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Jimi Hendrix and Blackfoot rock Werewolf of Oz Rainbow Valley

Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, legendary travel writer correspondent at the Greenygrey. At the last-quarter-moon meeting the Greenygrey board has decided to reward your great visiting in 2012 with an extra helping of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps a week

Yes, that’s right, a doubling of your rations; making 2013 already a year to celebrate. That means that with over 100 episodes to go, we should reach the end of the book by the end of this calendar year; and we reach the end of the Rainbow Valley today instead of next weekend.

Yep folks, the moment you’ve been waiting for all over the holidays: our intrepid Google map Oz travellers reach the end of Rainbow Valley in this thrilling violet (not violent, this ain’t Tarantino!) episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps:

38.  REACHing the END OF the RAINBOW 

We knew violet was the seventh colour; the last of the rainbow, and our final chance to meet the Wally B key to our destiny.

Violet is Refreshing and Harmonious 

We entered a haze, with light Purple Rain refreshing the senses after our time spent under the clear indigo skies. We heard some colourful electric guitar sounds lilting over the violet fields, and thought it might be Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze.

So we followed the music to its source,
only to find it wasn’t Hendrix verse,
or even anything slightly violet,
we were just thankful, it never fell silent.

Rickey Medlocke
Cover of Rickey Medlocke

Blackfoot Show Us the Way into South Australia

Good Morning,’ said the source of the music, ‘I heard you’ve been Searchin’ through the Dry County, and Dream On to Fly Away. My name is Black Footed Rock Wally B, and I hold the musical key to your Oz South destiny.’

Bonzo seemed amazed at Wally B’s knowledge of us, and sang out, ‘Let There Be Rock!’

‘Yes,’ said Wally B, ‘and It’s A Long Way to the Top young Bonzo.’ Wally reminded me of Gandalf talking to the hobbits when he said that.

Highway Song to the End of the Rainbow 

I told Wally I’d expected to see MiMo Moby in Blue, and asked why he hadn’t appeared. Wally explained that the magic of dreamtime in the Rainbow Valley was too strong for even good monotheists, so MiMo Moby could not have believed enough to enter.

Cover of "Marauder"
Cover of Marauder

Wally gave us a Marauder t-shirt each, which had an impressive eagle’s head as the main image; saying he thought the t-shirts might be useful in Oz South. Then he said it was time for us to cross the border, and he knew a Highway Song to help us on our way.

I thought it must be the musical key Croc Dundee had talked about. We thanked Wally and let his song do its magic.



Dreamtime is an important part of Australian aborigine spirituality.
Blackfoot songs/album: Good Morning, Searchin’, Dry County, Dream On, Fly Away, Highway Song, Marauder.
AC/DC songs: Let There Be Rock, It’s A Long Way to the Top.
Prince song (Purple Rain).
Jimi Hendrix and song (Purple Haze).
Moby song (Blue).
Gandalf of Lord of the Rings.


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Werewolf of Oz reminded of Pink Floyd and Prince in Oz Outback

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We’ve got one regular feature following hot on the heels of the other one again this week. The next thrilling instalment of Amazon’s best-selling werewolf travelling around Australia to the theme of the Wizard of Oz Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps is only half a day after last night’s newest Marc Latham Folding Mirror poem. Things sure are hotting up at the Greenygrey. Anyway, I’m beginning to ramble, reminding me of my/our classic first ramble around North America, and I can’t hope to compete with Mr. Wolfhol’s poetry introduction, so here’s Grey’s Werewolf of Oz:


Australian Desert
Australian Desert (Photo credit: stefan0)

The desert chose my direction, or at least limited my options; I was heading to north and new, and the alternative was south and scary. I was happy to be. Just to be. To be without decisions, pressures and stress. To be the only life I could see. To be able to sing thinking I was in harmony; without anyone to contradict me. Although my feet kept to the road, my mind flew this way and that; to the north, west, south and east horizons; looking north to the future, south at the past, and wondering about what I have missed and will miss to the east and west. Sometimes my thoughts settled into the outback, nothing in nothingness; it was a nice place to be.

Pigeons Line the Coorow Road

As I approached Coorow on the Coorow Road, there were hundreds of pigeons on either side of my route. They were cooing a poem that rang a bell somewhere in my mind, so my brain was hearing a repetitive: ‘ding, dong, coo, coo, ding, dong, coo, coo.’

I wasn’t too amused at first, and thought the town could do with a coup to stop all the cooing, but then it began to sound sweeter and more melodic the more I heard it.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26:  An inflatable...
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: An inflatable pig flies above Battersea Power Station in a recreation of Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ album cover on September 26, 2011 in London, England. The classic Pink Floyd album artwork was recreated to mark the release of several digitally remastered versions of their albums. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

I finally worked out that it was Marc Latham’s Pigeons on the Wing they were reciting; a poem pastiche of Pink Floyd’s Pigs on the Wing also incorporating Prince’s When Doves Cry written from a pigeon point of view ending on a high with the lines:

‘Through blue skies to green trees,
where we coo in peace.’



As well as the author’s own travel experiences, Jack Kerouac and Paul Theroux’s travel memoirs probably inspired the first paragraph, although the author had not read either’s writing for eight months beforehand.

Prince and song (When Doves Cry).
Pink Floyd and song (Pigs on the Wing).


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