Monthly Archives: April 2020

But what about photography?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s oath from the Victorian underworld is, I wish my bloody eyes may drop out!… (From Bozzimacoo: Origins and Meanings of Oaths & Swear Words by Mary Marshall. 1975) Click. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘What do you think of … Continue reading

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The effect is unusual and quite pleasing…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I am currently re-reading: It was a sunny evening and a little party of midges were continuously darning the air in one spot. … 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 dance is the shimmy. Come on, let’s shimmy around the kitchen for ten minutes as we whistle a good tune! (click) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> To the next level of performance! – a wide range of gifts – … Continue reading

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The lino print with ‘F’s in it…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Tpday’s typing error was made during the typing of the word ‘Today’s’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lino print. 2020. Oil-based ink on thin Japanese Kizuki 4 Monme paper, about A4 in size. I think I might call the collection … Continue reading

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Shopping centre strangeness. Take two…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: booming, Priapean, fashious, tylopod, Zaporogian, monoxylous, and burgeoning. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Do you recall my showing you a photograph of some mannequin heads poking out from under a plastic sheet in a shopping … Continue reading

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A small matter of existence…

But first… Dulltown UK: Today’s confused film star is Gohn Joodman. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I suppose when you decide to go to art school, it might be because you have the idea of becoming, that odd being, an artist. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Some pre-isolation snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Beff Jridges. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Luckily I have a good wad of these ‘overheard and misheard’s ripped-out notebook pages stored up from more carefree days. In the cafés back then, when I couldn’t … Continue reading

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You’re not planning another one, are you Dave?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark – I’ve just realised after all these years what Nabby is getting at with that title – it is a very dark miserable tale, … Continue reading

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Some opening lines for stories never to be written..

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s weather will feature blue globes of crystal hovering over a puff of snowy white, and with tangerine mist gathering at dusk. There is a possibility of one very large raindrop drifting in from the sea … Continue reading

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Chatting about René Magritte…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s novelty pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the howl of a wolf on the night of the full moon. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘You like that artist, Magritte, don’t you?’ ‘Oh yes, I do, very much.’ ‘Well, … Continue reading

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Now wash your hands please…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: badminton blue, croquet cerise, rugby russet, golf grey, billiards black, polo pink, hurling heliotrope, and bruise brown. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It can be a mucky business, lino printing. Really though, you have to … Continue reading

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Just a few skimpy and thinned out items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: calamus, wazir, riparian, nilgal, hoity-toity, and dishabille. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie’s online session first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The professor … Continue reading

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It’s that zigzag one…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I am currently re-reading: She (Elizabeth) was the daughter of a well-known theatrical manager, a willowy, wispy, fair-haired girl with colourless eyes and … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4783…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Holdie Gawn. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s alright, nothing to worry about. It’s only a silly mail art postcard, a simple collage on bright card using clippings from that trashy UK TV listings magazine, … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub (from pre-isolation days)…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s very nice fish names are: the Arrowtooth Eel, the Green Spotted Puffer, the Lenok, the Nurseryfish, and the Graveldiver. If you had a cute puppy that you wanted to name after a fish, which one … Continue reading

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I see that you are starting another one Dave…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found on a marble bench in the ‘Whispering Gallery’ in St Paul’s Cathedral. (WG St P C) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I’m glad that I keep doing them. What else would I … Continue reading

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I think it’s intelligent and residual…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I am currently re-reading: He married her because it happened just so. A trip to the mountains in her company, plus her fat … Continue reading

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The fat that swims on the broth…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s wrinkled old Polaroid snapshot is the one of me having a fuming row with Marlon Brando over a card game during the filming of  Mutiny on the Bounty in 1961. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, dear reader, I … Continue reading

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Stella stands well back…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I have just decided to re-read. This is the opening paragraph, which unfortunately gives away the whole plot: Once upon a time there … Continue reading

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Gosh, it’s got everything in it!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s financial forecast is for the experts to quickly devise wonderful new schemes for making money out of a pandemic. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, it’s an unusually heavy book, the Wonder World Encyclopedia from 1936. When you reach … Continue reading

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