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2013 Resolutions follow 2012 in Review with 2008 View

Hi, it’s Greenygrey, thanks a lot for all your visits so far in 2013. Great to see that the year has started off the way 2012 ended. Of course, we don’t know who you are, so you could all be negatives, but hopefully you visit the site for entertainment and information. If you would like to comment or contribute, or request work, please use the website contact page: http://greenygrey.co.uk/contact_marc_latham.php and please make clear your message title to avoid being mistaken for spam.

Trumpet vine at Abrams Creek Falls
Trumpet vine at Abrams Creek Falls (Photo credit: Kid Cowboy)

While we are mostly providing the statistics below as thanks for your visits, it could also be seen as blowing our own trumpet; and as the Greenygrey believes there is always a certain percentage of personal gratification in every philanthropic act, we believe you’d be right to think we’re doing this for the Greenygrey too.

Our research training and media experience Greenygrey thought process also makes us think the increase in website visitors could be down to changes in media technology, with more devices on the market and increased internet usership; and the way Google and other robot spiders (not metallyinsect ones) search the web.

OpenStreetMap Logo
OpenStreetMap Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyway, it’s great to see increased visitors, and we hope you continue visiting in 2013. Here’s some statistics and analysis.

2012 Visits

The website was set up to entertain and inform in our own style and with our own views, while hopefully attracting work to help become self-sufficient. We like to think we’ve been successful in the former, if not the latter; maybe our focus on the former has hindered the latter? Here’s how our views compared in 2012 to our first year of 2008:

  • In 2012 we had 11,925 visits to the site, compared with 3,212 in 2008.
  • In 2012 we had 43,678 visits, compared with 6118 in 2008.
  • In 2012 we had 151,278 page views, compared with 31,494 in 2008.
  • In 2012 we had 272,548 hits, compared with 120,526 in 2008.
  • In 2012 5.93 gigabytes of bandwidth was used, compared with 745. 17 megabytes in 2008.

2012 Countries 

Netherlands-26 (Photo credit: didkovskaya)

From our statistics we can see the countries of our visitors, and while we respect you all as individuals and don’t really care where you live, the following nations showed up in the top ten monthly visits during 2012.

If there is any (good) reason for this, we’d like to thank: Netherlands, France, Germany, U.K., Russia, China, Sweden, Tuvalu, U.S.A. and Lithuania.

2013 Resolutions

In 2013 we plan to follow up the 2012 publication of Werewolf of Oz and 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections with another book that we hope to believe in and one we think provides value for money: a five years of Greenygrey epic super-book.

Red Bull GmbH
Red Bull GmbH (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are also delighted to announce that we will once again be sponsoring our favourite average endurance athlete Marc Latham, as he strives for new levels of averageness. In the Greenygrey world, word has it that we fought off a takeover bid by Red Bull, who see Marc as the next Felix Baumgartner

Yep, we plan on bringing you more perceptive information mixed with surreptitious satire inspired by decades of cool comedy like Spitting Image and South Park again this year…

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Poem about Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem celebrates Felix Baumgartner‘s triple world-record-breaking twenty-four mile balloon journey into space, and 9-minute (540 seconds) free fall back to Earth, during which he became the first human to break the sound barrier without a vehicle. Here it is:
Red Bull Stratos - Felix Baumgartner
Red Bull Stratos – Felix Baumgartner (Photo credit: cattias.photos)
Balloonist Baumgartner, Flying Felix
I’m going home
to the only place I’ve known
it’s twenty-four miles away
but it’s straight all the way
no bends, lights or diversions
distractions, stations or merging
just falling and spinning
breaking sound barrier, entering Earth’s atmosphere
pulling chute and landing
sunshine, horizon and sky
warm desert, friends of Earth
it’s just the way I remember
before five-forty seconds fall
from the highest a balloonist’s been
feeling so humble
Red Bull Stratos - Felix Baumgartner
Red Bull Stratos – Felix Baumgartner (Photo credit: cattias.photos)
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has several books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).


2-G Winter Hamlet with Synchronised Greenygreying

2-G or not 2-G, that is the question…

Hi, it’s Max Cliffwolf, PR-guru@greenygrey. After the foxy PR stunt that snared us a Felix Baumgartner greenygrey photo last month, I’m over the full moon to say that Premier League greenygreying is all the rage this  winter season.

Synchronised Greenygreying 

As Shakespeare would no doubt be tweeting through Hamlet now if he was of this age, ‘2-G or not 2-G, that is the question…’

For while individual greenygreying can show an independent finger on the colour-combination fashion pulse, synchronised greenygreying is twice the fun, and the Greenygrey is of course by name a 2-Gist.

Synchronised Sporting Example

After the Greenygrey has individually been playing in the Premier League this season, and made some great saves, Krul and Jaaskelainen put on a fantastic men’s-doubles synchronised greenygreying display last weekend.

