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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Letts Academic Festival A6 diary/planner

Hello all!

Today I have decided to review the only planner I have ever come across that has been close to putting my Filofax into retirement: the Letts Academic Festival A6 diary.  You can buy the current 2012-2013 version here.

Despite the fact that I’m not a student (but my daughter is so I do have school holidays to make a note of), this really is a little beauty.  In my opinion, the best features are:

  1. Lovely bright colour.
  2. Elastic closure.
  3. Page ruler marker.
  4. Pen loop (with gel pen included).
  5. Spiral bound so lays flat.
  6. A6 size (15cm X 11.5cm - also comes in A5 though).
  7. Pull-out year planner.
  8. Plastic pocket to store bits and bobs.
  9. A brilliant layout.  Read on . . .

The layout is a week on two pages plus a box for notes after Sunday.  All eight boxes have equal space (hallelujah!) and the weekdays are divided up by: Time, Activity, Location and Reminders.  So you can put your appointments on the left and reminders on the right.  The Notes box (with a small calendar of the month in it) can be used to mark down things to do for that particular week.

Here come the pictures . . .

Check out that ugly mark where I peeled the label off!  Yuk!

Fold-out year planner (2011/2012 on the reverse)

Plastic pocket for 'bits 'n bobs'

As well as a brilliant layout, it also has the following features:

  1. Two year calendar.
  2. Conversion tables & factors.
  3. Sunrise & sunset.
  4. Religious festivals.
  5. Notable dates.
  6. Useful contacts.
  7. Travel information.
  8. National information.
  9. London attractions.
  10. Notes.
  11. Addresses.
  12. Deadlines & exams.
  13. Timetables.

This year, the cover is slightly different.  I don’t like it quite as much but I’m more bothered about the other features than this particular aspect.

The only thing I don’t like about this planner is that Letts insisted on putting a great big ugly sticker on the front cover that took some of the colour off when I peeled it off (very carefully I might add).  I hate these stickers so much!!!

This is a great diary with some brilliant features.  I also love it because it’s so small and light, but big enough.  What do you think?

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  1. Don't get me started on stickers lol, I noticed WHSmith put sale stickers on the front of filofax's - why, so annoying!!!! OK rant over lol :) x

  2. I swear to goodness it's one of the things that annoys me more than anything else Alison! Talk about a quick and easy way to ruin a product! Feel free to rant and I'll join in with you!

  3. Another rant lol, I bought a raspberry metropol online from WH Smith for my daughter and it came with Sellotape (spelling ???) stuck to the front, I was not happy and sent it straight back, my relationship with WHSmith has now ended, why would they do that to a filofax??? xx

  4. Wow, that's bad! What on earth were they thinking?! I HATE it when companies stick stickers on stuff. There's just no need!

  5. Ohh i love the layout - i wish philofaxy would make this for pocket sized!

  6. Yes it's a really good layout. It just doesn't compare to a luxurious leather Filofax unfortunately . . .

  7. Can i be really bad and say that actually ive not ever met a filofax i liked?
    Mine is Paperchase!
    I really wish someone could make a layout like that though!

  8. Wash your mouth out with soap and water!!! LOL

  9. As always, the Letts Diaries never fails to impress anyone :-)