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New Dinosaur Found in China Comedy Satire

The world was already greenygrey when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, according to the photo depicting the newly discovered Qianzhousaurus sinensis (right) in a Daniella Graham Metro article (Wednesday May 7th).

Meet Pinocchio rex, T.rex's fearsome relative

Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, satirical comedy nature correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by Chris Packham in the human world. Yes, this could be an important discovery in the search for the Greenygrey’s origin of species.

The dinosaur’s bones were found in China, and it has been nicknamed Pinocchio Rex due to its large nose.

Dinosaurs’ Modern Relatives

The modern greenYgrey world isn’t so different, as shown by this photo of frogs posted on Google+ by Kurt Stocker:

This one of green and grey lizards in greenYgrey nature posted on Google+ by Mario Nahum is delightfully dinosaurish too:

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Tony Benn and Miners’ Strike, Grado and Rebecca Rock

Tony Benn passed away this morning. He was another legendary socialist from a classic period of politics. This week also marked the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike, which was a landmark event in the creation of today’s Britain. A day before I watched a miners’ strike documentary I watched one about Glasgow’s Insane Fight Club wrestling shows. Together, they inspired a lot of greenygrey thinking.

Miners’ Strike and Modern Glasgow 

Tony Benn and Giles Fraser speaking at Levelle...
Tony Benn and Giles Fraser speaking at Levellers’ Day, Burford. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi, it’s Jeremy Paxwerewolf, political television correspondent in the Greenygrey world based on the style of Jeremy Paxman in the human. Probably the biggest link between the two documentaries spanning thirty years of working-class life was the struggle to survive and make a decent living.

While in the 1980s most working-class people worked in industries, and were happy to just work their shift and enjoy their free time, the Britain of today doesn’t provide such jobs in the same amounts it did before manufacturing and industry were neglected.

Grado wrestling website.

So now working-class people often have to try and create their own jobs, and this is what the Glaswegians led by Mark Dallas organising the wrestling events known as Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) are doing… and Marc Latham in the Greenygrey!

Grado and the Greenygrey

You say dreich, I say greenygrey; you say Grado I say Greenygrey.

The Scottish word dreich; meaning a dreary or miserable day, and voted Scotland’s favourite old Scots word in a poll last year; pre-dates the emergence of greenygrey to describe the same kind of day, but with a positive green land spin.

English: Dramatic lighting at Achnasheen The l...
English: Dramatic lighting at Achnasheen The late evening sun bursts through the clouds for just a few seconds to produce this dramatic effect, seen from Achnasheen station’s footbridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With this year’s greenYgrey rebranding the word can also be used to describe a sunny or mixed day, meaning that every day is a greenYgrey day!

However, the Greenygrey website has been established for longer than that of Grado. Grado was the biggest fan of ICW before becoming a wrestler himself. In many ways Grado’s rise to fame as a fan mirrors that of the Greenygrey.

Grado Meets Rebecca Rock

While Grado was mostly a fan of ICW, the Greenygrey is mostly a fan of WWW: women, wolves and working-class.

Rebecca RockThere was a great meeting of two of those when Grado went to the very trendy Nicky Clarke Mayfair salon and met Rebecca Rock, hair colourist and animal welfare advocate.

Unfortunately, there were no wolves present… and Rebecca’s in a relationship, so she has to be classed under unconditional appreciation in the Greenygrey world!

Although it could have been a clash of cultures they all got along fantastically, and had a good laugh.

