Monthly Archives: December 2014

Doom with Music…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s old snapshot is the one of me and Howard Hughes sitting in the cockpit of the ‘Spruce Goose’. (S.G.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> In Queen Victoria Square here in Dulltown city centre there is often a chap who … Continue reading

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Masks and specs from Jacques…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the words ‘pander’ and ‘panda’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Shall we look at another page from that strange junk shop book Looking at Faces and Remembering Them: A guide to facial identification (1971) … Continue reading

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Old ladies and their hair…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s selected adjectives are: floppy, iridescent, fimbriate, jolly, suaveolent, and bumpy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This is an early post of mine, from the days when I was tentatively starting to blog on that old thing called Myspace. I … Continue reading

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Angry decalcomania…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to prise open the lid and crawl inside; pick up any alien artifacts that are not fastened down, put them in your bag, and crawl out again before it takes off. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Who’s … Continue reading

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What is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: cramoisy, sbirro, zuz, greffier, physharmonica, and bohea. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Mrs Mouldie may … Continue reading

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Bus stop man smell…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘fret’ – A voided lozenge interlaced with a bendlet and a bendlet sinister. A ‘voided lozenge’ and a ‘bendlet sinister’! Now you know why I like the language of heraldry. (Fret) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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Some smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will feature sparkling white frost on broken beer bottles, and snowy reindeer hoofprints on the roofs. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 234. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to shake off a … Continue reading

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Can we call this a portrait?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the High Court Judge, the bicycle saddle, and the sprig of holly. Oh, how we guffawed and chuckled down the corridors of power!… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, it was back in July, … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: subhastation, subitaneous, subfusk, subarrhation, subspinous, and wraxle. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning; if the professor … Continue reading

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The garbled message…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s rather mild expletive from the sixteenth century is ‘Would that I sink as I stand!’ I suppose these days it’s the sort of thing that you might mutter listening to music on the phone whilst … Continue reading

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Messing with letters… Funderneath?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s mongoose is the one with plenty of snake friends. (M) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A simple, but annoying puzzle involving the letter ‘F’. Yes, it does look like a poem doesn’t it? But, no it isn’t one. I … Continue reading

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Strange steps and door scars…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s baboon is the one doing the Times crossword in the doctor’s waiting room. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Look!… Here’s a picture I took a few months ago! It’s another of my ‘experiments in composition’. Initially two things here … Continue reading

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My friend and Jim Kirk…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s celebrity I’d least like to get stuck in a lift with is Buzz Lightyear. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A woman friend of mine (who shall remain nameless) once told me that when she was very young she had … Continue reading

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Linocut on Japanese paper…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the phrase ‘animal husbandry’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bloody hell! What’s this Dave? Oh, don’t worry, it’s just another of my recent linocut prints. This one is about 6″ x 8″ and is … Continue reading

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Small, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s great name for an artist is Otto Dix. (O.D.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 233. I’m sorry I’m late, but beautiful women were throwing themselves at me all the way into town. A single … Continue reading

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Festive TV fun…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random adjectives are: flighty, fusiform, snug, sudden, cervine, and bulbous. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Whoa! It’s a bit chilly today. I think I’ll put the heat on and sit in front of the TV for a while this … Continue reading

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Some snatches of cafe song lyrics misheard over the hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s special sounds are: tap, tick, tap, thud, tick, rattle, thud, tick and tap. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Darning every spring, oh…’ ‘Sometimes I’m filth…’ ‘My mind inside him.’ ‘Ooh, oh, oh…’ ‘Offal double day now…’ ‘A circus in … Continue reading

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Knickknacks and angels…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word ‘volumetric’ spoken in a whisper. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another picture, a digitally scanned 35mm negative, from my days of old-style film and darkroom photography. I … Continue reading

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Getting our message across…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s pamphlet… isn’t that a great word? Today’s pamphlet is the religious one with the pale pastel colours and the picture of the tall long-haired bearded chap surrounded by adoring rosy-cheeked children. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘You know Sir … Continue reading

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From the cafe window, December 2014…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to wind the wires up tight until they are just at the point of breaking, put on safety glasses, switch on the stream of protons, and hit the first heavily distorted chord, as … Continue reading

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