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Tiny and Jock – kidnapped by bandits!…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Honthony Apkins and Hom Tardy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sixty-three years is a long time. Actually this book does look as if it’s sixty-three years old – the edges of the thick, almost cardboardy … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave, which I am currently re-reading, and have nearly finished – I feel it’s not going to end well for Dreyer, Franz, and Martha: At the … Continue reading

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More on that lino print idea…

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 (yes, I am a slow reader): He (Franz) peeped into the room as he passed. Old Enricht, clad only … 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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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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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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