Literary Nonsense Poems Inspired by Aussie Places

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. It’s that end of the week time of the week, so I think it’s about time for the second episode of your fave werewolf travel quests Australia to a comedy Wizard of Oz parody theme, Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps.

Mollymook Ulladaulla Literary Nonsense Inspiration

You might be thinking that I missed the ‘classic’ ‘epic’ out of the book description, but I have in fact saved it for this episode, because it is a literary nonsense poetry treat that those two words say they are delighted to describe.

Anyway, on with the story… There’s a place in Ulladulla called Mollymook…

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Chapter 109.  Molly Mook’s Rowdy Rook in Ulladulla

We made good progress through the clear morning, and it didn’t seem long before Ulladulla came into view.

Barry beaked my attention
toward an approaching bird,
we slowed down as it neared.
When the bird arrived overhead,
it stretched out its wings and said:

‘Ahoy, sailors and swimmers,
you look in need of dinners.
I am Molly Mook,
landlady of the Rowdy Rook,
and I invite you to our snug nook.’

I said we were doing well,
but the offer sounded as swell
as the wave just approaching,
so how faraway is the Rook
as the crow flies, Molly Mook.

Live (The Black Crowes album)

Live (The Black Crowes album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Molly laughed, before saying, ‘It is nine nautical miles as the crow flies, and I should know, for I am one; not a rook, I am a crow, and I fly as the crow flies.’

It didn’t sound a vast detour, and Molly seemed a chirpy character, so with the consent of the others I agreed:

‘We’d like to visit the Rowdy Rook,
so without a second look,
please lead us there chuck.’

The Rowdy Rook has a Familiar Look 

English: Warden Head Lighthouse at Ulladulla, ...

English: Warden Head Lighthouse at Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia. View from clifftop walking track. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Molly said the harbour would be busy, so she led us to the beach above. From there, we walked down Ocean Street to the Rowdy Rook; I’d shapeshifted out of dolphin by then of course!

The Rowdy Rook was as welcoming as Molly had suggested. It was full of corvids of all types, and played some vids that made you think cor! The Black Crowes, Byrds and Them Crooked Vultures were particularly amazing.

We were ravenous by the time our mag pies arrived, and they fitted the bill; stylishly served in plates shaped like a spoonbill bill. That was some cook at the Rook.

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Notes

Ocean Street and Mollymook are in Ulladulla.
Corvids are groups of birds of the corvidae biological family; such as crows, ravens, jays and magpies.
Black Crowes, Byrds and Them Crooked Vultures are all real bands.

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Stockholm Photos Par Excellence, Poem of Literary Nonsense

Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, head honcho of Greenygrey Creation in the absence of the legendary Andy Wolfhol. There’s been lots of Sweden talk on this here blog lately, so I thought I’d bring you some greenygrey Stockholm photos, not anything like those featured on our ol’ pal Marc Latham’s travel25years.wordpress.com blog (but there are some other greenygrey ones there too!).

Here we go,
Stockholm without snow,
looking greengrey,
on a clear day,
Sweden’s flag is yellowyblue,
and the sunnysky is too.

Stockholm Photos Par Excellence

Scandinavia 428

Scandinavia 429

Scandinavia 432

Scandinavia 435

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Scandinavia 444

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Gaia Earth Plant Mirror Poem follows Religious History

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the Greenygrey. Today we’ve got a new Marc Latham Folding Mirror poem that was mainly inspired by a news story about organisms found on a rock possibly being evidence of alien life that could have kick-started life on Earth.

Daniel hernandez la muerte de socrates

Daniel hernandez la muerte de socrates (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It also plays on the fact that while humanity is no doubt a wise animal, it still doesn’t know exactly how it came to be any more than the Greenygreys… as Socrates famously observed 2500 years ago… about the wisest humanity knowing its limitations, not that Socrates knew the Greenygreys unfortunately.

