The Greenskull Chronicles – A matter of image.

‘This better be good’ growled Greenskull, pissed at the interruption as Gerald entered his office. ‘I’m sorting out that French fucking farce at that climate can-can in Froggie land’.

Things weren’t going too well on that particular front, Gerald somehow intuited …

Gerald, who apart from Monica and no other living person in the world that Greenskull had left alive, could lay claim to having some idea of how his mind worked, felt he was on safe ground. Despite being terrified of him on a regular basis, he’d learnt enough to know what should be escalated up to his lord and master to do what he did so well.

‘We’re doing this consolidated psychological study about how all climate skeptics are slightly mad …’ began Gerald but Greenskull interrupted him straight away.

‘My boy, the Polack!’ exclaimed Greenskull, glad of any ray of sunshine on a bad afternoon.

‘Yes boss, but I think there’s a problem about the picture of him as lead author they want to put on the press handout’.

‘Show me, Gerry’ said Greenskull, reaching out to Gerald for the tablet with the problematic picture on it.

Steffi02‘Jesus fucking Christ’ exclaimed Greenskull, recoiling involuntarily. ‘He looks like one of those dirty old uncles every kid knows you never get trapped alone in a room with’.

‘Tell me there’s a better picture Gerry’.

‘Not that I’ve been able to find’.

‘Get one of your media luvvies to photoshop it. If they can turn someone normal into the fucking elephant man, they must be able to do something with him’.

‘Probably, but the handout is scheduled to go out this afternoon. We’re out of time’.

‘Well we’re not going public with that little photoshop of horrors’, decided Greenskull thinking furiously.

‘Who else has a name on this paper?’ he enquired.

‘Well, there’s a Professor Lyn Littlefield’ offered Gerald, taking back the tablet and leafing through the relevant images before handing it back to Greenskull with the best one on screen.


‘We’re not doing bloody grab a granny night Gerald’.

‘ Next’ ordered Greenskull imperiously, handing it back.

‘There’s only one more left’ said Gerald, eyeing Greenskull with some trepidation. ‘A professor Keri Norgaard’.

‘Gowon, it can’t be any bloody worse’ said Greenskull, who was rapidly losing the will to live on this one. It could only get better.


‘Aggghhh. Jesus Christ’ exclaimed Greenskull, thinking he’d never let anything with choppers like that near his chopper. All she needed was a fin on her fucking back. A great white nerd with specs and crossed eyes.

‘No fucking way Gerry, we’ll go with Miss Marple first, mothballs and all’.

‘Don’t we have any dollies on our side?’ enquired Greenskull in exasperation, handing the tablet back.

Gerald, standing in front of Greenskull’s desk, google imaged for all he was worth and finally came up with something passable. He handed the tablet back to Greenskull.


‘Gerry, I’m not into that transgender thing, so I can’t see the appeal here about that thing with the earrings on’ said Greenskull, idly hitting the browser back button to see if he couldn’t find anything that looked remotely shaggable on a dark night after a particularly heavy session. He found that Gerry was searching on climate wars women.

‘Ah ha, she’s the one’ he pronounced, stabbing at her picture and handing the tablet back to Gerald for a look.


‘Can’t go with her boss’.

‘Why not?’

‘From memory, I don’t think she’s particularly supportive of the cause’.

‘Gerry, Gerry, the only people who ever see a press handout are the press and we’re talking here about enviro journos. They can barely read past the first fucking paragraph before they start cutting and pasting. If you moved their dinner plate one foot to the left, they’d fucking starve to death’.

‘Do it’ ordered Greenskull.

And that’s how the flower of environmental journalism managed to put Donna Laframboise’s name to a face on an alarmist press release about how nutty climate skeptics were.


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9 Responses to “The Greenskull Chronicles – A matter of image.”
  1. Sarmange says:

    They got two chicks with one stone – Donna Laframboise’s name and JoNova’s pic.


  2. Colin Henderson says:

    The last picture is Joanne Nova, not Donna Laframboise


  3. Old Rooster says:

    What is “alarming” is how plausible this is as a verbatim account of what actually occurred😉‼️


  4. Richo says:

    Pointy has probably made a deliberate mistake (as per Gerald Henderson of Media Watch Dog) to see if you awake which is the point of the post.


  5. 3x2 says:

    Sorry but you now owe me at least a keyboard and, unfortunately for you, the entire (microcontroller) development board I was working on at the time.

    Naughty Pointman. My Legal team will be in touch soon.


  6. manicbeancounter says:

    Back on 2001 on holiday in Barcelona we went to the city Zoo. It is a traditional zoo with a lot of sorry-looking animals in cramped quarters. The star exhibit for many years was Snowflake a big old albino gorilla. As we approached on a cold November afternoon Snowflake stared back at the visitors, making eye contact with all of us as he crouched on his well-worn tree stump. Very slowly and deliberately he put his hand under his anus and made a deposit. He then lifted the object to his mouth and slowly ate it. He never once stopped looking into the eyes of the onlookers. Whilst his facial expression never changed, those eyes had a twinkle in them.
    It told me something. Those who believe they are staring through the bars at the lunatics in the asylum need to know behind there is an exit that is open. In a zoo it is easy, but where the bars are in the mind, and we never look around, it is easy to deceive ourselves. The key is being able to understand different perspectives exist, though we may not agree with them. Polak and his friend John Cook want you to keep looking forward through the bars.


  7. wijnand2015 says:

    Who is in the third photo? The one after Lew and before that ugly dude?


  8. wijnand2015 says:

    Whoops, never mind…
    “Keri Norgaard”.


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