Bon Scott Inspired Character Finds AC/DC Home

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. As we enter the final 3/7ths of the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps today’s episode is a momentous one in many ways. Not only do the Werewolf of Ozzers enter the magical rock decades 1960s to 1990s world of KerangKerrang for thirteen chapters/episodes, but one of the most important characters leaves, and the travelling quintet become a quartet once more.

Bon Scott, AC/DC and Wizard of Oz 

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English: Bon Scott in Grenoble, December 10 1979. Français : Bon Scott lors d’un concert d’AC/DC à Grenoble le 10 décembre 1979. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This episode is paralleled in the human world by Bon Scott passing away in 1980, and the AC/DC rock group he’d played a big part in elevating to rock giantdom recording a Back in Black memorial album with Brian Johnson.

The Bonzo character in Werewolf of Oz parallels Toto in Wizard of Oz. Toto of course completed the journey.

So Bonzo’s story resembles Bon’s more than Toto’s.

Chapter 81.  Ghost Dog Bonzo Finds AC/DC Back in Black

There was a time-machine at the entrance to Kerang-Kerrang, and you could choose a decade to enter. The 1980s looked an exciting time, with the magazine-town being built and developed on a surge of metal euphoria. So we entered then.

Kerrang magazines.

Kerang-Kerrang Born too Late for Bon Scott

We had an eerie introduction to 1980s Kerang-Kerrang, walking through an arid barren region populated by just one gravestone. It reminded me of a scene out of a spaghetti western.

When we reached the gravestone I read out the inscription ‘Ronald (Bon) Scott, born 1946, died 1980.’ The next thing, Bonzo keeled over.

Bon Scott's gravestone

Bon Scott’s gravestone (Photo credit: delboy1203)

We revived Bonzo, and I asked if he knew what happened to him. He said he’d had a rush of déjà-vu when he saw the grave; as if it held some significance to his past. He’d felt an urge to dig into it, but had tried fighting it, and then his legs had given way beneath him.

AC/DC begin the Kerrang Construction

When Bonzo was steady on his paws we continued toward the first constructions in Kerang-Kerrang.

The first was a black house featuring a big mural of AC/DC’s Angus Young on the front. I was admiring it with the others, until noticing Bonzo wasn’t with us. I looked around, and poor Bonzo was on the ground again.

Bon Scott and Brian Johnson Meet

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English: BRIAN JOHNSON Live with AC/DC on November 23, 2008 in St. Paul, MN PHOTO BY MATT BECKER melodicrockconcerts@gmail.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A man wearing a flat-cap emerged and exclaimed Hell’s Bells. He introduced himself as Brian and asked what was wrong with Bonzo. We told him it was the second time it had happened today, and Bonzo’d said he’d had a sense of déjà-vu the first time. Brian said he’d go and get some food and drink. He returned with a beer and bone, and after reviving Bonzo told him to ‘Have a Drink on Me, and chew on this bone.’

Somebody shouted from the house asking him what he was doing, and he replied that he had Given the Dog a Bone. He then asked Bonzo if he could Shake a Leg, and when Bonzo showed he could, he invited us all into the house.

It was rocking in there, and a revitalised Bonzo soon became the life and soul of the party.

Bye-Bye Bonzo

You Shook Me All Night Long

You Shook Me All Night Long (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bonzo and the householders got on so well that they asked him to stay. Having recently remembered his upbringing in nearby Melbourne, Bonzo decided that he had found his place to settle.

We were all sad to be parting from Bonzo, but understood his reasons, and stayed until the morning to make a night of it. As we waved goodbye to Bonzo and the rest of them, they sang us off with: You Shook Me All Night Long.

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Notes

Spaghetti westerns often have dramatic graveyard scenes, such as the concluding gunfight in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
AC/DC album and songs: Back in Black, Have a Drink on Me, Given the Dog a Bone, Shake a Leg, You Shook Me All Night Long.
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Hollywood War Movies’ Important Social Messages

Hi, it’s Wolf Whistzer, intrepid newshound reporter at the Greenygrey. Marc Latham has a new short article on the Dan O’ Brien Project website. It was inspired by a photo of a helicopter battling California wildfires.

Vietnam and Iraq War Movie Memories

Not remembering a Hollywood wildfires movie, Marc writes that the above photo reminded him of war movies like:

Apocalypse Now

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Platoon

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and Jarhead

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War Movies Review and Message

The article then continues to discuss how Hollywood post-World War II war movies often have important messages; and how writers, producers and directors researching and portraying the emotions and effects of wars is usually healthy for society.

California is known for having a progressive attitude, and leading the U.S.A. and world in some areas: from electronics to environment. Hollywood has also led the film industry for a century, and created many great movies and messages.

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Victoria, Australia Literary Nonsense Poem

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. It’s that end of the weekend time of the week, so it’s time for the second episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. This is another quick travel episode/chapter told in a literary nonsense poem, eating up the Victorian miles before the Kerang-Kerrang epic thirteen chapters/episodes on the border with New South Wales.

