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Oz Werewolf WWW Wordplay, Literary Nonsense Poetry

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. It only seems like two days since the last episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. Maybe that’s because it is! Yes, that’s one great thing about having a late first episode of your favourite werewolf travels Australia to a Wizard of Oz theme travel quest epic comedy classic. And that’s the start of the satire.ozEast

This episode combines travel quest with comedy as the questing quartet continue their sea journey up the Oz east coast , with Shell CoveWarrawong, Wollongong and Scarborough providing most of the wordplay inspiration, supported by a literary nonsense poem perhaps worthy of Edward Lear.

I wouldn’t really call the episode a comedy classic or travel quest epic, but it’s pretty good in a greenygrey hodge-podge of the two.

There’s not much dialogue in this episode. I asked Grey why, and it said their voices felt husky after leaving Huskisson. Enjoy…

Chapter 115.  Wall on Gong in Wollongong Keeps us Moving On

We continued travelling north up the east coast, thinking we’d overnight in Wollongong. We stopped in Shell Cove to re-energise, and were served by a friendly snail called Michelle.

Her shell reminded me of lobsters, and I told her I hadn’t seen any around. ’chelle replied with the cove-shaped Ode of Shell Cove:

There were 110 lobsters eating pears
contentedly up a crab-apple tree.
When along came a storm
and swept them out to sea.
They made themselves at home
and decided that’s where they’d be.

I thanked her for letting me know, and providing the energy, before bidding farewell.

War gorillas, War is wrong and Wall on gong 

Warilla-Lake South Gorillas
Warilla-Lake South Gorillas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we passed Warilla we saw gorillas warring on the beach. I was amazed to see this, as the gentle giants are usually very peaceful.

This was confirmed when we reached Warrawong, because the beach was full of gorillas holding a peace protest proclaiming ‘War is wrong’.

Strange events relating to place names seemed to be the theme of the day, because approaching Wollongong we heard a deafening gong sound from that direction. I wondered if we should land at Wollongong, as planned. The decision was made for us when we approached the city, because there was a massive wall all around it, just above the gong. Robin Hood and Scarborough4

So we continued past, hearing the gonging grow louder off Wollongong, and reach its decibel zenith parallel with Battery Park. Somewhere between Wombarra and Scarborough we sensed the sounds of silence again.

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Notes

Simon and Garfunkel covered Scarborough Fair, an old British ballad. They also had a song and album called Sounds of Silence.

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Literary Nonsense Nature Poem for Pingomatic

I just typed in this blog instead of travel25years to Pingomatic, and realised my mistake just as I rushed it through, so here’s a little literary nonsense i just made up, so Pingomatic won’t be sending search engines on a wild goose chase! Hope you enjoy it too!!

there’s a dingo in my lingo
an Australian wild dog in my blog

writer sitting vertically, horizontal middle line

flying upside down to nature around world
only parrots can follow words hollow

Literary Nonsense Werewolf of Oz Comedy Poem On Sales

Sales, sales, sales. We know the last thing you need when you’re cooking, watching a good television programme, or spending some quality time with loved ones is a sales call at the door or on the telephone. That’s why we don’t sell our books that way. We understand most salespeople are only doing their jobs, and many don’t like their jobs, and sometimes they do customers a favour by selling their wares to them.

Colorful Door
Colorful Door (Photo credit: brentdanley)

Today’s episode of the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps features an epic poem story about how a salesman delivered a quality quote to the Werewolf of Ozzers now bursting with bubble and squeak.

78.  A PASSER-BY UNDER THE LITERARY NONSENSE SKY

The fabulous five outback travellers
were sitting on the grass dividers
after eating their fill of bubble and squeak,
when a passer-by did unto them speak.

‘I can tell you all you need to know
if you’ll just open your door
I promise not to induce a snore
my presentation is not a bore
it’s guaranteed to make you say cor!
and my jokes will raise many a haw-haw guffaw
it has not once started a war
or been considered against the law
all the donkeys have exclaimed e-oh
and most dogs have clapped at least one paw
the coldest ice maidens it did thaw
and even beavers stopped their gnaw
once I told it on the sea-shore
and the waves kept coming back for more
so what do you think my travelling four
are you ready for my rock n’ roar?’

The passer-by looked at us
after ending the recital syllabus.

I said I thought he was mistaken,
because there was no door,
and we were five,
not four.

