Hi, it’s Greenygrey. As our dear leader, Citizen Queen, said she was humbled by all the crowds for her diamond jubilee, we are humbled by all your visits to our website. While we consider the Queen as one ordinary woman, she has led an extraordinary and resilient life, so we think she has done a good job, and is a great role model and figurehead… although there are many other such women around the UK, and some also have to struggle to survive in cold winters.
As for people being put off visiting Blighty by the greenygrey weather over the Jubilee weekend, I don’t think so. Most people I talked to abroad seem to think Britain is foggy, cold and wet, so any visitors probably think any hot sunny weather is a surprise bonus.
People don’t visit chilly Iceland for a beach holiday, flat Netherlands for mountains or landlocked Switzerland for cruises. Britain has much to offer, and is a relatively safe location between Mediterranean earthquakes and Arctic volcanoes, but hot sunny weather is not high on the list.
Werewolf of Oz reaches Latham
Anyway, it’s beginning to sound more grumble than humble, so here’s some more Werewolf of Oz:
8. LATHAM IS WEIRD OFF THE RAILS
I left Lassie in limbo; between saving me and the next lucky one. I waved back at my hero-dog as I left Collie and headed out on the road to Latham. I walked for hours, but never really felt like I was getting nearer: like some things you just can’t reach.
I also passed signs for a more direct route to Perth on the way, and wondered if I’d made the right decision; but Latham did sound somewhat interesting.
Walking All Over Latham
I decided to shapeshift into an emu, and the decision did not seem bird-brained, as I at last felt like I was getting somewhere. I reached Latham without knowing it in the end, because the welcome sign said MAHTAL rather than LATHAM, like in some kind of a mirror effect. My bird-brain surprised me when it worked it out before reaching the town centre. I shifted back into human shape soon after.
The town seemed nice when I got inside, with lots of people happily playing sports and doing fun things in forested parks and pristine lakes.
However, then I crossed the tracks and it didn’t seem as rosy over the other side, with lots of people surviving in the sewers and slaving in sweat shops; this not surprisingly led to a rather depressing atmosphere. I felt more at home on this side of the tracks funnily enough. I think Green would have preferred the other.
Twentieth-Century British People Used as Forced Labour
A ball fell into my path, and I kicked it back to its owners. We got talking, and after I told them of my exiling experience they said they could relate to it, as they had been promised Oranges and Sunshine before being sent away as child migrants fifty years ago.
They said they had been used as forced labour, which was something I thankfully hadn’t had to endure. Life had improved for them now, and they took me to their local pub for lunch. I found it difficult to leave; not having anywhere else to go.
I awoke on the edge of town.
In Cool Hand Luke there is a famous quote including the line ‘Some men you just can’t reach’. It was later used by Guns N’ Roses to introduce their Civil War song.
Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of poor British ‘Home Children’ being sent from the UK to suffer abuse and forced labour in Commonwealth countries from the 1860s to 1970s. They were promised bright futures before leaving.