After thinking this poem up over the last couple of days, inspired by the GNR song title, If the World, I posted it on the mygnr site.
I think it could be widened into Folding Mirror poem, with Everest at the top, the Marianas Trench at the bottom and sea level in the middle, but it’d take time and effort, and it would just be expanding the point already made in this poem, so here it is as I thought of it, with the explanation from the mygnr site underneath.
If the World…
were the human mind
Axl solo climbed Everest
descended Marianas Trench
from the highest peak
to the lowest point
and told his story
with the help
of Guns N’ Roses
musicians and fans –
his fellow explorers.
I adapted If the World‘s title to envision the breadth of Axl’s bipolar mind, using our planet’s geography as a metaphoric landscape canvas. Axl’s mind was of course what wrote If the World‘s words, with Chris Pitman also credited. It’s not a favourite song of mine; I just had the idea for the poem from it. The poem can be widened to all those with a bipolar mind. I included fans because I really believe it, although I hope it makes you like it more too… and maybe even me… although I’m not seeking conviviality… maybe a job as a roadie?!
For more amazing poetry, and PhD-standard philosophy, only outdone in amazingness by how unappreciated it is, and crazily at the cheapest price I could set:
Although Guns N’ Roses are no longer together, and Axl and Slash no longer nice boys to each other, they still remember Rose Tattoo’s influence on their music, and both jammed Nice Boys with Angry and Rose Tattoo on recent tours:
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. It’s the beginning of the weekend, so we think it’s time for the latest thrilling installment of the epic time-travel rock music through the decades with a central role for 1980s trash metal music story within a bigger story, with the bigger story told in Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps, which is now available on Amazon and lots of ereaders via Smashwords.
Terminator to Trash Target
In this episode the Grunginator’s target is revealed, as the Terminator‘s target and reasoning were revealed long after it burst into the 1984 movie with gunfire and corny dialogue.
A background theme to the storyline is the demonising of the British working-class by New Labour, which was followed by much of the country until the New Labour and elite society charade was exposed by the economic collapse and widespread corruption.
British Politicians’ Big Pay Rise
The British political elite are now set to reward their misbehaviour with a pay rise at a much bigger percentage of their wage than most people are receiving; with many workers hardly receiving anything, or taking pay cuts.
I think politicians are underpaid compared to £100,000+ public servants, but that’s because those public servants are grossly overpaid compared to most people and their value to the taxpayer.
The £100,000+ public servants should be taking a pay cut, rather than politicians having an inflation-busting increase to catch up with them!
Around the same time as the British working-class was being attacked to the point of abolition under New Labour’s ‘classless society’ spin, Seasick Steve became a darling of the liberal elite.
This was despite Steve being an American version of the British working-class considered not worthy of funding and defending by some of the new liberal elite; epitomised by Prime-Minister Gordon Brown.
If Seasick Steve had been a British child in the 1950s he might have been sent to Australia like some of the Homes children that inspired the exiling of Grey at the start of this story.
Not that injustices don’t also happen in the American system, and some British people of course receive an acceptance in other countries that they don’t receive in their own.
Anyway, that’s enough seriousness for a fun sun friday in Blighty, and here’s the latest Werewolf of Oz episode, which also stars a good LA rock band that didn’t quite make it big:
Chapter 84. Love/Hate are Wasted, and the Target is Revealed
The seasick looking guitarist passed us and walked half way down the alley. He had just started singing that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and that he had been born with nothing and still had most of it left, when he was sent flying back past us by a gunshot to the stomach. My shock was compounded moments later when I heard a voice say, ‘We don’t want no old trash in the future.’
Even Dizzy looked surprised. He whispered that he thought the Grunginator was out of control, as it was only programmed to kill trash metal bands; before saying we’d better scarper. So we raced down another alley in the opposite direction, and into a red room.
Meeting Love/Hate suffering a Blackout in the Red Room
Some musicians were suffering a Blackout in the Red Room; the room had an American decor, so it was obviously Love/Hate. It wasn’t hard to recognise them, as they were famous for getting Wasted in America. We tried to warn them about the Grunginator, but couldn’t awaken them.
A shadow at the door looked ominously like the Grunginator, so we continued running in the other direction, leaving Love/Hate to their fate. A few moments later, we heard several shots ring out in the room we’d just left. I guessed Love/Hate had once again been Wasted.
Angry Revealed as Target
As we ran down the corridor I glimpsed a billboard poster on the wall. It drew my attention because Angry was featured on it. The poster advertised Angry making a special guest appearance with Guns N’ Roses at the Whiskey a Go-Go. The date had been scratched off, so I asked Dizzy when it was supposed to be happening.
After a few seconds of thought he said, ‘Of course, that’s it, tonight’s the night when Angry inspires the LA metallers; propelling them into the 1990s. It’s the Guns N’ Roses concert with Angry guesting that the Grunginator is programmed to target. We’ve got to escape the Grunginator and get Angry to the concert somehow, or it’ll be all over for trash metal.’
Wow, I thought, our Angry is a rock n’ roll star.
Seasick Steve songs: Started Out With Nothing, You Can’t Teach An Old Dogs New Tricks.
Love/Hate songs: Blackout in the Red Room, Wasted in America.
