Monthly Archives: January 2014

Newel post post…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about Rupert Murdoch’s smile, oh, how we cowered under our desks, with serious faces… (R.M.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a picture I took a couple of weeks ago here in Dulltown. As soon … Continue reading

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Pithy titchy stuff…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s walrus is the one on the skateboard. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 196. I’m sorry I’m late, but I unexpectedly found a box of Faberge eggs in my larder. A single overheard remark: ‘It’s … Continue reading

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Mr Porpoise Head and the Samsungs…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s silly London Tube station name is Canada Water. (C.W.T.S.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Yes, sir… How may I help you?’ ‘Oh yes please… I’ve been thinking about a new camera…’ ‘Oh yes?…’ ‘Yes, I was looking at this … 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 weather is bouncing off the pavements with empty grey dustbins rumbling overhead. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It doesn’t dry your skin – sumptuous bedstead – delicious home-made! – sweat glands in you intimate area – rolls of triple … Continue reading

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Mean streets, Dulltown…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the word geranium. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Whoa! Scary!… Here’s another picture from my days of old-style film and darkroom photography. This one was taken here in Dulltown, probably in the 1980s or … Continue reading

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Overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive is ‘Marry come up, my dirty cousin!’ – (probably based on the Virgin Mary) – an old rural catchphrase addressed to someone putting on too many airs and graces. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I had it resting … Continue reading

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Decalcomania explodes…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s silly name for a London Tube Station is… Fairlop. (F.T.S.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Decalcomania: Acrylic paint on drawing paper, about 16″ x 12″, 2013. Aha! Another decalcomania monoprint… or monotype… I think I prefer the word ‘monotype’ … Continue reading

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Veronica and spooks…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to locate the most expensive car in the car park, stand on its roof and sing Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I will Survive’ until the police come. (G.G.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> An email was received this morning … Continue reading

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Some more smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured mammal is the fat human. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 195. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to do some urgent work on my embouchure. (E.) Today I smiled at the annoyed … Continue reading

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Just a minute… where am I?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst in centered around the idea of parallel lines. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, here we are in Paris, in a very stylish cafe; see the sun, low in the sky in the afternoon of a chill … Continue reading

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Brown powder, ambrosia, and metal wheels…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s outside temperature is 274 degrees Kevin. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A few weeks ago you may recall I was moaning on about the withdrawal of the excellent dark Belgian chocolate brownies from my favourite cafe’s selection of confectionery. … Continue reading

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Frenzied scumbled jags…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured biscuit is the coconut ring. Coconut rings are nice because you can put your little finger through the hole, hold them up, and nibble them round their edges… (C.Rs.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> But second… Oh, I … Continue reading

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Some lines repeated…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s interesting expletive is Gog’s malison!… – ‘Gog’ is of course God, and ‘malison’ is an old name for a curse. Do try to incorporate this nice old phrase into you conversation today – for example: … Continue reading

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Snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around that mysterious lump under the carpet. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Rat outside their house.’ ‘An extension on the bus.’ ‘It was everyone in ten minutes.’ ‘What do you think they are in?’ ‘To … Continue reading

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Stella and what it’s worth…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s silly London tube station name is Cockfosters. (C.T.S.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘The £1,000 Drawing’ (2008) – Pencil on paper, about 28″ x 20″. ‘David!…’ ‘What?’ ‘This tea tastes funny!…’ ‘No, Stella my dear, it doesn’t.’ ‘Yes it … Continue reading

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Binocular ramblings…

But first…Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: dark red, dark red, dark red, flake white, dark red, dark red, and dark red.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> We have binocular vision… by ‘we’ I mean us humans and most of the other creeping things that inhabit … Continue reading

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Teddy and the chute…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s selected adjectives are: trembling, courant, miscible, spongy, mirific, and implex. Professor Mouldie will be quizzing you on these adjectives first thing tomorrow morning; he will be accompanied by Mrs Mouldie; you know what she’s like, … Continue reading

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In ‘Old Nutter’s Corner’…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s silly name for a London Underground Station is Tooting Bec. (T.B.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was Friday afternoon, and the cafe was fairly busy; I was sitting with some tea and nibbling at a bun whilst composing … Continue reading

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Small, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for people who have lots of money to continue to be really unpleasant and miserable. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 194. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to return home … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise in the mist…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘joggle joint’ – a mason’s term for joining two stones in such a way as to prevent them slipping. It can sometimes be seen on the surface of the wall, but if … Continue reading

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