Monthly Archives: June 2015

Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to go down to your local supermarket and practise your juggling skills using cartons of milk, vegetables, and tinned goods from the shelves. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘A misrepresentation to the punters.’ ‘A smart button to … Continue reading

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Gadgets, gadgets! (3) – Dealing with curvatures…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: marasmus, maquis, mopstick, manyplies, manumit, and bulse. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Extra marks will … Continue reading

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Late night chocolate and charcoal…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s arthropod is the surprisingly sanguine lobster. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The other evening I had my next door neighbour round to watch a TV documentary on the life of the recently departed blues singer B. B. King; it … Continue reading

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Yes Officer, he had an undulating closure line…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will feature scattered crystal hues, pockets of iridescence, a small paper bag of soft white clouds and a lone parsnip left on the top of a wall slowly going brown in the palpable sunshine. … Continue reading

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Space Provision…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the idea of athletics. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Is this an intriguing photograph, or is it really a bit boring? I think I’d better leave that up to you dear reader… Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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Some short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s 19th c. English expletive is Cheese and crust! – an obvious euphemism for Jesus Christ. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 255. I’m sorry I’m late, but I found a live mongoose in my cabinet … Continue reading

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Jim, Bones, John and Emma…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sound is that of the domed chrome kettle on the hob booming and thudding as it comes to the boil. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hm… TV… So, should I watch an episode of the original 1960s Star Trek, … Continue reading

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Stellar Stella and her words…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s adjectives are: floppy, helical, red, styptic, gamic, wappend, and cuddly. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Landscape No. 78 (1997). Charcoal and pencil on paper, about 24″ x 18″. ‘Good morning Stella…’ ‘David, what’s that awful stink in the street?’ … Continue reading

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I have bees in my bird box you know…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s honoured guests are the William Shatner (as he is now) lookalike twins. Welcome Bill and Bill, come on in and sit on the sofa and chat with us for a while. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, I didn’t … Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Great Britain… (10)

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to nail it to an exterior wall, rub warm lard into its surface using a generous sponge – then, using the template supplied, mark out with a moist finger the emblem you have … Continue reading

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Just some old Badger prose…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the words ‘rodding eye’. (RE) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You will be aware dear reader that in these pages I occasionally feature the front cover of a Badger Book, a 1960s British pulp … Continue reading

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Skipper, there’s an alien on board…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘tabard’ – a short tunic emblazoned with the coats of arms and worn by heralds. I see that tabards are still quite popular; school teachers and people escorting groups of small children, … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘propylaeum’: the entrance gateway to a temple precinct. My temple used to have a propylaeum, but I had it removed – it had far too many vowels in it. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Was that … Continue reading

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Ugg and the half-burnt sticks…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s very English swear word is ‘bloody’. From Bozzimacoo: Origins & Meanings of Oaths and Swear Words By Mary Marshall (1975): According to Julius Sharman in A Cursory History of Swearing, 1884, this word ‘bloody’ was … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4522…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s old black and white snapshot is the one of me and Prince Charles looking hot and sweaty after a good game of polo in 1967. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> …and also, here’s another of my recent mail art … Continue reading

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Cool Doom in the night…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: cream, beige, cream, beige, cream, violet, cream, beige, cream, and beige. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When the phone rang and woke me at 2:49 am I suspected that it could be either one of those two … Continue reading

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It’s a linocut Mrs Peel…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word ‘suction’… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> How about another of my cute linocut prints from last year? So… as you can see dear reader… what can you see?… well, … Continue reading

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Some small, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: bloncket, oleaster, telestich, inficete, and vambrace. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the Professor turn … Continue reading

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The faith in the clouds…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will feature hexagons of moisture, cones of blue, elegant ellipses with puffs of grey in them, and occasional multi-directional gusts of small birds. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘So, how was your day?’ ‘Amazing…’ ‘Really?’ ‘Oh yes! Today … Continue reading

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Did you know that you have a very nice central corridor?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured letter of the alphabet is the capital ‘Q’. Such a stylish and poised letter is the capital ‘Q’, far more elegant than her twin brother the ordinary ‘O’. See how she slides her foot … Continue reading

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