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office* Coming Up In London

If you're an office professional who wouldn't mind having a couple of days to swap bad boss stories with other pros, pick up a few office efficiency tips and, most importantly, play with some of the newest ink pens on the market, there's a place for you next month in London.

The 2012 office* show will be held Sept. 12-13 at National Hall, Olympia. On the list of exhibitors showing off new writing instruments: Stabilo, Pilot and Uniball. There will even be something called the Uniball Cafe – we're not sure what that is, but we're picturing hot beverages and free samples of great pens.

This is the third year for the event, billed as 'the must-attend exhibition and conference for the UK’s PAs, EAs and Office Managers.' According to organizers, more than 4,000 office workers attend the show, and more than half are there to see stationery.

There is even a party at Planet Hollywood London, although that may be open just to exhibitors. We aren't clear about that.

This was last year's show. The Ricky Gervais look-alike in the beginning is pretty good:

Getting in is easy...and free. Just go to the office* show website to register. So, if you can convince the boss, do try to get away for a few days to visit the show. At the very least, you're likely to pick up a few new pens.

And, if you go, please share your stories and photos with us.

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