Marks and Spencer Christmas Advert Follows Werewolf of Oz

The Marks and Spencer (M&S) Christmas advert combines Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and other fairytales and legends into a magical two minutes and thirty seconds of television escapism. werewolf of oz book cover

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, television correspondent at the Greenygrey. If we wanted a Christmas advert for Grey’s Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps book, it probably wouldn’t be that different to the M&S advert.

Marks and Spencer Christmas Advert

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley plays the Grey part to perfection, and there’s a strong support cast like there is in the Werewolf of Oz.

Here’s the Marks and Spencer advert below. See if you can spot the Greenygrey, as there’s a discussion about fleeting images revealed in the Making Of video below the actual video.

Making of Marks and Spencer Advert

It wasn’t until I watched The Making of the Marks and Spencer Advert video on creativereview that I noticed they had a little of the Big Bad Wolf in the video. It wasn’t a significant part thankfully, and nothing bad happened, like the hunting of the wolf.

Moreover, while watching the Making Of video, I noticed lots of greenygreyness that I hadn’t noticed before. That was partly because most of it didn’t make the final cut. Here’s the Making Of video:

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England and Wales Cricket Team in Alice Springs

The England and Wales cricket team has arrived in Alice Springs on the journey from the first test in Brisbane to the second one in Adelaide.

Alice Springs city
Alice Springs city (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ashes Tour in Alice Springs 

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, satirical comedy sports correspondent at the Greenygrey, inspired by darts legend Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams.

That means the cricketers will be travelling from Alice Springs to Adelaide; a journey made famous by Grey, Bonzo and Elle in Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps over eleven magical episodes starting at 29.

Travelling Through Australia’s Centre

The Ghan route map created by Bidgee based on ...
The Ghan route map. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, back then Bonzo was still with the party, while Angry and Cathy had not yet joined the quest.

Of course, the England and Wales cricket team arrived in Alice Springs from Brisbane on the Australian east coast, while the Werewolf of Ozzers arrived there from Darwin on the Oz north coast. 

When our ol’ pal Marc Latham was in Australia back in 1989 he travelled down to Alice Springs from Cairns, north of Brisbane. He then travelled north to Darwin, never visiting Adelaide and Melbourne in the south.

Travelling Alice Springs to Adelaide

While in Alice Springs, I wonder if the England and Wales cricket team will meet Alice as Grey and the travel questers did, or go to the Uluru/Ayer’s Rock Oo-loo-roo Air’s Rock Great Gig in the Sky festival with Wally and the macropods. 

The Ghan at Alice Springs Railway Station in t...
The Ghan at Alice Springs Railway Station in the middle of Australia (also known as The Red Centre). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maybe they’ll travel on the Ghan and miss out the Rainbow Valley, which are very different in the human and werewolf worlds.

In the Oz world the Ghan was a mysterious creature, and the Werewolf of Ozzers were lost for a time in the intoxicating colours of the Rainbow Valley.

I hope they travel south a little faster than the Werewolf of Ozzers, as the second test starts in Adelaide on December 5th.

It should be a great experience anyway, and we wish them luck.

 

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Ashes Leaves Brisbane for South Australia Boomeranging Shrike

Australia‘s ‘boomerang’ helped them win the first Ashes cricket test in Brisbane, and a day after we explained the ‘boomerang’ is a return journey, Jonathan Trott of the England and Wales team is returning home from the tour early.

Ashes First Test Review 

Trott’s stress-related illness is long-term though, so wasn’t caused by the friendly pommie-bashing and exuberant boomeranging seen in some Aussie media outlets and sports grounds.

The second ashes test will be played in Adelaide, South Australia, home of the Arishes. South of Australia’s flag of course features a piping shrike, which was crucial to the Werewolf of Ozzers escaping from the Northern Territories  into South Australia through the Rainbow Valley. Looking back at the flag now, it looks as if the shrike is boomeranging more than piping!

Flag of South Australia featuring the Piping S...
Flag of South Australia featuring the Piping Shrike (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Werewolf of Ozzers of course visited Adelaide during chapters 40-45. They didn’t spend much time in the human city though, after a timequake sent them crashing into a game between Redbacks and Crows like nothing they’d experience before.

Werewolf of Oz Australia East Coast 

Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie (Photo credit: Miss Krin)

Anyway, back to the continuing journey. Having escaped the neverending boomeranging cycle of Boomerang Beach, the travel quest quartet continue their journey up the Oz east coast, with Brisbane only three episodes away… and the answer to the question all those who don’t know the story will have been asking… what’s Bri’s bane.

All will be revealed by the end of next week, but for now, here’s an episode that starts with literary nonsense poetry, and ends with bird-brained Port Macquarie wordplay. Enjoy!

Chapter 126.  Swimming in a Woad Sea to Port Macquarie

Three red heads and a grey,
made their way,
to the bay.
Where the dust sandy road,
was lying overboard,
in a sea of woad.

Now raftless, we swam the dust sandy path, leading us north up the coast. It was good to be back on the ground, even if we were in the sea!

