The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 18 December - 31 December 2000
HAPPY NEW YEAR! (2001)
One second past midnight and we are all still here...........tick tick
December 18th 2000
Happy Birthday Puffing Billy- Turns 100. The little steam train that runs
through Melbourne's Dandenong Ranges is one hundred today. It's the toot
toot you hear on the Nigel Griggs (Split Enz) Video interview as it runs
right past his Melbourne home.
Xmas is approaching fast so I think it's time to send off all my invoices to
get paid for the last few months....of course half of the band's won't get
them on time but eventually we will get paid. Thankfully nearly all the Xmas
pressies are out of the road so it won't be a 'we are starving xmas".
At the time of writing I'm noticing that this website suddenly has a lot
more "hits". Not sure if it's the 100,000th hit contest or the new people
who have just discovered us, all a lot of old readers who have nothing
better to do at Xmas? Hey I'm happy. Was hoping to get 100,000 "hits" by the
end of the year so it's pretty close- thank you everyone. Hi to the many new
It's 2001 and this is my odyssey....please read on.
Visit John and Caroline and their extremely cute baby Ellie. They are
friends of ours who lived downstairs at the Woodface apartments, and they
ended up buying Tim's Periscope Studio and once again it's a house. Talk
about a LOT of work, the studio people really let it go and it is an amazing
Deco house- so they've started work on it- really fixing it up to it's
original grace. We sat out back for awhile and I had a chuckle as the
letters ALT are still spray painted on the roof. John mentioned that the
house is directly under one of the flight paths...so possibly if you look
hard you can read ALT when you fly over Melbourne (hey I said look HARD,
even at 10,000 feet it's pretty small).
Glad I called by with our Xmas hamper, and I left feeling very clucky, Ellie
is a cutie and she already loves her Dad (Daddys girl I can tell).
Spend the day getting all the envelopes etc ready for both the Crowded
House-Finn mail-outs AND the Bardot mailouts, huge- that's about 15,000
pieces of mail between them. (No joy). We won't get the newsletters till
late December and knowing the Xmas mail (supper slow) it will take awhile
for people to receive them.
Home working and Fred from Skyhooks calls by. he was the drummer in this
seventies icon band, just called by out of the blue- it's his birthday and
Bassist Greg Macainsh in a week or so, both turn 50! Fifty...half a century-
imagine (well don't imagine if you are Marky- he almost needs to be
jumpstarted each time he has a birthday....sorry you are as young as you
Spend the day with Rosemaree working on Newsletter stuff- her timing is
perfect and the new machines just make life easier...had to raid our safe
today in the office for some $- I hate paying the mortgage...think I'll work
my sorry looking arse off next year and pay the thing off. Still better then
rent, but it would be nice to not owe the bank.
Hmm DVD review of the week. "TWO HANDS".
It's one of those aussie films that Mark and myself LOVE and the rest of the
world would just be confused by. It won 5 AFI awards including-BEST FILM,
BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR....
yes sexy ol' Heath Ledger is in the film....as is Bryan Brown and Rose Byrne
and that guy from Seachange that always sounds like he is going to cry (but
he has a "normal" voice in this movie). It's fast, and has non stop
swearing...in an Australian Kings Cross Gangster sort of way.
heath plays Jimmy, basically loses $10,000 of dirty money.....he was suppose
to deliver it to a woman who lives opposite Bondi Beach. She is a regular
chimney (aka pong-breath= smoker) and she croaks it. Jimmy can't deliver,
decides to have a swim (nice underpants Heath...so Coles Australian) and 2
kids ripp him off. Bryan Brown plays a Kingscross King Pin- really funny
character...tough as nails says the "c" and "f" words all the time.... but
loves his kids and gives girlfriends of the guy he is about to kill $20 so
"she can get a taxi home ok". The bank scene is great especially when one of
the bank robbers slips on the counter and knocks himself out.
You laugh- get totally embarrassed as you KNOW some of your distant rel.'s
are exactly like these guys.....
I think you have to be able to laugh at your culture to enjoy this one...
it's yobby and blokey, fast and silly and the music is good....who doesn't
like THE REELS version of "This guys in love with you".....the film finished
with Kare Kare by Crowded House....and you know that song has such a "twist"
that it really DOES fit like a glove for this movie. Australians will love
it (except Fran who still has her "hating Heath" thing). Overseas- many of
you will not even get it- put it along side- The Castle, The Dish, Don's
Party, No.96 and don't even go there. We are a scary bunch downunder!!!!!!!
