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School Of Life Journeys Journal

I have mostly good feelings about Alain De Botton’s “School Of Life” project. I think classical and contemporary philosophy and the commentary provided by artists, film-makers, theatre-makers, etc should be more present in our society’s conversation and politics – the questions “what am I for?” and “what does it mean to lead a good life?” are so fundamental to the way we see ourselves and our fellow humans, whether we consciously try to grapple with them or not, that we really ought to be better at tackling them.

I have a slight reservation that some of the School Of Life’s output can be obscure or esoteric to the point of being self-defeating in communicating the message but there are some great videos on their YouTube channel and some of their books (of which I’ve read these) are definitely worth a look.

As well as “developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture” they also do a nice line in stationery and they’ve recently released this “Writing As Therapy” Journal for Journeys. It looks like they plan to release a series of these journals for other themes such as “Projects” and “Night Thoughts” but for now only this one is available.

School of Life Journals

If you’re in the market for a nicely bound travel journal (interestingly it’s neither ruled nor square nor blank paper – it’s square-dotted!) then this one looks pretty hardy and will fit well on your bookshelf once you’ve filled it.

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Walter Mitty’s Bag

Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, although tethered to New York, is a film that makes you want to head straight out of your living room and hit the road for an adventure (specifically to the incredible volcanic landscapes of Iceland!).

I watched it again at the weekend and I thought I’d see if I could find a bag similar to the one he’s given on a ship in the sea off Greenland and which features in a very memorable long-boarding sequence.

Here are some that come close:

Best Made Co Ditty Bag
best made co ditty bag
Best Made Co’s Ditty Bag is probably the closest you’re going to find but coming in at $124, you’re not going to be giving it away to random stowaways on your boat!

Pedlars Duffle Bag
Slightly more affordable at £79 and a bit bigger is this duffle bag from UK brand Pedlars.

HYKC Canvas Bag (Etsy)
HYKC canvas bag
This canvas bag from a seller in Hong Kong on Etsy has got the look and comes in at a very reasonable £35 but it’s hard to say from the photos whether it’d be sufficiently hard-wearing for anything more than a shopping trip.

The Daniel Drawstring Backpack
Another option from Etsy is this one from Italic Home in Oregon made (mostly) out of waxed canvas. At around £30 (excluding P&P) it’s a good deal and I suspect the rope could be re-tied to only meet the bottom of the bag on one side for an “across-the-body” rather than “backpack” style.

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