Author Archives: Dave Whatt

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...

Yes, that lino print’s done now…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I recently finished re-reading: The darkness inside the taxi slid and swayed as quarters and halves and whole squares of ashen light passed … Continue reading

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What’s this? Avenger-Trek?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to take a slim rat-tail file and enlarge the pre-drilled holes around the edge of the rim until they will accept the clear plastic tubing without chafing. Run a thin bead of silicone … Continue reading

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The stern-faced man boomed!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found between the thumb and forefinger of the right hand on Michelangelo’s ‘David’. (David) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I wonder how those spacemen are doing, are they still poised with their rayguns … Continue reading

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So, what’s happened to our months then?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s well-established English expletive is Codswallop! e.g. You, are talking codswallop! There are several ideas on the origin of this word; they involve ‘cod’ meaning scrotum, and ‘wallop’ being a euphemism for Bollocks. But I have … Continue reading

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Lunch and a lino design…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I recently finished re-reading: ‘Forgive me,’ he said, ‘don’t be cross with me, Margo. I can’t live without you. Look here, I’ve thought … Continue reading

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Anybody here like geometry?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Stylvester Sallone. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, you see, yesterday my neighbour asked me if I’d like to draw, and then cut out from a large piece of 12 mm board, a couple of … Continue reading

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Overheard and misheard snatches of conversation from back in the days of caf├ęs…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: buttercup pink, buttercup orange, buttercup black, buttercup brown, buttercup grey, and buttercup ultramarine. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Christa! I seen him too!’ ‘Fresh, or buttered? Har har har har!’ ‘So, it was tree-wise training … Continue reading

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