Monthly Archives: April 2016

Just click there Professor…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word flange. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Good morning Professor!’ ‘Eh? What?… Who the bloody hell are you?…’ ‘It’s me sir…’ ‘Ah, Brownlow – I didn’t recognise you with your … Continue reading

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No, sorry everyone, this isn’t art…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s Sir Arthur Conan Doyle quotation is from The Sign of Four: Sherlock Homes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, … Continue reading

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Some small but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is Crown-post: A post standing on a tie-beam and supporting a collar-purlin running immediately under the collar-beam of a rafter roof. Well, I’m glad we’ve finally got that sorted out, it’s been on … Continue reading

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Stella spots the snowflakes…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for money to grow on trees and for everyone to be penny wise and pound foolish, but of course do keep an eye on the markets. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Four Views’ (1994) Pastel and … Continue reading

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Messing with letters… Ignals…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: mappemond, sklim, temulence, mortiferous, fustanella, and bulbul. 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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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s fine 17th c. English expletive is ‘Stap me vitals!’ – and no, before you ask, I don’t know what ‘stap’ means – it sounds like it’s a verb though doesn’t it? Perhaps it’s a corruption … Continue reading

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Dear God… About my back…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sound is that of a crystal chandelier falling from a high ceiling onto a marble floor. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, I was sitting on the upper deck of a bus yesterday afternoon; I was wondering why I … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4588…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to experiment to see if you can ride two bicycles at once – by the way, no cheating by riding one and wheeling the other by the handlebar! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> How’s this for a … Continue reading

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Leather, Rivets, and Plywood…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s useful adjectives are: voluble, araeostyle, fidgety, saxicolous, obconic, profulgent, and chubby. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Today I’m in the mood for gadgets – not modern ones such as drones, phones, and things that go ‘ping’, but ones from … Continue reading

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Lino lines with striped sun…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s elephant in the room is the one that has just sat on, and destroyed, the new IKEA Westminster Retro Walnut dining table. (I W R W D T) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Look, here’s another of my linocut … Continue reading

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A few shortish items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s fruits are the damson and the banana who are proudly flouting society’s conventions and becoming very close friends. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 289. I’m sorry I’m late, but I was attacked by doves … Continue reading

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Hang on, just a minute, why are you singing like that?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about all the pigs on the farm snorting and waving at the Prime Minister as he sweeps past in his car. How we chuckled as we leaned on the gate smoking … Continue reading

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Wuff wuff! Keep away!…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘Pomme’ – a green roundel – I suppose one should say, ‘A roundel vert’ if one was trying to get into the lingo of heraldry. Really your roundel is (from the French) … Continue reading

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Can’t resist those Solar Powered Cherubs…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s 17th c. English expletive is Zooks! – many expletives invoke a deity of some description. Zooks! is obviously a shortening of Gadzooks!, the sort of thing a knight in armour might come out with when … Continue reading

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Pensive and wistful at the fair?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s piece of classical music is Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a theme of Haydn, more commonly known in musical circles as ‘that awful racket’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a photograph of mine from last October. Once a year … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word ‘snide’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Laura may be steel-perch, again.’ ‘Look, she’s away with the gold any time…’ ‘Nerr-her-her, nerr-her-her!…’ ‘That money is a tad half Barry.’ ‘Specifical … Continue reading

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The caulking applicator…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s Sir Arthur Conan Doyle quotation is from A Study in Scarlet: Holmes: ‘There has been murder done, and the murderer was a man. He was more than six feet high, was in the prime of … Continue reading

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Both hands clasped the knife wrist…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: sebesten, seacunny, sealyham, sebum, seannachie, sebaptist, and hendecasyllable. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The Professor has … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4468…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s fine 17th c. English expletive is Udslidikins! ‘Ud’s’ is obviously a corruption of ‘God’s’, and ‘ikins’ is a diminutive, but I’m not sure about the middle bit, the ‘slid’; perhaps it is ‘lids’, eyelids. So … Continue reading

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Some short but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sound is that of three coat hangers rattling in an empty wardrobe. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 288. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had a visit from a succubus in the night. A … Continue reading

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