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Amanshu*
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Wed 18th May '05 1:16PM
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Allen Key was bold enough to comment:

Holding it between your lips?? That might be taking the office worker/paperclip relationship a step too far...



But you're forgetting that it's not actually a paperclip. It might look like a paperclip, and feel like a paperclip, and many mortals might even mistakenly call it a paperclip. In fact in a pinch I guess you could use it as a paperclip (which is how I acquired it in the first place), but it is in fact definitely not a paperclip. In fact now I think about it, I'm not sure quite what it is.

But I think in that case it is perfectly alright to hold it between my lips, and to pull my lower lip through it. Don't you agree?
   

Allen Key
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Wed 18th May '05 1:34PM
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Well yes, when you put it like that, it all seems perfectly reasonable.

How clean is the top of your computer? I can't begin to imagine the diseases I'd get from sucking anything that had been in contact with mine (in our workplace, 'Cleaner' is something of a notional title).
 

Amanshu*
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Allen Key was bold enough to comment:

How clean is the top of your computer?



...



So anyway, I've got a big paperclip that I'm keeping on my computer and which never goes anywhere near my mouth.
   

General*
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I recently read in a paper that in the average office the toilets were cleaner than the keyboards.
    

Clara
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General was bold enough to comment:

I recently read in a paper that in the average office the toilets were cleaner than the keyboards.



You've obviously never encountered the loos in my workplace! If this is true, my keyboard needs condemning immediately.
 

Demian*
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Thu 19th May '05 1:49PM
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Amanshu was bold enough to comment:

2 months? Why? How?




Bit of psoriasis, nothing to worry about except it got my leg / foot this time so had to stay off work till I could get some treatment sorted, which took too long.
  

Demian*
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Clara was bold enough to comment:



Demian was bold enough to comment:

If anyone's bent my small, pointy-nose, ribbed-for-her-pleasure favourite brass paperclip I'll have to write a stiff letter to somebody, and I'm not talking about John Nettles.



Oooh... Where do you get hold of such things? It sounds very exciting!

And there's a plot that Midsomer Murders has yet to get hold of...



I'll be writing to him in his Bergerac capacity, however.

Unfortunately, I have no idea how to acquire such an artifact. I just look out for new varieties arriving in the post. If I were to hazard a guess, however, you might want to try a paperclip shop
  

Allen Key
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Fri 20th May '05 11:01AM
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Googled 'paperclip obsession', and this was top of the list:

http://www.computing.co.uk/comment/1143994

"But it is not only modern technology that inspires this kind of obsession. One of my favourite stories of obsession or single-mindedness concerns Einstein when he needed a paperclip, and the only one he could find was bent.

So he tried to find something to use to straighten it, found a brand new paperclip, and then proceeded to bend this into the shape of a suitable tool with which to straighten the original paperclip. A very thin dividing line, indeed."
 

Malcolm*
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Fri 20th May '05 12:00PM
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I too work in a large collection of offices, but haven't every really had much paperclip action. Inspired by your confessions and enthusiasm, though, I'm now going to go across the corridor to the office where our stationery supply is, and see what paperclips are on offer. I might have a look around for some other beauties of various categories too. I'll report back later.
   

Clara
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I now have paperclips in three shades of blue! Therefore Tim and Tom have been joined by Richard and Danny.
I feel so loved!
 

Malcolm*
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Well, I've returned from the stationery store. (I also did several other things - I haven't really spent the last 2 1/2 hours perusing stationery - honest!

Frankly, I'm extremely disappointed at my workplace's supply of paperclips. Just small "Niceday" boxes of your standard steel ones. I got myself a box of them anyway - just in case, you understand. However, I did also discover a few things that may interest you:

- the French for paperclip is trombone!
- there is a freely available supply of pencils made from recycled cardboard
- bulldog clips, around these parts, are called "fold back clips"
- and there was a whole box of intriiguingly-titled "button style pouch fasteners". In fact the name is almost as intriguingly odd as the objects themselves - I took the liberty of photographing two of them with the camera on my phone:

(The circular bits are about the size of a 5p piece)


And as well as all this stationery-related wonder, I then walked along a corridor - a normal, standard corridor with a door at each end but none inbetween - and found this sitting halfway along it for all to see. Just to explain, it's the drawer out of a desk, having been stood up on its end so that the handle points skywards and the bottom of the drawer faces the passer-by:


I think that's an excellent sentiment to paint on a desk drawer. I like to think it refers to the person who was carrying the desk drawer to somewhere important, but when halfway there decided it wasn't worth the effort, so paused to paint this little design to explain their reasoning for leaving it there.
   

Mildred
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Here is a poem by Roethke about offices & the things in them, which seems to hint at the Secret Cult of the Paperclip (see words in capitals):

DOLOR

I have known the inexorable sadness of pencils,
Neat in their boxes, dolor of pad and paper weight,
All the misery of manilla folders and mucilage,
Desolation in immaculate public places,
Lonely reception room, lavatory, switchboard,
The unalterable pathos of basin and pitcher,
RITUAL OF multigraph, PAPER-CLIP, comma,
Endless duplication of lives and objects.
And I have seen dust from the walls of institutions,
Finer than flour, alive, more dangerous than silica,
Sift, almost invisible, through long afternoons of tedium,
Dropping a fine film on nails and delicate eyebrows,
Glazing the pale hair, the duplicate grey standard faces.


Perhaps what Roethke is saying is that we should cast off our paper-clips and say 'sod it' (in the style of Malcolm's anarchic desk drawer) to all these deadening administrative rituals?

I don't think i am actually ready to cast off my paper-clips though...I quite like the inexorable sadness of pencils!
 

Deanery
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Sun 22nd May '05 10:30PM
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Clara was bold enough to comment:

My pen was missing this morning. It's very sad. I may have to launch a miltary type manoevre to aid its recovery (as I did with my stapler - that took a whole week)...



My pen seems to go missing every morning, but then I guess that?s one of the hazards of working for a Young Offenders? Institute. The place is full of thieving so-and-so?s....

Sadly I don?t have a paperclip collection to speak of at my workplace. In fact I don?t have much stationery at all. Where I work a lot of the everyday office objects taken for granted are considered potential weapons in the wrong hands and are therefore kept under lock and key. For example ? scissors. Occasionally in the course of duty I have to cut out mug shots of inmates to attach to official prison escort paperwork. For this task I am furnished with a small pair of ?child safety scissors? of the type normally only seen at infant school. You know the kind, the bright plastic ones with rounded ends and only the tiniest strips of metal serving as blades. Very fiddly to use when your hands are considerably bigger than those of the average 8 year old....
 

The Guv
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My paperclip collection has hit a snag as Demian has been off work and he always gives me a paperclip on seeing him in his office or through the post as i have moved office.

as for other supplies rulers are my fave as they have an endless list of things they can be used for.Drum sticks are my fave use for them

Clara
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Mon 23rd May '05 12:45PM
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Deanery was bold enough to comment:

Very fiddly to use when your hands are considerably bigger than those of the average 8 year old....



My normal sized, adult scissors were missing today, so maybe someone is worried about my motives... I'm not aware of having displayed any behavioural problems that would prompt such a removal.
 

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