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Without having to stoop at all…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s cuttlefish is the one peering into this morning’s Financial Times, grunting, banging the table, and uttering expletives concerning the Chancellor of the Exchequer. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I have always found it very satisfying and beneficial to my … 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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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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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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Smooth the metal end down to the true shape….

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s interesting fish names are: the Australian Prowfish, the Mahi-mahi, the Halfmoon, the Oldwife,  the Sand Stargazer, and the Vermillion Snapper. If you had to choose one of these fish to stand in as best man … Continue reading

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The base should be made of polished wood…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Crom Tuise and Waomi Natts. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Me, I love having little jobs to do that involve my getting into my little workshop and faffing around with tools and bits of wood … Continue reading

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Albert, Madge, and the Cox’s apple…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s interesting fish names are: the Australian Prowfish, the Cobbler, the Glowlight Danio, the Cutthroat Eel, the Mola Mola, the Peacock Flounder, and the Zebra Turkeyfish. Which one of these would you not be embarrassed to … Continue reading

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A preliminary attempt at an amusing party stunt…

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 – gosh, I do hope you like these snippets, and that I’m not boring you with them dear reader! … Continue reading

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‘A’ lies anywhere on the minor axis…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: cockatrice, orogenesis, spane, lazar, prepollence, and zounds. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The professor will conduct … Continue reading

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A pair of suitable electric contacts…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s novel china teapot is the one shaped like a gust of wind blowing some autumn leaves around a lawn. It does keep the tea nice and warm, but it is not, as one might suspect, … Continue reading

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It’s just a bit waxy, that’s all…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s heraldic term is ‘paper heraldry’ – a derogatory term for accessories, such as crests, designed after heraldry ceased to have a practical function, which could not have been used for their original purpose. Someone once … Continue reading

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Iron will produce a golden cascade…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity, appearing as a bull, is the god Buchis – his main cult centre is Armant and his associations are the manifestations of Ra and Osiris. (Buchis) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> We all love our clever … Continue reading

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An attractive garden fitment…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from the 1976 novel Harry Bleachbaker by N F Simpson: Throughout this period a silent all-night vigil was being kept on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields by representatives from almost all the various … Continue reading

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Tacked around the periphery of the completed plaque…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual china teapot is the one shaped like the continent of Australia – the boiling water is introduced via the Gulf of Carpentaria, and the tea poured out from Cairns, but this design is, in … Continue reading

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‘With a wire brush to promote early release…’

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: brackish black, porcupine pink, acrobatic azure, broom brown, voluptuous violet and ‘orrible orange. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Now, what’s this drab little book with the dark red cloth cover and the cream coloured spine – goodness … Continue reading

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Backed with small tin reflectors…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity is the goddess Bat, with her human head, cow’s ears and horns, and body in the shape of necklace counterpoise (I have no idea what that means). Her associations are the celestial … Continue reading

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Noisy but amusing!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s Raymond Chandler quotation is from the novel The High Window (1943): ‘Your powers of observation startle me’ I said. He looked surprised. He almost forgot to fingernail the ash of his cigarette. But not quite. … Continue reading

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“A quick dip will be almost as effective…”

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one annoying everyone by trumpeting along with music on his headphones. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This is one of the more interesting ones from my collection of cheap old junk shop books; … Continue reading

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‘Give the cone a personality…’

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me and Cary Grant drinking mugs of tea on the set of North By Northwest – look, you can just see the back of Alfred … Continue reading

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A handy shelf for pencils etc…

But first… Dulltown, Europe… Doh! – My hands still want to type ‘Europe’ in here… Let’s try again… Dulltown UK: Today’s colours are: rabid red, yawning yellow, gorgeous green, pork pink, moribund mauve, blithering beige, and orangutan orange. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> About … Continue reading

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