The POPolution (PinkyOrangePurple) has been recognised by the Booker Prize, mentioned here yesterday, with Milkman by Anna Burns winning it for Faber and Faber; it’s only book. F&F was also mentioned here yesterday as the publishers of Moby’s Porcelain memoir.
Against Hierarchical Grooming
The subject matter is also relevant to the greenYgrey/POP cause, campaigning against hierarchical grooming, as I have been doing for the last fifteen years in university, work and writing.
As long as the subject is being written about and read it doesn’t matter who’s doing it, although I would obviously have preferred it to be me; I add with unhumble narcissistic egotism self-parody to ‘keep it real’, and try not to look too unctuous and obsequious (two new words I learnt recently and remembered now off the top of my coffilosophy head, and spelt correctly).
New POP Art
I don’t want to let serious issues overshadow the POP celebrations though, and here’s the winning cover stripped of content in true Andy Warhol-style pop art; which could just as well have been the cover of XaW Files: Beyond Humanity, representing greenYgrey’s POP art travel quest for the greenYgrey world’s Andy Warhol, Andy Wolfhol.
Even the simple title ‘Milkman’ is quite pop art, reminding me of Warhol’s Campbell’s soup tins and Coca Cola bottle images. I don’t think he did milk, but there are some other condensed milk ones in pop art style available online:
Thank you Anna Burns, Faber and Faber and the Booker Prize judging panel.
Hero hippies aren’t on crack
they’re on the railroad track…
… adding colour to the greenygrey
human nature beautiful display.
Banksy YouTube Conspiracy?
I wrote Banksy’s shredding of his painting at Sotheby’s was reminiscent of Suicidal Tendencies’ Art of Rebellion album cover in yesterday’s blog post.
I also wrote it was a total coincidence I was listening to it on YouTube. I think it was, but it was a suggested video, or their Freedumb album (1999) was first, and AoR followed, so who knows how it works; I don’t!
Maybe Banksy works for YouTube, or knows somebody that does?
Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum
If you think about things like that, the possibilities are endless. I recently read Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum (1988), and he makes that point; that there are always connections if you look hard enough; something I showed in my XaW Files: Beyond Humanity.
I am now certain XaW is a credible Eco for beginners: a less scholarly, but more entertaining version. We both studied semiotics at university; I did mine on my own, straying from the methodology the department wanted, starved of supervision in my first year.
Both books have thin plotlines and are more a writer digging deep into philosophy, psychology and knowledge, for personal learning and sharing. I was bored for much of the over 600 pages of Pendulum, and think most modern casual readers will be; whereas I wrote XaW in small entertaining sections, ideal for the modern social media user with low attentions spans, because that’s what I am; especially because I think I always have had ADHD.
Eco (no relation to environment!) passed away a while ago, and was obviously a great writer and academic, so I’m not being ‘competitive’!
Banksy Art History – Marcel Duchamp’s Readymadesy
The greenYgrey didn’t find the greenYgrey world’s Andy Warhol, Andy Wolfhol, on the XaW Files travel quest, but it did find Marcel Duchamp and his Readymades. I realised that the relevant images and photos I’d been rebranding greenygrey/greenYgrey; and then POP (PinkyOrangePurple) were like what Duchamp had done a century earlier, in what some people consider the most important artistic contribution of the century. I named mine readYmades, in line with the greenYgrey rebranding!
Jonathan Jones traced Banksy back to Duchamp in an article on MSN today. There is even a link to the Suicidal Tendencies’ Art of Rebellion album cover featuring the Mona Lisa, as Jones cites Duchamp’s drawing on a copy of the Mona Lisa.
A fresh coffilosophy thought now wonders if Suicidal Tendencies knew of Duchamp, and they were referencing him by featuring the Mona Lisa. Are they modern dadaists, protesting against elitism and war in their own LA way… the possibilities are endless..!
I hadn’t connected the railroad tracks image at the top of the blog post to the Banksy-Duchamp article when I started writing this, but now I realise it’s my latest greenYgrey readYmade.
