Monthly Archives: February 2013

More snatches of overheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is characterised by rumbling dirtiness backstage with gusts of bright lemon light from the audience… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘You get lunch!’ ‘Three-and-a-half strain.’ ‘Ordinary Manchester…’ ‘Creeping, and a peep.’ ‘The time when he loved me…’ ‘Kim … Continue reading

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The amusing shiny dome…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to steal books from one bookshop and slip them onto the shelves of another… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The teacher got very angry with us… The stern-faced teacher started the Monday morning assembly by solemnly giving … Continue reading

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Send Now! – Hurry!…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: black, grey, white, sanguine, and bistre. Chalks. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You may have seen my posts featuring ‘Badger Books’, those 1960s pulp British science fiction and supernatural novels with the lurid, but rather charming, cover … Continue reading

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Fragments of pith…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘billet’ – A Romanesque moulding consisting of several bands of raised short cylinders or square pieces placed at regular intervals. I had some billets once, but over the years they gradually dropped … Continue reading

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Twang, twang, bang, crash, buzz… echo…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual first name is ‘Starling’. Several bird names have been used as first names; Robin, Finch, Jay, Martin, Oriole, Peregrine; a Raven Smith was named in 1860, and a Starling Smith in 1862. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Even … Continue reading

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The lass in the frock shop…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is: ‘Paranymph’ – a friend who went with the bridegroom to fetch the bride, a groomsman or bridesmaid: one who countenances and supports another. Me, I’ve never fancied being a paranymph, just not … Continue reading

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Veronica and the transit…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather forecast is for swirling letterbox rattling door to door draughts interspersed with quick brittle champagne ice moments. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> An email from Veronica Crush, writer from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League, now … Continue reading

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