Monthly Archives: October 2013

Excuse me sir, have you a moment?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: finsko, paroccipital, skutterudite, morbidezza, and hance. You must have these words ready in suitable sentences for Professor Mouldie first thing in the morning. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Excuse me sir…’ ‘Not now, I’m in … Continue reading

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Decalcomania mania again…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s giant anteater is the one sitting behind the wheel of a new silver-grey BMW. (G.A.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s another of my decalcomania monoprints or monotypes. I think I prefer the word ‘monotype’ to ‘monoprint’ – it … Continue reading

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Some smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s very silly word is modicum. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 187. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to take an axe to my Epson printer. A single overheard remark: ‘He doesn’t want a … Continue reading

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Snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s nice expletive is ‘Crippen!’ – from the notorious Edwardian murderer (Dr) Hawley Harvey Crippen. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I’m stultified…’ ‘Give me a robin card.’ ‘What the saline!’ ‘What does Uncle Jeff have in his hair?’ ‘Moments of … Continue reading

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Whoopi and Rosalind…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to go to your local supermarket, raise you hands above your head, take a deep breath, and float up over the aisles wiggling your feet and smiling at the shoppers below. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So… … Continue reading

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Ships at the ends of streets…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s Captain Beefheart quote is – ‘And the pantaloon duck, white goose neck, quacked…’ (Golden Birdies) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a photo I took a month or two ago. The light was a bit strange that day; it … Continue reading

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Keep the goody flowing!…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s adjectives are: pink, lassoed, helminthic, contrate, and floppy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oh, and by the way, I have just put another of my short arty videos on YouTube. Do have a look dear reader! (Video) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s … Continue reading

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Pel and the sculptured tympanum…

But first… Today’s very silly word is ‘javelin’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Whoa!… What’s going on here? Pel Torro… Pel Torro… What a strange name that is! But, of course, it’s just another of the many pseudonyms used by R. L. Fanthorpe, the … Continue reading

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Flash black and white…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s elephant is the one on the phone trying to book a flight to Paris. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s party time!… Here’s another old black and white photograph from my days of film and darkroom photography. The negative … Continue reading

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So, what have the TV ads been telling us this week?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘cinquefoil’ – a stylised flower with five petals. (cinquefoil) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Shake and flavour! – when you have a little flexibility – you can see it already! – up to a thousand pounds … Continue reading

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Stella looks at tiny marks…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s mill-pond is the rough turbulent one. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Crayola and Pencil’ 2009. Crayola colour pencils and graphite pencil on drawing paper about 28″ x 20″ ‘David!…’ ‘What?…’ ‘I’m cold!… It’s bloody chilly in here!…’ ‘Well Stella … Continue reading

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Veronica and blueness…

But first…Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will be composed of dramatic deep chords of grey, with occasional bright tinkling barley sugar chimes.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> An airmail letter arrived this morning from Tierra del Fuego. It contained a brightly coloured postcard showing some penguins … Continue reading

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Tiny Tenner in Privet Cranny…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: compursion, compurgation, comstockery, compter, and squamosal. Please look these words up and have them ready in suitable sentences for your meeting with Professor Mouldie tomorrow morning. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was a blustery … Continue reading

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Some titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s very silly word is fruiterer. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 186. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to free all my jammed staplers. Yes, I have just written to Prime Minister David Cameron … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise on poetry books…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s fine expletive is Bozzimacoo! – an old Yorkshire oath: a corruption of the French Baise mon cul – Kiss my arse. Please try to slip this into conversation today. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yesterday when I was upstairs … Continue reading

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Overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: charcoal, charcoal, charcoal, charcoal, vermilion, charcoal, charcoal. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘A tired mufflet.’ ‘A drop-con?’ ‘I work every night.’ ‘Just a little bit acceptable.’ ‘Voil… voil?’ ‘Only got fifty quid off him.’ ‘It was retro-pain…’ … Continue reading

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Splashy flashy decalcomania…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s adjectives are: muddling, pythogenic, jugal, goluptious, and cute. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Perhaps it’s time for another decalcomania monoprint. If you would like to know more about the art of decalcomania, and how you could even do some … Continue reading

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Maud and Bob…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured monolith is Rudston Monolith. (Rudston M) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Bob…’ ‘Yes Maud?’ ‘Do you love me Bob?’ ‘You know I do my dear…’ ‘Really?’ ‘Yes of course…’ ‘How much?’ ‘How much?… Well, a lot…’ ‘A lot… … Continue reading

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Ophelia visits Dulltown…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to put on a sombrero and dance the polka, whilst juggling apples, outside your local police station. (Hat) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a photograph I took at the end of our street a month or … Continue reading

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Some more small, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s rhinoceros is the one poking through and carefully examining the fruit and vegetables on the ‘out of date’ shelf in the supermarket. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 185. I’m sorry I’m late, but I … Continue reading

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