The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 20 November - 2 December 2000
Get a parcel from Tim in New Zealand- he signed another batch of Say it is
So cds, Enz NYE tshirts and a letter for the issue #52 of the fanclub
Newsletter- straight into the studio and working on the follow up to Say it
is So. A man with a mission- good to see.
Probably a good time to do the favourites list...is it time Deb?
Fave Book- OSCARIANA- the wit & maxims of Oscar Wilde. lets face it Oscar
both enchanted and outraged people at the same time- that alone is a hard to
find art. This is a new collection of his prose (and wit). Would make a
great Xmas present for the right person. I find myself picking at it, I spy
the damn thing out of the corner of my eye- like the last truffle in a Xmas
box and be damned if I must have it.
"my own business always bores me to death. I prefer other peoples".
"Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of
Fave Christmas Gift so far. I got a certain person this gift, loved it so
much I searched the shop for a second. It's a Tibetan incense holder. A
copper/bronze tube (looks a bit like a prayer wheel), with symbols and
pieces added, it separates 3/4 of the way up the tube. Just incredibly cool
looking, and a bargain price. I always worry when an object is authentic as
I hope it was never a stolen relic from a monastery etc...you hope it came
from a Tibetan Incense Holder manufacturer....
Fave Cd- Bowie live at the Beeb. But it MUST be the Limited edition with the
Extra disc featuring Bowie at BBC Radio June 27th 2000. How can someone not
fall in love with songs like "man who sold the world" and "Kooks". People
are right though, the bonus disc is the best.
Fave Bible. Thanks to Jet-dvd for this one. They included it with the last
batch of DVDS. Volumne 4 of the DVD guide. Their Toll free number in the
States for people interested in a copy- 888-7356656 or try Tower etc etc
Our kind of Bible. On your knees Marky! (be nice).
Fave DVD-Buffy the Vampire Slayer Box Set OR X-Files Box Set #2. Both are
great and all the extra stuff is fantastic.
Creep of the year. The stupid cow who almost rammed us at Coles car Park
Hawthorn- then abused US...like we were the bad drivers. But Gryphon's are
creatures high in the revenge stakes.....
Even though I don't like the guy award- Goes to Peter Costello for actually
going in the Re-conciliation March....even if it was a vote stunt it is
still a good thing to do and we can all learn from this. Still Costello was
behind the GST so that says a lot.......even if he only went to grab some
votes it still means the Liberal Party is aware that the reconciliation
issue is a major vote concern so that is a good thing. 200,000 people
walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge must of scared someone.
Style of the month- hair hanging down both sides of the face (Bowie 2000
look).....use Fudge to thicken hair ....which now seems to smell like
licorice! (in fact they now call it licorice Fudge). The good thing about
Fudge is that next day after sleeping with it in your hair , your style
looks even better....perfect for ol' lazy bones me.
Finally work out that "A touch of Spice" Indian restaurant is only closed
down Monday nights. They make great mango Lassie drinks and curry's to die
Decide to stylize the 4 water bottles for the Peru hike. So I change the
boring army green covers to one off designs. Robin gets the Elvis (Sixties
Elvis of course) design....being an Elvis fan...Elvis cloth badges etc.
Trudi gets a giant "T" on hers with diamonds and pearls and loads of piping
and Marks is a secret...cos he reads this. Mine is a Nasa "design" with the
odd Nasa patch and Space Cadet feel to it. I like the idea of people shading
us with those big Tibetan umbrellas but it's not really a real 3 day hike if
I've got porters and lamas and god knows who else. Surely one can have some
glamour on the Inca trail....?
The Xmas shopping is ahead of schedule- I can not believe how good I have
been - the list is shrinking and the best part of shopping in November is
that you get all the incredible presents- not the old beat-up leftovers
squeezed and soiled....but I hope pay day comes around soon.
I guess plenty of USA/Canadian fans will be getting the Neil Finn DVD that's
out Dec 14th.
The Rolling Stones- GIMME SHELTER.
Now this is how a music DVD should be done- really nice package job and the
sound is great. Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround sound mixes.
Extra never before seen stuff from Maddison Square Garden show (1969) and
Jagger looks like a God....great vocal, great hair and really cool clothes.
Keef still needs dental work but hey he's looked MUCH worse.
It's like their are two pieces to this dvd- it starts off with the Stones so
incredible, so amazingly CLOSE to the audience......and then they have the
idea for Altamont. A free concert at Altamont speedway- near San Francisco.
Created at the last minute, a stage so low to the ground that people
continually invaded it......and a crowd of 300,000 (yes three hundred
thousand) people turned up...took far too much lsd and got into savage
fights with the Hells Angels. One person being caught on filmed- being
stabbed to death.......you get to look into Jaggers face when he realizes he
no longer has control of the crowd. It all gets out of hand....and when the
Stones finish their set.....they leave in their helicopter so incredibly
fast- everyone squashes in....it's "lets get outta here man".
