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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