Writing with a pen will soon be a thing of the past. No longer will we be able to look at peoples' handwriting to learn something of their character from the curl, pressure and incline of the strokes.
This all dawned on me last week in my final RLF term at Essex University when a student asked my advice on how to prepare for his exams. What was troubling him the most was the thought of having to write the essays by hand. Only ever having used a keyboard, he said he couldn’t hold a pen for three hours without getting hand cramps.
I suggested he got hold of some of those small metal exercise balls – a traditional Chinese product dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) when they must have been holding their quills for considerable lengths of time.