A terrific triple greenYgrey photo-stories and Debbie Harry and Blondie going 3G for Glastonbury Metro edition yesterday made me work overtime to bring you another greenYgrey photos special. It’s great to see our rebranding getting such great media coverage.
greenYgrey Gold Find
Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, head honcho of greenYgrey Creation in the absence of the legendary Andy Wolfhol. In a Metro story by Aidan Radnedge, a California couple look like they dedicated their $10 million gold coins find to the greenYgrey’s rebranding from this photo:
greenYgrey Bank Vault
Maybe they’ll keep their gold in a Swiss bank vault. A Nicole Le Marie story alerted me to one being sold that looks like it’d provide a great greenYgrey home:
While gold is good, bananas are great… and fairtrade bananas are fantastic. An article about the value and benefit of buying fairtrade bananas by Amy Dawson had this fantastic photo of Colombian banana farmer Foncho Cantillo in front of a Billboard made from 5,000 real bananas on Clapham Common.
Cantillo positioned himself well to make sure grey was included in the greenY photo.
Another photo featured Harry Hill, who is of course the human parallel of our very own Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, and a fairtrade ambassador.
Hill only had a little grey in his photo, so he gets a smaller image:
Debbie Harry : 2G Blondie: 1G
And finally, what a fortnight for Debbie Harry of Blondie fame. First of all she was the top half of Marc Latham’s epic Valentine Folding Mirror poem, and on Wednesday she was awarded the Godlike Genius (2G) award at the NME award ceremony.
In a Metro story reported by Jenni McKnight, Debbie Harry also announced that Blondie would be headlining one of the nights at this year’s Glastonbury (1G).
Congratulations and Good Luck to Debbie and Blondie, and thanks to the Metro.
The Sochi2014 Winter Olympics will be remembered for many things, but its greenygreyness will probably not be one… except in the Greenygrey world that is. First of all, congratulations to Russia for putting on a great games, and winning the medal table, and also all the Winter Olympians.
Graham Bell, Winter Olympian
Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams with a satirical comedy sports report. Yes, after the Winter Olympics 2014 Alpine events finished at Sochi former Winter Olympian Graham Bell was asked for his Alpine stars.
In the above photo Bell is probably asking how come fellow presenter Ed Leigh gets to greenygrey, and he doesn’t. Leigh is obviously the happier of the two, to the point of looking smug.
Graham Bell’s Alpine Stars
While they came from different countries and genders, they did have one thing in common: yes, you probably guessed it, a love of greenygreying.
Perhaps fittingly, the first Alpine stars on Bell’s list were Kjetil Jansrud and Tina Maze, who have already been featured on this blog for greenygreying and Super Ging.
I have to admit that Team U.S.A.s Ted Ligety had escaped my Eddie ‘The Eagle’ eyes until Bell brought his love for greenygreying to my attention. Here’s a couple of photos of Ligety in super GGing action:
Graham Bell’s last Alpine star, Mikaela Shiffren, was another Greenygreyer that slipped through my grip.
It didn’t take me long to find some great greenygreying images of Shiffren. And here’s a couple:
Top Greenygrey Star
While the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will probably not be remembered as the Greenygrey Games like the London 2012 Summer Olympics; the Greenygrey is more at home in warm climates; I like to think that Team GG did contribute quite a great deal to the games.
While the above Alpine skiers were undoubtedly great, for me the star greenygreyer of Sochi 2014 was the helmet of the Czech Republic snowboarder Sarka Pancochova.
In true greenygrey shapeshift dividing style, and also remembering the Hats of Hope met in the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps, the helmet broke in two to break Pancochova’s fall, allowing her to compete again three days later.
In this image, featured in the same BBC Saturday highlights show as Bell’s naming of his Alpine stars, the greenYgrey helmet’s split is shown at its bottom, revealing a yellow inside.
For a fashion midweek festival, which this week has turned into, while Stella Lagerwolf-Bruno was at London Fashion Week last week I was travelling through time back to the future… or as it can otherwise be known, flicking back a few pages in the Metro.
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem started with a thought about how a change of mind, going against past behaviour, can change the course of history; either personally or on a wider scale; confounding those who have studied the form.
A moment of malfunction or genius, rule-breaking or freedom.
You do what you want,
but do you know what you want,
and do you want what you know?
Folding Mirror Mind Malfunction
judgements are based
on the past
anticipating the future
the folding mirror line
should happen about now
with two clauses
of the same amount of words
but with a twist of the mind
the poem can just continue
line after line
without a fold
to mirror two sides
until the words end.
I wrote that free thinking, but perhaps predictably, after noticing there were the right number of lines for a mirror poem, I edited it into one.
Updated: I later edited it again to describe a mirror poem, rather than an unstructured one.
Folding Mirror Finished, Normal Service Resumed
idea inspires research
on multiple sources
imagining whole shape
analysis upon analysis
folding mirror line
happens about now
with two clauses, divided by comma
then poem continues
in bottom half
words to line
remembering upper semi
reflecting both sides
until form accompli
London fashion week has been such a whirl Naomi Mdudu beat me to the breaking story in yesterday’s Metro. Yes, it’s all over now, and it was such a wonderful whirlwind my mind feels like my House of Holland clogs hardly clattered the catwalk crowd kerfuffle, but my legs tell me something else.
