Sunday, 1 February 2015

Red

Kathleen Byron's infamous lipstick scene in Black Narcissus 

I have never liked the colour red. I am a yellow or a green person. At a push I will wear blue, brown and anything mucky but as for red , that's a colour that more suits women, young children and the mentally ill.
A decade or so ago , I wrote an academic assignment entitled " The use of the colour Red in five selected feature films" 
I thought it was a pretty profound discussion which covered sex, death,and everything in between, though I did mention Judy Garland's slippers in The Wizard Of Oz, a fact that did receive a  curt green penned comment from my very camp lecturer  which read " They were , in fact RUBY!!!!! Not red"

The killer midget in  Don't Look Now
The ghetto Jewish child in Schindler's List
The Red Shoes
1976 Carrie


I was reminded of this magnificent work of academia today when I was surveying the bleak dirty green brown wreck of the back garden. For, flashing through the drab graveyard, I caught a flash of deep and vibrant red darting between the tombstones .
Was it a Venetian killer midget that I spied?
Or a blood soaked University student?
Hummm...not at all...Just Auntie Glad in her cinematic vibrant woolly coat, who was late for church
Glad centre

Does anyone have any hated colours? And why?

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  1. Pink - and the assumption that being of the female half of society that I automatically veer towards that hateful colour.

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  2. I hate the colour scheme of Sainsbury, which is why I never use it unless I have to. All that orange, I mean, really.

    I really fancied Sister Ruth and I was used to mad women anyway. Conversely, I have never fancied Mia Farrow. I thought you ought to know that. I think you have spoilt it for everyone by showing the killer midget.

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    1. What about charlotte Rampling wasn't she a nutter too?
      As for Sainsbury's Orange...... I detest it too

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    2. But the uniforms are burgundy!!! Lovely colour! I don't 'do' green.

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    3. To hell with Rampling - too busy getting her tits out at the drop of a hat.

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    4. Nothing wrong with that,

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    5. Who said anything about church?

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  3. beige....hate it hate it hate it

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  4. I wouldn't wear green for years after having had to wear a green blaiser to school and green gym knickers !

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    1. You must have have looked lie a pea pod

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  5. neutral colours (brown, beige, white, gray), orange, yellow. my skin tone does not support these; I always look like death.

    now reds/pinks/purples, blues, greens - they make me sing!

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  6. Yellows and oranges - but I am coming round to them in the last few years.

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  7. I'm not a fan of blue and I too loathe the assumption that as a female I will love anything pink. I'm an ageing Goth for gawds sake so I only wear black but I give in to purple or scarlet hair

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    1. Pink seems to be the most loathed colour by consensus

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  8. Not a fan of red at all as I had a grandmother who bought red for me always! I'm not fond of yellow either. I prefer gray, lavender, and black. Auntie Glad looks lovely in her red though!

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  9. Red is my favourite colour. I don't like beige.

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    1. Now why didn't that surprise me

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  10. Anything too stripey or too floral, that will not do to have either on or around me, but otherwise like any colour provides it harmoniously tones in with its neighbour. But red is my fav, so well done Aunty Glad, bless her.

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    1. I don't do stories...not with my hips

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  11. Lime green

    Hate it

    Even on limes

    Oh... are you ever going to show us your lime green "pants" (ie trousers), or was it pea green? (almost as bad, even on peas)

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    1. My pants were and are pea green
      They look magnificent

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  12. Maroon. Which, as well as being a horrible colour, is an odd word, if you say it over and over....maroon....maroooon...

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    1. Thank you for that Miranda

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  13. Oranges and yellows....I'm prepared to tolerate pale primroses at this time of year...but that's about it.

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  14. There is one particular shade of bland, beige-apricot that saps all my strength.

    Not only does Auntie Glad sport a vibrant red coat, she has the daring to pair it with a red skirt!

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    1. She leads the fashion stakes in trelawynd

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  15. I really can't stand pink John ……. I like that dirty rose colour but pink is vile !!! { although, I love pale pink flowers in the garden } I'm with TravellingNinjas …. I'm an ageing goth too !!!! XXXX

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  16. I love all colours, I have to have access to all manner of everything in my wardrobe, oh and with sparkles, big gaudy sparkles, I never mastered 'subtle' - ps I'm so glad you are feeling better! x

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    1. You sound like Timmy mallet

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  17. Any shade of beige/muffin....whatever the heck decorating departments label these abominations with. Way too seventies detective for a sane persons taste. Red, now THAT is a colour, and where would the films you mention be without it? Red lipstick...hmm...I love it, so does Amanda...but try and get her to where it. I do try though :-(

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    1. Muffin?
      Is that a colour?

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  18. another gal against pink...only looks good on flowers...even then only the paler shades...love Aunt Glad's outfit...all she needs is a purple scarf

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  19. I detest beige. Too many women wear it as we age and it makes them look like the effin' Little Brown Wren.

