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Werewolf of Oz Real People, Animals and Creations

Epic may have been an overused word in the 1950s, when big budget Hollywood epics were rolled out like there was no tomorrow. Epics are not so common now, but with a cast of lots, we think the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps can quite comfortably fit into the Epic category.

Werewolf of Oz Real People, Things and Creations 

Cover of "Let There Be Rock (Dlx)"
Cover of Let There Be Rock (Dlx)

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. As the Werewell to WoO rebranding takes over from Goodbye to WoO for the second half of the final Werewolf of Oz week, here’s the cast of 100s that Grey met on its epic Ozyssey to all regions of what you know as Australia.

Recollecting our huge Hugh, Northern Territories wordplay I think it reads like a Who’s Hugh WoO of Oz Rules!

Western Australia

Wizard of Oz, Ursula Andress, Dr. No, Joan Rivers, Wil. E Coyote, Les Miserables, Grey’s Anatomy, Collie Coalfields Museum, Babe, Fly, I’m a Celebrity…Get me out of Here, Oranges and Sunshine, The Eagles, and albums Hotel California and Long Road out of Eden, Lassie, Grey’s Anatomy, Blighty, Animals and song We Just Gotta Get Out of this Place,  Pink Floyd and song Pigs on the Wing, Prince and song When Doves Cry, Sancho Panza and Don Quixote, Jo Brand, Russell Brand, Midnight Oil, Men at Work, Banksy, Rock-It Festival, Tracer, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo, Brian Johnson, Bon Scott, AC/DC and songs Bad Boy Boogie, Highway to Hell, Downpayment Blues, Soul Stripper, Hell Ain’t a Bad Place To Be, Ride On, Girl’s Got Rhythm, TNT, Beating Around the Bush, Cold Hearted Man, If You Want Blood You Got It, High Voltage, Shoot to Thrill, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Yoko Ono, Orlovs, Cool Hand Luke, Moby and songs Feeling so Real, Everything is Wrong, Sky Has Broken and Go, Dame Edna Everage, blues music, Paul Newman and films Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Hustler and Cool Hand Luke, the genie, quokkas, emerald cork hat, Robin Hood and Little John.

Northern Territories

Kermit the Frog, Herman’s Hermits, Siddharta, Scooby Doo, Humpty Dumpty, Baloo, AC/DC and songs It Ain’t No Fun Waiting Around to be a Millionaire, Dog Eat Dog, Up to my Neck in You, Have a Drink On Me, Let There Be Rock, It’s a Long Way to the Top and Gimme a Bullet to Bite On, Alice in Wonderland, Elle McPherson, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Bat Out of Hell, The Ghan (a train), Waltzing Matilda, Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London, Sade, Great Gig in the Sky, Skippy, butcher’s dog, Ramones, Atomic Rooster and song Head in the Sky, Rush and song Fly by Night, Joey Tribiani, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Jo Guest, Joe Pesci, Injured Wildlife (road sign), Heath Ledger, Crocodile Dundee, Hugh Jackman, Knowing Me Knowing You, Abba, Blackfoot and album/songs Marauder, Good Morning, Searchin’, Dry County, Dream On Fly Away, Highway Song, red kangaroos, red foxes, red-necked wallabies, red-back spiders, Halloween, Meditations in Green, Animals, Shropshire Lad, Alfred Edward Housman, walkabout, Ajna and Chakra VI (Ajna is the sixth chakra), End of the Rainbow, Purple Rain, Jimi Hendrix and song Purple Haze and the Australian aborigine dreamtime.

South Australia

Homer and Marge Simpson, Rainbow and album/song Rising, Santa’s Little Helper, Jane Eyre, Russell Crowe, Sheryl Crow, Bob Crow, Ted Hughes, Crow, Jim Crow, Charlie Crow, Brandon Lee Crow, Blackport, Nipper Lawrence, Crow Nation, AC/DC song She’s Got Balls, Neighbours (Harold, Charlene and Scott),  Motley Crue, Angry Anderson, Rose Tattoo and songs Rock n’ Roll Outlaw, Butcher and Fast Eddy, One of the Boys, Nice Boys, Bad Boy for Love, Remedy, Tramp, Assault and Battery, Out of this Place, All the Lesson, Let it Go, Scarred for Life, Gonna Work Itself Out, Who’s Got the Cash and We Can’t be Beaten.

