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Royal Tour in Australia 2014 reaches Ayer’s Rock

After the royal couple, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, last week re-enacted Green and Grey’s Oz meeting in New Zealand and Princess Catherine led the yellow fashion spring colour craze after the greenYgrey rebranding, they have landed in Ayer’s Rock / Uluru this week.

Uluru / Ayer’s Rock was of course the scene of the macropod Great Gig in the Sky in Grey’s epic travel fantasy Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps.

William and Kate Ayer’s Rock / Uluru Photos

Hi, it’s Wolf Whitzer, intrepid news correspondent at GGN inspired by CNN legend Wolf Blitzer. After meeting a koala in Sydney about the same time as our koala mirror poem reflection was due for posting on this very blog, the Mirror reported today that the royal couple reached Uluru / Ayer’s Rock this week.

It was of course the setting for the first ever fact or fiction gig in the sky, as far as we know, inspired by the Pink Floyd song The Great Gig in the Sky.

And now, in a Greenygrey News exclusive, we can reveal that the royal couple fitted in some great greenygreying at a rock famed for its redness.

Moreover, Kate and William greenygreyed without even wearing green themselves. They ventured out into the red rock desert, also famed for its aridity, and still found some greenery to go with their grey clothing.

This pose and photo really gets the new greenYgrey rebranding:

Sensational greenygreying by the royals, and it probably even upstages the Great Gig in the Sky Grey enjoyed… but it’s still worth buying the Werewolf of Oz as an Oz royal visit memento:

Link for Amazon book and kindle.
Link for multiple Ereaders at Smashwords.
Link for multiple Ereaders at Smashwords.
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Werewolf of Oz Uluru / Ayer’s Rock Great Gig in the Sky

Hi, it’s Greenygrey, bringing you another thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. Sales of Grey’s classic comedy-fantasy travel-quest epic book are so slow we’ve nearly come to a stop, thinking we’re giving you too much of a good thing, what with website visitors up.

However, remembering our goal of entertaining the masses in difficult times, we feel like rewarding your website visits rather than punishing your brilliant-book penny-pinching, so here’s the first December 2012 episode of your favourite werewolf travelling Australia by Google maps to a Wizard of Oz comedy-fantasy classic epic.

And we do think it’s a classic episode, mixing new innovation with old classic references. Maybe when the first real gig does take place in the sky, they’ll look back at the humble ol’ Greenygrey in the same way as we now hark back to Leonardo da Vinci and Jules Verne; as Pink Floyd’s song isn’t about a real gig in the sky. So fasten your belts, hold on tight, and we’re off for another thrilling ride to Oz rocks and sky:


‘I just came round to see if anybody fancied coming to the Oo-loo-roo Air’s Rock festival at Uluru / Ayer’s Rock this weekend. There are many magnificent macropod bands there. The way you’re singing it sounds like you could even play there yourselves,’ Wally answered.

‘Thanks Wally,’ Alice said laughing, ‘Yeh, cobber, sounds fair dinkum me ol’ bushie.’

The Great Gig in the Sky

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After we’d had our fill of spring water we set off for the Oo-loo-roo Air’s Rock festival. We were still springing, and now also singing, while Wally skipped. Apparently, all the macropods used to hop, until Skippy got them skipping in the 1960s.

After about an hour I saw a sensational sight in front of me, and thought it must be the Air’s Rock venue, as there were several stages high up in the air. Each looked like a supersize space roocket the size of a desert view.

There was a portal entrance, and travelling up in it was quite an experience. After that, the good times just kept rolling, with an endless supply of amazing views and tunes. Bonzo looked like a butcher’s dog for the first time.

US version
US version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I enjoyed quite a few bands, and especially the Roomones, Atomic Rooster and Roosh.

Atomic Rooster had a song called Head in the Sky which really suited the setting, while Roosh waited until darkness to play Fly By Night.

The Roomones played such a high energy set they seemed hopping mad. All the members are called Joey: the singer’s moniker is Tribiani Joey; the guitarist is Smokin’ Joey; the bassist is Guest Joey, and the drummer is Pesci Joey.

English: Koala and Kangaroo road sign Français...
English: Koala and Kangaroo road sign Français : Panneau de signalisation Koala et Kangourou (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My favourite band was the headliners: Injured Wildlife. They had really socially conscious lyrics in songs like Cousin Koala Curled Up In Eucalyptus and When Did You Last See a Waltzing Wallaby. The entire crowd had a roousing sing-along to the latter, and it was a fitting end to the great gig in the sky rookets.



Socially conscious band inspired by Midnight Oil, and especially their song, Bed is Burning. ‘Injured Wildlife’ name was inspired by an Aussie outback road sign image provided by Zemanta, which provides images for WordPress blogs.
cobber – Aussie slang for friend. fair dinkum – Aussie slang for true/real. bushie – Aussie slang for someone who lives in the bush.
Skippy (TV series kangaroo).
Ramones (punk/rock band. The original members all had pseudonyms with Ramone as their surname).
Atomic Rooster and song (Head in the Sky).
Rush and song (Fly By Night).
The Joeys: Joey Tribiani (Friends character), Smokin’ Joe Frazier (boxer), Jo Guest (model), Joe Pesci (actor).


