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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Wednesday, October 10

Colors don’t always belong where they end up.

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Hello, all!

Sometimes I wonder, Have I rambled about that before? and then I Google “hoddle of coffee [fill in the blank].” Turns out, I have rambled about The Parent Trap (Nancy Meyers, 1998) before. Another topic, then!

Ramble of the Day

If you’ve been paying attention — it’s no big deal if you haven’t been — you might have noticed that I really like colors. I’ve rambled about how opposing teams’ kits might clash, underrepresented colors in monochromatic kits, and specific and notable color combinations. There is another color related topic that I have yet to discuss, though, and it is that of colors that end up in the wrong places.

Clothing is probably one of the few, if only arenas, where almost every color has its place. I doubt anyone will be recommending puke green for your shirts any time soon, but for most widely accepted decent colors, there is an item of clothing for you! Additionally, just about every color has its place in nature, but outside of that, there are a lot of colors that don’t belong in certain contexts.

I came to this realization after seeing a blue car, which is hardly uncommon. It was close to an Everton blue, which is fine in most instances, but doesn’t really look good on a car. I spent part of my most recent trip outside looking at cars and their colors, and I came to the conclusion that anything basically ranging from light gray to black works, and dark blues and greens are pretty good colors for cars. Almost everything else, which means most colors and shades that we have in our world, wouldn’t look good on a car.

Similarly, this logic extends to furniture. I once saw a pastel green colored television stand at IKEA, and while I like the idea of a little bit of color in a room, I’m really not sure something a shade lighter than toothpaste is the best choice to surround your television.

We can all probably think of specific things that are just the wrong color, and maybe shouldn’t even be close to that color. Buildings and homes probably belong in this conversation, though I used to pass by a purple house from time to time, and I remember it fondly. I even used to see it and admire its dark but soft purple boldness, but it’s not like I would choose to paint a house that color.

I suppose what I’m trying to say here, and what I’m always trying to say, is that I admire unusual boldness, but common boldness in the case of colors (and other things) simply will not do. Sorry, blue cars of the world.

tl;dr: So many colors, so few applications.

Links of the Day

Russian internationals Aleksander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev are under investigation after attacking a trade ministry official, and may be severely punished by the Russian Premier League.

The Malaga city council has named a roundabout after West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini.

David Squires’ latest cartoon is about Manchester United, Newcastle United, and that missed Riyad Mahrez penalty.

Today’s longer read: Dominic Fifield reports on the FA’s technical directors’ course for The Guardian