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  20. Beige. Me too. I've always said that life is too short for beige.
    And let me tell you a secret of the universe: a woman cannot have a bad time in a pair of red shoes.

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  21. Not over fond of yellow but, do love to see yellow flowers.
    I'm rather fond of amethysts/heathery/purply colours and greens.
    I have been known to wear red, it looked good when I had red/auburn hair. Wear a lot of blue and black too.
    Seeing the Venetian killer midget, took me back to the '70s when I saw 'Don't look back' at the cinema, creepy!

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  22. I meant 'Don't look now'. !

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    1. I've never trusted midgets in red ever since 1973

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  23. Hmmm, I like red but rarely wear it myself. Although, when I do wear red I always receive favorable comments. Navy blue is my preference. Yellow works well with me and I just purchased a lime green crew neck sweater while I was in Los Angeles (name dropper that I am) which I have grown very fond of. In fact, thinking about it, I like all colors, ever black. And pink. What am I saying? (smile)

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    1. It's something I never worry about mixing and matching clothes...being colour blind helps

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    2. Being colour blind John - does that mean that you see red as green and green as red?

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    3. Well I get shades of green and brown mixed up

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  24. Ever since becoming aware of colours as an infant, I've always had an aversion to any shade of red - except for in flowers. I noticed early in life that if I wore reds, usually in a sweater, sometimes a shirt, it wasn't long before something untoward would happen or a mishap occur. Last time I tried it was about 8 years ago with a maroon sweatshirt I chanced to buy 'cos that was the only available colour in my size. I went out wearing it, and got back home to find that £100 had dropped out of my wallet, I having just been to the bank and then done some shopping. Never worn that sweatshirt again since.

    My fave colours: all greens, plus many blues and browns.

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    1. We're you ever knocked over by a bull Ray?

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    2. Not even been knocked out by a 'Red Bull', J.G. (Ha ha!)

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  25. My personal view clothing wise has always been any colour so long as it is black, but recently I have decided to break out in my old age and bought a vibrant red coat which I love (sorry).
    The colour I rarely, if ever, wear is green - not sure why.

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    1. Apparently it's unlucky
      Mind you.....leprechauns are not unlucky little characters

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    2. It is considered unlucky by the older generation. My sister got married in green and my mother nearly disowned her....
      Years ago, a fortune teller told me I'd die horribly in a green car - cheerful little soul he was. Friends and family tie themselves in knots over NOT buying green cars - it's not that they're worried about *me*, they just don't want to be in the green car *with* me when it happens....lol

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  26. Metallic colours on anything but metal set my teeth on edge. Some people watched too many repeats of Goldfinger. Same with animal prints and overblown florals...

    As for colours; Peach, except actually on a peach. It's such an insipid, enervating shade. And chartreuse! I might not want to wear some of the other colours, but they don't make me cringe when I see them either. Usually. Unless it's in a 'mutton dressed as lamb' kinda way.

    Auntie Glad looks brilliant in her red coat and skirt!

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  27. In the book dorothy's slippers were silver.

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    1. Well you could blow me down with a feather

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    2. This was the first thing I thought of, too, when I read the post. The only reason they changed them to ruby for the movie was that it showed better in Technicolor.

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  28. Red is my favourite colour too. I don't like brown UPVC doors and windows!

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    1. Me neither...very common

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  29. Aunt glad, just seeing her as vibrant as ever is a tonic to the heart, go girl

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  30. Will all the data collected yield another profound treatise?

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    1. I doubt it Joanne , just idle curiosity .........I know I'm boring

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    2. OK, then I'll add on--like most any color of green, purple and red. Just didn't want to skew your data. :-)

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  31. My wife wears red all the time so no chance of me hating it! I do love green and only wear what my wife calls boring colours, grey, black & green.

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    1. A man after my own heart

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  32. I love blue, teal, green. Dislike beige, grey and pastel colours, I'm very pale and they make me look even paler.
    Twiggy

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  33. There were two colours in the eighties that I wore a lot (because I wear my clothes until they're falling apart) and consequently do not care for ever since - heather green and hot dark pink. I do however like other shades of green and pink, so I think it's just related to having to wear those ones over and over! And love anything dark blue - the colour of the sky in the evening just before it goes black.

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  34. While I don't wear red, it is because not too many men can get away with it. Brown is a colour I don't like and I don't know why but I haven't worn anything brown most of my adult life.

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  35. I Love all the colors !
    Adore white, sky blue and lime green, the colors of Tucson the city I grew up in.
    I wear red, but only when I feel great it is a power color. I wore it for meetings. But I did have a red coat that I wore in winter. Best color for a coat.
    I wear black often but it is to show off some jewelry pieces.

    cheers, parsnip

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  36. I like blue but I hate its association with The Conservative Party.

