Some colours are not what they set out to portray. Magnolia, for me, is one of them. The blossom on the tree is magnificent, with subtle shades of cream and romantic pink tinges. In the springtime, if that ever comes to the North East of England this year, the Magnolia in bloom is a sight to behold. The paint colour magnolia however, is a drab uniform off white or cream. It is ubiquitous in every office building and is the scourge of many a living room.
Jade is no better, I have never seen any yet that is jade green and as for chestnut or olive, let’s not go there. Colour in real life isn’t uniform. It is variegated, textured and blended. Real colours change over time with the seasons, with decay and with rebirth. Colours are fecund.
Can decorative surfaces and paint finishes ever imitate life? Can you ever substitute for the real thing?
Therein lies the rub as they say. Those of us working in technology will talk to you about all the merits of virtual reality and it is true that every day the online experience gets better and better but will it ever surpass real reality?
In the virtual world will you ever feel the gentle breeze in your hair on a warm summer’s day, small the scent of a posy of fresh cut freesias or hear the crunch of gravel under your feet? Perhaps we will one day but not this day.
I have always said that there is no substitute for face to face contact. That is why we continue to hold the Society of ICT Managers regional meetings in a room. We could use technology but we don’t. There is also no substitute for the taste of a carvery lunch which is why we continue to meet at a local hotel.
The only thing magnolia about today’s meeting was the colour of the walls.