Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We thought we’d get the Australia Day greenygrey festivities off to a musical start with Grey’s Oz version of Madonna’sDon’t Cry For Me Argentina, with lyrics adapted from the AZ Lyrics.comsite.
Madonna has supported the Greenygrey in the past, as shown in the accompanying photo, which resident archaeological comedian Tony Loboinson has unearthed. He thinks it’s one of the earliest examples of the greenygreying fashion craze in pop culture.
Here’s Grey’s song for Australia:
Don’t Cry For Me Australia
So I chose freedom
Rambling around, trying everything new
And heaps impressed me
I never expected it to
Don’t cry for me Australia
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don’t keep your distance
And as for fortune, and as for fame
I never invited them in
Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired
They are illusions
They are not the solutions they promised to be
The answer was here all the time
I love you and hope you love me
Don’t cry for me Australia
Have I said too much?
I know you’d rather be watching the bush telly
But all you have to do is look at me to know
That every word is bonzer.
Epic may have been an overused word in the 1950s, when big budget Hollywood epics were rolled out like there was no tomorrow. Epics are not so common now, but with a cast of lots, we think theWerewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Mapscan quite comfortably fit into the Epic category.
Werewolf of Oz Real People, Things and Creations
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. As the Werewell to WoO rebranding takes over from Goodbye to WoO for the second half of the final Werewolf of Oz week, here’s the cast of 100s that Grey met on its epic Ozyssey to all regions of what you know as Australia.
Recollecting our huge Hugh, Northern Territories wordplay I think it reads like a Who’s Hugh WoO of Oz Rules!
Wizard of Oz, Ursula Andress, Dr. No, Joan Rivers, Wil. E Coyote, Les Miserables, Grey’s Anatomy, Collie Coalfields Museum, Babe, Fly, I’m a Celebrity…Get me out of Here, Oranges and Sunshine, The Eagles, and albums Hotel California and Long Road out of Eden, Lassie, Grey’s Anatomy, Blighty, Animals and song We Just Gotta Get Out of this Place, Pink Floyd and song Pigs on the Wing, Prince and song When Doves Cry, Sancho Panza and Don Quixote, Jo Brand, Russell Brand, Midnight Oil, Men at Work, Banksy, Rock-It Festival, Tracer, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo, Brian Johnson, Bon Scott, AC/DC and songs Bad Boy Boogie, Highway to Hell, Downpayment Blues, Soul Stripper, Hell Ain’t a Bad Place To Be, Ride On, Girl’s Got Rhythm, TNT, Beating Around the Bush, Cold Hearted Man, If You Want Blood You Got It, High Voltage, Shoot to Thrill, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Yoko Ono, Orlovs, Cool Hand Luke, Moby and songs Feeling so Real, Everything is Wrong, Sky Has Broken and Go, Dame Edna Everage, blues music, Paul Newman and films Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Hustler and Cool Hand Luke, the genie, quokkas, emerald cork hat, Robin Hood and Little John.
Kermit the Frog, Herman’s Hermits, Siddharta, Scooby Doo, Humpty Dumpty, Baloo, AC/DC and songs It Ain’t No Fun Waiting Around to be a Millionaire, Dog Eat Dog, Up to my Neck in You, Have a Drink On Me, Let There Be Rock, It’s a Long Way to the Top and Gimme a Bullet to Bite On, Alice in Wonderland, Elle McPherson, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Bat Out of Hell, The Ghan (a train), Waltzing Matilda, Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London, Sade, Great Gig in the Sky, Skippy, butcher’s dog, Ramones, Atomic Rooster and song Head in the Sky, Rush and song Fly by Night, Joey Tribiani, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Jo Guest, Joe Pesci, Injured Wildlife (road sign), Heath Ledger, Crocodile Dundee, Hugh Jackman, Knowing Me Knowing You, Abba, Blackfoot and album/songs Marauder, Good Morning, Searchin’, Dry County, Dream On Fly Away, Highway Song, red kangaroos, red foxes, red-necked wallabies, red-back spiders, Halloween, Meditations in Green, Animals, Shropshire Lad, Alfred Edward Housman, walkabout, Ajna and Chakra VI (Ajna is the sixth chakra), End of the Rainbow, Purple Rain, Jimi Hendrix and song Purple Haze and the Australian aborigine dreamtime.
