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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...

Mail Art Postcard. No. 4827…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: corpulent, alimental, matutinal, thrummy, octennial, dyslogistic, and blithering.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, it’s yet another of my mail art postcards – a simple collage on bright card using clippings from that awful and dumbed-down UK … Continue reading

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Kneading and squeezing for jazz-coloured materials…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s architectural term is Cymatium – the top member of a cornice in a classical entablature. Click here.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s that fusty old book again!In Britain in the 1930s this was the book to have. The Daily Express … Continue reading

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It’s probably a bit too cute Dave…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s rather nice fish names are: the False Brotula, the Kahawai, the Noodlefish, the Horsefish, the Modoc Sucker, and the Slender Mola. If you were visiting an aquarium with someone you wanted to impress, and you pointed … 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 Flann O’Brien’s strange 1930s novel The Third Policeman:‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.His expression when I encountered it was unexpectedly reassuring. His face was gross and far from beautiful but he had … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard café conversation…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: Florence fawn, Berlin black, Rome russet, Ottawa orange, Tegucigalpa tan, Minsk mauve, Bulawayo blue, Rochdale red, and Kalamazoo khaki.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Pre-virus, when visiting local cafés, almost every day, I used to think up … Continue reading

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Some opening lines for stories never to be written…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s suit of medieval armour is the one which is complete, except for a missing gorget. (Click here.)>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bernhardt Klum sighed, scratched his head, rolled his sleeves up, opened the window, picked up the heavy microscope and … Continue reading

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It’s time for linoleum!…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: sodden, Mandaean, exponible, protreptic, circumforaneous, banausic, and sluggish.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Linoleum!… Linoleum!…Sounds like the start of the national anthem of that small European country, the Kingdom of Linolea.No, no, dear reader, it’s just my … Continue reading

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Plenty of water and leaves…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual china teapot is the one shaped like the head of Donald Trump – this teapot is not an easy pourer.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Last September I arranged to see a friend of mine, whom I hadn’t seen for … Continue reading

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No, please don’t say that, it gives me the creeps…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s very silly-sounding word is vestibule. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I think it’s an idiom. I like idioms. I suppose it will be idiomatic then. Maybe, technically, grammatically, it’s a not an idiom at all? What do I know … Continue reading

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What was that he just said?…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s rather nice fish names are: the Zebra Tilapia, the Tube-Snout, the Seamoth, the Port Jackson Shark, the Jellynose Fish, and Owen’s Pupfish. If you had to have one of these fish as a charge on your … Continue reading

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It’s just an old Rank Strand 123 Fresnel…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Flann O’Brien’s very strange 1930s novel The Third Policeman:As there was no side that I could see I thought the house must be triangular with its apex pointing towards me, but when I … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4720…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a moment of piety when visiting an ancient cathedral.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Would you like to see another of my Mail Art Postcards, dear reader?I’ve been doing these things for years … Continue reading

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Just a few short, but pithy items…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: yclept, itacism, shrieval, dux, citole, and toponymy. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences, ready for Professor Mouldie’s Zoom session first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the professor … Continue reading

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Yes, it was like a furry flash!…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully chosen colours are: Shakespeare scarlet, Tolstoy turquoise, Gogol grey, Proust purple, Kafka khaki, Greene green, Poe pink, and Melville mauve.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s made from that old-style cardboard that is quite a bit thicker than modern stuff, … Continue reading

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Some misheard snatches of classical singing on the radio…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected fish names are: the Atlantic Bonito, the Dhufish, the Golden Dojo, the Dottyback, the Hickory Shad, and the Longjaw Mud-Sucker.Which of these fish would you not like to phone you up in the middle … Continue reading

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That lino print…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: grasping, unicameral, Priapic, flanched, klephtic, calcarate, and bushy.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, when a couple of days ago, I was blathering on, trying desperately to fill space, talking about my design for a lino print, … Continue reading

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This is the final Avenger-Trek then?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Flann O’Brien’s 1930s novel The Third Policeman: About a hundred yards away on the left-hand side was a house which astonished me. It looked as if it were painted like an advertisement … Continue reading

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Mice and Doom…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s little-used and very silly sounding word is prebend.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I had a 2 am phone call from a drunken man last night.The drunken man turned out to be Simon Doom, poet from the glory days of the … Continue reading

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Spam: common areas for matting…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually discovered amongst the debris in the bottom of the rabbit hutch.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Funny stuff is spam, not the meaty stuff you get in those tins, (I don’t think I have ever … Continue reading

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Dave, I’ll bet that sketch is for another lino print!…

But first…Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: rubbery, arcuated, lappeted, myrmecoid, santalaceous, objurgative, and bouncy.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Dear reader, are you ready for the familiar ‘build up’ to another lino print? Or are you fed up with this sort of thing, … Continue reading

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