The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 21 October - 3 November 2002
October 21st 2002
Find a Cosmo the rabbit cartoon image and send it to Lone Wolf for our
upcoming Christmas card. I like the idea of special Christmas cards that our
office sends out..I still buy all those charity packs of cards for presents
and relatives but it's nice and arty to have your own card each year.
The big dry is coming up and Melbourne will start water restrictions soon,
won't hurt in a way as we all waste so much water anyway. Any excess tap
water goes into the garden instead of down the drain. It's good as the wild
parsley out back is growing like crazy. I should start Peter's Parsley
Packers (try saying that three times) company and sell it to the
supermarkets. The more I pick the more it grows....some people's noses are
Hear from one of our favorite artists Shane Gehlert, one of his new
paintings "First Settlers" is brilliant, a gallery is selling it for big
bucks so it's out of our league at the moment, my last pay went towards the
Rosaleen Norton art-so I should be good and be content.
"Wanker of the week" award must surely go to Warren Jenkin of Australian
band Killing Heidi. He was such a total tosser at the music awards...he has
just turned me off the band for life. Definitely over Killing Heidi..or
should that simply read Overkill/ing Heidi. They are more hyped then any of
the Popstars manufactured groups and the new album is pretty boring. is this
the same group who released the wonderful Weir/Massacre.?
Single of the week has to be the new Pearl Jam release: "I AM MINE". The
Aussie release is a 4 track digi pack. The second song "Down" is one of my
favorite songs from the pen of Mr Vedder. In the words of Miss Candee, they
just keep getting better....
Finish work on "Glamour" , well text wise...some parts of the Diary
archives are missing from the F/16 site so I had to go back to my original
diary and work from that area. Deb now has GLAMOUR up and available for
order on the merchandise section of this website. Out in time for Christmas.
Get some GLAMOUR in your sacks this Christmas.
Head into the city and try and track down some instant cobwebs for the
Hallowe'en BBQ....couldn't find a cobweb anywhere, did get some very cool
orange and black candles that have witches cats on them...$2 each bargain or
It worries me when I take in money to the American Express office to pay off
my gold card, that the office staff now know me by name! They'll be offering
me a flat white soon and a biscuit while I wait in line.
A new bread shop has opened on Greville street, they make their own cakes
and sweets...I especially love the coconut "inside out" snacks. They are a
bit like a Bounty bar but turned inside out...with baked coconut on the
Coconut oil will be the next retro health fad, I've said this for awhile.
It contains 92% saturated fatty acids, and an abundant supply of MCFA's
(Medium Chain Fatty Acids)....about 62%. The MCFAs are a small size particle
so fewer enzymes are needed for absorption...which means your digestive
system can copy better...and they (chain fatty acids) are sent to the liver
directly. MCFAs also assist in in the absorption and the retention of
magnesium, calcium and even a few amino acids...and add support to the
thyroid gland. The latest research however shows that MCFA's really help
the immune system and encourage the human body to fight viruses and
bacteria. (usually boost's the Lauric Acid which is a major disease
Most Coconut oil is made up of Capric, Caprylic and most importantly Lauric
acid...and around half is Lauric acid...the building block for your immune
system. So Coconut oil is the F/16 healthy item of the month. See all the
good things you can learn by reading this site.
Robin calls by and works on our tax...Filthy Rich Promotions has to pay the
evil tax man some more money but that's life and I just shrug and pay out
the buck$. Trudi calls by, I knew I'd find her sitting in her car waiting to
walk in on time...we head off for Mexican. They let me use my VIP card and
we get a nice 15% off. The tequila sets in and I make one of those "you guys
bring out the best in me" type phone calls (ahem).Mark is rather quiet
tonight, his tally of "animals saved" this week has dropped. I tell him
maybe he has saved all the animals and there are simply none left....we walk
home and all the cats come out and say hello to him as we walk past. There
is not a single Nine Banded Armadillo around when you want one *grin*.
Head into Mushroom today, Dean and Dave take me to lunch after we work for
many hours on the Split Enz DVD. Really want to sign off on this today. It
looks great and we are still on track for a November 18th release. Think the
Frenz of the Enz will be happy about this release. Footage looks great.