Homer and Marge Simpson, Rainbow and album/song Rising, Santa’s Little Helper, Jane Eyre, Russell Crowe, Sheryl Crow, Bob Crow, Ted Hughes, Crow, Jim Crow, Charlie Crow, Brandon Lee Crow, Blackport, Nipper Lawrence, Crow Nation, AC/DC song She’s Got Balls, Neighbours (Harold, Charlene and Scott), Motley Crue, Angry Anderson, Rose Tattoo and songs Rock n’ Roll Outlaw, Butcher and Fast Eddy, One of the Boys, Nice Boys, Bad Boy for Love, Remedy, Tramp, Assault and Battery, Out of this Place, All the Lesson, Let it Go, Scarred for Life, Gonna Work Itself Out, Who’s Got the Cash and We Can’t be Beaten.
Tasmania and Islands
Rose Tattoo songs Blood Brothers, Slipping Away, City Blues, Once in a Lifetime, Nothing to Lose, On The Road, Tazzy , Hotel Tazmania, Bushwhacker Bob, Hugh, Jean, Jake, Molly, Constance Koala, Dog the Turtle, Didgeri Dingo, Willie Wombat, Wendell T. Wolf, AC/DC’s Let There Be Rock, Basil Fawlty, Sybil, Fawlty Towers, Manuel, Polly, Bart Simpson, Tasmanian Tigers, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Belinda Emmett’s Rebecca Fisher, Pirates of the Caribbean, Treasure Island, Lacoste, Captain Ahab, Moby Dick, Davy Jones’s Locker, Vera Lynn song We’ll Meet Again.
Ian Thorpe (Thorpedo), Cathy Freeman, The Shire, Waldorf Salad, VB, Queen Bess, Duck and Drake, Guns N’ Roses and Sweet Child O’ Mine, Gillian Taylforth, Pink Floyd’s Pied Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Beavis and Butthead’s Cornholio, Lara Croft, Mists of Avalon, Holly Valance, Easy Riders, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Mel Gibson, William Lamb – 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Railroad Song, Castlemaine 4X, The Code, Terrence Malick, Kerrang, spaghetti westerns, Ronald ‘Bon’ Scott, Angus Young, AC/DC songs (Back in Black, Hell’s Bells, Have a Drink On Me, Given the Dog a Bone, Shake a Leg, You Shook Me All Night Long, Shoot to Thrill), Faster Pussycat and House of Pain song, Dizzy Reed, The Terminator, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rainbow, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Reading Rocks, Monsters of Rock, Waterloo, Uriah Heep, Kurt Cobain, Seasick Steve, Frankenstein, Pearl Jam and album and songs: Ten, Alive, Even Flow, Jeremy, Love/Hate and songs Blackout in the Red Room and Wasted in America), Ratt, Out of the Cellar, Round and Round, The Cult, Little Angels, Wildhearts, Thunder, Dogs D’ Armour, The Doors and songs/connections: Strange Days, My Eyes Have Seen You and The Changeling, Moonlight Drive, Roadhouse Blues, Venice Beach, Italian Job, Beatles and songs: Help, I’ll Get You, From Me To You, Italian Job, Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones and album/songs: Exile on Main Street, 19th Nervous Breakdown, Emotional Rescue, Gimme Shelter, Let it Bleed, Rip This Joint, Mamas and Papas and California Dreamin’, Jimi Hendrix and songs: Crosstown Traffic, Wild Thing, Hey Joe, Freedom, All Along the Watchtower, Valley of Neptune, Janis Joplin and songs A Woman Left Lonely, Bobby McGee, Mercedes-Benz and Summer, The Italian Job and song Getta Bloomin’ Move On (Self-Preservation Society), Andrew Wood and Mother Love Bone songs: Temple of the Dog, This is Shangri-La, Stardog Champion, Man of Golden Words, Captain Hi-Top, Heartshine, Thru Fade Away, Gentle Groove, Blade Runner (Replicant Roy Batty soliloquy: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.’), Axl Rose, Seasick Steve, Alice in Chains and songs Down in a Hole , Sea of Sorrow and Man In The Box, Def Leppard’s Rock of Ages, Nirvana, trash metal, Ozzy Osbourne/Blizzard of Ozz songs Bark at the Moon, Steal Away the Night, Crazy Train, Goodbye to Romance and No More Tears, Prog Rock, Wemba-Wemba, Pink Floyd albums The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon and Animals, ELP and records Black Moon, Love Beach, In the Hot Seat, Yes records Close to the Edge, Union, Fly From Here.
