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What kind of van was it?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the dark: ‘If you don’t stop crying,’ said Albinus, ‘I shall begin to cry myself.’ Margo sat up and smiled plaintively. Tears only added to her … Continue reading

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Ah, some more of those Crush names!…

But first… Dulltown. UK: Today’s word is the verb to slink. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The postal worker rang the doorbell yesterday afternoon, the thing was just a bit too thick to go through the letterbox. He handed me a rough cardboard and … Continue reading

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Doom outside Boots…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the dark: ‘I want to live with you quite openly,’ she blubbered. ‘In your own home. And to see people…’ ‘Very well,’ he said, rising to … Continue reading

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Some more Crush names…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s confused film star is Naul Pewman. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Just as I was noticing how many people in the TV news today had funny – well, unusual names, an old-style airmail envelope, with red, white, and blue … Continue reading

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What’s in the Surrealist Van this time?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found inside an egg, one of a pack of six bought from a local supermarket. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The phone rang very early yesterday morning. ‘Hello?’ I said, as I leaned … Continue reading

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Crush character names, free for all…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s weather will feature an all-pervading drabness, with sparse gusts rattling the privet, a leaden cloud the size of the Titanic will visit all parts, and by nightfall a creeping miasma may be detected by all … Continue reading

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Doom in the pedestrianised area…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s giraffe is the one waiting for Amazon to deliver his new lockdown mask, so he can go off to the post office to buy stamps. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you may have gathered from my earlier posts, … 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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Ah, more of those Crush names!…

But first… Dulltown. UK: Today’s lovely fish names are: the Crevice Kelpfish, the Eelpout, the Antenna Codlet, the Flabby Whalefish, the Hamlet, the Bamboo Shark, and the Merluccid Hake. If you needed to have a fish avatar, which of these … Continue reading

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Doom with vegetables…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s Elephant in the room is the one doing the easy crossword puzzle in last week’s copy of What’s On TV. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I nipped into the supermarket in Dulltown city centre yesterday just to grab a … Continue reading

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Mayonaise and toothpaste…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: tennis turquoise, billiards brown, rugby russet, triathlon taupe, cycling cyan, polo purple, and of course golf green. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was just after midnight last night, I was cleaning my teeth in … Continue reading

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Some more of those spare Crush names…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe (Europe, just a few days left!): Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel, King, Queen, Knave, which I re-read a couple of months ago. Dreyer started to dance with one of the pretty sisters, and … Continue reading

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Doom in the gutter…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s English expletives from the time of the Restoration (whenever that was, I was never much good at history) are, Daggers, and, A Pox On It! Me, I like Daggers! – I might try to slip … Continue reading

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Oh look, some more of those Crush names…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s vole is the one trotting through town carrying a very small ukulele case. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What the hell was that clattering noise, coming from the front of the house? Oh, it was just the letterbox in … Continue reading

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Mayonnaise on the long table…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film star is Jommy Lee Tones. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When I wandered into the café late yesterday afternoon (I go there late at this time of the year in the hope of avoiding all those miserable, … Continue reading

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How about some more of those nice Crush names?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s rather fine expletive from the days of Queen Elizabeth 1 is Blood and Thunder! I think we should make a start on bringing it back into use, don’t you? ‘Blood and thunder! Barista! This cappuccino … Continue reading

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Doom and the famous poet…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s old-fashioned American expletive is, No Sir-ee Bob!… ‘Bob’ being an obvious euphemism for ‘God’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yesterday as I was cutting through the Dulltown railway station, now part of the Interchange, I noticed travellers and passers-by … Continue reading

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So, what is in the surrealist van then?…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word muntin. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I was sitting in the café on Monday, attacking a slice of salami pizza, a recent addition to the café’s fare, when a … Continue reading

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Doom goes undercover…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: today’s joke is the one about the British Prime Minister – no, sorry, that’s not right – the British Prime Minister is the joke… (Boris) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I had nipped out to post a postcard the other … Continue reading

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Doom in the early hours…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s octopus is the one in the cafe sipping a grande latte and tapping away on four tablets and two phones at the same time. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, quite late last night (or was it early this … Continue reading

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