Dean takes me into his office and shows me the Skyhook One Million album
sales record awards....he says "hey look at this one" and pulls out a
Million seller award for yours truely, I get a bit teary (but without the
tears), really honoured and happy. Skyhooks were my first band so to get a
million seller award for our office is one of the greatest nods. Dean takes
it back and says I have to receive it at the official function from the MD.
Damn indian giver *grin*....very happy. I thank him and he says "Pete your'e
one of the good guys". I like being a good guy, the music industry is tough
old bitch sometimes, so it's good not to be like some of the others. Being
nasty doesn't command much respect from me anyway. I'd rather be good with
selected moments of evil. Far more creative.
Rosemaree calls by with a lot of work that she has done for us, means we
have to work most of the night but it's good to get it out of the way. She
just help's keep it all moving.
Neil emails me late at night so I am assuming he is already in the USA-
guess the Finns are having a holiday before the charity show at the Wiltern?
Rebecca has bought some new sandals, those great summer ones with beads on
the top...they'll be massive this year- I keep spotting them at all the
stores. The more beads the better, keeps people away from the odd big toe.
C'mon we all have weird toes...I like the idea of walking down the beach
with a hoof on my foot...bit like Pan...be hard to wear a sandal if you had
hooves though so maybe not. So yep fashion tip for Summer in Australia,
beaded sandals. For guys leather around the neck...no gold (urgh) attached
just something spiritual...make sure its fine leather not like you've just
escaped Peter's House of Pain.....
The F/16 update was a bit late last fortnight, Deb has been moving house
and lightening fast trip to the UK to see Sparks...we ended up with a lot of
emails from people asking if I was still alive....just remember that Deb
updates the F/16 site with an abundance of goodwill and she does have her
own life....I just appreciate that she does it when she gets a chance. [ed. note: thanks for your patience, you've all been too kind through my mysterious 1-month absence!]
Head to Borders with Mark to buy a copy of PRICELESS....The Vanishing
beauty of a fragile planet. It's by Bradley Trevor Greive (he wrote The Blue
Day book). The images are from Mitsuaki Iwago. It's a 150 pages of wonderful
photos and text of animals still alive but on the brink of extinction.
Bradley Trevor Greive is donating all his royalties from worldwide sales of
the book to the Taronga Foundation.
The photos are stunning and so diverse....lovely book.
If you are thinking of buying our book Wings off Flies, put your money
towards PRICELESS,instead, it's better and your $ could help save an
Endangered species. A large part of the monies raised goes towards breeding
programmes. So at the end of the day if you have to make a choice, I like
the idea that book money is going to a project like PRICELESS before any of
our Rocket Pocket Releases. I'm sure you would be able to buy this book on
like, and the Taronga Foundation website would have details. Great for
overseas people too as the exchange rate would make this a bargain.
Decide to read Fiona Horne's WITCH (A magickal year) book. Fiona was
originally with the band Def FX, and has been a practising witch for 13+
years. I like how her "familiar" is a snake called Lulu. I used to think she
was a bit of an idiot and to be honest used the witch label in a rather
selfish way, but I think I did misjudge her..let's face it, anyone who
paints "Naomi Sux" on her midrift at the Melbourne Fashion awards is kind of
o.k. in my book. In WITCH-A Magickal year I was happy to see a chapter
dedicated to Rosaleen Norton. I've only touched the surface of the book so I
can't say if it's a good read...will get back to you.
Well Jen Rundall's adventures in Oz (soon to be a major movie?) are almost
at an end. Great to see that she did so much- Australia is such a massive
country and takes a bit on understanding- Jen's just explored and went off
travelling and had many adventures...good thing to do. We head to Babble for
some food, she is rather amazed at how Babble has grown. Babble staff are
great and have some fun, Dan the man is making the woman (and a few men)
swoon ..and he knows it, but that's Dan and that's why he is here- oh and
his fine coffee art....he has the natural gift of designing the top of the
coffee....somehow the brown mark looks like a rose tattoo!!! Coffee art
Warhol would love it. No idea how we could possibly eat all the muffins that
Jen bought for us but the kids dropping by will devour them I'm sure. Spend
an hour at Babble and then I have to return to the office for some phoners.
Loads of talking today...has to be done....so much for a relaxing Sunday.
