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Tony Benn and Miners’ Strike, Grado and Rebecca Rock

Tony Benn passed away this morning. He was another legendary socialist from a classic period of politics. This week also marked the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike, which was a landmark event in the creation of today’s Britain. A day before I watched a miners’ strike documentary I watched one about Glasgow’s Insane Fight Club wrestling shows. Together, they inspired a lot of greenygrey thinking.

Miners’ Strike and Modern Glasgow 

Tony Benn and Giles Fraser speaking at Levelle...
Tony Benn and Giles Fraser speaking at Levellers’ Day, Burford. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi, it’s Jeremy Paxwerewolf, political television correspondent in the Greenygrey world based on the style of Jeremy Paxman in the human. Probably the biggest link between the two documentaries spanning thirty years of working-class life was the struggle to survive and make a decent living.

While in the 1980s most working-class people worked in industries, and were happy to just work their shift and enjoy their free time, the Britain of today doesn’t provide such jobs in the same amounts it did before manufacturing and industry were neglected.

Grado wrestling website.

So now working-class people often have to try and create their own jobs, and this is what the Glaswegians led by Mark Dallas organising the wrestling events known as Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) are doing… and Marc Latham in the Greenygrey!

Grado and the Greenygrey

You say dreich, I say greenygrey; you say Grado I say Greenygrey.

The Scottish word dreich; meaning a dreary or miserable day, and voted Scotland’s favourite old Scots word in a poll last year; pre-dates the emergence of greenygrey to describe the same kind of day, but with a positive green land spin.

English: Dramatic lighting at Achnasheen The l...
English: Dramatic lighting at Achnasheen The late evening sun bursts through the clouds for just a few seconds to produce this dramatic effect, seen from Achnasheen station’s footbridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With this year’s greenYgrey rebranding the word can also be used to describe a sunny or mixed day, meaning that every day is a greenYgrey day!

However, the Greenygrey website has been established for longer than that of Grado. Grado was the biggest fan of ICW before becoming a wrestler himself. In many ways Grado’s rise to fame as a fan mirrors that of the Greenygrey.

Grado Meets Rebecca Rock

While Grado was mostly a fan of ICW, the Greenygrey is mostly a fan of WWW: women, wolves and working-class.

Rebecca RockThere was a great meeting of two of those when Grado went to the very trendy Nicky Clarke Mayfair salon and met Rebecca Rock, hair colourist and animal welfare advocate.

Unfortunately, there were no wolves present… and Rebecca’s in a relationship, so she has to be classed under unconditional appreciation in the Greenygrey world!

Although it could have been a clash of cultures they all got along fantastically, and had a good laugh.

It was so good it inspired the second Marc Latham Folding Mirror poem of the week, although the seeds of the poem had been planted by Chris Packham‘s Inside the Animal Mind documentary in January. Here’s the poem; there’s a little more explanation over at fmpoetry.wordpress.com:


 Women and Wolves, Different ways Delectable

perfume in air
way you wear
feminine essence
flowing sun hair
smiling eyes
a graceful touch
oozing strength
to be yourself

good humoured woman, wolves love scent

swimming in chanel
rolling euphoria
one shaggy sight
laughing mouth
full coated fur
natural exuberance
lights up life
paws upside down

wolf roll

Marc Latham has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

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International Politics that brought Greenygrey into Human World

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. With two Greenygrey publications recently self-published, we thought that this week would be a good time to look at how the Greenygrey emerged into the human world, and where it is at now; and of course create more interest in the books; we believe in transparent publicising/advertising at the Greenygrey! In international politics, the Greenygrey emerged after the end of the Cold War and emergence of the War on Terror clouded (created greenygrey rather than black and white) the old distinctions between left and right. 

The  West’s Awakening and Division of Socialism

When the U.S. supported Afghan insurgents against the Soviet invasion in the 1970s and 1980s (since told in films such as Charlie Wilson’s War) Marc Latham thought they’d regret it. The U.S. seemed to think they could trust fellow god-fearing monotheists more than the godless pagan socialists.

Marc was at the time an ardent socialist, supporting the unions in Britain at a time when there was clear daylight between the right (American capitalist) and left (Russian socialist) wings of politics, with his political heroes those described by the ‘right-wing press’ as the ‘loony left’, such as Arthur Scargill, Tony Benn and Derek Hatton; and left-wing uprisings by groups such as the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, which promised to end corrupt dictatorship and bring a fairer society for the people. Apparently, President Daniel Ortega ended up being corrupt too when the Sandinistas won power.

Spheres of influcence between the Western Worl...
Spheres of influcence between the Western World and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Cold War ended in the 1990s, and was replaced by the War on Terror in the early twenty-first century after the 9/11 attacks on New York. Ironically, the training hub of the Islamic religious revolutionaries was Afghanistan, and most of the 9/11 bombers were Saudi Arabians; an ally of the U.S.

While some of the old left such as David Aaronivitch chose Western Capitalism as the best of two evils, others like George Galloway chose to side with Islamic Jihad; of course, it turned out that the old left’s Soviet Union had plenty of evil too, but it had mostly been kept quiet beyond the Iron Curtain.

That’s not to say that the Old Left had been wrong about the evils the West had supported in the Cold War, with the atrocities committed by dictators such as Somoza and Pinochet all too real.

Eric Hobsbawm Passes Away

This blog was inspired by the passing away of old-left historian, Eric Hobsbawm, an article about it on the Prospect website, and a comment by our ol’ pal, Marc Latham, about it. Here’s what Marc wrote: 

I think that Eric Hobsbawm should be remembered as a great historian and contributor to twentieth-century thinking, but agree with RAPProds that ‘left-wing’ authoritarianism has been, and can be, as bad as ‘right-wing’, and it should be a matter of right or wrong rather than right or left.

‘Lefties’ like George Galloway were supporting the Arab governments before the revolutions, and then presumably became supporters of the revolutionaries trying to depose them, as he likened his campaign in Bradford to the Arab Spring.

The treatment of women in the Arab countries continues to be totally unequal, sometimes to the point of bullying oppression, with many women losing freedom and rights since the ‘Spring’, which Marx would surely object to if he was still alive; whereas there is more gender equality, as well as other equalities, in the ‘right-wing’ UK, USA and Israel, so who’s the more socialist?

As I have previously written:

When I started studying at university I focused my attention on how right-wing elite society did this, before the political, banking and media scandals brought it all to the surface.
But by then I had widened my scope to all of humanity, as I had seen ‘left-wing’ New Labour involved in those scandals, and the ‘counter-culture’ lying, spinning and censoring as much as those they criticised.
I used to think that the left and ‘counter-culture’ were the goodies, but now I just see them as the other side; one half of a self-perpetuating human whole that lives off competition, division, power and greed. When ‘rebels’ gain power it usually corrupts them, and they become like those they considered not fit to rule.
I saw the documentaries of Adam Curtis between writing the poem and this book, and they seem to provide a good overview of the competition at the heart of humanity and society.

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