Monthly Archives: August 2011

A quick observation…

That pale-faced girl over there has a mouth that looks like a single brush stroke by Jacopo Pontormo doing a quick saint’s face on a bit of wet plaster on a 16th century Italian wall… pontormo images – Google Images

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‘Ship of Fools’ Charcoal and pencil. 1999.

But first… Dulltown Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘hagioscope’ – An obliquely cut opening in a wall to allow a view of the main altar of a church whence it could not otherwise be seen. Also called a ‘squint’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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Honeyboy…

David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards died yesterday aged 95 or 96. He was a one of the old-time bluesmen. Son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave, he used to hang about with the likes of those influential blues chaps, Robert … Continue reading

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The pink wall of tat…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sound is that of a full champagne glass being hurled against the radiator grille of a Bentley. You’ll have to imagine this one I think. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When I mixed up some mortar and filled some … Continue reading

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Brazil in Hull…

Yesterday, and in my usual grumpy frame of mind, I was walking through Hull’s city centre. Suddenly a three or four-piece South American band, with brass instruments and a recorded backing track, who were busking nearby, struck up with that … Continue reading

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A spoof Zen story…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘wayzgoose’ – a printer’s annual dinner or picnic.  (No, I didn’t make this up.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Two retired old fishermen are sitting on bollards on the quayside, smoking their pipes in the evening … Continue reading

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“The Hand of God” – by me…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s reptile is the Gila Monster (Heloderma Suspectum). The less said about him the better. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This is a picture of Beverley Minster, a parish church the size of a cathedral, a few miles north of … Continue reading

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