Monthly Archives: February 2020

Just a few shortish items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s sailors’ expletive from Victorian times is, Caulk me Dead Lights! Meaning, bung up my eyes! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 438. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to nip out to get some … Continue reading

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Some more of those Crush names…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is another from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave: She (Martha) tried the accursed desk again. It cringed and stood holding its breath at her menacing approach. The drawers began clanking like slaps … Continue reading

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Some opening lines for stories never to be written…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual china teapot is the one shaped like the Starship Enterprise. It is a ridiculously bad pourer. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Day 38: Still stuck in the ice. Crew restless and muttering. Northern Lights this a.m. Chipping ice … Continue reading

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Mummy?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: acajou, windring, zymotechnic, pribble, Lagthing, and provine. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. As the professor is … Continue reading

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Oh no! I seem to have started another lino print…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: Memphis mauve, Akhenaten azure, Isis indigo, Ramesses red, Giza green, Luxor lemon, and of course Nile blue. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oh dear, here we go again!… Look! I told you lino printing was … Continue reading

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Football for Surrealists. No. 3…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s very nice word is the verb to traipse. (T) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, it’s that old kids’ book from 1950 again, the one about football with the interesting graphics, Football Parade. Here’s a picture of the colourful … Continue reading

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A short scene in the cafe…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s weather, will feature early morning tree leaf rustling jets from the west, a bright orange ball in the sky at dawn, all the birds looking puzzled and chirping in unison, and a sense of foreboding … Continue reading

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Some tiles, with a tilting tower…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s nice fish names are: the Grunt Sculpin, the Longjaw Mudsucker, the Pearl Danio, the Hatchetfish, the Ide, and the Pollyfish. If for some legal reason you had to change your name to that of a … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown UK: Today’s show-off acrobat is the one going up the stairs on the bus upside down. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Old tubes, end of my love, spot is clean now!’ ‘I light my walls two by two.’ ‘No girl, I’ll … Continue reading

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Oh yes, that lino print…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s rather unpleasant sounding British place name is Whipsnade. (W) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I recall, few days ago dear reader, showing you a photograph of the top of the little bench in my workshop with a few pencils, … Continue reading

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Just a few small, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: absterge, magister, perradius, Midgard, spondee, urial and etiolate. 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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So, what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave, which I finished re-reading a couple of months ago: It was yet another Sunday. Dreyer and Tom went out for a little walk. All the … Continue reading

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Mail art postcard. No. 4695…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Gel Mibson. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, another of my mail art postcards – a simple collage on bright card using clippings from that awful British TV listings magazine What’s On TV. If I … Continue reading

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Screwed up into a conical or wedge-like shape…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: frosty fawn, gusty green, overcast orange, raining ruby, muggy mauve, and sleeting sienna. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As I think I  have mentioned before, this book really does smell of cough mixture, the old-fashioned … Continue reading

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No, no, Dave, that’s revolting!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the universe, see the little black hole at the side where you put the pencil in. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, what do you think of the title of today’s … Continue reading

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Are those drawings for yet another lino print Dave?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Ceonardo DiLaprio. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I suppose lino printing is like an addiction, well, no not like an addiction, but is one! As soon as you do a run of prints, and they … Continue reading

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I really must cut down on the TV forensics…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s anaconda is the one coiled up around the surprisingly unimpressive statue of Amy Johnson in Dulltown city centre. (click) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Although the scientific cleverness and the puzzle-solving does intrigue and engage my interest a bit, … Continue reading

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Football for Surrealists. No 2…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s financial forecast is for the experts to work out how to make lots and lots of money from the climate catastrophe and the end of civilisation. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A couple of weeks ago I posted something … Continue reading

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So Dave, why do you bother with the drawings?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave, which I finished re-reading a month or two ago: …she (Martha) imagined quite vividly and realistically how he would raise his eyebrows on seeing his … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: wersh, thrasonic, fusiform, mansworn, graptolitic, and buxom. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘It’s the tree of knowledge Barbara.’ ‘We did go round the rostrum, I remember that!’ ‘It’s the wicker!…’ ‘What? Just colours and memories?…’ … Continue reading

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