Category Archives: Greenygrey history

Frankie Goes to Hollywood Beat Journey Next Move for Frank Skinner?

After Frank Skinner’s beat poetry podcast maybe another programme could see him retrace the Beat journey to California, and be called Frankie Goes to Hollywood after the 1980s pop group!

GGF II?

If it included greenYgrey (and Frank: Road Trip), it could also be the new Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip (just done USA!), with GGF capitals!

New Scooby Doo?

They could also do Scooby Doo, with Frank’s scruffy look and zany personality ideal to play Shaggy!?

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Until then, there’s always the greenYgrey trilogy!

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Beat Poetry and Prose Reviewed by Frank Skinner

Frank Skinner poetry podcast on Beats is now available on Planet Radio, home of Absolute Classic Rock, and many other musical genres, mostly split by decades. I usually listen to the rock show, but if there’s a song I don’t really want to listen to on there, there’s usually one on another of the channels (I have no association with them, and am not trying to influence you!). That may change in the future; I’m open to offers!!; but I have no masterplans for it now!!!

Frank Skinner, Beats and Me

Frank Skinner’s been into the Beats since the late 1960s, so he wasn’t influenced by me! Apart from his comedy, I just related to him before as a working-class football supporter and big drinker; who I remember saying put his comedy before friendships!

Like with most things now, I picked out things I related to, as well as hoping to discover new things. I pretty much knew the Beat history and names he covered, and similarly appreciate it and know its limitations. Here’s some of the notes I made during it; if you’d like more info let me know:

Starts with Sometime During Eternity – Laurence Ferlinghetti

Says it’s not a great poem, but he hadn’t known poetry could be like that.

Beats inspired by Jazz – bebop

Saw writing as a sacred thing

Doesn’t see Kerouac’s On The Road as a novel – more a long poem

Then reviews two poems by Gregory Corso – Bomb : shaped like a bomb, innovative at time; and Man About to Enter Sea:  Sea is our home, man stands for mankind, swim is evolution. Then reality – only bathers on the summer shore, back to ordinary, fights the mundane, like musicians, don’t buy into the ordinary, allow yourself to see beyond that.

No fear of the blank page.

Then Allen Ginsberg: first thought, best thought – crumpled up the paper and trod it into the dirt more than anybody – Sunflower Sutra (1955) – before him and Kerouac were famous (Ginsberg’s Howl published in 56, Kerouac’s OTR in 57).

Thinks Kerouac novels not great on plot: why he’s more of a poet.

Kerouac and the greenYgrey trilogy

In that regard, the first of the greenYgrey trilogy (2008/09 – blogged on Blogpost) is most Beat-like, as it was written without much plot, just literary nonsense. That was like my demo, in the musical arc I worked the trilogy too.

Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps (now available as an ebook for free on Smashwords) was written freely, but then I went back at the end and tied the plot together on a six-month unpaid career break.

I had the denouement of the trilogy in my head before writing Xaw Files: Beyond Humanity, so it was a matter of filling in the blanks really – and choosing an X-Files series and episodes structure for the chapters and sub-chapters made it easier; although the length of it, and trying to make each of the 202 ‘episodes’ worthwhile was still mentally exhausting. It’s available for free as an ebook on Amazon Kindle Unlimited. 

 

Dream Memory Written Raw Through Coffee

Write from the brain
bean eases strain
remembering dream
something scream:

It’s there to learn
so burn, burn, burn.
(my interpretation, mixing The Doors’ Light  My Fire
with computer burning)

But what use will it be
stored in memory
nobody wants to know
three pages in a row?
(I do remember turning the page, and it having writing or symbols on it; and I think learning at least one page – the one I turned over onto I think, and the ‘tutor’ saying something like ‘See, you can do it if you try’)

Show don’t tell 
knowledge not hell
concentrate to read
mindfulness seed
if it sinks to bottom
reassuring totem.

