Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We hope you’ve been having a nice weekend. We hope you haven’t been eagerly awaiting a bumper Werewolf of Oz episode, as this one’s not an epic. You could say it’s a bit of an anti-climax!
It had all gone weird in Latham, and I seemed to have lost track of self, space and time.
I tried to rise, but felt groggy and my head hurt, so I lay back down. Then I heard something say: ‘You think you’re big, don’t you.’
I looked up and could see nothing around. I thought I must be hearing voices in my confused state.
But then I heard it again: ‘You think you’re big, don’t you.’
And this time it was followed by: ‘Oi, you big bundle of grey fluff, you think you’re big don’t you, you can’t even see me down here.’
I looked down and saw the irritant upstart was an ant. It was carrying a massive weight on its back, and working hard herding aphids. I felt quite guilty, sleeping off a hangover, while that wee chap was working so hard.
I didn’t know what to say, and it soon went on its way. I returned to the land of nod, dreaming of antstronauts exploring the universe.
Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, sports correspondent at the Greenygrey. After the Queen got into the Greenygrey spirit in what has been a very greenygrey weather-landscape week, we were amazed to see the England football manager copying her today (okay, it is a PR stunt by a leading bookmaker).
Images of a 100-feet (30 metres) England football coach Roy Hodgson statue made out in glorious greenygrey on the Dover cliffs are appearing in the British media .
The Greenygrey is not a miracle worker, and the England team is depleted, so we can’t predict a tournament win, but we wish the England team well. Here’s some images, with the story and more images linked to from the images:
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by seeing the above image while writing a blog about humanity’s place in the grand scheme of things; and the explanation about how the improving of a lens can dramatically alter what we see, and what we perceive. What is true for space is also of course true for our world. Here’s the poem:
What we see is never
likely to be all there is.
It depends on what eyes tell brain,
the power and clarity of lens or media,
or the position of Earth and Sun.
Look to the sky and see the colours of day
when the planet’s axis tilts one half towards light
the other side of the world is viewing the stars.
How much of the cosmos is seen
could depend on whether in city or country
and whether an expert or novice astronomer.
Our mind often misses what’s there
and makes up what’s not.
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.
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. While we would ideally like to see a republic or return of pagan royalty, we think the Queen has done a grand job overall, and so she should enjoy her Diamond Jubilee after 60 years of diligent service.
Queen’s Successes and Limits
Queen Elizabeth II has also helped prevent a President Thatcher or President Blair, and King Charles should prevent a President Cameron. I think we should have the right to vote though. Kate has also been a fantastic recent addition to the family.
While we’re sorry that the weather has been mostly grey for all the people out and about celebrating, we think it might be good in some ways, to prevent royalty’s most fanatical supporters from thinking the royal family have some kind of direct line to God, and therefore receive favourable weather.
It was nice to see the Queen get into the Greenygrey spirit:
And to see an impressive greenygrey display:
Diamond Jubilee Woods: 60 new Forests to Celebrate
This celebration is special to us because sixty new woods have been planted around Britain to celebrate the occasion. The Jubilee Woods project should help Britain remain greenygrey rather than grey in the future.
We also like the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods map, showing Britain in glorious greenygrey, with the green landscape above grey rock foundations.
Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang, word expert at the Greenygrey and Countdownto the Full Moon. I noticed that there has been much discussion on this site lately about green and grey in terms of age. So I decided to investigate in our beloved Free Online Dictionary.
The Greenygrey of Green
The dictionary shows there are positive and negative uses for green in terms of age.
The positive is ‘Youthful; vigorous’; while the negative is ‘Naive; gullible’.
The Greenygrey of Grey
The dictionary also shows there are positive and negative uses for grey in terms of age.
The positive is ‘Neutral; venerable’; while the negative is ‘Ancient; dull’.
That’s all for now, and I hope you give these definitions the green light, or at least consider them a grey area.
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We watched the post-apocalypticThe Road this week, which is available on BBC iplayer until 11.39pm on Sunday in the UK (apologies to international visitors, but I don’t think it’s available elsewhere). Here’s our greenygrey analysis.
The Road: Greenygrey Landscape
There is no sun, so it’s very greenygrey. Although most vegetation has also been lost, so it’s mostly grey. The film features a father and son trying to survive in a world where humanity is hunting each other, as there are few sources of food left.
The Road: Greenygrey Humanity
The father is very protective and paranoid, while the son is more optimistic and open. That made us think they were like us, with the son representing green, and the father grey.
Not only do humans become greyer on the outside when they age, but they often also seem to become greyer inside too. That’s not to say greyness is always a bad thing, it’s just that older people have often become used to most of the things that seem magical and enticing when young, and also wise to things that look too good to be true.
But sometimes the green tries new things that work, and takes a chance that pays off. Evolution, cycle, life.
Werewolf of Oz Free on Amazon
Talking of things that seem too good to be true, and taking chances that pay off, Grey’s amazing comedy-fantasy travel quest epic classic Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps is free today on Amazon Kindle. So if you watch The Road and need cheering up, it could be the book for you. Cheers.
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