The greenYgrey may have left Earth, but it’s spirit lives on…
I apologise if this blog post has been too long, and it’s been very male. Gwyneth Paltrow was on the news this morning promoting her Goop brand, and she talked and looked great, and many women are capable of great art and deep thinking, as I’ve tried to strongly promote over the last fifteen years of arduous; sometimes fun; creative writing… and editing, which is never really fun, but is rewarding when improving the spontaneous prose and eliminating errors that would have spoilt it.
Rolf Harris was depicted as the devil of the kangaroo community in Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. Yesterday he was convicted of crimes against children. Harris’s depiction in Werewolf of Oz was not a prophecy, or even an educated guess, it was just because one of his most famous songs was Tie Me Kangaroo Down, and the fact that he was the most goody two-shoes Australian known in Britain.
Growing Up In 1970s Britain
Growing up in 1970s Britain you used to hear that child homes were ‘bad places’, but there was nothing about celebrities, so it has been a surprise and disappointment to see ‘nice’ people like Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall and Rolf Harris convicted of child crimes, although it is good that they have.
Moreover, when the abuse in child homes was finally being exposed there were child-grooming gangs waiting outside, with men preying on the children by pretending to give them the love they’d lacked during their neglected childhood.
Living in ‘Multicultural’ Britain
Those gangs took advantage of New Labour’s ‘multicultural’ mantra that meant social alienation for those who dared to criticise the negative aspects of these new and rising cultures in British society.
Acting as New Labour’s biggest supporter in this was the BBC and liberal media. The same media outlets that had been covering up or neglecting to challenge their ‘celebrities’.
The Nigerian girls kidnapping showed the ‘norms’ of some of those cultures.
Studying in the ICS
I wanted to research and write about what was going on in Britain at that time.
I was stopped by the ICS’s man at the BBC, who was having a relationship with his student/secretary at the time. They had been to a conference together in Hawaii, and later married.
I was just finishing my thesis, and afterwards complained to the university about bullying and grooming in the ICS.
They said I was too late to complain about that, as there was a time limit, which was six months I think. They didn’t ask anything more about it.
I guess they wanted to protect their ‘stars’.
Celebrities Not a Surprise
So the behaviour of the exposed celebrities doesn’t seem such a surprise. A norm in academia and the workplace, and it seems in the media, is for those with power to expect some perks from their position.
For some of the powerful, this usually means grooming lower staff members, while persecuting any rivals or those who don’t adhere to their advances.
Britain has been cleaning its act up over the last decade. I hope it continues, and that future generations don’t relapse into a culture or cultures of cruelty, denial and self-induced ignorance.
Although it makes Britain look bad now, hopefully it’ll make it look better in the future. Most cultures and societies in the world are still years behind in such matters.
‘During my life I have encountered many reasons why women deserve
to be controlled by status, but many more for men.’
Marc Latham, 2009.
Sorry about the existential minimalist blog post for International Women’s Day yesterday, but we thought we’d leave it to the humans yesterday; and sometimes a small amount of words can have more impact… and are easier to write!
They are also be safer of course, because as soon as you start expressing opinions you open yourself up to controversy and criticism.
After writing yesterday’s phrase Women are half of humanity I thought that I might have angered transgender people, who might have thought themselves left out.
I then presumed that trangender people probably balance out between male and female, so I thought it was probably okay after all.
Latham Socialism v Galloway Socialism
The strapline for this blog was Free and Equal Green Writing last year. This was influenced by Marc Latham’s socialist background.
While Gorgeous George Galloway and supporters might consider Marc Latham a bad socialist, Marc considers himself more socialist than them, stressing the rights of all people, and freedom from religious indoctrination.
It didn’t mean that everybody should leave relationships, and lead an existential anarchist life, it just meant that people should have the freedom to choose the way they lead their lives.
While Marc thought that anarchic freedom was the way to be in youth, in adulthood and middle-age he thinks that if you’ve got a good family you should make the most of it.
If you don’t think you have a good family then you might need more external inspirations, and I hope you find ones that help you lead a better life.
The Free and Equal phrasewas inspired by the rise in forced relationships and slavery in the U.K., and around Europe and the world as far as I know.
