Monthly Archives: October 2011

Old people talk…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘aumbrey’ – a cupboard or recess used to keep sacred vessels in. Of course, I use mine for my plectra and capodastro. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s beautiful, now they’ve got it finished. Hard to … Continue reading

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Just a shoe…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is the verb ‘sowth’ – Scottish, to whistle or hum softly. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is a photograph I took a couple of weeks ago. Years ago, when I gave up a civil engineering degree … Continue reading

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Crush and the tumbling die…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sound is that of a crystal chandelier being dropped onto a marble floor. Please think of a word that could describe this sound. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> At last, word from Veronica Crush, writer and poet from the … Continue reading

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Smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are misty grey, pineapple yellow, and taupe. Charming… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No.82. I’m sorry I’m late, but there was a line of goslings crossing the road. British Airways are currently running an … Continue reading

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Moving words….

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘digraph’ – two letters expressing but one sound, for example, the ‘ph’ in the word ‘digraph’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A selection of interesting words noted down from the sides of vans and lorries on … Continue reading

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The wonderful world of philuminy…

But first… Today’s heraldic term is ‘tourteau’ – a red roundel. I always think that the red roundels look the nicest, don’t you? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> If you are puzzled by the contents of this page, you might like to look at … Continue reading

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Dave’s photo tips…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured amphibian is the northern leopard frog. Google Image Result for http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh/nature/frogs/thumbs/images/leopard.jpg >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another recycled oldĀ  post from about a year ago when my blog was on myspace. I know some seemingly very … Continue reading

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Kandy Korn…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to sprinkle dry sand around it and wait for the eggs to hatch out. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘So, Dave, have you been commissioned to design some wrapping paper?’ ‘Look Veronica, as my mother used to … Continue reading

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Birthday boy called…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘gramary’ – magic, enchantment. (skill in grammar, hence magic.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> An abusive phone call from Simon Doom, writer and poet from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League, complaining that everyone, … Continue reading

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Round Words…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the golf ball who went into a pub and said… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I was walking through Hull’s railway station yesterday morning when a running figure caught my attention. As he whizzed … Continue reading

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Some more titchy bits…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘passant’ – of a beast, walking across the shield. Google Image Result for http://www.by-the-sword.com/acatalog/images/bp-06b.jpg >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No.81. I’m sorry I’m late, but I couldn’t leave home until I’d remembered … Continue reading

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Observations…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is as heavy as a large peeled potato. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Klupp the alien pushed his slim periscope up through the round hole in the iron inspection cover set into the pavement and observed the animals … Continue reading

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An old vinyl LP record…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s world dustbin is a very full one. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you will probably know by now, I am very keen on blues music. I don’t quite know why, but from the very first time I heard … Continue reading

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‘Cherokee’ and Crush…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘tester’ – a canopy suspended from the ceiling above a bed, throne, pulpit, etc. I’m thinking of getting one to go over my pulpit. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Aha! Another bulging envelope from Russia! It … Continue reading

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Where’s that remote?

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is striped with blue maculation towards the east. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Feeling a little sluggish the other afternoon I decided to make a cup of tea and loll on the settee in front of some bad … Continue reading

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Bits and pieces…

‘He had the gall to buy a carton of chips from the fish and chip shop up the road, and sit eating them at one of the tables outside the posh cafe – and nobody said anything!’ Dave’s very short … Continue reading

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Fragments of an overheard conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘maunch’ – a medieval sleeve with a hanging pocket. Google Image Result for http://www.dictionaryofheraldry.com/30-28-maunch.gif >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, no, the teacher was looking. He wouldn’t say a word. Was he really bad? Five by … Continue reading

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Insults as a hobby….

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s BBC Radio news is that Dr Liam Fox, ex British Defence Secretary, blurred his professional and personal spheres. I once blurred a couple of my spheres, it was awful… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘You pan-cranking, filibustering, turnpike!’ ‘Ha! … Continue reading

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Disparate fragments…

I’ve just deleted a load of pictures from my camera. It was getting too heavy for my pocket. Excuses for being late. No.79. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to wash all my pencils. That’s funny… Everybody in town … Continue reading

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More ‘What the TV ads have been telling us’…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s smell is that of wet cardboard and tins that once had sardines in. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Desire luxury / Quiz show entertainment / You could save even more / One multi-car policy / It’s got your name … Continue reading

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