Monthly Archives: April 2015

Bad news, good news…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s 18th c. expletive (from that nice little book Bozzimacoo: Origins and Meanings of Oaths and Swearwords (1975) by Mary Marshall) is ‘Dead Chelsea by God!’ – apparently the exclamation of a soldier wounded at the … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s newt is the jovial devil-may-care sort of one that can be seen in all the trendy bars. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘A more fully curry.’ ‘You! It’s like a gooseberry!’ ‘Gollenrom day like…’ ‘He’s right in Belgium now … Continue reading

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Crush: Was that a steam whistle?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘Pulvin’ – In Byzantine architecture, a dosseret above the capital supporting the arch above. Damn! Now I’ve got to look up dosseret! – The French term for an additional high block or … Continue reading

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Little knots of fear…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s smell is that of boiling offal for cat feeding emanating from a nearby neighbour’s house. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Aha! Another old wrinkled 1960s British pulp science fiction novel, a Badger Book from my modest collection. This one, … Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Great Britain (7)…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s narwhal is the one enjoying a nice bowl of tomato and basil soup in Harrod’s cafe. (N) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Shall we have another look in that slim pocket-sized book found in a junk shop A Short … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4519…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured letter of the alphabet is the capital ‘A’. A very stable and useful letter is the capital ‘A’ – if one of the other letters happens to fall over you can sometimes use the … 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 special sounds are: murmur, clank, rustle, yelp, sigh, and tinkle. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Cars that rock! – a dishwasher service engineer – a free Brian toy! – pretty much gone – people complain about smell – got … Continue reading

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Shall I call this one ‘White Yellow Blue’?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a gust of wind. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Oh, but Dave!…’ ‘What?…’ ‘Don’t you know that Flickr, that popular photo sharing site, is packed full of photos of the backs … Continue reading

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Some short but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s 18th c. English naval expletive is ‘Smite my timbers!’ According to my little book on swearing, Bozzimacccoo: Origins and Meanings of Oaths and Swear Words (1975) by Mary Marshall, ‘One Mathew Towgood moved house to … Continue reading

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Crush and Big Ben…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colors are: red, white, blue, red, white, blue, red, white, blue, brown. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I had a postal communication from Veronica Crush (writer from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League, now living in New … Continue reading

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Fig. 125: Wide rounded tip and nostril flanges…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘Livery Collar’ – a chain of office indicating allegiance. (L.C.) I eventually stopped wearing my livery collar – I didn’t like the way it clanked. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘So what did this man look … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word ‘prolix’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Time eel, time, this is I feel…’ ‘Tea my mind, oh now…’ ‘Heaping lips, still you wet me.’ ‘Dewy find, dewy find…’ ‘In … Continue reading

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Some random observations from last December…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to push the triangular cardboard tabs A, B, and D into the marked slots; using a ruler score along the dotted lines with a pointed implement and then fold the neck section around … Continue reading

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Stella and the cod reference…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s 18th c. English expletive is ‘Murrain take such trumpery!’ I’ve been using this one quite a lot recently whilst watching the general election debates on TV. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Sunshine’ 1991. Charcoal and pencil on paper, about … Continue reading

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Doom and the pastry fork…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a summer breeze. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When I popped into the art gallery cafe yesterday afternoon I quickly became aware of the presence of a group of very old … Continue reading

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Gibby in the 1990s…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: aasvogel, abask, abecedarian, abiturient, abraxas, and weem. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The professor might … Continue reading

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Some titchy, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word corollary. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses  for being late. No. 247. I’m sorry I’m late, but I became engrossed in sharpening my quills. A single overheard remark: ‘I’ll … Continue reading

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A childhood memory…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the Prime Minister’s trouser legs being eaten by the prize pig. Oh, how we chortled as we crouched behind the cow shed… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a recycled old post from the … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4463…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to twist the bare ends of the red and black wires together, carefully pull the cardboard insulator from between the contacts of larger of the two relays, pour a little cold milk into … Continue reading

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Think I’ll call this one ‘Spillage with leaves’…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: brown, brown, brown, crimson lake, brown, brown, and brown. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a photograph I took last September. I uploaded it to my Flickr page a few days ago, but didn’t intend to write … Continue reading

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