An antidote to #BLUEMONDAY



'Blue Monday' is the name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) said by a UK travel company, 'Sky Travel', to be the most depressing day of the year. The concept was first published in a 2005 press release from the company, which claimed to have calculated the date using an "equation". It takes into account weather conditions and thus only applies to the Northern Hemisphere. However, scientists have dismissed the idea as baseless pseudoscience. What do you think?


Here is a quick CST quiz to use as an antidote to the occasion ...




Perhaps before starting proper, ask members what their favourite colours are and why.


Then list as many shades of blue as the group can come up with.





ROUND 1. The Colour Blue


1. What two colours do you get if you mix blue with yellow & blue with red?



2. Which valuable gemstone is blue? What number is a ******** Jubilee?



3. Name these two social media platforms with blue logos?



4. Which football team is nicknamed 'The Bluebirds'?



5. Which UK political party's colour is blue?



6. Name these sweets?



7. What are the two most expensive navy blue properties in a game of 'Monopoly'?



8. At a wedding, what other things should a bride wear in addition to 'something blue'?



9. If blue is the colour for a baby boy's clothes, what colours are given a. for a girl and b. if you don't know the gender?




SONG. 'I Can Sing A Rainbow' 🌈 , Cilla Black - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXds_mkyuXY


10. Which two shades of blue are in a rainbow?





ROUND 2. Blue In Nature


11. What is the biggest animal in the world?



12. Which planet (other than earth) is blue?




13. Name this blue and orange bird?



14. At the beach, what does a 'Blue Flag' signify?




15. Which type of soil makes a Hydrangea blue - acid or alkaline?



16. Name this UK butterfly?



17. Name ththese blue flowers?



18. Name this English blue cheese?



19. What percentage of people in the UK have blue eyes?



SONG. ‘My Way’, Frank Sinatra - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t8kAbUg4t4


20. What was his nickname?




ROUND 3. Blue In Art & Literature


21. Which artist had a 'Blue Period'?



22. Which artist painted 'The Blue Boy'?



23. Which mountain can be seen in the 1829 painting ( or print) 'The Great Wave Off Kanagawa' by Katsushika Hokusai?



24. Who composed 'The Beautiful Blue Danube'?



25. Who composed 'Rhapsody In Blue'?



26. Which country does 'Delftware' pottery come from?



27. Which (usually blue and white) porcelain is the most valuable in the world (this 'chicken cup' sold at auction in 2014 for $36m)?



28. Which artist painted more than 250 water lily paintings?



29. Which religious icon is always depicted wearing blue robes?




SONG. 'Vincent', Don McClean - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxHnRfhDmrk


30. Who painted 'A Starry Night'?




ROUND 4. TV & Movies


31. Name this children's TV show & the presenters?


'Lulu The Elephant' clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X2PLKR6000&t=15s



32. Name these children's TV characters?



33. Which UK petrol company had the slogan "Boom boom boom boom **** Blue."?



34. Which children's TV show featured a character named 'Aqua Marina'?


Link to song (spoiler alert) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxOYqoPkdc8



35. In which US city was the TV cop show 'Hill Street Blues' set?


Titles music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pThIeuKD6uM



36. Which UK TV sitcom was set in Gasforth police station?



37. Which character in 'The Simpsons' has blue hair?



38. Name this 1980 movie?



39. Name this 2009 movie?



SONG. 'Trail Of The Lonesome Pine', Laurel & Hardy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qApsAPnoH7c&t=28s


40. In which US state would you find 'The Blue Ridge Mountains'?





ROUND 4. Blue In Music


41. Who 'found his thrill on Blueberry Hill' in 1956?


Here is the song (spoiler alert) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQQCPrwKzdo



42. Who had a hit with ‘Summertime Blues’ in 1958?


Here is the song (spoiler alert) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In7z7B87Puc



43. Which group had a number 1 hit with the song 'Blue Moon' in 1961?


Here is the song (spoiler alert) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0fy1HeJv80



44. Who sang 'Blue Velvet' in 1963?


Here is the song (spoiler alert) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icfq_foa5Mo



45. Which singer songwriter released an album entitled 'Blue' in 1971?


Here is the title song (spoiler alert) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaZFfjpCPfw (rare live performance)



46. Who was lead singer of 'The Moody Blues'?



47. Which singer songwriter had top 20 hits with 'Song Sung Blue' & 'Forever In Blue Jeans' in the 1970s?


Here are the songs (spoiler alert) -


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrMkAc2LW5k


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R5C5ru9pFo



48. Which singer songwriter had a top 10 hit single in 1983 with 'I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues'?