New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
Perishers cartoon creations Crunge, Wellington, Maisie, Marlon, Baby Grumpling, Boot, genius contraptions (Marlon catchphrase), Grizzly Bear Adams and Ben, bush telly (Aussie slang for fire), Lord of the Rings, Smeagal/Gollum, snakes and ladders, The Partridge Family, Deliverance, Swan Lake, Paddington Bear, Spit the Dog, Tiswas, Mothman, Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Norah Jones, Sirens, Guiness toucan, Monty Python and Life of Brian, Eric Idle and song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Halfling , Question of Sport, the Baggy Green hat and Golden Wonder crisps.
Winston Churchill, Pancho Villa, Francisco Goya, Abba and song Waterloo, Wolfsbane, The Elysian Fields, Harpy, Barry Humphries and creations Sir Les Patterson, Dame Edna Everage and giga-star.
Werewolf of Ozfinal week is going on so long that we’ve got time for a satirical comedy rebranding, parodying our own work along with lots of other things in modern society.
Scooby Doo Werewolf Rebranding
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We think Goodbye to WoO has lost its appeal and impact, so once more inspired byScooby Doo and in line with our werewolfism, we’re rebranding it to Werewell to WoO Week for the second half of the epic farewell.
One of my oldest and biggest inspirations Scooby Doo pronounced its Ss as Rs, which was a lovable characteristic, as explained on scoobydoo.wikia.
As many Australian place names seemed to fit well into the Wizard of OzWerewolf of Oz theme, such as there being an Emerald at the end of the travel quest in Queensland, I just found out this morning that this year’s Australia Day is at the end of the week where we say goodbye to the WoO serialisation.
Australia Day Sunday 26th January
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Yes, I was alerted to the fact that it is Australia Day this Sunday, January 26th, by a Shooters sports bar advert.
I had already been thinking of dragging out Goodbye to WoO week as long as possible, and this gives me the perfect excuse.
In the style of Dame Edna, we like to think we’ve done our bit to put Australia on the map, but did your Aussie abode make it into the WoO.
The easiest way to check is by looking through these geographically divided place names that Grey visited on its epic Ozyssey. Here you go:
Mount Barker, Denmark, Green’s Pool, Walpole, Margaret Rivers, Bunbury, Rose Hotel, Koombanna Bay, Collie, Wellington National Park, Latham, Coorow, Coorow Road, Perth, Green Head Road, Grey Road, Grey, Cervantes, Brand Highway, Badginarra National Park, Cataby, Orange Springs, Moore River National Park, Beermullah, Banksia Grove, Joondalup, Swan River, Rottnest Island, Lancelin, Kalbarri, Kalbarri National Park, Grey, Meekatharra, Newman, Karijini, Tom Price, Broome, Beagle Bay, Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberley.
Nitmiluk, Kakadu, Kakadu National Park, Wildman River, Alligator River, Darwin, Humpty Doo, Alice Springs, Jabiru, Katherine, Manbulloo, Alice Springs, Uluru/Ayer’s Rock, Hugh, Rainbow Valley.
