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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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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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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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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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Smiling through the onions…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s made-up word is Tembrit. It does sound plausible, doesn’t it? But Google just asked me if I meant: cembrit, termerit, tembria, or tembit? No, Google, I meant Tembrit – are you sure you can’t find … 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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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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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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Those difficult to hang pictures…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s rather nice fish names are: the Yellow and Black Triplefin, the Surf Sardine, the Roughy, the Spinefoot, and the Tubeshoulder. If you had a dog named after one of these fish, which name would you … 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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What’s in the Surrealist Van this time?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found inside an egg, one of a pack of six bought from a local supermarket. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The phone rang very early yesterday morning. ‘Hello?’ I said, as I leaned … Continue reading

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No, but what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s random dictionary words are: araeostyle, theow, weasand, mizmaze, impocket, and glume. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for tomorrow’s online breakfast link with Professor Mouldie. Warning: the professor will … Continue reading

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Pho-tog-raphy?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s stick of rhubarb, shunned by his bendy comrades, is the perfectly straight one. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I observe that you have an actual camera…’ ‘Eh?’ ‘A camera, an actual one…’ ‘Oh, I see – you mean it’s … 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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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4814…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one that was eventually found under a plump red velvet cushion in Her Majesty the Queen’s state coach. (click) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Quick! Put your shades on, this is a very bright postcard! … 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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Is that a satsuma Dave?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Sham Separd. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What’s it called?… You know, when as some cyclic thing finishes, it automatically starts again, and the whole thing goes on and on – and so on? A … Continue reading

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The effect is unusual and quite pleasing…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I am currently re-reading: It was a sunny evening and a little party of midges were continuously darning the air in one spot. … Continue reading

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So, what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dance is the shimmy. Come on, let’s shimmy around the kitchen for ten minutes as we whistle a good tune! (click) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> To the next level of performance! – a wide range of gifts – … 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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