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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Yet more overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the two flies standing chatting on the top of the Bishop’s vanilla slice. Oh, how we smirked in out teacups… Vanilla slice. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘…and hot-foot it down to the…’ ‘It … Continue reading

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Some more titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s Komodo Dragon is the soft cuddly one. Cuddly. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No.159. I’m sorry I’m late, but the driver of my bus was abducted by aliens mid journey. He had an intelligent forehead, … Continue reading

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Stella and the Six Things…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: today’s shopping list: Onions, Shredded Wheat, Miditech i2 USB MIDI keyboard, Broccoli, 3mm drill bit, Marks & Spencer’s Chicken Korma ready meal, 2B and 4B pencils. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Six Things’ – Pastel and colour pencil on paper. … Continue reading

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Architecture…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to repeatedly ring up your local Member of Parliament and sob down the phone whilst tapping a spoon on a nearby empty teacup. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is an old post from the dark days … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise and beer…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s lamb is the violent aggressive one. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> They have an ‘open mic night’ at The Bay Horse pub down by the river on Wincolmlee. I went there last night to play some guitar with my … Continue reading

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Monochrome leg with Aspidistra…

But First… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s piece of classical music is Johannes Brahms’ Piano Sonata No.2 in F# minor, known as ‘The Stinking Fish’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another black and white picture from the days when I used to do film … Continue reading

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No Dave, I’m pretty sure it has been done before…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: ‘dictyogen’, ‘leiotrichous’, ‘slammerkin’, ‘parablepsis’, and ‘doup’. Please look these words up and impress your friends with one of them today… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Over the years, thinking about art, as one does, one … Continue reading

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More tiny items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the cow and the horse discussing the possible existence of the afterlife. Oh, how we chuckled as we ate our snacks… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 158. I’m sorry … Continue reading

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He stroked his brown beard in the darkness…

But first… Dulltown., Europe: Today’s unusual first name is Lavon (male or female) – mainly US, a ‘made up’ name once popular with the Mormons. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, another ‘Badger Book’ from my modest collection of British pulp Science fiction and … Continue reading

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Snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for fat guzzlers to prevail, whilst modest slow corporate pinions will worry and smart in the dirty fiscal undergrowth. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> (Some of this might be in Polish) ‘Doing things that I’m really … Continue reading

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Oh dear! What’s that?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘hurt’ – a blue roundel. A blue roundel! – that’s just silly! Let’s have a look at some… Hurt. (‘Argent on a fess three hurts a bezant’ is what is says…) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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The coat hanger mystery…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather forecast is for glue skies and white louds, but with drain and hog before evening… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is an item from those dark days when my blog was on Myspace: In the world of … Continue reading

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It’s only slush you know…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to wear all the hats that you have, go down to the post office, and try to send yourself airmail to Venezuela. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, the beauty of white clean delicate tiny crystals of … Continue reading

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