Good British-American Culture in Brazilian Amazon

‘Welcome to the Jungle, we’ve got greenygrey…’

Sorry about the Greenygrey version of Guns N’ Roses‘s Welcome to the Jungle, but international goalkeepers are not the only world citizens getting a taste for synchronised greenygreying. Oh no, not on your Nelly, because Michael Palin has only gone and exported it to the Brazilian jungle.

In the second episode of his Brazil series on the BBC, Palin teamed up for a spot of mixed-doubles synchronised greenygreying with American anthropologist Emi Ireland to mirror the colourful culture of the Wauja tribe.

We hope the Native Brazilians can survive the deforestation and mining in their land, save the rainforest and keep their colourful peaceful traditions intact.

And as they’ve already imported a great British tradition called football into their lives, if they want to introduce synchronised greenygreying into their culture we’d be very proud.

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New Science, Space and Nature Documentaries

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, with a round-up of the best  documentaries we’ve seen this week, and that are available on the BBCiplayer to whoever can access it.

 Forming, Diving, Mixing, Copying

  • Seven Ages of Starlight provided a good overview of stars from start to finish, with the best explanation of how hydrogen forms into helium to power stars like our sun we’ve seen. It’s available until this Saturday night.
  • Space Dive told the story of the work that went into Felix Baumgartner’s amazing freefall dive over two years, and lots of coverage of the historic day that showed it was not as straightforward as it looked. It’s available until November 14th.
  • Dara O’ Briain’s Science Club has a wonderful greenygrey collage to advertise it (see above), and an interesting study into how much Neanderthal DNA humans have, with the average about 3-4%. So humans are not so different to us werewolves. Maybe we’ll call you humanderthals from now on! It’s available until November 16th.
  • Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature had lots of nice images and some interesting information about how we’ve copied what animals do naturally. We most liked it because it had a long feature about G-force. It showed the effects of G-9, which looked pretty powerful. It’s available until November 26th.

Although we enjoy working at the Greenygrey, we think 2-G is enough thanks!

Mechanic Balloon
Mechanic Balloon (Photo credit: Blazej Mrozinski)
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Felix Baumgartner’s lost Red Bull Chip, and gained Peace of Greenygrey

Hi, it’s Max Cliffwolf, PR guru at the Greenygrey. I was delighted to see that our cunning PR stunt worked last week, with the Greenygrey appearing on national television with the hero of the week, Felix Baumgartner. After Felix Baumgartner’s totally amazing and awe-inspiring space jump, the Red Bull usually associated with Felix was put out to pasture for a day, thanks to the Greenygrey.

Red Bull GmbH
Red Bull GmbH (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Felix Baumgartner’s Flight Ambitions Realised with Space Jump

As the drawing below shows, Felix always wanted to do amazing flights, and he might have had a chip on his shoulder if he hadn’t been able to accomplish his ambitions.

Instead, in the accompanying photo he has a Red Bull on his shoulder, as well as leg and helmet; the energy drink‘s slogan is of course that ‘Red Bull gives you wings’, so it’s very appropriate.

But Felix wanted to jump from space, and this month accomplished his ultimate ambition with what Marc Latham described as the ‘moon landing moment of my life’.

Felix Baumgartner’s Greenygrey Interview with BBC

And as seen in the photos below, taken from a BBC interview with Jeremy Paxwolf after Felix’s space jump, with the help of my cunning PR stunt, Felix has totally lost his chip, and his Red Bull, and looks totally relaxed with a Greenygrey on his shoulder:

Close-up of Felix and the Greenygrey:

So if the Red Bull slogan is that it ‘gives you wings’, maybe the Greenygrey’s should be that it ‘brings you peace’.

I’m going to send that to the Board of Greenygreyisms. To get a passed greenygreyism on my blog debut would be a dream. I didn’t make a drawing of it though!

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Ideas and Rhymes that Led to New Mirror Poem

Hi, it’s Andy Wolfhol. Exciting news from the world of poetry, where our favourite pumpkin Marc Latham has just published his latest Folding Mirror poem on fmpoetry. Moreover, Marc has also given us access to the ideas and poetry that stemmed from his article editing, and led to that new Folding Mirror poem.

We think the original ideas and poems will be more than enough for you for today, and hope to import the new Folding Mirror poem in for tomorrow. Here are the ideas and poems:


This is the age
of the microscope
and telescope
rise of the human race
viewing from space
falling with grace
talking to the animals
polly parrot parables
beluga requests charitables
will the minuscule
lead to a fairer rule
or just a deeper pool
full of junk and pollution
advance without cohesion
bacteria of Earth’s lesion.


From the flow of writing prose
tributaries of poetry are often created.


Words echo-locate through mind
like bats at midnight
searching for clear passage
nocturnal nature flying
through dank darkness.


Words echo through mind
growing louder, more resonant
filling the valley of the unconscious
settling, bubbling, rising,
overflowing, released, responded.

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Zemanta Images Provide Instant Research Results

‘Never good at talking, so many things I couldn’t say
But those thoughts never went away’

Suicidal Tendencies, lyrics in One Too Many Times, off How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today, 1988.

