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The undersea marauder began to whirl…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word, word. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, what do you fancy today dear reader? Spacemen and spaceships floating about in the blue void? Gladiator antics? High jinks in a … Continue reading

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Football for Surrealists. No. 3…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s very nice word is the verb to traipse. (T) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, it’s that old kids’ book from 1950 again, the one about football with the interesting graphics, Football Parade. Here’s a picture of the colourful … Continue reading

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Football for Surrealists. No 2…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s financial forecast is for the experts to work out how to make lots and lots of money from the climate catastrophe and the end of civilisation. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> A couple of weeks ago I posted something … Continue reading

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No, no, this isn’t surrealism…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe (Europe, only a few days left to go!): Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a porcupine – it does sharpen pencils really well, but is rather difficult to hold in the hand comfortably. … Continue reading

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Can I have a robot like that?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave, which I recently finished re-reading: …she put on a sheer flame-colored dress, very low cut at the back, and deafened by aspirin, trying to dispel … Continue reading

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Tiny and Jock – kidnapped by bandits!…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Honthony Apkins and Hom Tardy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sixty-three years is a long time. Actually this book does look as if it’s sixty-three years old – the edges of the thick, almost cardboardy … Continue reading

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Streaked out like a foul nebulous bird of prey…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected colours are: viola violet, cello chocolate, trumpet turquoise, euphonium emerald, timpani tangerine, bugle buttermilk and the colour of those dark marks on my nice fawn jacket made when the oily chain came off … Continue reading

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Having a brainwave…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for bankers to laugh at Bitcoins, and for poor people to laugh at bankers. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> In the bottom left hand corner of the back cover, I just spotted two chaps walking about … Continue reading

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It’s a menace to the spaceways Pete…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Weese Ritherspoon and Lurt Bancaster. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Imagine we are going back in time, to visit Britain in the 1950s. See… Ah, it’s Christmas morning. Little Billy wakes, rubs the sleep from … 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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“You will each take twenty-five lines!…”

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: mandolin mauve, organ orange, flute fawn, bassoon beige, tambourine turquoise, and of course viola violet. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, another couple of intriguing panels from a page in my tatty and defaced old … 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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Parry launched himself across…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s financial forecast is for bulging wallets to feel reassuringly smooth and warm to the touch, and the people over there, standing in the rain at the bus stop, to appear as amusing pawns in this … Continue reading

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Wish I’d never heard of astronomy!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: naughty navy, buggered beige, optimistic orange, veilleuse violet, porporate purple, pornocracy pink, and that funny lilac that Jim’s car seats went after they’d been exposed to the summer sun for a … Continue reading

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The chap inside there must be crackers…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: corybantic, lecherous, quotidian, theopneust, fiducial, bombycid, and fidgety. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Well, it’s got spaceships and planets on the front and the back covers, but a lot of the stories inside are set … Continue reading

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Workshop hints and a nice haircut…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s food and insult combination is – You Battenberg buffoon! (B) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you may know dear reader, I do tend to buy strange old books from junk shops and charity shops, I always have. There … Continue reading

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1956 – ‘Bossy’ is puzzled…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity, appearing as a child with the full and crescent moons as a headdress, is the god Khonsu. His cult centre is Thebes and (unsurprisingly) his association is the moon. (K) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What … Continue reading

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Don Craig’s face was bright with excitement…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to go about your daily business as normal, but instead of speaking, sing all your conversations and interactions with people as if you were in an opera. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Today dear reader, yet again, … Continue reading

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Sharp axe flies across room in log cabin…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s joke is the one about the Prime Minister and the two greasy fried eggs in the Chancellor’s bowler hat – oh, how we chortled below stairs back at No.10!… (PM) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s Christmas Day 1955… … Continue reading

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An oddly shaped glittering something…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dance is the ‘acro dance’ – come on Stella, let’s give it a try – goodness me! I didn’t know you could do that!… Here, take my hand, let me help you up again… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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