Monthly Archives: February 2011

More Bits…

A middle-aged bloke on the bus wearing a Hi-Vis yellow jacket and a woolly hat is reading a really, really, thick book. I am intrigued… The book seems to be two, may be, two-and-a-half inches thick. It’s not the Bible … Continue reading

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Moving House & Hoovering Mouse…

Dulltown, Europe. Today’s fruit is the King’s Peach. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This blog lark all started about seven or eight months ago when I joined Myspace to get my music tracks made available to a slightly wider audience. I used to ‘compose’ … Continue reading

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A rasp from the past…

‘Professor… Professor… are you there?… Hello?… Sir?…’ ‘What!…’ ‘Oh sorry sir, I didn’t know you were in the…’ ‘Good God Brownlow! Can’t a man have a bit of peace occasionally? Look, just a minute, let me wash my hands…’ ‘Sorry … Continue reading

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Three Short Items…

Dulltown, Europe. Today’s featured smell is the early morning odour emanating from the open back door of a burger restaurant. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Has anyone noticed that very odd way of moving that actors employ when they are (supposedly) invisibly moving about … Continue reading

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Email from America…

Hey ho! Just had an email from Veronica Crush (World famous writer and poet, and former contributor to ‘Plop – The journal of the Hull Surrealist League’ during its brief and self-destructive flash of activity in the late 1980s – … Continue reading

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Some short items…

Dulltown, Europe. Today’s Heraldic term is ‘trippant’ – of deer, walking or trotting across a shield. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late No 9. ‘Sorry I’m late, but I had to wash all the light bulbs.’ BBC TV News: ‘The were … Continue reading

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Overheard and misheard snatches of street conversation…

‘charm Sunday’ ‘harmadaneous’ ‘mullets are coming back’ ‘I’ll be Karl Bee’ ‘got riddamai’ ‘harmony was it…’ ‘Monterey you might as…’ ‘car-board’ ‘widdlee did prah’ ‘pemmonate’ ‘a cap of chino’ ‘ah, fuck it…’ ‘dorphy mummy’ ‘Henry never-be’ ‘Punjabi job’ Please read … Continue reading

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This book is unreadable…

I designed and made a small artwork yesterday… After happening to find a fairly clean copy of volume two of Margaret Thatcher’s Memoirs:¬† Margaret Thatcher – The Downing Street Years, Harper Collins (1993), in a charity shop, I thought that … Continue reading

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Another old photograph…

I took this picture on board the sidewinder trawler ‘Arctic Corsair’ when working on the design for a play based on the fishing industry in this area. The ship was laid up in Albert Dock, Hull, at the time, and … Continue reading

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Two Short Pieces…

Dulltown, Europe. Today’s heraldic term is ‘sub-ordinary’ – one of the smaller less frequently used geometric charges. (I’m not too keen on people with coats of arms and all that nonsense, but I love the language and images of heraldry.) … Continue reading

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An Interesting Pile…

The other day, poking around the dusty back room of a charity shop I discovered a heap of books on a rickety table. It was an interesting and diverse pile. I straightway* whipped out my little notebook and pen in … Continue reading

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In praise of Nikolai…

Dulltown, Europe. (Drizzle tapping on the window this morning.) Today’s heraldic term is ‘quarter’ – One meaning of ‘quarter’ is a sub-ordinary occupying the top dexter quarter of the shield. (But I expect you to know that already.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, … Continue reading

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Two short Items.

Whilst brushing my teeth this morning, trying not to look at my reflection in the mirror over the bathroom sink, and slowly getting used to the idea of yet another day, I was musing over the nature of art, creativity, … Continue reading

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Colonel G and Screaming Jay…

Dulltown, Europe. Today’s colours are lilac with a tiny bit of mint green at one side. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Watching the TV news last night I saw a quick clip of Colonel Gaddafi. (I wonder why, with all that power, he didn’t … Continue reading

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Let me see another drawing Dave…

‘So, Veronica, what do you think of this one?’ ‘Very nice… What is it?’ ‘Well, it’s done in pastel (pronounced ‘pasTEL’, according to a lovely old camp artist I once saw on the TV) – it’s on paper, about 30 … Continue reading

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Advertising…

Dulltown, Europe. Today’s heraldic term¬† is ‘queue fourchy’ – a forked tail. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So what did the TV ads tell us today children? ‘nought percent APR typical’ – ‘concentrated cyclone technology’ – ‘baked to perfection’ – ‘the importance of keeping … Continue reading

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Two Short Items…

Notes on perspective: Now, let us take a ‘world view’ of things. Have a look over there for instance, those scruffy people sitting outside their house smoking joints and drinking beer from cans with the radio blaring. I don’t know, … Continue reading

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The Creator…

Dullrown, Europe. Today’s dictionary word is ‘fewter’ – a rest for a spear. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Do you remember about a week ago I was refurbishing those scenery flats with the lunar landscape and the stars and planets showing in the sky … Continue reading

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More bits…

Isn’t it surprising how many people, when signing up to networking sites don’t put a photograph of themselves on it, but instead put a picture of their cat, dog, or other pet? Do you think it’s a case of low … Continue reading

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Another old black and white photo…

Dulltown, Europe. Today’s heraldic term is ‘Achievement’ – The complete display of armorial bearings. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>     Phew! What the hell is going on here? This is a picture (from a 35mm negative scanned to computer – thanks Jess!) taken … Continue reading

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