RSPB Advert Adaptation: Humans are Welcome

‘If you build it they will come…’ Wolf-lovers may have been wondering where are all the wolves for wolf week. Well, we’ve got good news for you: it’s wolf time… and human time…

RSPB Advert Promotes Wildlife Habitats

Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, wildlife and environment correspondent at the Greenygrey, in the style of Chris Packham in the human world. I noticed the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has a nice advert promoting the making of wildlife habitats in gardens; it includes the above quote, which reminds me of the Field of Dreams 1980s movie.

I was thinking that it is similar to us building the Greenygrey website and blog in the human world, hoping that you would come and treat it as a virtual world. Here’s the advert:

Defenders of Wildlife Matching Donations

While the Greenygrey world is just a virtual world, and Britain doesn’t have many big wild animals left, the U.S.A. has lots (and lots more space of course). Defenders of Wildlife is at the forefront of defending animals and habitat both in North America and around the world.

Until tomorrow, August 31st, the Defenders hierarchy are willing to match donations up to $100,000. And here’s some of the wolves you’ll be helping protect, in a nice greenygrey image, with a link (http://www.defenders.org/) to the Defenders website embedded in the photo:

Match This Wolves Banner

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Syria Vote and Badger Cull B4 Oz Werewolf Pigeon Pottiness

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. First of all, I’d like to congratulate the British parliament for voting against military action in Syria. It’s a sensible decision reflecting the will of the majority of the British people, showing democracy working well. I think Prime-Minister Cameron was rash in his calls for action, but magnanimous after the House of Commons defeat.

Badger’s Bane to Potty Pigeons 

Badger

Badger (Photo credit: Tatterdemalion!)

On a more environmental note in the U.K.,
for wolf – environmental week at the Greenygrey,
I also disagree with David Cameron‘s decision to cull badgers, but accept the government’s decision in line with our democracy; although it wasn’t put to a vote in parliament.

English: Nanny Goat Bronze Statue Nanny Goat H...

English: Nanny Goat Bronze Statue Nanny Goat Hill Cooma NSW (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyway, enough of the serious stuff, here’s the next episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google MapsAfter the extended episodes epic Lord of the Rings themed story, this episode is another standalone breather like the last one in Berridale, as the travel quest quartet  reach Cooma for more pigeon and partridge pottiness.

Pigeon Partridge Potty Pranks

Yes, I did mean to write ‘more’ above, because this episode connects back to an earlier episode with pigeon pranks-a-plenty.

Yes, all the way back to chapter thirteen, when Grey was still a lone travelling werewolf in Western Australia, before it met Bonzo, Elle, Angry and Cathy; and got into trouble with the Monotonous Monotheists at Meekatharra before being helped out by the Mildly Monotonous Moby in chapter twenty.

Anyway, there’s links to the old chapter above, and here’s the new:

Chapter 101.  Coo ma, it’s the Pigeon Mothers of Cooma 

We didn’t know what Cooma could provide at the late hour we arrived. Our bellies were all berried out, and seemed to have been racing to rumble the roarest more than our legs had been spinning to speed the slickest. My hopes rose at the Cooma city limits when we were met by a pigeon in a pinafore that was quick to come to the fore.

Pigeon Mothers of Cooma 

The Partridge Family

The Partridge Family (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She cooed a welcoome and introduced herself as Patricia. She said she was one of the many pigeon mothers of Cooma, although she’d been named after her grandmother, who was a member of The Partridge Family.

Patricia said they’d heard we were on our way from the pigeons in Coorow; the Coorowgeons had sent a carrier with a message about our journey. As time passed, they’d thought it must be literary nonsense, and Coorow had just wanted something to coo about; but our arrival meant it had not been nonsense after all. It had all turned out cooshty in the end.

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Notes

The not nonsense phrase was probably inspired by Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, which the author was reading at the time.
cooshty – cushty is slang for good.
The Partridge Family was a television series.

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Poetry, after Selfie Twerks Omit GG from Oxford Dictionary

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the Greenygrey, with my closest human parallel the Romantic era poet William Wordsworth. I was disappointed that the day the world commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Washington I have a dream speech that the Oxford Online Dictionary didn’t fulfill our dream by including greenygrey in it. Instead we had twerking selfie!

No Place in Dictionary, On With the Poetry Scandinavia 343

However, Marc Latham made up for the disappointment somewhat, by posting a new Folding Mirror poem. It’s about his travels through Norway, which is very proud of its natural beauty, and strong on environmentalism.

Marc Latham’s previous mirror poem was about the seasons, so it also fits nicely into environmental week at the Greenygrey.

Handover of a book produced by the UK's school...

Book containing 2000 letters, poems and drawings for the WWF Earth Hour.

In the style of WWF’s Earth Hour we’re having a lights out day at the Greenygrey tomorrow, so we won’t be posting anything, and hope you have a nice time doing other stuff.

