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Gosh, a glimpse into the world of the artist…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: faun fawn, orangutan orange, brachiopod brown, vibrato violet, piffle pink, mastiff mauve, and that funny yellow that Billy has painted his back fence. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You’ll see that I have called today’s … Continue reading

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Just one or two short but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one upsetting everyone by squirting water from the fish tank around the place with her trunk. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 356. I’m sorry I’m late, but I … Continue reading

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Some more titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s Victorian expletive and insult is ‘dirty bunter!’ From Pierce Egan’s Life in London (1821) via Bozzimacoo: Origins and Meanings of Oaths and Swearwords (1975) by Mary Marshall. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 250. I’m … Continue reading

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Veronica on Aphrodite…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘crithomancy’ – divination by the meal, barley, &c. strewed over the victims of sacrifice. Apparently bankers and stock traders use this method quite often to see which way the markets are going. … Continue reading

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A festive shot…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘tichorrhine’ – having an ossified nasal septum – as the fossil woolly rhinoceros. (They often thunder past my window at night doing their loud annoying snorts.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is a picture I … Continue reading

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