Tag Archives: 1954

Screwed down to a suitable wooden base…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: nauseous, interradial, sebiferous, whopping, nook-shotten, exophagous, coracoid, and floppy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> We do like our gadgets, don’t we? We have always liked gadgets. Way back in the 1950s we liked them, even … Continue reading

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Backed with small tin reflectors…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity is the goddess Bat, with her human head, cow’s ears and horns, and body in the shape of necklace counterpoise (I have no idea what that means). Her associations are the celestial … Continue reading

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Noisy but amusing!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s Raymond Chandler quotation is from the novel The High Window (1943): ‘Your powers of observation startle me’ I said. He looked surprised. He almost forgot to fingernail the ash of his cigarette. But not quite. … Continue reading

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This will be a most attractive gift item…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s silly sounding word is ‘oblong’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What’s that fusty smell? Where is it coming from?… Oh, it must be that old junk shop book,┬áThe 1954 Gadgets Annual, lying there on the table. Oh, hang on, … Continue reading

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‘Give the cone a personality…’

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me and Cary Grant drinking mugs of tea on the set of North By Northwest – look, you can just see the back of Alfred … Continue reading

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‘Hammered against their natural curve…’

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to lay it out flat on a level outdoor area, such as a lawn, smear something sticky and sweet around its perimeter to attract the insects, take your clothes off, and skip about … Continue reading

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Poked around in corners…

But first… Dulltown,UK: Today’s hippopotamus is the one wearing yellow Lycra cycling pants. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I was just thinking about that funny clip-on shelf thing I made for my drawing table a couple of weeks ago; I think I mentioned, when … Continue reading

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