A couple of hours in Lincoln

looking down Steep Hill

looking down Steep Hill

A cold foggy morning. The sun burned away the fog, in the sun pleasant, cold in the shade.

Stokes at the Collection, surprisingly busy. Although I have not looked in lunchtime before, midday at the very latest. Lunch looked good. Not good the awful loud music. It used to have a pleasant ambience, somewhere quiet to relax, sadly not with this awful music playing.

Up The Strait, up Steep Hill, to the Castle Square., though actually called Castle Hill.

I have never seen so many people. Not seen so many Chinese since Athens.

Pimento Tea Rooms used to have a strange arrangement, walk through a fashion shop. Both the fashion shop and the up-market shoe shop have now gone. The fashion shop now part of the tea rooms, the shoe shop selling what looked like tourist tat.

Graduation day for University of Lincoln. They appeared to have taken over everywhere.

Stuffed mushrooms from Elite Meats, an excellent butcher, cakes from Curtis.

Walking down, chatted to a stunning Black girl, studying international relations. I said check out Canon Andrew White, and invite to give  a talk a must.

Very sorry to see Oliver’s Restaurant closed. It was a excellent place to eat. But last few years struggling, few customers. Not helped by the owner turning up on a whim.

Looked in Henry’s, inside Ruddock’s, on the first floor. Pleasant tea rooms.

On the way back down, chatted to the girl on the pen counter. I was pleasantly surprised to find they stock Montegrappa pens, make Montblanc pens look like Bic. I suggested she checked out The Alchemist pen.

Back down in the town, already very cold and misty by The Stonebow. And yet walking alongside Brayford Pool, sunny.

Brayford Pool tacky. Costa and other tacky chains. Once it was old warehouses. These could have been restored and created a pleasant environment. But as always, greed and corruption rears its ugly head.

Late lunch at Elite fish restaurant

By late afternoon, thick fog had already descended.


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6 Responses to “A couple of hours in Lincoln”

  1. Peter Coulson Says:

    Sylvester Stallone’s pen! I have an old ELMO pen, but prefer the Lamy pens these days, just nicer to write with, after all, it’s the refills that count. You have an alchemist pen? Not seen one.

  2. keithpp Says:

    I have a Montegrappa pen.

    The Alchemist pen, if only. It is a work of art, a collector’s pen, limited edition, the number the year The Alchemist was published.

    It was created to mark the centenary of Montegrappa.

    At a guess, the price upwards of $100,000.

    Dealers in Montegrappa pens are not aware of its existence, that is how exclusive.

    Dealers are located in strange paces.

    Ruddock’s. Once an indie bookshop now, art materials, pens and a indie teashop. They are also printers and publishers. Last year a very expensive illustrated book on Magna Carta (Lincoln holding one of the four remaining copies).

    Magna Carta belongs to Lincoln Cathedral, on display in Lincoln Castle.

    The department store in Guildford High Street (not Debenham’s) has Monetegrappa pens (or did).

    The Sylvester Stallone pen is ugly.

    Montegrappa also have watches, but these are made for them in Switzerland.

  3. Peter Coulson Says:

    I just meant about Stallone being on the board.

  4. keithpp Says:

    As far as I am aware, Stallone is not on the board, he was paid to promote the company.

  5. Peter Coulson Says:


    “Notable amongst the friends of Montegrappa are the great racing driver Jean Alesi and actor, writer and director Sylvester Stallone. So deep is their affection for the brand that both are now shareholders and board members.”

  6. keithpp Says:

    Sylvester Stallone produced a video saying how much he loved Montegrappa pens and watches.

    He must have been sufficiently impressed to take a stake and a seat on the board.

    The second video I have not seen before.

    I was impressed on my visit. A company and workforce that take a great pride in what they are doing.

    Focus on quality, not mass-produced consumer junk from Far East sweatshops. Something you value, hand down in the family.

    It was my talking to the boss that resulted in video of The Alchemist pen being placed on-line.

    I was invited guest to their Centenary celebration and presentation of The Alchemist pen to Paulo Coelho.

    Several well-know people have had a limited edition pen designed for them.

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