Looking South from Crowdy Head Light
Looking South from Crowdy Head Light (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We were going to stop for a rest when we reached Crowdy Head, but a quick headcount suggested it was overcrowded. So we continued swimming through afternoon into evening.

Pour Macawry in Port Macquarie

When the bright lights of Port Macquarie lit up the western horizon we decided to call it a day. It’d been quite some swim, no nonsense.

After drying off we popped into a beachside establishment called Two Cans Irish Pub. We walked up to the bar and a toucan asked us what we’d like to drink.

Guinness posters
Guinness posters (Photo credit: Ben Sutherland)

I knew toucans advertise Guinness, so we all asked for a pint of it. It started pouring one, while holding another pint in its other wing; and asked a macaw standing farther down the bar to pour the other two.

The toucan and macaw had different styles of pouring, which could perhaps be called pour toucany and pour macawry.

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Notes

Guinness is a stout beer.

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Australia Celebrate Ashes First Test Lead with the Boomerang

After Kevin Pietersen seemed to be taking on the role of Grey during the Battle of Bri’s Bane in the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps for the Ashes cricket first test in Brisbane, the Aussies have responded with the ‘boomerang’ to take a decisive lead after day two. The second part of the Boomerang Beach trilogy was of course also very frustrating for the Werewolf of Ozzers.

The ‘Boomerang’ Takes Off

Seemingly inspired by the boomeranging of Boomerang Beach holding up the travel quest quartet’s progress up the Australian east coast, the ‘boomerang’ seems to be all the rage in the land of the… boomerang.

Tada!

The Tada Girls’s solo efforts featured in the last Werewolf of Oz episode seem to taken off in a way not seen at a sports ground since the ‘Mexican Wave’ circled stadiums and the world after the Mexico football World Cup in 1986.

Australia Controlling First Ashes Test

The Australian crowd loved every minute of England's collapse - rising as one to celebrate the wicket of Ian Bell
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Hi, it’s Greenygrey. As seen in the photo above, Australian players and fans celebrated each England and Wales cricket team‘s wicket falling  by doing the ‘boomerang’.

Little Penguins
Little Penguins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So we thought we’d better post the last thrilling episode of the Boomerang Beach trilogy, bringing you almost in sight of Brisbane. Meanwhile, on Kangaroo Island, a little penguin told me that this year’s Arishes are also under way. This has been the Greenygrey. Enjoy the episode, the Arishes and Ashes.

Chapter 125.  Yahoo Flight to the Left and Right

I screamed, ‘Thirtieth time lucky!’ as we left Boomerang Beach and headed north over Elizabeth Beach once more.

We flew the Lakes Way,
knowing its outlay,
like night and day.

Yahoo! over Yahoo Island

It was all systems go, as Elle decided it was time to act, and we were primed to respond. She chose the Booti Booti National Park to kick the plan into action, leaning as much to the left as possible. We all followed her over to that side.

We flew above and beyond Green Point, and seemed to have escaped the coastal cycle. We all exclaimed yahoo! over Yahoo Island. Green Point grew smaller every minute, and Boomerang Beach soon faded out of sight.

Visiting a park
Yahoo Island Nature Reserve. Environment, N.S.W.

Wall in Gate Changes Our Plan

Wallingat River, Wallingat National Park. Photo: Geoff Woods/NSW Government
Wallingat National Park.

We were free-flying now, but just as we began to relax and enjoy the view, we saw a massive wall in a gigantic gate over Wallingat National Park. It would surely be the end of us if we crashed into it. Elle had seen the danger and jumped over to the right; we quickly followed. But was it too late?

We had stopped heading straight into the wall, and were now skirting it. Our chances of escape seemed finely balanced. We leant as much to the right as possible, while trying to push against the wall with our left arms. It was preventing our obliteration, but wasn’t winning our liberation. That is, until our flying fate was decided twenty minutes later, once and for all.

English: Morannon, the Black Gate of Mordor Če...
English: Morannon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A tower jutted out of the wall further on, blocking our side-skirting path. We flew closer and closer to it, and all my strength and spirit seemed nearly spent. I could see nothing beyond the tower, and no way of avoiding it. We were facing a dead-end in more ways than one.

Then Elle asked if we were ready, nodding toward the right. We all looked at her with renewed hope, not needing more explanation, and said yes. We prepared ourselves. Elle gave one almighty push, and we gave it our best too; it seemed to be working, as we were sent free of the wall.

Elle McPherson no Mme. Tussaud
Elle McPherson no Mme. Tussaud (Photo credit: Renato Torii)

Then Elle leant to the right (it looks to the left in the photo, as everything is upside down, and often the wrong way around, in Oz!), and we followed her as the tower loomed.

It was just enough, as we swerved around the tower into clear sky, with only a second or three to spare. It had probably been Elle’s most outstanding use of her body yet.

Flying North-East, for a while at Least

We were flying in open air again, with no hazards in view. A north-easterly wind kept our direction and elevation steady. Maybe our luck was changing!

tuncurry beach
tuncurry beach (Photo credit: Witness King Tides)

We turned past Tuncurry in a hurry, and went even faster over Forster. I was beginning to enjoy the flight.

