Monthly Archives: June 2011

Snippets…

Excuses for being late. No.45: ‘I’m sorry I’m late, but I got my foot caught down a rabbit hole…’ Oh, look over there! There’s a little old lady with the face of Mark Knopfler. Look there she is, standing at … Continue reading

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A fishy photograph…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are peppermint green and chocolate brown. A lip-smacking combination… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I thought that you might like to see this picture I took a couple of weeks ago on a street in Dulltown. You can … Continue reading

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Blue denim puzzle…

You know how blue denim jeans these days have simulated patches of wear on them? The pale worn patches are usually on the fronts of the thighs, and sometimes, more unconvincingly on the buttocks, well the other day I saw … Continue reading

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Crush gets the date wrong…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s little dance is the Tango. Let’s all tango today! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The postman put a printed card through my door three days ago saying there was a parcel for me which had to be signed for. … Continue reading

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Two quite short items…

An observation: A miserable looking chap was striding briskly through town wearing a complete yellow and black, fur fabric, tiger costume. Well, nearly complete, he wasn’t wearing the head, nor was he carrying it. Maybe somebody had run off with … Continue reading

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So what have the TV ads been telling us today?

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘alwyte’ – bright steel armour from the medieval period. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Long lasting relief – a magical new realm – most realistic – there is nothing more important – healthy growth and development … Continue reading

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Another vinyl LP record.

In the early 1990s I was doing some woodwork for a local ‘alternative’ record shop. During a tea break I was browsing through the racks, which were packed with records by people I’d never heard of, and saw this cover. … Continue reading

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An observation…

But First… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are ochre and rich, but murky, maroon. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> One day last week I was watching a quite poshly dressed young woman sitting elegantly on a bench in a nice part of Hull city centre. … Continue reading

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Little bits…

Excuses for being late. No. 44: I’m sorry I’m late, but I dropped a box of artifacts and had to pick them all up. ‘Oh I say, look! There, in the TSB Bank across the road, it’s the Hollywood film … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise gurning…

But first… Today’s featured dances are the rumba and the gavotte. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A couple of days ago, doing what I do best, sitting in a cafe knocking back a mozzarella and vine tomato panino with a cup of tea, I … Continue reading

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Two short pieces…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to lay it on a clean cloth sticky side up. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As the lady who runs the cafe pushed the trolley with the clean crockery on it across the tiled floor, the castors, … Continue reading

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How to be successful…

‘There’s been a massive earthquake in S E Asia…’ ‘Oh dear, I wonder how this will affect my business?’ ‘There are hundreds dead in a cholera outbreak in Africa…’ ‘Oh dear, I wonder how this will affect my business?’ ‘That … Continue reading

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Philuminy, philuminy, philuminy…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s nice dance is the bourree. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, another sheet of matchbox labels from the early 1960s. For more information on this childhood obsession of mine have a look at my earlier post on the subject… … Continue reading

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Another old photograph…

This is a picture from about ten or fifteen years ago. It shows Terry’s Corner Shop close to where I used to live. I was a regular customer. That’s Terry on the right, and his brother Ron on the left. … Continue reading

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Fragments of three simultaneous overheard and misheard conversations…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s useful item of culinary information is the asparagus tip. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Arr scored by her – I got a board, me – see carp, no – I was looking for her – koo matcha – put … Continue reading

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Some more little bits…

Excuses for being late. No 43: ‘I’m sorry I’m late, but my dinghy sprang a leak.’ Oh, that’s odd! Why did an image of Rick Moranis as ‘Dark Helmet’ in Mel Brook’s 1987 film ‘Spaceballs’ just pop into my head? … Continue reading

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A lunch of bankers…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘swan neck’ – An ‘ogee-shaped’ member. For example, the curve in a staircase handrail where it rises to join the newel post. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I’ve just seen an exhibition of black and white … Continue reading

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‘The King’

I think that the first time I realised that I wasn’t going to fit in, was during my childhood in the 1950s when the phenomenon of Elvis Presley popped into our lives. People thought he was marvellous, the newspapers were … Continue reading

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Pale blue envelope…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘elater’ – an elastic filament aiding spore dispersal in certain fungi, in liverworts and in horsetails. Try to use this word in conversation today. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A traditional pale blue air mail envelope … Continue reading

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More brutality and stupidity…

Early the other morning, as I drifted up out of the land of dreams, and my bedside radio alarm clicked on to let me listen to the BBC World Service news programme, I was treated to the information that in … Continue reading

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