The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 5 November - 19 November 2000
The Chapel Street Festival is on today-it's a yearly thing which now seems
to be an excuse to eat and get trashed. Looks packed so I watch the passing
parade from the balcony.
Renee calls and we head off for a coffee. She decides she wants to go to
Babble- hey today is my Babble-Free day....but I agree with her they make
the best toasted sandwiches. So we get a table on the street, 3 hours later
we are still there- various people say Hi and pull up a chair and sit. Jj
plays truant from the recording studio and comes on down. It's a lovely day
and I've had far far too much coffee. Move into a higher gear and start
scribbling ideas down on napkins......
Do some great drawings for Beenami.....all this for the price of three
It's now 4.00 in the morning the Chapel Street festival crowd are finally
going home so I can get some sleep. (No I'm not asleep on a table outside of
Babble- it just seems that way).
Popstars starts on cable today, I wonder why network seven didn't replay it
again, it was such a huge success the first time.
Sounds like Neil is ok around a USA release for his next solo c.d, his
comments even confused me....just the state of the industry I guess. Then
again the charts are not as bad as I thought- the Spice Girls DIDN'T make #1
here, so I'm happy over that. They are such whiney cows.
Get a call from the hardware store that our Beenami sign is ready for the
Forest House, the original sign is up and I just hate it, I'm happy for the
winery to have the original name.
Melbourne Cup -day off. Marky is just working and working, so I've put away
a Xmas bonus for him- he'll read this and it will blow the surprise. He
really is the backbone of my companies.
Drive to Glen Waverley (outer outer Melbourne suburb) to catch up with Tania
and her 5 year old son Jake. I promised that some of the guys will take him
to Putt Putt Golf. Mark is working so good ol' Spock takes the challenge.
have bike races with him first- it's a great day- sunshine falling all
around like rain.
We manage to play ALl the gold courses, 4 hours later am totally frazzled.
Everyone was impressed with the several "holes in one" in a row.... all
total flukes of course!
Good to see Spock again and Jake had a ball...well he lost a few golfballs
in the alligator swamp.....so guess who had to put his hand into the sludge
and retrieve them !!! So don't shake my hand on future tours-rank!
The day ended with myself sun-baking on the back of a fake Zebra- could of
easily fallen asleep on the thing!
Nepalese for dinner.
Well someone didn't turn up today as promised......I hate being stood up.
I'll probably sulk for a good solid week. Ahhhhh! Call Bardot's Tiffany in
Jakarta- she turned 23 today! Just a baby. The girls all sound tired, they
are working incredibly hard.
We watch PITCH BLACK on DVD, this one I'll review- mainly because it was
filmed here (well the desert areas of Queensland).
It's some Australian sci fi- financed by Universal Studios. The guy who
penned The Fugitive wrote this one.
Basically a bunch of marooned passengers end up on some weird world (it has
three suns but we won't go into the Physics of that) all very desert world
and some great dinosaur bones. A vicious little shit of a convict (Vin
Diesel) who obviously found time to do some gym work in the State pen... but
he has neat eyes...that come in handy when the longest eclipse ever
happens..... like they say evil knows evil and Vin is getting the vibe that
the dark holds some rather brutal killers. They are murderous beasties, and
are a cross between the Aliens (from Alien) and a hammerhead shark..... they
seem to have a taste for human flesh. The one thing that expels them (and
burns 'em up) is the light........so the scene where our cosmo's Gilligan
Island casterways are huddled around a diminishing light source has you
going "ohhhhh gawd".
The dialogue is a bit iffy and the characters could of been a bit more
dimensional.....we enjoyed it- but most people would be better off renting
it. The odd Australian accent & aussie expressions like dickhead, bloody and
of all things "crikey" (even in australia no one says "crikey") added a
quaint flavour to PITCH BLACK. Points for being a bit scary, night computer
creatures and the some great landscapes from the best country in the world.
We are invited to the opening of the new Melbourne Museum- their first major
attraction is "Body Art". Everything from piercings to plastic surgery. They
also have a sense of humor methinks as a huge portrait of Danni Minogue is
in the plastic surgery area. Whole boards of clips and nipple covers and
sections on brandings- all the way back to early man. Tattooing is covered,
to the point of a copy of a Tattoo parlour. Some incredible Tattoo "guns"
which I just loved. Vali is invited along, and she will be giving talks at
the show- explaining why all her dogs names are tattooed on her feet, maybe
talking about the Tattoo she did for Patti Smith or Holly Woodlawn from
Warhol's factory etc etc. I go and give her a kiss and she hates being in
that blasted wheelchair but her leg has to heal and shit she is seventy.
