Category Archives: smiling

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 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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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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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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This is not art. No. 49…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s cuttlefish is the one just about to make a tentative start on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What a beautiful, delicate, and dynamic piece this is! Every tiny detail, every wisp of paper, every … Continue reading

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Ludwig and lino…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: Ford fawn, Bentley brown, Toyota turquoise, Maserati mauve, Peugeot pink, Cadillac cream, Volvo violet, and Renault rust. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I am writing this (well actually I was writing this yesterday afternoon, with … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4819…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one turning the furniture upside down trying to find her lost spectacles… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, another mail art postcard, a simple collage on bright card using clippings from that awful … 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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Decalcomania and gossiping…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected fish names are: the Garpike, the Lost River Sucker, The Peppered Corydoras, the Devil Ray, and the Chain Pickerel. Would you dare go into a posh restaurant and ask the waiter if they … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Pad Britt. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, of course, with self-isolation, I’ve not been out cafe-ing for some time now; I do miss it. But here are some snatches from those days which were … Continue reading

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Football for Surrealists. No. 5…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I am currently re-reading: His attire seemed rather foreign; that very blue shirt with a bright blue tie, that dark blue suit with … Continue reading

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Rambling on about teeth, and masks…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: tenebrae, pemphigus, compursion, roker, bonduc, and elytrum. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie’s avatar first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning – extra marks … Continue reading

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The bike turned upside down…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found in the bottom of an old  squashed euphonium case by the refuse bins at the back of the Royal Albert Hall. (click) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Synthetic…’ ‘Pardon?’ ‘Synthetic.’ ‘Well, I … Continue reading

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Well, how about watching Avenger-Trek?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ocelot is the one sitting on the low wall outside the closed café struggling with The Times crossword puzzle. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Channel flicking, channel flicking, channel flicking… Oh, these long days of self-isolation! What about an … Continue reading

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Excuse me, can I interest you in a nice pair of…?

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: foetid, windring, quotidian, facinorous, jugate, ratiocinative, and paunchy. My heavy old dictionary says that one of these words comes from W. Shakespeare, can you guess which one it is? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Generally, … Continue reading

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Just a few smallish items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lovely fish names are: the Black Neon Tetra, the Combtail Gourami, the Butterfly Ray, the Fingerfish, the Emperor Bream, and the Firebar Danio. If you needed to invite an interesting fish to your cocktail party, … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4813…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: wittol, pastourelle, wishtonwish, gantlope, rockaway, and ballow. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie’s Persian cat Jemima first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The … Continue reading

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Smile please!… Click!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is another from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave: Dreyer noisily folded his newspaper as if wrapping a bird in it and said: ‘Let’s go for a walk, eh? What do you say?’ … Continue reading

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Lino prints – what fun!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave: Face after face slipped by, eyes avoided his, and even in plump, motherly housewives he distinguished the skeletons of murder. Thus he walked, spinning his … Continue reading

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Some more of those Crush names…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is another from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave: She (Martha) tried the accursed desk again. It cringed and stood holding its breath at her menacing approach. The drawers began clanking like slaps … Continue reading

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