Tuesday, 17 March 2009

The Colour Purple

You may or may not be aware that we in Northern Ireland are all to be wearing purple ribbons this week, in order to bring about peace.

Now this is all well and good, and WhyNotSmile is entirely supportive of such gestures, but I am having difficulty in sourcing an appropriate size and colour of purple ribbon. The problem is that if one gets the colour even a shade wrong, one can end up showing support for something else entirely - Wikipedia lists a good 23 causes of which awareness is allegedly raised by the wearing of a purple ribbon, including Overdose Prevention, Animal Abuse and Pancreatic Cancer. Not that I am against awareness of any of these things, you understand; it's just that it makes you wonder.

Fortunately, for those who are unable to procure an appropriate ribbon, it is possible to wear an article of purple clothing instead, and this is the approach I have been taking all week. Unfortunately, however, I am almost out of purple pants, and after tomorrow will have to come up with a New Approach.

3 comments:

Virtual Methodist said...

Also for Pagan awareness day apparently!
http://lavendersgrimoire.blogspot.com/2006/09/wear-purple-ribbon.html

bresker said...

I used to wear purple shirts back in my student days but sadly I am old and conservative now.

Isn't white the colour of peace? Whatabout a nice white dove?

whynotsmile said...

Pagan Awareness Day.... you see, that's the kind of thing I'm talking about - you gotta get the right shade, or all sorts of things could go wrong.

Hmmm... white seems like a reasonable choice; I think they chose purple because it's the colour of Lenten reflection.