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Lord of the Rings Themed Smiggin Holes Story Ends

Hi, it’s Greenygrey, we’re in that void between working-class week and wolf week, so I thought it would be a great time to have the next episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. Fittingly for a weekend, it sees the end of the Lord of the Rings themed Smiggin Holes story, with Cathy’s spiritual thinking again at the forefront of the fightback against the Gollum/Smeagol inspired character.

Chapter 99.  Snakes and Ladderless Holes for Snaggin’ Smiggin 

English: Muddy Puddle
English: Muddy Puddle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I mentally prepared myself for a long fall into a deep chasm, but then the hole suddenly moved to the left, and I landed head-first in a muddy puddle. I didn’t even have my hat on to cushion the fall; but was relieved I’d avoided the hole.

Smiggin Holes is Down in a Hole

After I’d sat up and wiped the mud from my eyes, I saw the hole had moved under where Smiggin had been. Elle was standing beside the hole, but the holiculturist was nowhere to be seen.

I put my hat back on, and it felt good to be reunited with ol’ corky. We all gathered around the hole. Smiggin was sitting at the bottom of it; looking disconsolate but still clutching some of its green hoard.

Cathy Keeps Quiet about Snaggin’ Smiggin 

English: Grass Snake on the Path This grass sn...
English: Grass Snake on the Path This grass snake was happily wallowing in a muddy puddle. Wikipedia

I asked Cathy how she’d turned the hat into a snake and moved the hole. She said we all have our own special powers, and they wouldn’t be special if everybody knew about them.

Being a shapeshifting, chameleonic one-half of a legendary vegetarian werewolf I just had to agree with her, and left it at that.

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Notes

Snakes and ladders is a popular board game.
Down in a Hole is an Alice in Chains song.

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Cathy Freeman Aborigine Spirit Saves Werewolf of Oz

While Angry Anderson is the main working-class protagonist in Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps, as he has often sung for the working man, Cathy Freeman also grew up in a similar situation.

Cathy Freeman’s Spirit Saves Day

Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cathy Freeman is more known for her inspirational work for aboriginal rights, being of mixed-race parents with her mother part aboriginal.

Some Australian aborigines live in very poor conditions, and their plight was told in the haunting Rabbit-Proof Fence movie recently shown on the BBC. I would have just felt sorry for the Australian aborigines twenty years ago, but now relate it to the plight of the British working-class; or underclass as some people define the poorest and most vulnerable.

While the aborigine situation can be framed as a race issue, it can also be framed as an indigenous issue; what can happen to a native culture that allows itself to lose control of its nation’s hegemony. Not that the Australian aborigines had a political system when European colonists arrived.

The episode itself is not as dull and depressing as the paragraphs above, as working-class life isn’t; it’s full of spirit, comedy and wordplay.

Cathy Come Home, a 1966 television play which ...
Cathy Come Home, a 1966 television play which sensitized Britons to the issue of homelessness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chapter 98.  Hat-Trick to Hole in Smiggin Holes

I could see no way of regaining my hat, and mentioned this to Cathy. She said that’s not the spirit, before seeming to enter into a deep trance.

Snake Scares Smiggin Senseless

I couldn’t believe my eyes a minute later, but luckily Smiggin did. The hat suddenly seemed to turn into a snake, and Smiggin quickly threw it into the air.

It flew a few feet, opening up into a full ten-foot length, before coiling back and once again becoming the emerald cork hat I’d grown to know and love. I dived to regain it, catching it one-handed two-feet off the three-dimensional floor.

Smiggin Creates Another Hole 

English: Open-pit diamond mine (known as the B...
English: Open-pit diamond mine (known as the Big Hole or Kimberley Mine) in Kimberley, South Africa. Français : The Big Hole («le grand trou»), l’ancienne mine de diamants à ciel ouvert de Kimberley, en Afrique du Sud. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was looking forward to a soft landing in a mush of muddy earth and crisp leaves, when the ground opened up below me. I heard a cackle from Smiggin, and guessed it’d used its potent powers to open up another hole below where I was about to land.

The holiculturist had done itself proud with this one; it was more mineshaft than grave. I faced falling into a hole from which I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to emerge.

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Lord of the Rings Werewolf of Oz Stars Angry Mind

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. After yesterday’s heavy duty blog I think it’s time to escape to Oz, although today’s episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps sees the virtual travellers in terrible trouble within a mirky Smiggin Holes Lord of the Rings theme; although there is of course some comedy and wordplay to keep you happy; and a trip down memory lane as the Perishers warning re-enters the story.