The passer-by looked all shocked and awe,
before declaring me a talking door.

‘No,’ said I,
‘I’ve just eaten too much
bubble and squeak brunch,
and my body is now oblong.
So you are wrong; therefore, so long.’

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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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Literary Nonsense Poem Ride to The Old Gum Tree

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, literary correspondent at the Greenygrey. I’m proud to be introducing the latest episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Mapswhich seems to have revolutionised the world of fantasy sport over the past fortnight.

This episode concludes the Adelaide AusRuIcket adventure, but it isn’t long before the travelling trio fall into another literary nonsense lark, before landing their feet on the dusty sandy path. But where is Theold Gumtree?

45.  TIME TRAVELLING TRIO RETURN TO MODERN ADELAIDO

We commiserated with the Redbacks; they didn’t seem too disheartened, and the players sportingly clapped us off using all eight legs.

Going Downhill after Victory

Sliding Rock
Sliding Rock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After celebrating with our Crow teammates we changed back into our normal shapes and headed over to where we remembered Theold Gumtree had been. We walked in a jubilant mood, and Elle said she was glad to be back in her usual body. I thought that was a good sign, although she had been a beautiful bird. Our unbridled joy was short-lived however, and was soon to be replaced by pesky puzzlement.

As we approached
the remembered location
we reached a slope
we couldn’t recall,
and the decline was so steep
we began to fall.
We had to start running
to stay on our feet,
skidding and sliding
to an uneven beat.
I could stay upright no longer
and gave out a yell
as I fell
into Elle.
Then we both took out Angry,
and tumbled like puppets
all dingly and dangly.

Returning to Time

I thought we might not survive, such was the dive, but after a minute or three we began to slow down. Elle brought us to our final stop by grabbing us. I had to laugh when Bonzo turned around to me from under her right arm and declared: ‘She’s Got Balls!’

Sign on the Old Gum Tree
Sign on the Old Gum Tree (Photo credit: Community History SA)

We had landed back on the dust sandy path. After dusting myself off I had a good look around, and saw there was a memorial to The Old Gum Tree where we remembered meeting Theold Gumtree.

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Notes

The Old Gum Tree is the historic site of the proclamation of the colony of South Australia in 1836.
She’s Got Balls (AC/DC song).

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Heath Ledger – Croc Dundee Werewolf of Oz Travel Itinerary

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. It’s been such a cold and miserable week in the UK that I  thought it was time for another Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps episode. Woops, just seen its contents, and it gets a little sad in the end, so if you need cheering up, maybe you should bale out before the last paragraph.

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From what I remember, the poetic form of this werewolf travelling Australia to the theme of Wizard of Oz episode was inspired by a combination of the muse visiting and not having much time/inclination to spend documenting my (Grey) epic fantasy travel journey across Oz. Anyway, I think it turned into some fine literary nonsense, and hope you enjoy it:

33.  KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU, ABBA IS THE BEST I CAN DO

ABBA
Cover of ABBA

We woke up feeling hungover; well, Bonzo and I did. I felt a little better after we cooked up a veggie brekkie on the rekindled bush telly.

Knowing Me, Knowing Hugh, 

We called in the ‘Who’
before leaving Hugh.
Croc and Heath were in there,
having a morning beer.
We joined them for a drink
and asked what do you think
about us leaving for the south?
Croc put hand to mouth.
He spent an eternity thinking,
so we just kept drinking,
with the suspense building.

The Poetry Must Stop

Croc must have sensed that, because the first thing he said was that there’s a time for rhyme and another for straight talking. We knew he was serious when he started crying. Then he told us through crocodile tears that we’d have to get past the ghangiant to cross the border into South Australia.

ghan stand
ghan stand (Photo credit: dannebrog)

We had of course been warned about the ghangiant before, so I listened carefully to Croc’s next words. He said we’d be alright if we travelled through the Rainbow Valley and found Black Footed Rock Wally B, as he had the key to our destiny for entering Oz South.

Heath said he’d tried to make the journey himself once, but the horizon never seemed to get closer until it overtook him.

Heath Ledger's Straw
Heath Ledger’s Straw (Photo credit: sarahridgley)

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Notes

Black-footed rock wallaby is a macropod species.
Blackfoot (rock band).

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Heath Ledger as the Joker
Heath Ledger as the Joker (Photo credit: Stepale)
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