Delta were around from 1982 to 2016/7. During that time their most famous model was the Dolcevita. Traditionally available with an orange body and black cap, grip, and blind cap, a latter day alternative was launched, the Oro, in a stunning crushed orange resin. Available in silver and vermeil trims, it also should have come with either a 14k gold nib, or the infamous Delta Fusion nib (steel with a gold triangle glued on top ‘for heat dissipation’). In the last days of the company, pens were fitted with what was available just to try and get money in. The result, a Dolcevita Oro Stantuffo with a steel nib.
When is a Visconti Homosapiens not a homosapiens. When it does not have the twin rings on the cap and when the body is not rounded. The Medici is a faceted pen with 8 sides in a bronze/brown coloured, swirling, sparkly resin, which at the time came with palladium trimmings. In more recent times, with the introduction of two other colours of pens, the trimming for this version changed to rose gold coloured.
The Momento Zero was the first pen released by Leonardo Officina Italiana under their own banner. An affordable resin pen in a number of attractive colours, all with a good level of chatoyance. Over time more resins were used and a celluloid piston filler with a gold nib also came in to being. Now a year or two down the line, with a new similarly priced model, the Furore, coming out, a number of new versions of the Momento Zero have been produced including the Hawaii, a multi-coloured pen based on a hotchpotch of previously used resins.
One thing Luca Baglione, CEO of Srittura Bolognese (ScriBo) is keen to point out is, while he and many of the staff came from OMAS after it’s closure, ScriBo is not a phoenix or a restart, but a new company which is built upon the DNA of the former company (along with some of the manufacturing tools). Initially we first saw a new pen materialise as a store specific limited edition for Write Here in Shrewsbury, UK, a new looking pen using the OMAS specified Bock nibs we saw and loved from the latter days of OMAS. During the summer of 2018, post a couple of high end collector models, ScriBo announced a new consumer model, the Feel, which I saw at the London Writing Equipment Show. My first impressions were captured here (note I’ve since found out the nibs are now produced by Scribo themselves using the old OMAS machinery, and not by Bock) and also in this video of myself and Penultimate Dave interviewing Luca. There are two versions, one in the ScriBo corporate colours of blue/grey, and the other a dark blue. Both look very smart and could be used in any business environment as well as casually. The pens are made from resin, as are those from a number of top German manufacturers, and each one is turned by hand from an individual rod.
Well tonight was my final night in Rome and I’m uncerain whether I’ll have time to post tomorrow, so while a follow up will be done when I’m back in the UK I might not get another chance while still over here.
Tonight I failed again to get in to La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali again (perhaps I really ought to book next time as it is listed as the 5th most popular restaurant in Rome on TripAdvisor, I went to some where slightly nearer to home but also with a high rating (127th out of over 4000) Le Tavernelle. The food was great and I’m now stuffed. As with many Roma restaurants it’s open late – I got there around 9/9:15 and left close to 11 while others were still on their starters.
I’m now near packed, my legs still hurt, but tomorrow I’ll be up and off to the airport after breakfast, so this may well be Ciao Roma.
Even as I set off this morning I could feel my legs. Yesterday was just too far and I found myself gingerly walking up hill to cut round the back of the Roman Type Writer so I could get the The Pantheon. By the time I got to the otherside the worrying feelings were near gone and so I proceeded on to my target.
Where as The Colosseum left me neutral and The Trevi Fountain was nice but over-rated, The Pantheon from outside is just wow. Not quite the wow of Todai-ji or Qtab Minitar, but not that far off. Inside is equally impressive, but it could be argued all the Christian symbolism inside does ruin it a little. Also I noticed European’s seem to have less respect for ancient religeous buildings (and in this case one still in use) than the Japanese. Actually come to think of it, my experience of Indian UNESCO World Herritage Sigths is that they will do the minimum to keep them going, so at least it’s better here. The Pantheon is a must see when you’re in Rome. Continue reading
I decided, or more acurately my tired limbs decided, that I would eat locally so I hit Trip Advisor. My original choice was furthest away and listed 22nd in Rome for Trip Advisor restaurants. Needless to say it was full. The next place was no where in sight (perhaps it’s now closed) and so I went to my third option, Osteria della Suburra down the road from the hotel in via Urbana. It’s a local’s haunt. When ever I’ve set off for food around 6/7pm it had been closed, but on return it’s been full. I got there around 21:!5 and only just got a table. The food was decidedly average, nothing special, but this is the sort of safe place you keep in your back pocket and where locals will awlays go. The atmosphere was decent and I did recognise some of the other diners from workshops and shops in the street. Over time more people came in, this is obviosuly the sort of place that stays open late, real late. Interstingly enough, not long before I left (around 23:00) an American couple sat down next to me. Turns out they lived in this area for 5 years many moons ago when he studied at Rome University and that in recent years they have always come back to this place. As I said this is a restaurant for locals who want a safe reliable meal.
Right now yawning. Tomorrow is my last real day here so there’s a few places I want to hit, plus I’ve got psotcards and souveniers to buy so ciao.
I’m knackered. I’ve been walking near non stop for over 7 hours today. In the heat. 32 degrees C heat.
So I set off around 11 a.m. to wander up Via Urbana, on to Via Madona del Monti, past the forums, on to Piazza Venezzia and past the Roman Type Writer (Il Vittoriano), round the back, up the steps to Michalangelo’s Piazza del Campiodoglio, round back past the forums to the entrance to Palatino, lots of Roman ruins including various arches, the temple to Saturn, temples to Castor and Polux, Romulus & Remus, and so on. Afteer having covered the entire area and taken lots of photos, I then left and went to ll Colosso, The Colosseum. The ancient ruins are well worth wandering round, ust take a bottle of water with you (there’s a few spots in the zone where you can fill up for free, plus there’s various toilets dotted around) and expect to spend at least a few hours. Continue reading
As ever I had plans, though part of them were in black and white. I set off for the station and the main museum. It was due to close at 19:30 so I had a few hours spare. On arriving I wandered round the gardens outside and decided to leave it till tomorrow or Saturday as I was not sure I’d have enough time. I thus wandered. I reached Piazza Espagn, better known as The Spanish Steps. The bottom level and the piazza were full of gawkers, hawkers and beggers (reminding me some what of Park Guel in Barcelona). From there I went on to a back street restaurant recommended by an ex-colleague of mine, L’Enoteca Antica in Via della Croce. While in a touristy area it was maily full of locals, always a good sign. The food there was good and not ‘stock Italian’ (except for the dolce). Continue reading
Round the corner is the magnificent Basilica Di Santa Maria Maggiore, a large domed church/cathedral with a cavernous, gilt filled interior. It shouts grandeur, highlighting it’s importance before the Vatican came in to being. The entrance is actually on the other side from Via Cavour, with the piazza on each side being separately named. It is large and impressive, but the outside is nothing compared to in. The main part is a single pillerless hall with chapels and confession booths off to each side. The ceiling is high with plenty of gilt, but it’s not quite as bling or in your face as my description may sound. You will need to check out the pictures once posted. Continue reading