Monthly Archives: April 2011

Another old vinyl LP cover.

Well here it is, the iconic ‘weird’ album of all time… ‘Troutmask Replica’ by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band was a double album released in 1969, which didn’t do that well in the US, but actually got well into … Continue reading

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Green talk…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured mammal is the tapir. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Mummy…’ ‘Yes dear?’ ‘They tell us at school that we are ruining the planet by burning something called fossil fuels for our energy…’ ‘Yes dear, that’s right…’ ‘… and … Continue reading

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Doom drunk…

I’ve just received a picture postcard from Simon Doom (writer and poet from the glory days of The Hull Surrealist League) who is enjoying a couple of weeks on a drinking holiday in Greece. The picture on the card was … Continue reading

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Snippets…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are unavoidably red, white, and blue. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I hear that most of the BBC news reporters and commentators have booked in to clinics early next week to undergo minor surgery to remove the sycophantic … Continue reading

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More bits…

Well, I’ve just listened to three pieces of music by Steve Reich on the radio. The first two were bearable, but not surprisingly, I just couldn’t get on with the third Reich at all. The Artist’s Life: Things to do … Continue reading

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How about this one Veronica?

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s very funny joke is the one about the prints of whales. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘So, what’s this Dave? Another of your torrid, city of the future, sci-fi, graphic rants?’ ‘It could be, Veronica…’ ‘Is this one for … Continue reading

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A phone call…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘respectant’. Two beasts or human beings looking at each other. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oh dear… I’ve just had a phone call from Prince William. Typical! He only bothers phoning when he’s got a problem… … Continue reading

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Poly Styrene…

Poly Styrene (Marianne Elliott-Said) died yesterday aged 53. She and her band X-Ray Spex, in my opinion, produced the most intelligent, witty, emotional, and enthusiastic music of the punk era. Let’s have a listen to Poly singing ‘Plastic Bag’. It … Continue reading

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Telly rant…

So, is access to a high definition flat-screen television a fundamental human right? My TV is a small, relatively old, CRT model (‘cathode ray tube’ – the box-shaped ones with the bulging back) and still works fine. When it finally … Continue reading

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Yet more overheard and misheard snatches of street conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘piscina’. A stone basin in a niche near the altar for washing the communion vessels. I don’t have one of these near my altar, perhaps I should have one installed. I wonder … Continue reading

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More tiny items…

Excuses for being late. No 26. ‘Sorry I’m late, but I had to book tickets for the local stage production of ‘Billy Elliot’. A message from The World Government: ‘GET USED TO WHAT YOU’VE GOT. THERE ISN’T ANY MORE. WE’VE … Continue reading

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An old black and white photo…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured mammal is the cheeky little solenodon. I’m sure I saw one trotting up my garden path last night. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another photograph scanned from one of my old black and white negatives. It … Continue reading

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A couple of small items…

Two spiders up high on a wall were looking down at a room full of people having a party. There was much chatting, smiling, and drinking going on in the jolly throng below. One spider remarked to the other, ‘I … Continue reading

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Time for philuminy again…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘seiche’ – A tide-like fluctuation in lakes. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another sheet from my childhood collection of matchbox labels. (If you click on the photograph you can view it in finer detail.) … Continue reading

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Some small items…

Excuses for being late. No 25. ‘I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to saw six inches off the legs of a table…’ (This one is true.) Guitar musings: Gibson Les Pauls are like chocolate cake with cream, whereas Fender … Continue reading

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Another vinyl LP cover…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s nice colours are beige and lemon… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well folks, here we have an album by ‘Jerry Murad and his Harmonicats’. This is another record from some second-hand shop which I bought just because of the … Continue reading

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An empty hulk…

Yesterday, whilst in conversation with my friend Graham on the phone, he mentioned that he had commented on something I’d said online. I later went on to see what he had said. I couldn’t find it… He was probably a … Continue reading

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Fly me to the front garden…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the puppeteer and the radish. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Most people seem to have, or have had in their childhood, dreams in which they possess the ability to fly. You know the sort … Continue reading

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It’s time to see what the Ads have been telling us again.

A new skin feeling / investment expertise / a beauty ‘must have’ / power cream / the job of cleaning / the minerals lost in sweat / microscopic dust / here is the revolution / nine out of ten people … Continue reading

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At some time in the future…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured mammal is the zebra. See how she flickers… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘So, Bobby, now that you are eighteen years old, we… your mother and I, reckon that it’s probably time that you had a bit of … Continue reading

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