Marks and Spencer Christmas Advert Follows Werewolf of Oz

The Marks and Spencer (M&S) Christmas advert combines Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and other fairytales and legends into a magical two minutes and thirty seconds of television escapism. werewolf of oz book cover

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, television correspondent at the Greenygrey. If we wanted a Christmas advert for Grey’s Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps book, it probably wouldn’t be that different to the M&S advert.

Marks and Spencer Christmas Advert

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley plays the Grey part to perfection, and there’s a strong support cast like there is in the Werewolf of Oz.

Here’s the Marks and Spencer advert below. See if you can spot the Greenygrey, as there’s a discussion about fleeting images revealed in the Making Of video below the actual video.

Making of Marks and Spencer Advert

It wasn’t until I watched The Making of the Marks and Spencer Advert video on creativereview that I noticed they had a little of the Big Bad Wolf in the video. It wasn’t a significant part thankfully, and nothing bad happened, like the hunting of the wolf.

Moreover, while watching the Making Of video, I noticed lots of greenygreyness that I hadn’t noticed before. That was partly because most of it didn’t make the final cut. Here’s the Making Of video:

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England and Wales Cricket Team in Alice Springs

The England and Wales cricket team has arrived in Alice Springs on the journey from the first test in Brisbane to the second one in Adelaide.

Alice Springs city

Alice Springs city (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ashes Tour in Alice Springs 

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, satirical comedy sports correspondent at the Greenygrey, inspired by darts legend Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams.

That means the cricketers will be travelling from Alice Springs to Adelaide; a journey made famous by Grey, Bonzo and Elle in Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps over eleven magical episodes starting at 29.

Travelling Through Australia’s Centre

The Ghan route map created by Bidgee based on ...

The Ghan route map. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, back then Bonzo was still with the party, while Angry and Cathy had not yet joined the quest.

Of course, the England and Wales cricket team arrived in Alice Springs from Brisbane on the Australian east coast, while the Werewolf of Ozzers arrived there from Darwin on the Oz north coast. 

When our ol’ pal Marc Latham was in Australia back in 1989 he travelled down to Alice Springs from Cairns, north of Brisbane. He then travelled north to Darwin, never visiting Adelaide and Melbourne in the south.

Travelling Alice Springs to Adelaide

While in Alice Springs, I wonder if the England and Wales cricket team will meet Alice as Grey and the travel questers did, or go to the Uluru/Ayer’s Rock Oo-loo-roo Air’s Rock Great Gig in the Sky festival with Wally and the macropods. 

The Ghan at Alice Springs Railway Station in t...

The Ghan at Alice Springs Railway Station in the middle of Australia (also known as The Red Centre). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maybe they’ll travel on the Ghan and miss out the Rainbow Valley, which are very different in the human and werewolf worlds.

In the Oz world the Ghan was a mysterious creature, and the Werewolf of Ozzers were lost for a time in the intoxicating colours of the Rainbow Valley.

I hope they travel south a little faster than the Werewolf of Ozzers, as the second test starts in Adelaide on December 5th.

It should be a great experience anyway, and we wish them luck.

 

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Peacock Colours Creation Display, Mirror Poem Science Matter

Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, travelling poet werewolf in the style of Jack Kerouac in the human world. I’d almost forgotten about our ol’ pal Marc Latham, but then I saw a photo of a greenygrey peacock; the first time I’d noticed its greenygreyness; and it was by Marc Latham on his travel25years.wordpress.com website. He’s now blogging his time in Faro, Portugal.

Then I saw that he’s also posted another mirror poem on the fmpoetry.wordpress.com he administrates. So I thought I’d import them both into the Greengrey world… and here they are…

All of Creation in a Peacock 

Being a plumage poet for a minute, I think the greenygrey design behind the peacock’s head looks like forested mountains, with lots of green decorating a mountain shaped ^^^ design.

The outer plumage could be the sky, the tail feathers the universe, and then there’s a greenygrey parallel universe behind the peacock.

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Mirror Poem about Search for Matter

All of creation in a peacock leads nicely into this search for matter poem, with more explanation and photos over on the fmpoetry website.

