Hi, it’s Wolfgang. Sorry I haven’t been around much lately, but I’ve been researching the Greenygrey legacy for posterity. But the last post with the image of a greenygrey stadium and reddish running track got me thinking.
You know, one thing I’ve found out during my research is that the greenygrey comes in all shapes and sizes. And another is that it can look very nice with extra colours complementing it. I can recall wolf-whistling at many a fair greenygrey lady wearing stylish lipstick and rouge in my younger days, and have since noticed that this combination comes in all shapes and sizes.
Why, just look at these two examples. First, you have the itty bitty hummingbird, which is one of the smallest birds in the world.
And then you have the big bulky Lancaster bomber, which is one of the biggest planes around; well, back in the good old days anyway!
Hi, it’s Ethelwulf. I was watching a news crew enter a stadium the other day, I think it was the new London Olympics 2012 one, and remembering my experiences doing the same thing at venues such as Elland Road, when I got to thinking how stadiums recreate the environmental feel of mountains and glades. And the colours of green and grey of course.
Lost Horizons of Body and Mind
In the classic film, Lost Horizons, some Westerners found a utopian lost civilisation, Shangri-La, hidden away in the Himalayas. After walking through blizzards on the way there, once they are inside they find Shangri-La to be green and pleasant sheltered within the protecting mountains.
However, some problems arise, and all is not hunky-dory for them…
Parallels with Sporting Stadiums
I think the film has similarities to people going to support their team in sporting stadiums. If it is in winter, they struggle there in difficult conditions, but once inside they see a green oasis within a sheltering grey stadium; perhaps evoking primal memories of tribal safety and socialisation within early cave-glade human settlements.
For the time before kick-off, and if their team wins it becomes a utopian society, but problems often arise…
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem looks up and down as the light leaves the Earth with the sun, and describes the mirror effect that can emerge as city lights are turned on at the same time that stars start to sparkle in the sky.
Between City and Sky, Let Your Mind Fly
in nocturnal sky
stars shine eternally
in milky way zodiac signs
looking like a climbing frame
sunset on plateau ridge
city streets resemble landing strips
for ancient gods or aliens
never embering neon
on valley floor
Great 21st century quotes and phrases adapting oldies:
‘It’s all gone Greenygrey!!’ (Pete Tong)
Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang; I’m sure you know me by now. In the 21st century it is sometimes difficult to find new things to say, because there has already been so much said. So, many words and phrases adapt what has already been said.
Although the Greenygrey has of course been around for many centuries, we only started writing things down a few years ago. Here’s three that we missed, and think could have looked great in greengrey. Unfortunately, they were too early to be Greenygreyisms.
Oscar Wilde: Nothing to Declare But Genius
In 1882, Oscar Wilde apparently told Customs Control in New York: ‘I have nothing to declare but my genius.’
Swap genius for greenygreyness and we think you’d have a nice little greenygrey quote.
Sixth Sense: I See Dead People
In the film,Sixth Sense, Cole Sear tells Malcolm Crowe: ‘I see dead people… All the time. They’re everywhere.’
Swap dead people for greenygrey, and it’d be a good quote for how us researchers at the Greenygrey sometimes feel!!
1980s Slang: It’s All Gone Pete Tong
In the 1980s there was a famous DJ called Pete Tong, who is still famous, and his surname became rhyming slang for wrong, coining the phrase ‘It’s all gone Pete Tong‘.
At the Greenygrey we don’t really want to be seen negatively, but we like a sunny blue sky day as much as anybody, so when the clouds roll in to end a clear morning, or during a particularly lengthy period of greenygreyness, we think it is justifiable to exclaim: ”It’s all gone Greenygrey’.
Recycling Advert: The Possibilities are Endless
We asked Marc Latham, who was with us at the start of our publishing career on this website, what he now thought of the Greenygrey.
He said that at the start he thought we had a limited shelf life, but now he thinks that by recycling ideas and topics the possibilites are endless (can you spot the greenygrey in this recylcing video that we recycled this last section into?):
Hi, it’s Wolfgang. You know, sometimes I think I’m going potty with all this rambling on about greenygrey research and blogging.
Blue Black Permanent by Margaret Tait
But then the other night I saw there was a film on called Blue Black Permanent, and the colour combination in the title of course caught my attention.
And you know what, it didn’t disappoint, because accomplished poet and film-maker, the late Margaret Tait, included a lot of footage depicting blue and black imagery: like bluish pebbles on the beach combined with black seaweed.
Correlations with the Greenygrey
It was also just after we received lots of greenygrey evidence from the Yorkshire coast, including grey stones combined with green seaweed.
As regular visitors and readers will know, we have now made into a YouTube film of the Cleveland Way walk from Scarborough to Robin Hood’s Bay.
Lost Civilisation of Werewolves?
So while we see a greenygrey world, maybe Margaret Tait saw it in blueyblack. And we’re not all crazy in the greenygrey world, we think the same as other people, but just see it differently!?
Or maybe there was a lost civilisation of blueyblack werewolves? That (multi-theory) is the greenygrey (see literature) of it!
Maybe it will take a place in the Greenygrey psyche and world like the Lost City of Atlantis does in the human…leading to lots more theories…and books…and more questions…than answers?
Hi, it’s Andy Wolfhol, creator-iconista extraordinaire at the Greenygrey. We’re pleased to announce that our video of the Cleveland Way Walk: Scarborough to Robin Hood’s Bay, has now been released on YouTube, and is embedded below.
Greenygrey Highlights of the Video
There are some wonderful greenygrey moments in the video, even though the sky was void of grey.
The highlight was the lime green seaweed on the coast, which was as shiny as the grass in the fields above.
And then there were the trees and waterfalls, paths and signs. Enjoy!
Today, as promised then, I will be looking at how greenygrey can be substituted for a ‘two-sided argument’.
Greenygrey has More Rhythm and Flow
While it could be argued that greenygrey is a clumsier term than ‘grey area’, having three syllables to two if my calculations are correct (I’m not the mathematician!), there is no doubt that it is a much smoother and flowing term than ‘two-sided argument’.
I would much rather say, ‘It’s a bit greenygrey’ than ‘It’s a bit of a two-sided argument’, although I am rather biased.
So, Greenygrey it shall be
So, I think I have conclusively proved that theory, and greenygrey should take the place of ‘two-sided argument’ from now on, wherever possible.
Please try and be subtle during the transition, and consider the feelings of any staunch two-sided argumentists.
Returning to the Grey Area
And returning to the grey area, in this age of abbreviation, maybe the use of GG would make it shorter and smoother than ‘grey area’. Example: ‘Yes, but that’s GG’ is shorter than ‘Yes, but that’s a grey area’.
I won’t claim victory on that one just yet, but I think I have made great strides towards bringing the two-sided argument, uh, I mean greenygrey, to a conclusive conclusion.
The splitting of greenygrey into greenygrey and GG will also differentiate the two uses of greenygrey, so there isn’t any confusion about which old term the greenygrey/GG is replacing.