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Junk on the bench, with breakfast…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s 18th century English expletive is By Cob’s Body! A prissy euphemism for By God’s Body! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Cob’s body!… Will I ever stop doing these bloody lino prints! Who knows? One does get into a … 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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Oh no, it’s coming crashing through!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lovely stringed musical instrument is the Pipa: Click here to hear. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, I like to leave a few days between my showing you the preparatory drawing for a lino print and the finished thing … Continue reading

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Another lino idea…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dance is the Baishou Dance. Come on! Let’s Baishou round the garden on the dewy grass – but don’t trip over that carelessly discarded rake!… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I don’t know how these ideas keep popping up, … 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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Rambling and ranting on aesthetics…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Satrick Pwayze. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I overheard someone discussing whether some person they knew had an aesthetic sense or not. Of course, it’s not really one of the physical ‘senses’, is it? I … Continue reading

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Tea stains, barens, and bent spoons…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s delightful fish names are: The Arrowtooth Eel, the Chum Salmon, the Coffinfish, the Forehead Brooder, the Kokopu, and the Dojo Loach. I think that I’d get on quite well with the Chum Salmon, but I’d … Continue reading

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How about a lino print with music?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the Milky Way galaxy, all the shavings go into the super massive black hole in the centre, so that it never needs emptying. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s the lino … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4833…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Tpoday’s typing error is the word Tpoday’s. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A mail art postcard, a simple collage on bright card using clippings from that asinine UK TV listings magazine What’s On TV. Actually only the eyes come from … 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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It’s that one with the stripes…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s random dictionary words are: mease, raccahout, Tylopoda, interfenestration, barilla, and amylum. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie’s podcast first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Something to … 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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Tea and curves…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: gummy, tegumental, paschal, sloomy, hierogrammatic, cadastral, and bouncy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I do keep posting these pictures showing the early stages of ideas for lino prints, don’t I? Do you find them at … Continue reading

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The lino print viewing dilemma…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one that was eventually found between velum leaves 136 and 137 of the Book of Kells. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> About a week ago, dear reader, I showed you a photograph of the front … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4819…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one turning the furniture upside down trying to find her lost spectacles… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, another mail art postcard, a simple collage on bright card using clippings from that awful … 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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Just chatting about a photo…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s suit of armour is the one which is complete, except for a missing left poleyn. (click here) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is a photograph of mine, it’s from last December: ‘What’s this one about Dave?’ ‘About? Oh, … 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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