Monthly Archives: October 2014

Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s adjectives are: bumptious, meagre, fiducial, cervine, tonant, and shifty. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘The three shadows of hell.’ ‘Free sonics?…’ ‘What I say is right!…’ ‘The Pope – he made it!’ ‘Once a month, twice…’ ‘This meal beforehand…’ … Continue reading

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“Nostrils barely show…”

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s very funny joke is the one about the Secretary of State’s arse – Oh, how we quickly ducked down behind the filing cabinets and sniggered into our cupped hands… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Perhaps it is time to … Continue reading

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How about a career in pretentious blandness?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive is ‘By nails and blood!’ – English, 13th century. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes.. Was it Friday night?… No, but what’s happened to pop music?… I mean… It used to be that old people would hear the … Continue reading

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Trafalgar Square – man with bird…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: grape green, grape red, grape green, grape red, avocado, and lightning-strike yellow. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s another photograph from my days of old-style film and darkroom photography. This one is probably from the late 1980s … Continue reading

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Some smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s honoured guests are the Brad Pitt lookalike triplets, Ted, Lance, and Bertie. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 227. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to clean my tape heads and pinch wheel. A … Continue reading

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I wouldn’t have gone anyway…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: gurrah, gurl, gurnard, gurry, gunter, and montem. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. He may turn … Continue reading

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How to do searchlights, oh, and Art Deco…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s jellyfish is the one on the rostrum at the party conference. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Artists are supposed to have ‘sketch books’. At school the art teacher used to say, ‘…and I want to see your sketch books … Continue reading

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A few observations on British and American English…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for apples to be rosy, meat to be juicy, dice to be tumbling, and for big cars to smell nice, and be really comfy… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Warning: This blog contains strong, but interesting, … Continue reading

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A few overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘counterpotent’ – one of the heraldic furs – a bit like ‘potent’, but with the shapes rearranged. (Heraldic furs) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Don’t have a problem with 9.30…’ ‘Evil talking…’ ‘The old days of … Continue reading

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Mail art postcard No. 4462…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the word ‘undergarments’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This morning dear reader, I thought that we might have a quick look at another of my recently made ‘mail art’ collage postcards. (Mail Art) As … Continue reading

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Showerings of sparks and jagged jets…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word ‘Molybdenum’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here we are! Another 1960s British pulp science fiction novel, a ‘Badger book’ from my dusty bookshelf – ‘Hyper Space’ – ‘The discovery … Continue reading

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Oh, those artist’s statements…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s giraffe is the one trying to get onto the bus wearing a backpack and carrying two large suitcases. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I thought that today we would once more visit the heady world of the ‘artist’s statement’. … Continue reading

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Some titchy, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s old snapshot is the one of me arm-in-arm with Marilyn Monroe sitting on the bonnet of a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud in 1959. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 226. I’m sorry I’m late, but … Continue reading

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What the hell’s this?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured letter of the alphabet is the capital ‘E’. The lower case ‘e’ is like a cute grinning child’s toy, whereas the grown up version is stern, and rigid, and can used as a handy … Continue reading

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A little red car…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive, ‘God’s legs!’, was apparently a favourite¬† oath of Richard Coeur de Lion (King of England 1189-1199). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Mummy…’ ‘Yes dear?’ ‘Sports cars…’ ‘Yes?’ ‘Little low cars, that go fast…’ ‘Yes dear…’ ‘They’re often red … Continue reading

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The lino printing press revisited…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will be moody, indecisive, smug, and petulant, and will be accompanied by clouds slashed with an unpleasant livid stripe… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘So, Dave… how are you getting on with your new homemade lino printing press … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘transenna’ – an openwork screen or lattice, usually of marble, in an Early Christian church. I had a nice transenna, but I had it taken out – it needed far too much … Continue reading

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Another old junk shop book…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s local village name that might sound like an insult is Meaux. (I don’t know how it is pronounced, but not having done any French at school, I’d say meooks.) (Meaux) ‘So, Janet, that’s your new … Continue reading

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Messing with letters… Mumbilical?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s baboon is the one heading a noisy business meeting at a table in the art gallery cafe. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A simple, but annoying puzzle involving the letter ‘M’. Yes, it does look like a poem doesn’t … Continue reading

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A few titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive, from the days of ancient Rome, and was apparently used regularly by the writers Martialis and Catullus, is ‘cunnus!…’ (Sorry folks, but it had to be said…) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 225. … Continue reading

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