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  • 14th and 18th Century Shipwrecks Just Excavated: Singapore

    "When I found it, it was quite encrusted, but there were specks of white and blue peering out from the bottle," Research Officer Michael Ng said a...
  • Choosing Your Fountain Pen: Filling Mechanisms

    There are many different filling mechanisms for fountain pens, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

    We will be going through four common filling systems: cartridges, converters, pistons, and eyedroppers; how to use them, and the pros and cons of each.

  • Choosing Your Fountain Pen: Nibs

    When first venturing into the world of fountain pens, the terminology can be confusing. To start off, you can look at the different types of fountain pen nibs according to the tip size, tip shape, and flexibility.

  • Choosing Your Watercolour Brush: Shape and Hair Type

    A poor brush can't fulfil your needs in the long-term — over time, problems with straying brush hairs and lack of water retention arise.

    How do you pick out a quality watercolour brush that is best suited for your personal style? Read on to find out!

  • Choosing Your Watercolour Paper: Content and Quality

    Which watercolour paper is better? Those made of cotton or wood pulp?

    Each has its merits and can be evaluated based on three key criterias: price, permanence, and the techniques it allows you to use.

  • Choosing Your Watercolour Paper: Texture and Weight

    Choosing the right paper for your watercolour paintings can be a challenging task — What’s wrong with regular paper? What are the differences between the textures? What does GSM mean? 
  • The Treasure Hunters

    Were it not for the two Japanese art dealers trying to smuggle suitcases filled with ancient ceramics out of Vietnam, the government would have bee...
  • 1556596N10831220E

    Could this be the page you are looking for?  Do those numbers point to the right place?  Did you remember to put in the N and the E? Yes, congratul...
  • Our Shores: The Story of an Amazing Shipwreck

    People have been trading goods along our island shores for over thousands of years, way before the Europeans ever got here.  The technologically a...
  • The Tricks of Time: Are We who We Were?

    Intimidation is not the only word that comes to mind when you have six (6) volumes in front of you.  After all, were this manga, it would be a mere...
  • When a Poet Marries a Mathematician

    One of the world's greatest poets, Lord Byron, had fallen in love with a math genius, Annabella Milbanke in 1815, and this union of great minds wou...
  • Small Black Notebook Found: Poetry Inside

    I don't know who found Kenji Miyazawa's (1896 - 1933) notebook and if they knew that it was untold treasure, but I'm so glad they carefully went t...