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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Five snippets…

Excuses for being late. No 65. I’m sorry I’m late, but my manservant forgot to wake me up. Oh, that girl over there has the face of Hollywood actor Steve McQueen. Perhaps she is his grand daughter – I wonder … Continue reading

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Overheard and misheard snatches of street conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke s the one about Saturn’s rings, not everybody got that one, though I found it very funny. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Did she give you plastic top?’ ‘Right, sit, ready.’ ‘Dew pin.’ ‘All the wrong sizes.’ ‘Rain, … Continue reading

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Doom in pubs…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is mostly Sony, but with patches of Hitachi towards the evening. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Walking past the alley on Silver Street that leads to Ye Old White Hart pub, I was nearly knocked over by a … Continue reading

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Philuminy of the world…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘picotite’ – a dark spinel containing iron, magnesium, and chromium. ‘Bob, have you got any of those dark spinels left?’  ‘No, sorry Dave, they have all gone…’ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, yes… more from … Continue reading

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Something from Ms Crush in Magadan…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘elasmobranch’ – a class of fishes including sharks and skates, having a cartilaginous skeleton and plate-like gills. ‘Well this one here has a cartilaginous skeleton, but I’m not sure about the plate-like … Continue reading

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Three little things…

Excuses for being Late. No 64. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to polish my regalia. …and here is the twelve o’clock news: A statement on the economic crisis, from the Governor of the Bank of England says that … Continue reading

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Another old vinyl LP record…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to hang it up on a piece of wire in a dark shed until it turns completely brown. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you see, this is a very scruffy copy of the Paul Butterfield Blues … Continue reading

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When I was a DRP…

In my distant past, in between giving up the Civil Engineering Degree course at Loughborough, and starting my Art Foundation Course, I had a job for a few months as a DRP – a ‘District Relief Porter’ on the railways. … Continue reading

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What to do after tyranny…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s Dance is ‘the shimmy’ – come on let’s shimmy out into the garden and back in again… Come on, don’t be shy! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This morning, [22-8-2011] as Libya shuffles closer to towards a possible democracy, … Continue reading

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Two micro items…

‘Oh, so you are a singer/song-writer too? What are your songs about?’ ‘Oh, they’re about life, love, politics, injustice, humanity, science, history, freedom, green issues, the sparkle of stars in the night sky… that sort of thing… What are yours … Continue reading

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‘I had this idea…’

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘Tenny’ – One of the heraldic tinctures, tawny orange. Mm… I think I’d like a smart-looking tabard in that tincture…. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Several thousand years ago… in a little clearing, near some rocks, … Continue reading

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Five small items…

Excuses for being late. No 63. I’m sorry I’m late, but I found that I had mislaid all three of my Blackberries. Mm, that multicoloured, bright, fine quality, silk blouse that lady is wearing looks very expensive… The trouble is, … Continue reading

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Ah, school days…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘testrill’ – a sixpence. [Shakespearian] >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When I was at school, which incidentally wasn’t a very good school, the English teacher, who incidentally wasn’t a very good English teacher, commenting on our … Continue reading

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