Monthly Archives: July 2011

Look out, more little items…

Excuses for being late. No 57. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to wait in for the exorcist this morning. Business people often treat their customers, us, the same way that they treat their employees, and their competitors, and … Continue reading

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Snippets from an overheard, and possibly misheard, conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘choliamb’ – a variety of trimeter having a spondee for an iambus as the sixth foot. Well, I’m glad we’ve got that cleared up… (Please feel free to check this definition for … Continue reading

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Philuminy revisited…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s special colours are plummet and catacomb. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, yet another sheet of matchbox labels from my childhood collection. For more information try this earlier blog post on the subject: Well, it looks like I’m a … Continue reading

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A small amusement…

Come on then… Throw me the invisible ball… That’s it… yes really… No, just pretend. I’ll hold the paper bag… Come on throw me the invisible ball, That’s it… Thwack! Very good… Throw me another, I know it’s invisible, don’t … Continue reading

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So, that’s the RA Summer Show then…

But first… Dulltown Europe: Today’s featured dance is the boogaloo. (USA 1966-1969) Why not boogaloo on your way to work this morning? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I mentioned yesterday my very enjoyable trip to London to meet my friends Eva Mae and Hazel … Continue reading

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More titchy items…

Excuses for being late. No.56. I’m sorry I’m late, but I cut both my thumbs when opening a tin of sardines. One day, when I was a child, I found an old padlock and key. After a period of playing … Continue reading

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On the train…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is small cubes of blueness with just one single lonely drop of rain. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I went to London and back yesterday on the train. The journey was on a premeditated whim… A couple of … Continue reading

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Crush in the woods…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the very funny one about the ladder leaning up against the horse. I laughed ’till I cried… Oh dear me… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I picked up a letter from my doormat this morning. It was … Continue reading

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A quartet of bits…

I saw a friend of mine some distance away across a main road in town yesterday. I was a little shocked because he appeared to have had his forehead tattooed with a couple of disc-like motifs. No, I was mistaken, … Continue reading

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Yet another stroll down memory lane…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘nematophore’ – a mouthless type of hydrozoan polyp that engulfs its food by pseudopodia. Mm… I don’t think I’d like to watch it do that… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Back in about 1966 I inadvertently … Continue reading

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Queasy on the train…

I sometimes feel queasy on long bus rides, but not usually on trains, however, when I travelled to Liverpool on the train last week, to go to see a magnificent exhibition of the work of my favourite artist Rene Magritte … Continue reading

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Another vinyl LP record…

Bur first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘Eustyle’ – with an arrangement of columns two and a quarter diameters apart. No, no, Polly, you have got yours about two and a third diameters apart – do try to pay … Continue reading

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That sound…

‘I love that sound…’ ‘What sound?’ ‘Oh, you know, that sound a mobile phone makes when it’s accidentally dropped onto a hard tiled floor…’ ‘Oh… and how would you describe that sound?… in a word?’ ‘Mm… that’s tricky… how about … Continue reading

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Colours in a room again…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘dancetty’ – ‘dancing’, of a line of partition – a zig-zag with large indentations. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I don’t usually do my drawings in a consecutive series, but here is the fourth one of … Continue reading

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Four titchy items…

Excuses for being late. No.54. ‘I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to clean out all the little holes in my best brogues.’ It’s just like The Bible – at the first read it seems a bit stern and dull, … Continue reading

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Doom to get wider…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘disthene’ – kyanite, so called from its difference in hardness when scratched in different directions. I once noticed that property when fiddling with a lump of kyanite I happened to find under … Continue reading

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Dave’s brain theory…

After deep thought, extensive research, and a bottle of beer, I have decided that there must be a flexible, rubber-like membrane down the middle of all of our brains, which separates the brain cells which are used for logical thinking … Continue reading

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Our Nikolai was a good egg…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s cheese is the bright red, shiny-skinned, round, Edam. Let me roll one over to you… Look out! Mind your ankles… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I am currently reading a stocky little maroon ‘leather-bound’ hardback book, with an attached … Continue reading

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Bits, bits, bits…

Excuses for being late. No 53. ‘I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to look after my neighbour’s minotaur.’ A poster in the window of Lloyds TSB bank showing a cartoon of a cute, lovable, but ordinary-looking person holding a … Continue reading

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Tea and biscuits in the office…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to temporarily hold it together with masking tape until the stuff runs out at the bottom. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Brownlow!…’ ‘Yes Professor?’ ‘You’re fifteen minutes late!…’ ‘Oh no sir, I got here on time, but … Continue reading

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