Not Everything Matters, All is Matter

why does nothing seem to matter?
what’s the matter?
what’s the matter with you?
what’s the matter in you?
what’s the matter around you?
what’s the matter you can’t see?
what’s the matter you can’t feel?

normal matter only 4.9%, 95.1% still a mystery
something’s sticking universe, scientists conducting experiments
it interacts with gravity, but not with electromagneticity

weakly interacting massive particles offer hope
WIMPs matter because they impact atoms
theoretically energising nudged atom nucleus
flash photon and electrons release
creates detectable light for machines
hoping to identify
if anything beyond us really matters

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Ashes Leaves Brisbane for South Australia Boomeranging Shrike

Australia‘s ‘boomerang’ helped them win the first Ashes cricket test in Brisbane, and a day after we explained the ‘boomerang’ is a return journey, Jonathan Trott of the England and Wales team is returning home from the tour early.

Ashes First Test Review 

Trott’s stress-related illness is long-term though, so wasn’t caused by the friendly pommie-bashing and exuberant boomeranging seen in some Aussie media outlets and sports grounds.

The second ashes test will be played in Adelaide, South Australia, home of the Arishes. South of Australia’s flag of course features a piping shrike, which was crucial to the Werewolf of Ozzers escaping from the Northern Territories  into South Australia through the Rainbow Valley. Looking back at the flag now, it looks as if the shrike is boomeranging more than piping!

Flag of South Australia featuring the Piping S...

Flag of South Australia featuring the Piping Shrike (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Werewolf of Ozzers of course visited Adelaide during chapters 40-45. They didn’t spend much time in the human city though, after a timequake sent them crashing into a game between Redbacks and Crows like nothing they’d experience before.

Werewolf of Oz Australia East Coast 

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie (Photo credit: Miss Krin)

Anyway, back to the continuing journey. Having escaped the neverending boomeranging cycle of Boomerang Beach, the travel quest quartet continue their journey up the Oz east coast, with Brisbane only three episodes away… and the answer to the question all those who don’t know the story will have been asking… what’s Bri’s bane.

All will be revealed by the end of next week, but for now, here’s an episode that starts with literary nonsense poetry, and ends with bird-brained Port Macquarie wordplay. Enjoy!

Chapter 126.  Swimming in a Woad Sea to Port Macquarie

Three red heads and a grey,
made their way,
to the bay.
Where the dust sandy road,
was lying overboard,
in a sea of woad.

Now raftless, we swam the dust sandy path, leading us north up the coast. It was good to be back on the ground, even if we were in the sea!

Looking South from Crowdy Head Light

Looking South from Crowdy Head Light (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We were going to stop for a rest when we reached Crowdy Head, but a quick headcount suggested it was overcrowded. So we continued swimming through afternoon into evening.

Pour Macawry in Port Macquarie

When the bright lights of Port Macquarie lit up the western horizon we decided to call it a day. It’d been quite some swim, no nonsense.

After drying off we popped into a beachside establishment called Two Cans Irish Pub. We walked up to the bar and a toucan asked us what we’d like to drink.

Guinness posters

Guinness posters (Photo credit: Ben Sutherland)

I knew toucans advertise Guinness, so we all asked for a pint of it. It started pouring one, while holding another pint in its other wing; and asked a macaw standing farther down the bar to pour the other two.

The toucan and macaw had different styles of pouring, which could perhaps be called pour toucany and pour macawry.

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Notes

Guinness is a stout beer.

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Wolves and Bears go Boomerang Bonkers

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, satirical comedy sports correspondent at the Greenygrey. While we usually concentrate on human sports here, animals are also good sports who enjoy running, playing and competing. Many animal activities are based on the same speed and strength at the heart of human sports.

Comparing Social Crazes

Moreover, it seems that animals also cheer and celebrate in a similar way to humans, such as the ‘boomerang’ spreading around the sports world like a ‘Mexican wave‘ or social media ‘planking craze’ since the Ashes First Test started in Brisbane, Australia last week.

Whereas the ‘planking’ craze was like waiting for lift-off, and the ‘Mexican Wave’ was like a one-way journey, the ‘boomerang’ is of course like a return journey.

Wolf the Runner

Wolves can run for both long distances and high speed in lots of different conditions and terrains: they can either run for hours like a marathon runner at about 6 miles (9km) an hour or reach speeds of about 40 miles (60km) when sprinting.

In this photo posted on Facebook by The Wolf, I wonder if this wolf is just putting its paws up after a long day’s running?

Or is it telling its friends that its paws are worn out after a hard day’s running?

