The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 13 May - 26 May 2002
May 13th 2002
Spent some time today shuffling around on the stock market. Thought it was
great how shares in Adult Shop.com were the most traded stock on the Aussie
share market today, jumping from 11c to 35c. Proving $ex does $ell. I wonder
how many business people just bought a few shares because they thought they
were being naughty and it would make interesting dinner small talk?
Katie Bardot's BEAUTIFUL single debuts at #11 on the Australian charts.
(Top ten NSW and VIC), #1 on the dance charts, so it looks like it has all
the trappings of a real hit. Debuted much higher then I thought it would,
she called up very happy and to say thanks for the help, so that's nice.
Good to see a friend doing so well. Tv show was 31 in it's timeslot too.. so
I can imagine she is having a good week.
Started to bring little fluffy Cosmo bunny inside at night as it's getting
col. He's probably ok, but it's a nice treat...he heads up to my room,
totally house trained, sometimes when we are watching a movie he'll hop down
the staircase and come in and watch us. Such an odd bunny...we like him. So
glad he found us.
Neil Finn's DRIVING ME MAD track is getting some solid fan support in the
USA/Canada, everyone seems to be calling up radio and making an effort.
Someone told me it's the most played song on AAA radio. It won't be a
domestic single, however, Nettwerk have made a radio single..complete with a
cover, so I guess that will become one of those fan collectables. I really
like ONE ALL (the USA release), 'Lullaby Requiem' is a truely wonderful
song, such private moments.
Heard from my friend Chris in the USA today, his association with Calvin K.
is going well, apparently quite a few pairs of Calvins heading my way, can't
have too many pairs of qty underwear! Free is good.
Hmm what am I reading at the moment. Just finishing off Book Four of Star
Trek's NEW EARTH series...late night paperback reading...it's all fine, not
too deep. After that it's Mercedes Lackey's FIREBIRD (thanks Rosemaree nice
present) and after that Chogyam Trungpa BORN IN TIBET. Chogyam Trungpa is a
meditation master, scholar and an artist. When he was very young he was
identified as a Tulko (enlightened teacher) and spent the next 18 years in
intensive training as a fully ordained Monk. When the Chinese Communists
invaded Tibet, Trungpa spent months trekking over the Himalayas escaping
capture. It's one of those rare looks at the life of a Tibetan lama, should
be a good book. Looks like we will be taking the library's book shelves up
to the roof....ran out of room again...will have to get one of those funky
ladder systems added and train the rabbit to push us along...when we want a
book from the top row.
'Strangelets' are the new cosmic cool. They are also called Quark
nuggets-they are thought to exist in dense stars & to be made of sub atomic
particles (Quarks). They are as small as a blood cell but weigh about a
tonne. I just like their name...! They are my favorite Science thing this
Book in car for it's service, have never had a problem with our 4WD, just
runs so well, still it's good to have it serviced every so often to keep it
that way. Hope Holden give us a VIP car for the day otherwise we are stuck
in the outer suburbs for 4 hours during it's service. The service could end
up costing a fortune as we just be tempted to shop for four hours.
Have had a lot of orders for BANG! this week, think every single order came
in from America. No idea why, it's like someone has started a secret USA
publicity campaign on our behalf. The second F/16 book has almost caught up
to Hussy as far as sale, I'm glad people are enjoying the diary books, one
of our regular readers in Boulder (Hi Liz) told me that she just leaves it
on her table at work and people always pick it up and start reading it.... I
wonder what they think it is. Such strange little books- I like that.
Greg Macainsh of Skyhook fame calls by and plays us this multi mix, looks
like it won't be released after all- kind of a relief. Thankfully the idea
didn't come from the 'Hooks. he has a look at some of the WINGS OFF FLIES
page images. Greg is writing a few lines for the dust cover of the book,
thought it was nice of him, was thinking of getting NF to do it too but
we've known Greg longer and I think we harassed him so much on stage with
our photography that he understands our background etc.
Singer Rachael Kane (of 'Happy Messy Love' fame), well her management have
asked us to do some work with her. The timing is out though as we are booked
up for the next 6 months. Sad in a way as a few good friends are working
with her- Peter Farnan from Boom Crash Opera and Sarah Morgan who is one of
the best PR people I know......oddly enough Sar. calls and we work the
single a bit on the Hot 30...jumps in at #21.
