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Big Eyes Unbroken: Genius Connecting Multi-Media and Creating New Writing Art Word: Offer to Artistic Studio

After citing the article about connection genius yesterday I’ve gone connections crazy today for International Women’s Day! I watched a couple of films this week I related to, with regard for my attempt to create my art, and retain credit for it; whether positive or negative. Tim Burton’s Big Eyes told the real story of Margaret Keane, who let her husband Walter take credit for her distinctive ‘big eyes’ paintings, as ‘female art’ didn’t sell. Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken was about Olympic athlete and World War Two airman Louis “Louie” Zamperini, who suffered sadistic treatment as a prisoner of war.

Some more of the plots are discussed below, so spoiler alert if you want to watch them without knowing the stories, but they are quite obvious storylines, and not surprising twists you’ll really regret finding out before.

My Life, My Mind, My Writing 

In Big Eyes Margaret Keane proved she was the painter of her distinctive art by creating one in the courtroom. I’d had the idea before of writing my coffilosophy live, in an art studio or gallery, and the idea still holds for philosotea. So, if anybody can make that happen, I’m still open to it. My writing art becoming one; is this a new word for the occasion: wriarting. You saw it here first, but will you be enlightened enough to credit me? I just searched it to make sure, and found no such word:

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That’s why I consider myself a self-proclaimed genius, and worthy of spending my time doing this as Lionel Messi is playing football, Noddy Holder is living off his Merry Christmas royalties (and other brilliant music! Sorry Noddy!!) or Gordon Ramsey is cooking fancy food!

I’ve been writing this for thirteen years now, and was blogging similar stuff for a few years before that while at university, so I should have proved myself by now, but some people just don’t want to accept somebody like me can be a writer/artist, as they didn’t want to accept women could be artists in Margaret Keane’s time. Some of those have been women.

The way that Big Eyes merged into Unbroken for me is that one of the ways those around me have tried to keep me down sadistically is by trying to claim they helped me when they didn’t, thus dissipating my efforts and achievements: as I wrote in my Gossip ist Schwein Folding Mirror poem, most have been more of a negative hindrance than a positive benefit.

Telling me I should share my work is like telling a non-white person they should share credit for their work with whites; or telling women they should share their work with men, like Margaret Keane.

While the main reason I hold on to my writing is for myself, I also do it for my ‘demographic’, having started my creative writing career at the height of the ‘chav’ era, and with it apparently now doing the worst in school.

While my writing started off rebelling against the traditional ‘upper classes’ and ‘elites’ I’ve since seen the ‘working-class’ and ‘ethnic minority’ local elites can be as bad or worse, which has helped me become more ‘enlightened’ to the traditional ‘upper classes’. And learning more about history, and how they got to own their land, sometimes through valiant service in the military. And thinking they conserve it well most of the time… although sometimes blood sports are a negative, for the hunted animals and others killed to create more prey!

However, I still think that while other ‘minorities’ have had more protection and promotion, my ‘demographic’ seems neglected, and so I should try to give them a voice, even though most don’t seem to want one. If I was more successful, or had chosen the academic route, I’d probably blend into the ‘pale, male and stale’ British middle-aged middle-class bracket everybody seems to be rebelling against.

So that’s why I’ve continued writing as the ‘chav philosopher’, knowing that’s the least likely demographic to buy books, and one of the most likely to reject it, but that’s what I have been the last thirteen years; and I’m still Big Eyes Unbroken!

To end on an international women’s day note it was great to see Stacey Dooley on the news this morning talking about her new book, and looking back to meeting the brave Yazidi women. Yesterday morning on the news I was impressed by the story of the late actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, who designed faster streamlined planes by connecting the shapes of the fastest birds and fish.

Instead of my books at the end today I thought I’d put Stacey Dooley’s in for International Women’s Day, although I have nothing to do with it. I know people will think I’m doing it for my own benefit, and I know it would be good PR if believed to be for the right reason, but I’m greenYgrey enough to write how I know it can also be interpreted negatively. I do it anyway, and wouldn’t do it if I didn’t really want to, and wasn’t impressed by her career.

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Bob Crow and Union Working Class Struggle

‘Twenty minutes later, Bob Crow pulled another one back with a short snap strike, leaving the Redbacks defence red-faced as well as red-backed.’

Bob Crow, Union Leader  Bob Crow.JPG

Bob Crow passed away yesterday morning. He was the General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) and inspired the above Crow character in the Werewolf of Oz.

He was a good example of the working class battling to achieve, and help their fellow workers. If Britain hadn’t been divided by Thatcher and Blair, and profit and religion taken over from fairness and equality as the main political focuses, then maybe people like Bob Crow could have made Britain a more united kingdom.

Britain’s Future 

Bob Crow on strikes in the Guardian
Bob Crow on strikes in the Guardian (Photo credit: Annie Mole)

His critics argued that he was holding Britain back.

But was he holding Britain back from cheaper tube fares, or bigger bonuses for the big bosses after workers lost their jobs?

The next reflection from 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections commented on this, and seems a fitting post for a man who tried to help those struggling to survive in a rapidly changing country.

