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Tour de France Le Grand Depart Coincidence

Last week we reported the Tour de France Le Grand Depart Le Grand Coincidence, with Yorkshire also using a yellow Y like the greenYgrey, and focusing on yellowing the greenYgrey Yorkshire countryside in celebration of the world’s longest cycling race starting in the English county of Wensleydale cheese and many a golden summer ale.

Princess Kate Clothes 

Bianca Rinaldi
Bianca Rinaldi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi, it’s Paco Wolfsang, satirical comedy fashionista apprentica with another sweetly soporific sorty into the world of greenYgrey fashion, packed with high season hues guaranteed to put a smile on your slacks.

The coincidences kept coming on the day of the race too you know, and one was of particular interest to the fashion department in the greenYgrey.

That was Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, starting the official race at Harewood House with princes William and Harry in the greenygrey outfit made famous on this year’s Oz tour, where she visited many places made famous by Grey on its epic virtual ramble across all parts of Australia in Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps.

Salisbury Journal: Cycling fans line the streets of Leeds ahead of the Grand Depart, marking the start of 2014 Tour De France.

Umbrellas and Sunglasses

After a wet Friday afternoon and Saturday morning the thick clouds cleared by the time Le Grand Depart sent the 198 cyclists off on their epic Tour.

This made it a sunshine after the rain day in line with the Berri dance anthem adopted by the greenYgrey in May this year.

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Tour de France’s greenYgrey Welcome to Leeds Yorkshire

Leeds, Yorkshire‘s Le Grand Depart Le Grand Coincidence got grander last night, as I watched the welcoming and opening ceremony at the impressively greenYgrey Leeds First Direct Arena. Some of the attendees were wearing a yellow Y, which is totally the same as the greenYgrey‘s promotion of the Y to symbolise yellow!

Leeds Tour de France Le Grand Depart

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, satirical comedy sports correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by darts legend Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams.

Yes, there was a great greenYgrey Leeds Yorkshire welcome for the 198 Tour de France riders at the 13,500 capacity First Direct Arena, which only opened just over a year ago.

Tour de France Yorkshire Merchandise

Some of the people interviewed, such as singer Alistair Griffin (who sings the official Tour de France Le Grand Depart song, The Road, with the lovely Kimberly Walsh of Girls Aloud fame; the song’s video on YouTube is posted below) and politician Nick Clegg, were wearing a yellow Y, probably to symbolise Yorkshire, but also reminding us of greenYgrey. Such symbolic merchandise is available on the Welcome to Yorkshire website.

Limited Edition Y T-Shirt

As well as greenYgrey, the yellow Y can also represent the iconic yellow jersey of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire. Yellow and blue are also important symbolic colours in Leeds and Yorkshire.

Tour de France Teams

As I watched the Tour de France teams being introduced last night I realised Team GG (gYg) has a player in the great game.

Yes, I’m proud to announce that Team Europcar is flying the greenYgrey colours.

Tour de France in Leeds

Although I read Marc Latham’s detailed Tour de France Le Grand Depart Leeds history and sights articles on TravelThruHistory and Go Nomad I didn’t know the exact Leeds start and route until this morning.

Then I looked on the Leeds.gov.uk website and saw it starts outside the Leeds art gallery on the Headrow, and then heads east down Eastgate to Regent Street, before heading north towards Harewood House via the Sheepscar Interchange.

Here’s a greenYgrey map showing the direction of the race, and fastest walking routes between the Headrow and Regent Street:

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Here’s the official song The Road video, which features some great greenYgrey Yorkshire scenery:

Enjoy the race, and good luck to all the riders, and especially the virtually Team GG and sometimes Team GB ones.

Leeds and Yorkshire Tour de France Photos

Leeds and Yorkshire is going gargantuan  greenYgrey this week. It is not in celebration of this website unfortunately, but is for a great reason. Yes, the Tour de France start (Le Grand Depart) is in Leeds on Saturday morning, and after the first day finishes in Harrogate, the second day will see the 198 cyclists whizz south through emerald summer dales from York to Sheffield. The third and final day in Britain will travel from Cambridge to London.

Tour de France Le Grand Depart

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, satirical comedy sports reporter inspired by darts legend Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams.

The greenYgrey’s promotion of yellow rebranding has of course been developing for several years – before the Le Grand Depart was awarded to Leeds; but the Tour de France has of course been awarding the iconic yellow jersey to the race leader for much longer.

So, although the greenYgrey and Tour de France have no direct links or influence on each other, they are meeting this weekend in Leeds and Yorkshire in a time-travel cultural-connection Le Grand Coincidence.

Our ol’ pal Marc Latham of course wrote two articles about the Tour de France and Leeds for Go Nomad and TravelThruHistory.

Leeds and Yorkshire Tour de France Images

There have been some great greenYgrey images this week, as Leeds and Yorkshire prepares for the Tour de France, and here’s a few:

  

Leeds Tour de France Le Grande Depart Article

Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, travel writing correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by the legendary travel writer Jack Kerouac. I was delighted to see this morning that there’s a new travel article on Leeds hosting Le Grande Depart of the Tour de France on July 5th.

Go Nomad Travel Site Photo

The article is on the Go Nomad site, which has been a leader in alternative travel writing on the web since 2000.

The article provides travel info about Leeds and Yorkshire through a virtual tour of the city, as well as providing a little historical and retail facts. There’s also a lot of photos and a little of the author’s endurance sport history in the region linking the info and facts together into a travel article.

http://www.gonomad.com/component/content/article/49-bicycle-tours/5531-the-tour-de-france-starts-in-leeds-england

 

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242 Mirror Poems Reflection 2

The 121 Reflections in the title of 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections is a little misleading, as there are much more than 121 really. Yes, you’re getting even better value for money than you might think from Dr. Marc Latham’s super cheap £3.41 Amazon.co.uk, $5.59 Amazon.com poetry collection, which is also available in lots of other countries.

