Monthly Archives: December 2011

Waiting for a filling…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to handle it with tongs for the first hour, and then carefully drop the coconuts into the round holes. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another recycled post from those murky days about a year or … Continue reading

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Limping Doom…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘at gaze’ – of deer, looking towards the viewer. Deer do sometimes look rather puzzled and stupid when they glance up from reading their newspapers to stare at you… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Speaking of … Continue reading

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Observations…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is grey ash with swirly blue and white marbles dropped into it. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No.93. I’m sorry I’m late, but a fellow philuminist I met on the street, kept me talking. … Continue reading

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Digital tantrums…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘dittography’ – unintentional repetition of letters or words in copying a a manuscript. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What a great device is the PVR… the ‘personal video recorder’. Long gone are those days of messing … Continue reading

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Yet more overheard and misheard snatches of conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured animal is the bare-tailed woolly opossum. We don’t get many of them round these parts. ADW: Caluromys_philander.jpg >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A muddy mind. Has she been with you? Jewish? no… I can do that myself. His … Continue reading

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A card from Crush…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the Admiral and the rubber walrus. Oh, how we roared… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oh, hello, what’s this? Just as I was about to throw a gaudy pizza leaflet that had arrived through … Continue reading

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A festive shot…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘tichorrhine’ – having an ossified nasal septum – as the fossil woolly rhinoceros. (They often thunder past my window at night doing their loud annoying snorts.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is a picture I … Continue reading

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Titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s smell is that of an overheating vacuum cleaner. Bang!… Smoke… fluff… fluff… fluff… fluff… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No.92. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had trouble getting those stains out of my dinner … Continue reading

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Tomb talk – the nature of academia…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is hanging like a white fat belly with wrinkles around the edges. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is an old post that I have retrieved from the early days of my blog when it was on Myspace. … Continue reading

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Doom off the rails…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘colcothar’ – a dark red iron peroxide formed by calcining iron sulphate. I have lots of it around the house, as I am calcining iron sulphate daily. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Simon Doom, writer and … Continue reading

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Nabby and his big words…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘bend sinister’ – a diagonal stripe on a shield from sinister chief to dexter base. Google Image Result for http://thecontemporaryherald.com/Bend%2520Sinister.png >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I have just read Vladimir Nabokov’s 1947 novel ‘Bend Sinister’ for … Continue reading

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Smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the haddock and the turkey that went into a bar and said to the…  Oh, how we chortled… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Jesus said: ‘And on my day, you shall get drunk, argue … Continue reading

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Crush in Crystal Springs…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘Mouchette’ – a curved dagger-like motif in curvilinear tracery. I have several mouchettes in my tracery, come along I’ll show you, mind you don’t trip over that wayward hassock… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Christmas cards, … Continue reading

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Gaudy post cards…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s egg is that of the platypus. You may pick it up if you wish, but don’t you dare drop it… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A minor art form of mine, apart from all the others that I dabble … Continue reading

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Some more titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘teknonymy’ – the naming of the parent from the child. I must try to slip that into conversation today… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No.91. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had … Continue reading

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Overheard and misheard conversation in a cafe…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘tricking’ – a method of noting a blazon in shorthand, but I expect you knew that already… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Wudzhi Vin – Musky a’veezna – Koo-noo are batch. Ah… a kimmal – Ho … Continue reading

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A trip down Philuminy Lane…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s egg is the cracked one. But it is a nice shade of brown… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Good Morning everybody, and what a chilly morning it is! It’s cold enough to freeze the spout off a teapot! I … Continue reading

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Left over fragments…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the drunk bishop and the omelette. Oh how we roared! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No.90. ‘I’m sorry I’m late, but one of my stallions was playing up.’ An old … Continue reading

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Oh no, not another poet…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s ridiculous name is Ann Grilly-Sedd. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, just when I had got over that visit from Simon Doom, writer and poet from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League, a few days ago, blow … Continue reading

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Titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured frog is Blanchard’s Cricket Frog. They look very good at the wicket with their pads on. Google Image Result for http://www.torontozoo.com/adoptapond/guide_images/Cricket%2520Frog.jpg >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No.89. I’m sorry I’m late, but my fencing … Continue reading

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