Reflection 4

The well-behaved British working class used to be known as ‘salt of the earth’ when they were compliant up to the 1950s, but not so much anymore.
Were things that different in history? I don’t know.
And have they changed that much? Well, elite corruption has been exposed more since the 1950s, making the workers less likely to trust and revere the upper classes; Thatcher decimated the working-class industries in the 1980s, destroying communities; and New Labour betrayed their traditional voters by squeezing them out of the workplace between high-earning elites and foreign workers willing to work for less.
So things have probably changed, but I don’t know how much, or if it is the main reason for there apparently being less ‘salt of the earth’.

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Tom Hardy in Africa, Thomas Hardy on Class

Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, animal welfare correspondent at the Greenygrey; with Chris Packham a parallel for those reading this in the human world. As wolf week takes over from working-class week, yesterday the Greenygrey reported how Gemma Atkinson is a working-class woman animal welfare supporter and environmentally conscious. Tom Hardy stars today.

Atypical Animal Welfare Supporters 

Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy (Photo credit: honeyfitz)

Gemma is probably not the stereotypical animal welfare supporter, and neither is the actor Tom Hardy. Hardy is best known for being a bad boy celebrity, and playing baddie roles such as Bronson and Bane; as told in his biography. Bri’s bane was of course the ultimate Brisbane baddie at the end of Werewolf of Oz.

However, Tom Hardy this week starred in a documentary visiting Africa to report on the struggle to save elephants and rhinos from poachers in the first of the two-part Poaching Wars With Tom Hardy.

Use of Iconic Logos

lacoste
lacoste (Photo credit: Ozzam Escudero Ajihil)

Although it would be nice to raise awareness using just the animals, I think it sometimes needs stars and icons to attract new supporters. That’s why we have the greenygrey wolf as the logo for the Greenygrey website.

We could have chosen a less controversial animal, but felt that the wolf was right; and Lacoste hasn’t done too bad with the crocodile, which of course starred in the Werewolf of Oz pirate story. Crocodiles seem even less popular and iconic an animal to humans than our best friend dog’s close wild cousin.

Being True to Oneself 

"Thomas Hardy," oil on panel, by the...
“Thomas Hardy,” oil on panel, by the Scottish painter and engraver William Strang. 17 in. x 15 in. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remembering working-class week and Tom Hardy above, the Greenygrey’s struggle between the human and wild animal world is reminiscent of Tom Hardy’s Victorian namesake writer Thomas Hardy’s struggle with class identity.

Thomas Hardy the writer found it difficult to live in upper class life after becoming a successful writer, and felt he would have to lose some of his good working-class qualities to be accepted into the upper echelons; where he would be able to fulfill his literary potential.

Working-Class Animal Welfare

I remember hearing a jokey observation that when the upper classes see a fox they hunt it; when the working-class see a fox they hit it on the head and eat it; when the middle-class see a fox they photograph it.

So although I am a working-class werewolf, in that respect I am more stereotypically middle-class.

Kes 1969 film poster.jpg
Kes’s 1969 film poster

Although vegetarianism and animal welfare support are more typically middle-class I do it out of a liking for animals and the environment rather than social factors. In fact, life would be much easier, and I would probably be more acceptable in my current life, if I did eat meat and not care so much about animals.

And in reality, I think animal lovers cross class and cultural boundaries. An early fictional example of a working-class person finding an interest in life through animals was Kes, a Ken Loach film adapted from the Barry Hines book A Kestrel for a Knave.

Whether it’s kestrels in Britain or elephants in Africa, the Greenygrey totally supports the efforts of animal welfare supporters to try and protect endangered animals for both the animals and humans; the world will be a much poorer place without all the animal species that brighten it with life.

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

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Gemma Atkinson Metro Interview Provides WWW Link

Hi, it’s Paco Wolfsang, fashionista extraordinaire understudy to Stella Lagerwolf-Bruno at the Greenygrey. I’ve been loving the WWW weeks at the Greenygrey, and think I spotted the perfect link between the women and working-class weeks just past, and the wolf week to come.

English: WWW's "historical" logo, cr...
English: WWW’s “historical” logo, created by Robert Cailliau. Made of three W using the Optima Bold font, according to Cailliau himself. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wolf is of course the iconic logo for all animal welfare and environmental matters, as women is for people and working-class for equality.

Gemma Atkinson Metro Interview

In the Metro newspaper on Thursday (August 22nd) glamour model turned actress Gemma Atkinson was asked about her most extravagant purchase, and she replied:

‘I don’t know if it’s from being up north or just being a tight b*****d but when it comes to fashion I’ve always been one of those that says: ‘I’m not paying that amount of money for a pair of shoes.’ My mum says: ‘Life’s too short, buy them,’ but I can’t do it. I can’t pay £800 for a pair of shoes when I could just spend £40. I’ll spend money on organic food but I’m not extravagant other than that.’

Gemma Atkinson: I'm a fright movie fan
Gemma Atkinson

Beautiful Bury 

So Gemma Atkinson is obviously a beautiful woman with environmental concerns, and sounds working-class. And when we researched the Gemma Atkinson website we found she is a Bury lass; just like Charley Webb, who plays Debbie Dingle in Emmerdale and was featured on this website during women and feminism week.

Bury sounds a much more beautiful location now!

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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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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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Link for multiple Ereaders at Smashwords.
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