The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 19 June - 1 July 2000
Happy Birthday Alison.
isn't it strange how you write something HUGE in the ol' diary so you
remember and it is so big that your eyes ignore the message. Rosemaree
saved my arse by reminding me and I looked down when she told me and low and
behold there it was Alison's birthday. So I called, confessed, but she did
get our present on time...so we hadn't totally forgotten (:
I just suck when it comes to remembering birthdays.
Get a call from NZ and the test area for Neil's website is up , the address
will still be:
http://www.nilfun.com and he will add and subtract from the site every so
often. Almost text free
which will annoy a few people because some areas are vague but it's good for
people to "explore"
instead of following a well kept trail.
Loads of Bardot mail today- mostly from 25 year old woman. The demographic
has changed , well for today anyway. hell as long as people are having fun,
so many "industry people" find the Bardot thing to be a national threat like
it's the end of music, which is such a wank. Music is about choice and
people should be able to enjoy whatever they want.
Call Bic (Runga) in NZ and she is about to head home to Auckland tonight.
Asks me if I am going
out on the NZ tour with herself, Tim and Dobby...but I've promised Grant so
I think i'll be on the road with the girls. However we play NZ so I'm
praying that I can catch a show or two.
The tour is expected to start August 9th and go till August 27th- Bic Runga,
Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn. I think it's a Theatre tour. head to
Was thinking about how lucky I am, it really is a good existence and some
saint is looking over my shoulder. Yes we work hard, but the benefits are
incredible- get to see the world, meet some amazing people, come to work in
my PJ's at midday if I want....and feel pretty good. if I knew I was going
to die tomorrow I could turn around and honestly say it's been a pretty
decent few decades and I can't think of any regrets. Maybe a few friends
(ex friends) that I wouldn't of made such an effort for, but hey that's
probably normal, someone will always let you down, but thankfully it's far
The Solar Guys rock up finally to check out the roof angles etc. They will
be starting tomorrow when I head off to Tassie so Mark is in charge of Solar
additions to the house.
They look rather white faced when they come down from the roof- "it's aghh
very high isn't it"
Do a quick bag pack, my old faithful Enz tour bag is perfect for a few days
Hmm no word from Becky yet, you'd think that after all the postcards we sent
her she'd send us one. Ok Booth is off the postcard list! (: Our friend
Sal sends us a card from Glastonbury festival.
She's been checking out Muse and Moby.
Do a quick morning run before heading off to the airport. By some food for
Marky as he has to hang with the Solar guys all day, all the panels are at
different heights and angles. It's going to look like Mir space station.
Arrive at the airport on time and the Qantas people give me seat 1A. Can not
remember the flight over except there was no food.
Flying into Tassie is great, it looks like the wilds of Alaska.
Decide to use my natural sense of direction to get me to the record store.
Hobart has really crappy inner city parking. But the gods were smiling- with
only 16 spots left in the 10 level carpark, I drove in feeling very
confident....2 Jesus people waved and gave me their space. 20 cars waiting
and they picked me- Praise the Lord!!!
Arrive at the store several hours early, my Hotel is 200kms away- already a
line of about 500 fans stretched up the sidewalk. The sun start setting and
it sprinkles with rain, these fans are very patient, and school is out in a
few minutes, so the numbers will probably swell.
It's now out of hand, the Police are called and we have to block off the
street. An hour before Bardot arrive and 7000 fans have taken over. Security
looks on amazed.
The mini bus pulls in and the girls are just so vibey- talk about beans for
breakfast- huge smiles
and they climb on the barricade and shake hands and the noise is deafening
....kids are crying, mothers are crying. It's young Sally's birthday and
7000 Bardot fans sing Happy Birthday.
It's hours and hours of signing, I end up wearing my Duddley DoRight hat,
and Soph. keeps calling me Mr Doo-right when she wants something done.
