Monthly Archives: October 2019

Now, speaking of certainty…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected colours are: Shakespeare scarlet, Dickens dun, Wilde white, Poe pink, Gogol grey, Twain turquoise, and Machiavelli mauve. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Now look!’ ‘What?’ ‘That’s all very well, but you can’t say for certain!’ ‘Yes, I … Continue reading

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Enquire Within 1934, Part Two – ‘Take out the gizzard…’

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s vole is the one sitting in the café with a grande cappuccino and a heavily buttered toasted teacake; she is reading this morning’s Financial Times. (Vole) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, this is Part Two. I hope you … Continue reading

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Enquire Within 1934, Part One…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s mistyped word is crinimality. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It has a brownish-red cloth-covered back, front, and spine; it is about an-inch-and-a-quarter (35 mm) thick, and when you pick it up you are surprised how heavy it is – … Continue reading

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No, no, not a landscape…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s stoat is the one in a coat, on a boat, in a moat. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This photograph was taken back in June here in Dulltown. It is a bit drab looking, but using a bit of … Continue reading

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How about some more smudges?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the look and sound of the word myrrh. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, I think I am finally coming to the end of the summer series of charcoal and pencil smudge drawings; I … Continue reading

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Just a few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel, King, Queen, Knave, which I am currently re-reading: Martha threw off her orange peignoir, and as she drew back her elbows to adjust a necklace her angelically lovely … Continue reading

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Could I just interrupt you for a second?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s wedge of cheese is the one with intentional mould on it. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Excuse me…’ ‘Hang on…’ ‘Excuse me!’ ‘Look, I’m nearly at the end of my song – just a couple of strummed chords left… … Continue reading

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Mail art postcard. No. 4611…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s very juicy sounding word is, molybdenum. (M) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s another of my silly mail art postcards – a simple collage on bright card using cuttings from that asinine British TV listings magazine What’s On TV. … Continue reading

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Light and shades…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s giraffe is the one bending over trying to read the daily collection times on the pillar box. (PB) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I can’t remember where she came from – perhaps she was leaning against a dustbin in … Continue reading

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The thwarted piano…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s instruction is to put on a tricorn naval hat, climb up a pair of sturdy stepladders, look to left and then right with you right palm flat and horizontal above your eyes, sing a verse … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s ancient British expletive is Od’s Bodkins! A corruption of ‘God’s body’. In 19th c. ‘flash’ or slang another ‘Bodikin’ was also well-known as a contraction of ‘Bawdy-ken’ or brothel, perhaps making the oath a risqué … Continue reading

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Behind the ear rambling…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s wrinkled old snapshot is the one of me being thrown out of the Bullingdon Club for being too nice, and also for being poor. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The lad, in his late teens or his early twenties, … Continue reading

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Albert, Madge, and the Cox’s apple…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s interesting fish names are: the Australian Prowfish, the Cobbler, the Glowlight Danio, the Cutthroat Eel, the Mola Mola, the Peacock Flounder, and the Zebra Turkeyfish. Which one of these would you not be embarrassed to … Continue reading

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The marvelous painting…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is another from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave, which I am currently re-reading: Piffke was burly, dignified, and smartly dressed. He had blond eyelashes, baby-colored skin, a profile that had prudently stopped … Continue reading

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So, what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Folin Cirth and Rark Muffalo. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 99.9 percent of germs! – great taste, less weight! – succulent, fresh and wonderful! – bladder leak pads were bulky – your dog feels calmer! … Continue reading

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No more sparkling in the footlights…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: soggy, withy, proemial, Hieronymic, scombroid, and grum. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was one of those 50-50 moments… Should I? Shouldn’t I? It’s a good job that I’m not one of those indecisive people … Continue reading

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Stella moves on to custard creams…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me going over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1936. See how I’m cheerily waving out of the top as I head on down! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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How about a few Crush names?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s octopus is the one having fun constantly slithering down, and blocking, the up-escalator in the posh department store. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Are you a writer? Do you write stories or novels? Do you ever find that you … Continue reading

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A few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: abthane, feague, Theopaschite, patibulary, weever, and himation. 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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Ugg and Lugg, and those other people…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s special colours are: fruity brown, delicious yellow, tangy turquoise, succulent beige, salty mauve, spicy blue, and the colour of that stain on the ceiling where the rain came in two years ago. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Ugg… Ugg!…’ … Continue reading

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