Kalbarri Barry Helps Out Werewolf of Oz and Bonzo

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We think it’s about time you got another thrilling episode of Grey’s epic comedy-fantasy travel-quest classic Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. So while Australia sleeps (or parties), here’s the next thrilling instalment of your favourite werewolf travelling the world saga, with Grey’s first full day of travel with Bonzo Scottie. It turned into an exciting day, that led to the beginning of the big battle that would dominate the rest of the journey:

18.  CALLING KALBARRI BARRY LEADS TO DOLPHINIAN DETOUR

We said goodbye to Celia in the morning and got back on the road. It wasn’t long before we passed my town namesake, Grey. Travelling the Grey Road out of Grey was a joy, and I once more felt glad to be Grey.

Kalbarri Calamity Averted

We kept ahead of schedule all day, so I thought I’d call Barry the Bottlenose Dolphin when we reached Kalbarri; Dolly had given me his number, and said he was often in west coast waters. I don’t know what inspired me to call Barry in Kalbarri.

An adult female bottlenose dolphin with her yo...

An adult female bottlenose dolphin with her young, Moray Firth, Scotland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I shapeshifted into a dolphin again and sent out some long-range clicks, but Barry replied that he was out with the family on an ocean safari off Jungulu Island.

However, it wasn’t a totally wasted call, because he warned me there was a storm heading our way, and recommended heading inland. He said there was a friendly meerkat community in Meekatharra that would help us on our way.

Horseshoe range Meekatharra

Horseshoe range Meekatharra (Photo credit: Railways of Australia)

The horizon was looking grey. Although I half wanted to meet the storm, and see if I fitted in with it, I didn’t feel it was fair to Bonzo; and the meerkat community did sound fascinating. So we took Barry’s advice and headed inland.

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Paralympics Opening Ceremony and Horizon Universe Documentary

Hi, it’s Stephen Wolfing, science correspondent at the Greenygrey. Watching Channel Four, I was thrilled to see that my human version in the parallel universe planet Earth thingy, Stephen Hawking, opened the London Paralympics 2012 last night, with an inspiring message about reaching for the stars.

The opening ceremony went on to provide lots of fun, moving and spectacular displays, including some greenygrey ones:

Horizon: Mapping the Universe

The opening ceremony’s emphasis on science and space was nicely timed after the BBC‘s Horizon this week covered the attempts being made to make a 3-D map of the universe, and the current theories on the size and contents of the universe or universes.

Amongst many things, it thoroughly explained how our understanding of the observable universe is limited to what light has had time to reach us, and that galaxies are not moving away from each other; the gaps between galaxies are widening because the universe is still expanding.

It ended by showing how the universe is thought to be infinite, and could be one of an infinite number of such universes.

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Good Luck to Olympics 2012 Paralympians

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, sports correspondent at the Greenygrey. I’ve just about recovered from my marathon coverage of Olympics 2012, after my colleagues have found lots of great greenygrey stories to entertain you with since the closing ceremony.

London Paralympics 2012

Tonight will see the Olympic stadium filled again, as the London Paralympics 2012 gets under way. The Greenygrey will be there again.

london 2012 paralympics / olympics countdown clock

london 2012 paralympics / olympics countdown clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Superminds as well as Superbodies
If the Olympics showcases the fastest, strongest and most skilled athletes competing in most of the sports, the Paralympics features those with the superminds to overcome physical problems and compete at a high level in the same sports.

Paralympics

Paralympics (Photo credit: AudreyH)

Some of the paralympians’ achievements are truly amazing, and we wish them all an enjoyable and successful games.

Their endurance and determination is a great example of what humanity can do when it sets its mind to it, and all in a positive way.

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Ethical Capitalism: Between Religious Ruse and Aleksandrian Advertising

Hi, it’s Greenygrey, as we approach our fifth anniversary as a business in the human world, and prepare a couple of creative products for sale, we thought we’d review our ethical capitalism brand identity position and profile.

