• The highlight of the afternoon was Abendanon's spectacular try to earn off-colour Bath's second win in eight days.

    BBC: Bath 16-13 Leeds

  • But we all rather cringe at his stream of off-colour jokes. (Our Nordic cousins look particularly pained.) And he will flash his money around.

    ECONOMIST: Charlemagne

  • The best opportunities the pair had were presented to them by the home side - in particularly an off-colour Brede Hangeland - but these they spurned.

    BBC: Fulham 2-1 Wolfsburg

  • But once an off-colour joke or ill-considered rant has been emailed to a friend or posted online, it can be much harder to get rid of.

    ECONOMIST: Tech.view: Everybody does it | The

  • Harrington, the winner in 2007 and 2008, hit a double bogey at the first and never managed to recover on a day where his putting was badly off-colour.

    BBC: The Open 2010: Rory McIlroy delighted with record round

  • And in the first half at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit there seemed little doubt that they would win the contest after producing a performance of attacking intent against an off-colour Australia.

    BBC: Australia 2-1 Serbia

  • He has made no serious gaffes—despite the efforts of journalists to get him to tell one of the off-colour jokes with which he famously used to regale employees of his media company.

    ECONOMIST: Lexington

  • India also needs a bigger, better pool of tested players - the team cannot be expected to continue to rely on the redoubtable talents of the injury-prone Zaheer Khan, ageing batting superstars (Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar and Sehwag have a combined age of 144 years) and off-colour spinner Harbhajan Singh alone.

    BBC: Why India risks losing cricket's top spot

  • He and his research team are in the final stages of developing a PlatinumFish, for those who think that gold is a little downmarket, and they soon expect to be able to match any metallic shade that a fish-fancier fancies (though this service will be significantly more expensive than buying an off-the-shelf colour).

    ECONOMIST: Genetic engineering

  • It does everything from breeding new seeds and cattle, to creating ultra-thin edible wrapping paper for foodstuffs that changes colour when the food goes off, to running a nanotechnology laboratory creating biodegradable ultra-strong fabrics and wound dressings.

    ECONOMIST: Brazilian agriculture

  • So called rainbow proteins (a spin-off from work into bioluminescence), which change colour in response to particular compounds, are also an option for detecting environmental toxins, or the potential agents of terrorism.

    BBC: The light fantastic: Harnessing Nature's glow

  • Participants also ward off evil during the festival by bathing in flower-scented water, wearing five-colour silk, hanging plants such as moxa and calamus over their doors, and pasting paper cut-outs in their windows.

    UNESCO: Culture

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