You get to see some scary nude people...and the first ever case of crowd
surfing- (even if the guy was so pinned that he wouldn't know that he was
inventing something that's huge now). Many free hand camera shots, that work
incredibly well and capture a subtle side of a concert rarely seen.
Add to that Bill Owens and Beth Sunflowers fantastic stills photo gallery,
and a massive amount of Radio KSAN Dec. 7th 1969 caller feedback..especially
the Hells Angels who called......
More power to dvd companies like Criterion Collection for keeping classic
and contemporary films alive. Now if someone would just release PERFORMANCE
on DVD I'd be a happy camper.
Drive to Beenami today....call in at Bunnings and abuse the Amex card. Find
this huge stone angel for the Grotto and we can only just lift it. Add to
that cement and wheelbarrows and all the other fun things....thank god this
car has heaps of room.
We start the mowing as Summer is almost upon us and I want to keep us safe
from Forest Fires. Manage to fill up the bath- well partially and soak in
the tub and watch the sun go down through the stain-glassed window.
The Wombats have been having fun- we got the lawnmower out and it was half
buried as a wombat has decided to move into the mower shed...the best part
was the hole it has dug. It is perfect and round.
I find a track that I've never ventured down before and am overwhelmed by
the feeling...it's more open compared to the other tracks and once again I
stumble upon a big Wombat house. I sit near the entrance and two black
cockatoo's land in the tree and start talking to each other. Baby finches
are in a wattle bush nibbling on seeds....if ever I have to define the
Aussie Bush this little chunk is what's in my memory. How can people just be
content spending every day of their lives stuck in a concrete jungle?
The Solar battery runs dry and Mark lights up the endless candles. I test
the light and stupidly leave it in the "on" position. Yes you guessed it-
when the Sun wakes up in the morning the batteries charge and every light at
Beenami goes ON- (sorry MG).
I have a crappy night and a weird asthma attack- probably from all the
mowing and decide to sleep in the car so I wouldn't wake the household. I
watch 3 baby Possums playing on the barn roof- they keep me both amused and
awake for hours.
Head off at 10.00 and home for lunch-eat out on High Street's New York Deli.
Get a letter from the council and they basically tell me I won the right to
have my Parking Fine torn up- so they basically agree they were in the
wrong. I add it to my WINNING file for parking Fines. Score one for the
good guys. I think it was the line that said I would NEVER pay this fine.
They knew I would fight it.
Pretty tired from the restless night...
Spend the afternoon working up some "mocks" for our next mailout....it's
looking good- need to get some more information on Neil Finn though.
Sleep like I will never wake up.....but I will because I can, because I
will......(sounds like a Morrissey lyric).
Was going to clean the Grey Ghost- as I have to sell it soon. Thought a mere
$1000 for a sixties car is pretty good- it's been good to me and cost me
nothing- has 6 months registration left and a decent sound system....so I'm
sure it will be gobbled up. I could highlight the spot that Neil Finn spilt
his mineral water, or Nick Seymours greasy thumb print on the dash froma
day of painting, or Reg Mombassa getting inspired by it for his EK/Mambo
Poster......but I'm hoping someone will go "wow cool sixties car with Fins"
(instead of Finns)..........my biggest decision is to decide on removing the
Crowded House Together Alone deco sticker off the back window....
In the end I get sidetracked by friends and still don't get around to
We packed the last copy of Once Removed today- a few final orders came in-
have about 20 on the floor to mail- all the rest have been done Yeyyyyy. At
least every copy is going to the correct address and all logged in at the
Post Office. Next time Neil and Mark do a small book! Thank God we don't
work for the Beatles and have to mail out those Beatles Books- they are
Massive in size.
I hear the Beatles "1"cd is expected to come in at #1 everywhere....and it
does, because it can ........and damn in NZ the Beatles keep the
Finn-Runga-Dobbyn cd from going to #1. (F-R-D is at #2).
Happy Birthday dear Toija.
Call in and see Toija and Marco today. Really great- the house looks
incredible. They are a lovely couple- could never ever imagine either of
them with anyone else- they are totally meant for each other.
I'm biased- especially when the Tim Tams are pulled out within minutes.... I
have 3 of these little chocolate temptations.
For Toija's birthday she gets gardening gloves a huge collection of flower
seeds and a very sexy garden tool. She works it on all our backs...purrrrrrr
a very wicked look in her eye.
Next stop is down the road for some food and this is where the bad driver of
the year almost rams us. I end up pulling into the first space and decide to
tell her what I think of her....hell she told us to get f*cked.
As I walked towards her car she started a verbal attack and I used (drum
beat) "the voice" (no not John Farnham)......totally destroyed her- and so I
commented her on her ugliness and went VERY close to her open window and got
that mad, bad and dangerous to know look in my eyes and she panic'd and
zoomed off......what a cow- who gave this person her license.
Found a few small gift shops that Toija recommended and pigged out on
Worked on emails the rest of the day.