Birth of the Greenygrey Media Business

At the start of the Greenygrey media business we worked with new freelance writer Marc Latham, who was trying to make a living writing while learning and making a difference for life in the world.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17:  The logo of Ne...

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 17: The logo of News Ltd, the Australian unit of News Corp, is displayed at the company’s printing headquarters on August 17, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. 

While we wanted to create a brand identity, and may even have dreamt of a cult following leading to global domination, we were careful to do it with humour and self-deprecation, so that we weren’t perceived as cultish.

Five years on we feel we are still on the same path, although we have taken some different routes to what we imagined all those years ago. We still hope to continue in the same mould in the future, with transparent and ethical writing and publishing.

The Greenygrey will continue selling in the human world, as that is our existence, and otherwise we might be perceived as some kind of cult.

Aleksandr Orlov Compare the Market Advertising Campaign

Since our arrival in the human world as a business, the Greenygrey has of course seen similar creature creations become much more famous and successful. Chief amongst these is probably Aleksandr Orlov and his colleagues in the Compare the Market – Compare the Meerkat advertising campaign.

Aleksandr Orlov (advertising)

Aleksandr Orlov (advertising) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We love them all at the Greenygrey, but do wonder if Aleksandr and colleagues have sold out with their ‘build a cult following and then give away cuddly toys for insurance products’ scam… um, I mean scheme.

Of course, most people will be buying insurance anyway, and if they get a free cuddly toy as a bonus then that’s great.

But we do feel sorry for parents who might not want insurance, or pay over the odds for a certain insurance, just because they want to get an Orlov toy for their loved ones.

We won’t be asking you to feed or save the Greenygrey, or other gimmicks we think might pull on your heartstrings.

The Greenygrey has no plans to coax and cajole you into buying our products with hard-sell or bribery. We’ll just be selling value for money writing and media products up-front and gimmick-transparent, which is the way we think ethical capitalism should work.

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Francisco Goya BBC Documentary by Robert Hughes

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, TV correspondent at the Greenygrey, and Andy Wolfhol, creator extraordinaire at the Greenygrey, bringing you a read one, read one free bargain British bank holiday blog bonanza from your favourite value for reading website. After the Chinchillas of Goya (COG) played a central part in Grey’s final battle in its epic comedy-fantasy classic Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps I was thrilled to see the BBC had a documentary about the Spanish painter who created the chinchillas.

Capricho nº 50: Los Chinchillas de Goya, serie...

Capricho nº 50: Los Chinchillas de Goya, serie Los Caprichos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Hughes on Goya: Crazy Like a Genius

Robert Hughes searched for the truth behind the myth of Romantic-era artist Francisco Goya in the BBC documentary, after Hughes had written a book on the subject; Goya was Spain’s leading artist during the Napoleonic occupation of the country.

Cover of "Goya"

Cover of Goya

It was a fascinating tale, depicting Goya as a classic artist who tried to use his art to show the reality of human nature, and how he was prepared to suffer the backlash likely to follow. This was epitomised by his self-portrait wearing a matador uniform, symbolising his role as a provocateur.

Hughes thought Goya had no option but to try and paint the world as he saw it, as to hide the truth he needed to release might have sent him into madness.

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Neil Armstrong and Marc Latham Linked in History

Hi, it’s Wolf Whistzer, intrepid dogged newshound at the Greenygrey. We were going to report an important anniversary at the Greenygrey this weekend, when there was an uncanny link created when Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, sadly passed away at the grand old age of 82.

OLUMBUS, OHIO - FEBRUARY 20:  In this handout ...

OLUMBUS, OHIO – FEBRUARY 20: In this handout provided by NASA, Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong speaks during a celebration dinner at Ohio State University honoring former U.S. Sen. and astronaut John Glenn’s 50th anniversary of his flight aboard Friendship 7 on February 20, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Glenn’s historic flight as the first American to orbit Earth. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Neil Armstrong and Marc Latham Linked in History

So, you may be wondering, what is the link between one of the most famous travellers in history and a truly great man, and Neil Armstrong… um, I mean one of the most famous men in history and a truly great man, and our favourite living hobo writer, Marc Latham?

