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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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Lord of the Rings Themed Smiggin Holes Story Ends

Hi, it’s Greenygrey, we’re in that void between working-class week and wolf week, so I thought it would be a great time to have the next episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. Fittingly for a weekend, it sees the end of the Lord of the Rings themed Smiggin Holes story, with Cathy’s spiritual thinking again at the forefront of the fightback against the Gollum/Smeagol inspired character.

Chapter 99.  Snakes and Ladderless Holes for Snaggin’ Smiggin 

English: Muddy Puddle
English: Muddy Puddle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I mentally prepared myself for a long fall into a deep chasm, but then the hole suddenly moved to the left, and I landed head-first in a muddy puddle. I didn’t even have my hat on to cushion the fall; but was relieved I’d avoided the hole.

Smiggin Holes is Down in a Hole

After I’d sat up and wiped the mud from my eyes, I saw the hole had moved under where Smiggin had been. Elle was standing beside the hole, but the holiculturist was nowhere to be seen.

I put my hat back on, and it felt good to be reunited with ol’ corky. We all gathered around the hole. Smiggin was sitting at the bottom of it; looking disconsolate but still clutching some of its green hoard.

Cathy Keeps Quiet about Snaggin’ Smiggin 

English: Grass Snake on the Path This grass sn...
English: Grass Snake on the Path This grass snake was happily wallowing in a muddy puddle. Wikipedia

I asked Cathy how she’d turned the hat into a snake and moved the hole. She said we all have our own special powers, and they wouldn’t be special if everybody knew about them.

Being a shapeshifting, chameleonic one-half of a legendary vegetarian werewolf I just had to agree with her, and left it at that.

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Notes

Snakes and ladders is a popular board game.
Down in a Hole is an Alice in Chains song.

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Denise van Outen: Elle Movie Part is Hers

Hi, it’s Greenygrey, with the penultimate chapter of the tremendous travel-tale set in the real Victoria, Australia town of Kerang and the rock and metal magazine Kerrang. This chapter is dedicated to the dark lord comic book persona of Ozzy Osbourne, who we weren’t too keen on when he was biting animals’ heads off, but overall he seems a nice character, and a heavy metal legend who has enjoyed renewed success with Black Sabbath this year.

Fashion parade: Denise Van Outen has stepped out in a number of short dresses since her split from Lee Mead was announced
Denise van Outen nice outfit, looking tired.

Denise van Outen and Elle McPherson 

This chapter also sees Elle come into her own, with some great body action to trip Ozzy up. It reminded us of Denise van Outen, whom we have admired since her days on the Big Breakfast with Johnny Vaughan in the 1990s, which is of course one of the decades of this Kerang-Kerrang travel tale.

Denise has been accused of playing the media celebrity game lately, but Wolf Whitzer hasn’t received any evidence of this from his news sources, so we’re keeping an open mind, and concentrating on her keeping in great shape and admirably showing off her fine legs amongst this stylish greenygreyish outfit.

Yep, we think she could play the Elle part if the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps ever makes it to the movie screen. Here’s the Ozzy and Elle comedy satire love story:

Chapter 92.  Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Ozz

As we emerged out of the Whiskey a Go-Go I saw a cloaked figure acting suspiciously in the shadows. The next thing, it was barking at the moon, and I became more than a tad worried. Was it some kind of lone-human werewolf?

Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Ozz 

Cover of "Blizzard of Ozz"
Cover of Blizzard of Ozz

Less than a minute later I felt a chilly wind on my back as a blizzard blew up out of nowhere. The shadowy figure shouted that Oz was no place for a dog, and he was going to take it to Ozz, which had 33.33% more room because of the extra z.

I realised it was the 1980s Ozzy Osbourne. With his reputation for biting the heads off creatures I thought Angry’s dog might be in great peril.

Elle Uses Her Body to Great Effect 

Denise van Outen nice outfit, hiding tiredness.

My concern seemed justified when Ozzy sprang out of the shadows singing Steal Away (The Night). Angry was still buzzing from his performance and seemed oblivious to Ozzy’s overshadowing omnipotent obtrusiveness.

Ozzy looked certain to reach Angry’s dog and snatch it away to a cold dog’s life in Blizzardy Ozz, until Elle stuck out a leg and tripped him up. A Crazy Train was passing through town on the way to the 1990s, and Elle quickly threw Ozzy on board. I thought it was a great use of her body.

Ozzy seemed impressed as well, and shouted to Elle that it wasn’t too late to join him. Elle responded with a ‘No thanks!’ This prompted Ozzy to sing Goodbye to Romance. I felt sorry for him then, but he seemed to have recovered before disappearing from earshot, as the last thing I heard him sing was, No More Tears.

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Notes

Ozzy Osbourne and solo band name/album, songs: Blizzard of Ozz, Steal Away (The Night), Crazy Train, Goodbye to Romance, No More Tears.

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Green and Grey Separate, but Vow ‘We’ll Meet Again’

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Sorry we haven’t been able to bring you your weekly Werewolf of Oz recently, but we were operating a secret mission to try and find Andy Wolfhol. We had a tip-off that he’d been sighted in the north, but  when we returned to the blog from our travel quest we found a postcard with ol’ Wolfhol’s distinctive and almost certainly impossible to forge signature suggesting he is somewhere southerly.