Marc Latham’s Religious History

Marc Latham had no Jewishness in his upbringing, and he didn’t feel any particular spirituality when he visited the Middle-East in 1988; he felt more in the Nepalese Himalayas in 2009, when he was up in the highest mountains of the world, amongst particularly spectacular nature. But there was no great epiphany.

So while he believes that the Jewish people deserve a land in the Middle-East because they were there historically, he doesn’t think they were promised it by Abraham; any more than he thinks Islam has a right to form a global caliphate.

The Jewish people just seem to want a land in the Middle-East though, rather than trying to take over the world as Islam is, and threatening Britain and Europe with terrorism and hegemonic takeover. That is why Marc has more sympathy for Jews than Muslims in the current world order.

Marc did have a mildly Christian upbringing, but didn’t really believe in it from a young age. The Islam-inspired rise of monotheism in the last twenty years made Marc take more interest in religion, and now he supports Britain’s original ‘religion’: paganism. He doesn’t believe in a world-changing paganism, just a respect for what nature is left in an over-developed country and world.

Paganism is also polytheistic, and doesn’t seem as prejudiced, warmongering and repressive as the Middle-East monotheistic religions. While it is mostly the Islamophobia crew you hear from in the U.K. (as I’ve often heard Peter Hitchens say, a phobia is an irrational fear of something, so I think Islamophobia is a misnomer if ever there was one, and has been used to cover up a host of crimes in the U.K. and to propagate Islamism in the world) there is apparently a strong Jewish lobby in the U.S.A.

Jewish Lobby Can Talk Rubbish

We don’t usually hear much about them in the U.K. but recently there was a news story on Planet Rock that featured them criticising the Roger Waters (formerly of Pink Floyd) stage-show for featuring an inflatable pig and Star of David.

English: I took this photo from the 25th row, ...

English: I took this photo from the 25th row, center, using a Kodak Playsport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Waters explained the pig represented the ‘evil of errant government’ rather than any particular regime. Like many protest groups, I think the American Jewish Committee jumped in to something they didn’t understand, picked out one aspect of a bigger whole, took it out of context, and interpreted it as they wanted.

Marc Latham thought so too, and wrote this comment back on September 5th, prior to the recent Peter Herbert ‘Y’ word row:

Roger Waters Wall stageshow, Planet Rock News Sep 5th 2013

‘Agree with others that this is an example of protest groups justifying their existence and creating easy publicity… putting two and two together and coming up with five because they don’t know the context of the equation. I think I recently read Waters criticise Islamic fundamentalism, so he’s criticising all kinds of oppressive authoritarianism, and both sides in the Middle-East morass.’

Religion Should Be Personal, and By Choice

At the Greenygrey we think religion should be personal, and the Middle-East monotheists should allow Britain and Europe to continue developing in an intelligent informed scientific secular way to how it has been over the last century.

Alice in Chains seem to want this too, from their new single and video The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which also first came to our attention on Planet Rock News. It criticises television evangelists for misleading; and profiting from their deception. It’s now available on YouTube, and is embedded here:

New Mirror Poem Compares Earth and Plants

Along the same lines as Marc Latham’s ant theory, his new mirror poem on fmpoetry.wordpress.com compares our planet to a plant, after reading that recently discovered possible space rock organisms might have fallen to Earth and started life on our planet.

English: Voyager Instruments Português: Voyage...

English: Voyager Instruments Português: Voyager Instrumentos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thanks to scientific developments, we now know the universe is beyond belief massive, and that there are more stars in the known universe than there are grains of sand on our planet.

Voyager recently became the first human object to leave our solar system, which is probably like a small part of a grain of sand leaving a beach on our planet in the great scheme of things.

Anyway, here’s the poem to ponder:

English: Venus flytrap anemone (Actinoscyphia ...

English: Venus flytrap anemone (Actinoscyphia aurelia). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gaia’s Gravity, Alien Attraction

Venus fly trap
sucks living insects
betwitching luscious leaves
crunching nutritional value

in our planet’s bogs, swampy world needed life

comets provided particles
bubbling thermal vents
sprinkled space organisms
Earth hot stew

Artist concept of Gravity Probe B orbiting the...