Well, Neil Armstrong was born and lived in Ohio of course, and Marc Latham was to visit the state on his shoestring travels to all the populated continents of the world.

But that isn’t the main link we’ve uncovered here at Greenygrey News. Oh no, there is something much more interesting and uncanny.

August 25th and August 26th

The main link is that the great Neil Armstrong, whose famous words on the moon – “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” – will always be remembered amongst the great human quotes, passed away on the 25th anniversary of Marc Latham’s first steps on his global journey.

English: Neil Armstrong descending the ladder ...

English: Neil Armstrong descending the ladder on the lunar module. Polaroid image of slow scan television monitor at Goldstone Station. Nasa image S69-42583. Русский: Нил Армстронг спускается по лестнице из лунного модуля. Изображение, снятое на Polaroid с экрана монитора во время медленного просмотра на станции Голдстоун. Изображение NASA S69-42583. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, on 25th August, 1987, Marc took his first steps around the world when he set off hitch-hiking to Europe, and the next morning, a quarter-century ago, took his first steps outside the UK when he landed at Ostend in Belgium.

Marc’s first journey was kindly published by Chipmunka, and you can read the start of the journey on the kindle edition of the book on  Amazon.

We got in contact with Marc and asked him what he thought about our Armstrong-Latham link. Marc said he felt humbled, and inspired by Armstrong’s famous quote, he hoped that one day his journey’s first steps might be remembered as “one small step for a man, one giant leap for underclasskind”

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Bon Scott Dog Hero in Australian Wizard of Oz

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Further to our explanation about the significance of Grey meeting Bonzo in our last blog, it is of course the Wizard of Oz theme catching up with the Werewolf of Oz. In the Wizard of Oz Toto travelled with Dorothy from the start, but adaptations hardly ever mirror totally, and ours is no different (no, ours is not the greenygrey one below).

Dorothy and Toto prepare for their audience wi...

Dorothy and Toto prepare for their audience with the Wizard of Oz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Werewolf of Oz Bonzo takes the part of Toto, and joins in chapter 17. And without further ado, here’s the moment for you to view:

17.  BONZO SCOTTIE ON THE HIGHWAY TO LANCELIN

I said adios to Don and Sancho in the morning, before heading up the highway. Not long after, I saw a ghostly dog apparition hitch-hiking.

Bonzo Scottie Joins the Ozyssey

Scottie Dog on the grass 2

Scottie Dog on the grass 2 (Photo credit: ST33VO)

I greeted it when I reached it.  It introduced himself as Bonzo Scottie, before asking if this was the Highway to Hell. I replied that I was a stranger in these parts, but didn’t think so; as far as I knew, it was the highway to Lancelin, which didn’t sound much like Hell. Poor Bonzo seemed upset, as if he had the Downpayment Blues. He said he thought he’d been stripped of his soul, and that he might find it in Hell, which ain’t supposed to be a bad place to be.

I said I thought searching for Hell should be the last resort, and I didn’t think it was up ahead, but he was quite welcome to Ride Onwith me.

Lancelin Western Australia

Lancelin Western Australia (Photo credit: Caro Embrey)

Yoko Ono of Lancelin

Bonzo agreed, and cheered up on the way to Lancelin; we seemed to reach it in no time. Upon arrival, we met a sea lion called Celia Ono, and she recommended the windsurfing, dune buggying and sandboarding that were very popular on the pristine beaches.

We didn’t need much arm-twisting, and had a fabulous afternoon and evening enjoying the beach sports. Celia had great balance, and I had to laugh when Bonzo exclaimed that the Girl’s got Rhythm.

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Notes

AC/DC songs: Highway to Hell, Downpayment Blues, Soul Stripper, Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be, Ride On, Girl’s got Rhythm.
Yoko Ono (artist and musician).

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