Category Archives: war

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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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4772…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s octopus is the one in the posh department store trying on brightly coloured Bermuda shorts for the summer season. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, here is a very straightforward mail art postcard, a simple collage on bright card … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4634…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: arithmetic, saussuritic, Typhonian, machicolated, dolabriform, and chubby. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yet another of my mail art postcards, a simple collage on bright card using clippings from that dumbed-down and tawdry UK TV listings … Continue reading

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That really big horse…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Koris Barloff and Princent Vice. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘You know, up to now, I’ve never fancied the name Troy…’ ‘No?’ ‘No.’ ‘You mean as a first name, I suppose?’ ‘Of course, you couldn’t … Continue reading

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The feet moist, and the wattles bright red…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity is the one appearing as a woman with a lance, axe, and shield, the goddess Anat. Her association is with war. (Anat) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s about eight-inches by five-and-a-half, and about an inch-and-a-quarter … Continue reading

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Marcus gets into a scrape…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s nice fish names are: the eucla cod, the Japanese eel, the neon tetra, the orbicular velvetfish, the hillstream loach, and the pineapplefish. If you were trying to impress someone by slipping one of these fish … Continue reading

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Mummy, what’s it all about?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s 17th c. English expletive is Cots my lifekins! (I wonder if lifekins was pronounced life-e-kins?) ‘Cots’ is of course a corruption of ‘God’s, and the ‘kins’ is just a common suffix applied to many expletives … Continue reading

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Hey, look at me swim!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s octopus is the one arguing with his tailor about the hang of the sleeves on the new jacket he’s having made. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hey, let’s have a look at yet another page from that great book … Continue reading

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Distant galaxies, or just bird shit?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: arcanum, araeometer, arbalest, aptote, archegonium, argand, and beslubber. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The professor will … Continue reading

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That’s right Joe! Punch him!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s interesting fish names are: the Bleak, the Bronze Corydoras, the Climbing Perch, the Dottyback, the Elastmobranch, and the Hickory Shad. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> “Take that, you squarehead!” Goodness me, what’s all this? Well, it’s just a nicely … Continue reading

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A good firm one is always preferable…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to run a finger end under the outer seams to free them from the wooden substrate, put a nice toffee in your mouth and suck it, do not chew – you must suck … Continue reading

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Ladies, and gentlemen…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction: is to lay out all of the unpacked parts in a rectilinear grid pattern on a clean carpet, take off your shoes and socks and dance around and between the parts, you must be … Continue reading

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Tacked around the periphery of the completed plaque…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual china teapot is the one shaped like the continent of Australia – the boiling water is introduced via the Gulf of Carpentaria, and the tea poured out from Cairns, but this design is, in … Continue reading

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Shirley ruins a very nice drawing…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the sudden hiss of a snake in the undergrowth… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Oh, goody! It’s nearly Christmas annual time! Just a few days to go!… So, how about a … Continue reading

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Two very good afternoons…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s doubled up simile is, Fresh as two daisies. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This is a post about two afternoons: Last Saturday afternoon was one of them, I spent a couple of hours sitting in my little workshop cutting … Continue reading

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‘With a wire brush to promote early release…’

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: brackish black, porcupine pink, acrobatic azure, broom brown, voluptuous violet and ‘orrible orange. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Now, what’s this drab little book with the dark red cloth cover and the cream coloured spine – goodness … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard No. 4597…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s financial forecast is for banknotes to purr when you stroke them and for loose coins to become warm in the trouser pocket. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘So, Mr World…’ ‘Yes?…’ ‘How was your weekend?’ ‘Well it all went … Continue reading

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One or two titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to put an empty cereal box on your head, wear dark glasses, and Morris dance into the town centre grinning at everyone on the way. (MD) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 328. … Continue reading

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One or two small items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: carnal, execratory, roopy, ventripotent, knurled, semple, and buttery. I think I’ll try to slip ventripotent into my conversation today. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 318. I’m sorry I’m late, but … Continue reading

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The Nissen Hut Cafe…

But firs… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word cringe. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is another picture from my days of old-style, film and darkroom, black and white photography – it is a scan of the … Continue reading

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