Monthly Archives: April 2012

Smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘pogonotomy’ – shaving. From the Greek ‘pogon’, ‘pogonos’, beard – and ‘tome’, a cutting. Well, I feel better for knowing that… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No.117. I’m sorry I’m late, but … Continue reading

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‘Click’ from Veronica…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the Field Marshal’s baton getting bitten in two by the angry hippopotamus. Oh, how we chuckled! Google Image Result for http://www.antiques.co.uk/images/antiques/Original-Field-Marshal-Erwin-Rommel-Oil-Painting/1551/large/806FD355-423B-E366-213565C7C6A1D104.jpg >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A rambling email from Veronica Crush, writer and … Continue reading

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Overheard or misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sound is that of a ghostly presence tapping on something behind the polished oak wainscoting… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Whole the mass together.’ ‘Other things were going on with our team.’ ‘She stole the voice.’ ‘I listened about … Continue reading

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…but words can never hurt me…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘brodekin’ – a buskin. ‘Buskin’ – a high thick-soled boot worn in ancient times by actors in tragedy. That reminds me, I must clean mine – they haven’t seen a lick of … Continue reading

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School bully…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘casemate’ – a vaulted room, with embrasures, built into the thickness of the ramparts. Yes, dear reader, I have a casemate built into my ramparts, but I didn’t bother with the embrasures, … Continue reading

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Tony and Simon entertain…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘aventail’ – a chain mail neck guard. I have one of these, but only wear it during the Christmas shopping season. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tony Mayonnaise, writer and poet from the glory days of … Continue reading

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Sculpture on the bench…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the two eggs chatting in a bar when the subject of omelettes comes up in conversation. Oh how we smirked behind our hands! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘What’s all this then Dave?’ Yes… … Continue reading

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So what have those TV ads been telling us again?

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for ballooning currencies sighing to a hidden chorus of dirty dark debtor nations… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s much more than you think. It’s simple. My moisturizer. Fusion pro-glide. Dream in chocolate. 100% British wheat. … Continue reading

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Old surrealism on the telly….

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s piece of classical music is Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘The Five Seasons’. Yes, yes, I know it used to be ‘The Four Seasons’, but don’t forget that I discovered an old dusty manuscript with the fifth one … Continue reading

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Bonbons and eggs…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s choice adjectives are: Fleeting, Bumptious, Anticipatory, and Simpering. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Good morning Brownlow…’ ‘Oh hello Professor! How are you this morning? Well I hope?’ ‘What the hell is this… this… thing, on my desk?’ ‘Oh sorry … Continue reading

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Is this bright enough for you?

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured piece of classical music is Beethoven’s ‘Partita for Dustbin Lid, Oil Drum and Maracas’. Ah… dig those crazy rhythms!… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Now… you may, dear reader, have guessed that I am not a gardening sort … Continue reading

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More little bits…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is: ‘zarf’ – an ornamental holder for a hot coffee cup. I have a cupboard full of zarfs, but as I don’t generally drink coffee, I only get them out when I have … Continue reading

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Ugg’s bright idea…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘patty’ – of a cross, having triangular limbs which are wide at the ends and narrow at the centre. Google Image Result for http://rolls.westkingdom.org/rolls/koanluantrelaine0925.gif >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Ugg…’ ‘Yes?’ ‘I can’t find my favourite … Continue reading

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Office & Home…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for the Euro Zone to rotate slowly with the banks below steaming and gasping with clogged snouts. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is a poem I found on a folded sheet of paper stuffed into … Continue reading

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Madras versus Korma…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s mood is ebullient, but downcast, with a hint of pent-up apathy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This morning I received a communication from Veronica Crush, writer and poet from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League, in the … Continue reading

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Philuminy and fun…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘cremocarp’ – the characteristic fruit of the Umbelliferae, composed of two one-seeded halves which split apart and dangle from the top of the axis. The ones I have wake me up in … Continue reading

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A windy day…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured sound is that of an empty two-wheeled grey plastic refuse bin rolling down a steep suburban hill, banging into parked BMW and Mitsubishi SUVs as it goes. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Simon Doom, writer and poet from … Continue reading

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Short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured piece of classical music is Franz Schubert’s famous song cycle, “Shit, this is hopeless, I think I’ll pack it in.” and features Elton John making a special guest appearance at the BBC Steinway. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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More overheard and possibly misheard snatches of conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for the ruble to be hiding in an old cupboard, and for rubber futures to be writhing in the dust. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘A day’s worth of time.’ ‘The relief was like you…’ ‘A … Continue reading

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The King in Dulltown…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s adjectives are: Brobdingnagian, Fruity, and Intimate. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, no, I’m sorry… Yes, I know he’s very popular… and yes, I’m sure he’s been a great influence on the popular music of the… No… It’s just … Continue reading

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