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Quotes from the Werewolf of Oz book

Hi, it’s the Greenygrey. I’ve just been picking out some quotes from the Werewolf of Oz book for our Shelfari page. I didn’t want to use any that give the story away, for those who don’t know it. Here’s the thirty:

  • “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.”


  • “I envisaged Blighty being so brighty that stars dropped to Earth in the form of birds to re-energise their glows amongst the overabundance of sparkling effervescence.”


  • “We stopped near the bunyip. Its breath wafted across the path, smelling like brontosaurus. At least it wasn’t brachiosaurus; that is the worst.”


  • “Bonzo and Were, beware. Hold onto your hat and keep to the dust sandy path, unless the hat glows, because when it’s safe it knows.”

    MiMo Moby

  • “Come along off the path, you all look plum pole-axed piqued out. The ghangiant could be along soon, and you don’t want to be around when it turns up.”


  • “Why, Alice, I haven’t heard such sweet singing since Sade stopped by the Springs.”

    Wally Mac

  • “I just came round to see if anybody fancied coming to the Oo-loo-roo Air’s Rock festival at Uluru / Ayer’s Rock this weekend. There are many magnificent macropod bands there. The way you’re singing it sounds like you could even play there yourselves.”

    Wally Mac

  • “I had a good chat with Wesgrey about kangaroo mythology. He said their creation myth told of their escape from the Grapes of Rolf, and how they lived their lives fearing the return of Rolf”


  • “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!’”


  • “Goodbye my friends. May Skippy be with you, and you never meet the Rolf”

    King Scote

  • “However, despite all the rum on the deck and presumably inside the sailor, he still seemed to have a sense of decorum. So it wasn’t a shock when he introduced himself as Captain Dec O’ Rum.”


  • “Captain Dec replied that he wanted to introduce him to us. After telling him our names, Dec introduced the wine and women loving salty dog as Dai ‘on the Seas’. We had a nice chat, and Dai said he had acquired his nickname to differentiate him from his two best friends back home, a pilot now known as Dai ‘in the air’ and a farmer called Dai ‘of the land’.”


  • “The Fawlty reminded me of the Hotel Tazmania, which had reminded me of Fawlty Towers. The owner seemed quite confused when I asked for a Werewolf salad; not seeming to know how to make one. I told him it was similar to a Waldorf salad, and he seemed to remember making one of those before.”


  • “Our bellies full, we headed north-east to Geelong. The name ‘Geelong’ reminded me of Green and me when we are together, because our initials are a sort of long Gee: a GG.”


  • “They seemed to know each other, and were getting along fine, until the duck gave the platypus its bill.”


  • “The platypus went berserk, and started raging at the duck, that it must be quackers, if it thought all that had been drunk.”


  • “The platypus took a swing with one of its otter feet, and when you saw that, you dived in and shouted ‘duck’ to the duck.”


  • “But the platypus steadied itself, before brandishing its beaver’s tail, and before you had time to inhale, your head received the full flail.”


  • “I said Melbourne was just north, and from this moment henceforth, we should call it Gillian Taylforth.”


  • “My name is Holly Valance, and I’m going to give you a chance, to win all you can eat for free,by just answering a riddle or three.”

    Holly Valance

  • “We got in a huddle, over a squeaky puddle, ready to answer the Valance knowing we could leave nothing to chance for our bellies were starting to rumble in need of a big brunch of bubble.”


  • “all the donkeys have exclaimed e-ohand most dogs have clapped at least one pawthe coldest ice maidens it did thawand even beavers stopped their gnawonce I told it on the sea-shoreand the waves kept coming back for more”


  • “You were only supposed to blow the Beatles Doors off, I’m quite fond of the Stones.”

    Charlie Croker

  • “It was a relief to be back in the eighties, even though our futures were still hanging by a grungy doc marten lace.”


  • “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Faster Pussycat screeching on stage at the Rainbow Bar and Grill; I’ve watched Seasick Steve die in a dark shared with Love/Hate. A poison-dart-frog glowing in the Italian Job; Janis and Jimi running wild in the 1970s streets. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to fly.”

    The Gruninator

  • “She said we all have our own special powers, and they wouldn’t be special if everybody knew about them.”


  • “It didn’t take long before we were berrying an incrediberryble amount of berries into our bellies. I don’t know what type the Canberra berries were; maybe cranberries with the r left out.”


  • “We headed back down south once our berry ballooned bellies felt balanced, but we made slow progress; because we took along some sloe berries. However, the sloe berries did satisfy my desire for more berries and set my mind at rest; because prior to berrying them, I’d been regretting our decision not to detour to Dairymans Plains, as it sounded good for a raspberry ripple.”


  • “My hat seemed to be getting stronger with every step, and provided enough glow for us to see clearly; it felt like I was wearing a green neon sign pointing ahead.I started singing ‘Always look on the bright side of life…’ and the others quickly joined in.”


  • “She said these were the Alician Fields. They are a natural wonderland for those who have turned the world upside down to improve it before returning it the right way up; where sparkling spring water irrigates the earth from underground, and the sun always shines above.”


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