Escape the office and Edward at Giza has some fun with my hair. Back to
being dark, some red and blonde in it...kind of like the woman from "1001
Dalmations"...ok kind of cooler. The highlight is the discovery of the
straightening wand. So my hair is very Monica (aka-Lewinsky) V's Sophie
Monk......an interesting look and I know my hair...it wont last a day like
this. When those Aliens kidnap me each night they do things to my hair.
Of course it starts off sunny and then Melbourne is hit by a storm. make
that THE storm. One of those fast strong storms where all the energy is
compressed into 10 minutes instead of hours.
I drive home and huge trees are down all along Glenferrie Rd, 9 sets of
traffic lights are out. I change into 4 wheel drive mode to drive over trees
while other motorists are stuck. Shop fronts are down, and I call home to
make sure the big trees out the front haven't killed anyone. (they haven't).
Get a Xmas card from Tim and Marie Finn...was hoping Harper would sign it
with his feet or something. Heaven help me if I have a child they'll be foot
Katie Bardot texts me that she'll be in Melbourne for her birthday so we
should all get together for drinks. Cool.
Katie and sally arrive back today from Timor- all went very well and they
were happy they went.
Mail off Sophie Bardots drawing prize- Andrea Purton from Tasmania won it, I
can never track her down on the phone so she will be surprised.
Amanda tells me that the Finns office is closed till Jan. 8th. Just mailed
off a huge parcels of cards and letters.
Still not sure what I'm doing next year, have a few ideas around work and it
may mean saying NO to Neil, not sure. hey have to be asked first.
Go out present shopping for Katie's 25th and find these micro disco cubes
that you put by your bed- all freaky-mini light show. Plus a stress pig for
the next tour. Have no idea what to get people.....I do find a great green
glass tumbler for Marguerittas...for myself.
Katie and Paul call by- I like these guys. Really the Bardot girls could of
been total bitches but they are pretty damn easy to work with and it's nice
to have some "away from Bardot moments". Mark likes Katie as she is really
normal and a good chatter. Show 'em the house and Paul rents the spare room
for the next 10 years...yeah it's a good place- we are lucky. So I tell them
I'll see them at Candy bar for drinks etc.
Do a quick change routine...as if I'd ever go to Candee Bar in shorts and
Glam Tee.....plastics and Routee 66 shirt and those new red runners...ok a
bit loud but groovee.
They've grabbed a table with friends- one blonde girl I recognise- small
world- her name is Henry and she use to make our breakfast at the Blue
Elephant nearly every day. She says "the staff liked you, out of all the
customers" which was kind of sweet.
Buy a decent bottle of champayne and Jj and Miss Renee come over. Half an
hour later an ol' battler called Nick Seymour wanders in. He's been at his
parents place for a few days and just wanted some seafood. So I introduce
him, really great- world feels right when St. Nick is back in Melbourne. The
only other Crowded House person he's talked too has been Paul...well
recently. To make my life more bizarre I'm about to leave and I run into
Charlie rooke....he was in the Sharp when I worked for them. Charlies
girlfriend Em is an old mate...how strange is this, too many faces.
Get home and Ben calls by to work on the computer. he gives us some early
Xmas presents- Glayva and Cointreau...hic hic hic. he is the biggest softy
with a heart of gold. Plus he just knows my Imac like it's an old friend.
I really feel my day is complete..ok I am exhausted and a bit pissed but
that's ok it is Christmas.
Need an early night as we have the big drive to Sydney tomorrow.
Wake up fairly early and we leave 30 minutes earlier then scheduled. The
four wheel drive is just great- love that air conditioning and the sound
system...Melbourne to Sydney depending on traffic 8-10 hours and I'm in the
Pilots seat all the way.
The traffic is pretty light- and the weather changes from a lovely Melbourne
22o to 30o. We post a huge bag of fanmail somewhere remote- fill the box so
the local post people will be freaked.
Eat our lunch off the freeway at some Truck rest area- surrounded by
Australian blue gums. Just lovely this country. Nothing beats Australia, no
wonder it's called OZ. OK some of these damn flies we could do without.
