The Belgian Consulate in Penicuik

Penicuik is a small town of 12,000 people, ten miles outside Edinburgh.

It is a couple of miles from Rosslyn, of Rosslyn Chapel fame, and that’s the only reason I can think why the Belgian Consulate is in Penicuik.

It’s tiny – like a corner shop – so it’s about as low key as you can get.

By the way, Penicuik is pronounced ‘Pennycook’ and the name is fromĀ Pen Y Cog, meaning “Hill of the Cuckoo” in early Celtish.

The Caslon Font On The Lisbonaire

the-lisbonaire This is a screen grab showing the header font from The Lisbonaire.

The Lisbonaire is a website advertising a block of apartments in a building in downtown Lisbon, with 19 studios and one bedroom apartments – “furnished and decorated, subject to the idea of 100% Portuguese”.

I came across The Lisbonaire on clicking a link in an article in the New York Times that my wife recommended to me – How I Fell For Lisbon

I liked the font in the header of The Lisbonaire, but I couldn’t identify it.

The letter ‘a’ looked a bit like Adobe Caslon Pro, which I have, but that’s a lot thinner – so it wasn’t the font. And the general look was similar to the Encorpada and Salome fonts, but taller and more elegant.

So I asked for help to identify the font on the WhatTheFont forum at MyFonts – and someone came up with the answer, which is Caslon Graphique D.

As I said, the letter ‘a’ is similar to Adobe Caslon Pro, and that got me wondering about the origin of the name ‘Caslon’.

It seems that Caslon fonts are owned by a German company but the Caslon company name belongs to Caslon – a letterpress printing firm in London.

Here are a few of the interesting things about Caslon:

  • William Caslon, an engraver of firearms from the West Midlands, started his career in type design in 1720 when he created a typeface for the New Testament in Arabic.
  • In 1776, just before the 4th of July, a printer from Philadelphia called John Dunlap used Caslon Old Face when he printed the American Declaration of Independence.
  • Caslon Egyptian Type was the first sans-serif printing type to be sold commercially.
  • The Caslon Typeface was the main font used by the British Arts and Crafts movement.

How To Get To The Classic New Post Page

Has WP Removed The Classic Mode Link In Edit-Post?

I am following up on a post from KokkieH about the descent into hell that is the BeepBeepBoop new ‘improved’ posting experience.

And I am also following up on a post on the same concern from JenT Singing The Dash Editor blues.

If you are a newbie to WordPress and find yourself stuck using the new BeepBeepBoop-Dash editor, follow this route back to the classic admin/new post heaven:


Hover Over A Post To See The Edit Option