Mirror Poem Reflections 

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by legendary Romantic poet William Wordsworth and wolves. The second of 121 poems in Latham’s book is Hopes Rise with the Sun, which was published on the fmpoetry.wordpress.com website in April 2010.

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Thamserku mountain from Namche Bazaar

I think it was written in Leeds, sitting at a computer just like I am now, only earlier, before sunrise, six months after first inspiration waiting for sunrise in Namche Bazaar, entrance to the Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park. That was of course recently serialised on the travel25years.wordpress.com website, and the accompanying photo is from that moment.

121 Reflections 

Multiple lasers reflecting from a mirror.
Multiple lasers reflecting from a mirror. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyway, I think I have digressed, or maybe there was just a lot more to introduce than I thought!

Yes, as I was saying in the opening paragraph, there’s a lot more reflections really than 121. In Reflection 2 below there are a few, although they are all to do with narcissism and ego; and how they drive ambition and trying to make a difference.

Great Expectations 

Ultimately though, Marc seems to think that people can only make a small difference, and for a small amount of people in the grand scheme of human population and world history. That’s in democracies anyway!

That’s not recommending that people don’t try and become important and influential, just that they shouldn’t feel disappointed if they don’t think the world changes much in their lifetime.

Infinite Space, Mortal Lives 

English: Settle and Carlisle Railway Line Trai...
English: Settle and Carlisle Railway Line Train at Shaw Paddock. Upper Wensleydale in the distance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That is the message of the final poem, which highlights the insignificance of two famous transporters to the world they existed in; and another type of transport that revolutionised human civilisation 150 years ago, and is still going, but compared to the planet it is still only like a few letters on a sheet of A4 paper: l-i-n-e.

Before that, the thoughts in Reflection 2 were apparently inspired by emerging into the new media world of reality television and WWW writing freedom with a PhD; getting books published, and then trawling the mind for thoughts and reflection.

Hopefully these explanations will help (the director’s cut could be called 484 Mirror Poems, Reflections and Explanations, as there has to be an explanation for each poem and reflection!)  understanding, and that you’ll at least be entertained, and maybe even informed, which is what it’s all about!

Reflection 2 

Concorde on takeoff
Concorde on takeoff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Narcissism and Ego

I wanted to be famous for being famous, but too late now…?
A little bit of ego allows me to do this, rather than making me do it.

Has my writing and public profile fuelled narcissism, or given it an outlet?

Finding out that you aren’t the centre of other people’s world is a relief, but also a disappointment in some ways, as you wonder why not.

Titanik
Titanik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Addressing narcissism should help overcome a depression fuelled by feelings of failure: you can’t change the world, and nature of humanity, so don’t expect too much.

Concorde boomed the sky
but clouds still quietly fly.
Trains carry tons of freight
but the land doesn’t have to wait.
Titanic caused a commotion
but didn’t change the ocean.

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First-Half Analysis for Match of the Day in Oz

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, literary correspondent at the Greenygrey, with analysis of the first-half of the Crows v Redbacks game.

A section of the crowd, estimated to be over 1...
A section of the crowd, estimated to be over 110,000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wow, wasn’t it a thrilling first half. Almost as thrilling as yesterday’s F.A. Cup games, with Leeds beating Spurs, Oldham beating Liverpool and Brentford drawing with Chelsea on a weekend when the magic of the cup seemed to materialise again.

Redback Magic Downs Crows

There was plenty of magic for the Redbacks too, as they scurried into a 3-0 half-time lead. This was of course bad news for the Crows and our travelling trio, as Grey, Elle and Bonzo need a Crows win to escape the tumult following the timequake that sent them tumbling as they travelled into  Oz’s Adelaide, South Australia.

The travelling trio’s troubles seemed destined to me from the first headline and paragraph of the episode, which seem to have been created simply to have a rhyme for ‘First half is a laugh…’

Redback
Redback (Photo credit: robdownunder)

This failure to take the Redback threat seriously seemed to materialise in the second paragraph, when the Crows failed to counter the need for names with a red connection to create laughs for the first half.

Therefore, three goals were quickly scored by the Redbacks without reply.  Red-grave buried the first; the second went in with a roar by Red-din; and finally Red-burn fanned the flames of defeat for the Crows with third.

Game of Two Halves

Much-needed hope was given to the Crow cause at half-time, when the travelling trio remembered their sporting tactics and terminology.

Sick as a parrot!
Sick as a parrot! (Photo credit: johnmuk)

Bonzo thought of playing the ball in the air instead of on the ground, those two well-known opposite tactical styles; and Grey soon went from feeling sick as a parrot to being over the moon; probably the two most famous football post-match interview cliches (and feeling over the moon is even better for a werewolf than a sportsperson!).

Looks like it’s going to be an interesting second-half, with kick-off here scheduled for Wednesday

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Poetic Light Snow: Seasons’ Seeds of Change

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by the current cold spell in the UK, with snow on the ground in Leeds for the first time this winter. It seems ironic that the most wintrish of symbols should be falling now that the days are getting noticeably lighter; nearly a month after the ‘shortest day’; suggesting that spring is around the corner. Here’s the poem:

Snowcatcher

Late Snow Arrives, All Seasons Leave 
ancient trees three months bare
snow in my hair
but spring is in the air
Easter begins to knock, light lasts past four-o’-clock
old winter is shown the door
sun rules once more
new life dresses Earth’s floor
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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).