Searching Wikipedia totem clarification
I find ‘tutelary’ guardian in the description.
Was that the main lesson of the dream/nightmare:
‘seeing/remembering’ my tutor for the first time?
But was I meant to remember what I read?
Or was it a test to see if I’d guess instead?

green: written in the present
blue: dream tutor
orange: dream me

Nostradamus and Me: Beyond Humanity!

Like Nostradamus, I think my writing includes a lot that could be considered prophetic for the current Covid-19 pandemic. There was a theme of self-isolation and distancing towards the end of the greenYgrey era, culminating with the apocalyptical ending, and title ‘Beyond Humanity’. It was a general feeling though, combining terrorism and overpopulation, rather than a clear sighting.

I didn’t see the extent of it in Europe and the USA even when it was making its away across from China. The first reports of hundreds of deaths per day in Italy were a big shock!

Circumstantial Coincidences?

When I posted a link to a previous post containing reference to my Children of the Quorn (Children of the Corn parody that preceded the emergence of Greta Thunberg and the school strike movement – I don’t know if she was inspired by it though!?) last week the blog post was mostly about criticising Ozzy for selling a toy celebrating him biting the head off a bat; the coronavirus is thought to have originated in bats, before getting into the food chain in Wuhan.

When I looked for the first mention of mistYmuse on this site (inspired by the end of mistYmuse 2019/20, and my mapping of my horizon posts this week) this morning the unrelated 2018 post’s main photo is of Gwyneth Paltrow, star of Contagion, a disaster movie that gives a much clearer prediction of the Covid crisis: starting in China from a bat. Director Steven Soderbergh said that making the movie made him think a real pandemic was only a matter of time!

Over the last couple of years I also watched the Ancient Aliens episode on plagues and epidemics, also from 2011, and also saying another pandemic was due. It focused on how the Fatima sighting (generally claimed as sun/religious [Wikipedia], but they think could have been a UFO) had preceded the Spanish Flu pandemic a century ago. It thinks aliens use pandemics to control the human population. I think that’s a slim possibility, but lets humanity off the hook; as blaming higher powers such as gods too.

Modern Shamen or Creative Thinker?

I have had a lot of sights, thoughts and dreams that I think could be considered prophetic, but they are all unproveable, and most people probably have them too, and if they predict disaster they aren’t usually acted upon anyway (as the current crisis shows, governments and workers are reluctant to stop the economy/travel even when disasters are happening !) so there’s no point claiming them… kind of like the vague muddled messages I saw people describing in the ‘Mothman Prophecies‘ movie about the  Point Pleasant bridge collapse.

There is one bit of data that does back up my claim that I had some kind of transcendental thoughts during the writing of XaW Files: Beyond Humanity: I had by far my best Fantasy Football Season (it was also the season Leicester totally upset the odds by winning the real Premier League, which was probably a factor?.. and probably not connected?.. as I hope the chairman’s later helicopter crash outside their ground wasn’t!).

XaW Files: Beyond Humanity

So I think XaW Files should only be bought as a brilliant book of fiction with deep thinking writer insights, but as Neil Young said about his songs, he doesn’t write them, he just writes them down; I haven’t felt like writing fiction much since, but have written a couple of short stories!

Do I think I’m as good as most of the ‘Western shamen’ making money out of it: probably, yes.
Do I think I’m as good as adult-lifelong religious shamen and meditators: probably, not.

Do I want to think myself special: Yes
Do I want to be blamed for disasters: No

So if I can’t stop disasters, and am just going to be called a charlatan, I’ll stick to just being a writer and poet; and I still believe in my work… and that it’s been criminally overlooked… but if you’ve read it, as more people seem to do than sales show… then that’s something for me.

Now, I think I’m best suited to little poetic philosophy snippets that I freely post in spontaneous prose on Facebook!

