Monthly Archives: March 2011

Time for some more philuminy?

Here are some more examples from my childhood matchbox label collection. Any new readers may wish to find out what the hell this is all about by reading my first blog post on the subject on March 8th. 2011: Just … Continue reading

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A Fast Moving Doom…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured marsupial is the wombat. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yesterday in Dulltown centre somebody threw a ball of crumpled paper at me from a passing taxi. It bounced off my elbow and landed at my feet. I heard … Continue reading

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Two Photographs…

Here are a couple of pictures of this marvellous gate. Look at those colours and the inventive design and naive workmanship! I love that familiar motif of ‘the sunburst’ radiating from the bottom right corner. The colours are so subtle! … Continue reading

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Some bits…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘regulus’ – the short band between the tenia and the guttae on a Doric entablature. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I hear that, as an exit strategy, Colonel Gaddafi has been offered a spot to spill … Continue reading

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Doom, doom, doom?

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the apples… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you may have guessed I am, politically, a bit of a pessimistic deep green… and don’t hold out much hope for the future of humans on … Continue reading

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Another copy Dave?

‘So… another copy then Dave?’ ‘Oh V, you are so predictable…’ ‘You think so?’ ‘Yes, it’s a copy I did in charcoal of a painting in the local Dulltown gallery, the ‘Ferens’.’ ‘What, you went in, set up your drawing … Continue reading

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Some more bits…

How about changing the image of the cardigan? Let’s have black wool with chrome studs in it. We could call them ‘Power Cardigans’. I’d buy one… Excuses for being late No 19. ‘Sorry I’m late, I had a starling stuck … Continue reading

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Acid jazz, pop, dance, and chiselling…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘gralloch’ – a deer’s entrails. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Sunday morning, sitting tapping away at my blog, I finally determined that I should sort out the problems with the built-in shelf/table/desk that this old … Continue reading

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More overheard and misheard snatches of street conversation…

‘Posh tutor’ ‘Pin poorly man’ ‘Lectrellic social now time’ ‘Blan blan got to…’ ‘Actually, for your information’ ‘Anlaby deadline’ ‘Moses amploo dearly’ ‘Claire loon…’ ‘Caramel smice’ ‘Cows are moo Baxter’ ‘Panzer tuplane member’ ‘Just thinking of you’ ‘Tea now please…’ … Continue reading

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Friction in the office…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘bezant’ – a gold roundel. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I can’t understand what you are talking about!… No I don’t!… How dare you!… Goodbye!…’ ‘Oh Professor!… I’ve never seen you slam the phone down on … Continue reading

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Two short bits…

A while ago I saw a film made from the Ray Bradbury novel ‘Fahrenheit 451’ (1953). It was made in 1966, starred Oscar Werner and Julie Christie, and was directed by Francois Truffaut. It looked a bit low-budget, but was … Continue reading

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Photography…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘gaberlunzie’ – a beggar’s pouch, or a strolling beggar. (Scottish) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is a picture taken during a wander around my favourite place in London, the British Museum. Whenever I go to … Continue reading

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Popular Science…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are mauve and light brown. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘So, Veronica, I know that you have been watching Prof. Brian Cox’s ‘Wonders of the Universe’, and I know you’ve seen the first part of Professor Jim Al-Khalili’s … Continue reading

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Shall we look at some more philuminy?

Here we go… These look nice don’t they? If you are wondering what all this is, this photograph shows a part of my childhood collection of matchbox labels. Perhaps you might fancy going back to read my first blog on … Continue reading

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Short items…

Adverts for Dell computers on the TV: The slogan is ‘You can tell it’s Dell’. I think they should expand that a bit to – ‘You can tell it’s Dell, it won’t start up up if you’ve a couple of … Continue reading

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Bang, bang, bang…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘accolee’ – two coats of arms set side by side to indicate marriage, with the charges on each facing each other. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bang, bang, bang, on the front door at three o’clock … Continue reading

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More bits…

In the fishing tackle area of a local department store… Some nice surreal items on display – I almost bought them, just for their names… ‘Salt Quivver Rod Holdall’ ‘Tutti Frutti Floaters’ ‘Carp Vader Candy Clown’ I just clicked on … Continue reading

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Two short items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured strange foodstuff is the kiwi fruit. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When you put your photos on Flickr (see a link to my photos on Flickr under ‘blogroll’ to the right) one of the options available is to … Continue reading

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A bit more philuminy…

Do you remember a week or two back I wrote about my childhood hobby of collecting matchbox labels. If case you would like to re-read it, here is a link to it: Well, it looks like I’m a philuminist then… … Continue reading

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Feeling sorry for them…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘running dog’ – a classical wave ornament often used in a frieze, sometimes called a Vitruvian scroll. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oh, don’t you feel sorry for them… those journalists and TV news presenters?… They … Continue reading

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