A date with Ed Ruscha

As much as I always stop and drool whenever I pass a Smythson shop window, I’m kind of over shelling out silly money for address books, notepads and diaries. And yet the news of a collaboration between Smythson and Ed Ruscha fills me with intrigue and more than a little longing. What could be nicer than a notebook customised by the artist who created the above wordy works? The range of Art diaries (which also includes contributions from Rachel Whiteread, Gary Hume and John Baldessari) launches in October, comes in two sizes and all proceeds go to charities of the artists’ choice.