Monthly Archives: September 2019

Back to the window of the closed down shop…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s elephant in the room is the one using her trunk to poke and fiddle with the host’s giant Swiss cheese plant. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Some time ago dear reader, I shared with you a strange photograph of … Continue reading

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Avenger-Trek? What’s that?…

But first, Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: bongrace, pelta, setwall, eutropy, zwitterion, and lupulin. 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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A lino print with things in it…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen. Knave, which I am currently re-reading: Dreyer led Franz over a waste of dark carpeting into the shadowy depths of the hall. He flung off in … Continue reading

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Streaked out like a foul nebulous bird of prey…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected colours are: viola violet, cello chocolate, trumpet turquoise, euphonium emerald, timpani tangerine, bugle buttermilk and the colour of those dark marks on my nice fawn jacket made when the oily chain came off … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s instruction is to peel back the membrane just enough to expose the reticule, step to one side and strike the three matches, letting each burn fully down before flicking it nonchalantly into the attached rubber … Continue reading

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The substance that fouls the bottle…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s giraffe is the one arguing with the shop assistant about the inadequate leg lengths in their range of trousers. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, who would have thought back in 1934 that one day in the distant future … Continue reading

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Ah, this Brexit thing clarified…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is yet another from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave, which I am currently re-reading: He gazed out of the window and saw the dark streets gradually acquiring a certain limpidity, then dimming … Continue reading

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Mail art postcard. No. 4636…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s euphemism used as a substitute for the word ‘God’ in an oath or expletive can be chosen from these popular 15th c. to 19th c. ones: Cock, Gog, Cod, Cat, Cud, Od, Ad, Ud and … Continue reading

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Just a few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s elephant in the room is the one flicking through an old hardback copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles, waving her trunk around and snorting with derision. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 420. I’m … Continue reading

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Is that another smudge drawing Dave?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found in the right leg of King Henry VIII’s suit of armour. (click) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Smudge Splash. 2019. Charcoal and pencil on nice paper about 22″ x 15″. Yes, it … 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: Sank Frinatra and Wohn Jayne. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Look over there Mickey!’ ‘At last!… That looks like the long-lost spaceship of Captain Snaith!’ ‘But what the hell is that, looking out of the … Continue reading

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You know, I think that might be Cupid…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is another nice one from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave, which I am currently re-reading: The table was laid for two, and a dark Westphalian ham reposed on a dish, amid a … Continue reading

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How about some TV forensics then?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected colours are: carburettor cream, manifold mauve, radiator russet, alternator azure, sump sienna, and petroleum puce. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Of course, when you flick around the channels, and land on one of these things that’s just … Continue reading

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Brownlow, the professor and the tart…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave, which I am currently re-reading: Once again in her drawing room that fool of a painter, a languid rascal with dirty fingernails, glued his lips … Continue reading

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This is not art. No. 43…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s giraffe is the one attempting to drive a vintage motorbike and sidecar, but having trouble using the foot-operated gears and brakes – look out, stand back, here she comes again!… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oh, my dear reader! … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: antiphon, antimasque, anticous, antichlor, antirachitic, antitragus, and wistiti. 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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Yes, I was feeling quite well, until I…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s dance is the Bygdedans from Norway. Come on Stella! Let’s Bygdedans round the kitchen for a while! Look out, mind that big pan of hot porridge bubbling away on the stove!… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Do you remember … Continue reading

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Ah, those stunning rivulets!…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s lost plectrum is the one which was eventually located in a dusty back corner of the bottom drawer of Marie Antoinette’s escritoire. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a photograph I took back in March – it might seem … Continue reading

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Just a few shortish items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: viameter, opulus, exeat, patible, fastigiate, boggle, and tosher. 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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Ah, some more of those super Crush names…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully chosen adjectives are: livid, gabioned, opsonic, theotechnic, sansculottic, helminthous, and waspish. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, good old Veronica Crush – writer from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League, now living in New York with … Continue reading

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