Tag Archives: The Daily Express Enquire Within

Two or three handfuls of juniper berries…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like a loud prolonged sigh in the crypt of a large cathedral. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Don’t just stand there!… Come on!… Let’s dive back in time and visit the strange … 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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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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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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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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Screwed up into a conical or wedge-like shape…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: frosty fawn, gusty green, overcast orange, raining ruby, muggy mauve, and sleeting sienna. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As I think I  have mentioned before, this book really does smell of cough mixture, the old-fashioned … Continue reading

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This noisy and greasy servant…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s very nice fish names are: the Tommy Ruff, the Tidewater Gobi, the Racoon Butterfly Fish, the Snook, the Smell, and the Zebra Oto. If you were filling in a form and needed to put a … Continue reading

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Indifferent fish and smeared guns, avoid excitement…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me and Hedy Lamarr in a Hollywood bar – you can see she’s becoming angry trying to get me to understand frequency hopping. (HL) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> … Continue reading

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Enquire Within 1934, Part Two – ‘Take out the gizzard…’

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s vole is the one sitting in the café with a grande cappuccino and a heavily buttered toasted teacake; she is reading this morning’s Financial Times. (Vole) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, this is Part Two. I hope you … Continue reading

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Enquire Within 1934, Part One…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s mistyped word is crinimality. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It has a brownish-red cloth-covered back, front, and spine; it is about an-inch-and-a-quarter (35 mm) thick, and when you pick it up you are surprised how heavy it is – … Continue reading

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The substance that fouls the bottle…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s giraffe is the one arguing with the shop assistant about the inadequate leg lengths in their range of trousers. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes, who would have thought back in 1934 that one day in the distant future … Continue reading

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Well scalded with milk and dipped in monkey soap powder…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s octopus is the one dominating the night club dance floor with her flamboyant style. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Our doorway into the past smells a little bit fusty. This is because it is a battered well-thumbed old hardback … Continue reading

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Some ground coffee on a fire shovel previously heated…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: porous, zoetic, zeugmatic, opisthographic, campylotropous, knaggy, and ribald. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Speaking of odd words, I’m in the mood for delving today. Shall we delve together dear reader? Ah, but what shall we … Continue reading

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A box will suffice to keep a man’s head out of water…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me and Albert Einstein sharing a pomegranate in Central Park in 1952. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Is there anything you’d like to look up dear reader? I have … Continue reading

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The feet moist, and the wattles bright red…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity is the one appearing as a woman with a lance, axe, and shield, the goddess Anat. Her association is with war. (Anat) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s about eight-inches by five-and-a-half, and about an inch-and-a-quarter … Continue reading

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Spread over the ham, tongue, &c., with a feather…

But first… Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Nuck Chorris and East Clintwood. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Eh?.. What?… What year is it?… Oh, yes it’s 1934… Well no, but let’s pretend. All we need do is open up that scruffy old … Continue reading

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The wires may be passed through the fire to burn off the flies…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s simple, easily missed typing error is, East Yorkshite. (EY) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Come on! You like period dramas don’t you? Let’s get strapped into my new time machine and go back to visit Britain in the 1930s. … Continue reading

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Sugar of lead with two grains of opium please…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word brackish. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here we go again, visiting that strange world of Britain back in the 1930s. If you had a bit of money back then, … Continue reading

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Finding worms in a natural way…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me, Alfred Hitchcock, and Anthony Perkins drinking tea and eating ginger nuts in the motel reception on the set of Psycho in 1959. Just look … Continue reading

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Getting out of a gig over the back…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s stick of rhubarb is the unusually straight one – I’ve been using it as a ruler to mark out the drawing for my next lino print. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s that book again! ‘What book is that … Continue reading

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