I hope you enjoyed the last thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz, when MiMo Moby helped save the day and I was reunited with myself. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to last, and this episode is a bit of a tearjerker; although that wasn’t to last either, and we’re now back together of course. Anyway, I don’t want to give too much away, so on with the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps show.

werewolf of oz book cover

P.S. I also noticed that I had included Ant n’ Dec as a reference in this chapter rather than the first one they appeared in, so was getting ahead of myself when I added it afterwards in the last episode posting on this site. I remembered thinking of it, but thought I’d decided not to include it!

68.  GREEN AND GREY SEPARATE UNTIL ANOTHER DAY

Green leaf
Green leaf (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Green and I were reunited once more into the Greenygrey; and Bonzo, Elle and Angry were excited to meet us together. When everything calmed down, we/I (Greenygrey!) cooked up a Bass Strait brunch for the whole bunch, and we discussed the previous day’s exciting events.

Bonzo said he’d been asleep when all the excitement happened; he’d been that dog-tired! Elle said Angry’d suggested she rush up and grab our assailant around the neck. I thought it was a good use of Angry’s mind, and Elle’s body; they certainly seemed to be getting their confidence back in those areas.

We all hoped MiMo Moby would survive the deadly duel, and wondered if we would see him again on our journey. My hat seemed to glow when we talked about MiMo. Unfortunately, there was no sign of Dai n’ Dec; we hoped they were safe somewhere.

Green for Pastures New 

Green curl
Green curl (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

At the end of the meal we, Green and I, unfortunately had to announce that we would be parting again. The others were disappointed, but the Greenygrey world needed Green, and I thought I should conclude this quest on my own.

Green shapeshifted into an albatross for the long journey back to the Greenygrey world. We climbed to the top of the mast to wave it off, singing Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll meet again.’

As Green albatross reached the horizon it looked back, did a roll, and tipped its wings; before disappearing from view into the azure.

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Notes 

Cover of "We'll Meet Again: Very Best of ...
Cover via Amazon

Vera Lynn and song (We’ll Meet Again).
Ant n’ Dec? (entertainers).

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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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Cunning Plan will hopefully help Escape Perpetual Boomerang

Hi, it’s Green, not so greyt news from Grey over in Oz, as it seems to be stuck in a boomerang circuit over Boomerang Beach. But Angry has thought up a cunning plan (Blackadder), so hopefully that’ll work, and they will be able to continue on their merry way. Here’s hoping! And here’s the last couple of Werewolf of Oz blogs:

Spirit Lifts, Mind Plans, Body Gives Us Hope

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I was getting sick of the sight of Boomerang Beach and Green Point by the twenty-ninth return journey, and told Cathy I was losing hope. She said, ‘That’s not the spirit.’ That was the lift I needed; mentally I might add, as I certainly didn’t need more physical lifting!

Angry Acts to our Advantage

After Cathy had raised my spirit, I wondered if Angry might have a solution to our situation, as he’d been using his mind well recently. So I asked him if he could think of any way out of our repetitive return rebounding.

He thought for a few minutes, before suggesting we’d been playing into the boomerang’s hands; or wings to be more precise.

As we listened attentively through the whistling wind, Angry explained his rationale: it was because the four of us had been keeping to a straight two-two formation, and this kept the boomerang on its intended trajectory.

Come Elle or Eye Water

Angry suggested that Elle might be the key to changing our course, as she’d been using her body well recently. If she pulled in one direction, and we kept an eye on her, whether they were watery or not, then we could all lean over to one side, and that would hopefully release us from our eternal boomeranging.

You know what, it didn’t sound nonsense at all, and I had high hopes that it would ground us. We agreed to attempt it on our next journey north.

Corrie Soap before Boomerang Dashes Green Hope

Although we were travelling by sea, it didn’t mean we missed out on seeing mammals. Why, while passing Wommara Avenue we saw a wombat hitch-hiking to the Masai Mara; and on Kalaroo Road we saw a kangaroo either side of LA.

We stopped for a wash at the Corrie Island Nature Reserve, as it was overflowing with soap, and there were lots of spare brushes on the nearby Mungo Brush road.

We dried off under the whopper wind at the Wind Woppa Reserve.

Boomerang Wastes the Green Day

Feeling refreshed, we ate up the nautical miles at a good rate of knots in the afternoon, and a few hours later reached Boomerang Beach. That’s when the day started going downhill; or to be more accurate, around and around. Because once we stepped onto the beach we were thrown up into the air, and spun around at great speed over Elizabeth Beach and The Lakes Way.

I thought, at least we’re heading north; maybe it’s a stroke of good fortune. I saw Green Point ahead, and thought it might be a sign; maybe we’ll land on a nice patch of green when we reach it.

But I hadn’t taken the Boomerang part of the beach’s name into consideration. Because the next moment, the return movement seemed to kick in over the Booti Booti National Park, and we just about reached Green Point before being spun south again.

Before we knew it, we were returning to Boomerang Beach; and as soon as we touched the ground we were thrown back into the air for another circuit!

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