Here’s the poems imported from the fmpoetry.wordpress.com website:

 

 

Highest Railway Line, A Beautiful Time

Riding fjord mountain roads
ferry keeps afloat
travelling Haugesund
to Bergen
by bus and boat.

Ruby Sunday snaking
east with Osteroy
across water
to north
Dale, Voss and Naeroy

lead to Flam – Myrdal, metres 1222 ascent at Finse

Orteren, Ustevatn and Rodungen
looking south
over snow
swallowed wide open
Hardangervidda plateau mouth

Forest and lake scenery
to Oslo
through Honefoss
waterfalls accompany descent
completing la vida loco.

Good Summer Season, Warmly Welcomes Autumn

summer meets autumn
after year apart
shaking windy branches
upturned leaves smile
exchanging colours
under changeable skies

warm greeting over, time for disclosure

my best season
summer beams
for many years
autumn changes mood
I worked overtime
winter was late

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Koala, Dolphin, Baboon Photos Follow Google+ Research

Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, head honcho of Greenygrey arts in the absence of Andy Wolfhol, who is still awol (that’s an acronym for ‘absent without official leave‘, rather than an abbreviation of ‘a werewolf’). They say a picture tells a thousand words, and I think that’s especially true of the greenygrey environment.

Follow Us To Google+ 

So instead of writing any more, here’s some photos I collected from Marc Latham’s Google+ profile for wolf -environment week. By the way, you can now follow Marc on Google+ from the badge at the bottom of this blog page.

We don’t ask you for much at the Greenygrey,
such as asking you to pay,
for the innovative information,
and exciting entertainment,
we poetically send your way.

Instant Research

I just let a teabag fall into the last tea at the bottom of my mug after thinking it might happen. Did I do it because:

  1. of stupidity?
  2. I took a risk it wouldn’t happen?
  3. I didn’t really care if the teabag dropped?
  4. all three of the above?

Oops, got distracted from the photos with more words. No more. On with some greenygrey environment photos:

Koala shared by Alonzo Guerrero

Born to be Greenygrey. Baby dolphin’s first request is to greenygrey. Shared by Gurdeep Singh.

Chilled-out baboon kicks back and enjoys the sunshine. Published on the Metro website.

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Berry Fun Oz Werewolf Episode for Wolf Environmental Week

Hi, it’s Rudi Skollpack, fresh new food and drink correspondent at the Greenygrey for wolf – animal welfare and environment – week at the Greenygrey. My closest human parallel is famous award winning vegetarian chef Eddie Shepherd. My names are derived from the famous wolf names:

  1. Rudi: famed wolf abbreviation of Rudolph.
  2. Skoll: a wolf that chased the sun.
  3. Pack: collective noun for a group of wolves.

Berry Fun Werewolf of Oz Episode 

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Berridale Brae hairpin – geograph.org.uk – 162192 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today we have the 100th episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. It’s not only a landmark episode, but also a timely one for environmental week at the Greenygrey, as it’s full of berry comedy and wordplay.

The episode sees the travel quest quartet leaving Smiggin Holes, and starting to head north towards the epic Brisbane fun finale. Reaching Berridale sets the tone for the episode.

It ends up so full of berryment that I don’t feel the need to add any more of my own, apart from berryment for merriment above, so I hope you enjoyed my first blog, and don’t think I made a meal of it!

Chapter 100.  Australia’s Greytest Travellers Reach the Capital 

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Berridale Braes – geograph.org.uk – 162297 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We left Smiggin Holes where it was, and headed east on the dust sandy path. I thought we’d left the Lord of the Rings influence behind, but that turned out to be nonsense, because I was reminded of it again when we stopped for supper: a berry dal in Berridale.

Can Berryer in Canberra

We were berry impressed with the berries in the dal, and it made us all feel much berrter after our Smiggin Holes ordeal. So we thought we’d try to go beyond the pain berryer; searching for more berries even if it meant a long endurance journey. Angry suggested trying Canberra, as he thought we could berryer there. And you know what, he was right, you can berryer in Canberra. It didn’t take long before we were berrying an incrediberryble amount of berries into our bellies. I don’t know what type the Canberra berries were; maybe cranberries with the r left out.

Missing Dairymans Plains Makes My Mind Complains 

Dairyman's Plain

Dairyman’s Plain (Photo credit: SplaTT)

We headed back down south once our berry ballooned bellies felt balanced, but we made slow progress; because we took along some sloe berries. However, the sloe berries did satisfy my desire for more berries and set my mind at rest; because prior to berrying them, I’d been regretting our decision not to detour to Dairymans Plains, as it sounded good for a raspberry ripple.

It was getting late as we approached Cooma.

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Notes

Dale is a region and battle in Lord of the Rings.
Dal is an Indian food pulse dish.
Berry language: berry – very, berrter – better, pain berryer – pain barrier, can berryer – Canberra, berrying – burying, incrediberryable – incredible.
Berridale, Dairymans Plains and Cooma are real places. Canberra is Australia’s capital.

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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.

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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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