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Yes, I think it might be another lino print…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Redert Robford. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hm… is this another lino print in the offing?… What does ‘in the offing’ mean? Have I used this idiom correctly? And what is the, or an, ‘offing’ … Continue reading

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Two or three handfuls of juniper berries…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a loud prolonged sigh in the crypt of a large cathedral. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Don’t just stand there!… Come on!… Let’s dive back in time and visit the strange … Continue reading

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Lino, lino, lino – lino mad!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: supernatant, yoldring, horal, epact, lectisternium, and cargoose. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie’s podcast first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The professor will … Continue reading

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How about watching some Avenger-Trek then?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found inside a Victorian beer bottle in the mud on the bank of the River Thames. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, I see that some nicely restored episodes of the original Kirk … Continue reading

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Kid’s stuff in the gallery…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s coiled reptile is the one lying in wait at the back of the kitchen cutlery drawer. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s been going on for decades and decades. The council-run art gallery here in Dulltown have an annual … 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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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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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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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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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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Some more Crush names…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Naul Pewman. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Just as I was noticing how many people in the TV news today had funny – well, unusual names, an old-style airmail envelope, with red, white, and blue … 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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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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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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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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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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