Not everything in black and white makes sense!

Pile of patchwork quilts, in black and white. (Photograph from iStockPhoto.)

A couple of days ago someone got all politically correct on me while I was talking about ‘coloureds’.

Walking in on the end of my conversation he pulled me up for my vocabulary, “They’re not called ‘coloureds’ these days, they prefer to be known as ‘blacks’,” he said.

“Do they?”, I replied.


“Do they indeed.”

So, apparently when I’m washing my clothes from now on (which is what I’d been talking about) I now have only two hues of clothing: whites and ‘blacks’! It was so much easier when I could refer to the latter pile of clothes as ‘coloureds’.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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