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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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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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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 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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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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Rambling on about teeth, and masks…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: tenebrae, pemphigus, compursion, roker, bonduc, and elytrum. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie’s avatar first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning – extra marks … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4679…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I am currently re-reading: One day, as she was standing at the corner of the street, a fellow on a red motorcycle, whom … Continue reading

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Gosh, it’s got everything in it!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s financial forecast is for the experts to quickly devise wonderful new schemes for making money out of a pandemic. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, it’s an unusually heavy book, the Wonder World Encyclopedia from 1936. When you reach … Continue reading

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Two shortish items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: ajowan, sporangiole, zufolo, portlast, flaser, and micropegmatite. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning, ready for Professor Mouldie’s avatar Maude, who will … Continue reading

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Football for Surrealists. No. 3…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s very nice word is the verb to traipse. (T) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, it’s that old kids’ book from 1950 again, the one about football with the interesting graphics, Football Parade. Here’s a picture of the colourful … Continue reading

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It’s just a flag in a bin…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s anaconda is the one sneaking about under the tables and between people’s legs in the quiet reading room of the city centre library. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a photograph I took last week: This is the sort … Continue reading

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Ladies knocking out their tungsten filaments…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s blueberry is the one that has rolled under the fridge, but being too far difficult to retrieve, has been abandoned there to moulder. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Two or three weeks ago I showed you the endpapers of … Continue reading

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Dave, whatever happened to that nice Jacket?…

But firs5t… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s octopus is the one posting off his application for a part in a production at The Royal Ballet… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Harris Tweed jackets are very classy, they come from the Outer Hebrides you know. Things made … Continue reading

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Light and shades…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s giraffe is the one bending over trying to read the daily collection times on the pillar box. (PB) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I can’t remember where she came from – perhaps she was leaning against a dustbin in … Continue reading

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No more sparkling in the footlights…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: soggy, withy, proemial, Hieronymic, scombroid, and grum. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was one of those 50-50 moments… Should I? Shouldn’t I? It’s a good job that I’m not one of those indecisive people … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4777…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Balle Herry and Zenee Rellweger. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Friday, Saturday – what a difference a day can make! Yes, yet another of my Mail Art postcards – a simple collage on bright card … Continue reading

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Rambling on about knocking on wood…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully chosen adjectives are: cracking, monticolous, Sisyphean, wauling, intrinsicate, avital, and floppy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A few days ago I was sitting on a metal bench in the Dulltown Interchange with my headphones on. That day the … Continue reading

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Just a few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s elephant in the room is the one flicking through an old hardback copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles, waving her trunk around and snorting with derision. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 420. I’m … Continue reading

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Just a few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s giraffe is the one trying on summer sun hats in Harrods. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 416. I’m sorry I’m late, but I was trying to update my cookies and privacy policy. A single … Continue reading

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Rapidly produced nasty hunch…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s architectural term is Minster – originally the name for any monastic establishment, whether a monastery proper or a house of secular canons. A House of Secular Canons – that sounds to me like the title … Continue reading

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