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Song lyrics misheard over the pre-lockdown cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s rather unpleasant word is rhapsody. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Mummer mummer doe, whoo blue, Themroc.’ ‘I bleeth you, oh my differing soul!’ ‘My dry sky high now!…’ ‘So, I pah pah, I’m hopping my tubes!…’ ‘Dough home neat, … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard pre-lockdown cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: mortar mauve, timber turquoise, concrete cream, plaster puce, rendering red, acrow azure, beam burgundy, and skip scarlet. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I have a cupsee sometimes Don…’ ‘Really poorly, really poorly…’ ‘Bob Wheezeness?’ ‘This … Continue reading

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Some cobbled together short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: boxy, Bajocian, varsal, quotidian, lageniform, pterygoid, and woolly. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you might know dear reader, I used to do these ‘short but pithy’ compilations quite regularly, but with the great lockdown … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub – pre-lockdown…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s weather will feature: armpit moistness, a bright burning thing in the sky, birds being annoying, eggs frying on car roofs, dogs snoozing under dank bushes, and vertical still bedsheets steaming on clotheslines… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I’m all … Continue reading

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Just a few short but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s aspidistra is the one that does plenty of deep thinking. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> These ‘short items’ pieces have thinned out quite a lot over the last few months of self-isolation, but I have managed to collect just … Continue reading

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Some (pre-lockdown) overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: gritty, Wormian, geosynclinal, chlamydate, papular, splenic, and boggy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Na warra mean?…’ ‘You know where I going with that then?’ ‘Michello, you know she brought it out in him!…’ ‘I coined … 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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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Pad Britt. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, of course, with self-isolation, I’ve not been out cafe-ing for some time now; I do miss it. But here are some snatches from those days which were … Continue reading

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Overheard and misheard snatches of conversation from back in the days of cafés…

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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Fish, striplights, and screens…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s rather nice fish names are: the Bonytongue, the Billfish, the Dragonet, the Mexican Golden Trout, the Silver Dollar, the Northern Lampfish, and the Yellowback Fusilier. If you had the idea of forming a heavy metal … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the café hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to sit by an upstairs window of your house and when people walk past, tap on the glass to attract their attention, and then hold up large photographs of your bare elbows. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … 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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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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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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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to lie down on the floor, close your eyes, take long slow deep breaths, calm your mind, fill your imagination with levitating perfect spheres of white light, feel the whole planet rotate under … Continue reading

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The bike turned upside down…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found in the bottom of an old  squashed euphonium case by the refuse bins at the back of the Royal Albert Hall. (click) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Synthetic…’ ‘Pardon?’ ‘Synthetic.’ ‘Well, I … Continue reading

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Some short, but pithy items (the lockdown version)…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: crunchy, ovate, shrieval, tussocky, soboliferous, iracund, and foppish. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Short, but pithy items eh? Well, what with this current self-isolation, and that all the cafés have shut down, my observations of … Continue reading

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Well, how about watching Avenger-Trek?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ocelot is the one sitting on the low wall outside the closed café struggling with The Times crossword puzzle. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Channel flicking, channel flicking, channel flicking… Oh, these long days of self-isolation! What about an … Continue reading

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