I have fallen in love with cruise control so I set the 4x4 on that and I
think it saves us a bit of $ on fuel too. As soon as we crossed the border
Petrol prices went up. I drop mark off at his Mums- her first comment is
"You must of been speeding" and I can say I wasn't...but I did sit on the
speed limit. I get to my Mums house, drop presents into the neighbours, Mum
makes me a sandwhich, I wash the car, have a shower, unpack the presents,
jump in the car and head to the club to pick the uncles up.
I feel like a prize moo cow on display- they introduce me to everyone. I
gulp down a beer (hey I'm an aussie-plus they only offered me a
beer)...headed to the Pokies and won $20. I didn't have the heart to tell my
uncle that those "dancing women" on the PokerMachine were really drag
queens! Strangely enough it was on the "Priscilla" machine that I won all
the $....loved those Stilletoes!!! ($5 per shoe).
The Uncles love the new car and fight me for the keys, they want to go off
road and drive up the side of Volcanoes and stuff.....(that's where I get it
Various relatives turn up for the night before Xmas and we end up spending
most of it outside as it's a stinker of a night- so hot. I hand out presents
with my recycled Santa outfit (quick change in the bathroom)- a huge round
of applause. One of my cousins asks me if Ricky Martin and the guy from
Savage Garden are gay- I double nod! Roll my eyes, how would I know. Then
again I bit my tongue as I was about to ask them if they were.....but I was
good, plus his Mum was very close. Like who cares- I'm going to go up to
people and say "Do your parents know you are a Hetro sexual"...it's a good
line. My other rels wanted to know about the Bardot girls...." all the
secret, hidden bits". I just told them about Tiffs Boob job that was enough.
What else- apart from my Mum pinching me in "Old Lang ..." and I resisted
being thrown in the middle of the circle ...it was good.
Stayed up and talked to my brilliant sister most of the night...the 8 hour
drive started weighing on my eyelids...but I had a restless night.
It's only 6.00 but I drag my bones out of bed and get dressed in the FULL
Santa outfit...manage to get this new hairstyle under the hat somehow. If
Santa was a Toilet Spice Girl I'd be Dunny Brush Santa! Bad hair day.
I sneak out while everyone was asleep and say a silent prayer for Pop and
Dad who I really miss and hope some of the sadness around the world goes
away for this one day at least.
I sneak in and wake Mum with a huge Ho Ho Ho...she almost wets herself
laughing. My sister almost needs a heart starter, she is soooo asleep.
She sleeps so quietly- it scares us all.
We put on the Ally Mcbeal Xmas cd and I do my best Santa dance to several
tunes. Loved my presents, feel a bit spoilt, all things I love.
Sneak back to bed and fall asleep for another hour- in my Santa outfit.
Drive up to Pops where Mum starts making the Xmas pudding (from scratch) and
all the other Australian Xmas lunch things. I become taxi boy and pick up
the older relatives....and gee that was fun getting them up into the four
wheel drive!! (not). So we pig out, I wear my fake Santa beard at the dinner
table- and remove it later...have you ever tried eating through one of those
I read in the shade later on...belly content.
Take Mum and Sis over to the crematorium ..and there are so many flowers. So
many people. I love how the Budhist temple is part of it all now. I do
understand (now) why people make the effort- but I still believe in make the
effort while people are alive.
A hot sticky night- in bed early........big drive tomorrow.
Pick Mark up at 8.00 and we head off. Pretty much the same drive, but the
last 100 kms had me feeling a bit freaky...there is this long long stretch
of trees with Koalas Cross here signs everywhere, and I kept looking up....
thinking one would fall out and land on the car.
We get home in the afternoon and hairball and Cosmo are totally fine-
Rosemaree did a great job feeding them...(well hairball). Miss Ball is
excited to see us though....two days and she just misses us heaps.
Cant remember what else we did.....maybe napped and unpacked, Xmas almost
over for another year. Hope yours was fun?!
Nice to see that the 2 stolen Koala's from San Francisco Zoo have been
found- their names are Pat and Leanne. Some kids stole them and kept them at
their house. They were returned hungry but unharmed. Koala's have a nice
habit of peeing everywhere so that would of been the final straw.
get an email from leanne in Perth (no not the Koala the other crazy one),
she has blown out her flight. We are all a bit crappy as we cancelled plans
to be here. Even Marky thought she was really making the flight. Have to
tell Fran who is equally as happy as we are.
