Monthly Archives: August 2013

A minor cafe incident…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s fine expletive is ‘Hell and Tommy!’ – according to my little book on swearing this is a popular Australian oath, and probably comes from ‘To play Hal and Tommy with’ referring to King Henry VIII … Continue reading

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Who’s this cool dude?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for the fiscal elastic to become strained during quantitative easing and for a small glistening bead of sweat to break out on the forehead of the Chancellor. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s me, it’s me!… … Continue reading

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Falling in love…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is billet: a small rectangular charge on a shield. When the shield is covered in billets, it is described as ‘billetty’. (Billetty) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Hello…’ ‘Hello…’ ‘I see that you are holding a copy … Continue reading

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My contraption…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: grego, calcar, parvanimity, telestich, and frampold. Please look these words up and have them ready in suitable sentences to be used in conversation at breakfast tomorrow morning. Marks will be awarded … Continue reading

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Buses and oranges…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive is ‘Cheese on crackers got all muddy!’ – A U.S. punning euphemism for ‘Jesus Christ and God Almighty’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> For as long as I can remember, the bus drivers of Dulltown, when they are … Continue reading

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More smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to spend the day leaning out of your front window laughing loudly at everyone that passes. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 179. I’m sorry I’m late, but Charles and Camilla unexpectedly popped … Continue reading

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Stella and The Quiet Room…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s Bob Dylan quote is: ‘Brown rice, seaweed and a dirty hotdog…’ From ‘On the Road Again’ 1965. (B.D.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘The Quiet Room No. 5’ (2011) – Colour pencil on paper about 28″ x 20″. ‘What’s … Continue reading

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Overheard and misheard snatches of cafe song lyrics…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s adjectives are: icebound, astral, tolling, mollitious, and rubbery. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was evening, the sky was showing some hints of pink, and the cafe was within half an hour of closing; there were just three or … Continue reading

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Trouble Exposure…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for diamonds to glitter, gold to be heavy, and rhinoceros horns and elephant tusks to be pointed. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, it’s another tatty old book from a charity shop: The Photo Amateur’s PocketĀ  … Continue reading

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Upset Mayonnaise…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to go to your local supermarket, lie down in the cool of the cheese display and sing ‘I will survive.’ (I.W.S) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hm… I hear that Simon Doom and Tony Mayonnaise, writers and … Continue reading

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Poundshop dishes and hard drives…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: grammalogue, datolite, biquintile, morigeneration, and freemartin. You will be expected to place these words in suitable sentences at breakfast tomorrow morning. Marks will be awarded for clear sibilants. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘So Dave, … Continue reading

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It’s decalcomania time again!…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s bat is the one that stands upright. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Decalcomania: A type of monoprinting favoured by the old-time surrealists in which a high degree of randomness and ‘slapping it about a bit’ is encouraged. For more … Continue reading

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Oh, what’s his name?… what’s his name?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘gyron’ – a wedge-shaped charge (‘charge’ – a device on a shield or other item) Something covered with gyrons is referred to as being ‘gyronny’. Gyronny. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The following piece of text … Continue reading

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Two items from the past…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the idea of the Atlantic Ocean. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Two small items from the days when my blog was on something called Myspace: Why are rap stars like little old ladies? Well, … Continue reading

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Wrinkling and faded heraldry…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will feature giant gods puffing wind out of their bulging rosy cheeks, and galleons running aground in the corners of the map. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a picture I took a few weeks ago; are you … Continue reading

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Titchy pith… titchy pith…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s adjectives are: profligate, kenspeckle, plump, creeping, and sexennial. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 178. I’m sorry I am late, but I desperately needed to have my chakras balanced. More spam in my comments box. … Continue reading

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Snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: loriot, encratism, crapulence, moschiferous, and snush. Please look these words up and introduce them into suitable sentences to be read before the whole school tomorrow morning; the school governors will be … Continue reading

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The-Man-Who-Knew and the Power Tablets…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive is Od’s pittikins! – from ‘God’s pity’ – a Shakespearian oath. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s a ‘Supernatural Special’!… Yes, ‘Unknown Destiny’ another Badger Book from my collection; 1960s pulp British science fiction and supernatural stories from … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise and Doom on history…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s rhinoceros is the one with sensitive skin. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bang, bang, bang, on the front door at three o’clock in the morning… I was in the middle of a strange dream about dark canals and coiled … Continue reading

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The thing about nudity and sex is…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for futures to be a thing of the past, and for banker’s children to build toy castles out of the ingots in the murky basements. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A few days ago I wrote … Continue reading

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