It was so good it inspired the second Marc Latham Folding Mirror poem of the week, although the seeds of the poem had been planted by Chris Packham‘s Inside the Animal Mind documentary in January. Here’s the poem; there’s a little more explanation over at fmpoetry.wordpress.com:


 Women and Wolves, Different ways Delectable

perfume in air
way you wear
feminine essence
flowing sun hair
smiling eyes
a graceful touch
oozing strength
to be yourself

good humoured woman, wolves love scent

swimming in chanel
rolling euphoria
one shaggy sight
laughing mouth
full coated fur
natural exuberance
lights up life
paws upside down

wolf roll

Marc Latham has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

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Mirror Poem Celebrates Wonderful Women and Wacky Wolves

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem started its incubation on January 28th, when Chris Packham’s Inside The Animal Mind highlighted a wolf’s sense of smell by showing that it loves strong scents such as Chanel. Then this week Grado visited Nicky Clarke’s salon in a documentary about Glasgow’s Insane Fight Club wrestling shows, and had his hair coloured by the lovely Rebecca Rock. The two halves of the Folding Mirror were put in place. Here’s the poem:


Women and Wolves, Different ways Delectable

perfume in air
way you wear
feminine essence
flowing sun hair
smiling eyes
a graceful touch
oozing strength
to be yourself

good humoured woman, wolves love scent

swimming in chanel
rolling euphoria
one shaggy sight
laughing mouth
full coated fur
natural exuberance
lights up life
paws upside down

wolf roll

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).

Animal Intelligence Studies Find Brilliant Minds

Research into animal intelligence is still in its early stages, but has already found that animals have amazing problem solving abilities comparable with a young human. Unfortunately, wolves and dogs didn’t make it into the most intelligent animals, but some cute Nepalese mountain pups did make it onto Marc Latham’s travel25years blog.

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Inside the Animal Mind

Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, natural world correspondent in the Greenygrey world. I’m delighted to announce that my human parallel Chris Packham presented a fascinating second episode of Inside the Animal Mind. It premiered last night, and is now available on BBCiplayer (just in U.K. I think, so there is a detailed description of the main points below).

I’m even more delighted to announce that greenygrey again made it onto the programme’s cover shot, although it took a more background role this time:

Animal Problem Solving Skills

Chris Packham presented amazing footage of animals such as corvids (crow family), parrots and great apes using tools. These animal skills were only discovered in the last fifty years.

The animals have been doing it much longer, it’s just that humanity is only now able to study it.

Animal Intelligence Studies

Although filmed footage of animals using tools has been around for a few decades now, studies into their thought processes and the limits of their skills are still in their early stages and ongoing.

In last night’s documentary, Chris Packham said and showed how the most recent studies have revealed that the most intelligent animals have four brain attributes and skills that were thought to be exclusive to humans half a century ago.

Animal Problem-Solving Skills

Studies giving animals and birds quite intricate problems to solve to reach food, showed:

  1. They understand cause and effect: that filling a bottle with water will make the food inside fall out.
  2. They have flexible thinking: a bird who’d used stones to reach food in one type of study used them differently in another.animal mindsOne bird was shown solving an eight-part test to reach food: using a small stick to release three stones, which when placed in a container released a longer stick, which could reach the food.The greenygrey again stayed in the background, but this time played a different, more natural, role.

    Another bird understood that putting stones into a jar filled with water would make the water rise, and that would bring a grub into its reach. The scientist said they didn’t do it if there was no water in the jar, so they understood it only worked by raising the water level; that if there was no water, the stones would just bury the grub.

  3. They use imagination: looking at a problem, imagining how procedures work and then putting them into practise. A cockatoo was shown solving an intricate problem it’d never seen before: in a different way to how it had done it previously. This showed that it had identified difference, and thought up a new solution rather than acting on instinct.
  4. They can mentally time-travel: tests showed that western scrub jays could plan ahead. This was shown in a Big Brother style task with one jay given breakfast in its cage for a week, and another not given breakfast. The latter jay stored five times as much food as the one who expected breakfast, showing that it was thinking in the past and future as well as the present; and as it was a new situation it wasn’t just acting on instinct.

Perhaps acting on instinct, corvids of course starred in the Merrymook Rowdy Rook classic episodes of the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps, and a jay called Jay joined Grey for the last adventure of the book.

Perhaps using flexible thinking, the greenygrey did also star in this herding animals image in the documentary:

animal minds2

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Wolf News from Sweden and British Television

Wolves starred in the first episode of my human parallel Chris Packham‘s Inside the Animal Mind. This made for a great greenygrey wolf and human cover photo to advertise the nature documentary.