Angry Anderson Mindful of Issues 

Rose Tattoo
Cover of Rose Tattoo

In line with working-class week at the Greenygrey, it is Angry’s mind that stars in this episode; although remembering women’s week, Elle again uses her body well.

Angry is based on Angry Anderson, a mixed-race Australian who grew up in a poor dysfunctional family; became a musical legend fronting Rose Tattoo, and went on to become an actor, youth advocate, politician and charity fundraiser.

He would be classed as a chav in Britain. Not saying Australia is classless though, and Oz and their Kiwi New Zealand neighbours have their own chav term: bogan. So Angry’s not done too bad for a bogan!

Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) family exitin...
Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) family exiting burrow, Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

His charity fundraising includes working for little penguins; which of course starred in the Kangaroo Island storyline within Werewolf of Oz, with Bonzo teaching them the AusRuIcket game they play for the ARIshes.

Angry Anderson Politics

Angry Anderson has found himself in a difficult greenygrey position in Australia similar to Marc Latham in the U.K., finding himself trying to do the best for his social demographic while also taking into consideration the national and world situation.

Over the other side of the world to the U.K. it is some parts of the Muslim culture that Angry Anderson thinks is causing problems for Australia and its growing multiculturalism; although he doesn’t want it to affect good Muslims, such as those fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Not that it’s only Muslims causing problems, or that there weren’t problems in Britain and Australia before mass immigration.

English: The Muslim population of the world ma...
English: The Muslim population of the world map by percentage of each country, according to the Pew Forum 2009 report on world Muslim populations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s just that in both countries, and many other parts of the world, it is mainly Islamist immigrants who try and impose their religion and culture on the countries and continents to which they emigrate.

And with most of the world’s wars including Islam against each other or other religions there are more Islamic refugees; I don’t know why they are so keen to continue a religious culture that obviously isn’t working!

Britain and Europe are evolving out of 1500 years of one Middle-Eastern monotheism, Christianity; which involved lots of good things, but also lots of bad ones, such as torture, execution, censorship, dictatorship, child abuse, unquestionable privilege, persecution of the poor, land grabs etc; so although most Muslims think they are doing us a favour trying to force Christianity’s younger twin on us, I for one don’t want to go back 1500 years and start the whole process again!

I feel sorry for the innocent Muslims suffering on the fringes of the Islamic world and in the Middle-East, but the common thread to the world’s wars is lslam.

I applaud Barack Obama for his isolationist policy, as the ‘West’ only gets blamed if it gets involved in what are essentially Islamic and Monotheistic Middle-Eastern civil wars.

The Greenygrey of Immigration and Multiculturalism 

Buddhist monk
Buddhist monk (Photo credit: echiner1)

As a vegetarian animal welfare and environment supporter I would welcome more Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism into British culture. I wish Hindus were trying to save British cows, which are sacred to them, but I never hear any such thing. I wish Buddhists were more vocal in trying to save all living creatures and the environment, but I never hear such a thing.

Similarly, Angry Anderson doesn’t believe in an omnipotent god, but attends Bahá’í services for their spirituality;  the spiritual unity of all humankind

I don’t know if it’s the British media coverage, but nearly all I seem to hear about is the Islamic halal, which seems a backward step for animal welfare. Although halal and the Jewish kosher are good news for pigs, as they don’t consider them clean, they also ban the stunning of animals; although it is not a major concern to me considering the poor conditions generally suffered by animals under intensive farming.

The Greenygrey of Angry Anderson 

Likewise, Angry Anderson has worked for wildlife but opposes a carbon tax, which he sees as a benefit to big business and a tax on the poor.

Whether we agree with all his political views or not doesn’t really matter. He’s using his mind within Australian political democracy, and as a single parent father of four, is providing a role model and hope for all those living in poverty who relate to him.

Here’s Angry singing in his band, Buster Brown, with Phil Rudd of AC/DC (Bon Scott/Bonzo Scottie’s band!). It was Angry’s first band, so he was probably full of dreams, and sounding a bit Rod Stewartish, already with Something to Say!:

Anyway, enough serious matter, and on with the Werewolf of Oz show:

Chapter 97.  Smiggin Holes, Holiculturist

I asked Smiggin for my hat back. It started handing it to me, and we both had a hold of it; but then it tried to grab it back, saying, ‘no, no, it’s mines, mines, it’s Smiggin’s hat.’

