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Absolut Blue

Absolut Ice Bar, London, 2009

Frozen, frosted, splintered blue. Vodka kept inside a chamber so cold that it became an icy slurry. The bar itself one giant freezer, in which visitors were given a quilted, hooded garment and gloves to ward off the cold. Tables made of giant blocks of ice.

And on that summer day in August 2009, the temperature outside was so warm that I was wearing whisper-thin trousers and flimsy open-toed shoes. Not an ideal mix. My toes were blue, too!

Me, modelling the contrast between the thermal wrap we were given to wear inside the Ice Bar, and my utterly inappropriate summer shoes — in a contrasting shade of blue, though!

Life in Colour: Blue

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Vivid Blues

Customs House, Vivid 2014

The Vivid light festival was cancelled in 2020 due to covid, and this year it’s been moved from the usual late May/early June slot to August. Let’s hope that by then, Sydney’s covid crisis is over and we can get out and about.

Sydney Opera House, Vivid 2014

Life in Colour: Blue

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Blue bubbly

Would you drink this?

I’m closing off my blue squares with some blue bubbly, topped with some blueberries.

And if you’re wondering whether I actually drank this … well, my fingers were stained blue, the dye (approved and ‘safe’ food dye from the supermarket) had a clingy texture that reminded me of balls of mercury, and you saw what it did in the glass of water. So, no. Though I did eat the blueberries. 🙂

The theme for July Squares is Blue. As ever, thanks are due to our tireless host Becky for organising these squares.

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Piccadilly Line blues

Indicator board at Earl’s Court station, London

I always liked these old-fashioned indicator boards, a relic from the past in our shiny digital age. This one is at Earl’s Court station, but I imagine they hang on in other stations of the London Underground.

I used to get quite ‘blue’ (by which I mean frustrated and peeved!) on the Piccadilly Line trains when I lived in London, but now it’s Sydney trains that receive my ire. And as every Londoner knows, the Piccadilly Line is the blue one! Rather misleadingly, the indicator board above is the same blue as the Piccadilly Line, but those stops are on the District Line, which is green. Confused yet?

Small but relevant section of London’s tube map. Earl’s Court station has been marked with a red box.

The theme for July Squares is Blue

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Boat blues

Fishing boats, Kochi, India

Blue seems a popular colour to paint a boat. The feature photo (no caption) is a canal boat on the River Thames, between Cookham and Marlow. (Sorry Becky but I just couldn’t get a square out of that photo!)

Souvenir sellers on the Nile River, Egypt

Not the boats painted blue below, but the covers. I’ve never seen these boats in the water, by the way.

Boats at North Bondi, Sydney

The theme for July Squares is Blue