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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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Rambling and ranting on aesthetics…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Satrick Pwayze. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I overheard someone discussing whether some person they knew had an aesthetic sense or not. Of course, it’s not really one of the physical ‘senses’, is it? I … Continue reading

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Anybody here like geometry?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Stylvester Sallone. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, you see, yesterday my neighbour asked me if I’d like to draw, and then cut out from a large piece of 12 mm board, a couple of … Continue reading

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Fish, striplights, and screens…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s rather nice fish names are: the Bonytongue, the Billfish, the Dragonet, the Mexican Golden Trout, the Silver Dollar, the Northern Lampfish, and the Yellowback Fusilier. If you had the idea of forming a heavy metal … Continue reading

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Lino prints? Well, what else should I do?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s novelty pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the hoot of an owl on a moonless night. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You might think that, calling myself a surrealist artist, I would have plenty of strange and arty … Continue reading

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Rambling on about yesterday’s print…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s architectural term is Parekklesion – in Byzantine architecture, a chapel, either free-standing or attached. I was at one time thinking of having a parekklesion, but being non-believer, it wouldn’t really get used much and it … Continue reading

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Some tiles, with a tilting tower…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s nice fish names are: the Grunt Sculpin, the Longjaw Mudsucker, the Pearl Danio, the Hatchetfish, the Ide, and the Pollyfish. If for some legal reason you had to change your name to that of a … Continue reading

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Is it worth waiting for a bus then?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe. (Europe, only a few days left!): Today’s dictionary words are: magniloquent, wampish, zwanziger, lucarne, delphin, and attemper. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast … Continue reading

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People Referring to Their Timetables…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel, King, Queen, Knave, which I have recently been re-reading: In the dining room they sat facing each other across the table. Dreyer was finishing what remained of the … Continue reading

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So, Dave, what was the exhibition like then?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is another from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel, King, Queen, Knave, which I am currently re-reading. And at every corner, emblem of ineffable happiness, stood a sleek-hosed harlot whose features there was no time to … Continue reading

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A premonition – Trump behind bars…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word giddy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When visiting town I often walk past a hotel, a typical modern cheap-looking building, part of a nationwide chain of such drab things. … Continue reading

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Dave, stop it! It’s just a roof…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected colours are: apple violet, mushroom jade, meringue orange, peach black, blueberry green, cauliflower red, and battleship yellow. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, yesterday afternoon I was sauntering down a nearby main road; for some reason my … Continue reading

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Yorkshire Tea and woodwork talk…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word univalve. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I’m not sure if I have a favourite Dulltown cafe; I generally spread myself out, but not in a quantum way of course, … Continue reading

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Yes, it was a simple matter of a K2 and a K6…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s instruction is to put the collected garden worms into a shallow bowl; take off your shoes and socks and place your feet gently into the worms, taking special care not to squash the ones towards … Continue reading

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Waiting at Huddersfield…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s very nice fish names are: the fathead sculpin, the lined sole, the dottyback, the boga, and the blackchin. If you were invited to a Dress Up as a Fish party, which one of these would … 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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The church gazing up…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected dances are: the Cat Daddy, the Dutty Wine, the Pryvit, the Lezginka, the Lambeth Walk, and the Schottische. Come on Stella – let’s Schottische around in the front garden! Hoy, don’t knock my … Continue reading

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More interesting rubbish…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s bedside items are a bottle of cough mixture and a packet of Wilko Max Strength Cold & Flu Capsules. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What a rubbish photo! Yes, this caught my eye as I walked past an old … Continue reading

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Delete, delete, delete, ha ha ha!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s architectural term is bell capital – a form of capital of which the chief characteristic is a reversed bell between the shaft or necking and the upper moulding. The bell is often enriched with ornate … Continue reading

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Phone box aesthetics and nice mozzarella…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: broccoli burgundy, yammer yellow, gleek green, oubliette orange, baloo brown, menhir mauve, and that special deep shade of ultra violet that only I in the world can see. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yesterday I … Continue reading

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