Or is it doing the ‘boomerang’ at a Dublin Wolves ice hockey game?

Bear the Wrestler

Having seen recent images of bear cubs seemingly playing ring-a-ring-a-roses and almost doing the boomerang, I went in search of bear boomerang images, and found this double bear boomerang published in The Mirror last year: before boomeranging went viral!

bear boomerang

Barcroft

The photo is unfortunately from a zoo, but they do seem to have created a nice greenygrey environment for the bears to live.

I guess they must have been watching an American football game involving the Chicago Bears on television!

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Australia Celebrate Ashes First Test Lead with the Boomerang

After Kevin Pietersen seemed to be taking on the role of Grey during the Battle of Bri’s Bane in the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps for the Ashes cricket first test in Brisbane, the Aussies have responded with the ‘boomerang’ to take a decisive lead after day two. The second part of the Boomerang Beach trilogy was of course also very frustrating for the Werewolf of Ozzers.

The ‘Boomerang’ Takes Off

Seemingly inspired by the boomeranging of Boomerang Beach holding up the travel quest quartet’s progress up the Australian east coast, the ‘boomerang’ seems to be all the rage in the land of the… boomerang.

Tada!

The Tada Girls’s solo efforts featured in the last Werewolf of Oz episode seem to taken off in a way not seen at a sports ground since the ‘Mexican Wave’ circled stadiums and the world after the Mexico football World Cup in 1986.

Australia Controlling First Ashes Test

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. As seen in the photo above, Australian players and fans celebrated each England and Wales cricket team‘s wicket falling  by doing the ‘boomerang’.

Little Penguins

Little Penguins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So we thought we’d better post the last thrilling episode of the Boomerang Beach trilogy, bringing you almost in sight of Brisbane. Meanwhile, on Kangaroo Island, a little penguin told me that this year’s Arishes are also under way. This has been the Greenygrey. Enjoy the episode, the Arishes and Ashes.

Chapter 125.  Yahoo Flight to the Left and Right

I screamed, ‘Thirtieth time lucky!’ as we left Boomerang Beach and headed north over Elizabeth Beach once more.

We flew the Lakes Way,
knowing its outlay,
like night and day.

Yahoo! over Yahoo Island

It was all systems go, as Elle decided it was time to act, and we were primed to respond. She chose the Booti Booti National Park to kick the plan into action, leaning as much to the left as possible. We all followed her over to that side.

We flew above and beyond Green Point, and seemed to have escaped the coastal cycle. We all exclaimed yahoo! over Yahoo Island. Green Point grew smaller every minute, and Boomerang Beach soon faded out of sight.

Visiting a park

Yahoo Island Nature Reserve. Environment, N.S.W.

Wall in Gate Changes Our Plan

We were free-flying now, but just as we began to relax and enjoy the view, we saw a massive wall in a gigantic gate over Wallingat National Park. It would surely be the end of us if we crashed into it. Elle had seen the danger and jumped over to the right; we quickly followed. But was it too late?

We had stopped heading straight into the wall, and were now skirting it. Our chances of escape seemed finely balanced. We leant as much to the right as possible, while trying to push against the wall with our left arms. It was preventing our obliteration, but wasn’t winning our liberation. That is, until our flying fate was decided twenty minutes later, once and for all.

English: Morannon, the Black Gate of Mordor Če...

English: Morannon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A tower jutted out of the wall further on, blocking our side-skirting path. We flew closer and closer to it, and all my strength and spirit seemed nearly spent. I could see nothing beyond the tower, and no way of avoiding it. We were facing a dead-end in more ways than one.

Then Elle asked if we were ready, nodding toward the right. We all looked at her with renewed hope, not needing more explanation, and said yes. We prepared ourselves. Elle gave one almighty push, and we gave it our best too; it seemed to be working, as we were sent free of the wall.

Elle McPherson no Mme. Tussaud

Elle McPherson no Mme. Tussaud (Photo credit: Renato Torii)

Then Elle leant to the right (it looks to the left in the photo, as everything is upside down, and often the wrong way around, in Oz!), and we followed her as the tower loomed.

It was just enough, as we swerved around the tower into clear sky, with only a second or three to spare. It had probably been Elle’s most outstanding use of her body yet.

