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Churchill’s speeches – if metricated?

We hear parts from Churchill's speeches in the radio and TV reporting of VE Day remembrance celebrations. It's good the speeches were made 70 years ago. If made now, their richness would be lost. Should we, as dull men, like the speeches in metric better than the originals? Not really. When … [Read More...]

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Today is National Coconut Cream Pie Day

  Dear DMC, Good News: In all the excitement of the election, it has probably passed you by that today is National Coconut Cream Pie Day. Michael Wilks Winchester, Hampshire ~~~ Thanks Michael. You're right, it escaped our attention until now. Thanks for pointing it out to us. We're … [Read More...]


Architecture of Railings – new Facebook Group

We're posting this on the new group for railings. This is an example place that's too high up, too scary, for us dull men. There may be, however, other members of the group that like to go to places like  this. URL for the group: facebook.com/groups/1427565224215808/ Here's something we posted … [Read More...]

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The ‘other election’ in UK yesterday, also hotly contested — national bird

Yesterday’s election for UK’s political leaders was not the only important election yesterday in the UK. There also was a hotly-contested election of a national bird. UK's bird lovers initially came up with a list of 60 birds. This was narrowed down to a short list of ten. We’re now anxiously … [Read More...]


Interview from Washington DC

There are many dull men in Washington DC. Could this be one of them? Perhaps as dull men tend to be honest, which he seems to be the case here. This wonderful cartoon is by Christopher Weyant and is in The New Yorker … [Read More...]

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Headline news in Australia: source finally discovered for strange radio signals baffling astronomers for 17 years

Astronomers at the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, Australia, had been noticing strange signals coming through the radio telescope since 1998. The signals were identified as perytons. They were observed several times each year. Lightning was thought to be a possible cause. Eventually they … [Read More...]

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Slow TV coming to UK

Dear DMC We watched the glass-blowing last night. It was like a Nordic drama with a jug instead of a perplexing murder. Best wishes Steve ~~~ Slow TV has been popular in Norway in recent years, for example nine hours of knitting: We are pleased that BBC is bringing it to the UK. The … [Read More...]

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Justice in Canada: fine cancelled for 91 year old lady making too much noise in rocking chair

Read more ere: "Quebec senior, 91, can relax again after $148 rocking chair fine cancelled" … [Read More...]

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Today is the start of International Compost Week

May 3-9, 2015 International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is a week of activities, events, and publicity to improve awareness about using organic waste as a resource to produce compost. In the U.K., Master Composters will be out and about answering composting questions and encouraging those … [Read More...]

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High-Wire Wedding – groom obviously not one of us

Read about it here: 'High-wire wedding: UK couple marry suspended 25 metres off the ground' in The Independent. … [Read More...]

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Coming up: Bank Holiday Monday – Stilton Cheese Rolling

May 4, 2015 — Stilton, Cambridgeshire Cheese rolling is an annual event in Stilton. Hundreds of villagers and visitors line the racecourse that begins at The Bell Inn and ends at the bottom of Fen Street and Church Street. Contestants group together in teams of four. Click here to view the … [Read More...]

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‘It’s a girl’ – dullards camping outside hospital to hear this

A dull thing to be doing, camping out at the hospital for over a week? Dull indeed, although probably more exciting than watching paint dry. We'll add it to our list of Safe Excitement. … [Read More...]

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“The Park Bench Statesman” – posting for 2 appreciation societies: PLAQUES and PARK BENCHES

There’s a memorial park bench in Washington DC for “The Park Bench Statesman’, financier Bernard Baruch, long-time friend of Winston Churchill and Presidential Advisor to Franklin Roosevelt. It's in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. Advising on financial and government matters on … [Read More...]

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Breaking tech news: Apple Watches malfunction on tattooed wrists

Not many, if any, of us dull men have tattoos, which is good news if we get an Apple Watch. The latest news is that there problems with Apple Watches on tattooed wrists. Apparently the ink causes the phone's sensors to ask for security codes, misread heart rates, interfere with many of the phone’s … [Read More...]

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My first day without an Apple Watch

  As I had not ordered one, the day Apple Watches arrived, April 24, was a pleasant day for me. This apparently was not the case for those who received their Apple Watches. They have been commenting about their first day: •  "Wow, what a steep learning curve." •  "I found myself incredibly … [Read More...]

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More breaking news from California: water sprinklers malfunction in Sacramento

Dear DMC, And even more exciting development in Sacramento . . . sprinkler related: "Sprinklers At Park in Elk Grove Run After Rain Rolls Throuth" Robert Plank Turlock, California The park superintendent clears thing up: "It's hard to pinpoint exactly what happened because our system is so … [Read More...]


April 29 was 102nd anniversary of zippers

April 29, 1913: Zipper Patented  zipper's teeth making their way through slider — fascinating indeed The Original Zipper Click on these URLs for information about the zipper and its … [Read More...]

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Breaking news from California: new curb ramps installed throughout shopping centre in Turlock

Dear DMC, Here's the latest heart-pumping action news from Turlock: new curb ramps installed in front of the cardboard box store: http://turlockcitynews.com/.../4890-around-turlock-april-3   Robert Plank Turlock, California   … [Read More...]

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The Watch

 Watch how an Apple Watch works by clicking on the photo of it above, a video from USA Today … [Read More...]

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Breaking News from Antarctica: giant iceberg breaks off – coming up soon: “extreme ice melting watching” for dull men

We dull men like to watch ice melt. It's a DMC-approved form of safe excitement. But usually smaller volumes of ice. The 17-mile-long iceberg is now floating out into the Southern Ocean. Should we organise a field trip to go there to watch it melt? What should be call it – "Extreme ice melting … [Read More...]

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Headline of the week from Scotland: sheepdog drives tractor

Ruff time on the M74 when Don, a sheepdog, took charge of a tractor Dear DMC, Not sure I see the problem.  The dog had passed his droving test.Best wishes Steve Resztniak Enfield, London Read more in "Headline of the week: Dog 'drives tractor' on to motorway" in thepoke.co.uk … [Read More...]

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Breaking News: high-end Spam now coming to food trucks

Spam is looking now for a new, higher-brow market. It's introduced new flavors that are listed above. In recent years it Spam has been featured in haste cruise restaurants like LA's Animal (pared with of foie gras) and New York's Danji and Sushi Ko (where Spam Fried Rice was included on a $135 … [Read More...]

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National Organise Your Files Week (USA)

April 20-26, 2015 — third week of April every year The basics Blog entries about this week remind us of the basics of dealing with the onslought of paper — here's a good one, The Cutter Diet Blog: http://www.clutterdietblog.com/2009/04/national-organize-your-files-week-yippee.htm. ACT" — … [Read More...]


Etchings – as dealt with by dull man on date

  A James Thurber cartoon available at The New Yorker Store … [Read More...]


Breaking news from Minnesota: Lindström gets umlauts back – victory for Swedes

It could happen as early as this week, according to John Olinger, a state highway sign official. Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order Wednesday requiring the Minnesota Department of Transportation to reinstate umlauts on roadway signage. Umlauts had been used on city signs in Lindström. … [Read More...]

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