I should have known it wouldn’t last. The wind dropped, and I got cramp in my rump;
I was like a dead-weight blowing in the breeze,
dragging the team down to the trees.

We descended at pace, and the next thing I knew we were crashing into the Ocean Dreaming Rainforest Resort on the edge of Red Head.

When we’d recovered our composure I noticed the others had red heads after the bumpy landing. They said mine was still grey.

 

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Photos from Google+ all with Greenygreyness

Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, head honcho of Greenygrey Creation in the absence of the legendary Andy Wolfhol. Talking of ol’ Wolfhol, I just found a postcard on this here site that bears the unmistakable and seemingly impossible to forge signature of our very own creative inspiration.

Nature Photos and Art

I didn’t find it until just now because I’ve been in the Google+ world searching out great greenygrey images.

I found quite a few,
so without further ado,
here they are for you:

Askar Takirbassov
Marianne Sansum
Gary Posner

ΕΛΕΝΗ ΕΛΕΝΑΚΗ
Carlos Moruzzo
Carlos Moruzzo
Alpha Pet Care

The names underneath the photos are those of the people that posted the photos on Google+.

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Kevin Pietersen Brisbane Unknown Rebuke to Pommie-Bashing

Grey thought he’d put Australia on the map with its epic travel quest across Oz, and especially Brisbane, which is of course the scene of the epic concluding battle with Bri’s bane. Brisbane’s Gabba (we would have preferred it to be called baGGa!) is also the venue for the first Ashes cricket test on Thursday.

English: Aerial view of the Brisbane River, Qu...
English: Aerial view of the Brisbane River, Queensland, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

However, this week England’s star player Kevin Pietersen responded to some Aussie pommie-bashing calling him arrogant by tweeting that nobody outside Australia has heard of Brisbane.

Kevin Peitersen Versus Brisbane

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams with a sports round-up ahead of the first Ashes cricket test in Australia.

One theory in the Greenygrey world is that Kevin Pietersen; also known as KP, as the Greenygrey is known as GG; has read Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps, and is re-enacting the blockbusting Battle of Bri’s bane with himself as the hero.

Pietersen makes a hundred

However, the opposing theory counters that if KP has read WoO he’d think that everybody has now heard of Brisbane, and knows it’s on the Australian east coast.

We’re taking another step towards Brisbane here with another episode of the Werewolf of Oz. However, it’s only a literary step rather than geographical, as the travel quest quartet are still in the middle of the Boomerang Beach trilogy. The body, mind and spirit are getting it together though, and there’s hope for a return to the dust sandy path by the end.

Chapter 124.  Spirit Lifts, Mind Plans, Body Gives Hope

I was getting sick of the sight of Boomerang Beach and Green Point by the twenty-ninth return journey, and told Cathy I was losing hope.

She said, ‘That’s not the spirit!’

Tada!
Tada! (Photo credit: candiceecidnac)

That was the lift I needed; mentally I might add, as I certainly didn’t need more physical lifting!

Spirit to Mind

After Cathy raised my spirits, I wondered if Angry might have a solution to our situation, as he’d been using his mind well recently. So I asked him if he could think of any way out of our repetitive return rebounding.

He thought for a few minutes, before suggesting we’d been playing into the phantom boomerang’s hands; or wings to be more precise.  

Angry explained his rationale through the whistling wind: it was because the four of us had been keeping to a straight two-two formation, and this kept the boomerang on its preferred trajectory.

Come Elle or Eye Water

Angry suggested that Elle might be the key to changing our course, as she’d been using her body well recently.

English: The Eye Water flowing under the bridg...
English: The Eye Water flowing under the bridge carrying the B6438 road at Reston. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If we kept an eye on her, whether they were watery or not, and she pulled in one direction, we could all follow her, and that would hopefully release us from our eternal boomeranging.

You know what, it didn’t sound nonsense at all, and I had high hopes that it would finally ground us. We agreed to attempt it on our next northerly journey.

 

 

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Poem about Search for What Matters and What Matter Is

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by a Ben Gilliland article in the Metro newspaper (November 4th, 2013). It is still available on the cosmonline.com website.

Scientific Wordplay Poem about Search for Matter

The middle and bottom half of the poem contains details about the search for what matter is, as the ‘normal’ matter we think we know accounts for less than 5% of what is thought to be out there.

The first half of the poem plays on the double meaning of the word ‘matter’.

Metro (British newspaper)

Not Everything Matters, All is Matter

why does nothing seem to matter?
what’s the matter?
what’s the matter with you?
what’s the matter in you?
what’s the matter around you?
what’s the matter you can’t see?
what’s the matter you can’t feel?

normal matter only 4.9%, 95.1% still a mystery
something’s sticking universe, scientists conducting experiments
it interacts with gravity, but not with electromagneticity

weakly interacting massive particles offer hope
WIMPs matter because they impact atoms
theoretically energising nudged atom nucleus
flash photon and electrons release
creates detectable light for machines
hoping to identify
if anything beyond us really matters

Metro, containing link to article.

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).