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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Fancy a Snooker Table in Santa’s Sack but Don’t Have the Room?

Introducing Convertible Snooker Dining Tables


If you have children (or a messy partner), you’ll be familiar with how cluttered your home can become in just a few short days. From abandoned toys to discarded devices, our loved ones can be an untidy bunch at the best of times. 

With Christmas just around the corner, the last place you want to find those bits and pieces is in the garden or garage on a bitter cold morning; but if you have a dedicated games room, all of that clutter can have a devoted home of its own. Not only will you and your family have a place to store your possessions, you’ll also have a room designed entirely around leisure and relaxation. From pursuing your hobbies to curling up with a film to entertaining guests, a games room is the modern living room of the family home.

Fancy a Snooker Table in Santa’s Sack but Don’t Have the Room? Introducing Convertible Snooker Dining Tables


Not everyone will have an additional room to spare for a purpose like this though, which is why the bespoke snooker dining tables at Hamilton Billiards come highly recommended. Available in snooker, pool and billiard varieties, these tables can seamlessly convert from a subtle yet stylish dining table to a fully functional, high-quality playing surface.

A centrepiece like this can provide the entire family with enjoyment, whether they’re newcomers to the game or not. It’s also sure to please even the grumpiest of visitors, and allows you to breathe life into an unused dining area – turning it into a personal hobby room or cinema room depending on the situation.

Hamilton Billiards is an established snooker table supplier and a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, offering a staggering range of tables, accessories and custom modifications for beginners and veterans alike. They can even restore contemporary and antique tables to their former glory, or build an entirely new one, all to your unique specifications.

Fancy a Snooker Table in Santa’s Sack but Don’t Have the Room?  Introducing Convertible Snooker Dining Tables


If you’re working on a limited budget, buying a second-hand table and having them restore it can be a cost-effective way of having your own personal snooker outlet. For more information on Hamilton Billiards’ table restoration, see this article on Snooker HQ

You’d be surprised at how many hours you can spend in friendly competition with your loved ones, as well as how much the game can grow on you if played in a relaxed environment. Give your family a gift they can all enjoy this Christmas – an economical games room. 


This article was written by David Newman, owner of Ad Lab – eCommerce digital marketing specialists. David is a frequent contributor to a variety of lifestyle blogs, and enjoys writing about sports, hobbies and travel topics.