King Island, Pearshape, Egg Lagoon, Currie, Sea Elephant, Surprise Bay, Bungaree, Disappointment Bay, Lavinia, Cowper Point, The Blowhole, Marrawah, Port Latta, Penguin, Cradle Mountain, Hobart, Tasman Bridge, Mount Wellington, Melton Mowbray, Great Lake, Arthur Lake, Central Plateau, Meander, Mole Creek, Sassafras, Beauty Point, Green Beach, Cape Barren Island, Bass Strait, Tin Kettle Island, Little Dog Island, Great Dog Island, Flinders Island, Sister Islands, Sister Islands Conservation Area.
Port Fairy, Kirkstall, Hawkesdale, Simpson, Torquay, Geelong, Melbourne, Hamlyn Heights, Corio Bay, Geelong, Avalon, M1, Cocoroc, Hoppers Crossing, Niddrie, Sunbury, Riddells Creek, Castlemaine, Railway Hotel, Kangaroo Flat, Eaglehawk, California Gully, Terrick Terrick, Pyramid Hill, Kow Swamp, Wee Wee Rup, Kerang.
New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
Perisher Valley, Snowy Mountains, Smiggin Holes, Berridale, Canberra, Cooma, Dairymans Plains, Badja State Forest, Dampier, Nerrigundah, Eurobodalla, Bodalla, Tasman Sea, South Coast Cheese, Potato Point, Bingie, Sydney, Mollymook, Ulladulla, Bendalong, Cudmirrah, Swan Lake, Jervis Bay, Vincentia, Huskisson, Moona Moona Creek, Wollongong, Shell Cove, Warilla, Warrawong, Wollongong, Battery Park, Wombarra, Scarborough, Cronulla, Coogee, Bronte, Bondi, Paddington, Bondi Beach, Spit Reserve, Spit Road, Harbour Bridge, Little Sirius Cove, Opera House, Mosman, Sydney Harbour Bridge National Park, Greycliffe House, Watsons Bay, Barangaroo, Goat Island, Darling Harbour, Sydney Aquarium, Curl Curl, Bongin Bongin Bay, Dee Why, Mona Vale, Dolphin Bay, Cheero Point, Little Wobby, Tuggerah Lake, Norah Head, Wommara Avenue, Kalaroo Road, Corrie Island Nature Reserve, Mungo Brush, Wind Woppa Reserve, Boomerang Beach, Elizabeth Beach, The Lakes Way, Green Point, Booti Booti National Park, Yahoo Island, Wallingat National Park, Tuncurry, Forster, Ocean Dreaming Rainforest Resort, Red Head, Crowdy Head, Port Macquarie, Hat Head, Nambucca Heads, Coffs Harbour, Pacific Highway, Korora, Moonee Beach, Emerald Beach.
Chinchilla, The Gap, Mount Coot-Tha forest, Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Woolloongabba, Cannon Hill, Emerald, Oakey, Dalby, Roma, Orion, Springsure, Deception Bay, Bramble Bay.
There’s a show in the wolf world
like Family Fortunes
the quiz show on British television
called Pack Portions.
There’s a wolf quizmaster
like Vernon Kay
called Herman Gee
some think he’s a greenygrey.
His alpha female is fit
like Tess Daly
named Howl Nightly
they live in a den most stately.
Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by the great Romantic poet William Wordsworth.
Although previously in Goodbye to WoO week we’ve shown how the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps has put Australia on the map and changed its culture with the Boomerang social craze, some of you are probably wondering what the WoO’s done for us.
Knowing Me: 70 Poems of Literary Nonsense Poetry
Well, I think the Greenygrey is much happier within itself since its epic Ozyssey, with Green saying Grey seems much closer to it since it achieved the dust sandy path travel quest, and met lots of great characters along the way.
And I think that writing up its journey, and including seventy literary nonsense poems, has made it a better writer and poet, as the above poem suggests to me.
With the main story denouement seemingly over, you might have forgotten about the commotion out at sea that only Grey could see, as it didn’t feature in the bombastic Battle of Bri’s bane.
Yes, like many a great book and film, usually when the baddie is not quite finished, there’s one final twist just as everything seems to be concluded and peaceful.
