Category Archives: dreaming

So, what is it that those TV ads want us to do?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: crackly, Barmecidal, sposhy, xiphoid, schizopodal, facinorous, and spongy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Don’t miss out! – bold bright blooms! – multiply your winnings 500 times! – go behind the scenes – lowest ever fibre … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4772…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s octopus is the one in the posh department store trying on brightly coloured Bermuda shorts for the summer season. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, here is a very straightforward mail art postcard, a simple collage on bright card … 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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Lockdown with the apparitions…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: chechia, parvise, seton, wanty, introit, faldstool, and comburgess. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie’s lockdown-interactive-podcast-on-screen-lecture first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The professor … 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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Ludwig and lino…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: Ford fawn, Bentley brown, Toyota turquoise, Maserati mauve, Peugeot pink, Cadillac cream, Volvo violet, and Renault rust. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I am writing this (well actually I was writing this yesterday afternoon, with … 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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So, what’s happened to our months then?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s well-established English expletive is Codswallop! e.g. You, are talking codswallop! There are several ideas on the origin of this word; they involve ‘cod’ meaning scrotum, and ‘wallop’ being a euphemism for Bollocks. But I have … 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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Lino prints? Well, what else should I do?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s novelty pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the hoot of an owl on a moonless night. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You might think that, calling myself a surrealist artist, I would have plenty of strange and arty … 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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But what about photography?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s oath from the Victorian underworld is, I wish my bloody eyes may drop out!… (From Bozzimacoo: Origins and Meanings of Oaths & Swear Words by Mary Marshall. 1975) Click. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘What do you think of … 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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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4783…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Holdie Gawn. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s alright, nothing to worry about. It’s only a silly mail art postcard, a simple collage on bright card using clippings from that trashy UK TV listings magazine, … 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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Rambling on about yesterday’s print…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s architectural term is Parekklesion – in Byzantine architecture, a chapel, either free-standing or attached. I was at one time thinking of having a parekklesion, but being non-believer, it wouldn’t really get used much and it … 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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