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Werewolf Fantasy Comedy follows Sorrowful Poem

Cradle Mountain seen from Dove Lake, Tasmania
Cradle Mountain seen from Dove Lake, Tasmania (Photo credit: claudinec)

  Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Travel can be an emotional rollercoaster, and Grey’s epic solo fantasy travel ramble classic Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps is no different. This episode starts with the quackers quartet about as low as they can go, but then some of Grey’s favourite characters of the whole trip appeared on the horizon, and it was off on another thrilling Werewolf of Oz adventure.

Conveying the Essence of Experience

One of the golden rules of travel writing is to try and take the reader on the journey; experiencing the place and time as closely as it was experienced by the traveller and writer. Grey tried to do this, and hopes it succeeded.

Avalon Tasmania
Avalon Tasmania (Photo credit: RalphJB)

While it can feel like a Groundhog Day Road to Nowhere repeating this epic tale, it can also be beneficial for understanding it as a complete package, as Grey had to work quite intensely to write it, and of course was writing it ‘from the inside’.

And we’ve also noticed some things that could have been included, such as highlighting in the notes of the last episode that the names in the epic literary nonsense poem were Tasmania places: Great Lake, Lake Arthur, Central Plateau, Meander, Mole Creek, Sassafras, Beauty Point and Green Beach.

There’s another little poem in this episode, paying our respects, before the awakening hopefully brings some laughs.

Green Beach
Green Beach (Photo credit: Håkon Iversen Photog – On and off Flickr)

63.  GREEN BEACH IS BREACHED WITH DECORUM 

We collapsed on the sand; fatigued by our rapid poetic journey through central Tasmania and shock loss upon reaching Green Beach.

We’d hoped the beach would be lusciously welcoming, but now it seemed devoid of spirit, and eerily silent.

Waves of woe
lapped the silent shore,
as we huddled without mirth
within a waning warmth.

Dec O’ Rum Provides a Lift

Rum runner sloop "Kirk and Sweeney" ...
Rum runner sloop “Kirk and Sweeney” with contraband stacked on deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just when it was getting too grim for words, we heard a voice reach us from out at sea. It roared, ‘Ahoy, me hearties, would you like a lift to the mainland. I’m on my way to Victoria, and I need a few more deck-hands on board for what looks like a difficult voyage.’

It seemed like great timing, and when my hat shone we agreed it was an irresistible offer. We swam out to the boat with renewed hope. We were helped on board by a rum-swigging sailor, and when I looked around the deck I saw that it was full of rum barrels.

However, despite all the rum on the deck and presumably inside the sailor, he still seemed to have a sense of decorum. So it wasn’t a shock when he introduced himself as Captain Dec O’ Rum.

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Poem of Fawlty Towers and Tazzy in Tasmania

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Yes, as Tony unearthed on his historic dig into Greenygrey history, I did have a great time sharing the Old Grey Whistle Test stage with Talking Heads and Blondie. With all respect to Talking Heads, Debbie Harry singing she was always touched by my presence was indeed a highlight of my musical career.

Taz 1500
Taz 1500 (Photo credit: photobeppus)

Anyway, it’s back to the literary nonsense poetry, as it’s about time we had our first Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps of the week. After the last episode brought the Kangaroo Island to Tasmania tetralogy/quadrilogy epic poem to a rocky end, we have yet another poem in this episode. This is after Grey’s travels through Tasmania reminded it of watching Fawlty Towers. Here it is:

58.  TRAVELLING TASMANIA IS A FAWLTY FANTASIA 

Oh Lord - let there be Sun!
Oh Lord – let there be Sun! (Photo credit: Cieleke)

It looked rocky approaching Marrawah, which brought out a rousing rendition of Let There be Rock from AB/DC. I was worried about landing on the rocks, so I was relieved when Taz, Baz and Caz took us up in a perfect storm before setting us down safely on the Tasmanian terra-firma.

After partaking in a latte in Port Latta, we carried on to Penguin, where Bonzo brushed up on his Penguinese. They had a different dialect here to Kangaroo Island, but Bonzo could still make himself understood.

This Penguin is in Penguin in Tasmania
This Penguin is in Penguin in Tasmania (Photo credit: Craig Bellamy)

We then headed south over Cradle Mountain, which felt very comforting.

Arriving in Taz-mania is a Fawlty Fantasia

In fact, it was so comfy I dropped off to sleep.

When I awoke we had arrived in Taz-mania. Taz said he had a full house, but we could stay at the Hotel Tazmania, which was owned by his boss, Bushwhacker Bob.

He was a little grouchy,
but no Basil Fawlty,
Sybil must’ve been off her trolley,
Fawlty Towers was a folly,
even if Manuel was jolly,
and what about pretty Polly,
oh, don’t get me reminiscy
about my time in Torquay.

After unpacking, we frequented the bar and met some of the locals. I got on great with Wendell T. Wolf, who was very friendly.

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Notes

Bushwhacker Bob and Wendell T. Wolf are characters in Tazzy.
Fawlty Towers (1970s sitcom) and characters (Basil Fawlty, Sybil, Manuel and Polly).

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