Monthly Archives: September 2015

Smallish, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s Victorian euphemistic expletive is By Jeremy! – Here ‘Jeremy’ obviously replaces Jesus. Perhaps this oath will come into use again now that we have a Jeremy as the new left-wing leader of the British Labour … Continue reading

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Fake bleak Dulltown…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is cushion capital – A Romanesque capital cut from a cube, with its lower parts rounded off to adapt it to a circular shaft; the remaining flat face of each side is generally … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s smell is that of people vaping at bus stops. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Heterosexual ramblings?’ ‘Wickly fine fits her quite well.’ ‘You could cod about that other husband Bob.’ ‘I, she okay… Get carving Sarah!’ ‘Thoughty means vacuum…’ … Continue reading

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The play’s the thing… (Hamlet. Act 2, scene 2)

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: crinal, grattoir, misfeign, switchel, inclip, and digamma. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Please note, the … Continue reading

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A linocut from 2014…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unconnected words are: tremble, schist, candelabra, gum, onions, and thermometer. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It seems a while since I forced you to look at one of my linocut prints – here’s one, I don’t think you’ve seen … Continue reading

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Jim, Spock, Steed, and Mrs Peel…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for the US dollar to be perky, the pound to be sullen, the euro to be skittish, the yuan to be beaming, and the cowry shell to be glowing in the noonday … Continue reading

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Doom and the pipes…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s giant panda is the one smoking a cigar in the back of that shiny black Rolls Royce. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tooting on pan pipes in the street is alright I suppose, but I’m not very keen on … Continue reading

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So, how was school today?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s super adjectives are: oppilative, granivorous, tremulous, profectitious, chubby, and didymous. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Mummy…’ ‘Yes dear?’ ‘Public schools…’ ‘Yes, what about them?’ ‘Are they schools for the public, the general public?’ ‘It depends.’ ‘Oh?… On what?’ ‘On … Continue reading

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Adolescentiam Alunt Senectutem Oblecant…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the Prime Minister and the pig’s head. No, no, surely this one can’t be true!… (PM and PH) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A few days ago having given up on Tokyo Ghoul, a … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4511…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to partially peel back the four clear plastic discs, slip a small coin under each of them, and then press them down again with your thumbs; take a tightly rolled-up newspaper or magazine … Continue reading

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A few short items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: alcaide, alerce, alegge, alerion, alegar, and bummock. 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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Routers and routers…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a Scientologist’s smile. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, but if you do buy cheap tools, you should expect to have to repair and improve them before you can use them… … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather: Foggleform, foggleform, foggleform, foggleform, but clearing later. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘She moved to the shadow house.’ ‘A volcano passed from school.’ ‘I cooked my own back.’ ‘Embolden ears and Marley time!’ ‘A great situation come to … Continue reading

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Rambling about the news…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s 19th c. USĀ  expletive is ‘I’ll be dadburned!’ – ‘Dad’ and Dod’ were early English dialect forms of ‘God’ – ‘dadburned’ is probably a corrupted version of ‘God-Damned’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The people who produce radio and … Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Great Britain. (14)…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: moribund maroon, moribund maroon, lilac, orange, moribund maroon, and moribund maroon. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> We seem to be getting near the end of that interesting little junk shop book A Short Guide to Great Britain … Continue reading

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LV?… See Plan…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sloth is the one picking through all the cabbages in the supermarket to determine which one is the best value. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> My word! This is dramatic isn’t it?… I took this picture on a bright … Continue reading

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‘Jumbo-Huge’ sounds impressive…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the word ‘ample’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Right then… switch the TV on… Hm… What’s the time?… Now, let’s see… ‘Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud’, ‘The Man With Iron Fists’, ’24 Hours … Continue reading

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Architects versus Engineers…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s smell is that of a nicely warmed up pouch laminator. (PL) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> In my younger years I nearly drifted into engineering, the civil kind, but then I suddenly decided that the ‘artist’s life’ would suit … Continue reading

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Hm, how about a bit of misery tonight?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: styptic, inguinal, quiddle, thrum, quidnunc, harmala, and bobbery. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The Professor … Continue reading

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It’s a hell of a tree…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word slipshod. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s another picture from my days of old-style, black and white, film and darkroom photography. I don’t recall when or where it was … Continue reading

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