Monthly Archives: December 2012

Some titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s flamingo is the short stocky one. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 153. I’m sorry I’m late, but I found a crack in my marble plinth. A single overheard remark: ‘Yes, it was covered with … Continue reading

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A couple of observations…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘erminites’ – like ‘ermine’, but with a red spot on each side of the black tail. What a relief! That’s been puzzling me for ages… Erminites. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> An observation: A retired chap, … Continue reading

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The ‘meaningful’ photograph…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: ‘nutant’, ‘fungibles’, ‘peen’, and ‘dipleidoscope’. Yes, these are real words; please look them up and feel free to introduce them into your conversation today. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So… it was one of the … Continue reading

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Veronica’s knives and barrels…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to cover the banknotes in wallpaper paste and arrange them in a tiled pattern on the wall, then go out and lock the door securely behind you. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here we are, in that … Continue reading

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Spam, Spam, Spam…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘fretty’ – covered all over with a grid of diagonal lines. I like the sound of that! Fretty. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> After I’d published my post ‘A Seasonal Tale’ a few days ago I … Continue reading

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Jovial ovines and other things…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for all the greasy round bumps to suddenly flatten out and then spontaneously morph into sharp saw-like spiteful teeth. Any spare money should be cuddled and petted under a blanket. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I … Continue reading

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Pithy snippets…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sound is that of jingle bells and reindeer snorting and clip-clopping their hooves across the tiles. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 152. I’m sorry I’m late, but I found that my obelisk had tilted … Continue reading

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The dancing lino print…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘fess’ – a horizontal stripe across the middle of the shield, and very nice they look too! Fess. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, I was going to show you another of my decalcomania monoprints, but … Continue reading

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What the TV ads have been telling us…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured piece of classical music is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s great piano duet, ‘Variations on a Theme of Technicolor Pants’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The number one power-brush – Blackjack and slot games – All the information you need … Continue reading

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Stella gets a Christmas card…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘grith’ – sanctuary, asylum. ‘Grith-stool’ – a seat in which a fugitive was in sanctuary. You don’t see many grith-stools these days – I think they should reintroduce them, perhaps in supermarkets… … Continue reading

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‘PLOP’ – the Journal of the Hull Surrealist League…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is impending, loaded with significance, and is integrated with the tang of pickled onions. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Retrieved from the pages of ‘PLOP – the Journal of the Hull Surrealist League’, May 1997: Profile of a … Continue reading

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Snatches of an overheard cafe conversation (office meeting style)…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘lunette’ – a semicircular opening or tympanum. I had a few lunettes in my house, but I bricked them up – the pigeons kept sneaking in. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> An action plan – cut … Continue reading

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A seasonal tale…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: ‘williewaught’, ‘monothalamous’, ‘distringas’, and ‘nuncheon’. I think you should grab a dictionary and look these up whilst eating your nuncheon today. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Jacob Skrimp crept up the creaking unswept stairs, the … Continue reading

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Stylish in the eighties…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the journalist besieged in his home by gangs of celebrities. Oh, how we chortled in the backs of our limousines… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another of my old-style, black and white, … Continue reading

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No more sofa embarrassment…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘pairle’ – a division of the field into three sections radiating from the centre. Mm… nice! Pairle. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Which name do you prefer, sofa, settee, couch? Not that it matters – let’s … Continue reading

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‘I’m sure they were behind my desk…’

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s interesting dictionary words are ‘diegesis’, ‘diazeuxis’, ‘digamma’, and ‘dik-dik’. Yes, I know that they are all from the ‘D’ pages of the dictionary, but that shouldn’t stop you from looking them up and introducing them … Continue reading

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Small, but pithy…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for debits to skyrocket whilst assets take cover and play cards in a dark corner. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 151. I’m sorry I’m late, but I saw a death’s-head in … Continue reading

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Slate, Mayonnaise, and a propeller…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather forecast is for raindrops the size of footballs with clods of sticky brown earth jumping up to meet them half way. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tony Mayonnaise, writer and poet from the glory days of the Hull … Continue reading

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What a bright flashy photograph!

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to wear as many layers of clothing as you can on the upper body, but to go into town naked from the waist down. (You may, if you wish, wear shoes and socks.) … Continue reading

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The tale of the veneered box…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘counterermine’ – one of the furs – black with white tails. (Ermine – white with black tails, like a stoat’s winter coat.) Counterermine. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When I was at art school many years … Continue reading

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