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 -

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 -

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 -

30. Who painted 'A Starry Night'?

ROUND 4. TV & Movies

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

'Lulu The Elephant' clip -

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) -

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

Titles music -

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 -

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) -

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

Here is the song (spoiler alert) -

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

Here is the song (spoiler alert) -

44. Who sang 'Blue Velvet' in 1963?

Here is the song (spoiler alert) -

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

Here is the title song (spoiler alert) - (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) -

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) -

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

Here is the title song (spoiler alert) -

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

Medley (spoiler alert) -



What are the following…

Le cordon bleu

Boys in blue

Black and blue

Blue blood


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


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


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


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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