In which I photograph the diary that was left at home
At long last I've found the Italian supplier of my favourite notebook, Ciak. The journals cannot be bought individually here, so I'm considering making a large order and selling the rest on. The Ciak is quite hard to find in the UK, a website called City Organiser have just stopped selling them (I got the last three). They're also available in 'Paperchase' under the 'noto' brand name - but only in black and blue, at present (note, the price on the website is for the very small size - not the size I use for journalling). At this time, paperchase only have the hideous multicolour page one on their site, not the cream paged one which is available in the shop. I like the leather cover of a Ciak. I have a moleskine as a pocket book, but I don't like the cover as much... if they had a soft leathery cover, that may be different! It's rather hard to tell from a website, especially this one. Moleskine certainly have a following, there are even Moleskine 'hacks'. Though the comments here shows that not everybody 'gets it'.
I spent a long time trying to find a journal I like, I'm not the only one! I started off with one from WHSmith (they went through a 'posh' phase in my local store, this is now over and they no longer stock the one I liked, going back to flowery things for kids, women, and spiral bindings for everyone else), and I switched to Ciak as it seemed similar! I've now a Ciak convert!
Now, all that remains is to see if I can get them direct from Italy rather than sticking with Paperchase's meagre (though reasonably priced) choice. Ciak journals are excellent, I'd recommend them highly. Looking around, I can see a German supplier, now... if only I could read their site!
LATEST Update: I have sold out on ebay, and have no immediate plans to get a job lot in (in other words, my personal stock doesn't need to be replenished). Update: 16th September 2006: I don't have any on ebay at the moment, however I will be getting some more in soon as I'm about to run out of my personal stash. Update: 14th May 2005 - I've just put some Ciak journals up on Ebay Update: 7th Sept 2005 - I have put another batch up today. The URL is now semi-permanent Update: 13th Dec - I am out of stock until 2006 - sorry.