Tasmania and Islands

Rose Tattoo songs Blood Brothers, Slipping Away, City Blues, Once in a Lifetime, Nothing to Lose, On The Road, Tazzy , Hotel Tazmania, Bushwhacker Bob, Hugh, Jean, Jake, Molly, Constance Koala, Dog the Turtle, Didgeri Dingo, Willie Wombat, Wendell T. Wolf, AC/DC’s Let There Be Rock, Basil Fawlty, Sybil, Fawlty Towers, Manuel, Polly, Bart Simpson, Tasmanian Tigers, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Belinda Emmett’s Rebecca Fisher, Pirates of the Caribbean, Treasure Island, Lacoste, Captain Ahab, Moby Dick, Davy Jones’s Locker, Vera Lynn song We’ll Meet Again.

Victoria

Ian Thorpe (Thorpedo), Cathy Freeman, The Shire, Waldorf Salad, VB, Queen Bess, Duck and Drake, Guns N’ Roses and Sweet Child O’ Mine, Gillian Taylforth, Pink Floyd’s Pied Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Beavis and Butthead’s Cornholio, Lara Croft, Mists of Avalon, Holly Valance, Easy Riders, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Mel Gibson, William Lamb – 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Railroad Song, Castlemaine 4X, The Code, Terrence Malick, Kerrang, spaghetti westerns, Ronald ‘Bon’ Scott, Angus Young, AC/DC songs (Back in Black, Hell’s Bells, Have a Drink On Me, Given the Dog a Bone, Shake a Leg, You Shook Me All Night Long, Shoot to Thrill), Faster Pussycat and House of Pain song, Dizzy Reed, The Terminator, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rainbow, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Reading Rocks, Monsters of Rock, Waterloo, Uriah Heep, Kurt Cobain, Seasick Steve, Frankenstein, Pearl Jam and album and songs: Ten, Alive, Even Flow, Jeremy, Love/Hate and songs Blackout in the Red Room and Wasted in America), Ratt, Out of the Cellar, Round and Round, The Cult, Little Angels, Wildhearts, Thunder, Dogs D’ Armour, The Doors and songs/connections: Strange Days, My Eyes Have Seen You and The Changeling, Moonlight Drive, Roadhouse Blues, Venice Beach, Italian Job, Beatles and songs: Help, I’ll Get You, From Me To You, Italian Job, Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones and album/songs: Exile on Main Street, 19th Nervous Breakdown, Emotional Rescue, Gimme Shelter, Let it Bleed, Rip This Joint, Mamas and Papas and California Dreamin’, Jimi Hendrix and songs: Crosstown Traffic, Wild Thing, Hey Joe, Freedom, All Along the Watchtower, Valley of Neptune, Janis Joplin and songs A Woman Left Lonely, Bobby McGee, Mercedes-Benz and Summer, The Italian Job and song Getta Bloomin’ Move On (Self-Preservation Society), Andrew Wood and Mother Love Bone songs: Temple of the Dog, This is Shangri-La, Stardog Champion, Man of Golden Words, Captain Hi-Top, Heartshine, Thru Fade Away, Gentle Groove, Blade Runner (Replicant Roy Batty soliloquy: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.’), Axl Rose, Seasick Steve, Alice in Chains and songs Down in a Hole , Sea of Sorrow and Man In The Box, Def Leppard’s Rock of Ages, Nirvana, trash metal, Ozzy Osbourne/Blizzard of Ozz songs Bark at the Moon, Steal Away the Night, Crazy Train, Goodbye to Romance and No More Tears, Prog Rock, Wemba-Wemba, Pink Floyd albums The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon and Animals, ELP and records Black Moon, Love Beach, In the Hot Seat, Yes records Close to the Edge, Union, Fly From Here.