Flying North-East, for a while at Least

We were flying in open air again, with no hazards in view. A north-easterly wind kept our direction and elevation steady. Maybe our luck was changing!

tuncurry beach

tuncurry beach (Photo credit: Witness King Tides)

We turned past Tuncurry in a hurry, and went even faster over Forster. I was beginning to enjoy the flight.

I should have known it wouldn’t last. The wind dropped, and I got cramp in my rump;
I was like a dead-weight blowing in the breeze,
dragging the team down to the trees.

We descended at pace, and the next thing I knew we were crashing into the Ocean Dreaming Rainforest Resort on the edge of Red Head.

When we’d recovered our composure I noticed the others had red heads after the bumpy landing. They said mine was still grey.

 

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Photos from Google+ all with Greenygreyness

Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, head honcho of Greenygrey Creation in the absence of the legendary Andy Wolfhol. Talking of ol’ Wolfhol, I just found a postcard on this here site that bears the unmistakable and seemingly impossible to forge signature of our very own creative inspiration.

Nature Photos and Art

I didn’t find it until just now because I’ve been in the Google+ world searching out great greenygrey images.

I found quite a few,
so without further ado,
here they are for you:

Askar Takirbassov

Marianne Sansum

Gary Posner


ΕΛΕΝΗ ΕΛΕΝΑΚΗ

Carlos Moruzzo

Carlos Moruzzo

Alpha Pet Care

The names underneath the photos are those of the people that posted the photos on Google+.

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Kevin Pietersen Brisbane Unknown Rebuke to Pommie-Bashing

Grey thought he’d put Australia on the map with its epic travel quest across Oz, and especially Brisbane, which is of course the scene of the epic concluding battle with Bri’s bane. Brisbane’s Gabba (we would have preferred it to be called baGGa!) is also the venue for the first Ashes cricket test on Thursday.

English: Aerial view of the Brisbane River, Qu...

English: Aerial view of the Brisbane River, Queensland, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

However, this week England’s star player Kevin Pietersen responded to some Aussie pommie-bashing calling him arrogant by tweeting that nobody outside Australia has heard of Brisbane.

Kevin Peitersen Versus Brisbane

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams with a sports round-up ahead of the first Ashes cricket test in Australia.

One theory in the Greenygrey world is that Kevin Pietersen; also known as KP, as the Greenygrey is known as GG; has read Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps, and is re-enacting the blockbusting Battle of Bri’s bane with himself as the hero.

Pietersen makes a hundred

However, the opposing theory counters that if KP has read WoO he’d think that everybody has now heard of Brisbane, and knows it’s on the Australian east coast.

We’re taking another step towards Brisbane here with another episode of the Werewolf of Oz. However, it’s only a literary step rather than geographical, as the travel quest quartet are still in the middle of the Boomerang Beach trilogy. The body, mind and spirit are getting it together though, and there’s hope for a return to the dust sandy path by the end.

Chapter 124.  Spirit Lifts, Mind Plans, Body Gives Hope

I was getting sick of the sight of Boomerang Beach and Green Point by the twenty-ninth return journey, and told Cathy I was losing hope.

She said, ‘That’s not the spirit!’

Tada!

Tada! (Photo credit: candiceecidnac)

That was the lift I needed; mentally I might add, as I certainly didn’t need more physical lifting!

Spirit to Mind

After Cathy raised my spirits, I wondered if Angry might have a solution to our situation, as he’d been using his mind well recently. So I asked him if he could think of any way out of our repetitive return rebounding.

He thought for a few minutes, before suggesting we’d been playing into the phantom boomerang’s hands; or wings to be more precise.  

Angry explained his rationale through the whistling wind: it was because the four of us had been keeping to a straight two-two formation, and this kept the boomerang on its preferred trajectory.

Come Elle or Eye Water

Angry suggested that Elle might be the key to changing our course, as she’d been using her body well recently.

English: The Eye Water flowing under the bridg...

English: The Eye Water flowing under the bridge carrying the B6438 road at Reston. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If we kept an eye on her, whether they were watery or not, and she pulled in one direction, we could all follow her, and that would hopefully release us from our eternal boomeranging.

You know what, it didn’t sound nonsense at all, and I had high hopes that it would finally ground us. We agreed to attempt it on our next northerly journey.

 

 

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Human and Dog – Wolf Relationship Extended to Ice Age

Dogs are commonly known as man’s best friend in the U.K. and new research last week provided a paradigm shift in our understanding of the relationship between humanity and dogs… with relevance for wolves and the Greenygrey.

