Monthly Archives: January 2019

Just a few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one busy rearranging and dusting all the ornaments on the mantelpiece and sideboard using her trunk and a feather duster. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 396. I’m sorry … Continue reading

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Dave, do you ever take cheese photographs?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual china teapot is the one shaped like President Trump’s little sneering mouth. Not a very stylish teapot, and it is a very poor pourer. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hey!… Does anyone here like cheese?… Hm, yes, I … Continue reading

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Spatter painting No. 36…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: waratah, knotenschiefer, colibri, menhaden, strongyle, and woodburytype. 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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What’s in Ugg’s handy snake-skin pouch?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s architectural term is Sally-port. A postern gate or passage underground from the inner to outer works of a fortification. I used to have a sally-port, but I had it filled in as soon as I … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s very interesting fish names are: the Devil Ray, the Black Scabbardfish, the Flying Gurnard, the Kokopu, the Yellowtail Horse Mackerel, and the Popeye Catalufa. If I had a cat I think I’d name it after … Continue reading

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Rambling on about ‘Sculpture No. 9’…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word sludge. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sculpture No 9. 2012. Painted hardwood about 14″ high. You see dear reader, the problem with doing black sculptures is that they are … Continue reading

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Sugar of lead with two grains of opium please…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word brackish. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here we go again, visiting that strange world of Britain back in the 1930s. If you had a bit of money back then, … Continue reading

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Things in the surrealist van…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: dusty, prosencephalic, wanwordy, fastigiate, circumambagious, quotidian, and rumbling. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It always makes you jump when the phone rings in the middle of the night. As I opened my eyes and stared … Continue reading

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More interesting rubbish…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s bedside items are a bottle of cough mixture and a packet of Wilko Max Strength Cold & Flu Capsules. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What a rubbish photo! Yes, this caught my eye as I walked past an old … Continue reading

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Just a few small, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: blesbok, lectisternium, sternutation, oubliette, yerk, and penneeck. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The professor will not … Continue reading

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An observation, and something about words…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s special guests are the Rudolph Valentino lookalike twins Betty and Ralph Coip. Come on up and have a chat with us on the sofa! Love your stylish monochrome attire! What’s that? Because you always appeared … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4744…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: Picasso pink, Pontormo purple, Rembrandt russet, Brancusi black, Magritte mauve, Arp azure, and Fuseli fawn. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hm… Well I think this is self-explanatory, don’t you? Ah, yet another of my mail … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word misanthrope. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Before we go to today’s selection perhaps a word or two of explanation might be in order. In the cafe that day I … Continue reading

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This is not art. No. 35…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected fish names are: the Emperor angelfish, the Jewel tetra, the Nibble fish, the Redlip blenny, the Spinefoot, and the Zebra pieco. Great names eh? Just going on the name, which one would you … 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 Orson Welles lookalike twins are Sally and Melinda Bloot. Come on, waddle up, and sit on the sofa and chat with us for a few minutes – I love your padding and convincing beards by … Continue reading

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It’s just a bit waxy, that’s all…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s heraldic term is ‘paper heraldry’ – a derogatory term for accessories, such as crests, designed after heraldry ceased to have a practical function, which could not have been used for their original purpose. Someone once … Continue reading

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Avenger-Trek revisited…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s radish is the one that unexpectedly appeared on my window sill yesterday afternoon. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, what is one to do when there is an episode of the original 1960s Star Trek on one channel, and … Continue reading

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Someone called Stacey, with autumn leaves…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a mushroom cloud formed by the explosion of a medium-sized thermonuclear device. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hm, was it worth taking this photograph? I’m still not sure… It was last … Continue reading

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A few short items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to slit the wrapping with a suitable implement and remove, rub it down with something soft and fluffy, tickle the underparts with a moistened finger end, stand back a couple of paces and … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s nice dances are: the Ballu tundu, the Gankino, the Diablada, the Dougie, and the Jarabe tapatio. Come on, let’s jump about a bit, which one do you fancy?… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Girl, I wanna feed you in … Continue reading

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