While Marc believes that all women should have equality, he also has his own taste in women, which is the classic model-actress-musical icon long-haired slim feminine pretty woman such as Kate Moss, Tia Carrere, Debbie Harry, Kitty Zhang (Zhang Yuqi), Briggitte Bardot, Jessica Alba, Beyonce and Britt Ekland… preferably into animal welfare, non-smoker, good sense of humour and a nice feminine personality (I sense British militant feminist rage!?).
While British feminism often seems to resent those kind of women, Ukraine’s Femen movement and some other feminist movements celebrate the beauty of women.
The Greenygrey doesn’t necessarily support all their beliefs and tactics, but generally supports their cause.
That is where Marc Latham’s socialism and heterosexuality have their best fit, although some feminists will probably not accept his rationale: some feminists just seem to want to keep feminism as an all women’s club… versus men… rather than trying to be equal, and creating a better society alongside men, like I think my human inspiration Mary Wollstonecraft did.
Love is in the anagram air for Valentine’s Day at the Greenygrey. Yes, you’re not dreaming, it really is Love, your Valentine vole.
They must be mad, but they’ve given the blog over to their favourite mixed-up vole for Valentine’s Day… only at the Greenygrey!
Valentine Love Vole Photos
I’ve taken the opportunity to bring you lots of lovely greenygrey vole photos that I just know you’re going to love, just like me. Here you are, Happy Valentine’s, and remember to show those vomantic voles some love!
Hi, it’s Wolf Whitzer, with a Greenygrey News (GGN) newsflash, satirical comedy in the style of Wolf Blitzer on CNN. Lloyds bank used to have a blue-sky logo and brand, but after the banking crash it seems to have rebranded to a more realistic greenygrey logo brand.
Lloyds Bank Blue Sky Logo
Until last September the old Lloyds bank logo used to feature a black horse in front of a greenyblue background, as shown in this image:
Lloyds Bank Greenygrey Logo
Perhaps in an effort to provide a more reassuring and trustworthy image after the banking crash, Lloyds bank has now gone greenygrey:
The Greenygrey was not involved in the rebranding. It was done by Rufus Leonard, RKRC/Y&R, Proximity and MEC according to the drum.comwebsite.
Moments that Matter
The website also contained the Lloyds advert for the marketing campaign, which is also available on YouTube, and is copied below (notice the greenygrey cover and the double letter strapline, althought its MM rather than GG!):
We hope that Lloyds lives up to the greenygrey brand.
Iridescence makes more sense,
After flying clouds of white n grey
Showed a purple n green hue
Passing through the sunrise’s
Before, I only saw still clouds brightened this way.
It made me think sun is the dominant member in the partnership.
Before, I had thought it was clouds.
Clouds are the canvas. Sun is the painter.
Hi, it’s Grey Greyvara, social conscience at the Greenygrey. When Marc Latham was studying for his PhD from 2000-2005 he was considered a Jew in a derogatory Islamo-fascist-liberal way for daring to say the Middle-East was a cycle of violence; mostly influenced by the work of media analyst with a cool surname Gadi Wolfsfeld.
Islamo-fascism continued in the area Marc lived, and that persecution of anything criticising Islam probably helped inspire some of those involved in the 7/7 bombings of 2005.
Marc was still quite a radical socialist during that time, so was critical of Islam for its social inequality and human rights abuses. But criticism of Islam at university was decoded and demonised as being pro-West, pro-Israeli and right-wing.
Marc understands this is the way the world is divided between east and west; highlighted in the Syrian conflict recently. Marc doesn’t like the U.S. blockade of Cuba, but also doesn’t like Cuba’s alliance with countries such as Syria and Iran; although the West’s ally in the Middle-East Saudi Arabia also has a terrible human rights record.
While that might sound Islamophobic, Marc enjoyed his time in Islamic countries when travelling through them in the 1980s. It’s not Islamic people on the whole that Marc criticises, it is their rulers and ideologies.
Unfortunately, Islamism has risen since the 1980s, inspiring more people to become extremists. This has had a knock-on effect in other countries and religions, with more Christian and Jewish extremists, as well as more radical atheists.