Magic of the Emerald Cork Hat

I tugged at the hat, but couldn’t break it free from Smiggin’s grip. While we grappled, heaps of other green objects fell from its person; I don’t know where they all came from.

English: The third hole
English: The third hole (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I lost concentration, and Smiggin must have seen its chance, because it pulled at the hat with much more strength than anything previously. It freed the hat from my grip, and I fell back, landing in a grave-size hole that had just appeared behind me.

Angry helped me out of the hole. Elle was still holding Smiggin, using her body fantastically well.

I looked at Smiggin, it smirked back.

The Case of Smiggin Holes is Solved 

Smiggins Guthega Walk 22 - Trees
Smiggins Guthega Walk 22 – Trees (Photo credit: pyjama)

I asked Smiggin if it had anything to do with the hole. It continued smirking.

Angry approached me, and suggested that the ability to create holes would explain the second half of Maisie’s Smiggin Holes warning.

It all made sense now. I congratulated Angry on an impressive use of his mind.

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Working-Class Week Starts with Negative Chav Image

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. As we start off working-class week at the Greenygrey with an episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps I was hoping it would have some working-class relevance, like the Latham story for example, but it’s more like a hangover from women and feminism week, with Elle’s body starring.

Not Leading You Astray at the Greenygrey 

English: Bishopgate, a former slum area in Wet...
English: Bishopgate, a former slum area in Wetherby. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I looked up the biography of Elle’s human inspiration, Elle McPherson, on Wikipedia, hoping to find she had a poor background, and rags to riches story, but she is from a wealthy family.

Her parents did split up though, so she has had something of a dysfunctional background, and that can sometimes be worse than coming from a poor background within a happy family.

And that hopefully works as an example of how at the Greenygrey we believe in defending and promoting the working-class with balance, linked to other social groups rather than separate, as green and grey are linked by Y; more Martin Luther King and Barack Obama than Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan.

Gollum Symbolic of Britain’s Chav Underclass Image

Angry (Anderson) is the main working-class hero symbol in the Werewolf of Oz, but he doesn’t appear much in this episode; showing this is all live and unplanned!

The Making of the English Working Class
The Making of the English Working Class (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But thinking of the working-class image that grew out of Thatcher’s attack on the unions and working-class communities, and New Labour‘s focus on mass immigration multiculturalism; meaning the rich-poor gap has grown and British workers have been labelled lazy for not working more hours for less money; the Gollum/Smeagol character Smiggin is probably a good representative.

It’s not an analogy I like and want, and there’ll be a lot more on that this week, but for now here’s the start of the Lord of the Rings Smiggin Holes storyline:

Chapter 96.  Wizard of Oz Metamorphosis into Lord of the Rings

After eating our fill of veggie broth we had a good night’s kip snuggled up in a huddle under a puddle sky. We packed up and cleared away in the morning, before following the dust sandy path in the direction of Smiggin Holes. The path was as much powder snowy as dust sandy now.

Smiggin Holes Strange Happenings 

Gollum in Ralph Bakshi's animated version of T...
Gollum in Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of The Lord of the Rings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we entered the forested valley on the approach to Smiggin Holes I thought the scenery was stunning; but I was becoming increasingly worried that I could see a hobbitish shape following us.
After the previous troubles on our Ozyssey,
I wondered what it could be.

Elle was walking beside me, and I asked if she’d seen something. She confirmed my suspicions, saying she’d seen movement parallel to us for some time.

We entered a forest half an hour later, and I feared the shape was closing in on us. Then I felt something snatch at my head, and before I knew it, I was hatless. My emerald cork hat had been pinched from right in front of my eyes; or right above my eyes to be precise.

Jack holding Santa Hat
Jack holding Santa Hat (Photo credit: tscibilia)

I was bewildered by the bonce burglary, but Elle must have seen it coming; she was after the viperous varmint before I regained my composure.

The others joined me, and we set off after them, catching up on the third ridge.

Elle was holding the hobbitish creature by the scruff of the neck. Meanwhile, it was holding the emerald cork hat close to its chest, while repeating the sentence, ‘my precious, my precious, it’s mine, it’s mine, it’s Smiggin’s hat, all mine…’

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Notes

Lord of the Rings featured a hobbit called Sméagol / Gollum, who acted in a similar way to Smiggin, only it was a ring that was its ‘precious’.
Zemanta’s ‘green’ images of snake and various objects inspired the direction in the next two blogs.

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