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Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus Speaking Rational Humanism

Hi, it’s Grey Greyvara, social conscience at the Greenygrey. When Marc Latham was studying for his PhD from 2000-2005 he was considered a Jew in a derogatory Islamo-fascist-liberal way for daring to say the Middle-East was a cycle of violence; mostly influenced by the work of media analyst with a cool surname Gadi Wolfsfeld.

Islamo-fascism continued in the area Marc lived, and that persecution of anything criticising Islam probably helped inspire some of those involved in the 7/7 bombings of 2005.

British Left-Wing Support of Islamism 

Nazi Wandering Jew propaganda at Yad Vashem

Nazi Wandering Jew propaganda at Yad Vashem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marc was still quite a radical socialist during that time, so was critical of Islam for its social inequality and human rights abuses. But criticism of Islam at university was decoded and demonised as being pro-West, pro-Israeli and right-wing.

Marc understands this is the way the world is divided between east and west; highlighted in the Syrian conflict recently. Marc doesn’t like the U.S. blockade of Cuba, but also doesn’t like Cuba’s alliance with countries such as Syria and Iran; although the West’s ally in the Middle-East Saudi Arabia also has a terrible human rights record.

While that might sound Islamophobic, Marc enjoyed his time in Islamic countries when travelling through them in the 1980s. It’s not Islamic people on the whole that Marc criticises, it is their rulers and ideologies.

BEWARE GEORGE GALLOWAY IS THE NEXT HITLER

BEWARE GEORGE GALLOWAY IS THE NEXT HITLER (Photo credit: pixelhut)

Unfortunately, Islamism has risen since the 1980s, inspiring more people to become extremists. This has had a knock-on effect in other countries and religions, with more Christian and Jewish extremists, as well as more radical atheists.

As a focus on Islamism took over the left in the U.K.; originally through New Labour, and now epitomised by George Galloway; and 7/7 happened; Marc moved to the political centre, and out of academic life, leading to Greenygrey theory on this here websitey.

From Marxism to Scandinavian Democracy 

Green field & green person

Green field & green person (Photo credit: Let Ideas Compete)

Marc moved from being a bit of a British Marxist, common in 1980s Britain, to a Scandinavian style democratic socialist; although Scandinavia has also changed politically since the Utopian post-World War II era, and many parts have become more capitalist.

However, it still scores highly in most standard-of-living and democratic ideals ratings: equality, press freedom, freedom of speech, environmental innovation etc.

Abba‘s Bjorn Ulvaeus on religion 

Björn Ulvaeus

Cover of Björn Ulvaeus

So I was interested to hear Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus express similar views to Marc on religion recently, published on the British Rationalist Association website; and in particular on the negativity and threat of Islamism.

Moreover, our ol’ pal Marc Latham replied on September 18th, before the latest explosion of Islamism in Kenya (and Pakistan, where dozens of Christians were killed in a Taliban suicide bombing attack):

‘Israel has some responsibility in the Middle-East, because of its expansionism, but it is only Islam that is still spreading religious war around the region, and out into the rest of the world.

And even then, Judaism was around for about 1000 years before Islam, and Christianity for about 500 years before Islam, and they are both trying desperately to hold on to some land/a foothold in their Middle-East homes.’

Marc hopes that Iran’s election of the more moderate Rouhani and his recent peaceful overtones to the ‘West’ can bring a new era of hope to the Middle-East.

Bjorn Ulvaeus Swedish Humanist 

I didn’t know that Bjorn Ulvaeus was a Swedish humanist until I read that interview, or that he’d had a similar religious journey to Marc Latham until watching the following interview.