The Museum puts on some body art, impossible to describe here, but it just
showed how wonderful and open the Museum space is. I usually prefer the
grandeur of classic museums but the new look Melbourne has something, and a
bravado of youth- similar to Australia itself. I don't mean horrid modern
architecture, as it somehow contains the good parts of the archaic "shell",
but a feeling that many young people are working with the Museum board (or
they could even be on it. More power to them.
The opening night crowd- some made the effort- I went for the fetish look
and Mark had on this incredible shirt that dazzled passersby. More men than
woman in nail-polish, and guys wearing heaps of product in their hair, woman
looking very "boyish" again- and undertones of gothic too. What a good
looking crowd- Melbourne you are beautiful!
We start on some serious Xmas shopping, determined to have it all under
control this year.
I also head to Emerald to visit Nigel and get him to sign a pile of Enz 2000
tshirts for use on the Frenz.com site later on. Noel and Tim Finn from the
Enz will also sign them.
Nige tells me that there was a huge storm last night, it must of passed us
by in the heart of the city, his massive backyard looks rather windswept and
I can tell he doesn't want to go outside and clean up natures extremes.
His two other cats follow him around and I can tell he still misses Gollam.
On the way I call into this great bakery in the hills and but him some cakes
they make a really good vanilla slice. I can't wait so I eat mine in the
car, what a piggy I am today. My sugar levels must be low.
It's a quick visit and I am just tempted to go up the mountain pass and head
to Beenami for a drop in, but time is against me and I have to be home in
time to go to dinner with Lara, Fran and Steve and Igor Snr.
Nige tells me of a shortcut which ends up being longer.
The girls are on time so we walk to Globe. We put together a special "gift
box" for Miss Lara, one of the items in it is the "Sacred Orb". You ask it a
Yes/No type question and it gives you some advice in the magic "eye" piece.
Perfect for friends who have boy /girl problems. Plus heaps of other joyous
things like a moo cow key-ring that you squeeze and a fake brown "poo" like
balloon pops out of it's bum. Yes class acts we are! Especially when you
don't tell them and they accidentally squeeze the cow in the restaurant.
Good to see Steve again who is now happily back in Australia. We are totally
embarrassed as I think we somehow appropriated his Rolling Stones live
video. Hope you are feeling better Miss Lara. Go to bed at 3.00.
Spend the weekend sending out more Neil Finn Once Removed books. Such a
mammoth task, as they take forever to do but we are finally seeing the light
at the end of the tunnel and the bulk are in the mail.
We clean up the office for the Camberwell Collectors Fair, we only decided
to do this at the last minute. We never get a chance to sleep in these days.
catch up with the infamous Simon Cannington and he collects his auction
prize. It's good that it's going to a good home, I like it when fans get
something really special and you know the person will really like it
forever. He gives me one of those "you had a late night" looks...and he is
right. My wild man of the party scene reputation is still intact.
Just worked all day, and tried calling the Bardot girls in Kuala Lumper.
Mark wakes me up....for once my body clock didn't work- I'm calm and kind of
rational considering it's Record Fair Day (similar to Ground hog day).
Whereas Mark plays Ying to my Yang and is mad, frantic, nearly breaks his
arm on the metal trolley...swears, questions why we do these *%#@#$# Fairs.
The new car gets us there is 10 minutes....and we are set up in 30. Of
course it's raining. Meet some new club members which is good, and a chance
to chat to some of the lifers. Poor Thea, she was very quiet today, she does
these brilliant cat drawings and I stupidly chased after her to tell her
that we really dig them. I think she thought I was stirring her- which I
wasn't she is really talented. I'm so loud and she is so quiet...what a
mouth I am.
I manned the table all day, took some signed Bardot stuff and that was
gobbled up very fast. Some guy tried to give us shit in front of everyone,
and we cut him down to size in 10 seconds flat- musically people should be
able to like whatever they want- if some kids like what the Bardot girls do
then so be it. Yes I would pick You Am I'd Savage single over Bardot's
anyday but big deal, who's to say my tastes are so damn good.
It ends up being a long one and we bail at around 3.30- I figure 8 hours is
enough.....we pack up in record time and Mark almost kills one of our fave
club members when the trolley takes a dive down the stairs!!!
Home and order in food- too frazzled to cook.
