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Chris admits 'Lady in Red' could have been Mrs Brown

Allison Bray and Nicola Anderson

Published 11/02/2010 | 05:00

Chris De Burgh and daughter Rosanna Davison
Chris De Burgh and daughter Rosanna Davison

RED may be the colour of love but 'Lady in Red' crooner Chris de Burgh chose the colour simply because it flows better lyrically than the other colours of the rainbow.

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"If you're writing a song with the word 'lady' in it, you're not looking for a colour. I was looking for an alliterative word that would go with the word 'lady' in it," he told the Irish Independent.

"Lady in green, lady in purple, brown, it doesn't sound right. I wasn't really aware of the fact that red has this big impact."

De Burgh, who is on the board of Trinity College's Science Gallery, lent his famous voice and face last night to officially open its fascinating new Love Lab exhibit, which examines the science behind love and attraction.

His daughter, model and former Miss World winner Rosanna Davison, showed her support for the project as she plans her own low-key Valentine's date this weekend with boyfriend Wesley Quirke -- featuring a home-made card, a takeaway and bottle of wine.

And for anyone else looking for a date this weekend, the project is looking for over-16s to take part in the most comprehensive study of love ever undertaken.

Visitors can find out what rejection really looks like in the brain by taking part in Europe's first neuroscience study into speed dating using f-MRI scanning.

There's also the Mutsugoto bed -- a technology for long-distance loves to "connect" virtually through the language of light expressed on the canvas of the human body.

Pickier

When it comes to choosing a mate, meanwhile, a study reveals that females are pickier than men -- with motherhood on their mind.

"When you go on a night out and you see who is attractive maybe the last thing on your mind is having kids, but that's really the basis of the decisions that you're making," said curator Aoife McLysaght.

"When we say 'I fancy him', what we are actually saying is 'He has a nice symmetrical face -- he must have been healthy as a five-year-old. I bet my child will be healthy too'," she laughed.

The project runs until March 12.

Irish Independent

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