Werewolf of Oz reminded of Pink Floyd and Prince in Oz Outback

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We’ve got one regular feature following hot on the heels of the other one again this week. The next thrilling instalment of Amazon’s best-selling werewolf travelling around Australia to the theme of the Wizard of Oz Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps is only half a day after last night’s newest Marc Latham Folding Mirror poem. Things sure are hotting up at the Greenygrey. Anyway, I’m beginning to ramble, reminding me of my/our classic first ramble around North America, and I can’t hope to compete with Mr. Wolfhol’s poetry introduction, so here’s Grey’s Werewolf of Oz:


Australian Desert
Australian Desert (Photo credit: stefan0)

The desert chose my direction, or at least limited my options; I was heading to north and new, and the alternative was south and scary. I was happy to be. Just to be. To be without decisions, pressures and stress. To be the only life I could see. To be able to sing thinking I was in harmony; without anyone to contradict me. Although my feet kept to the road, my mind flew this way and that; to the north, west, south and east horizons; looking north to the future, south at the past, and wondering about what I have missed and will miss to the east and west. Sometimes my thoughts settled into the outback, nothing in nothingness; it was a nice place to be.

Pigeons Line the Coorow Road

As I approached Coorow on the Coorow Road, there were hundreds of pigeons on either side of my route. They were cooing a poem that rang a bell somewhere in my mind, so my brain was hearing a repetitive: ‘ding, dong, coo, coo, ding, dong, coo, coo.’

I wasn’t too amused at first, and thought the town could do with a coup to stop all the cooing, but then it began to sound sweeter and more melodic the more I heard it.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26:  An inflatable...
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: An inflatable pig flies above Battersea Power Station in a recreation of Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ album cover on September 26, 2011 in London, England. The classic Pink Floyd album artwork was recreated to mark the release of several digitally remastered versions of their albums. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

I finally worked out that it was Marc Latham’s Pigeons on the Wing they were reciting; a poem pastiche of Pink Floyd’s Pigs on the Wing also incorporating Prince’s When Doves Cry written from a pigeon point of view ending on a high with the lines:

‘Through blue skies to green trees,
where we coo in peace.’



As well as the author’s own travel experiences, Jack Kerouac and Paul Theroux’s travel memoirs probably inspired the first paragraph, although the author had not read either’s writing for eight months beforehand.

Prince and song (When Doves Cry).
Pink Floyd and song (Pigs on the Wing).


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Poem about Love being like a Drug

Last week was one of positives and negatives in the creation of the 242 Folding Mirror Poems and Reflections book, with a new poem created, but another duplicate found. That left one more poem to create to reach 121 Folding Mirror poems.  The good news is that it was written today. This is the poem written last week.
It was written after an article reported that the striatum part of the brain is connected with desires for love and drugs, as proposed by an old Roxy Music song.
Sky in the sky
Sky in the sky (Photo credit: luvi)
Blue Skies, Delta Blues
Try not to stray from the Striatum
must come down…
in a hole
thunder is over there
clouds of despair
dealt the blues
dragon looms
The Greyest of Blue Skies (album)
The Greyest of Blue Skies (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marc Latham’s Central site is @ greenygrey.co.uk (http:www.greenygrey.co.uk)

British Prime-Ministers’ Greenygrey Photo Opportunity

Hi, it’s Wolf Whistzer, legendary newshound at the Greenygrey. As greenygrey becomes symbolic of balance and unity, trust and truthfulness in the United Kingdom, British Prime-Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, chose a greenygrey background for their most recent press conference, as shown in this Birmingham Post photo:

Disclaimer: The Greenygrey was not consulted on the photo, and has no connection to Cameron and Clegg, or the Conservative and Liberal Democrats political parties. It also warns people not to trust all combinations of green and grey, because as all that glitters is not gold, all that is greenygrey is not good.

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Wolves in Fantasy / Myth / Society / Religions

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, literature correspondent at the Greenygrey. I was getting ready for my weekend when I was unexpectedly called into the office, as a great blog post about the history of wolves in human fantasy stories, myth, society and religions has just appeared on the Ashsilverlock fantasy writing website.

Wolves Demonised and Celebrated

The blog starts off by explaining how many old societies and religions demonised wolves through a mixture of symbolism and fairy-tales. Wolves were of course still rivals to humanity for land and food at that time, before being largely exterminated, after man’s best friend dog had been extracted from the wild wolves.

Wolves were associated with an evil created by religious monotheism to contrast with their good, starting with Zoroastrianism and copied by other Middle-East religions.

Thinking of the last Greenygrey blog post, and David Shrigley’s comment about the Glasgow weather inspiring existentialism, I wonder if religious monotheism still dividing the Middle-East; and being stronger in the Mediterranean than northern Europe, and bible-belt USA rather than the northern states has anything to do with them having more sunshine?

Greater Middle East
Greater Middle East (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyway, I digress; maybe it’s the Greenygrey Rambles influence?

A More Positive and Realistic View of Wolves

Ashsilverlock’s blog then goes on  to detail how more modern fantasy stories have thankfully provided a more positive, diverse and realistic view of wolves.

