Monthly Archives: May 2011

Rail ramblings…

Coming back into Hull on the train the other day, I noticed that someone, probably Hull City Council, had erected a massive sign for passengers to see as they arrive in the city. In very large letters it says ‘This … Continue reading

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‘…and don’t let me catch you reading again…’

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is like a clear soup or broth. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I suppose, the world being the way that it is, it is probably a disadvantage having the ability to think. It just makes us miserable… If … Continue reading

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More small items…

Excuses for being late. No 37. ‘I’m sorry I’m late, but there was nowhere to park my landcruiser.’ A single overheard remark: ‘You talk like a brick…’ A couple of days ago I saw a quite well dressed old chap … Continue reading

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The Pink Wall of Tat…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘langued’ – of a beast, with a tongue in a separate colour. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you may recall dear reader, I have in my home something I call my ‘Pink Wall of Tat’ … Continue reading

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What a cool guy!

A chap who was, and of course is, a coeval of mine desperately wanted to be a 1960s sort of person. It shouldn’t have been difficult – it was the 1960s after all. He used to know all the details … Continue reading

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Mm… that’s cool…

But first… ‘Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘herm’ – a rectangular pillar terminating in a head or bust (usually of Hermes) used to mark boundaries in ancient Greece. Hence the phrase ‘herm sweet herm’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Mum…’ ‘Yes dear?’ ‘At … Continue reading

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Some more overheard and misheard snatches of street conversation…

‘Black enamel ham’ ‘We’ve been grapefruit’ ‘No. that’s ridiculous!’ ‘Roo plain stick’ ‘Heaven take me’ ‘break inferior…’ ‘The laptips chain’ ‘Just one or two last night’ ‘Goodness me bark’ ‘Just seven years with him…’ ‘What happened unfortunately…’ ‘Do you not … Continue reading

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A painting… it’s a painting…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the tigers and the apples. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Here you are Veronica, look at these bright colours, this should cheer you up…’ ‘You think so?’ ‘Oh, right… Sorry I spoke…’ ‘I suppose … Continue reading

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More bits…

I recently watched the film ‘Zodiac’ (2007) on TV, a tracking-down-a-serial-killer sort of thing. I didn’t enjoy it much, it was very long and rambling and eventually just petered out. I didn’t understand a lot of the dialogue – those … Continue reading

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Twang, twang, twang…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘cockatrice’ – a mythical heraldic monster, part serpent, part cockerel. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yesterday afternoon I thought I would engage in one of my favourite pastimes – watching one of those not very good … Continue reading

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Some uneven chunks…

Excuses for being late. No 36. ‘I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to ‘Mr Sheen’ my Venetians. I wonder if the people who drive SUVs, 4x4s, or what ever the hell they are called, ever contemplate that there may … Continue reading

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Another old vinyl LP cover…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘Hyrax’ – a genus of mammals superficially like marmots, but closer akin to the ungulates. Look, there goes a rock-rabbit – that’s one! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well dear reader you’ve guessed it! It’s another … Continue reading

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Surrealism is alive and well…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to leave it to soak overnight and wring it out in the morning. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, what a strange and not very pleasant experience it was… What am I talking about? Yes, you’ve guessed … Continue reading

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Local etiquette…

When visiting friends in this part of town, and one arrives at their house or flat, one should aware that it is very bad form to knock on the front door, or ring the doorbell… Local etiquette demands that one … Continue reading

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Philuminy time again…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured mammal is the colugo. They glide you know… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> To make things a little clearer as to what this is all about, you could look at my earlier post on the subject by clicking … Continue reading

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Two short items…

When I visited the toilets in the local art gallery I noticed that the lights come on automatically as one walks in. When I returned to my friends looking at the art they all seemed very surprised and shocked when … Continue reading

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Yet more overheard and misheard snatches of street conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s coin is the one that was dropped and rolled under the fridge. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Manage very well’ ‘It’s not heavy is it?’ ‘New ward, an essence…’ ‘Come see it!’ ‘Endo endo bungles’ ‘I was engaged but … Continue reading

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It turned out to be art after all…

When I was at school a hundred years ago and we boys were, in our spare time, studying swearing and sexual nomenclature as all kids do, I was always puzzled by the use of the slang word ‘etties’ which seemed, … Continue reading

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Oh dear, another overheard train conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sink dweller is the silverfish. Look at them scurry… (According to Mr Wicki they are also known as ‘carpet sharks’.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> They’ve got little holes through them / Didn’t know what to wear for the … Continue reading

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Here’s another photograph…

I took this one a couple of days ago. I was walking over Park Street bridge in Hull, when as I proceeded along the pavement, that lamppost appeared to just sidle across and caress the leafy bulge on the tree. … Continue reading

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