 

Knowing your Horizon; Coronavirus Contagion Comparison; Washing Hands

The note I made 18 months ago that came in useful on Saturday, for my last sunrise b4 BST photos, with the sunrise then at 83 degrees east; so I knew it would be visible:

My Public Health Contribution

Coronavirus hand-washing: a guide as I understand it.
While avoiding people’s breath seems clear, how the virus survives on surfaces has had mixed messages so far.
As I understand it, it’s if somebody with coronavirus has left it on a surface, which you then touch, and then touch a part of your body open to the inside: mouth, nose etc, and I presume cuts etc.
So you only really need to wash your hands if you’ve touched something that may have coronavirus on it: when you’ve been out, or brought something from the outside in. It’s supposed to survive on hard surfaces longer than soft, but only for hours, up to 72.
So if you haven’t been out for 72 hours and not brought anything in, you should be safe, and not have to stress about washing hands all the time.

Contagion Movie and Coronavirus Reality

I watched Contagion (2011) on ITV4 last week; inspired by the coronavirus outbreak, as I hadn’t watched it before!; and it had a lot of similarities with what’s happened with coronavirus: especially it starting in the Chinese animal food chain: Screen Rant comparison between the two.

I think Chinese culture has a lot of positives, especially the martial arts exercise and philosophy; pandas and eco initiatives; but really think they could improve their food chain; as the whole world could.

Blogging and Writing

Unlike the blogger in Contagion, I’ve tried to really provide an entertaining public service model, which is one of the reasons I haven’t made much money.

Blogging has also been useful to me for getting my views down as they happen, so I can look back on them. Today, I remembered blogging criticism of Boris Johnson (‘Well, the Chinese are showing us that that is the approach we have got to have in the future.” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2464791/Boris-Johnson-takes-dramatic-helicopter-flight-Hong-Kong.html) and George Osbourne for wanting a ‘Chinese-style’ high development country when they visited China and Hong Kong in 2013; it was also criticised in The Guardian!

I advertise my books because I believe in them, and always will; although they have largely been ignored, as far as I know! I have been ready to hand the baton over to Greta Thunberg and her Children of the Quorn since she arrived over the horizon (linking at the last moment to the original topic in this blog post; previously unforeseen and unplanned, in true spontaneous prose style!).

 

Tree-Hugging Sun Photos, UFO-Shaped Light Haloes

greenYgrey fans can probably see gYg,
especially in the sky earth symbiology,
sunlight and photosynthesising tree,
original returned or baby or three,
or trick of the light photo technology?

The outer ring seems to be PinkyOrangePurple (well pinky anyway!) in the first too, for new POP age fans, fitting in with the POP following on from the greenYgrey core gYgPOP evolution!

Books of Yesteryear for the Discerning Cur; recursive?

Banksy Thanksy? References greenYgrey in Sotheby’s Display

MSN featured a video on the news this morning wondering if it was Banksy filming his own shredding stunt, which I think was an excellent return to form, for me anyway, surprising me at least, returning me to how I felt when his/their artwork first started appearing. They were an inspiration to me and my Greenygrey/greenYgrey concept. I thought his dismaland theme park was like the old-fashioned greenygrey sunless world, before its yellow core rebranding (with a big chunk of parody/satire comedy, mixing sunshine and cowardice connotations, greenYgrey style!).

Great Artists Reference Each Other

Banksy referenced Picasso on Instagram explaining the painting shredding: “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge” – Picasso

Did he also reference the greenYgrey as he started his video filming the scene in Sotheby’s (presuming it was him), choosing to include this rebranded greenYgrey painting, another homage to continue the great greenYgrey epic classic tale; while at the same time commenting on how the crowd were only interested in his ‘celebrity status’ image, ignoring the great greenYgrey art in front of them!:

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As Banksy explained how he created his art, I will also let you in on my secret. I read MSN this morning, watched the video, went back and stopped it where I saw the greenYgrey near the start, and then screenprinted it.

Then I cropped it to the finished image, leaving the timeline visible, to show it was right at the start.

There was also some Banksy inspiration to my wandering wondering poetry, although there were many others too, from past decades and centuries.

By total coincidence I was playing Suicidal Tendencies’ Art of Rebellion (1992) yesterday morning, and thought that was relevant to Banksy’s shredded painting, as well as the Mona Lisa in flames being very greenYgrey… years before my greenYgrey… maybe Banksy was referencing ST… via me!

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