Well I called my Doctor as the ten zillion tests are in....and I'm happy to
report that I'm in perfect health.....been eating pretty good- so my
possible sugar is Aok...about 4.5 ( I think danger level is 8.00), No sign
of Hep A or B, pretty good Cholesterol , Liver kidneys etc all fine..... so
I'm happy. Mark annoys me with his "you'll never get sick" line which is
stupid as my family history could prove otherwise (you know a Klingon
crossed with a Romulan)....it's good to find a Dr that you
like....especially one scared of Dentists! (:
A parcel arrives from Katie Bardot- two pieces of clothing- one a top she
wore on the Popstars show and another from the tour- all autographed, to be
used in a future contest. The tops always look so little...at least there
are no mumified Tim Finn bananas in these stage clothes.
Speak to Liam Finn today- he was in the office when I called. Betchadupas
Australian debut ep next year will be called The Best of Betchadupa. I
wanted to call LLT's album "The very best of LLT"....it's a well worn joke
but still forces a smile. Like his dad he is keeping the title for the 2nd
NZ EP a secret...what is this father/son secret title thing? Anyway it's
always good to chat to him- told him off for being in Melbourne and not
calling by- then again it was only for the one day.
Get a chunk of new Neil news for the Newsletter-so there will be some fresh
news in that. We are attempting to send out every issue on the same day
(Dec. 10th). I can picture Mark reading this and saying "oh great...".
Get Terry Blameys Uk fax number for Mirella, so she can send a resume for
Kylie Minogues Tour. Mirella would be great- hope she gets the gig. Kylie is
playing the big venues this time around- sad in a way as the Palais Theatre
is just the right size,......plus Kylie is so minute' in stature that if you
are more then 20 rows back it's like watching a singing ant. Sorry Kyles but
we like to see your cuteness.
Even Madonna likes that Minogue girl- wearing a Kylie tshirt on the recent
music awards. Then again she wore a Britney tshirt as well.....
Wow has everyone been spotting photos of Michael Jackson...kind of even more
weird looking- it's like he has facial hair growing out from some cheap
plastic face mask....which is probably the case when you think of it....and
he's hanging around Elizabeth Taylor again. I almost puked at the "Michael
and Elizabeth-a very special love" headline- oh please pass the bucket.
Freak freak freak and I don't mean Cosmo the Pink eyed freak.
I like freaks, but Michael has passed over his crowd from King of Pop to
Head mayor of Freaksville.....god help his children what they will turn out
Pick up some photos today- hate my Halloween shots- I'm trying to
hard....the recent photos of Paul Hester are good so I'll use those.
Head to Borders who now have their Xmas bonus sale on- you get a $10 gift
voucher for every $100 you spend.....I just scraped in....
Weather has been exceptional, we had a really hot day- our first in ages the
other day and the office was nice and cool. It's great because it's made
from such chunky bluestones- only heats up after 3 days of non stop heat.
I'd hate to live in a hot house again-cool is a nice creature comfort.
World Aids day Today...it looks like Australia might end up being known as
the country who discovers the cure for Aids....the labs here are doing some
amazing word, same for Diabetes.
First day of Summer and it's not that hot- just pleasant...and December
means those ARE Christmas bells you are hearing. Am going to make an extra
effort this month...to help more people.
I saw Bush being interviewed tonight and he is a bit strange....it's like
his battery winds down mid conversation....America looks confused, unsettled
and the rest of the planet looks on falling asleep bored shitless. hell give
Clinton another year (grin-ok it doesn't work that way) at least he has
"something".......hell what do I know I live in Australia (OK occasionally I
have been known to have a Monica Lewinsky haircut.....does that count for
anything).....and "you in your new blue dress" is actually about me not
Sharon Finn....I think Harrison Ford should be the new president....he did
pretty well in Air Force One! (yeah and he plays around).
On a brighter , cleaner note- the new Environmental Busses hit the roads in
Victoria today. Instead of Petrol they use Ethanol- a by product of
SugarCane. (Woodchip waste can also produce Ethanol). If Ethanol gets used
more regularly they could cut greenhouse emissions here by up to 50%...and
in these days of high cost fuel it's a cheaper, cleaner alternative.
We leave early for our drive to the country. One of our main reasons for
heading to Beenami so soon is to grab some bottles of wine from the winery
across the road. It's a nice drop and has the property name on it.
I have the vibe to work so I finally get a chance to put up the Beenami
sign. Means using the chainsaw on some trees that have fallen down so its
recycling some wood that would normally rot. The chainsaw is a bitch- when
it's going it's fine but a total shit to start. It's extremely hot, I can
feel my skin getting zapped. Finally the sign is up- had to relocate some
giant ants but it looks good. Planted heaps of climbing natives around it,
they all come out in flower so it should look good.
Get home with a combination of suntanned and slightly sunburn skin....Summer
has most certainly arrived downunder.
The Reconciliation March is tomorrow hope the weather is kinder.
Anyway the silly season is nearly upon us, just be careful on the roads, too
many drunken idiots out their this time of year.
All the best.
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