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The alphabet boys…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one introducing all the guests to the world of phillumeny and forcing them to look at his bulging albums of matchbox labels. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I’m thinking of changing my name.’ … Continue reading

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Philuminy finale…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for dripping lettuce futures to be overcome by the lurching, and evil-smelling, Greek Euro bundle. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Good morning everyone! Do try to settle down… Ms Smetana, is that you behind that newspaper? … Continue reading

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Philuminy and fun…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘cremocarp’ – the characteristic fruit of the Umbelliferae, composed of two one-seeded halves which split apart and dangle from the top of the axis. The ones I have wake me up in … Continue reading

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Philuminy online…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dance is the vigorous stamping dance, the ductia. Come on Veronica, let’s give it a go. Gosh, look at your knickknacks wobbling on your shelf… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another sheet of matchbox labels from my … Continue reading

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Philuminy and bullfighting…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘bolection moulding’ – a moulding used to cover the joints between two members with different surface levels. See if you can spot one whilst you are out and about today. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> My … Continue reading

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Philuminy for all…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to insert the glued wooden pegs into the pre-drilled holes and then go to make a pot of tea and have a cigarette. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> If you are puzzled by this page, you may … Continue reading

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A trip down Philuminy Lane…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s egg is the cracked one. But it is a nice shade of brown… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Good Morning everybody, and what a chilly morning it is! It’s cold enough to freeze the spout off a teapot! I … Continue reading

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Philumania…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s smell is that of bread baking mixed with that coming from two surfaces covered with Evo-Stik impact adhesive waiting to be pressed together. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> All right, all right, settle down class. I know that you’d … Continue reading

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Philuminy, the road to enlightenment…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: dark brown, light brown, beige, and cream. These colours make me crave chocolate. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This is a sheet of matchbox labels from my childhood collection. For a little more information on this subject, … Continue reading

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A walk down Philuminy Lane…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is like a memory foam mattress – snugly clouds with ripples… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> For further information as to what the hell this is all about, please see my earlier post on the subject. Well, it … Continue reading

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Philuminy crazy!

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to pin brown wrapping paper to the floor ready for winter. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yet another sheet of matchbox labels from my childhood collection. (Oh, I’m so glad I didn’t chuck them out!) For a … Continue reading

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Philuminy of the world…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘picotite’ – a dark spinel containing iron, magnesium, and chromium. ‘Bob, have you got any of those dark spinels left?’  ‘No, sorry Dave, they have all gone…’ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, yes… more from … Continue reading

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Philuminy, philuminy!

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is ‘adytum’ – The inner sanctuary of a Greek temple whence oracles were delivered. I notice that they don’t deliver oracles any more, these days you have to go and collect them yourself. … Continue reading

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Philuminy revisited…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s special colours are plummet and catacomb. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, yet another sheet of matchbox labels from my childhood collection. For more information try this earlier blog post on the subject: Well, it looks like I’m a … Continue reading

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Oh, let’s have some more matchboxes…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s marsupial is the rather grumpy looking quoll. Google Image Result for http://www.ozanimals.com/image/albums/australia/Mammal/normal_W-TigerQuoll_SeanMcClean.jpg >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> More matchbox labels from my childhood collection. You could, if you like, also look at this link to my first post on … Continue reading

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More philuminy…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s smell is that of barley sugar with a base note of boiled cabbage. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is yet another sheet of matchbox (and match book) labels from my childhood collection from the early nineteen sixties. For … Continue reading

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Philuminy, philuminy, philuminy…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s nice dance is the bourree. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, another sheet of matchbox labels from the early 1960s. For more information on this childhood obsession of mine have a look at my earlier post on the subject… … Continue reading

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That bearded chap…

Coo!… Just imagine if I had a time machine and I could pop back and meet the fourteen-year-old Dave Whatt, out on the dockland streets of 1960s Hull, picking up exotic matchboxes from all corners of the globe for his … Continue reading

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Label time again…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘Cominform’ – The Communist Information Bureau, 1947-1956. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another sheet of matchbox labels from my childhood collection. For further details, see my blog post on the subject: Well, it looks … Continue reading

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Philuminy can be fun…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘talbot’ a large hunting hound, now extinct. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Philuminy: Here is a small part of my childhood collection of matchbox labels. If you are wondering what this is all about, have a … Continue reading

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