Category Archives: radio

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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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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Just a few skimpy and thinned out items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: calamus, wazir, riparian, nilgal, hoity-toity, and dishabille. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie’s online session first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The professor … Continue reading

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I see that you are starting another one Dave…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found on a marble bench in the ‘Whispering Gallery’ in St Paul’s Cathedral. (WG St P C) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I’m glad that I keep doing them. What else would I … Continue reading

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A few short but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s quotation is from the science book, Life On the Edge, by Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden, which I am currently reading. It is about the surprising role of quantum effects in the workings of biology: … Continue reading

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A few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s elephant in the room is the one drinking cappuccino out of a bucket using her trunk. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 427. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to scrape a Banksy off … Continue reading

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One or two short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s radish is the spiteful one… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 414. I’m sorry I’m late, but I was trying to set the EQ on my music to ‘pop’. A single overheard remark: ‘He put … Continue reading

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Just some short but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one going round annoying everyone trying to sell them insurance. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 341. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had jackdaws on my finials. A … Continue reading

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Poor tired old BBC…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is the verb ‘to marshal’ – to combine two or more coats of arms onto one shield. (Marshal) I tried a bit of marshalling once, but afterwards people said that my shield looked … Continue reading

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Enquire Within (4) – Hartshorn shavings and concentrated gallnuts…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the word ‘nevertheless’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘The year is 1934…’ No it isn’t, it’s 2015!… TV and radio documentaries always start off like that. They are desperate to draw you in in … Continue reading

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The play’s the thing… (Hamlet. Act 2, scene 2)

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: crinal, grattoir, misfeign, switchel, inclip, and digamma. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Please note, the … Continue reading

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A few short items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: alcaide, alerce, alegge, alerion, alegar, and bummock. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Extra marks will … Continue reading

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His Ebenezer was surprisingly wooden…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s sound is that of a large anvil falling onto a drum kit from a great height – I particularly like the lingering sound of the dented cymbals rolling across the floor after the main impact. … Continue reading

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Some titchy, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: mauve, mauve, mauve, mauve, cherry red, mauve, mauve, and mauve. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 239. I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to bury a twin-necked electric guitar that someone gave … Continue reading

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Lino, ink, and waffle…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s piece of cheese is that rather smug wedge¬†of Stilton. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Another of my untitled lino prints from 2011. This one is on A4 size paper. I suppose that is all there is to say about … Continue reading

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Some short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: lituus, dittology, phyllome, xenomania, and aasvogel. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences for Professor Mouldie first thing in the morning. Marks will be awarded for properly … Continue reading

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Some smallish titbits…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s selected adjectives are: bumpy, elasticated, fluviatile, odoriferous, and chipper. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 199. I’m sorry I’m late, but I mislaid my moustache comb. ‘Oh, you boring bastard! You boring bastard!…’ ‘Oh Dave, … Continue reading

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Writing of dreaming of writing…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the word ‘quandary’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So off to bed, put on reading glasses, and pick up bedside book – ‘The New Science of Strong Materials’ by J. E. Gordon. (T.N.S.O.S.M) – … Continue reading

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Is this a good dream or a bad one?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for toxic assets stored next to overheated utilities to pop their corks and contaminate nearby free floating equities. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> An early night I think – is this a virus, or is it … Continue reading

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