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

Perishers cartoon creations Crunge, Wellington, Maisie, Marlon, Baby Grumpling, Boot, genius contraptions (Marlon catchphrase), Grizzly Bear Adams and Ben, bush telly (Aussie slang for fire), Lord of the Rings, Smeagal/Gollum, snakes and ladders, The Partridge Family, Deliverance, Swan Lake, Paddington Bear, Spit the Dog, Tiswas, Mothman, Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Norah Jones, Sirens, Guiness toucan, Monty Python and Life of Brian, Eric Idle and song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Halfling , Question of Sport, the Baggy Green hat and Golden Wonder crisps.

Queensland

Winston Churchill, Pancho Villa, Francisco Goya, Abba and song Waterloo, Wolfsbane, The Elysian Fields, Harpy, Barry Humphries and creations Sir Les Patterson, Dame Edna Everage and giga-star.

 

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Fawlty Towers, Muse and AC/DC in Werewolf of Oz

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Thank Godzilla it’s Friday! We feel the need to escape the human world today, so here’s the second episode this week of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps.

This episode sees the travelling quintent heading north-east, on the final straight of their epic Ozyssey. Hopefully it contains lots of laughs, as Fawlty Towers returns to the script, and Angry Bonzo / Dandelion Cordial (AB/DC) get a surprise gig.

A literary nonsense poem leads into episodes with some of my favourite poems of the whole book… but for now, here’s a cool episode full of music and mirth:

72.  ANGRY BONZO ROCK GEELONG WITH WERE SONG 

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We headed inland from Port Fairy as the sun rose to illuminate it; making the port and sea look magical. After that, we careered through Kirkstall; hurtled past Hawkesdale, and then sped down to Simpson. I thought our ol’ friends the Simpsons might be there, but there was no sign of them. It was quite a relief that Bart wasn’t there! Cathy upped the pace along the south coast, and her spirit seemed to rise a little with each step.

Maintaining speed to Torquay,
caused frazzled fatiguey
so we stopped for tea
at the hotel Fawlty.

Basil Fawlty
Basil Fawlty (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Fawlty reminded me of the Hotel Tazmania, which had reminded me of Fawlty Towers. The owner seemed quite confused when I asked for a Werewolf salad; not seeming to know how to make one. I told him it was similar to a Waldorf salad, and he seemed to remember making one of those before. We enjoyed the south coast snack.

Geelong is GGood for a Sing-Song

Our bellies full, we headed north-east to Geelong. The name ‘Geelong’ reminded me of Green and me when we are together, because our initials are a sort of long Gee: a GG.

Telephantasm
Telephantasm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We called in a rock bar called Geelong Goodbye for dinner, as it advertised that Muse was playing there that night. We wolfed down a big meal in time for the band, but they didn’t appear as scheduled. A couple of hours passed, with the crowd waiting patiently. Then it was announced that Muse had phoned saying they were being sucked into a Supermassive Black Hole, so they weren’t going to be able to make it; they were sending their apologies as the line went dead.

I could relate to their predicament after my space flight over to Oz; I’d had a couple of near misses myself.

Angry said the band not turning up meant he wasn’t going to be amused.

Time Is Running Out (Muse song)
Time Is Running Out (Muse song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was worried he was going to start raging, and asked him to remain cool if possible, but then he pointed out it was a joke: Muse, amused. I saw the funny side then and laughed… with a mixture of humour and relief.

It turned out to be a blessing in disguise in the end; Muse’s cancellation, not Angry’s joke; because Angry and Bonzo volunteered their services, and then played a tasty first performance as Angry Bonzo / Dandelion Cordial.

The crowd lapped up the bluesy rock beats, and one song was inspired by my recent werewolf poem. The chorus went something like this:

Beware of wereies?
Wereies cuss berries?
The most precocious of wereies?
No! Be cautious of berries.