Bjorn Ulvaeus was also a secular freedom of speech advocate who didn’t take much interest in religion until the rise of Islamism and 9/11:

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Bottlenose Dolphin Sea Journey follows Bingie Trilogy

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. With all the bad news in the human world this week it seems like an ideal time to escape with the satirical comedy travel quest classic epic Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. Especially as this episode sees the WoOs set off up the east coast on a  literary nonsense poetry bottlenose dolphin bonanza.

Trilogy Tower

Trilogy Tower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

However, first of all there’s even more bee wordplay. Maybe Werewolf of Oz analysts will one day argue over whether the Bingie Bee Bungee was really a trilogy, or whether this episode made it a quartet. Maybe you will too?

Chapter 108.  Bye-Bye Bingie, we’re off on a Bottlenose Fantasy

I slept well, and the others all seemed ready to leave when I first looked up. They were chatting jollily, and there seemed to be another new spirit amongst them.

Buzzing Off from the Bees of Bingie

The bees provided a beeautiful brekkie of honey beescuits. I felt a new surge of energy flow through my body afterwards.

After brekkying
on beescuits
we packed away
and made our way
out to sea
for parley
with Barry
and family.

Be Safe said the Bees All at Sea 

A bottlenose dolphin jumping at Notojima Aquar...

A bottlenose dolphin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The bees flew out as far as the first horizon, which was the limit of their safe flight range; but some bungeed a little farther. They all sang goodbyee. It was a beeautiful sight from the early morning ocean, lit up aquamarine by the new day’s sun.

The harness and raft worked well. Barry and I swam in the front, with Barry’s wife and three calves in two rows behind us.

It felt dynamite to be a dolphin again yessiree,
freely swimming in the wild open sea,
bounding as a bottlenose with great company,
although it was a shame to leave the bees of Bingie.

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Mirror Poem Mixes Nietzsche and Diogenes Free Thinking

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the Greenygrey. My human parallel William Wordsworth and his Romantic movement chums tried to open their minds to nature and the real world in the late 18th-19th centuries. Friedrich Nietzsche also stressed the importance of independent thinking in his philosophical works late in the 19th century. This has inspired Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem.

Greek Philosophers Inspired Great Thinkers 

Aristotle, a 4th-century-BCE philosopher, port...

Aristotle, a 4th-century-BCE philosopher, portrayed in 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle as a 15th-century-CE scholar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although great thinkers like Wordsworth and Nietzsche are very important, they were just adding to ideas already formulated over 2000 years previously in ancient Greece.

Aristotle influenced Nietzsche and he also inspired his contemporary, Diogenes of Sinope. Diogenes was labelled ‘Socrates gone mad’, and ‘the Dog’, as he preferred to live a vagrant life with stray dogs to a normal life within civilisation.

Today’s Scientists Know More than History’s Great Thinkers 

However, although all the above are great thinkers, in their day they could only theorise much of the information that we now take for granted. This week the Voyager spacecraft became the first human object to leave our solar system.

Tonda with T.K.

Tonda with T.K. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Aristotle and Diogenes’s time they still thought the Earth was at the centre of everything.

In line with Goethe’s independent thinking, neurologists have discovered how power affects the brain physically; deactivating nerve circuits that help us internalise others’ experiences.

In line with Diogenes’s valuing of animals, scientists have also discovered that orangutans plan their day.

Mirror Poem of Free Independent Thinking

Because Nietzsche was more modern and aspired to rise above he’s on the top of the Folding Mirror poem. Diogenes is on the bottom because he was in history when Nietzsche was thinking great thoughts, possibly being one of the undercurrents in Nietzsche’s thinking, and because he aspired to the bottom. Here it is:

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (Photo credit: risu)

Aristotle’s Disciples Meet, Middle Divides Ages

rise above
others
yourself
what outside forces expect of you
what power you seek to gain
to create your ideal
to be your ideal creation

self control, humanity’s goal

living at one with nature
creating a visible virtue
a reality within mind and self
that cannot be broken or stolen
proud
living
outside society

English: Statue of Diogenes, Sinop, Turkey

English: Statue of Diogenes, Sinop, Turkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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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