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    1. In a similar vein the cross of at Georgevis not seen on clothes fro similar reasons I suspect

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  37. I wear lipstick by Mac called Ruby Woo. Its a true red. Love it.

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    1. it compliments my skin tone and it makes your teeth look extra white! lol

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  38. I hate pink, my 2 year old granddaughter loves pink, especially pink princess dresses aarrrggghhh As an old feminist it drives me to despair.

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  39. Are we talking clothing? Yellow looks terrible on me, and I avoid white, especially trousers (as you call them). I am nearly as attractive to muck as you are.

    If we're not talking clothing, I think just about any color has its place in the world. Even vibrant neons work ok in the office-supply stores.

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    1. Jenny how most of it have personalized it to what we wear?

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  40. It has taken me 45 years to get over my dislike of green shirts, my middle brother had a green and white striped shirt that he loved, and wore endlessly when I was a child, I grew to hate that shirt and anything like it. Green is a good color for me, but I have to force myself to wear it.

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    1. Funny how this banal subject has a hold of all of us in someway

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  41. Red is my favourite colour, but after seeing some of those photos I have gone off the colour red......

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    1. Hey gill , nice to see you long time no hear x

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  42. Another ageing feminist here, so pink is the colour I loath. Some shades - eg Barbie pink - can actually set my teeth on edge. I once accidentally saw a photo of Barbara Cartland in all her pink glory. It took me days to recover. :D

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    1. I think it was a pancake white make up and false eyelashes that tipped you over the edge

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    2. And don't forget the blue eyeshadow!

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  43. Like Delores I am not a fan of beige. Or gentle mud as my mother described it.

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  44. i've spent my life in navy blue uniforms so i avoid that, not a fan of orange.
    i have no idea why purple is *the* colour for eccentric old ladies but i do love purple and they tell me i am eccentric

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  45. I like green and blue because to me they are the color of life. But as I age, red is my fav color. In fact when I bought a new car a few months back, I picked red. Red is energy and spirit (and maybe a little crazy too....)

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  46. I don't know there is a color I don't like...used to not be a big fan of blue I suppose, but that's the color I chose for the master bedroom color scheme at the farm, go figure. Love it now. In the late 80's, my first apartment was decorated in white, black, red and gray. Very modern. Now probably very 80's, LOL!

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  47. No, there is no unfavorite color. The biggest reason is that I seem to lack aesthetic sensibility. For example, plaid is my favorite color, but I do have the sense not to wear it with stripes. I had to learn that.

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  48. What's black,white and red all over? A Nun falling downstairs. Sorry to any Nuns who read this blog. Have a good week. x

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    1. If a nun regularly reads this blog , I would be more chuffed than if I was locked inside a scotch egg factory

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  49. My dining room is red. I do like the colour for its warmth in a cold climate. Orange irritates me.
    XO
    WWW

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  50. Red looks good on the Cola truck and Santa. I'm with others, pink is my anti-colour.

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  51. I am told that red IS my colour. I will wear it occasionally and feel good in it.
    Now, as for yellow, having some middle eastern blood in my ancestry way back, makes me look like I am jaundiced! Just doesn't work!

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  52. Orange....eeeeekkkkkkkk!

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  53. Red has always been my favourite colour since a small child. I loathe olive green.

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  54. Black seems to be worn by both women and men as a uniform here in California. It looks very somber, boring and too safe.

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  55. John I too do not wear red and don't like . However some people look stunning in red . I cannot wear burgundy or maroon after years of wearing those colours for school . I do love greens, blues , purples , pink. I never wear beige either . Or donkey! ( a wonderful name for a neutral colour ). Xx

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  56. I don't care much for green, unless it's paper and can be spent. I like red. It's cheerful.

    Love,
    Janie

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  57. I really don't like blue, I can't wear yellow as it makes me look ill, red makes me feel ill and camel makes me want to vomit!!. I adore orange, and any shade of green, and I like pinks but not hot pinks.

    Jo in Auckland, New Zealand

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  58. ORANGE, ORANGE, ORANGE......

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  59. Pink without a doubt closely followed by any pastel colour. Magenta on the other hand is gorgeous. As is red!

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  60. Sotheby's said its best selling paintings are red.

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  61. I think each colour has its place and like nearly all of them. As for colours that look good on me, pinks, reds, burgundys, dark peach, cooler blues, greys, and black look best on me. Yellows and oranges don't, although I like them.

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  62. I love green and don't really dislike any colour as long as it appears in nature.

    Lovely Hubby likes orange and purple .... he loves them even more when they are paired together. NOW do you understand why I'm the one that chose the colour scheme for our house ;-)

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  63. Oh and red also featured in the film The Sixth Sense, whenever we were supposed to realise that it was actually Bruce Willis that was the ghost that the young boy could see, there would be a splash of red somewhere in shot, an item of clothing, something in the background etc.

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  64. I like red on other people, but I hate it on myself.

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