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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov‘s 1937-40 novel Despair: And those pines facing me, with their bark resembling reddish snakeskin drawn on tight, and their green fur which the wind was stroking the wrong way; and … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4697…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1940 short story Solus Rex (originally in Russian): Various objects hung at random on the blueish walls: a clock (it had already tattled about its presence), a medicine cabinet, an … Continue reading

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Connected up in a railway cloakroom…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s doubled up simile is: as nice as two pies. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Wha!… It’s Supernatural Stories No. 75 – and for just two-shillings-and-sixpence, old money. It is also strange, weird, and it promises to be eerie too. … Continue reading

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It’s Avenger Trek again…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s short story Ultimate Thule (1940): “You see,” answered Falter, “in Indochina, at the lottery drawings, the numbers are extracted by a monkey. I happen to be that monkey. Another metaphor: … Continue reading

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Avoid bustle and excessive sympathy…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s joke is the one about the piece of uncooked cod secreted behind the radiator in the Chancellor’s office – oh, how we chortled and rattled our manacles and chains down in the cellar at 11 … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s short story Spring in Fialta (First version in Russian 1931): I had come on the Capparabella express, which, with that reckless gusto peculiar to trains in mountainous country, had done … Continue reading

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Spam, spam, spam, spam, and more spam…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: technical taupe, fumbling fawn, vaulting violet, grimacing green, yucky-yucky yellow, and octogenarian orange. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hm, I seem to be getting a lot more items of crazy-crazy spam turning up in my … Continue reading

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