Have a Kidney Disease check up, using one of those albustrix test strips.
They suspect that 100,000 Australians alone have failing kidneys and the
majority don't know it. The Australian Readers Digest magazine is financing
these test kits- they come free with the latest issue. Basically it's a
screening test for detecting Protein in your Urine (you should have no
protein in your urine). Naturally you should have regular checkups on things
like this, but it felt good when mine was A'ok. So grab a copy of readers
Digest if you live in Australia and have a quick test. Could even save your
Speak to Hessie today, will drop by and see him later on in the week- he
sounds great, baby Olive is growing up fast.
Spend the day telling people how good YOU AM I's DAMAGE cd single is (its
more like an e.p), it's in my favourite 3 cds released this year, could even
be my fave. Interesting as from memory I think I also thought their HEAVY
HEART cd single was the best single of the year awhile back. Hopefully their
new album will be this good. Deserves to do well.
On all our Christmas presents this year we are using Starlight Children's
Foundation Cards. It's a great cause- the Starlight Foundation grant wishes
for seriously ill children and their families. A decent % of each card goes
to the Foundation....and all those Kmart type stores stock them. Except the
store at Southlands as we bought up every single packet they had- hey might
as well create a rush!!!
Mark thinks the big Xmas tree should go in the dining room area out back- he
could be right, the space is already filling up with presents- I've done a
serious job of wrapping things this year and am refusing to leave it to the
last minute. Though a tacky side of me still exists I've noticed- this year
being the "return of Disco" I'm planning the tree to be covered in miniature
mirror balls... Each year we get a real tree and one the last day of the
year we take the tree to Xmas Tree Alley which is the far corner of our
Forest Place and plant it...they seem to grow ok but the Wombats get
confused and think it's their idea of "home delivery" as the bottom of the
tree has serious nibbling going on.
Ohhhh was the unlucky 86666 person to check out this F/16 site today....all
those Sixes- if I'm evil today I have an excuse- blame the counter! The
devil presides on my site.
I keep thinking that more and more people should write stuff on the
internet. More diaries and private stuff....I get bored with Postings etc as
it tends to always be the same related stuff...then again I guess they are
more for sharing and receiving information....I like the idea of people
putting even 5% of their life on line. Not sure why, possibly to see how the
other half lives.
Someone asked me today who I want to see win- Gore or Bush. Gore , but I
only know what I see on CNN etc- you can never be sure of what they say is
what they really think or will do. American political campaigns are so
incredibly tragic and such bullshit....and some of those people look like
they have escaped from bad re-runs of Dallas! Was happy for Hillary. Marks
Mum is convinced that Hillary will ditch Bill in a years time!
Tim Finn is putting pen to paper for the next newsletter, as is Paul Hester
and I think Neil so a few letters from the boys. 1Rumors flying left right
and centre about Tim touring Europe in 2001, but we won't comment till the
dates are locked in- would hate to get people worked up over this and then
the bottom falls out. Tim might mention it in his letter to the fans.
I notice that all the Australians have received their Neil Finn Once Removed
Books, guess the overseas people will start getting their copies next week.
I waited a few days before mailing out the English ones as I'm sure the UK
mail system is in tatters after all these floods and I'd hate for fans to
get waterlogged copies.
Just heard that the Popstars T.v series will have a UK release in March
2001, courtesy of ITV. So my ugly mug will appear on English t.v (very
briefly) early in the new year. It also means our Bardot girls get their
launching pad for England. Asia is falling to their womanly charms....the
album is #2 and their single is #1.
get a call from Paul Hester and it's a nice day to visit. Olive Hester is
just a delight and giggles and tries to bite my finger- yes she is teething.
Sunday is growing at a mile a minute and is a beauty. Incredible happy for
him- and he is so at ease. The home studio is a beauty and we talk for ages,
hear some new "stuff" and I'm involved in it somehow (I think). "Best in
town" is one of the winning tunes- nice Hammond organ in it. Great vocal and
While I was there Paul penned the letter for the newsletter, in his own
"style" (grin). I'm shattered that he has been playing golf!!! But I guess
exercise is good....our photo shoot has him posing hitting lemons with his
goldclub! Cheesey Hester grin. We have some of those deep moments, and I
promise we'll catch up more often. I do adore Paul, and it's always a
pleasure to see him, usually ends up with us laughing with tears in our
eyes. I'm just happy for him these days- that cloud of darkness has gone
Call into my Skyhook bassists house but I find out later that he has gone to
Sydney for Apra work. Hope he got back on the board. Had a weird dream that
his seventies band Skyhooks reformed for a special "Federation" concert (as
next year is Federation year in Australia)........weird eh?
