Kolkata blues

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What’s this?

I’d never seen sky blue traffic cones before, and I like them! Roadside curbs are also painted sky blue and white in Kolkata so I’ve come to associate this particular blue with this fantastic city. 

KP stands for Kolkata Police.  I looked at their website and  found this on their homepage:

“The pace of change is breathtaking. The challenges are exciting. Kolkata Police has the courage to face them. And the vision. We are preparing for the future with new skills. New technologies. New attitudes. We won’t just stand at ease. It’s forward march to a great tomorrow. In step with the citizens of Kolkata. Keeping pace with the world.”

I looked at the websites of the police forces in different cities and different countries around the world (including my own, Australia) and I didn’t find anything as inspiring as this! Sweden’s police, for example, have this to say about themselves: “The mission of the Swedish Police is to reduce crime and increase public safety. Crime prevention is an important part of this”. Very practical.

Where’s this?

Outside Victoria Memorial, Kolkata, West Bengal

This large and attractive marble memorial was built between 1906 and 1921 in honor of Queen Victoria (who in 1876 also took the title The Empress of India – a title I’d like for myself, to be honest), who died in 1901. It’s a hugely popular tourist destination and so there are many decorated horse and carriages waiting on the road outside for the tourist dollar (actually the rupee, we’re in India!) – hence the little pile of horse dung you can see in the top right corner of my photo.

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