When the Geelong Goodbye closed, we called in a nearby pub called the Duck and Drake for a nightcap.

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Notes 

Fawlty Towers was set in Torquay, England, and there is also a Torquay, Victoria; but it doesn’t have a Fawlty as far as the author knows.
In Fawlty Towers’s Waldorf Salad episode (season 2/episode 3, 1979) Basil struggles to make a requested Waldorf salad.
Muse and song (Supermassive Black Hole).
Christopher McCandless died after eating berries while living in the wild; Jon Krakauer adapted his journal for the Into the Wild book.

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AC/DC and Rose Tattoo Fantasy Super Group Poems

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. It’s midweek, more or less, give or take an hour or two, comme ci comme ca, half the week passed so far. So I think it’s an ideal time to spring another episode of our favourite werewolf travels Australia to a Wizard of Oz theme; especially as spring is knocking on the door of the northern hemisphere.

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Talking of Wizard of Oz, the new Sam Raimi Oz prequel: Oz: the Great and Powerful is nearing release, and in another uncanny crossing of yellow brick roads – dust sandy paths with our Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps book, Vue cinemas in the UK is offering entry into a prize draw for a family holiday to, guess where… yes, Australia!, if you book online.

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Terms and conditions apply, but it looks like you just have to book a ticket online to see the Oz: the Great and Powerful.

The Greenygrey is just passing this information on to you, and has no involvement with Oz: the Great and Powerful or Vue cinemas.

Poem Created from Rose Tattoo Song Titles

Now on with the show. And what a show we have for you today, with the newly bolstered travelling tribe celebrating their reunification; the genesis of an AC/DC and Rose Tattoo super-group and two loopy literary nonsense poems.

The first poem is made up of Rose Tattoo later album song titles, with the band continuing to create great music. One of my favourite newer songs isn’t  featured in the poem, and a YouTube search for it just now brought another greenygrey find, with Rose Tattoo looking greenygreyesque while supporting Slash last year. Here’s the video of 1854, before the 52nd episode of the Werewolf of Oz: yep, that’s as many episodes as there are weeks in the year:

52.  AB/DC IS BORN

I introduced Angry to everybody, and we had a fantastic feast that night. It was also our last night on Kangaroo Island, as we decided during the meal that we needed to get rambling again. We told our hosts.

AB/DC is Born 

Bagpipe
Bagpipe (Photo credit: pipebär)

Angry fitted in well, and seemed to enjoy himself; even singing a few songs toward the end of the night. Bonzo played the bagpipes for one of Angry’s songs, and Elle danced wildly to the jolly tune. Everybody and everything seemed entranced by the music and dancing, and especially ol’ Scoty.

Elle later said she’d enjoyed the music so much that she hoped there would be more when we returned to the road. She thought Angry and Bonzo gelled so well together they should form a band, and suggested Angry Bonzo / Dandelion Cordial would be a good name.

Cover of "Blood Brothers"
Rose Tattoo

Everybody agreed it was a wonderful choice. Angry added that it could be called AB/DC for short, and everybody thought that was another great idea; and good use of Angry’s mind. At the end of the night, Angry said he felt like we were:

Blood Brothers and Sisters
Slipping Away from the City Blues
on a Once in a Lifetime opportunity
with Nothing to Lose.

The music also made me feel creative, so I wrote a little ditty of my own before retiring to bed. And here it is:

With a musical spirit
I thought we’d make it
we had the body and mind
sung our troubles behind
more adventures to come
maybe somebody’s gonna drum.

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Notes

Rose Tattoo songs: Blood Brothers, Slipping Away, City Blues, Once in a Lifetime, Nothing to Lose.

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Werewolf Oz Bon Scott Bagpipe Playing to Ashes Origins

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. With time quickly running out on the week I think it’s about time we had the second thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google MapsThis episode sees the return of Grey to its travelling companions, along with new addition Angry.

