RD: Do you always use the same product(s) or do you change periodically?
SM: I’m always trying out new ideas and trying to make things work as a notebook, that might not have been intended to be used as one. So I take a trip to the store armed with my ruler and wallet to see what is available and I can use/adapt to suit.
RD: Do you use them in any way that is specific to your work?
SM: My main use for any of my notebooks/pads is to act as my memory. I have a terrible short-term memory, mainly with trying to do too many things. So I end up jotting down brief notes about things I need to remember and act on… otherwise it doesn’t get done.
I always have a notebook or pad next to my bed, so that I can down load my mind last thing before going to sleep, that way I don’t need to worry about forgetting something by the morning.
I learnt the hard way… I once thought of an idea for a blog post, by the morning the idea was clean gone… I then spent most of the following day trying to remember what it was… eventually I did. I vowed never to let that happen again!
RD: Does using Rhodia products make your job easier in any way? (Do quality tools make the job easier?)
SM: Definitely, and those bright orange covers mean I don’t misplace them.
RD: Pencil, pen, or other? Favorites?
SM: My current favourite fountain pen is the Pilot Metropolitan, it is relatively cheap, but it is a great pen for the money. I also use a Waterman fountain pen quite a lot too. Not an expensive one, but it writes nicely.
RD: Where do you regularly purchase Rhodia products?
SM: My local Supermarket here in France has a small range, or the stationery store a short walk away from them has a larger selection, but not the lined versions.
RD: Is there any way we could improve on your favorite product?
SM: Yes! The Bloc Rhodia No 14 is shown as ‘A6+’ The pages when removed from the bloc are the correct height (148mm) but 5mm wider, if they were A6 width it would save me having to trim the pages.
Also I wish retailers in France stocked more of the lined notepads all they seem to stock is the 5×5 graph versions yet I know lined ones exist. If I look on line for a supplier in France then will only supply them in multiples of 10.
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