Sally looks fried, and is slowly disappearing under a wall of flowers and
presents. So I head off to buy some juice and re-chargers (Sustagyn Gold
milk) ...I walk behind some fans and they are all excited. I love it, when a
group, no matter who they are, can make people this happy it has to be a
The signing goes on and on and on, so weird because Neil's are usually so
calm, and take over an hour. So next Finn in-store I will enjoy it much
more. It's heading towards 9.30 and the Police are worried because fans are
climbing on the buildings windows and squashing against the glass, so for
the safety of everyone we call it a day. The manager tells me it's the
biggest in-store ever, a huge crowd double what Killing Heidi had and triple
the amount of c.ds sold.
I head to the car park and get stuck in a lift with a family- their two
young kids in tears. I ask them why they are crying and it;s because they
didn't get to meet the girls. So I take some details and will make sure
they get a signed photo....the kids eyes just sparkle and this smile grows
and grows and grows......they are so happy the lift door closes and leaves
one of the kids on a separate floor!
Drive to Launceston...several hundred kms, the stars are amazing down south-
so many, little eyes watching me from the heavens. I sit on the speedlimit
and I think a camera springs me...so I'll probably cop a speeding fine.
Arrive Launceston and have some food- hang with Soph. and Tiff for awhile
which is nice. Watch
American Beauty and have a bad nights sleep (or lack of it). Chat to Mark
and Leanne on the phone.
I ended up calling reception for headache pills, that's how bad it got. Mark
tells me the solar electrician was suckered by Cosmo the rabbit....it was
being "ball of fluff" ...we all fall for it.
Open the paper and Bardot make the headlines- Launceston Schools are worried
that no one will, turn up (grin). Our instore is as midday, on a school
day. Catch up with everyone in the foyer as we are checking out, I decide
to walk to the instore.
I thought all these people were lining up for the cinema but no, it's a
massive instore crowd again
this time the line went for a kilometre.
Another crazy day but we speed people through so everyone got the chance to
meet them, I took thousands of fan photos, and the manager gave me a Kylie
single that I really wanted for Mr Minogue (Mark). Head to the airport,
once more using my build in road map...and manage to get lost but my road
skills are redeemed when I head down Melbourne street and come out near the
Launceston airport is rather Barnish....and just my luck the frequent flyer
lounge is being renovated....so I head to the food area. Sit next to Belinda
and a Jesus freak comes up and hands her a "Steps to peace with God"
booklet. I hate religion being pushed especially at airports and especially
when we are all chilling out. The Jesus person asks if - I know "him". I
go for the jugular...."I know he spells dog when spelt backwards".....I give
me most loving smile and the person thinks I'm even more freaky then they
are and departs quickly. (I hear Queens "another one bites the dust" in my
Ally McBeal music chip in my head).
Sit next to a cute person who is heading to a dance party that's on MY
street- they ask my number but I don't give it....I need sexual confusion in
my life like I need a bus load of Jesus Freaks.....
I know Him and I know you too .......blow out the Melbourne in-store and
head home to bed.
The Solar people continue work....they are being really fussy over the
structure which is good, I'm sure cyclones blow over our roof.....I climb
the ladder and decide to do all the gutters, save us $80 and several roof
men not turning up. Have a climbing harness on...the Greek lady that lives
behind us is spying on me...so I Yodel so she thinks i'm in the
Himalayas...I DO look like Tom Cruise in my harness!
See Rosemaree for some brekky. Babble is quiet today, everyone has the
pre-GST blues. I notice John Howard's popularity in the opinion polls is on
level with Hitler's. How many days to the next federal election.....I am so
embarrassed that Australia has a dick head for a Prime Minister.
Watch "October Sky" on dvd. Really enjoyed it and for a movie that has no
sex, no swearing, no killing just some good ol' hope and destiny I thought
it was great.
It's taken from a true story about Homer Hickman (based on the book by
The place is Coalwood West Virgina. The year 1957 and school boy Homer
Hickman and the rest of the town watch the Soviet Satellite SPUTNIK fly
overhead. This Russian achievement inspires Homer and his mates to build
their own rocket- against many obstacles- one being the town itself
which tends to make every son a coal miner....and very few slip through the
net to do other things in life.
