Monthly Archives: March 2019

Marcus gets into a scrape…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s nice fish names are: the eucla cod, the Japanese eel, the neon tetra, the orbicular velvetfish, the hillstream loach, and the pineapplefish. If you were trying to impress someone by slipping one of these fish … Continue reading

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Rambling on about music (possibly ending in a rant)…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: crumpled, Chautauquan, sessile, wanthriven, saxifragaceous, hidalgoish, opsonic, and ribald. Me, I like ‘ribald’ the best! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I expect us humans have always had music. Oh, hang on, are there any cultures … Continue reading

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Just one or two short but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found in a discarded matchbox on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 402. I’m sorry I’m late, but I got carried away burning my … Continue reading

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Such clever camouflage…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s comedy show is the one currently taking place at the British Houses of Parliament. Oh, what fun!… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a photo I took last November – rich and colourful, isn’t it? Isn’t nature marvellous? Words … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s giraffe is the one washing his upstairs windows without a ladder. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘She’s merchandising all around her now…’ ‘Similarly Alice, there were eight simple Y-calls.’ ‘What? She moved to High Wycombe?’ ‘Five days a week … Continue reading

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Spam-a-bit! Spam-a-bit! Bits of fresh spam!…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story, Silver Blaze: (Watson) For a whole day my companion (Holmes) had rambled about the room with his chin upon his chest and his brows knitted, charging and … Continue reading

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Stella grabs some scones…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s interesting china teapot is the one shaped like the sound of the word ‘concomitant’. This teapot is unwieldy and is not a very good pourer. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Landscape No. 8. 1990. Charcoal and pencil on paper … Continue reading

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Mail art postcard. No. 4706…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s rather nice fish names are: the Australian prowfish, the crapple, the green spotted puffer, the noodlefish, the peppered corydoras, and of course the redhorse sucker. If you had to take one of these fish into … Continue reading

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Spread over the ham, tongue, &c., with a feather…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Nuck Chorris and East Clintwood. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Eh?.. What?… What year is it?… Oh, yes it’s 1934… Well no, but let’s pretend. All we need do is open up that scruffy old … Continue reading

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Spatter painting No. 23…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: abomasum, abola, abraxas, aboulia, abiogenesis, abecedarian, and mussitation. 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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Well, dear reader…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: bushy, cormophytic, scutellate, triapsidal, oviferous, brassy, and cryptocrystalline. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, dear readers, comrades, let me start off today’s talk by first thanking you for turning up on this bleak and chilly … Continue reading

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It’s a tree shadow…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s carefully chosen colours are: omelette orange, sausage sienna, egg white, banana beige, pikelet pink, mutton maroon, jelly jade, and the colour of that funny stain that appeared over the weekend on the gnome in the … Continue reading

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Just a few shortish items…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s octopus is the one having an animated political argument with the elephant in the room. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 401. I’m sorry I’m late, but I was honing all my chisels and plane … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s honoured guests are the Jesus Christ lookalike twins, Phil and Betty Mooly – come on up! My, my, how distinguished and serene you look! Love the nicely washed hair and the halos!… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Down, down, … Continue reading

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You may approach the bench…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected colours are: Pig pink, Cow cobalt, Ass azure, Bullock blue, Ferret fawn, and that lovely honey colour a few inches in from the edge of the body on an old sunburst Gibson ES … Continue reading

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Picture of part of the trunk of a plane tree…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Wenzel Dashington and Robert Ne Diro. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a black and white photo, it’s actually a digitally scanned 35mm negative, from my days of old-style film and darkroom photography. I think … Continue reading

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The perps always get it in the end though…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s rather unusual diversion from the norm concerns my use of the words Dulltown, UK at the start of this line. I used to type in Dulltown, Europe there, but when we had the referendum on … Continue reading

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So, how about a lino print?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s octopus is the one lying in bed and simultaneously answering her phone, opening the curtains, stirring a cup of tea, opening a packet of bourbon creams, and adjusting the volume on her bedside radio. It … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise and the mahogany chair…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film stars are: Farrison Hord and Hatharine Kepburn. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was raining hard and diagonal yesterday so I nipped into the Dulltown Art Gallery for shelter and I had a look at the couple … Continue reading

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More free characters from Crush…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: booming, theodicean, inviolable, bryological, kittly, primulaceous, and rocking. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No, really, some people, writers, dramatists, do find it difficult to dish out interesting names to the characters they have created – … Continue reading

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