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Yet another blow to print in the face of the onward march of technology occurred on the 1st October in the UK. Since 1921, if you wanted to drive on the UK’s roads, it has been necessary to display a disc on the windscreen showing that you have paid the vehicle excise duty demanded by the government.

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I have recently returned from my annual holiday to the beautiful west coast of Ireland and for the first time in a long time this year was very different. For a start there was not one drop of rain which must rate as a record for Mrs Mulvaney and me on an Irish holiday. However the biggest difference we saw was the resurgence of the Irish economy.

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I was walking along a street minding my own business in my local shopping centre recently when I nearly fell over a large box of catalogues on the pavement. They were on free offer to passing shoppers and to make it even easier to take one, came with the option of a carrier bag in order to take it home.

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I have just spent a week on a narrow boat with six young girl guides. Now I know that must sound like one hell of a gig for an old man, but let me tell you I was doing it in my capacity as a qualified inland waterways skipper and they were doing it as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award.

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The most beautiful packaging I have ever seen arrived at my home recently. I opened it reverentially and stared at it for some time before gently opening the lid. My eyes set light on a black and white picture of a famous victory well known to me and thousands of others.

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I was amused to read about the latest report from OFCOM, the UK’s Communications regulator, which suggested Britons are now spending more time on technology than they spend asleep. The reason I was amused was that when I read about it in a newspaper, I was in the middle of doing the Coast to Coast Walk across the North of England, devised by the famous rambler Alfred Wainwright.

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As I have travelled around Europe, visiting printing companies who are part of the Landa Preferred Customer programme – those businesses who signed letters of intent to purchase a Landa Nanographic Printing® Press and paid an initial deposit – I have become aware that they share several common characteristics despite geographical and language differences.

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They say that there are only two certainties in life – death and taxes, but I would venture to suggest there’s another one – price increases! There have been noises coming out in recent months from the major ink and coating manufacturers about how their raw material costs have been going up.

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