‘So many things we want to say
but we only want to blog once a day.’

Greenygrey, 2012.

 Hi, it’s Simon Wolfell, musical entrepreneur at the Greenygrey. I heard the howl for my services this week, and I think I’ve got the G-Factor, so here I am. I’ll try not to create too much chaos here.

Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell (Photo credit: Yandle)

Yes, we were alerted to Suicidal Tendencies by Marc Latham, when he credited them as an influence in his first poetry collection. As well as trying to escape to the California Dream with bands like Motley Crue and Aerosmith, Marc also used to like the socially conscious lyrics of bands like the Suis, Megadeth and Rose Tattoo. Guns N’ Roses kind of combined the two, like green and grey are combined in Greenygrey.

Zemanta Images Provide Instant Research Ideas

Felix Baumgartner‘s amazing space jump took over yesterday’s blog, postponing my eagerly awaited debut, because I was going to give credit to Zemanta for providing an instant research idea and connection between the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Wizard of Oz.

Enkidu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Because don’t you think that Gilgamesh carrying Enkidu looks just like Dorothy carrying Toto 4000 years later. We don’t know if Wizard of Oz writer, L. Frank Baum, was aware of the Epic of Gilgamesh, or just thought a dog-sidekick was a good idea for the story, and it’s a coincidence.

Do people like Paris Hilton carrying their toy dogs around unconsciously carry around a little bit of our lost wilderness without knowing it?

Trans Woman with Paris Hilton Dog
Trans Woman with Paris Hilton Dog (Photo credit: athenamat)

We don’t know, like we didn’t know about the possible relevance and connection between Gilgamesh and Enkidu and modern day real and fictional travellers until reading Inside the Neolithic Mind.

So thanks to Zemanta for that image, and provoking another stream of culture and nature travelling twosome thought…

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Felix Baumgartner Shows the Value of Bog All – Humanity

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Wow, we’re still buzzing here from Felix Baumgartner‘s amazing space jump from 128,000 feet, where he became the:

Off the coast of Pusan, South Korea: An F/A-18...
Off the coast of Pusan, South Korea: An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron One Five One (VFA-151) breaks the sound barrier in the skies over the Pacific Ocean. VFA-151 is deployed aboard USS Constellation (CVN 64). This is an edited version (reduced grain). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  1. first human to break through the sound barrier unaided, going faster than the speed of sound
  2. made the highest freefall
  3. became the highest manned balloon flight.

We’ve been on Earth so long now that it’s hard to be amazed, but that was amazing in so many ways:

  1. Felix’s view from the capsule ladder was amazing
  2. When he jumped  off it was vicariously amazing
  3. When he seemed to be spinning out of control it was amazingly scary
  4. When he regained control and opened the parachute it was an amazing relief.

    The moment of the jump by FELIX BAUMGARTNER
    The moment of the jump by FELIX BAUMGARTNER (Photo credit: matthewwu88)

Why, Marc Latham, who has also been on Earth a long time, and got some personal buzzes from Flamingo Land rides and a short-flight this year, described it as ‘probably the moon-landing moment of my life’, after he’d grown up seeing the drama and history of Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, and then learning about how dangerous and ground-breaking it was.

English: Neil Armstrong descending the ladder ...
English: Neil Armstrong descending the ladder on the lunar module. Polaroid image of slow scan television monitor at Goldstone Station. Nasa image S69-42583. Русский: Нил Армстронг спускается по лестнице из лунного модуля. Изображение, снятое на Polaroid с экрана монитора во время медленного просмотра на станции Голдстоун. Изображение NASA S69-42583. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Beauty of Earth and its Bog – All Open Spaces

And we must admit it is an even greater achievement than our solo google maps ramble across North America, and Grey’s even soloer google maps ramble across Oz.

The slang observant amongst you might have noticed the BOGOL play on words in yesterday’s episode of the Werewolf of Oz. As well as being a play on words with BOGOF, BOGOL is also a contraction of bog-all, which a web slang dictionary describes as: ‘Noun. Nothing, or a total lack of. E.g.”We’ve bog all chance of winning without our captain and best player.” ‘

Although the Australian Outback and Northern Territories might not have many famous landmarks to an overseas visitor, and so we made a joke of it, that of course means there’s lots of unspoilt nature, as well as some interesting human communities.

Australian Outback: Mount O'Connor, a mesa bet...
Australian Outback: Mount O’Connor, a mesa between Alice Springs and Uluru Français : Paysage de l’outback. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And all that open space can be useful for human exploration and discovery, both physical and mental, as the Felix Baumgartner team used so well in and above the American desert yesterday… and which Kerouac and Cassady travelled by mind and motor over sixty years ago, before it was written up in the On The Road book.

And don’t worry, Grey found lots of interesting things in the Oz outback, as old Werewolf of Oz fans will no doubt know, and new ones will discover…

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