Image for You Are What You Sense

Wolf and Dog Differences

The documentary showed that although wolves and dogs are essentially the same, they have evolved very different sensory styles because wolves remained wild while dogs were domesticated by humanity.

Wolves rely very heavily on smelling, which is very acute, while dogs use more of their other senses, such as sight for responding to human directions.

Sweden Cancels Wolf Hunt

Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, with a round-up of the greenygrey-related animal news in the human  world. 

First of all, I’d like to thank the Swedish and Norwegian governments and people for preserving their wild wolf packs.

The Swedish government stopped a wolf cull this month.

Animal Worlds

In another new nature documentary, Hidden Kingdoms reminded me of Marc Latham’s ant theory, with small animals shown living just as eventful lives as bigger mammals in the world humans and wolves see and smell. 

The grasshopper mouse featured in the first episode was like a little wolf, even howling to communicate and mark its territory.

The mouse also shares the wolf’s tenacity, fighting species much bigger than it, helped by evolving immunity from scorpion and snake venom.

Nepal Mastiff Dog Mountain Photos

There was also some great greenygrey scenery on Marc Latham’s travel25years blog, with a mastiff dog and other animals enjoying a sleepy existence high up in the Himalayas.

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There’s also a lot of hard work going on around there though, and it’s a tough place to live, as shown in other photos on the t25y site.

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Yetis are Polar Bears that Stayed in Mountains

Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, wildlife correspondent at the Greenygrey in the style of Chris Packham in the human. Talking of Chris Packham, I think I must apologise for the Greenygrey, because since I took up a similar role in the Greenygrey everybody seems to want to go greenygreying with poor Packham.

Kate Humble and Me

Kate Humble gets a great perfect balance four-way greenygrey (Kate’s green top and green grass matched with the grey sign and wall) with Chris Packham captured in this image:

Kate Humble and Chris Packham
Kate Humble and Chris Packham (Photo credit: East Point Photography)

In this photo, Me looks like she sneaked the green bag into the photo once Chris was focusing on the camera to create a greenygrey foreground and background double.

Chris Packham and me
Chris Packham and me (Photo credit: JeanM1)

I wonder if the man behind them is Me’s accomplice, getting in another grey to make it eight greenygreys by my reckoning (three greys in the jackets, together with sea and cloud, making five greys altogether, while the bag, trees and grass make three greens).

Greenygreying is of course still in its early years, and the scoring is therefore controversial. The sea could be classed as blue. Maybe one day we’ll have some kind of goal-line/magic eye technology to settle disputed calls.

Yeti and Me

Anyway, I have digressed, and now need a rest, without getting to the main story I’m here to present.

Swimming Polar Bear
Swimming Polar Bear (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last night I watched a fascinating documentary about yetis in the Himalayas. This has relevance for the Greenygrey as it is also looking for its origins of course.

The Channel Four documentary Bigfoot Files featured DNA analysis of ‘yetis’ found in Ladakh and Bhutan by Professor Bryan Sykes.

The DNA matched that of modern polar bears, so they think yetis are real, and that they are bears descended from the same origins as polar bears before they separated 40,000 years ago.

It’s a great discovery, but I hope it doesn’t lead to more yeti hunting!

There have of course also been sightings of Greenygreys in the Himalayas, including one of Greenygreys congregated in a groupack:

everest climbers 

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RSPB Advert Adaptation: Humans are Welcome

‘If you build it they will come…’ Wolf-lovers may have been wondering where are all the wolves for wolf week. Well, we’ve got good news for you: it’s wolf time… and human time…

RSPB Advert Promotes Wildlife Habitats

Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, wildlife and environment correspondent at the Greenygrey, in the style of Chris Packham in the human world. I noticed the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has a nice advert promoting the making of wildlife habitats in gardens; it includes the above quote, which reminds me of the Field of Dreams 1980s movie.