Watch "The Rock" last night- hey Sean Connery, he's great. There are a few
James Bond jokes in the script too. One of those Friday night action movies.
We find out the X-Files second season dvd box is delayed in America by
another week (huge grumbles in the force over that one).....and all these
English dvd magazines mouthing off that England gets the Buffy DVD Box set
before anyone else and puffing out their chests. Sorry to tell you this
England- Australia (add huge chest puff here) gets the Buffy Box Set a week
before anywhere. Like it really matters.
So Mark returns from his week off- he's been spending it high in the hills
of the Grampiens in a wooden cabin with the girl who plays Willow in the
series. It's a huge secret affair so please Mums the word....yes and no Tara
in sight (oh that's only a t.v lesbian affair...I always confuse the two.
Hey I'm a guy- I'm sure Lesbian fantasy's are high on my list). Anyway you
read it first here- Mark and Willow. He does kind of look like a tall Seth
(well when Seth turns into a Werewolf...he does).
Sleep in because I can...and needed to-we've been putting in long hours
again. Wash the rabbit- she's getting use to it- well 90% of the wash but
every so often she will try and escape. They are so alien looking when they
are wet. Sunny day so she's all fluffed out in no time- must know it's a
good thing as she hops over and starts kissing me on the arm. Cute!
Hairball hangs with Cosmo today in the Atrium- both huddle together for some
My sugar goes into override so I nap- well for several hours, diabetes test
is my next one. Maybe all those jelly babies didn't help.
Decide to make Chicken Parmigiana for dinner...wish I had more vegies.
have no idea what to write today. Maybe I should sit back and open up my
brain to you.
What I'd like to do...next year and beyond: (the odds)
Work with U2 on a tour. (3/10)
Do a very small tour with Neil Finn because he is and always will be the
best person I have ever worked with. (7/10)
Survive our Inca Hike in July in the Andes. (9/10)
Get some violet contact-lens in February. (5/10)
Spend a month in remote India helping to build the Buddhist Nuns new
Pay off our house, just for the boring old security of always having a roof
under our head. (3/10)
Learn more about Solar Power and add some more cells. (5/10)
Work 6 hours a week in the Aids wing of the Alfred Hospital. (6/10)
Have our finished copy of F/16 book #1 in my hands just after Xmas
(providing the printers don't take a month off). (7/10)
Build the Grottoes at Beenami (8/10)
Things pop up on my list in my head, some I 'll forget about till the time
is right, I guess everyone has lists of some sort, life is too short so I'll
try to do as many things as possible.
Must of been a warm night as I'm down to a single cotton sheet and nothing
else.....climb out of bed looking for the main bed cover and decide I should
just get up, slept too much lately.
Was thinking of heading to Babble with Rosemaree but she is away with her
Mum, and in the end I get sidetracked with work and this update. So
breakfast becomes lunch and I call the Babble boys to prepare some food.
The Greville Street Market people are setting up as I walk past, I like to
watch them- always a weird feeling- like a past life experience of a caravan
setting up camp at an Egyptian Oasis. I just stare at these vendors with
their tents and poles and rugs....some remnant in my memory of a long time
ago. Very odd feeling, like when you walk past someone who's pealing an
orange and the orange skin triggers off a sensation when you smell it. But
these "tent" feelings are more obscure and fragmented. Very odd.
Pick up my food from Babble and am weak and buy some Carrot cake, not just
for me, so at least the calories are halved.
Hairball is watching me, so I stop everything and have a dance with her-
she likes to be cuddled and her stick like cat arms stretch right out as she
tries to lead in our rhythmic liaison. Her 17th birthday soon, and very
close to the cats birthday is Cosmo the rabbit who turns one. Possibly on
the same day.
Can't wait for December to arrive, "Borders" usually have a massive Xmas
sale and I am in urgent need of some new reading material. I should raid our
library again and see what un-read treasures I have....I'm sure to find
Every week I find a new thing for the Famous for 16 Minutes Lucky 100,000th
reader contest. So a little box of goodies just grows and grows. So remember
if you are lucky 100,000th print it out and get in contact with us, you
could win this bunch of goodies!
Think I've actually ran out of things to write (now that IS a scary
thought). Look after yourselves.
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