Monthly Archives: January 2015

A linocut print…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive is the one discussed in Farquar’s play of 1698: Mockmode: Pray, which are the most fashionable Oaths in Town? ‘Zoons’ I take it is a very becoming one. Rigadoon: ‘Zoons’ is only used by … Continue reading

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Some cafe music lyrics misheard over the hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s special sounds are: crackle, thud, crackle, murmur, murmur, crash, tinkle, and thud. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Picty-up you walk now and now…’ ‘Oooh… Oh-ooo!’ ‘Me-may, me-may, oh-oh me-may…’ ‘Chipple me baby.’ ‘You be in my weave.’ ‘Shine on … Continue reading

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Teal Blue and Navy…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: medius, medlar, meed, medick, megapode, and wapper. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should Professor Mouldie … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise on the train…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word ‘meme’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yesterday afternoon I was heading towards the Dulltown shopping centre walking past the entrance to the railway station when Tony Mayonnaise, poet from … Continue reading

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A short guide to Great Britain… (2)

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to try to hold it up close to the ceiling using a broom or a golf club whilst tap dancing and singing ‘I Got Rhythm’ by George Gershwin. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Shall we have another … Continue reading

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It’s the nature of creativity…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s zebra is the black and white spotted one. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Where are we now?… Oh yes, Monday morning… Saturday lunchtime, after typing in my blog post, I ate a small meal of tinned curried mackerel with … Continue reading

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White sands and yellow stripes…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will feature Rene Magritte in the sky, Giorgio de Chirico on the horizon, and Salvador Dali lurking and stinking in the dark alleys. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oh, hang on, what’s that sound?… Is it the sound … Continue reading

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Some short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s fairly boring artist is Richard Long. (R.L.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 238. I’m sorry I’m late, but I found a diamond ring in a tin of sardines. A single overheard remark: ‘It’s an … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive is ‘Cods my lifekins!’ – a C17th English oath. I’m not sure if that’s pronounced ‘liffikins’ or ‘life-kins’, still, I think I’ll try to remember to slip it into conversationĀ  today: ‘Cods my lifekins … Continue reading

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Hey, let’s look in the mirror…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured fruit is the surly uncommunicative avocado. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I think that it’s time we had another dip into that strange junk shop book of mine, Looking at Faces and Remembering Them (1971) by Jacques Penry, … Continue reading

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A summer’s night party…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: gramarye, posteen, ethmoid, stylopodium, caudal, and pantopragmatic. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Marks will be … Continue reading

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So, pond nails…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sound in the night was that of the spooky tolling church bell deep under the sea in the submerged village. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Good morning…’ ‘Good morning – I hope I’m in the right department…’ ‘Yes, I … Continue reading

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So, what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s nice adjectives are: livid, oundy, sesquipedality, galliambic, fruity, and temulent. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Keep it real! – all the laughter and tears – hit it! – plump sweet fruit! – all the things we dreamed of – … Continue reading

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Oslo after the fight…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured bird is the reticent and timid eagle. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This is just another of my recently made mail art postcards… (No. 4474) I’m very pleased to see that Oslo is feeling a bit better and … Continue reading

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‘Twining around him in a loathsome way…’

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the ‘g’ in the word ‘alignment’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Oh dear, I’m feeling really negative today…’ ‘Are you Sandra?… Bob is looking a bit negative too…’ ‘Hm… It’s probably something to do … Continue reading

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Some small, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured fruit is the jovial rosy-cheeked pomegranate. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 237. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to transpose my scherzo. Part of a phone call overheard in the bus station … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the Prime Minister’s spare pair of underpants and the Chancellor’s Christmas hamper. Oh, how we chortled!… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘That’ll be the centre you want Joan…’ ‘All under one roof.’ ‘Look, a … Continue reading

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A remote chance…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive is ‘Good-lack-a-day!’ – a ladies’ oath from seventeenth century England. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, the other evening, having stupidly waltzed out of the cafe accidentally leaving behind my bag of shopping, I decided to spring out … Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Great Britain…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sound is that of the gears of the haunted windmill creaking and turning in the dead of night… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s another little gem of a book found in a junk shop a few years ago; … Continue reading

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I think I’ll call it ‘Green Red and White’…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s nice colours are: Candy Apple Red, Lake Placid Blue, Dakota Red, Surf Green, Olympic White and Aged Cherry Sunburst. (colours) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a picture of mine from last summer. Yes, you’re right dear reader, I … Continue reading

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