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kow swamp (Photo credit: niland0)

Talking of Oz and 13, congratulations to the British and Irish Lions for their first test win against the Australian Wallabies, and Black Sabbath for their new album titled 13 reaching #1 in several countries, including U.K., U.S.A., Canada and Germany.

Chapter 80.  North Victoria Fast Blast 

Sizzling progress in the morning
eating up the miles from day’s dawning.
Flat out for hours, apart from the sharp bends
by noon we’d reached Kangaroo Flat north ends.
Skipped straight through for a meeting at Eaglehawk
with a California Gully who liked to talk.
We wondered if Terrick Terrick,
was named after Terrence Malick?
Pyramid Hill pointed to Kow Swamp
where we were in need of a Wee Wee Rup,
and then it was north-west to Kerang
reminding us of a rock magazine called Kerrang.

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Notes

Terrence Malick (film director).
Kangaroo Flat, Eaglehawk, California Gully, Terrick Terrick, Pyramid Hill, Kow Swamp, Kow Swamp, Wee Wee Rup and Kerang are all real places in north-east Victoria.

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British and Irish Lions V ex-Australian Qantas Wallabies

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, comedy satire sports correspondent at the Greenygrey. Today we preview the Australian  Qantas Wallabies v British and Irish Lions rugby union first test. It is predominantly written for a human audience in Britain and Ireland about a rugby match being played in Australia, and for readers in the present with reference to the animal spirit past and global branding future.

Qantas Business

Qantas Business (Photo credit: jonom1)

After writing this blog focusing on animal names I checked the British and Irish Lions tour website and found out for the first time that Australia is now known as Qantas.

That should hopefully dent the patriotic Aussies’ confidence; their journey towards a republic being overtaken by global branding!

The Greenygrey global brand can unequivocally declare that it has no plans to take over the British and Irish part of the British and Irish Lions name.

Train of Thought Reversed

Before continuing on the British and Irish Lions train of thought, the  Greenygrey apologises to Lynyrd Skynyrd and you readers for calling the Railroad Song the Railway Song in yesterday’s blog notes, after adding it because Marc Latham hadn’t; and not putting it in italics.

The Greenygrey still considers yesterday’s blog a classic, but not a completely perfect one. I think it sees now that this book writing and editing lark isn’t as easy as it looks.

British and Irish Lions v Australian Qantas Wallabies

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Mother wallaby with joey in the Tasmanian summer rain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tomorrow sees the first of three rugby union matches in the human land of Oz; Australia; with the Australian Qantan(?) Wallabies hosting the British and Irish Lions.

On paper (or African plains) Lions should beat Wallabies, but the Wallabies have home advantage on the edge of the Aussie (Qantie?) outback, so they may be able to out-hop the Lions, and it is therefore hard to predict the result.

The Lions have been touring all over Oz, like our very own werewolf Grey, and even farther than Marc Latham did in 1989, when he saw the Lions win the deciding test in Sydney.

The Lions were doing well until meeting the Brumbies this week. I thought the Brumbies were bees descended from Birmingham, England (people from Birmingham are colloquially known as Brummies) at first, but apparently they are Aussie humans.

British Lions in the Wolf and Greenygrey Worlds 

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Wolf (Photo credit: A.Davey)

For those reading this in the British wolf spirit world, the British and Irish Lions are what you know as the British and Irish Wolves.

For those in the Greenygrey world, the British and Irish Lions are what you know as the British and Irish Wollions.

Further reading for lovers of Oz rambling:

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Pagan Films and Book Writing

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. I’ve returned to the U.K. today, but zipped ahead of myself last night for a run in the sun, after seeing on the weather forecast that I’d be dominating the landscape today and most of the weekend. Today we’ve got another Werewolf of Oz episode, after talking pagan films, writing chapter fillers and The Code numerical twists.

Pagan-Monotheism Realistic Greenygrey Movie 

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International Poster “Vahalla Rising” Mads Mikkelsen Jamie Sives (Photo credit: sweetonsigmafilms)

Talking of greenygrey dominating the landscape, our film correspondent, Quentin Tarwolftino alerted us to greenygrey dominating the landscape in Valhalla Rising, which is available to watch on BBC iplayer (only in the U.K. unfortunately) until Sunday.

The film provides a realistic portrayal of the clash between paganism and monotheism a millenium ago; we like to think that the dominant greenygrey with a little yellowyblue landscape was instrumental in creating its realism.

While we relate to its historic warrior paganism, we don’t want a return to those times of conflict and war, and think that a more feminine new-age-paganism is the best way ahead for Britain and the world: humanity, environment and wildlife.

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First of all today I’d like to apologise to Marc Latham about criticising his leaving place names out of the notes when he was editing Grey’s great fantasy travel quest. While I was checking the Smashwords copy I noticed Marc did write in the book preface that place names were mostly real, and those that weren’t real would be explained.

Having said that, I think that for this serialisation of the book it’s better that connections are explained more clearly. For example in this episode, that the Railway Hotel is a real place in Castlemaine, and that’s the connection-inspiration for the Railroad Song being played.

