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A few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark which I have just finished re-reading; bloody hell, those Russian writers love their miserable endings, don’t they? As she (Margot) was leaving for home … Continue reading

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Gomez grasped a heavy idol to hurl…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s octopus is the one running out of the art gallery being chased by an angry attendant after touching eight of the paintings simultaneously. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It seems ages, dear reader, since I have shown you something … Continue reading

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Lino lino lino lino linoprint!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Stod Reiger. (RS) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, the thing is finished – and to my surprise, it has ended up looking remarkably similar to the rough preparatory drawings that I showed you a … Continue reading

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It’s the last of those smudges…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a jolly fat chap doing the rumba. Now, where do I insert my pencil? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, over the summer months I fell into the habit of producing … Continue reading

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Now listen here, scumbag!…

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. I’m nearly at the end now; I’m sure, like all good Russian novels, it’s going to end in misery … Continue reading

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The thwarted piano…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s instruction is to put on a tricorn naval hat, climb up a pair of sturdy stepladders, look to left and then right with you right palm flat and horizontal above your eyes, sing a verse … Continue reading

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Look, here’s a photo I took yesterday…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s financial forecast is good. There will be plenty of money for us bankers, right up to the point when the planet kills all the humans off. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, I got on the bus back from … Continue reading

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Just a few shortish items…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: viameter, opulus, exeat, patible, fastigiate, boggle, and tosher. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the professor … Continue reading

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Ah, some more of those super Crush names…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully chosen adjectives are: livid, gabioned, opsonic, theotechnic, sansculottic, helminthous, and waspish. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ah, good old Veronica Crush – writer from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League, now living in New York with … Continue reading

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Some opening lines for stories never to be written…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s wrinkled old Polaroid snapshot is the one of me being lifted upside down by a grinning Arnold Schwarzenegger on the set of The Terminator in 1983. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Professor Schmell’s laboratory was in the attic room … Continue reading

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Stella seems to like my scones…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Spevin Kacey and Hene Gackman. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Landscape No. 61. 1994. Pastel on paper, probably about 24″ x 18″ ‘This one’s a bit on the drab side David…’ ‘Hm… What?… I Did … Continue reading

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It’s alright, it’s just some gnomes sitting on unicorns Dave…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me and Sir Laurence Olivier chatting and having tea and biscuits on the set of Wuthering Heights in 1938. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Is this daft enough for … Continue reading

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Pithy words on a brick…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: incorrigible, delphinoid, monticulate, sudoriferous, transpontine, majuscular, enantiostylous, and rubbery. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hey, here’s a photo! It’s not a very good one though. This picture only existed as a print about eight-by-six inches … Continue reading

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It’s a fluffy old slide…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Dette Bavis and Rim Tobbins. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I was just looking in the ‘My Pictures’ file where I keep all the digital copies of my photos, they are reasonably well organised into … 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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I’m not really sure if this is interesting enough…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is from The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith (1892). Mr Pooter: ‘I advise you to think of earning your living before entangling yourself with a wife whom you will have … Continue reading

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Break glass for full effect…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found at the bottom of a jar of pickled onions. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I was sitting on a train… It is nice when I have a spontaneous idea for an artwork, … Continue reading

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Ah, more of those Crush characters!…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Melen Hirren and Hom Tanks. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> And speaking of people with odd names, I had an email this morning from Veronica Crush, writer from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist … Continue reading

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Telephone, monochrome, telephone…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s cute fish names are: the African glass catfish, the football fish, the lenok, the green swordtail, the halosaur, and the orangespine unicorn fish. Just going by the sound of the name, which of these would … Continue reading

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Picture of part of the trunk of a plane tree…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Wenzel Dashington and Robert Ne Diro. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a black and white photo, it’s actually a digitally scanned 35mm negative, from my days of old-style film and darkroom photography. I think … Continue reading

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