Monthly Archives: June 2014

And how did you spend Friday evening?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s local village that sounds like an insult is Thwing. (T) ‘So, Jimmy, what’s the new teacher at your school like?’ ‘Oh, he’s alright I suppose, but he dresses like an absolute thwing…’ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, as … Continue reading

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Messing with letters…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: degustation, oop, prozymite, hariolate, and tutenag. Please look these words up and have them placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing in the morning. Extra marks will be … Continue reading

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Serenity and disorder…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured colour is viridian – such a nice word, as well as being a nice colour. If I had a parrot I think I’d call her Viridian… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You may recall that a week or two … Continue reading

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Some more titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to put on a Tony Blair mask and run about the shopping mall springing and yelping like a startled gazelle. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 214. I’m sorry I’m late, but I … Continue reading

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Where the water goes…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the millionaire footballers and the difficult to open packet of fruit gums. Oh, how we chortled as we washed their BMWs down in the basement… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Ugg…’ ‘Yes?’ ‘I’ve been … Continue reading

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Mail art postcard No. 4,445…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is Cyma Recta – a double-curved moulding, concave above and convex below. I had some Cyma Recta mouldings in my living room, but I got bored with them and had them replaced with more … Continue reading

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Bus ride observations…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s albatross is the one with small wings. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here are a couple of short bus related items recycled from a few years ago when I was blogging on something called Myspace. Planning ahead… Right then, … Continue reading

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Americans dancing in 3-D…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the words ‘the words’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is the front cover of ‘Indians in Pop-Up Action Pictures’ by E. Joseph Dreany; there is a companion volume called ‘Cowboys in Pop-Up Action … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: grass green, turquoise, bottle green, turquoise, orange, turquoise, grass green, and turquoise. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I’m getting a feel of packaging.’ ‘A ready fool…’ ‘Neat car topper!…’ ‘An arse about a building?’ ‘The last thing … Continue reading

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Small, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘Enfilade’ – The French system introduced in 1650 of aligning internal doors in a series of adjoining rooms so that a vista is obtained when all the doors are open. I don’t think we … Continue reading

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Cleggy, Shelley, Sonny, and Tez…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive is ‘by the goose!’ – a very old expletive this, apparently used by Socrates when he was particularly annoyed. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another of my pictures from the days of old-style film and darkroom … Continue reading

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Elemental Mayonnaise…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: filoselle, finnock, fingan, fimble, fimicolous, and wortle. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning – he may … Continue reading

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On the train back… What’s that sound?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to locate the button for the membrane sub-junction and give it a good rub with a blob of butter on the end of a forefinger – then restart the mechanism and stroke the moving … Continue reading

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Soul-poison in every soft syllable…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s honoured guests are the Prince Charles look-alike twins. (P.C.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Look out!… Here they come!… Yes, ‘Strange, Weird, Eerie’ – it’s another British early 196os pulp supernatural thriller – a Badger Book from my collection. … Continue reading

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I name names…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured piece of classical music is Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 11 in G# Minor, also known colloquially as ‘Clinky-clonky bang-bang tiddle’. (G.M.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Every now and then I like to escape from Dulltown for a … Continue reading

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Fine art and speed bumps…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s local village that sounds like an insult is Thorngumbald. (T.) ‘You stupid Thorngumbald! How dare you park your tricycle there right in front of my gate!…’ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s one I took a few weeks ago… … Continue reading

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Some misheard cafe lyrics…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: ultramarine, yellow, ultramarine, yellow, ultramarine, yellow, brown, ultramarine, yellow, ultramarine, yellow, and ultramarine. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> There were only two or three other people in the cafe yesterday; no bubbling hubbub, no yelping conversation. The only … Continue reading

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Just a fly on the window…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the word ‘whereas’… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Dave…’ ‘What?’ ‘What are you flicking your napkin about for?’ ‘Oh, just swatting a fly off my piece of cake.’ ‘That wasn’t a fly…’ ‘Yes, it … Continue reading

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Veronica and the whine cellar…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s local village name that sounds like an insult is Out Newton. (O.N.) ‘So how is life with that new boyfriend of yours Celia?’ ‘Oh, I dumped him, he was absolutely Out Newton!…’ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I just received an email … Continue reading

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A few titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will be composed of half-hearted wan droplets persuaded into motion by cheery updraught gusts of moist platitudes. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 212. I’m sorry I’m late, but a butterfly flapped its wing … Continue reading

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