Monthly Archives: August 2015

Some more shortish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured fruit is the dark seedy taciturn fig. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 263. I’m sorry I’m late, but a cockroach started having a conversation with me. A single overheard remark: ‘I wouldn’t mind … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured arthropod is the Tailless Whip Scorpion – look there’s one clinging to the curtains just above your shoulder… (T W S) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘It was tension tax leak…’ ‘A rabbit cop in the bottom half.’ … Continue reading

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Etude in yellow and white…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a chilly draught around the knees. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Of course this is a painting… Well, it must be, mustn’t it? It is paint, on a surface. It also … 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 random dictionary words are: cotillion, coseismal, costean, cote-hardie, corybant, and frankalmoign. 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 Short Guide to Great Britain (13)…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s nice adjectives are: ruddy, anharmonic, wimble, choppy, skeely, and preterhuman. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, this will be my thirteenth extract from that very interesting little junk shop book A Short Guide to Great Britain; a slim volume … Continue reading

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Oh, what a lovely photograph!…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word ‘modernistic’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You know, I really feel sorry for photographers who live in nice places… No, really I do… Nice places are… well they are … Continue reading

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Dangerous psychic things live on…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s reasonably safe, but effective, Victorian expletive is Helen Maria!… this oath is almost acceptable in mixed company, whatever that is… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Good God! What’s going on here?… No, It’s alright, it’s just another British pulp … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise amongst the products…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s specially featured arthropod is the Giant Lichen Orbweaver. (GLO) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As I was nipping into the supermarket yesterday for some carrots and onions I noticed Tony Mayonnaise, poet from the glory days of the Hull … Continue reading

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In the corner shop…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s smell, which covers the whole city, is that of manure. They spread it on the land in the East Riding and the winds bring it across for us. (East Riding) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s another picture from … Continue reading

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Some titchy, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a bag of rotten tomatoes. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 262. I’m sorry I’m late, but I was up all night looking for exoplanets. (Spell-checker just … Continue reading

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Looking up his nose online…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s fine old-fashioned insult is ‘blithering idiot’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Isaac Newton, he had a very intelligent nose…’ ‘Eh?… An ‘intelligent’ nose?’ ‘Mm…’ ‘Noses aren’t intelligent…’ ‘You think not?’ ‘No… I mean yes I do…’ ‘How so?…’ ‘What … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4520…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me playing a game of real tennis with the Duke of Edinburgh in 1952. (RT) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here comes another of my quick and silly Mail … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word ‘aplomb’… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘There’s me!…’ ‘Fourteen and lucky knees.’ ‘I’m sorry, but his hands were really small.’ ‘My growtheen picture?’ ‘Hewthen, and ho-ho…’ ‘It was tempting … Continue reading

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Messing with letters… Yacinth?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s lecture will be on Millikan’s Oil Drop Experiment of 1909. (M.O.D.E.) Phones switched off please. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A simple, but annoying puzzle involving the letter ‘H’. Yes, it does look like a poem doesn’t it? But … Continue reading

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Astronomy…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: beadman, mignonette, sthenic, weetingly, lanugo, and ventil. 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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Waving from the roof truss…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is Rinceau – an ornamental motif consisting of scrolls and foliage. Hm, too much rinceau is a little bit cloying don’t you think?… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As I was standing waiting with my basket in … Continue reading

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Some small but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to remove the packaging by slitting the corners with a sharp knife, turn it upside down and immediately void the warranty by removing the four set-screws, open the back and touch all the … Continue reading

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Ah, school days…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s Victorian expletives which manage to suggest, but avoid the word God or Jesus are: By Ginger, By Jeremy, By Jiggery, and By Gemini! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hm, I wonder how much the teachers we had at school … Continue reading

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A strange feeling of being watched…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured arthropod is the Brown Recluse. (BR) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, what’s this?… It’s just a boring picture of a seat on a… Whoa!… Yes, this photograph was taken earlier this year on a bus in the … Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Great Britain (12)

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for the yuan to quiver slightly, the pound and dollar to hum gently together in a quiet corner, and the euro to keep its head down immersed in a good book. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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