Wolves do of course have to do unsavoury things to survive; but much less on a global scale than humanity does.

Ashsilverlock’s blog unfortunately doesn’t include the wonderful Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps, but hopefully will in future updates, after Grey’s ground-breaking comedy-fantasy is recognised for the classic epic it is.

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Existentialism and Stonehenge in Glasgow Art Imagine Documentary

Hi, it’s Andy Wolfhol, I was thrilled to see at least two cases of greenygreyism in the BBC’s Imagine documentary on the Glasgow art scene.

David Shrigley calls Glasgow Weather Existentialist

In the 23rd minute of the documentary, David Shrigley described the Glasgow weather as existentialist, as you see so little of the sun you forget it’s there.

House for an Art Lover designed by Charles Ren...
House for an Art Lover designed by Charles Rennie Macintosh, Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There were a few trees around to add the green for the Greenygrey combo. Moreover, the sun was shining at the time, and the presenter Alan Yentob said it does make the light look great at times like that.

 Jeremy Deller‘s Stonehenge Creation

The documentary also showed the Stonehenge bouncy castle we previously reported here at the Greenygrey in the 59th minute of the 63, and interviewed its creator, Jeremy Deller.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 20: Exhibition staff...

Deller is actually based in London, but likes the vibrant Glasgow arts scene.

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Scientific Evidence for Greenygrey Creation Myth?

Hi, it’s Tony Loboinson, history expert at the Greenygrey when I’m not being Baldrick. Reading yesterday’s blog about how greenygrey rainforests are good for life reminded me of the Greenygrey creation myth.

How Green and Grey Help Natural Life

First of all I looked up how the green and grey works together, and found this clear and concise explanation on the Amazon Center website:

‘The movement of minerals in this nutrient recycling from living to non-living, and back to living systems is strongly influenced by temperature and rainfall patterns. Water is essential for the uptake of minerals through the roots of plants, so rainfall is an essential part of the cycle.’

On Green Lake Trail, Mt Rainier.
On Green Lake Trail, Mt Rainier. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a fine balance in nature though, as in the Greenygrey and Folding Mirror poetry; and as we’ve been seeing in the UK this summer, you can have too much of a Greenygrey good thing:

‘However, too much rain can cause leaching of essential minerals from the leaves.’

PARA STATE, BRAZIL - JUNE 11: A lone remaining...
PARA STATE, BRAZIL – JUNE 11: A lone remaining Amazon rainforest tree stands in a deforested section of Amazon rainforest on June 11, 2012 in Para state, Brazil. Although deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is down 80 percent since 2004, environmentalists fear recent changes to the Forest Code will lead to further destruction. Around 20 percent of the rainforest has already been destroyed. The Brazilian Amazon, home to 60 percent of the world’s largest forest and 20 percent of the Earth’s oxygen, remains threatened by the rapid development of the country. The area is currently populated by over 20 million people and is challenged by deforestation, agriculture, mining, a governmental dam building spree, illegal land speculation including the occupation of forest reserves and indigenous land and other issues. Over 100 heads of state and tens of thousands of participants and protesters will descend on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, later this month for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or ‘Earth Summit’. Host Brazil is caught up in its own dilemma between accelerated growth and environmental preservation. The summit aims to overcome years of deadlock over environmental concerns and marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, which delivered the Climate Convention and a host of other promises. Brazil is now the world’s sixth largest economy and is set to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Greenygrey Creation Myth

And after that explanation about how the Greenygrey creates, here’s a Folding Mirror poem about the Greenygrey creation myth from Greenygrey history now sited on the fmpoetry website:

When Earth and Sky are as One

Father Sky
riding high
except times
when its cirrus
fly amongst
mountain forests
and pea soup
joins it to Earth

Tis the time of Greenygrey

Sky is within reach
touch the void
swirling seraphim
seaside fog
rolling in estuary
islands bliss
giving birth
Mother Earth

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Lord of the Ants Documentary: Animals and Plants Love Greenygrey

Hi, it’s Stephen Wolfing, science expert at the Greenygrey. I recently saw the title of a documentary on the PBS channel was ‘Lord of the Ants‘, which reminded me of Marc Latham’s ant theory, so I watched it, and it turned out that it is also available on Youtube:

Edward Wilson and Biodiversity

Turns out the documentary is not about Marc Latham at all, but instead about Harvard scientist, Edward Wilson. I hadn’t heard about him before, but Blighty’s very own celebrity naturalist, David Attenborough, says in the documentary that Wilson has done more to awaken the world about environmental threats and remedies than anybody else.

And he started his work studying ants, which he found have a similar kind of society to humanity, just on a smaller scale. As Latham theorised, but Wilson’s work was at a much earlier date of course.

Latham’s theory also differs in that he went into space to propose that there may be something much bigger and better developed watching us as we watch ants.

Plants and Animals love Greenygrey Conditions

When Wilson visited the fertile green forests of the Dominican Republic, which is a biodiversity hotspot (43 minutes into the video), his guide said it was a (grey) cloudy day, and asked Wilson if he liked it.

Wilson replied: ‘I’m not sure if I like it, but I know a lot of the plants and animals like it.’

So, there we have it, the Greenygrey is good.

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