As a focus on Islamism took over the left in the U.K.; originally through New Labour, and now epitomised by George Galloway; and 7/7 happened; Marc moved to the political centre, and out of academic life, leading to Greenygrey theory on this here websitey.
From Marxism to Scandinavian Democracy
Marc moved from being a bit of a British Marxist, common in 1980s Britain, to a Scandinavian style democratic socialist; although Scandinavia has also changed politically since the Utopian post-World War II era, and many parts have become more capitalist.
However, it still scores highly in most standard-of-living and democratic ideals ratings: equality, press freedom, freedom of speech, environmental innovation etc.
So I was interested to hear Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus express similar views to Marc on religion recently, published on the British Rationalist Association website; and in particular on the negativity and threat of Islamism.
Moreover, our ol’ pal Marc Latham replied on September 18th, before the latest explosion of Islamism in Kenya (and Pakistan, where dozens of Christians were killed in a Taliban suicide bombing attack):
‘Israel has some responsibility in the Middle-East, because of its expansionism, but it is only Islam that is still spreading religious war around the region, and out into the rest of the world.
And even then, Judaism was around for about 1000 years before Islam, and Christianity for about 500 years before Islam, and they are both trying desperately to hold on to some land/a foothold in their Middle-East homes.’
Marc hopes that Iran’s election of the more moderate Rouhani and his recent peaceful overtones to the ‘West’ can bring a new era of hope to the Middle-East.
Bjorn Ulvaeus Swedish Humanist
I didn’t know that Bjorn Ulvaeus was a Swedish humanist until I read that interview, or that he’d had a similar religious journey to Marc Latham until watching the following interview.
Bjorn Ulvaeus was also a secular freedom of speech advocate who didn’t take much interest in religion until the rise of Islamism and 9/11:
Hi, it’s Stella Lagerwolf-Bruno, fashionista suprema at the Greenygrey, with a mix of serious reporting and satirical fashion for you today. I’ve been chosen to write this blog because there’s some greenygrey fashion later, as well as the fact that Voyager has left our solar system to become the first human object to travel in interstellar space after thirty-six years.
To me, interstellar space usually means keeping my distance from two of my closest rivals in fashion, Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld. Or time between pints of Stella Artois. Anyway, enough about me, and on with the footie.
Clarke Carlisle seems to take a balanced honest rational greenygrey view on his life and football in his new autobiography, You Don’t Know Me, But …: A Footballer’s Life; in which he hasprovoked controversy for criticising more extreme anti-racism campaigning footballers like Rio Ferdinand. We supported Carlisle’s Kick Racism Out campaign last year.
While the Greenygrey doesn’t want any prejudice in British sport and society, it also doesn’t want selfish and greedy people stirring up trouble where it is not needed.
Last year, Rio Ferdinand led a campaign that seemed totally out of proportion to the problem. After a couple of racist footballer cases, one of them by a South American, Ferdinand seemed to take inspiration from Malcolm X‘s black power movement, while Clarke Carlisle seemed more like Martin Luther King.
Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, Ferdinand’s raising of the agenda to critical point in the media led to some crowd incidents; with Ferdinand, the media and crowds like a perfect storm feeding off each for a while.
This was in a modern football culture where Congolese Fabrice Muamba had been cheered at every ground after surviving a cardiac arrest on the pitch while playing for Bolton.
Moreover, England goalie David James said he’d never experienced any racism in English football during his long career. James also said in an Independent article that he thought anti-racism groups were just trying to stir things up to justify their existence.
Peter Herbert’s Society of Black Lawyers
Into the perfect storm appeared Peter Herbert and the Society of Black Lawyers. While Herbert might be a good lawyer, and done good things in other cases, he apparently suffered racism in his childhood, and admitted he knew nothing about football. So he was hardly likely to take a greenygrey balanced view like Carlisle. However, the British media has still given him wide coverage.
Moreover, Herbert’s also caused trouble for Tottenham Hotspur’s Jewish fans, citing them as racist for calling themselves a ‘Y’ term I don’t want to use because I’m not Jewish, so would almost certainly be considered racist by Herbert and his cronies.