After we talk to Rachael's management we get a call from Scotty Cain' s
management- yeah the new Popstar...and they ask us to do some work too. Just
realized how strange that is...both surnames are Kaine/Cain just a twist on
the spelling. Sloane looks after Scotty and he is currently #2 on the charts
here. Same thing, we said NO....probably throwing away a years wage on both
but hey...sometimes gotta say NO. Can always change your mind I guess. With
an industry that seems to be cutting down on it's workers- we seem to be
getting a lot more work offers. I'm hoping that's a sign that we do it well
and not a sign of desperation on the artists part....*grin*.
Finally our Mark Lizotte site is up again, happens when your host doesn't
get paid by the accountant. www.mlizotte.com Mark has just finished
recording his new album and it's being mastered in the USA. No release date
yet. Interesting to see what he comes up with.
Spend Saturday watching movies...just that sort of day. All grey and
wonderfully cold, think the ski season will have an early start this year. I
can feel the snow in the wind...has that bite to it.
Rocket Pocket Books website is such an active little site, had some really
nice emails (thanks guys)...slowly fixing my mistakes *grin*..I said slowly.
http://www.rocketpocketbooks.com Some of the Wings off Flies photos are up
on the website in the photo area.
Breakfast with Rosemaree. The Babble boys are all excited as work on the
Babble Mk II extensions are underway soon. We both have chocolate milkshakes
this morning....kind of silly of me as it's cold. The Baroness bought a can
of Malt just for my shake. I am a happy Gryphon.
Melbourne dresses well for the upcoming Winter. We really do have good taste
when it comes to coats and jumpers. I watch a Winter fashion show go walking
by on the street...admire Melbournians taste in what they wore today.
Think I have finally worked out how to grow Kangaroo Paws. These are the
plant variety. Fran gave me on of the Bush Gem Kangaroo Paws for my
birthday. It's called Bush Pearl and produces masses of tiny bright flowers.
Anyway I let it live inside, in the past i've always put them outside...and
they have died..inside it's a very happy plant. Something about the back
room, plants seem to thrive in it. Honeyeater birds love to hover around
these plants....not sure how they will get inside the house though.
When my dad died quite a few years back now, the one thing of his that I
kept for myself was his Australian coin collection. No idea why as I was
never a major coin or stamp collector...like all kids I did collect both for
short periods (Mark was a far bigger stamp geek then I was). The collection
was never completed, about 3/4 . For some weird reason I decided to finish
it, no idea why, maybe just because it's something not completed by my Dad,
maybe just a sense of finishing it to pass down to god knows who when I go
to the big music venue in the sky.....anyway I've started to complete the
Found this rather strange coin shop in the city, so when I go to look after
Vali's studio, every so often, I call in and cross off some coins. Am close
to finishing up the penny's, half pennies, and sixpences etc. Am going to do
this....like I said not sure why. At the end of the day they just end up
locked away in the safe. See weird stuff as you get older.....stay young!
Chat to TVNZ about Enz footage, getting it together for our Enz meeting
around the DVD. Need to go through a lot of stuff, should turn out ok.
One problem is that all the band members will have different ideas, so need
to keep everyone focused. Will be interesting to see which clips get the
thumbs down, I'm sure a few will get left out.....I could be wrong. I know
how much they dislike clips etc like THINGS.
Did an interview the other day and someone asked me (rather un-expectant) if
I had to pick one male and female movie star to sleep with- who would it be.
Male- well I explained Harrison Ford is a bit too old now, though I still
like that scar, Brad Pitt- well everyone likes Brad so that's a bit
predictable. Would have to be Paul Rudd.
Female-Can't pick Kylie as they said movie star...Cameron Diaz has moments,
Kate Winslet is interesting, ..the girl from Seven years in Tibet/Himalaya
is just beautiful....Jennifer Aniston at times.
Think they were more worried that I was so quick on my selection of both
sexes. Lucky they didn't ask cartoon character love interest....hmm Stuart
Little, Minnie Mouse, all of the Xmen....Olive Oil....Prince Planet....the
Cat twins from Japan...