Dogs and Human Friendship 

Dog sunny Day Afternoon

Dog sunny Day Afternoon (Photo credit: allert)

Hi, it’s Tony Loboinson, comedy and ancient history expert at the Greenygrey in the style of Tony Robinson in the human world.

As reported in media across the world last week, including the Mirror, new DNA evidence extends the human-dog relationship back to 19,000 – 30,000 years ago; perhaps doubling the age of the relationship from the previous paradigm of 12,000 – 15,000 years.

Relevance for Wolves and Greenygrey

The DNA analysis linked today’s dogs to modern wolves and wolves in the European Ice Age 19,000 – 30,000 years ago.

Australian Dog Head

Australian Dog Head (Photo credit: epSos.de)

That means some wolves and humans became friends and partners long before the agricultural age started 12,000 years ago.

As the Greenygrey is a werewolf, that means that its ancestry might also be doubled in line with the human – wolf/dog relationship.

That could mean a lot more work for me! It’s ironic that a new discovery gives me twice the amount of time to travel in my search for the origins of the Greenygrey!!

For wolves, I think it should be an argument for special status for humanity’s oldest and most common friend; who in its original form and dog form has been sharing our caves, tents, huts and houses through about 5-10 times as much prehistoric time as historic.

Special Status for Animals 

Dakota, a grey wolf at the UK Wolf Conservatio...

Dakota, a grey wolf at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, howling on top of a snowy hill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some countries already give animals special status for intelligence.

For example, cetaceans have special status in Chile, Costa Rica, Hungary and India.

As the origins of the human – wolf/dog relationship has been identified as Ice Age Europe, we think Europe should lead the way in making wolves welcome in the remaining wilderness areas.

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Boomerang Beach Trilogy Werewolf of Oz Lift-Off

I’d forgotten what a wacky wordplay voyage it was for the Werewolf of Ozzers up the Oz east coast, and there’s more trailblazing Tasman Sea tomfoolery in this episode.

Throwing Boomerangs in the Fog

Throwing Boomerangs in the Fog (Photo credit: johnwilliamsphd)

Hi, it’s Greenygrey, with another thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps; updated and improved since yesterday!

While it has been pretty plain sailing since Dolphin Bay, this episode sees trouble torpedo the travel quackers quartet’s quest… in the shape of that most Australian of flying weapons: a boomerang.

Yes folks, as an hour-long episode of the most iconic of British soap-operas starts, it’s the start of the Werewolf of Oz Boomerang Beach trilogy, with Coronation Street making a guest appearance.

Hold on to your cork hats, and prepare for lift-off:

123.  Corrie Soap before Boomerang Dashes Green Hope

Being in the sea didn’t mean we missed out on seeing land animals. Why, while passing Wommara Avenue we saw a wombat hitch-hiking to the Masai Mara; and on Kalaroo Road we saw a kangaroo either side of LA.

We stopped for a wash at the Corrie Island Nature Reserve, as it was overflowing with soap, and there were lots of spare brushes on the nearby Mungo Brush road.

A replica of the The Rovers Return pub, from t...

A replica of the The Rovers Return pub, from the British soap opera Coronation Street. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We dried off under the whopper wind at the Wind Woppa Reserve.

Boomerang Wastes the Green Day

Feeling refreshed, we ate up the nautical miles at a good rate of knots in the afternoon, and a few hours later reached Boomerang Beach.

That’s when the day started going downhill; or to be more accurate, around and around.

Because once we stepped onto the beach we were thrown up into the air, and spun around at great speed over Elizabeth Beach and The Lakes Way.

I thought, at least we’re heading north, maybe it’s a stroke of good fortune. I saw Green Point ahead, and hoped it might be a sign: maybe we’ll land on a nice patch of green when we reach it.

Boomerang Beach

Boomerang Beach (Photo credit: candiceecidnac)

However, I hadn’t taken the Boomerang part of the beach’s name into consideration. The next moment, the return movement seemed to kick in over the Booti Booti National Park, and we just about reached Green Point before being spun south again.

We gathered pace on the southerly downhill, and before we had time to draw our breaths, we were descending to Boomerang Beach. I hoped the nightmare might end when we returned to the beach, but as soon as we neared the ground we were thrown back into the air for another circuit!

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Notes

Corrie is a nickname for Coronation Street, a British soap opera.

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