Hi, it’s Greenygrey. As we start off working-class week at the Greenygrey with an episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps I was hoping it would have some working-class relevance, like the Latham story for example, but it’s more like a hangover from women and feminism week, with Elle’s body starring.
Not Leading You Astray at the Greenygrey
So I looked up the biography of Elle’s human inspiration, Elle McPherson, on Wikipedia, hoping to find she had a poor background, and rags to riches story, but she is from a wealthy family.
Her parents did split up though, so she has had something of a dysfunctional background, and that can sometimes be worse than coming from a poor background within a happy family.
And that hopefully works as an example of how at the Greenygrey we believe in defending and promoting the working-class with balance, linked to other social groups rather than separate, as green and grey are linked by Y; more Martin Luther King and Barack Obama than Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan.
Gollum Symbolic of Britain’s Chav Underclass Image
Angry (Anderson) is the main working-class hero symbol in the Werewolf of Oz, but he doesn’t appear much in this episode; showing this is all live and unplanned!
But thinking of the working-class image that grew out of Thatcher’s attack on the unions and working-class communities, and New Labour‘s focus on mass immigration multiculturalism; meaning the rich-poor gap has grown and British workers have been labelled lazy for not working more hours for less money; the Gollum/Smeagol character Smiggin is probably a good representative.
It’s not an analogy I like and want, and there’ll be a lot more on that this week, but for now here’s the start of the Lord of the Rings Smiggin Holes storyline:
Chapter 96. Wizard of Oz Metamorphosis into Lord of the Rings
After eating our fill of veggie broth we had a good night’s kip snuggled up in a huddle under a puddle sky. We packed up and cleared away in the morning, before following the dust sandy path in the direction of Smiggin Holes. The path was as much powder snowy as dust sandy now.
Smiggin Holes Strange Happenings
As we entered the forested valley on the approach to Smiggin Holes I thought the scenery was stunning; but I was becoming increasingly worried that I could see a hobbitish shape following us.
After the previous troubles on our Ozyssey,
I wondered what it could be.
Elle was walking beside me, and I asked if she’d seen something. She confirmed my suspicions, saying she’d seen movement parallel to us for some time.
We entered a forest half an hour later, and I feared the shape was closing in on us. Then I felt something snatch at my head, and before I knew it, I was hatless. My emerald cork hat had been pinched from right in front of my eyes; or right above my eyes to be precise.
I was bewildered by the bonce burglary, but Elle must have seen it coming; she was after the viperous varmint before I regained my composure.
The others joined me, and we set off after them, catching up on the third ridge.
Elle was holding the hobbitish creature by the scruff of the neck. Meanwhile, it was holding the emerald cork hat close to its chest, while repeating the sentence, ‘my precious, my precious, it’s mine, it’s mine, it’s Smiggin’s hat, all mine…’
Lord of the Rings featured a hobbit called Sméagol / Gollum, who acted in a similar way to Smiggin, only it was a ring that was its ‘precious’.
Zemanta’s ‘green’ images of snake and various objects inspired the direction in the next two blogs.