Chapter 141. Solo Traveller Once Again, Like When it all Began
So my epic journey had really ended, and all was well. The Great Dame of Oz left to go on a world tour, so Angry, Elle and Cathy were going to stay in the mansion indefinitely. I’m sure they had bright Emerald futures ahead of them; now they had regained their body, mind and spirit confidence.
Once More unto the Sea
I knew I could return to the Greenygrey world now, but felt there was something else I needed to do. I thought I should visit the Tasman Sea one last time.
So I said cheerio to everybody and everything in Emerald. There were especially long farewells with my three long-term travel companions and my favourite Oz hat couple. Then it was time to go solo once more; returning to my status upon arrival in Oz.
I shapeshifted into a bird of paradise,
and set off once more for the seaside.
I flew with the wind to the east,
for an hour and a half at least,
arriving at the sea over Deception Bay,
I thought there must be another way,
so I headed south and landed next to a jay,
in a place I liked the sound of: Bramble Bay.
I asked the jay, whose name was Jay,
whether it had seen anything untoward astray.
Jay said nothing unusual had happened all day.
Seeing a Sea Commotion
Everything did seem absolutely normal, and I began to wonder if I’d wasted my time making this diversion. But then:
I saw a commotion out at sea
and wondered what it might be.
The commotion was not only there; it was approaching the beach at a phenomenal speed. I asked Jay if it could see it. It said yes, it could.
I wondered what it could be: Was it more acid-rain? Could it be the MoMo East returning from the deep? Or was it Smiggin Holes escaped from its deep hole? Was there one more test I had to put my exhausted bird-brain through?
The commotion reached the shallows. I could now make out a head and arms. I thought I recognised who it was… but surely it couldn’t be… could it?
It continued swimming to the shallows, and then emerged onto the beach.
The body, mind and spirit of the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Mapsreacted quickly to the disappointment of the Grand Dame in the last episode, and in today’s third from last chapter in the book, they receive confirmation that they do not need any additional help: they already have the qualities they feel they lack.
Body, Mind and Spirit
At the end of the Wizard of Oz, thescatty Scarecrow receives a diploma after searching for a brain, the cowardly Lion gets a medal for courage and the Tin Man has a pocket watch after looking for a heart.
In this episode of the Werewolf of Oz Elle, Angry and Cathy are told by the Good Witch of the story, Mildly Monotheistic Moby, that they have restored all the body, mind and spirit they’ll need.
The Greenygrey world had been taken over by the Grand Council at the start of the book, but had been liberated by the end, and this is referred to at the end of this chapter/episode. The ending of this episode also throws a cat among the pigeons; or hat among the Werewolf of Ozzers in this case.
Chapter 140. Moby tells it as it is, Which is…
We were about to leave, when a porcelain pod came around the corner, and MiMo Moby emerged from it. We were ecstatic, and greeted him with gusto; he seemed equally pleased to see us.
I told him the Dame had been a disappointment, so Angry, Cathy and Elle were uncertain of their future in Oz, and I didn’t know if I could return to the Greenygrey world.
Moby Pep Talk
MiMo looked at us all, and then back at Elle, before saying, ‘Why, Elle had body issues when she joined you; she had lost all her strength. But she has been using her body with great dexterity throughout the Ozyssey, and now has her confidence back.’
I had to agree. Elle leapt into the air with joy.
‘And Angry was letting the Neighbours’ opinions of his mind get to him; making him feel inadequate. But he has been using fantastic judgement all through the epic adventure, and working well within your travel team.’
Once more, I had to agree. Angry sang a celebratory tune he spontaneously created.
‘And Cathy was in low spirits when you met; but freedom, movement, natural space, friendship, being valued and success have helped lift her spirits since joining your epic adventure; and also raised yours at crucial times in this rousing ramble.’
Yet again, I had to agree. Cathy saluted the sun.
‘And you, Grey, you have reached your destination, and helped bring the hats of hope home to Emerald. Deep down you know you have the power to return to Green whenever you want. The Greenygrey world is free again; as free as Emerald.’
I thanked MiMo Moby for everything, and we all said hearty farewells before he disappeared around the corner in his porcelain pod. Not long after, Brian arrived from the same direction.
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