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Heavy Rock and War Remembrance Photos

With Remembrance Sunday in the U.K. around the corner I thought it was a good time to post this rock and war blog that has remained in the Greenygrey vaults for about a month.

Rock And War

Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, head of Greenygrey creation, and specialist in photography like my human parallel Baron Wolman. Rock music has usually been used to protest against war, and Pink Floyd have been at the forefront of criticising unnecessary wars.

This is mostly because Roger Waters lost his father in World War Two. This greenygrey photo posted on Google+ by Seth Meister shows Waters recently visiting his father’s memorial in Italy to honour his father.

Roger Waters Memorial Photo

RW at father's graveside

Judas Priest have a song called War, as well as one called Breaking the Law.

Around the same time as the above Roger Waters photo surfaced, Planet Rock on Facebook posted the photo below of their singer Rob Halford camouflaging himself nicely against the window and bushes for his war with the lawn.

Rob Halford Gardening Photo

Perhaps the most famous and best rock protest song is Black Sabbath’s War Pigswhich criticised the hierarchy who create and perpetuate wars for their own personal gain, whether for their egos and place in history, or financial gain.

World War One, or the Great War as it is also known, is probably the biggest example of this in Britain. Here’s some of the War Pigs lyrics from the Cheezburger website, with half a greenygrey.

Black Sabbath War Pigs

War Pigs-Black Sabbath

Some wars are necessary, and some provide people and animals the chance to become heroes. Many people desire the opportunity to be heroes, while others are reluctant ones.

This is natural, and especially when movies and media glamourise war. The Greenygrey isn’t against that, and there’s enough ‘reality’ out there to balance it, although most people won’t see it, and won’t want to.

World War Two was probably the most necessary war for Britain. The U.S.A. joined in, played a major role, and then made some great movies about it. One of the best, and perhaps THE best, was The Great Escape.

Steve McQueen played the cool American in that, and we were delighted to see that greenygrey played a big part below him… and behind him!

Steve McQueen Great Escape Photo

Photo: Liz Barnes wants this.....

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Islamists Deserve Nazi Comparison: But Which Ones?

The Al-Shabab attack on Nairobi, Kenya‘s Westgate shopping centre is a reminder about who Western leaders are helping in Syria. While the Syrian conflict is terrible for innocent civilians, the ‘West’ should not provide any help to rebels containing al-Quaeda elements. Their ‘help’ would soon filter down to groups like Al-Shabab, and other groups trying to Islamise Africa.

Hi, it’s Wolf Whitzer, intrepid satirical comedy newshound at the Greenygrey with an unfortunately very serious news report.

Framing Syria in History

English: A volcano called Syria
English: A volcano called Syria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While Western leaders were trying to build support for action against Assad in Syria they framed the conflict with WWII historical references.

Top British and American leaders compared their decision on Syria to that which the Allies faced with the Nazis in 1938: warning of the dangers of appeasement, and Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons to the Nazis’ gassing of nearly 6 million people during World War II.

Al-Shabab Kenya Attack Shows Syria Complexity 

However, even if Assad did use chemical weapons there is no good side in Syria to support, with the rebels infiltrated by Islamic Fundamentalists like the Al-Shabab who attacked Nairobi, Kenya‘s Westgate shopping centre this weekend. 

Their singling out of non-Muslims (the inferior kafir non-believers, white and non-white to Islamists) for execution is reminiscent of the Nazis’ persecution of undesirables, and should awaken those thinking of helping them in Syria up to the reality of who they would be supporting.

Al-Quaeda are the Nazis to be Isolated

Assad’s Syrian government might have similarities to the Nazis, but the al-Quaeda inspired rebels have more; and more hatred of non-Muslim kafirs.

We should remember that we (non-Muslims) are all considered inferior to them, and they want to martyr themselves because they believe they are going somewhere better; somewhere very similar to the Christian heaven written in the bible about 500 years before their heaven became known.

The ‘West’ should view all al-Quaeda groups like the Nazis before World War II, and not provide any appeasement or support to them. That means staying out of Syria.

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A Bridge Too Far for Greenygrey Photographer?

Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, new legendary photographer at the Greenygrey. I’m so chuffed to get this gig, and didn’t expect it, what with Ross Halfling and David Wolfey also on the short-list. I certainly wasn’t expecting the call today, but then an amazing new job arrived in the Greenygrey world from the Matador Network, and I was rushed through the selection process.

30 of the Best Looking World Bridges

My euphoria was tempered by the in-tray I encountered. It was overflowing with 30 amazing bridge photos from around the world, and I was supposed to find the best greenygrey photos amongst them.

Half way through I wondered if I’d taken on a A Bridge Too FarTwo-thirds through I felt like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters. But I reached the end of the journey, and my reward was a bridgiphany:
Although the Bridge on the River Kwai was a bad bridge for the British in World War Two, bridges are not good or bad themselves, it is how they are built and used.

While we marvel at the engineering involved with building bridges, enjoy their awesome structures, and sometimes rely on them for transport links, at the Greenygrey we hope bridges are only built when really needed.

Favourite Three Greenygrey Bridges

Anyway, on with the photographic show, and here are my three favourite greenygrey photos out of the thirty shown on the Matador Network post, with a little explanation and description from yours truly:

I thought this was from China or Japan; or somewhere between the Shire and Mordor; when I first saw it, and was surprised it’s in Greece. Nice 6-G (7 if you include Greece!) effect, with grey bridge, mountains and cloud contrasting perfectly with green leaves, grass and river. This bridge was number 11 on the Matador list.

This Japanese bridge was number 25 on the Matador list. Nice green trees in the distance, with the slight differences in hill elevations complementing the grey grooves of the bridge.

This picturesque pagoda bridge has five pavilions, and is in Chengyang, China. It’s number 7 on the Matador list. Looks like the photographer was lucky enough to capture it at a Greenygrey creation myth moment!

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Armistice Week Poem

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem interprets the cover of the new Doris Brendel album, The Last Adventure. 

Without hearing the lyrics of the album, or reading any of Brendel’s explanations, the image reminded Marc of Pink Floyd‘s Vera song, so he interpeted it from that perspective within the Folding Mirror form.

Vera Lynn a Female Churchill

Vera Lynn was a heroine in World War Two, travelling to entertain troops around the world, despite the grave danger to herself.  She was perhaps the female Churchill, in terms of raising spirits and keeping the country motivated during the terrible times it was suffering.

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Personal Loss

However, Lynn’s song lyrics that We’ll Meet Again of course didn’t always come true, in mortality at least, and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters lost his father in the war.  So, he sang from the loss point of view on The Wall album.

In Afghanistan, British forces are now fighting their deadliest and most justifiable conflict since World War Two against Al-Quaeda and the Taliban.  Many service people have lost their lives trying to improve conditions for ordinary Afghan people, and at the same time defending Britain from further terrorist attacks.   

Whether their lives have been wasted, as so many British lives were in World War One, or if they will have made a difference, like in World War Two, ultimately depends on the politicians involved.

Armistice Day is this Thursday, November 11.  Remembrance Sunday is on November 14.

Poem Explanation

The folding middle line appears at the top of the poem, with the two halves below it in a timeline, which is another first for the Folding Mirror form.

Vera, Pink Floyd, Doris