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Just a few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s chance keyboard error is: President Chump. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 366. I’m sorry I’m late, but I found that my results were skewed. A single overheard remark: ‘I’m physically in debt Barry…’ ‘Are … Continue reading

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The lady on the bus…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov‘s novel Despair (1965 version), a sort of ‘murder mystery’: He fed in a businesslike and very disgusting manner. His method of dealing with poached eggs was to give the yolk … Continue reading

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I think I’ll call it ‘A grand view of the river’…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov‘s 1935-1965 novel Despair: The train glided off. Beaming and bawling, Ardalion (drunk) all but tumbled out of the window. Lydia, a lamb in leopard’s clothes, trotted alongside the carriage almost … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov‘s 1937-40 novel Despair: And those pines facing me, with their bark resembling reddish snakeskin drawn on tight, and their green fur which the wind was stroking the wrong way; and … Continue reading

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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s short story Spring in Fialta (First version in Russian 1931): I had come on the Capparabella express, which, with that reckless gusto peculiar to trains in mountainous country, had done … Continue reading

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Hot with both ends missing…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation if from Vladimir Nabokov‘s short story A Russian Beauty (1934): Well, then, in 1919 we have a grown up young lady, with a pale broad face that overdid things in terms of the regularity … Continue reading

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And so justice is served…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov‘s short story The Circle (1936): The pinewood piles cast concertina-shaped reflections that wound and unwound on the water. Gurgling and smacking sounds came from under the rotten planks of the … Continue reading

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