The A6 size of this diary, and the chunkiness of the extent means that it will only fit the largest of pockets. The DaP descriptor is not strictly true, since Saturday and Sunday share a page. Six-pages-per-week would be a better label! The diary includes the usual pages of additional information, and there is space for notes, accounts, and telephone numbers.
It is not possible to print onto the roughly finished ~ limp ~ covers, but on the front cover the title “2024” is visible through the thin and delicate fibres of the lokta. Although indistinct this large blue title clearly distinguishes the front from the back, and the owner will not be confusing this limited edition volume with any other book. We consider it perfectly adequate to have semi-obscure title. If you think you may disagree ~ please do not buy it! (Our diaries have markedly different covers each year. This year’s diary is, by popular demand, vegan. Next year’s will probably also be vegan – with a cover made from cactus fibres.) Lokta ~the Nepalese word for paper ~ has been traditionally made there for centuries. It is quite unlike European office paper ~ which used cut down trees. Lokta is made from the bark of daphne bushes which once removed regrows and is ready for re-harvesting after a few years. Only the cover uses lokta. The end papers stiffen the outer lokta by using good quality cartridge paper.
The end papers are made ~ in the UK ~ from discarded coffee cups ~ by a papermill in the Lake District. These are collected from Costa ~ and similar outlets ~ and sterilised and mixed with virgin fibres ~ necessary for strength. The waterproof plastic liner is removed and used by another factory ~ for making the insulation for electric cables.
A 10mm blue satin ribbon serves as a bookmark.