Here is the song (spoiler alert) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6KYAVn8ons



49. Which artist released an album entitled 'True Blue' in 1986?


Here is the title song (spoiler alert) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P51LunEV3Sk



50. Which singer was the biopic 'Lady Sings The Blues' about & who starred in the 1972 movie?


Medley (spoiler alert) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxYs8f1mdpM





AND TO FINISH, A COUPLE MORE SINGALONGS


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9axQVJF_FYs



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuqF_LC_U7Y





BONUS ROUND


What are the following…


Le cordon bleu

Boys in blue

Black and blue

Blue blood

Bluebottle

Blue around the gills

Blue collar worker

Once in a blue moon

Into the wild blue yonder

A bolt out of the blue


Feeling blue

Have a blue fit

Like a blue arsed fly

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Out of the blue

Screaming blue murder

Turn the air blue

Blue movie

True blue

Blue Tit




A COUPLE OF RHYMES



Little Boy Blue come blow your horn,

The sheep’s in the meadow the cow’s in the corn.

But where’s the boy who looks after the sheep?

He’s under a haystack fast asleep.

Will you wake him? No, not I – for if I do, he’s sure to cry.



Lavender's blue, dilly, dilly

Lavender's green

When I am king, dilly, dilly

You shall be queen:

Who told you so, dilly, dilly

Who told you so?

'Twas my own heart, dilly, dilly

That told me so.

Call up your men, dilly, dilly

Set them to work

Some to the plough, dilly, dilly

Some to the fork

Some to make hay, dilly, dilly

Some to cut corn

While you and I, dilly, dilly

Keep ourselves warm.

Lavender's green, dilly, dilly

Lavender's blue

If you love me, dilly, dilly

I will love you

Let the birds sing, dilly, dilly

And the lambs play

We shall be safe, dilly, dilly

Out of harm's way

I love to dance, dilly, dilly

I love to sing

When I am queen, dilly, dilly

You'll be my king:

Who told me so, dilly, dilly

Who told me so?

I told myself, dilly, dilly

I told me so







ANSWERS




1. Green & Purple



2. Sapphire / 65 years



3. Facebook & Twitter



4. Cardiff City



5. Conservative Party



6. Palma Violets



7. Mayfair & Park Lane



8. Something old, something new, something borrowed ...



9. Pink for girls, Yellow if unknown



10. Indigo & Violet



11. Blue Whale



12. Neptune



13. Kingfisher



14. Cleanliness



15. Acid



16. Common Blue



17. Forget Me Not, Lavender & Bluebell



18. Stilton



19. 48%



20. 'Old Blue Eyes'



21. Pablo Picasso



22. Thomas Gainsborough



23. Fuji



24. Johann Strauss



25. George Gershwin



26. The Netherlands (Dutch)



27. Ming Porcelain



28. Claude Monet



29. Virgin Mary - 'Marian Blue' is referred to as "the colour of angels"



30. Vincent Van Gogh



31. 'Blue Peter' / Peter Purvis, Valerie Singleton & John Noakes



32. 'The Smurfs'



33. 'ESSO'



34. 'Stingray'



35. San Fransisco



36. 'Thin Blue Line'



37. Marge



38. 'The Blues Brothers'



39. 'Avatar'



40. Virginia



41. Fats Domino



42. Eddie Cochran



43. The Marcels



44. Bobby Vinton



45. Joni Mitchell



46. Justin Hayward



47. Neil Diamond



48. Elton John



49. Madonna



50. Billie Holiday




BONUS ROUND ANSWERS


Le cordon bleu - high class cooking

Boys in blue - police

Black and blue - bruised

Blue blood - royal connections

Bluebottle - Blow Fly

Blue around the gills - feeling sick

Blue collar worker - working class

Once in a blue moon - infrequently

Into the wild blue yonder - into the unknown

A bolt out of the blue - surprise


Feeling blue - down

Have a blue fit - angry

Like a blue arsed fly - busy

Between the devil and the deep blue sea - difficult choice

Out of the blue - unexpected

Screaming blue murder - noisy protest

Turn the air blue - swear

Blue movie - smutty film

True blue - loyal

Blue Tit - bird










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