Spend the day mailing out Tim Finn FEEDING THE GODS cds. Have to check every
address so it takes forever....
Just make it out of the shower in time for Robin and Trudi. Head to La
Camira for some birthday celebrations. What a huge bottle of Glayva! Nice
Hats off to Queenslander Nancy Crick who ended her suffering by taking a
combination of barbiturates and a swig of Baileys. There seems to be major
concern over the question of if she had bowel cancer. When someone ways a
mere 27kg, has three cancer related operations and is in obvious pain,
surely the decision to 1/ end her suffering and 2/ die with dignity, should
be a thing between her and her family. I am so sick and tired of people
like Right to Life President Margaret Tighe trying to control the lives of
others. It's Nancys life, she wasn't coerced into anything, she wasn't
assisted. I truely wish that God would give the Margaret Tighe's of the
world some terminal disease and see how they deal with it. Right to Lifers
make me sick to the stomach...that whole organization easily deserves
"Creeps of the month" awards, hypocrites. (Grumble growl).
Victoria was the hottest state in Australia today- such an incredible day.
India and Pakistan head closer to War. Increasing violence by militant
groups is heating it all up. This provocation could start a nuclear war-
both sides with fingers firmly on the button. The dispute over Kashmir see's
one million soldiers already on the front line. How scary is that.
Bill Cullen calls and gets his mystery present from us, a nice photo from
the Finns wedding anniversary party. Love those rabbit ears Billy.
Have a major urge for homemade soup, so into the kitchen. Really nice, all
While buying my vegies I stumble upon Miss H. Balls Chutney. Oh my gawd Miss
Hair Ball....was in a mood so I couldn't stop laughing....and getting LOUDER
I notice the other shoppers started giving me a very wide berth with their
trolleys....I just had to buy Hairballs Chutney...Mark had a laugh
too...it's really nice...especially on a roast.
We miss breakfast at Babble today and take the car to the Holden depot for
it's service. They give us a VIP car and we head to Beenami to feed Igor.
Mark tries to smuggle several huge geese back to the property, they decide
to put up a fight so he surrenders. The valley is surrounded by mist and
fog..looks like something from Mists of Avalon. Spot several druid priests
hitching along the roadside.
Get the car back and arrive home before the commuters traffic jams start.
The nights are getting cold and I consider lighting the big fires in the
office...make it all cozy. Mark tells me of this amazing dream which
obviously came about from us watch MULHOLLAND DRIVE. What a movie, loved it
but it totally messed our heads, David Lynch is one wicked man...loved this
movie ...little pieces of all our favorite Lynch moments....3/4 of the way
through the movie the weirdness takes over. I think it really did cause some
mental problems for me during the night.
The household has restless sleep...seems to be a lot of flu around. Kind of
a weird day so we blow out our coffee date with Rachael Kane. I work on this
diary entry in the afternoon.....think about NZ which is fast approaching.
Finn shows, bectahdupa and Enz dvd stuff. Am going to take all the NZ fans
'Feeding the Gods" cds to Auckland with me and mail them their, people will
get them quicker that way.
It's very cold today, you just know it's snowing in the Alps. Even Mark
using the clothes dryer doesn't heat up the house. On go the fires. I feel
like I should have a bag of twigs and marshmallows.
Heard that Spiderman kicked Attack of the Clones butt in Hollywood. Onya
Happy Birthday Robin McDonald...major hiding from Robin..yeah one of those
anti-birthday people...we left messages everywhere...hope you have a nice
Up early and stumble to the office for some work....speak to Rosemaree and
we head to Babble for breakfast...all jumpered up in Marks hand knitted
furry jumper...so snuggly. The girls like the fur...a blonde in the sauce
aisle walked past and said she loved the jumper. Cool!
'Clinkers' are on special again...not sure if they are indigenous to
Australian chocolate lovers...they are chocolate on the inside and have
surprise coloured centres. You have to try your esp powers and say what
colour the centre is...Mark always gets it wrong but I think he gets to eat
Hope you are all well and happy.
Life is good.
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