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Fantasy Travel Tomsk Womble Talks Chekhov’s Gun

Today’s episode of the XaW Files: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps Across Eurasia uncannily and uncaninely features the Wombles of Wimbledon just after the Wimbledon tennis tournament took place.

The Wombles are set to return, like Monty Python and Dangermouse, in a revival of good 1970s British culture.

English: Preparing the lawn in Court #1. RATC ...
English: Preparing the lawn in Court #1. RATC Wimbledon, London, UK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By the way, there’s so much sport been going on lately that William Wolfsworth called himself a sport correspondent yesterday. He does like a game of football, but I think that was an own goal.

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, fantasy travel correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by J.K. Rowling in the human world. Here’s episode 12:

Chapter 1 Episode 12: Tomsk Times Two

Chekhov’s statue returned to its plinth position and stood still and silent as if nothing had ever happened.

I was wondering what to do with Sibiryakov’s body when a Womble I remembered as Tomsk wandered along and cleared the body up.

Underground, overground, wombling free (219/365)
Underground, overground, wombling free (219/365) (Photo credit: Mags_cat)

I thanked Tomsk, and said I’d been a fan of his when the Wombles were at their peak, although Orinoco was my favourite. I asked him where Orinoco is now. Tomsk replied that he’d returned to his river in South America.

Tomsk Talks Chekhov

Tomsk asked if I knew Sibiryakov, as he brushed his body up into his bag.

I said I had met him on the road to Irkutsk, and he’d seemed a very interesting travel companion.

Tomsk said it was a shame, but Chekhov’s gun kept on being used, and many fictional characters had been killed by it over the years.

Chekhov Helps Tomsk

Wimbledon Common autumn mist
Wimbledon Common autumn mist (Photo credit: wimbledonian)

‘Still, I suppose it keeps me in stories, and gives my work a deeper meaning,’ added Tomsk.

I replied that it did seem to have matured a lot since its time on Wimbledon Common.

Tomsk sighed, ‘Ah, they were carefree days I look back on with fondness. I was young then, and living far away from home. Returning to my Russian city made me seek a bigger mission in life. I had collected so many pieces of paper and sweet wrappers I was ready for a new challenge. When I saw the bodies piled up around the Chekhov statue it rekindled my enthusiasm for public health and sanitation. Chekhov’s statue is alright most of the time, it’s just when it hears philosophical and literary talk that it wakes up and uses its gun.’

‘Well, I’d better be off,’ said Tomsk, ‘it was nice talking to you. I’ve been expecting you for some time; since I told Sibiryakov about you in Tobolsk.’

Anatoly Chekhov - Teenage Soviet sniper at Sta...
Anatoly Chekhov – Teenage Soviet sniper at Stalingrad! (Photo credit: Za Rodinu)

Sibiryakov Tomsk Link Remembered

I remembered then that Sibiryakov had indeed told me that Tomsk had told him about me. I asked Tomsk if there was some meaning to the connection between the three of us.

‘It is the self-fulfilling philosophy of Chekhov’s Gun,’ replied Tomsk, before he shuffled away along the Tom River banks looking not unlike he had on Wimbledon Common.

Anton Chekhov, Russian writer, (1860-1904).

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Satirical Comedy Spanish Grand Prix and Madrid Tennis Sports Report

It was Viva Greenygreya on the weekend, as I saw some great greenygrey action in Spain at the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix and the Madrid Open tennis tournament.

Spanish Grand Prix

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

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg did the 1-2 in the Spanish Grand Prix to make it another double-double since my last satirical comedy sports report, after the two Mercedes drivers finished in the same positions in the Chinese Grand Prix two weeks ago. Mercedes is of course known as Team GG in the greenYgrey world.

Spanish Grand Prix 2014: live
Hamilton winning in Spain from the Telegraph

 

After the Spanish Grand Prix, Team GG via Mercedes has extended its lead over old inspirations and friendly foes Red Bull by over 100 points: 197 to 84.

Madrid Open Tennis

Tennis players warmed up for the French Open later this month in the Madrid Open. It was won by old Team GG stalwart Rafa Nadal, who is dominant on clay, which isn’t very greenygrey.

However, there was still lots of great greenygrey action, as the stadium made up for the surface.

Although werewolfish Nadal won the tournament, it was his old vampirish nemesis Roger Federer who ironically showed the best greenYgrey form.

Federer beating Stepanek at Madrid. Demotix.

Maria Sharapova won the Madrid Women’s Open, and celebrated in fine greenYgrey form.

Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning against Radwanska of Poland after their women's singles semi-final match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament

 

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Rafa Nadal Wins U.S. Open for Team GG

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, comedy satire sports correspondent at the Greenygrey, inspired by darts legend Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams. Great news (if a little late) from the U.S. Open tennis, where Team GG’s star member, Rafa Nadal, won the men’s title in a great final against Novak Djokovic. Moreover, it was a return to greenygrey form for Nadal, after he’d worn an alternative kit while winning the French Open.

