On Blue and Grey

Waiting for an eye-test while renewing my driver’s licence at the Fish Hoek civic centre, the most obvious thing to my eye was the uniformity of colour scheme. Everything was in shades of blue, blue-grey and grey, like a FaceBook or Microsoft default screen. I had nothing to read but did have a pen and paper, so I took some notes.

The doors, chairs, signage and various trims are all dark blue.

The ceiling is a very pale grey, the walls slightly darker, and the floor is tiled with mid-grey tiles joined with darker-grey grouting. The counter is surfaced with speckled beige-grey faux-granite.

The people in the room, waiting, like me, for the eye test, had for some reason chosen to wear grey and blue – there were grey-blue denims, grey cotton-knit tops, grey shorts and blue tops. The favoured shoes were grey trainers. The only exceptions were myself, in brown corduroys, and two women dressed entirely in black.

Then three men wearing different green T-shirts came in.


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