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I know: shame on me, a smoker.
Though many European member states still allow smoking inside hotel rooms and public spaces, it's a good rule of thumb that smoking is not permitted anywhere inside.
However, electronic cigarettes often do not fall within the scope of the law set down by various legislatures because it does not burn and only odorless vapor is produced, therefore it's a solid bet you can 'smoke' in hotel rooms and the like without setting off the smoke detectors and forcing an entire building to evacuate.
Sony Voice Recorder ICD-BX700
The difference between "will" and "should" can make the difference between a scoop and soup. Particularly when people are speaking at events, it's vital to be able to recap what someone has said for written transcription. Even the fastest writers cannot pick up every single word depending on the speed of speech, and
This voice recorder is plain and simple, and the battery has lasted so long that in more than six months it has not seen a single battery change. It plugs in via a micro-USB port and encodes in MP3 format making it easily transferrable across devices and transcription software. It's record, plug, play, and go.
Parker fountain pen
Perhaps the least techy yet most important piece of kit for a writer: a pen. In any occupation you would want the best tools and equipment to do your job. For me, it's a Parker fountain pen, and it's second to none. Refillable with specialized ink cartridges, its precision nib allows me to write for dozens of pages of A4 without thinking twice about changing the ink.