Monthly Archives: June 2016

A few titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: crispy crimson, verdant vermilion, wishy-washy white, crunchy chrome yellow, and ingenious indigo. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 297. I’m sorry I’m late, but I found a big fat wyvern snoozing on my … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s 18th c. expletive is Arrah now! which Captain Francis Grose describes, in the his Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785), as ‘An unmeaning expletive, frequently used by the Vulgar Irish.’ It’s pretty innocuous isn’t … Continue reading

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That’s a very attractive dog you have there…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the mouth of hell. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Do you think that dogs and cats will ever start wearing lipstick and makeup?’ ‘What?… That’s ridiculous!’ ‘No, it’s not. Do you think … Continue reading

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Rambling on about flags…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s weather will feature moistness in vestibules, egg-shaped white clouds, bees looking puzzled, frogs glancing upwards, and a blueness that is fresh and exhilarating. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This is a rather drab and uninteresting photograph. How’s that for … Continue reading

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Spatter Painting No. 10…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s (not very) random dictionary words are: theriac, theurgy, thowless, thrasonic, threap, and bumbaze. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The … Continue reading

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A tale of two taps…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the smell of a fresh spring morning. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This blogging thing… I really do try to be ‘interesting’, and not burden you, my dear reader, with the trivialities … Continue reading

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Linocut lunacy…

But first… Dulltown, Europe… Oops!… I think we’d better start getting used to… Dulltown, UK: Today’s choice adjectives are: functional, Cantuarian, irrevocable, sheepish, pilose, dazzling, and dripping. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is a small linocut print of mine from a few years … Continue reading

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Some short but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is Motte – a steep mound, the main feature of many 11th c. and 12th c. castles. My castle’s motte was so steep I had to have a stair lift installed for the … Continue reading

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Doom in bed…

But first… Dulltown, Europe (for the time being anyway): Today’s colours are: butcher’s block red, stinking yellow, rotten copper green, muck brown, tan disaster orange, and socket spark blue. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Anyway, my phone rang at 5:36 this morning. A thick … Continue reading

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My personal details (Part 1)…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive and insult, from Captain Frances Grose’s Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785), via Bozzimacoo: Origins & Meanings of Oaths & Swear Words by Mary Marshall (1975), is ‘Shitsack’ – a Nonconformist preacher. (I … Continue reading

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The rushing white thing…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is heater shield: a shield shaped like the base of a flatiron. (HS) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Look out! Here it comes!… Let’s duck down the alley and get out of its way… Gosh, you can … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word molybdenum. (M) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I couldn’t go an onion, whoo whoo…’ ‘I’m leaning on a branch, on a branch…’ ‘Ah-e-ah, ah-e-ah, she comin’, move!’ ‘Rubber grass, … Continue reading

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Birds and similar objects…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the sound of a dog’s bark in the night. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hm… Today I think I am in the mood for gadgets. Shall we reach up to the bookshelf … Continue reading

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Plaster man 1980s…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me and President Nixon drinking a few bottles of beer in the clubhouse during the 1970 US Open Golf Tournament. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, right then, here’s … Continue reading

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Do you want to look at my calves?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive and insult is from Captain Francis Grose’s Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue 1785: ‘He would piss by the pot…’ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Would you like to see my calves?’ ‘Eh?…’ ‘My calves…’ ‘What? Like small … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4531…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s special sounds are: gurgle, rustle, gurgle, rustle, gurgle, rustle, thud, thud, thud, and click. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Now then, to whom shall I post this one?… Yes, it’s another of my Mail Art postcards, a simple collage … Continue reading

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Teapot design for beginners…

!But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s elephant in the room is the one with her head out the window pinching the ripe apples off next door’s tree. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Look, here are a couple of teapots. One is from Costa Coffee and … Continue reading

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A few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1930 novel The Luzhin Defence: The lull continued for two or three days; Luzhin was photographed for his passport, and the photographer took him by the chin, turned his face … Continue reading

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Enquire Within (12). Any time for fancy work…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for grasshoppers to be bright, slugs to flourish, melodies to plummet, pyroclastic schists to be lethargic, and sausages to be brown on one side only. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What year is it?… 2016?… No, … Continue reading

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