Tony Robinson in Melbourne
Tony Robinson in Melbourne (Photo credit: ultrakml)

Tony Loboinson unearthed a great additional snippet of information about Angry’s human parallel in his research for this week’s historical background blog. He discovered that Angry Anderson has done a benefit gig for little-penguin research; I thought that was a coincidence with Angry joining the Werewolf of Oz story in little penguin land.

This episode also sees the Bonzo bagpipes bafflement banished, and more  AusRuIcket sporting fun. Here it is:

51.  BONZO BANISHES BAGPIPES BAFFLEMENT

Elle Macpherson at the Women's World Award 200...
Elle Macpherson at the Women’s World Award 2009 (Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Elle saw us arriving she ran to meet us. She said she’d been worried, and was glad to see me back in one piece. I replied that in Oz I was already only a half of one piece really, remembering my green other half, but I was indeed still in one half piece.

Elle chuckled, before saying, ‘Well, if you’re going to be pedantic, it’s good to see all your Grey self again. I would love to meet your green other half one day, and see you all together as the Greenygrey, but I’ve only known you as Grey.’

‘Thank you kind Elle,’ I replied. ‘I should have been more laissez-faire, and especially at this joyous moment, but I do miss my limey other half ever so much. I do dearly hope that one day you will meet me as one half of the complete Greenygrey.’

AusRuIcket and Bagpipe Racket

English: Not The Ashes. North Stifford Private...
English: Not The Ashes. North Stifford Private Cricket Pitch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the little penguins recognised us and told Bonzo, who was still playing the bagpipes. Bonzo quickly lay them down and sprinted over exuberantly.

After we’d greeted each other, I asked Bonzo what all the noise was about. He said the little penguins had so enjoyed playing AusRuIcket that they’d presented the bagpipes to him. They’d also burnt another set of bagpipes, and would play an AusRuIcket tournament for them every year called the ARIshes.

Baby Rockhopper Penguin - Tristan
Baby Rockhopper Penguin – Tristan (Photo credit: *Debs*)

I said that was great news, but where had the penguins found all the bagpipes. Bonzo said it was like me: a mysterious grey area that went back a long time. However, little penguin legend said a Rockhopper brought them over.

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Notes

Rockhopper is a type of penguin.
Bon Scott played the bagpipes, and wrote an AC/DC song called Rocker along with Angus and Malcolm Young.
Ashes (cricket trophy).

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Bon Scott AC/DC and Rose Tattoo Rock Music History

Hi, it’s Tony Loboinson, history expert at the Greenygrey. Regular readers of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps might be wondering about Grey’s travelling partners’ human parallels’ rock n’ roll past, now that Angry has joined Bonzo, Elle and Grey on the dust sandy path.

Bon Scott 33rd Anniversary 

Bon Scott
Cover of Bon Scott

Last week marked the 33rd anniversary of Bon Scott’s untimely passing away at age 33. AC/DC were just starting to make it big on the worldwide stage, which made the tragedy all the more cruel. While AC/DC have continued to make great music with Brian Johnson taking over vocal duties, their rawest and most inventive music was found on the Bon Scott albums.

The good news about the Bon Scott life story was that he had time to live a full life and create several albums worth of great music; achieving top ten chart success in AC/DC’s birthplace Australia; well as touring the world living the rock n’ roll life he loved.

The reissue of four old Bon Scott AC/DC songs together with the release of Touch Too Much from the newly finished Bon Scott AC/DC’s Highway to Hell album brought the band their first Top Forty UK singles.

AC/DC Influence on British Rock 

Blondie
Cover of Blondie

Marc Latham was a youth looking for a musical tribe at the time, with Britain divided into distinct musical cultures such as punks, skinheads, hippies and rockers.

The peak of Blondie and New Wave was waning and he wanted something with more identity. He toyed with Two-Tone, liking some Madness and Specials, but it didn’t quite grab him.

