Monthly Archives: December 2013

Overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive is ‘Ginger blue bird!…’ – A puzzling oath… For some reason the colour blue has always been popular in oaths, especially with the French – Sacrebleu, Morbleu, where ‘bleu’ may be a replacement for … Continue reading

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From the ‘Journal of the Hull Surrealist League’…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: eidograph, pyx, lebbek, drepanium, and pavis. You must have these words defined and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing in the morning or there will be trouble. … Continue reading

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Poirot of Navarone…

But first…Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction, if anyone calls round, is to answer the door flapping your arms like a bird and repeatedly shouting the word ‘feathers’…>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Not much on the TV in this limbo period between Christmas and New Year … Continue reading

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The diaper slip up…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is composed of glass cubes of grey fluff, with fine gentleness dampening the dirty grass. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I had a walk down the more industrial side of the river which runs through Dulltown the other … Continue reading

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The tale of the ancient librarian…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s outside temperature is 280 degrees Kevin. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Excuse me…’ ‘Yes?’ ‘Could you tell me the way to the library?’ ‘To the what?…’ ‘The library – according to my street map, it should be around here … Continue reading

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Bowing before the great beast…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive is ‘swelp me cat!’ – In the 17th and 18th centuries ‘cat’ was often used as a euphemism for ‘God’. ‘Swelp me’ is of course a shortening of ‘so help me…’ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I think … Continue reading

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Some titchy, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sound is that of reindeer hooves clumping about on the roof tiles. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 192. I’m sorry I’m late, but my stupid hedge trimmer cut through its own cable. An item … Continue reading

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