Ben has been playing me Johnny Cash's RUSTY CAGE cover and we just spotted
the clip on cable tv- have to buy the UNCHAINED AMERICAN RECORDINGS. Cash
Wow night of wild passion. Must be my Men's Function Support-saw
Palmetto,Tribulus and Ginseng. Could just be my extremely good looks!!!!!!!!
Neil is spending most of his time at the beach, it's such a great house down
their- I like it much more then the city house. I think i'd just live their
all the time.
Today is one of those recover from Xmas but NYE is approaching fast days-
you know that week between Xmas and New year that is kind of a nothing time.
have no idea what I did today. Have just been told I have to stop typing
the Diary stuff to eat.....yes master!
CJ and Jen spoil me again with pressies. I never know what to say- (thanks
guys). I am using CJ's notebook present to make notes in on the F.16 Diary
book project. Spock returns Jan 8th 2001 and I want to have all the text for
him so we can get edition #1 to the Hong Kong printers as soon as he is
Realize I am totally happy, just all good relationship stuff. My partner is
just the best and even writing this will freak them out- totally head over
heals in lurve!
Suggested to Katie Bardot that we get the girls and some songwriters
together and have a week retreat- just so everyone can work on some songs.
It's worked for several other groups that I've worked with- basically we
look after all the meals and "needs" and they focus on the songs. Hopefully
someone will pick up this idea and run with it.
Happy 50th Birthday Greg Macainsh-Skyhooks.
Watch Kylie Minogue singing "Santa Baby" on Top of the Pops. I adore Kylie
but prefer the version by Ally McBeal on the Ally Xmas cd. Thought Kyles was
trying too hard.
Have a chat to Bob today- seemed to talk for ages, we get along well. Ben is
in Adelaide working on several gigs- he's doing well. Think all the major
bands are getting him to do their sound now.
Head off to clear the grass at the Forest House so the fires won't have any
fuel- we don't want another Ash Wednesday.
Have brekky with Jj and Miss Renee-and the Sushi Guy. We make them change
the music to Bowie- yey.
Spend the late evening working on the text for the F.16 book....it's coming
together..just want some room left for photos etc. Thinking of giving each
Year of the Diary Book a name. Example Book 1- "Hussy".
Not sure why...just "Hussy" sounds good to me. Maybe "Glamour".
Nicole emails me and the site counter just keeps jumping. I'm getting emails
from weird places- new readers...none of them Crowdies fans....all very
spooky. Maybe I will get my wish for the 100,000th hit on 1-1-2001 (With the
USA etc being a day behind I might scrape in on a technicality- so everyone
reading this please hit REFRESH -NOW!!! *grin*).
Remember the lucky 100,000th person wins a big prize pack. Just print out
the counter and send it to us with your name and address.
Make a few BBQ things today- Rosemaree and Tania and Jake are calling
by....BBQ and then we are all sitting on the balcony. It's kind of an open
house so god knows who will drop in.
Time to reflect on the year I guess. Resolutions...oh I can tell here-I'm
going to swear less, ignore idiots, try and do more kind things, I'm not
sure, it all feels good as it is.
The last 12 months have flown by- a very quiet year for Neil, but Tim has
got the music vibe and he'll keep churning stuff out in and on his own
terms. This year will pick up for Neil, still have no idea what I am around
him anymore....will have to ask. Then again it always takes it's own shape
when we get closer to a release....my work kind of falls into place.
Well all the readers of this quirky little diary- thanks I'm sure I come
across as a freak sometimes, it's rare that I erase stuff that I type, so
you get what you pay for (but hell it's free)....I still don't read it.
Have a fantastic 2001...it has to be a good year. Maybe the world will end
at midnight? So check back here next week and I'll let you all know if we
are still alive (grin).
Britney Spears Rocks! God where did that come from? Now I'm scared.
OK I'm ready to go......no need for that restraint.
Goodbye so long....... ( and the sounds of beeping car horns and fireworks
exploding over Melbourne's Yarra River fill the void................)
WELCOME 2001. (with open arms).
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