Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lurking… intangible… invisible…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s alligator is the one sitting in Starbucks filing his nails as he waits for his espresso to cool. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here you see a rather battered and creased example of a 1960s British pulp science fiction … Continue reading

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Veronica and Blackbone Manor…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is composed of dense little white fish scudding excitedly around electric fields of aerial blue wetness. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I got an email this morning with a big fat attachment. It was from Veronica Crush, writer … Continue reading

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Advertising blueness…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s fine expletive is ‘My arse on a bandbox!’ English, 18th and 19th century, meaning ‘Thanks for nothing!’. (For my U.S. readers Arse, of course = Ass.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was a chilly December morning last year. … Continue reading

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Galloping down the trail…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘jib door’ – A concealed door flush with the wall-surface, papered or painted to correspond with the walls. The dado and other mouldings are similarly carried across the door. I used to … Continue reading

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Overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the soft rustling noise in the garden shed. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> If you like, you could have a look at yesterday’s post, ‘Verbal brain bubbles’, which is on how I come up … Continue reading

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Verbal brain bubbles…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s English town that sounds like an insult is Sleaford. (S) ‘Oh, I wouldn’t trust him if I were you, he looks a real Sleaford…’ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, these ‘Overheard and Misheard Snatches of Cafe Conversation’ that … Continue reading

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Smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: dasyphyllous, imprimatur, paronomasia, hiant, and xiphoid. Please look these words up and have them placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast; he will be wearing a … Continue reading

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