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So, what is it that those TV ads want us to do?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: crackly, Barmecidal, sposhy, xiphoid, schizopodal, facinorous, and spongy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Don’t miss out! – bold bright blooms! – multiply your winnings 500 times! – go behind the scenes – lowest ever fibre … Continue reading

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Just a few short but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s aspidistra is the one that does plenty of deep thinking. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> These ‘short items’ pieces have thinned out quite a lot over the last few months of self-isolation, but I have managed to collect just … Continue reading

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A good deal of rubbing with a wet towel…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s longish quotation is another from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark: She fell asleep quite suddenly, as though she had stopped speaking in the middle of sentence, when the electric light was already … Continue reading

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Swabbed over the surface…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity, the one appearing as a mummified man with Atef-crown, holding a crook and flail, is the god Osiris. His associations are: death, afterlife, rebirth, fertility, and agriculture. It looks like he has … Continue reading

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Decalcomania and gossiping…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected fish names are: the Garpike, the Lost River Sucker, The Peppered Corydoras, the Devil Ray, and the Chain Pickerel. Would you dare go into a posh restaurant and ask the waiter if they … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Pad Britt. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, of course, with self-isolation, I’ve not been out cafe-ing for some time now; I do miss it. But here are some snatches from those days which were … 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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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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Come on, let’s look at some recent spam items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s old expletive is ‘I’ll be bumswizzled!’ – in Yorkshire dialect a ‘swizzler’ is an old soak, a drunkard – the ‘bum’ is just an added extra. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, I get a couple of spam items … Continue reading

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And the knuckle will have lost its firmness…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Seter Pellers. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yesterday we visited Britain in the 1950s for the football, and today we shall visit the Britain of the 1930s, the year 1934 to be exact. Yes, another … Continue reading

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Oh, I do like a nice puzzle!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I am currently re-reading: Margot was holding Frau Levandovsky’s fat yellow dachshund in her lap. She pulled up the animal’s soft silky ears … Continue reading

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The effect is unusual and quite pleasing…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I am currently re-reading: It was a sunny evening and a little party of midges were continuously darning the air in one spot. … Continue reading

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So, what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dance is the shimmy. Come on, let’s shimmy around the kitchen for ten minutes as we whistle a good tune! (click) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> To the next level of performance! – a wide range of gifts – … Continue reading

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The fat that swims on the broth…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s wrinkled old Polaroid snapshot is the one of me having a fuming row with Marlon Brando over a card game during the filming of  Mutiny on the Bounty in 1961. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, dear reader, I … Continue reading

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Two shortish items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: ajowan, sporangiole, zufolo, portlast, flaser, and micropegmatite. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning, ready for Professor Mouldie’s avatar Maude, who will … Continue reading

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Some overheard and misheard snatches of cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to lie down on the floor, close your eyes, take long slow deep breaths, calm your mind, fill your imagination with levitating perfect spheres of white light, feel the whole planet rotate under … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise in the dark…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: Austrian amber, Polish pink, Finnish fawn, Venezuelan violet, Madagascan mauve, Romanian russet, Turkish turquoise, and French Polish. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> We are now all in, what seems to be called, ‘UK lockdown’. Every … Continue reading

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Filling the time with lino…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s nice word is the verb to sidle. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Do you get out much these days, Dave?…’ Ha! What a very silly question! But since I’m in the house a lot, these very strange and scary … Continue reading

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So, what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like Mount Vesuvius – it does sit very nicely on one’s desk, and all the messy shavings are collected in the base. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sign up now for twenty … Continue reading

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Great exhaustion attended with irritability…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is, Gudy Jarland. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, what did people living here in the United Kingdom do back in the 1930s when they needed information fast? As there was no internet or Google, everybody … Continue reading

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