The Jewish fans use the term as a self-defence, in the same way as some black people use the ‘N’ word; and Marc Latham uses the ‘C’ word. So Herbert diving into the football world without much knowledge criticising the Spurs fans as ‘racist’ is like a Jewish lawyer diving into the music world and calling black rappers racist for using the ‘N’ word.
Anyway, enough serious stuff for now, and there’s been some great greenygrey news in the football fashion world this season…
Greenygrey Football Kits
Andrii Piatov kept a clean sheet as Ukraine drew 0-0 with England. Piatov wore a mainly grey kit with green stripes.
Asmir Begovic has helped little Bosnia and Herzegovina to the brink of World Cup qualification in a green shirt, and grey shorts and socks.
Begovic plays for Stoke in the Premier League, and in a first for the Greenygrey, their away kit has been passed as greenygrey by the Board of Greenygrey Quality Control.
The main colour is definitely grey, described as dark shale. The second colour is described as electric. Electric can look green or yellow, so is quite controversial, but it has now been passed as green enough; with this greenygrey little and large Owen and Crouch photo clinching the case.
Hi, it’s Grey Greyvara, social conscience at the Greenygrey. The image of my human parallel Che Guevara became a cultural icon, so I’ve been chosen to present today’s blog on semiotics. My subject for the blog is Dr. Marc Latham, who studied semiotics for his PhD around 2000-2002, before adapting it to framing for his media analysis. Marc was a critical theorist, supporting more media freedom and social liberation. The Islamisation of the left sent him to the Greenygrey centre.
New Brands Theory, Brand New Poetry
Towards the end of Marc’s studies in 2005, branding became the new buzzword in Communications.
Many industries are still discovering branding,
five to seven years behind the Greenygrey.
Not because we searched words to say,
the theories just passed our way.
Helly Hansen is a Norwegian clothing company with a HH logo, as the Greenygrey is GG.
Helly Hansen is proud to fly the Norwegian colours.
Karrimor is a British clothing company with a Union Jack logo.
While that may seem racist-nationalistic to multicultural fascists trying to eradicate any historical Britishness from Britain, the logo is black and white, as the Greenygrey is greenygrey.
When Helly Met Greeny, in Cultural Neutrality
In 2012 Marc Latham bought a new jacket. Having seen a greenygrey one in a store he thought about buying it, but when he looked online he found a Karrimor one much cheaper.
So the decision to buy Karrimor was based on greenygrey colours and price rather than its logo.
Travelling to Norway Marc had no qualms about wearing it, knowing that Norway and Britain have a good relationship, and especially since they were strong allies in World War Two.
So while to some people in the world, and increasingly in Britain (non-sporting Britain anyway, with British sportspeople of all races and colours proud to represent Britain) the British flag might symbolise nationalism and colonialism, in Norway it should represent the fight against Fascism and oppression.
Returning to semiotics and branding, that is how names and images start from human creation, and then grow to mean something in human culture; that meaning is dependent on the culture and individual.
Che Guevara and Winston Churchill are both heroes and villains depending on your political viewpoint, and what issues you focus on.
Communist Che Guevara helped topple an island’s corrupt dictatorship, but executed many people afterwards.
Conservative Winston Churchill helped save an island from corrupt dictatorship, but had presided over the shooting of demonstrating miners.
While their politics might have been different, they both became heroic historical icons to the majority of the people they represented.
Mental Time Trap, Under Tree Top
So what happened when Helly met Greeny? There are a lot of ways to interpret the tree and Karrimor jacket photo.
It could look like it was all planned, if Marc hadn’t seen Eidfjord trees wrapped in colourful knitting beforehand.
Marc might have thought nothing more,
but with time to spare,
in the Eidfjord forest,
he thought he’d copy
the knitted-kitted trees,
and create a greenygrey display.
Bringing us back to that other theory,
highlighted by Derren Brown cleverly,
of time-delay traps advertisers like to lay.
To show that we’re not rabid anti-capitalists and anti-advertising, and in line with the communist world’s embracing of some capitalism; and to try and sell some books (we’d much rather be working on a grant and giving them away for free, but might have to give up some of our freedom!) which have lots more information like that above, they’re available at Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).
A Site for Reading and Publishing Folding Mirror and Related Poetry