Monthly Archives: March 2013

Pictures at an exhibition… a rant…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘epexegesis’ – the addition of words to make the sense more clear. I’m that sure I could supply a great deal more information on the meaning, uses, and origins of this little-used … Continue reading

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The Surface of the Earth…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will be composed of deafening cloudness with ice elated showers. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, there I was, slouching down the road, in the cold and damp, a month or so ago, and not feeling very cheerful … Continue reading

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Doom versus Shakespeare…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘hexastyle’ – of a portico with six frontal columns. I had a hexastyle portico once, but I got tired of its blatant unrelenting symmetry. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Simon Doom, writer and poet from the … Continue reading

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So, what is it that the TV ads are trying to tell us?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about Prince Charles and the two live clams in the overnight bag. Oh how we tittered in the plush palace corridors! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> An exclusive look! – with real meat juice – … Continue reading

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Zardos sat sneering…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: flanconade, pygostyle, godroon, cranreuch, and quillet. I would like you to look these words up and slip them into conversation today – marks will be awarded for diction. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, my … Continue reading

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Some smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s selected adjectives are ‘clockwise’, ‘damp’, ‘rectilinear’, ‘crepitating’, and ‘effervescent’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No.163. I’m sorry I’m late, but I was unexpectedly subjected to quantum superposition. QS… ‘Humanity stands still by learning, but progresses … Continue reading

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Monochrome nostalgia…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual first name is Zeppelina – a few English girls were named this in the early twentieth century, at the time when Zeppelins first appeared over the country. What a great name! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Shall we … Continue reading

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The Amazing Vegetable Flesh Former…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘xystus’ – In Greek architecture, a long portico used for athletic contests. I had a nice long xystus, but I didn’t use it much, and had it removed. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A week or … Continue reading

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Some more snatches of overheard and possibly misheard conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is composed of white niceties, crouching dark shrubs, the grey vault, and rosy red chilblains. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Poor snails…’ ‘Chock a bit more slowly.’ ‘You’ve been well trained!’ ‘Who’s touchy now?’ ‘A beaming papne car…’ … Continue reading

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Yes, he had a little notebook and a pen in his pocket…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for the frothy yuan to undermine the house of cards that it the fluffy quivering US dollar. Yuan. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Notebooks: When I was a kid I always liked the idea of notebooks … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise in the clink…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the new Pope thinking he was looking in a mirror, but really he was just meeting the… Oh, how we tittered up in the belfry… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On Monday as I … Continue reading

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Decalcomania and the beast…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured piece of classical music is Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.4a in F# minor (1899), also known as ‘The Jolly Cupcake Samba’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Shall we have a look at another of my decalcomania monoprints? By the … Continue reading

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Some titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to open your mouth, stand on tiptoe, and flap your arms like a bird when you are in a long slow-moving queue at the post office. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 162. … Continue reading

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Sexy Fishnet Pins…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dance is the boogaloo. (1960s New York) Come on Stella, let’s give it a try! – oh, mind my Aspidistra you great brute, you nearly had it over! Doh! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Now then… where have they … Continue reading

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Simon and Tony’s banquet…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for the markets to go ape big time, and for futures to glimpse a wide-eyed rabbit in the road. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> My ‘friend’ Stella tells me that those two aesthetic rogues, Simon Doom … Continue reading

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A fox in a suit, a duck in a frock…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual first name is ‘Arrow’ – the word used as a name is probably with reference to Zech. 9:14 – ‘Then the Lord will appear over them, and his arrow go forth like lightning.’ Occurs … Continue reading

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Cyclops Town…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘ordinary’ – a basic geometric ‘charge’ on a shield; also a ‘roll of arms’ in which ‘coats of arms’ are catalogued according to the charges they bear. Ordinaries at Amazon. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A … Continue reading

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Ugg avoiding the mammoth muck…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s biscuit is the majestic and slightly sinister dark chocolate digestive. Mm… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Ugg!… Ugg!…’ ‘What?…’ ‘What are you doing?’ ‘Nothing…’ ‘No, you’re not… What’s that scrapey-scrapey sound?…’ ‘Nothing really…’ ‘Why aren’t you outside with the … Continue reading

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So, what have those TV ads been telling us?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: ‘zymurgy’, ‘timocracy’, ‘piggin’, ‘knapskull’, and ‘gnathonic’. Please look these words up and slip at least one of them into your conversation today. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Riser-recliner – an eye-popping 75%! – cell defence … Continue reading

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The best cup of tea…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sensation is that of vertigo with a slight touch of James Stewart. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I think I’ll leave you to have a look at one of my old black and white photos whilst I go and … Continue reading

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