Hi, it’s Stella Lagerwolf-Bruno, comedy-satire fashionista suprema @ Greenygrey central, with influences including Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and Bruno. Yesterday saw the passing away of Margaret Thatcher, Prime-Minister of Britain during the 1980s, when Marc Latham was a youth. Marc was a scruffy socialist at the time, totally opposing the attack on the unions by Thatcher. Oxymoronically, he did also dream of escaping to LA: to live a life of heady hedonism with Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue on the beaches and in the clubs of the acutely capitalist City of Angels.
Mixing Politics and Fashion
I think I know how Marc felt this morning, as I mixed listening to the divided bitter opinion about Margaret Thatcher with forming this post about the united happy London Fashion Week Spring/Summer collection 2013; like a DJ using two decks!
In digression, is genius at its essence simply the mixing and connecting of two seemingly unrelated data, materials or issues?
And today’s blog is now of course in line with yesterday’s poetry post about mixing depressing news with escapism, in line with Greenygrey theory.
The Greenygrey has looked for the meaning of everything in the human world, and at the moment thinks the answer is to be found more in fashion than politics.
Returning to London Fashion Week Spring/Summer
Returning to London Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2013 show was a real trip down memory lane; a lane that felt unlit when first found. After entering the highlights, I couldn’t relocate the spring/summer collection at first, and thought it might not be there any more!
But then my logical mind kicked in, and I thought it must still be there, what with spring having briefly returned to the UK on the weekend. Then I saw the little arrow next to Autumn/Winter 2013, and found my way!!
London Fashion Week Research Method
Having found my way on the path to fashionable spring/summer 2013 I then had to decide a research method, as there were so many great greenygrey and other outfits.
So I decided to choose the first great greenygrey outfit, rather than plough my way through them all. However, after I had chosen Day 4s outfit, Daisy Lowe‘s cool rock chic look enticed me into the video highlights, and I noticed a great greenygrey number by Burberry Prorsum (reminding me of the great Dame Edna, a lover of possums and star of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps), so I included that too. Then I noticed we didn’t have any blonde models, and I didn’t want to be accused of blondism, so I included a blonde model from Day 4 too; making Day 4 rather hectic!!!
London Fashion Week Recognises Great Greenygrey
The video highlights also alerted me to how much Ab Fab greenygrey there was at the fashion show too; including on the logo and catwalk. So I quickly snapped up a couple of images to introduce the post.
Wow, this was intended to be a quick easy blog, and has turned into something of an epic. Anyway, although there was a lot more greenygrey on view, that’s all for now, and on with the show:
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. As our dear leader, Citizen Queen, said she was humbled by all the crowds for her diamond jubilee, we are humbled by all your visits to our website. While we consider the Queen as one ordinary woman, she has led an extraordinary and resilient life, so we think she has done a good job, and is a great role model and figurehead… although there are many other such women around the UK, and some also have to struggle to survive in cold winters.
As for people being put off visiting Blighty by the greenygrey weather over the Jubilee weekend, I don’t think so. Most people I talked to abroad seem to think Britain is foggy, cold and wet, so any visitors probably think any hot sunny weather is a surprise bonus.
People don’t visit chilly Iceland for a beach holiday, flat Netherlands for mountains or landlocked Switzerland for cruises. Britain has much to offer, and is a relatively safe location between Mediterranean earthquakes and Arctic volcanoes, but hot sunny weather is not high on the list.
Werewolf of Oz reaches Latham
Anyway, it’s beginning to sound more grumble than humble, so here’s some more Werewolf of Oz:
8. LATHAM IS WEIRD OFF THE RAILS
I left Lassie in limbo; between saving me and the next lucky one. I waved back at my hero-dog as I left Collie and headed out on the road to Latham. I walked for hours, but never really felt like I was getting nearer: like some things you just can’t reach.
I also passed signs for a more direct route to Perth on the way, and wondered if I’d made the right decision; but Latham did sound somewhat interesting.
Walking All Over Latham
I decided to shapeshift into an emu, and the decision did not seem bird-brained, as I at last felt like I was getting somewhere. I reached Latham without knowing it in the end, because the welcome sign said MAHTAL rather than LATHAM, like in some kind of a mirror effect. My bird-brain surprised me when it worked it out before reaching the town centre. I shifted back into human shape soon after.
The town seemed nice when I got inside, with lots of people happily playing sports and doing fun things in forested parks and pristine lakes.
However, then I crossed the tracks and it didn’t seem as rosy over the other side, with lots of people surviving in the sewers and slaving in sweat shops; this not surprisingly led to a rather depressing atmosphere. I felt more at home on this side of the tracks funnily enough. I think Green would have preferred the other.
Twentieth-Century British People Used as Forced Labour
A ball fell into my path, and I kicked it back to its owners. We got talking, and after I told them of my exiling experience they said they could relate to it, as they had been promised Oranges and Sunshine before being sent away as child migrants fifty years ago.
They said they had been used as forced labour, which was something I thankfully hadn’t had to endure. Life had improved for them now, and they took me to their local pub for lunch. I found it difficult to leave; not having anywhere else to go.
I awoke on the edge of town.
In Cool Hand Luke there is a famous quote including the line ‘Some men you just can’t reach’. It was later used by Guns N’ Roses to introduce their Civil War song. Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of poor British ‘Home Children’ being sent from the UK to suffer abuse and forced labour in Commonwealth countries from the 1860s to 1970s. They were promised bright futures before leaving.
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