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) was getting media coverage; with the barbarian look, sound and attitude appealing to Marc. Together with the raw sounds of Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Saxon, Rainbow charted with a couple of great songs from their Down to Earth album.

Cover of "Highway to Hell (Dlx)"
Cover of Highway to Hell (Dlx)

When Marc heard the AC/DC songs released around the time of Bon Scott’s passing it made his mind up. He became a staunch rock and metal fan for the next fifteen years.

Although he sold many of his old albums, he still has all the Bon Scott AC/DC LPs. He also still has the first three Rose Tattoo LPs.

Australian Legends Bon Scott and Angry Anderson

To mark the recent Bon Scott anniversary Classic Rock magazine provided a great long article about his life and the night of his passing, which is available from the above link.

Angry Anderson "Rose Tattoo"
Angry Anderson “Rose Tattoo” (Photo credit: Rossco ( Image Focus Australia ))

It features Angry Anderson of Rose Tattoo; Angry’s human parallel; saying that Bon was the only one he invited to sing with the Tatts.

So, as Bonzo and Angry travel with Grey across Oz, they were also sharing stages in 1970s Australia.

Bon Scott Last Night Controversy

I thought I might have unearthed the definitive version of what happened to Bon on his last night in that Classic Rock article, but then saw in the comments that it was an old article, and Bon’s mysterious partying partner that night had been found, and given his version to Classic Rock and Metal Hammer.

Classic Rock replied that the old article had been updated, and that Bon’s partying partner had only spoken through a third party.

So the controversy will roll on. Thankfully, so will Bon’s great rock n’ roll…

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Elle ‘The Body’ McPherson Aussie Icon Inspires Oz Character

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. I/we have decided to call ourselves I from now on, as I  feel at one after the enforced separation that inspired Grey’s classic comedy-fantasy, travel-quest, comedy-travel, fantasy-quest Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps epic. And I don’t want to keep confusing you with double meanings when we could just use one!

And I’m still a non-gender Greenygrey werewolf; the last of our kind as far as we know. I might have given the impression I was male yesterday; I must have been in a male mood. Anyway, enough flannel for today, as we’ve got lots to blog you this week, and this one has Werewolf of Oz written all over it. It’s still free to borrow on Kindle for Amazon Prime members by the way, as well as on sale at the lowest price we could choose.

So without further ado, here it is for you to view:

27.  FINDING ELLE ON THE HIGHWAY TO HELL 

Cover of "Highway to Hell (Dlx)"
Cover of Highway to Hell (Dlx)

 

Bonzo didn’t like the sound of that, not fancying hell anymore, and rushed off to buy another two jumpers. Once he was wearing them, he said, ‘They might bring more luck on the Highway to Hell, and anyway, it Ain’t No Fun Waiting Round To Be A Millionaire in a Dog Eat Dog world.’ He pulled his third jumper right up to his jaw, and I heard him whisper to it, ‘I’m Up To My Neck In You.’

We said our Nitmiluk goodbyes, and Bonzo pulled his jumper down far enough to show a big smile. I smiled back, before we headed out into the unknowns of the outback.

Meeting Elle in Outback Hell

Bat out of Hell a well-known album cover by Ri...
Bat out of Hell a well-known album cover by Richard Corben (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We left civilisation behind and headed into the outback. There was nothing but big wide open space ahead, and it all looked red; even the dust sandy path had an ochre coating. We travelled as fast as possible; like bats into hell.

I was beginning to question whether this could really be the correct direction for me to meet my destiny. It looked as if we were on the road to nowhere, and there was nothing of interest ahead.

That was until I saw a crouching human shape emerge out of the dust ahead. We stopped when we arrived in its proximity, and asked if we could be of assistance. It replied in a withering female voice that we should leave her, as she wasn’t worth bothering about.

’Ell of a Job Persuading Elle

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23:  Elle McPhers...
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 23: Elle McPherson (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Bonzo and I looked at each other, before discussing the matter. We quickly decided that we couldn’t leave her all alone in this harsh environment, and invited her along.

