Monthly Archives: November 2012

Doom drama.,..

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: ‘radula’, ‘radix’, ‘heeze’, and ‘couthie’. Please try to slip two or three of these into your conversation today. You may wish to look them up first though… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I had another … Continue reading

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Yet more pithy bits…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘mascle’ – a lozenge with its centre removed. Also called ‘A voided lozenge’. ‘A voided lozenge’ – I think I’d have that written on a t-shirt… Mascle. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. … Continue reading

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The cheap drawing table…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s piece of classical music is Gustav Mahler’s Diddly Diddly Dance No. 3 in G# minor, known as ‘the dull one’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A while ago, a chap I know told me that a business friend of … Continue reading

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Art and ‘rivers’…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for the bankers to sandbag themselves into their towers whilst inflationary fat birds peck at the high windows with their nasty beaks. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I went to an art gallery opening night a … Continue reading

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Overheard and possibly misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: ‘coamings’, ‘meltith’, ‘umbles’, and ‘ultracrepidate’. Yes, dear reader, they are all real words – do take the time to look them up. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘But why would it stink?’ ‘Really friendly passages.’ … Continue reading

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Shouting Mayonnaise…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘gore’ – a portion of a shield cut off by a curved line, like a flanch, but ending in a point. Yes, I have always been confused between my gores and my … Continue reading

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Russet tones, grass, and Coke…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘galligaskins’ – wide hose or breeches : leggings. I have my pair out on the clothesline drying at the moment. They look very stylish swaying there steaming in the light breeze. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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More small things…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured biscuit is the ‘Sports’ biscuit. Not a wonderful confection, but at least one can glance down and see what the energetic little people on them are up to before dunking them in one’s tea. … Continue reading

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The amusing teaspoon…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to try to balance the golf club on your extended forefinger whilst humming ‘Glad All Over’ by the Dave Clark Five. Bang Bang! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When I was lad I used to come home … Continue reading

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Christmassy Doom…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: ‘chamfrain’, ‘polacca’, ‘splanchnic’ and ‘ligroin’. No, no, dear reader, I have not made these up. They are real words – go and look them up for yourself! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oh, what the … Continue reading

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Oh, not another decalcomania monoprint!

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘Modulor’ – the system of proportion advanced by Le Corbusier in his Le Modulor (1951). It is based upon the male figure, and is used to determine the proportions of building units. … Continue reading

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Items of pithiness…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is diagonal glistening slates running into gullies of grey bubbling broth. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 147. I’m sorry I’m late, but I got engrossed in ‘The Book of Mormon’. An observation: Two … Continue reading

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The City Under the CSI Miami….

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: ‘helminth’, ‘disinfest’, ‘perilymph’, and ‘cheewink’. Please try to introduce at least one of these words into your conversation today. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So there I was, watching television, flicking channels between ‘CSI Miami’ … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise, the bicycle, and the piano…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for greasy crumpled banknotes to float and bob in the air down Wall Street, whilst fat shiny pigs will sit smoking cigars in their long cars. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I bumped into Tony Mayonnaise, … Continue reading

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Anybody fancy an icecream?

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s smell is that of a lift full of accountants. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another picture from a scanned 35mm negative from the days when I used to do traditional film and darkroom photography. This was probably … Continue reading

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Just something to put it in…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured piece of classical music is Sir Michael Tippett’s Fantasia for Bullhorn and Tambourine in F#minor. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Aha! An airmail envelope with a US stamp on it arrived this morning. It was of course from … Continue reading

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Snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to rub olive oil onto your best muscles and run naked as far as the post office and back again. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Conurax movement.’ ‘Is it texture?’ ‘Northanger Abbey…’ ‘It was fever money.’ ‘Was … Continue reading

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The Ghostly Bus…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for wallets and purses to be gaping wildly whilst  fiscal constraints get their best pants caught in the thorny spiteful bushes. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was evening in Dulltown, dirty rain was pit-pattering down, … Continue reading

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Telecaster tinkering…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the Tory politician and the red and white striped barber’s pole. Oh, how we laughed as we waited for our trims. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As I was walking away from the cash … Continue reading

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Ugg and Lugg again…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s adjectives are ‘Blackened’, ‘Fortunate’, ‘Fiscal’, and ‘Fruity’. Another that might be added to these might be ‘Gelatinous’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Lugg…’ ‘What!…’ ‘You know the top of the big hill near Bugg’s cave?’ ‘What about it?’ ‘Have … Continue reading

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