A reader in France sent me this email:
“Scientists have been researching how best to deter insects from being attracted to wind turbines, because they in their turn attract birds and bats. It appears that too many are flying into the blades and dying. Search has now shown that insects are attracted by different colours; they prefer yellow, then the white of the turbines, but are almost totally indifferent to purple.
So how would Sancho explain these purple giants to Don Quixote?”
Hmmm – a difficult one this. We all know that Cervantes' book is definitely not purple prose because he wrote in black and white.
So I think one would have to sing him part of the chorus of that wonderful song “The Windmills of Your Mind” (Les moulins de mon cœur). The music was by Michel Legrand with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. For those of you old enough to remember it was part of the soundtrack of the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair. Noel Harrison (Rex’s boy) sung the lyrics which won an Oscar in 1969.
The lines go:
When you knew that it was over
Were you suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning
To the color of her hair?
That should do the trick.
But, “hey” you cry – “the colour was purple!”
How true – but surely Dulcinea del Toboso was punk!