Monthly Archives: December 2017

Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: autolatry, autolycus, autocephalous, autogamy, autophony, autonym, and whally. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The professor will … Continue reading

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Just one or two short but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one upsetting everyone by squirting water from the fish tank around the place with her trunk. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 356. I’m sorry I’m late, but I … Continue reading

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David is popping up in Dulltown…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s short story Ultima Thule of 1940: One must picture this hotel, tucked up in the feathered armpit of a hill overgrown with mimosa, and the little lane, not fully built … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4599…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s doubled up simile is – as fit as two fleas. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I think I’m in a mail art postcard-ish sort of mood today… The thing is though, could one really describe this as a collage? … Continue reading

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Dirty Doom…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: garrulous grey, mocking mauve, Yuletide yellow, bamboo blue, crenellated crimson, and buttermilk burgundy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was last Friday evening, the sky was beginning to darken; I was walking back from town. As I … Continue reading

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Avoid bustle and excessive sympathy…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s joke is the one about the piece of uncooked cod secreted behind the radiator in the Chancellor’s office – oh, how we chortled and rattled our manacles and chains down in the cellar at 11 … 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 dictionary words are: afrit, conatus, triblet, withershins, opulus, and renverse. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the professor turn … Continue reading

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Crush and the paper A sizes…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: raptor russet, floppy fawn, bellicose blue, gremlin green, snogging sage, and that sort of indefinable pale cream colour of that old piece of skirting board in the bathroom. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oh, it’s a PDF!… … Continue reading

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Festive tat again…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s honoured guests are the Barbara Streisand lookalike twins Frank and Barry Mahong – come on up, and join us on the sofa… Love those dresses, oh, and how you beam!… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you may have … Continue reading

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Shirley ruins a very nice drawing…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the sudden hiss of a snake in the undergrowth… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oh, goody! It’s nearly Christmas annual time! Just a few days to go!… So, how about a … Continue reading

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That rogue onion…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: throbbing, soldatesque, hoity-toity, deckled, zygapophyseal, flannelled, and buzzing. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Do you ever laugh out loud when you are on your own? I don’t mean when you hear or see something amusing … Continue reading

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This is art, surely?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to make scrapey-scrapey noises by sliding your steel ruler across your table top; curl up the toes on your left and right foot alternately in time with your scrapey-scrapey sounds for ten minutes. … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s short story Spring in Fialta (First version in Russian 1931): I had come on the Capparabella express, which, with that reckless gusto peculiar to trains in mountainous country, had done … Continue reading

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A few short but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: creeping crimson, rumpled ruby, voluble violet, guttural green, acrobatic azure, and bobbin brown. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 355. I’m sorry I’m late, but I slipped on some discarded mushy peas. A … Continue reading

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Composition with dancing lass…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s architectural term is – Scalloped capital – A development of the block or cushion capital in which a single lunette on each face is elaborated into one or more truncated cones. My columns used to … Continue reading

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Creativity with capital letters…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s interesting china teapot is the one shaped like the Empire State Building – looks great, but not a very good pourer… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Creativity – what a funny business it is – but it’s not really … Continue reading

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

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity, appearing as a naked woman with atef-crown or bull’s horns and riding a horse, is the goddess Astarte. Her associations are: War and Syrian. (Astarte) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Hello there!… Mugsy, isn’t it?’ ‘OH, … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4625…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: Peshitto, waratah, deglutition, boffin, mystagogue, and ventripotent. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the professor turn … Continue reading

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That’s ridiculous Dave – no, I can’t believe that!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the eerie moan of a foghorn on an invisible distant headland at midnight… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I often sit and play quiet blues on electric guitar whilst watching TV … Continue reading

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This is how you cross the road…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully chosen adjectives are: dyslogistic, pervicacious, slabbery, wowf, morular, and bumpy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I suppose those familiar traffic light controlled pedestrian crossings on roads and at junctions nicely demonstrate, and filter out, the different layers, strata, … Continue reading

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