She refused at first, but Bonzo said we weren’t going to leave without her. After a few minutes thinking, she said she would, but only for our sakes; because she couldn’t slow us down any more than not starting.

We laughed, and welcomed her to our Ozyssey.

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Notes

Bat Out of Hell (Meatloaf song).
Road to Nowhere (Talking Heads song).
Elle McPherson (model).
AC/DC songs: Ain’t No Fun Waiting Round To Be A Millionaire, Dog Eat Dog, Up To My Neck In You.

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Nazca Civilisation Demise, Western Australia Surprise

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We were all gathered around the box to watch the latest episode of Andrew Marr’s History of the World on Sunday, and learnt that the Nazca civilisation in South America was supposed to have died in a similar way to the meerkat community of Meekatharra that Grey met on its comedy-fantasy epic travel-quest classic, Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps; now published in glorious greenygrey on Amazon.

Nazca Warning from History

However, the Nazca people cut all the trees down to try and appease their own gods, before being flooded by rain, rather than the monotheist ones in the Werewolf of Oz. We knew some civilisations had died from deforestation, but didn’t know that about the Nazca.

This aerial photograph was taken by Maria Reic...
This aerial photograph was taken by Maria Reiche, one of the first archaeologists to study the lines, in 1953. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyway, we thought that was a good excuse to dish up another thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz. Grey ate up the Oz google maps northern coast of Western Australia miles before heading inland by visiting Broome, Beagle Bay and Fitzroy Crossing, ending up with a Robin Hood theme and AC/DC soundtrack:

23.  KIMBERLEY hosts ROBIN HOOD scenery

We made consistent progress on the dust sandy path in the morning, and arrived in Broome by lunchtime.

Bathing with Beagles and Buying Brooms in Broome

We were dusty and sandy, so we agreed a dip in Beagle Bay seemed a good idea. It was a beautiful day, and the beach was full of beagles by the time we got there. I talked to one called Biggles, and he said they were mostly recuperating after taking part in smoking tests. The sea air and swimming were supposed to be good for their breathing.

Beagles used for safety testing of pharmaceuti...
Beagles used for safety testing of pharmaceuticals in a British facility (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After bidding the beagles bye-bye we set off on the path once again. On the edge of Broome we met a broom salesman by the side of the road. Bonzo said we should buy a broom, as they were pretty cheap, and it might come in handy on the dust sandy path. So we purchased one, and it sure did come in handy.

Fitzroy Makes Bonzo go TNT

We reached Fitzroy Crossing by evening, but a man waving a staff around stopped us crossing a log bridge into town. He bellowed, ‘Nobody can cross this bridge past Fitzroy.’

"With a furious stroke, the stranger stru...
“With a furious stroke, the stranger struck Robin off his balance” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Bonzo had obviously had enough for one day, and screamed at Fitzroy with the ferocity of an AC/DC back catalogue, ‘I don’t have time for Beating Around the Bush with a Cold Hearted Man; If You Want Blood You’ve Got It.’ Then he seemed to charge the broom up to High Voltage before launching it at Fitzroy.

The broom flew through the air and hit Fitzroy’s eye with a bullseye, knocking him off the log and into the river below. Bonzo turned to me and said it had been a Shoot to Thrill, and that Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap were sometimes necessary.

We crossed the river, and passed through Fitzroy Crossing. A fair maiden welcomed us on the other side. She said her name was Kimberley, and this land was named after her.

English: Lake Kununurra, Kimberley/Australia D...
English: Lake Kununurra, Kimberley/Australia Deutsch: Lake Kununurra, Kimberley/Australien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Notes

Kimberley is a region in the north of Western Australia. Scenes in the movie Australia were filmed there.
Robin Hood and other characters in the story: Little John and Maid Marian.

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Photo credit: thejcgerm)

AC/DC songs: Beating Around the Bush, Cold Hearted Man, If You Want Blood You’ve Got It, High Voltage, Shoot to Thrill, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, TNT.

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