Monthly Archives: July 2015

On the descending slope…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: taupe, russet, taupe, russet, taupe, russet, and lilac. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A few days ago I was walking with a bag of shopping on the wide long paved slope down to the road from the … Continue reading

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Overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation… (Office style)

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Toady’s carefully selected adjectives are: crunchy, hortative, stupendous, wappend, chirpy, flagitious, and icy. I think hortative is my favourite. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Derfergee for gnats?’ ‘She’s very good at asking Joe.’ ‘Just say that you know of that … Continue reading

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Oh dear, another architectural rant…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the idea of blancmange. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The other day I came across that cute phrase from the early 20th c. that is used regularly in architectural chat: Form Follows Function. Did … Continue reading

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What? No coconut macaroons?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s rather weak Victorian expletive is Oh Blankity Blank! – hardly worth bothering to utter at all… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Good morning sir. What can I get for you today?’ ‘Right, yes… A regular cappuccino, a pot of … Continue reading

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My inherited glandular formula…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: asseverate, assart, asphodel, assignat, assuefaction, and brool. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. As tomorrow is a … Continue reading

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Using the cabinet scraper…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s mammoth is the one sitting on the park bench in the sunshine occasionally sniffing his armpits. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a nice picture I took last December. My neighbour Dave really loves his woodwork.

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Good God! The art’s moving about!…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to phone up the Prime Minister and ask him what he’s got planned for when all the bees have died and we’ve got nothing to eat. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hm… Yes… sloping… You may recall … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4545…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will feature: fine clear blobs, ladders of grey, shiny birds on branches, gusts and tremors, and audible sighing in the eaves. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What the hell is going on here?… Well, to be honest, I … Continue reading

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I can do as I like now…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the Mona Lisa’s nose. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Artists, should they be able to do as they like?… Well, I suppose so, but only in the field of art, we … Continue reading

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Some small, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s choice adjectives are: pouting, heliocentric, grunting, telescopic, pied, and grubby. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 258. I’m sorry I’m late, but I was replacing my bicycle handle bar with a steering wheel. From a … Continue reading

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Monarchy bonkers…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: dedimus, decussate, decuple, decretal, defenestration, and moxibustion. 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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No, nobody will notice that it’s a bit tilted…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me and Humphrey Bogart sitting on the hood of an Oldsmobile holding bottles of beer in 1946. (Olds) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Last week I was in the … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a sudden sound in the night. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Don’t get wrong, but…’ ‘My grandfather is a lot darker.’ ‘That’s only two massive guys!’ ‘I was in the centre … Continue reading

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Chocolate, for creativity and optimism…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s elephant in the room is little ebony one with only one tusk gathering dust on the top of the bookshelves. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A week or two ago I mentioned my staying up until the early hours … Continue reading

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Off to the seaside…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured letter of the alphabet is the rather nicely shaped capital ‘J’. A very handy letter is the capital J – its hook is excellent for hanging a weighty piece of prose on, or one … Continue reading

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Hm… brutal… nice…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural terms (types of roofs) are: Saddleback, Hipped, Gambrel, Mansard, and Helm. Nice words aren’t they? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> …and speaking of architecture, here a picture (a scanned 35mm negative) from my days of black and white … Continue reading

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Crush: Tea with Spoon…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word snooker. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I received an email this morning from Veronica Crush, writer from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League now living in New … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4546…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s 19th c. English expletive is ‘Bethmons!’ – a corruption of ‘by the man’. It was quite popular in Lancashire and Cheshire I am led to understand. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Is it time for another of my nice … Continue reading

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A few very small items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: bountiful, festering, phyletic, crural, taciturn, and neotenic. Hm, I think my favourite is ‘crural’ – just for its spelling. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 257. I’m sorry I’m late, but … Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Great Britain (11)…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s old wrinkled black and white snapshot is the one of me eating fish and chips in the street with John Lee Hooker in Neasden in 1978. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Today, I think we might again dip into … Continue reading

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