I was thinking that it is similar to us building the Greenygrey website and blog in the human world, hoping that you would come and treat it as a virtual world. Here’s the advert:

Defenders of Wildlife Matching Donations

While the Greenygrey world is just a virtual world, and Britain doesn’t have many big wild animals left, the U.S.A. has lots (and lots more space of course). Defenders of Wildlife is at the forefront of defending animals and habitat both in North America and around the world.

Until tomorrow, August 31st, the Defenders hierarchy are willing to match donations up to $100,000. And here’s some of the wolves you’ll be helping protect, in a nice greenygrey image, with a link (http://www.defenders.org/) to the Defenders website embedded in the photo:

Match This Wolves Banner

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Wolf or Human: Witch is Werewolf Better Half?

Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, nature correspondent at the Greenygrey. We werewolves often debate the Big Questions about life, such as which/witch is our better half: human or wolf.

Polar Bear Squares
Polar Bear Squares (Photo credit: gehmflor)

Polar Bear Family and Me 

Polar bear
Polar bear (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While the merits and faults of humans and wolves are sure to Bram Stoker up a heated debate in the Greenygrey world, we are usually in universal agreement that humans are more empathetic than polar bears.

This is because we watched the Polar Bear Family and Me, and read Marc Latham’s Natural World Media article about the series.

Polar Bears and Humanity Difference 

Ursus_maritimus_Polar_bear_with_cub.jpg, with ...
Ursus_maritimus_Polar_bear_with_cub.jpg, with color correction and cropping (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While the polar bear family was shown to be very loving and caring of each other, they were obviously just trying to survive, and didn’t have the time or inclination to ‘care’ about other species.

Although humans are of course more destructive to the planet and other species overall, and polar bears make friends with huskies, some humans try to protect their animal competitors; and even those animal predators who threaten humanity, which might just lift  humanity above its predator competitors.

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Chris Packham’s Natural World Amazing Animals Ant Acropolis

Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, natural world correspondent at the Greenygrey. I’m delighted to report that Marc Latham’s fourth article about my human parallel Chris Packham’s three-part Nature’s Weird Events series is now on the Suite 101 Natural World Media channel.

Birds Use Spider Silk for Nests

Among the weird natural events featured in the nature documentary and article, are birds using spider silk to build nests and the migratory behaviour of monarch butterflies and elephants; and the spectacles they create.

There is also a massive ant colony structure that is being excavated in Mexico showing the complexity of the ant world. The 160-foot (fifty metres) square complex is thought to have housed seven million leaf-cutter ants.

The ants use grass as fungus for fertiliser. The complex contained chambers for different departments, like a human building or city. There’s a video on YouTube showing such an ant colony excavation (might be the same one):

Aggressive Animal Behaviour Overshadows Evidence of Intelligence

Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, natural world correspondent at the Greenygrey. I was delighted to read an interview by my human parallel Chris Packham in yesterday’s Metro, which is available on the Metro website.

Animal Attacks more Interesting than Animal Love? 

A Puffer Fish,Arothron hispidus is kissing my ...
A Puffer Fish, Arothron hispidus is kissing my camera at Big Island of Hawaii (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although the Metro is a great read, and it’s good that they’ve given Chris Packham space in their paper, I guess he is a little disappointed that the interview headline is about dangerous animal behaviour, rather than the sensational serenading behaviour of the puffer fish, which Chris Packham considers his favourite moment of the second Nature’s Weird Events series.

But that’s a question of news values, and what they think will interest readers. Back to the amazing animals…

Puffer Fish Serenading Structure

New evidence has found that the male puffer fish builds this amazing ‘crop circle’ style structure on the ocean floor to serenade females, and even decorates it with shells. There are practical reasons too, with the ridges protecting eggs from waves and nutrients in the shells for the young inside.

Wood Frogs Self-Freeze

Marc Latham’s latest Suite 101 Natural World Media article about the third episode of Nature’s Weird Events focuses on the puffer fish behaviour and tree frogs‘ ability to self-freeze; with those two stories so amazing that they seem to have taken up all the word count.

Another article summarising the rest of episode three is likely…

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