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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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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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The undersea marauder began to whirl…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word, word. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, what do you fancy today dear reader? Spacemen and spaceships floating about in the blue void? Gladiator antics? High jinks in a … Continue reading

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Some opening lines for stories never to be written…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s architectural term is Parvis. In France, the term for the open space around a church or cathedral. In England, a term wrongly applied to a room over a church porch. Damn! I’ve been using the … Continue reading

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Some cobbled together short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: boxy, Bajocian, varsal, quotidian, lageniform, pterygoid, and woolly. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you might know dear reader, I used to do these ‘short but pithy’ compilations quite regularly, but with the great lockdown … Continue reading

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Hey, that lino print’s done!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark: Margot: ‘And you really don’t despise me?’ she asked, smiling through her tears, which was difficult, since there were no tears to smile through. … Continue reading

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This is not art. No. 49…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s cuttlefish is the one just about to make a tentative start on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What a beautiful, delicate, and dynamic piece this is! Every tiny detail, every wisp of paper, every … 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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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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Scrap the arrows, keep the stripy floor!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark: He was sure that if Elizabeth had not read the letter, he would be able to explain his absence somehow – he might say … 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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Some song lyrics misheard over the cafe hubbub…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I finished re-reading a month or two ago: She (Margot) shrugged her shoulders, picked up the book, and turned her back to him. … Continue reading

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Ludwig and lino…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: Ford fawn, Bentley brown, Toyota turquoise, Maserati mauve, Peugeot pink, Cadillac cream, Volvo violet, and Renault rust. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I am writing this (well actually I was writing this yesterday afternoon, with … Continue reading

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December: waiting in the bus shelter…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I recently enjoyed re-reading, dark though it was: She crossed her feet and rocked gently as she stood there, her eyes roaming. ‘You … Continue reading

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Dave, what’s that, on your guitar?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark which I re-read a month or two ago. It does contain some laughter, but also plenty of darkness: It was a bright windy day … Continue reading

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The perp always gets it in the end, you know…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s hippopotamus is the one with two full trolleys completely blocking the cookery aisle in the supermarket. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Humans are just funny like that; for some reason they really love stuff dealing with awful crime, and … Continue reading

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Yes, that lino print’s done now…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I recently finished re-reading: The darkness inside the taxi slid and swayed as quarters and halves and whole squares of ashen light passed … Continue reading

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What’s this? Avenger-Trek?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to take a slim rat-tail file and enlarge the pre-drilled holes around the edge of the rim until they will accept the clear plastic tubing without chafing. Run a thin bead of silicone … Continue reading

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The stern-faced man boomed!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s lost plectrum is the one eventually found between the thumb and forefinger of the right hand on Michelangelo’s ‘David’. (David) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I wonder how those spacemen are doing, are they still poised with their rayguns … Continue reading

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Lunch and a lino design…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I recently finished re-reading: ‘Forgive me,’ he said, ‘don’t be cross with me, Margo. I can’t live without you. Look here, I’ve thought … Continue reading

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