U.S. Open Photos

The U.S. Open can look greenygrey from afar, as shown in this image (mind the gap):

But it is in fact greenyblue.

Therefore, Nadal could combine greenygrey colours in kit and racket without making himself invisible and gaining an unfair advantage. The racket green was on the verge of being yellow, to stand out on the green court:

nadal us open 2013

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Rafa Nadal French Open Final for Team GG

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, comedy satire sports correspondent at the Greenygrey. Great news for Team GG yesterday, as Rafa Nadal won through to tomorrow’s French Open men’s final at Roland Garros. We’re celebrating today with a fantastic French Open google-searched greenygrey photo special.

Rafa Nadal v Novak Djokovic

We had some mixed feelings yesterday, as Rafa Nadal wore an away Team GG kit, while Novak Djokovic almost wore greenygrey.

With Nadal the werewolf of the top men’s players, and Federer the vampire, Djokovic must be the very strong and good looking (being diplomatic not gay for all homophobic people) Frankenstein.

So in the end, we had to plump for Nadal… after he won! Commiserations to Djokovic, who reminded us of our close letter relative F in defeat, with our G(G) getting all the gglory in recent years.

French Open Losing Competitors like Fs

So, wishing the weekend’s finalists luck, we remember those who took part too, as we can relate to them in the letter world: there would be no G without an F before it.

And maybe the F would be where the G is today, if it hadn’t shared the F sound with PH. So, here’s some fun fantastic French Open photos… in glorious greenygrey:

French Open 2013 Fun Fantastic Photos

Rafa Nadal in classic Team GG French Open action:

The problem wearing greenygrey @ Garros: camouflage:

This non-TeamGG player’s cunning clay-greenygrey camouflage?:

 

This non-TeamGG player regrets not wearing greenygrey:

Never mind the Mexican wave! Crowd get into greenygreying:

It works: tournament officals provide more greenygrey!:

What they are all playing for: nice greenygrey presentation!:

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Rafa Nadal Wins Werewolf Style after Joining Team GG

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, back with the second part of my two-pronged opening 2013 to a sporting theme Fantastic Mr. Fox Greenygrey comedy-satire marketing campaign centred on Spain. Yes, not only was Marc Latham kitted out in greenygrey for his big sports event of the year, but Spain’s top tennis player Rafa Nadal has chosen greenygrey for his new kit.

Rafa Nadal Wins in California Comeback

And the greenygrey worked wonders, as Nadal won the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Nadal, who has always showed the potential to be a great werewolf, beat Juan Martín Del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final, after also being 0-2 down in the second set. Nadal earlier knocked out his old nemesis Roger Federer, who seems more of a vampire.

It was a great win for Nadal in his comeback from a serious injury, suffered before he chose greenygrey, and the Greenygrey was delighted to be chosen as part of his return and rehabilitation. Here’s an image of Nadal and the Greenygrey celebrating his final victory from the Guardian:

Rafael Nadal

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Not Winning that Counts, it’s Taking Part in Greenygrey

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, sports correspondent at the Greenygrey. At the Greenygrey, it’s not the winning that counts, it’s the taking part in greenygrey… or playing amongst glorious greenygrey.

And we noticed a great coming together of greenygrey venue and greenygrey kit at the recent Shanghai Masters tennis tournament. We just looked up some photos from the tournament; bit late to be topical we know, but it’s been a busy Greenygrey news week; and the Denver Post has a great selection of photos from the men’s tournament. So we just have men’s photos below, which is due to us finding enough material there, rather than sexism or sexuality. And here they are:

Jo Wilfried-Tsonga looks overjoyed to be playing amongst greenygrey.

 

 Is Tomas Berdych getting into the greenygrey spirit of things, or trying to camouflage himself? Nice greenygrey design anyway, and thanks to Tomas for wearing our colours.

 

Are Petzchner and Butorac re-enacting the Werewolf of Oz scene when Green and Grey were reunited during the Battle below Bass Strait?

 

Kubot takes a time-out with the greenygrey.

Thanks to the Shanghai Masters for all the great greenygrey photo opportunities, the players for taking part in glorious greenygrey, and the Denver Post for sharing the photos.

English Football League takes over from Olympics 2012

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. There’s a sporting transition going on this week that we find quite greenygreyesque, with the Y of course linking us.

Jessica Ennis Olympics Homecoming 

Olympics 2012 athletes have been enjoying homecomings this week, and we think this culminates today with heptathlete Jessica Ennis’s celebration in Sheffield. So we thought we’d ask Andy Wolfhol to commemorate the day with a little poem, what with him being a creator extraordinaire. And we’re glad we did, as he produced this masterpiece:

If Jessica Ennis
played tennis
she’d probably win
playing with a rolling pin.

English Football Leagues Kick-Off

This is quickly followed by the beginning of the four major English football leagues this weekend. The big weekend is not as welcome as it is in a summer when there’s been no European Championships football and an Olympics, but we’re sure it’ll become enthralling again once underway.

Good luck for the season, and especially to Leeds United.

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