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Two or three handfuls of juniper berries…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a loud prolonged sigh in the crypt of a large cathedral. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Don’t just stand there!… Come on!… Let’s dive back in time and visit the strange … Continue reading

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Doom outside Boots…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the dark: ‘I want to live with you quite openly,’ she blubbered. ‘In your own home. And to see people…’ ‘Very well,’ he said, rising to … Continue reading

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The undersea marauder began to whirl…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word, word. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, what do you fancy today dear reader? Spacemen and spaceships floating about in the blue void? Gladiator antics? High jinks in a … Continue reading

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Some opening lines for stories never to be written…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s architectural term is Parvis. In France, the term for the open space around a church or cathedral. In England, a term wrongly applied to a room over a church porch. Damn! I’ve been using the … Continue reading

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Football for Surrealists. No. 6…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s suit of armour is the one which is complete except for a missing left sabaton – we have searched the museum high and low for days, but still not found it. What someone would want … Continue reading

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Hey, that lino print’s done!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark: Margot: ‘And you really don’t despise me?’ she asked, smiling through her tears, which was difficult, since there were no tears to smile through. … Continue reading

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This is not art. No. 49…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s cuttlefish is the one just about to make a tentative start on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What a beautiful, delicate, and dynamic piece this is! Every tiny detail, every wisp of paper, every … Continue reading

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Scrap the arrows, keep the stripy floor!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark: He was sure that if Elizabeth had not read the letter, he would be able to explain his absence somehow – he might say … Continue reading

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A good deal of rubbing with a wet towel…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s longish quotation is another from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark: She fell asleep quite suddenly, as though she had stopped speaking in the middle of sentence, when the electric light was already … Continue reading

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Swabbed over the surface…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity, the one appearing as a mummified man with Atef-crown, holding a crook and flail, is the god Osiris. His associations are: death, afterlife, rebirth, fertility, and agriculture. It looks like he has … Continue reading

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Some chevrons and some squelchy grass…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Mette Bidler. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Do you like the catchy, but intriguing title of today’s post? HaveĀ  you been drawn in by it, dear reader? Back in January I was walking over the … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I finished re-reading a month or two ago: She (Margot) shrugged her shoulders, picked up the book, and turned her back to him. … Continue reading

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December: waiting in the bus shelter…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I recently enjoyed re-reading, dark though it was: She crossed her feet and rocked gently as she stood there, her eyes roaming. ‘You … Continue reading

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Dave, what’s that, on your guitar?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark which I re-read a month or two ago. It does contain some laughter, but also plenty of darkness: It was a bright windy day … Continue reading

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The perp always gets it in the end, you know…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s hippopotamus is the one with two full trolleys completely blocking the cookery aisle in the supermarket. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Humans are just funny like that; for some reason they really love stuff dealing with awful crime, and … 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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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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A few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark which I have just finished re-reading; bloody hell, those Russian writers love their miserable endings, don’t they? As she (Margot) was leaving for home … Continue reading

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And the knuckle will have lost its firmness…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Seter Pellers. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yesterday we visited Britain in the 1950s for the football, and today we shall visit the Britain of the 1930s, the year 1934 to be exact. Yes, another … Continue reading

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