Friday, 22 February 2013

Rainbow Mnemonic

A double rainbow over nearby houses this week. I was taught the colours of the rainbow with the following mnemonic - Richard Of York Gains Battles In Vain. The Richard it refers to is Richard Plantagenet, father of Richard III and Edward IV, who despite his many victories never became king himself. Indeed after his defeat at the battle of Wakefield his severed head was displayed on Micklegate Bar in York.
Did you have a less bloodthirsty aid to learn the colours of the rainbow?
Taking part in Skywatch Friday


  1. Nice sky post!
    Happy SWF to you!

  2. Lovely photo! We learned Roy G. Biv.... Just some guys name. :-)
    Happy Skywatch Friday!

  3. I can't remember if we had a memory aid or not ;-) Cool shot!

  4. Wow, this seems so early in the year for rainbows! We've still got 2-3 months of snowfall ahead of us. (Wouldn't it be cool if there were snowbows?) :-)

    If we Yankee children had a mnemonic to help us with the colors of the rainbow, I sure don't remember it. ("Remembering Old Youthful Games BEYOND In Vain!" LOL) Thanks for the fun way to remember the order of a rainbow's colors as well as the mini English history lesson, and enjoy your weekend!

  5. Roy G. Biv on this side of the "big pond" also. Rainbows are a treat to see no matter where they appear.

  6. Hi there - we had "gave" rather than "gained".

    Nemonics are fun - I still remember the one for the Rivers of Yorkshire - SUN WAC DDT!

    Stewart M - Australia

  7. Lovely- not for rainbows but for planets, Hols & Tim were taught "My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets"- back in the days when Pluto was a planet... Saw rainbows in Lanzarote a couple of times early last week- but afterwards it was just sunshine...;-)


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