Monthly Archives: September 2016

‘Give the cone a personality…’

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me and Cary Grant drinking mugs of tea on the set of North By Northwest – look, you can just see the back of Alfred … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4503…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: garrulous, spadiceous,  interfascicular, knotty, scalene, and fruity. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, creative serendipity! Yes, it’s another of my mail art postcards, a simple collage using cuttings from that awful British TV listings magazine … Continue reading

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So Dave, you’re not a sophisticate after all?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word mountebank. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I suppose I must give the impression in these pages that I am quite an arty sort of person – perhaps even ‘cultured’. … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise at the bus window…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s Victorian expletive is ‘By Jerry!’ – an obvious euphemism for ‘By Jesus!’, but then, those Victorians were like that. Perhaps it will come back into fashion now that rather fine chap Jeremy Corbyn is leader … Continue reading

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Some short but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s banana is the one curled around the bottom of the teapot in an affectionate manner. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 307. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to solve one or two hard … Continue reading

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Just green & red…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s weather will feature: sun spots, meteor showers from the east, squelchy dampness underfoot, a sharp nip in the air, solar wind, and trees that rustle and murmur in the background. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hm, I think I’ll … Continue reading

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Sniffly Stella…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to apply white glue (supplied) to the dowels and tap them into the reference holes in the ends of the members, rub the raised humps with the back of a heated spoon, insert … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: replevy, trigraph, hilum, decastitch, toruffled, ynambu, and dovekie. 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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Enquire Within (16). ‘The stock has been modified…’

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s duck is the one that only quacks when it is quacked to. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Come on!… Yes, come with me!… Let’s take a trip into the past and find out what being a nice comfortably-off middle-class … Continue reading

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Crush’s characters…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s charming Victorian London expletive is ‘by my precious sparklers!’ – from Pierce Egan’s Life in London of 1821, which quotes a couple of ‘undesirable’ females, one Dirty Suke and one Squinting Nan who was often … Continue reading

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That lino print…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s stoat is the one wearing a coat, on a boat, floating in a moat. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, at last it is done – an edition of 12 on nice thin Kizuki Japanese paper, (sheets cut to … Continue reading

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Keeping in touch…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: rusty, coseismal, lozenged, sebiferous, loxodromic, scruffy, and labelloid. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Hello?… Oh hello! Sorry I was a bit slow in answering, I was outside in muddy wellingtons. I’ve not heard from you … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4515…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: sponson, spondyl, spondulicks, spondee, sporophytic, sposh, and warragal. 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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Just a few titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: Polly pink, Barry beige, Lawrence lemon, Mortimer maroon, Orville orange, and Sebastian mauve. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 306. I’m sorry I’m late, but I was trying to make my dulcimer louder. … Continue reading

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I could feel him watching me…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word ‘bathysphere’. (B) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was a Sunday afternoon, it was quiet, there was little traffic on the roads, and I was sauntering down the side … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one in the corner with her headphones on listening to Bach’s Italian Concerto for Harpsichord BWV 971. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Are you alright for glassware Brian?’ ‘I’m just sending out a … Continue reading

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Ready to start chopping…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Flann O’Brien’s novel The Third Policeman: His face was gross and far from beautiful but he had modified and assembled his various unpleasant features in some skilful way so that they expressed … Continue reading

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Art student in the cafe – 1970…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s financial forecast predicts troubled times in the banking community as its members realise that there is nothing available to buy that they don’t already have. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, I recently came across a little oblong plastic … Continue reading

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1xWhite, 1xBlack, 1xNude, and Faux-ivy, etc…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s outside temperature is 292 degrees Kevin – hm, balmy… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, now where did I put this week’s copy of What’s On TV? Oh, here it is, I just… Hello, what’s this stapled into the … Continue reading

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Sticking with the big chains…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s weather will feature: high streaks of overcooked bacon, a large watery poached egg rising in the east, cloying white steam clinging to the low bushes and grass, and some silent marital upsets as the day … Continue reading

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