Monthly Archives: July 2012

Two old items….

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘curricle’ – a two-wheeled open chaise, drawn by two horses abreast. I had a curricle once, but the horses were constantly bickering and I had to get rid of it. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I … Continue reading

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Just a bit of ice…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the Queen’s corgis ganging up on her and overthrowing the monarchy. Oh, how we tittered. Google Image Result for http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EW2_jWHXijk/TgEDhyxIbXI/AAAAAAAABbs/QA_N4Lm11Ho/s1600/article-1187279-02A2A8490000044D-888_468x433.jpg >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hey, let’s have a final look into that great … Continue reading

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A page of single overheard remarks…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘statant’ – of a beast, standing facing dexter. (‘Dexter’ – the right-hand side, from the point of view of the shield bearer.) Google Image Result for http://inkwellideas.com/coa/images300/dragon_statant_full.png >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A selection of single … Continue reading

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Doom with cheese…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s biscuit is the ‘Jammie Dodger’ – a coarse sugary item, really only suitable for coarse fat greedy children. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A banging on my front door at 3 am last night – a drunken Simon Doom, … Continue reading

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Three pithy snippets…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘druxy’ – of timber, having decayed spots concealed by healthy wood. I have always had niggling worries that my Fender Stratocaster might be a bit druxy. Nobody wants a druxy strat… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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Stella interactions…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s adjectives are: Lugubrious, Lucid, Brackish, and Effete. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Landscape No 92.’ (2010) Charcoal and pencil on paper. About 28″ x 20″. ‘Here we go again…’ ‘What do you mean, “Here we go again.”? ‘Well David, … Continue reading

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More overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to spread glue onto both sides of the paper substrate and hold it up at the window so that passers-by can see it, and then duck out of view very quickly. Under no … Continue reading

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Of Kings and Shrubs…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the mouse in the Prime Minister’s lunchbox. Oh how the lobby rang with our guffaws! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> In this morning’s post I received a padded envelope with a lump in it. … Continue reading

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Some trifling items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s Architectural term is ‘fosse’ – a ditch or moat, whether dry or wet, used in defence. I have a nice wet fosse around my house, I occasionally get mallards and black swans on it. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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So, what’s your little boat called?

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘swipple’ – a swingle or striking part of a flail. ‘I say Dave, that’s a very nice swipple you’ve got there!’ ‘Yes, I do like to keep my flail in tip-top condition…’ … Continue reading

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Boynton’s ‘Bus Going By’.

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured biscuit is the stern old brown ‘digestive’ – always a disappointment to see the rough brutes lurking there when one peers hopefully into someone’s biscuit barrel. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When wandering around junk shops and small … Continue reading

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Was that the doorbell?

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is broken-up paving stones cascading into trembling tanks of bobbing aquamarine ice-cubes. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Round about mid-day yesterday, as I was valiantly fighting a losing battle with a bad pencil and charcoal drawing on my … Continue reading

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Tweeds and brogues….

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the thespian vole in a droll mole role. Oh, how we tittered in the wings! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I have a Harris Tweed jacket. No, I haven’t, I have just decided that … Continue reading

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Decalcomania! Decalcomania!

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for choppy fat bonds on shiny steel meat hooks, with triple witching going on in the murky cloisters. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here, my dear reader, is a piece of my decalcomania for you to … Continue reading

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Look over there! – Quick, pass me one of those stones…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘pencil’ – a small pennon. I think we’d better have the definition of ‘pennon’ too – a personal flag, long and tapering with a rounded or divided end. I have on old … Continue reading

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Pithy fragments…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured biscuit is that austere thin disc of disappointment, the arrowroot. Even dipped in hot sweet tea it still fails to excite. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No.131. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had … Continue reading

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‘PLOP’ – The Journal of the Hull Surrealist League.

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘spleuchan’ – a tobacco pouch: a purse. A spleuchan? No, no… what a horrible word! – I think it sounds quite disgusting – I’m sorry I found it now… I think I’ll … Continue reading

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Ginger beards all round…

But first… Today’s dictionary word is ‘exomis’ – a one-sleeved garment, or in Rome a sleeveless garment. I had to throw my exomis out – it annoyed me, I kept putting my wrong arm into the sleeve. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I hear … Continue reading

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How about some more overheard and misheard snatches of conversation?

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘jupon’ – a short, close-fitting quilted coat, usually decorated with the bearer’s arms. I’d show you my jupon, but it’s at the cleaners at the moment having some egg stains removed. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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