While you may think book writing and publishing is easy work; and it is more pleasurable than most jobs in my experience; there’s a lot of thought and time needed to get it as correct as possible. This ‘quick blog’ was meant to have a paragraph or two introduction, but now has ten or twelve; and it and all its extras will take about two hours!

Narcissus

Narcissus (Photo credit: pogobee)

While we write with care and love for our work, you may decode it as soft sell egotistical ramblings; and maybe there’s truth in both… in line with Greenygrey theory…

Werewolf of Oz Catches Its Breath… Good for You Too 

After the run, the above introduction, and what I consider a Magnificent Seven classic comedy satire fantasy travel quest episodes of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Mapswhich is now not only available on Amazon for paperbacks and the Kindle Ereader but on Smashwords for other Ereaders; I’m quite relieved that today’s episode is a bit of a filler lull… but this blog could now be considered a classic!?

Before you think the Werewolf of Oz is bad value for money because it has filler chapters, this is a common technique in book writing. It allows character development, the back story to be told, and the readers to catch their breath. I just googled it, and this was the best ‘Writing “Filler” Chapters‘ result I found on the first page.

Railroad songs

Railroad songs (Photo credit: tannersjackson)

However, although it’s not a classic chapter/episode, hopefully you’ll find it quite enjoyable. And I think you will if you’re a Lynyrd Skynyrd rock band, Castlemaine beer or town, The Code documentary or Greenygrey Combination Colour fan… it also hopefully provides a little comedy.

My favourite little twist was the way Angry wanting two beers meant the beer order was 6-4-5 in a chapter/episode built around The Code documentary. The programme was about how some mathematical equations seem to dominate nature.

79.  RAILROAD SONG IN THE RAILWAY HOTEL, CASTLEMAINE BEER IN CASTLEMAINE

After the meal and passer-by had left us dazed and confused, we decided a drink or three was needed. So we headed up to Castlemaine and chose the Railway Hotel because it reminded us of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Railroad Song. We ordered six 4Xs for the five of us, because Angry wanted two.

The Code

Space-filling model of the chlorophyll a molec...

Space-filling model of the chlorophyll a molecule, the most common form of chlorophyll, the green pigment that all plants use for photosynthesis, and one of the most important chemicals in nature. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was a quiet afternoon, and our finking was frankly frazzled, so we lounged around watching a documentary called The Code.

It argued that there were numbers naturally embedded in nature, and that some numbers seem especially common and important.

I wondered if green and grey would be a top colour combination in a similar study on colours. I didn’t say anything to the others because I thought it might sound supercilious; be treated as super silly, and not be taken super seriously.

We didn’t overdo the beer this time, and all left the bar compos mentis.

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Notes 

There is a Railway Hotel in the centre of Castlemaine, Victoria.
Railroad Song is a classic Lynyrd Skynyrd hobo travel song.
Dazed and Confused is a Led Zeppelin song.
The Code was a real documentary.
finking – thinking.
4x is a Castlemaine brewery beer.
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Understanding Democratic Government Decisions

Hi, it’s Wolf Whistzer, with the Greenygrey news and theory. The G8 EU-US trade deal looks promising, but whether it will come to fruition and cut shopping bills; helping people struggling with the recession; is up in the air for the foreseeable future. Talking of up in the air…

Bird-Brained Government Decisions

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Birds and windmills 2 (Photo credit: johntrathome)

Reading the last couple of paragraphs of the Geographical article about wind power mentioned in yesterday’s article showed the tough decisions policy-makers have to make, in line with Greenygrey theory, with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) supporting wind turbines despite the amount of birds they kill, because they consider climate change a greater threat to birds:

“Overall, however, the RSPB is sanguine about bird strikes. Looking at the wider picture, it believes that the loss of birds to the blades pales in comparison to the wider threats posed by climate change. ‘Our starting point is climate change and that we can’t tackle that without low-carbon energy,’ says Scrase.

‘We have to be upfront – turbines can kill birds and that can be upsetting,’ he continues. ‘But the impact is insignificant, and nothing compared to the damage that will be caused to birds and other wildlife by climate change. Provided that turbines are well located, bird strikes aren’t much of an issue – even though they’re widely cited by critics of wind farms.’”

Did New Labour Hide Child-Grooming for Multiculturalism? 

Tony Blair, Garden Gnome

Tony Blair, Garden Gnome (Photo credit: Gruenemann)

One unnecessary bird death seems tragic, but looked at in the wider picture, the RSPB consider it the lesser of two evils.

Reading the above RSPB quote, and comparing it to political decisionmaking, I can’t help think that New Labour did cover up the child-grooming going on in Britain under their government; and that they did it because they considered multiculturalism more important.

It’s only since New Labour lost power that it has been really exposed and tackled. The Conservative-Democrat government has also been quite quiet on it, and Labour’s Anne Cryer was its most vocal political critic, but it seems like more action has been taken since New Labour left government.

If governments are going to give some communities and issues a lower priority for what the consider the greater good they could at least tell the people, rather than just trying to ignore them, and pretending there is no problem.

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