Packing Like A Poppins

“From the carpet bag she took out seven flannel nightgowns, four cotton ones, a pair of boots, a set of dominoes, two bathing-caps and a postcard album.”

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This is in addition to the previous appearance of “a starched white apron… a large cake of Sunlight Soap, a toothbrush, a packet of hairpins, a bottle of scent, a small folding armchair and a box of throat lozenges.”

Clearly, Miss Mary Poppins is mindful of the Scout motto to Be Prepared.

What would you pack in a carpet-bag (magically Tardis-like or otherwise) if you were setting out to seek your fortune with nothing but that bag, a brolly and what you stood up in?

While many of Miss Poppins’ impedimenta would be welcome (not sure about that postcard album, mind you, and eleven nighties is rather a lot), I fancy my carpet-bag would contain quantities of paper, a fountain pen or two, assorted bottles of ink and a large quantity of handwork. And, of course, books. Many, many books. Oh, and a teapot, with a couple of cups and saucers – so as to be able to share with a friend – plus a tin or two of tea.

What about you? What would you pack to Be Prepared?

Buy It Firft and Avoid Furreptitious Copies

To the great Variety of Readers.

From the moſt able, to him that can but ſpell: There you are number’d. We had rather you were weighd. Eſpecially, when the fate of all Bookes depends vpon your capacities : and not of your heads alone, but of your purſes. Well! It is now publique, & you wil ſtand for your priuiledges wee know : to read, and cenſure. Do ſo, but buy it firſt.

from the Introduction to the First Folio edition of Shakespeare’s Works, 1623.

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Beware the iniurious impoſtor!
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Grand Productivity Experiment: Phase Two, Um… Over?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned this week, it’s that Unexpected Stuff Happens. Always a useful lesson, and one which we humans are surprisingly prone to forgetting, considering how often life provides reminders.

I thought this week’s productivity experiment – using the Master List and Daily Lists – would be a piece of cake. I’ve done similar things before, and they worked ok. Well, this week’s major events were certainly not something I had on my Master List. In fact, very little that happened this week was.

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