Monthly Archives: February 2017

One or two titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s Raymond Chandler quote is from his 1949 novel The Little Sister: Her eyes were melting. ‘Take my glasses off,’ she whispered. ‘Philip. I don’t mind if you take a little whisky once in a while, … Continue reading

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Every kind of hideous creeping crawling horror…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: buxom, ringent, sarcous, laeotropic, entophytic, riparian, and stodgy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Gosh! I seem to have been featuring these early 1960s science fiction and supernatural novels and collections of stories, published by Badger … Continue reading

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Some snatches of song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to remove the greasy outer packaging, slip your fingers under the raised flaps ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, and ‘E’ (do not attempt to slip your fingers under flap ‘D’); light the protruding wicks on … Continue reading

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I been working on the boat…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: brittle black, ormolu orange, temperamental turquoise, fragile fawn, and pork pink. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Now, that post I did about a week ago on an item from the 1954 Gadgets Annual which also featured Madge … Continue reading

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Drama down the marina…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s penguin is the one that doesn’t bother with the cute way of walking. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Now here’s a photo packed with meaning and emotion! The trouble is, I’m not sure what the meaning or the emotion … Continue reading

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Hey you!… Blatherskite!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: telergy, teludu, telautograph, teknonymy, telestic, teleseme, and chausses. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The professor may … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4640…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity is the god Hapy who appears as a male figure with pendulous breasts and an aquatic plants headdress. He is associated with the inundation of the Nile. (Hapy) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Periodically over the … Continue reading

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A few titchy but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one trying to barge into the middle of the line dancing session – she just loves the music! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 323. I’m sorry I’m late, … Continue reading

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Did he write any good tunes?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s cleverly expanded word is banananas. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I don’t suppose you’ve heard of the 20th c. Russian composer Igor Vsnvonov.’ ‘Er, no, I don’t think so, and you did very well pronouncing it, if you don’t … Continue reading

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Backed with small tin reflectors…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity is the goddess Bat, with her human head, cow’s ears and horns, and body in the shape of necklace counterpoise (I have no idea what that means). Her associations are the celestial … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s slow motion image is that of a pink balloon of water landing and bursting on the bonnet of a grey 1960s Rolls Royce Phantom V… (RR) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Holy seraphim!…’ ‘It’s a mile left-handed business-wise!’ ‘The … Continue reading

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This is not art. No. 14…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: voluptuous violet, ambient amber, bruised brown, lofty lilac, crumbly cream, and lazy lemon. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This is number 14 in my series ‘This is not art’ – are you enjoying these dear reader? I … Continue reading

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Lino Printing for Chumps…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the sound of a balloon bursting. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another one of my lino prints. It’s an early one, done in 2011. I think I have got … Continue reading

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So what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s Raymond Chandler quote is from his 1943 novel The High Window: ‘Sorry, this isn’t a bar, sir. You can buy a bottle at the liquor counter.’ ‘So it is,’ I said. ‘I mean, so it … Continue reading

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One or two smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s financial forecast is for large amounts of money to grow and small amounts to dwindle. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 322. I’m sorry I’m late, but I got off on the wrong foot. A … Continue reading

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The embarrassed bird…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: throbbing, basifixed, batholithic, lozenged, principial, recrudescent, and bouncy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, well, he’s certainly a bit tarnished, and he looks really fed up, but I’m sure he’s trying to put a brave … Continue reading

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But, I don’t know if it’s art or not…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s weather will feature bulbous blue bulges in the continuum, sparrows peering upwards expecting something, bouncing clouds of dank, twigs and branches turning white at their extremities, and a burning orange disc around six o’clock. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4541…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to take it out of its cardboard travelling box, place it on a sturdy low table and carefully unscrew the knurled cap in the centre of the top (do not touch the knurled … Continue reading

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Yes Billy, but what stroke is he using?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: turlough, turndun, turgent, turcopole, turpeth, tush, and bordraging. 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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Drama on the bus, and in the cafe…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s architectural term is Queen-post – One of a pair of upright posts placed symmetrically on a tie-beam (or collar-beam), connecting it with the rafters above. I don’t really know what this means, but I just … Continue reading

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