Monthly Archives: August 2019

Walking about in public places…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s unusual china teapot is the one shaped like the sound of a cricket ball being struck quite hard to the long on boundary. This teapot though delightful, is not a very good pourer. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, … Continue reading

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One or two short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s weather will feature rumbling puffy grey from the east, raindrops the size of dinosaur eggs, ground-based gusts flirting with the shrubbery, and a sky sandwich of bright orange and lemon towards dusk. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is another taken from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave, which I am currently re-reading: (We are still on the train.) Franz started putting on his raincoat, failed to find the armhole at … Continue reading

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A puzzle photograph, a bit of urban strangeness…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s giraffe is the one causing a scene crouching down trying to get on the morning rush hour train, even though the carriage is obviously already full. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Whoa! What the hell is going on here? … Continue reading

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What? More smudges Dave?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is another one from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave – which I am currently re-reading – it’s great fun! Then the rain began to patter softly against the window: a rillet would … Continue reading

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So Dave, do you live in an appropriate environment?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a bit of spume caught up in the wind on the esplanade on a stormy winter’s day. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you probably know already dear reader, I live … Continue reading

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Well scalded with milk and dipped in monkey soap powder…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s octopus is the one dominating the night club dance floor with her flamboyant style. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Our doorway into the past smells a little bit fusty. This is because it is a battered well-thumbed old hardback … Continue reading

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Mail art postcard. No. 4509…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: ajowan, aitchbone, aguacate, Ahuramazda, agouti, alabamine, and welladay. 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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What a fantastic tone!…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s colours are: ruby pink, ruby red, ruby yellow, ruby black, ruby orange, and ruby doobie. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Snake’ Wigmo propped his guitar, a fairly inexpensive second-hand Epiphone ‘Gold Top’ with P 90 pick-ups on it, against … Continue reading

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How about a spot of decalcomania?…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word golf… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Decalcomania monoprint. 2010. Black acrylic paint on paper with pencil shading. About 16″ x 12″. Well there they are, the little buggers! Nine … Continue reading

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Just a few shortish items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Lela Bugosi and Luce Bree. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 417. I’m sorry I’m late, but I found that I had a screw loose. A single overheard remark: ‘It was … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: tymp, harmattan, creance, isobase, atwain, and quatch-buttock. 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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The bus driver…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is from the Vladimir Nabokov novel King, Queen, Knave (1928), which I am currently re-reading: While looking sideways out of the window she yawned; he (Franz) glimpsed the swell of her tense tongue in … Continue reading

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A premonition – Trump behind bars…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word giddy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When visiting town I often walk past a hotel, a typical modern cheap-looking building, part of a nationwide chain of such drab things. … Continue reading

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Some opening lines for stories never to be written…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Gel Mibson and Smaggie Mith. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was their first house purchase, a modest two bedroom red brick terraced house in a run-down part of town, but Rudolph and Betty Cubbs … Continue reading

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A bit of science in the cafe…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected colours are: Bodmin brown, Vancouver violet, Tallahassee turquoise, Minsk mauve, Bulawayo blue, Osaka orange, and Reykjavik red. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When preparing to drink tea in the cafe I usually take the teabag (green) out … Continue reading

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Mail art postcard. No. 4781…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is from the Vladimir Nabokov novel King, Queen, Knave (1928), which I am currently re-reading: It was warm in the room where around the aged chandelier, with grey little glass pendants like dirty icicles, … Continue reading

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Hullo, hello, good morning, etc…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is from the Vladimir Nabokov novel King, Queen, Knave (1928), which I am currently re-reading. ‘… it was such a silly thing to do.’ Dreyer briefly cast up his eyes to a makeshift heaven … Continue reading

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Oh look, another smudge drawing…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s elephant in the room is the one sitting reading the Financial Times, waving his trunk around, and scowling. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As I have mentioned in a recent post (click) I seem to have drifted into doing … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word rumpled. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘You just logic-ed yourself Sandy!’ ‘The English house lady washing and literally do?’ ‘No, all the others is ugly!’ ‘It was quite easy … Continue reading

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