Monthly Archives: May 2015

Tightwads…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s choice adjectives are: carbonated, fingered, caducibranchiate, crumpled, ocular, and fleshy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Careful with money, stingy, tight, deep pockets short arms, skinflint, Scrooge-like, are a few words and phrases that describe people who are, shall we … Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Great Britain. (9)…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for money to be very very good, and lack of money to be very very bad. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Shall we yet again dip into that fascinating little junk shop book A Short Guide … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s 19th c. cockney expletive is I’ll be gormed! I wonder if ‘gorm’ is a shortening of ‘God almighty’? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Popsie-pop-chee!…’ ‘Four ice-cakes, seven, eight.’ ‘Key, bro-pen neverday?’ ‘Whatsu widdlin’?’ ‘A semi-say?…’ ‘Diagnostic para-power.’ ‘I really … Continue reading

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Hm… Is that Frank up there?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s honoured guests are the Sepp Blatter lookalike twins Maurice and Maureen Thwatt. Welcome! Do come and sit next to me on the sofa for the rest of tonight’s show… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Aha… here’s another rather colourful … Continue reading

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A few smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a British Prime Minister. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 252. I’m sorry I’m late, but I became preoccupied seasoning my wok. Some words from the BBC’s classical … Continue reading

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Mind-control and emotion-sway…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: pink, maroon, pink, maroon, teal, maroon, pink, maroon, and pink. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Now then… that chap… who came to door the other day, what did he look like? I can’t recall his face at … Continue reading

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Stella has something in her bag…

But first… Dulltown, Europe|: Today’s adjectives are: brimming, risible, featous, captivating, pugging and chirpy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Landscape No 9. (1990). Charcoal and pencil on paper, about 24″ x 18″. ‘Good morning Stella my dear, do come in…’ ‘What’s the hell is … 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 featured letter of the alphabet is the capital ‘S’. The serpentine and elegant ‘S’ always maintains a perfect balance, poised like a ballerina on her pointed toe. One half expects him to suddenly roll forward, … Continue reading

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Plinky-plonk and twang…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word dandruff. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I just came across a bit of my stuff from the time I was just starting out on this blogging lark on something … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4529…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s vulture is the one who is very picky about what he will and won’t eat. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s probably time to look at another of my recent mail art postcards, which as usual is on fluorescent … Continue reading

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A spot of maths on the train…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: pennill, pennon, peneplain, pensil, pennyroyal, and rodomontade. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the professor … Continue reading

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A few smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s old black and white snapshot is the one of me and Bob Dylan standing eating cheese and pickle sandwiches outside Buckingham Palace in 1965. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 251. I’m sorry I’m late, … Continue reading

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Seaside Surrealism…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like Michelangelo’s David. (M.D.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Now here’s a picture I took last October on a day out in the pleasant Yorkshire seaside resort of Bridlington; I think I … Continue reading

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Some misheard song lyrics over the hubbub of the noisy cafe…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s early 19th c. expletive is ‘Blow me tight!’ From Pierce Egan’s Life in London of 1821 via Bozzimacoo: Origins and Meanings of Oaths & Swearwords (1975) by Mary Marshall. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Oh-ee-oh, Oh-ee-oh…’ ‘Plant form, want … Continue reading

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Oh, scary scary decalcomania!…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s smell is that of a freshly opened packet of nice tea. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘What the hell is this?…’ ‘No, no, calm down, it’s just another of my decalcomania monoprints.’ “Decal…” what?…’ Yes, decalcomania is a form … Continue reading

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Messing with letters… Ethings…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a whisper in the night. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A simple, but annoying puzzle involving the letter ‘E’. Yes, it does look like a poem doesn’t it? But no, it isn’t … Continue reading

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Gadgets, gadgets!… (1)

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to fashion a pair of very large duck feet from yellow cardboard, put them on and run in and out of all the banks and municipal offices in town quacking. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Shall we … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise and the tiny pens…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: keeshond, kemple, kerseymere, keddah, killut, and bilboes. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Mrs Mouldie (Professor Mouldie is apparently staying in a monastery for … Continue reading

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The brooding grass…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured fruit is the petulant but glowing red cherry. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s another picture from my days of old-style black and white film and stinky darkroom photography. Ouch! Banged my head on the enlarger! It’s all … Continue reading

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Exploding ideas of painting!…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s adjectives are: scrappy, exponible, suaveolent, wan, pickled, and langued. Of these I think suaveolent is my favourite; I think I’ll try slipping it into conversation today, if I can find anyone to talk to. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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