Good morning fashionistas, it’s Stella Lagerwolf-Bruno, comedy-satire fashionista suprema @ Greenygrey central, inspired by Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Bruno and Stella beer; and Ab Fab, which featured lots of women being very funny in my kind of world.
Talking of brands, as I will be soon, I think Jo Brand is funny too.
London Fashion Week Highlights
Looking back through my notes, I’ve picked out five fantastic five-days February festival (using five words beginning with F… well, six or seven now!) greenygrey highlights. Ciao fashionistas…
The headline refers to the first episode of Speed with Guy Martin. The four-part series has featured the motorcycle rider trying to break speed records on land, water and in the air.
Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, television correspondent at the Greenygrey in the erstwhile style of Harry Hill. I think the documentaries featured in this blog are just available in the U.K.
Some have age restrictions too, and parental guidance is probably advisable for some of the information relayed in this blog.
Sport and Recreation Balance
At the Greenygrey we try and balance our postings, and be responsible. We don’t want to lecture you, or give you the idea we’re trying to restrict you, but at the same time we don’t want to push you into behaviour that might get you into trouble.
Writing about rock and The Pretty Reckless might be criticised in some circles, but there is plenty of reckless living within mainstream society and sports, but it is deemed acceptable because it is ‘official’.
Moreover, in the year to March 2013 a government report stated there were 1,680 road deaths in the U.K., 10% down from 1,870 the year before, which averages out at nearly 5 a day.
This blog features some daredevil adrenalin sports featured on mainstream U.K. television, to balance the alternative culture featured in the previous Valentine’s Day blog, charismatically presented by Love, the mixed-up vole.
At the Greenygrey we don’t want anybody to be pushed over the edge by anything we write and post, although knowing human nature we think some of you might feel like doing something silly just to rebel against that!
We also try and keep the humour within the best possible taste, as Kenny Everett once used to say, with his risque comedy.
We hope that ‘Posh Trotty’ doesn’t push us over the edge!
Speed with Guy Martin
In the first episode of Speed with Guy Martin Olympic athlete Laura Trott gave fitness advice to Guy Martin. Martin was surprised that Trott pushed herself to exhaustion in training every day.
Just before the series was announced I’d seen Guy Martin for the first time in a documentary about the Isle of Man TT race, and liked his personality of psychopathic recklessness and independent rebelliousness.
It seemed to bear the hallmarks of good psychopathy traits described in a Channel Four Psychopathy Night, with many top sports people scoring high on the psychopathy scale; along with lots of other celebrities, politicians, businesspeople and bankers.
There are also many negative traits of course. But the good traits are generally that they will take risks, and push themselves to the limit, which can be good for competing in sports and careers, but not so good for the public if they overstep the mark in business and banking.
There’s only two days left to watch Don’t Look Downon 4oD too. It focused on free climber James Kingston, who scales buildings and cranes to hang off them or walk across narrow surfaces, such as girders.
He also went out to the Ukraine, and climbed with Mustang, the most prominent climber in a bigger scene there. They said many climbers had fallen to their deaths in the Ukraine and Russia, where the craze began.
While there have been vertical-face free climbers hanging off mountains with one hand and tightrope walkers balancing above certain death for years, the everyday urban scenes of the free climbs featured in the documentary made them seem all the more hair-raising.
There were lots of great greenygrey scenes in the above documentaries, available from a Google search of their names.
Greenygreying is just a joke, so please don’t try outdoing them! Nobody and nothing at the Greenygrey would!! The greenygrey in the photos might look nice, but it won’t give you a soft landing!!!
There was less greenygrey in a Storyville documentary about a couple of days in 2008 when fifteen climbers and guides were killed on K2, the world’s second highest peak after Everest, as a few climbing teams got peak fever near the top and tried to reach their goal when they didn’t really have time.
When interviewed, the surviving climbers stressed they all knew that if they went down near the top it meant almost certain death, and that they didn’t expect the others to stop climbing to launch a rescue mission.
Debbie Harry would probably have become more of an icon if she had died young and stayed at her peak prettiness, like her heroine Marilyn Monroe, but she’s still going strong, and we’re really glad she did survive.
Some of the K2 climbers survived and some died. All knew the risks and accepted what could happen.
Marc Latham has pushed himself quite hard and had some successes.
At the Greenygrey we hope we might inspire some people to succeed in some things, but don’t want to be responsible for anybody taking risks they don’t feel comfortable with.
We admire and respect the achievements of Martin and Kingston, Harry and Momsen, but also the people and animals who live day-to-day lives, bringing up families and packs, and battling illnesses and difficulties to survive.
Mainly we’re just relaying information that’s already out there on mainstream media.
Most don’t make it to the top in music, some don’t make it to the top in climbing, and many don’t make it down, or in better shape than when they started their journey.
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