Monthly Archives: December 2015

Clever twanging…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will be composed of: grey slabs, wet glue at the horizon, tired dirty birds, streaks of brown twirling smoke, aerial scudding, and the dark smell of composting leaves. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I have nearly come to … Continue reading

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Two brief items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word bismuth. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> If only… Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place… a place you could go… just once in a while, a place … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4521…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: dodecastyle, pintado, roop, spalpeen, fascine, and boustrophedon. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should Mrs Mouldie … Continue reading

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A thick coating of mildew is formed…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sounds are: gurgle, rumble, chirp, chirp, chirp, rumble, and gurgle. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I need knowledge… I need information… I could do with a quick dip into the world of the early 20th c. Yes, I need … Continue reading

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Can’t stop spattering…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word buzzard. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, I just can’t stop spattering! This is Spatter Painting No. 16; it is on medium-thick Bockingford watercolour paper and is about 28″ … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise in the night…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s elephant in the room is the one trumpeting on about his recent holiday in Zambia. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, anyway, at 3.30 this morning the phone rang; I knew it would be bad news. Yes, a drunken … Continue reading

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Some smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s Christmas card is the one which sheds its bloody green glitter everywhere… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 276. I’m sorry I’m late, but I was foolishly mixing up my cosines and tangents. A single … Continue reading

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That Christmas Pudding. No. 2…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s carefully chosen adjectives are: buxom, discommodious, icy, sessile, interplanetary, dominical, comic, and conic. You hardly ever hear the word ‘buxom’ these days – pity, it has a pleasant look and sound to it… it’s that … Continue reading

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That Christmas pudding…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the smell of Uncle Barry’s Christmas cigar. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a picture I took a few days ago. Taking a photo of a Christmas pudding poster in the … Continue reading

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Poor old Trystan…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: filthy brown, grape green, bruised apple yellow, queasy lilac, jolly maroon, and crazy hair blue. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you probably know by now dear reader, I do like strange old books picked up cheaply … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for money to be tight, trousers to be slack, and champagne to be plentiful. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I know you chomp baby…’ ‘A pain, a mole, a no-ne-nah…’ ‘I’ve got the only pie.’ ‘Something … Continue reading

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Monochrome in the attic flat…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me and the Dalai Lama in 1938 sitting on a roadside bench drinking tea and chatting. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s another picture, a digitally scanned 35mm negative, … Continue reading

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Waiting for Gobbo…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: barghest, couvade, epulation, orogenesis, spahi, and whigmaleerie. 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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Iridescence in the gutter…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the word ‘fruiterer’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Is this picture of mine boring or not?… Perhaps it is a bit too abstract for you?… Perhaps a poor substitute for a nice snap of … Continue reading

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A few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s giant centipede is the cute cuddly one. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late: No. 275. I’m sorry I’m late, but I was delayed at my Esperanto lesson. A single overheard remark. ‘She was really blagged that … Continue reading

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Soap and Sensibility…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s Swiss cheese plant is the one without any holes. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hm, TV soap operas. I have never watched them… When I was kid there used to be a daily ‘soap’ on the BBC radio (of … Continue reading

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What’s this tied to the old spoon?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like Michelangelo’s David… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s an old post rehashed from my days of blogging on that funny old thing Myspace: ‘I say Professor, it’s good to be out … Continue reading

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Enquire Within (4) – Hartshorn shavings and concentrated gallnuts…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the word ‘nevertheless’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘The year is 1934…’ No it isn’t, it’s 2015!… TV and radio documentaries always start off like that. They are desperate to draw you in in … Continue reading

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A few shortish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive is ‘Smash man Geordie!’ – a 19th c. Durham miner’s oath. No, I don’t know what it means either, but it does sound good… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 274. I’m sorry I’m … Continue reading

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Mail art postcard No. 4466…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s unicorn is the one with two horns. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here we go again, yes, it’s another of my silly collage mail art postcards assembled¬†from snippings from that awful British TV guide¬†What’s On TV. So, who’s this … Continue reading

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