Tony Benn and Miners’ Strike, Grado and Rebecca Rock

Tony Benn passed away this morning. He was another legendary socialist from a classic period of politics. This week also marked the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike, which was a landmark event in the creation of today’s Britain. A day before I watched a miners’ strike documentary I watched one about Glasgow’s Insane Fight Club wrestling shows. Together, they inspired a lot of greenygrey thinking.

Miners’ Strike and Modern Glasgow 

Tony Benn and Giles Fraser speaking at Levelle...

Tony Benn and Giles Fraser speaking at Levellers’ Day, Burford. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi, it’s Jeremy Paxwerewolf, political television correspondent in the Greenygrey world based on the style of Jeremy Paxman in the human. Probably the biggest link between the two documentaries spanning thirty years of working-class life was the struggle to survive and make a decent living.

While in the 1980s most working-class people worked in industries, and were happy to just work their shift and enjoy their free time, the Britain of today doesn’t provide such jobs in the same amounts it did before manufacturing and industry were neglected.

Grado wrestling website.

So now working-class people often have to try and create their own jobs, and this is what the Glaswegians led by Mark Dallas organising the wrestling events known as Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) are doing… and Marc Latham in the Greenygrey!

Grado and the Greenygrey

You say dreich, I say greenygrey; you say Grado I say Greenygrey.

The Scottish word dreich; meaning a dreary or miserable day, and voted Scotland’s favourite old Scots word in a poll last year; pre-dates the emergence of greenygrey to describe the same kind of day, but with a positive green land spin.

English: Dramatic lighting at Achnasheen The l...

English: Dramatic lighting at Achnasheen The late evening sun bursts through the clouds for just a few seconds to produce this dramatic effect, seen from Achnasheen station’s footbridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With this year’s greenYgrey rebranding the word can also be used to describe a sunny or mixed day, meaning that every day is a greenYgrey day!

However, the Greenygrey website has been established for longer than that of Grado. Grado was the biggest fan of ICW before becoming a wrestler himself. In many ways Grado’s rise to fame as a fan mirrors that of the Greenygrey.

Grado Meets Rebecca Rock

While Grado was mostly a fan of ICW, the Greenygrey is mostly a fan of WWW: women, wolves and working-class.

Rebecca RockThere was a great meeting of two of those when Grado went to the very trendy Nicky Clarke Mayfair salon and met Rebecca Rock, hair colourist and animal welfare advocate.

Unfortunately, there were no wolves present… and Rebecca’s in a relationship, so she has to be classed under unconditional appreciation in the Greenygrey world!

Although it could have been a clash of cultures they all got along fantastically, and had a good laugh.

It was so good it inspired the second Marc Latham Folding Mirror poem of the week, although the seeds of the poem had been planted by Chris Packham‘s Inside the Animal Mind documentary in January. Here’s the poem; there’s a little more explanation over at fmpoetry.wordpress.com:

grado

 Women and Wolves, Different ways Delectable

perfume in air
way you wear
feminine essence
flowing sun hair
smiling eyes
a graceful touch
oozing strength
to be yourself

good humoured woman, wolves love scent

swimming in chanel
rolling euphoria
one shaggy sight
laughing mouth
full coated fur
natural exuberance
lights up life
paws upside down

wolf roll

Marc Latham has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

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