It's a movie that makes you laugh, smile and cry...and yes I got woossy and
a bit blubbery.... as a lad from Wollongong- a city that was governed by the
Steel works it brought back many memories of " a better life style
elsewhere". Laura Dern has the accent down pack (Yo'all) and Jake
Gyllenhaal is a great Homer. It also has that weird looking guy that looks
like a ferret , he wa sin American Pie Movie (pretending he scored big time
at the start of the movie) in October Sky he
plays a high i.q'd freak and you like him more then his A.Pie appearance.
The producer also did "Field of Dreams". Maybe rent this one first, but
it's worth the effort.
From this teenage rocket boy to all the others out there trying to escape.
Finally find some Fruit Tingles for an old Aussie friends that's living in
the States......mail them off as a surprise. Track down our old plumber
and get him to fix the hot water system.... it will cost us 10% more from
July 1st....I hate this new tax system.
I just remembered, the International Whaling Commission meets in Adelaide
Australia in July to vote on the new South Pacific Whale Sanctuary. Let them
know that you want an end to the killing of whales. We especially ask any
Japanese readers to protest as a huge % of the killing is done by Japanese
boats- for scientific reasons- which is total bullshit.
head to: www.helpwhales.com
Please make the effort.
Was going to make Soup today but got side tracked by work. I ask Mark what
he is eating and he says there is a surprise in the kitchen and he has made
us home made sausage rolls- like OH YUM!
These are the best......! Add to that some Pan Rolls from my fave Indian
haunt and I'm content.
Will eat a massive plate of greens tomorrow to compensate.
Have a chat to Soph. and she is just about to do an interview with Nichigo
press- Japanese newspaper and apparently the girl group are on the front.
Japan will love them.
Neil should be heading off to the USA soon to work on the album and chat to
a few people about
new record companies etc. Hope to hear some new stuff when he returns. The
recent Tabac shows went well.
Have a chat to Vali who is still in Italy- she sounds better and has been
working on two new pieces of art. I couldn't work out if one is called
"Golden Dreams" or if she said "golden dreams" to me as I said was going to
bed. I think one has a Bunyip in the painting!
She's still there for awhile longer....looks like she has gotten rid of
Johnny out of her life. (not our Jj the other Johnny).
Have a sore back from all the computer work- must be sitting crooked.
Ben calls by and we have some breakfast, he;s off on the Midnight Oil tour
soon, notice the Oils cover of The Real Thing didn't do much, it's almost
out of the top 100 after only 3 weeks.
Good to see my favorite Yeti again and he serviced my Imac.
Well signed on for private health cover today....had to do it. Went via AXA
as they had all these bonus areas and you get cash refunds if you don't use
it each year. At least we are covered if anything happens on the farm.
Get an email from Mark Ryden's work shop, some new art is available on a
cloth reproduction....I still want a Ryden original....one day.
Rosemaree takes us to Office works and we buy the new printer, while the
prices were still good.
They also had typewriter ribbons that we needed so we grabbed some of them
too. Then up to CC Music on high street where they sell DVD's for $10
cheaper then anywhere else.
Spend most of the day working, and catching up on work.
We watch the Mummy on DVD....and it rains a bit during the night so i sleep
well. Still have a sore neck so I need a massage soon....any excuse.
Last day of June (there's a song in that somewhere) so it mean tax time
Mark keeps walking around saying tomorrow Australia is fu*ked forever thanks
to that little ****
John Howard- wow he hates him more then I do!
Wake up and it's grey and miserable outside...must mean the GST has arrived.
This Tax sucks.
Stay home all day, even sneak on the solar power.....
Email some media contacts, and work on the internet.
Raid the banana paddle pops...I never win those stupid "stick" contests- you
know where you match the three symbols...I always get two.
Two weeks of voting left for the ONYA awards, still time to vote- the Neil
website has a click button that takes you straight to the voting...so still
A weird icon appeared at the bottom of our IMAC....looks like a razor
blade.......it won't go away...I think it's watching us!
Anyway running out of things to say.....take care.
p.s.- think we are away on tour- so no club table at the Camberwell fair
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