I miss the SBS show "Masterpiece" (Alfred Douglas and Oscar Wilde)- EACH
MAN KILLS THE THINGS HE LOVES. Bummer would of been good to get the full
story on Oscar and Bosie (:
Well Pearl Jam's I AM MINE cd single debuts at #12. I went out and did some
free work around this, was hoping it would go top ten for the PJ's. At least
all the stores were completely stocked this time. It might move up 2 spots
next week, but I don't think so. Just wanted to give Vedder and co a small
helpful hand. I AM MINE is better then most of the crap out their.
The George DVD drops from #8 to #15....I wonder if our Enz and Skyhooks
DVD's will go top ten? November 18th release. Dave told me that a standard
DVD run for both is around 8000 units. If we sell the first batch out it
means we get a Gold DVD award (7500 units). Both DVDs are Zone FREE (Pal
format) so places like the UK etc can play them. Here are some recommended
online stores, if the DVD's don't show up on their sites you can always
email them as they should have details by now:
Drive over to Robin's , manage to lose Mark on the way...abort mission.
Weird day, side tracked by work, life and all the other fun stuff, we blow
the Hallowe'en BBQ off, may even go home to Sydney for a few days- feeling a
bit homesick for Mum and Sis...at least Christmas is just around the corner.
Priceline has Olay Total effects with UV protection for half price. Great
help product for summer skin...a must have. I don't want to end up with
brown old dried out lizard skin by the time I'm fifty. (:
BANG! is having really big book sales figures over the past month, it's so
close to taking over the sales of Hussy. All of them mail orders. Have no
idea why, could be the shameless promotion on this website *grin*. The
little Famous for 16 Minutes books have now been sent from Russia to
Luxembourg, from Wollongong to Wallacia. Roseann in the USA tells me that
she attended a Sony Records party this week and a copy of Bang was in
circulation around the room and some of the guys from The New York Dolls
were into it. Now that kind of thing really blows my mind...she truely made
my day with that email. These diary books sure do get around.
Tim Finn plays The last Bridge Hotel show in Sydney tonight- hope they went
well. It's good news that young Harper will have a brother or sister in
March. Love it if it's a girl, otherwise it will be two sons for Neil, two
sons for Tim....they need a girl amongst all that male stuff.Great news
though no matter if it's a boy or girl. I think one of the Finns sisters has
A very strange mood is in the air, Bec tells me that everyone is acting a
tad strange this year...think she's right. I guilt a bit about blowing out
the BBQ, everyone knows there will be others but in a way I'm glad I did.
Jackie sits with me at babble while I wait for MG to arrive for breakfast.
She is the girl with the upside heart. We write a poem or two while waiting.
"The girl with the upside down heart is sad
it always rolls around on it's own
The girl with the upside down heart doesn't have a say
'cos life just happens that way.
Your time will come, just sit for a awhile
While Dan brings another latte
The girl with the upside down heart just smiles
at least the coffee is fresher today".
We leave a scattering of poems written on napkins for the public to enjoy!
hey it is after all Babble home of the arts.
Spent most of the day with Skyhook Greg Mac.and Dave at the record company
running through the Skyhooks DVD. Greg picked me up, a good thing, as I just
couldn't drive today. The 4 wheel drive appeared to be bigger then usual.
The DVD has came out really well, just fine tuning some minor mistakes...
graphics look good. We finally leave Mushroom and it's 6.30, taken hours
and hours. Wish Mushroom would of paid me by the minute on this project!
Greg is happy, I love the live sound on "Million $ Riff" just kicks butt. So
two DVD's signed off and ready to get pressed.
Head to "Fingers Restaurant" with Mark, decide I just can not cook
dinner...and he wants to return the Spiderman DVD as it didn't have the 2nd
DVD inside the box. I spot Sophie Monks debut solo CD single on the counter
at Virgin- the guy behind the counter asks if I am going to work on this
one. I laugh and say why- she was the main reason Bardot split. I think the
record company hopes the fans have such short memories....and really they
don't. Where as I wish Sophie well, I think her management are truely
horrible and she helped sell everyone out... She has worked her arse off to
push this single, and I keep reading how she is "in contact" with all the
other girls...like they are all wonderful mates- which overall is probably a
major exaggeration ...so from her efforts alone it might enter the charts
high but unless radio play it to death it might not be the hit that everyone
expects. Did someone say KARMA. No help from us on this one.
Eating dinner and Rosemaree turns up with a 23 year old boy- we keep
telling her... rent boys were so "last year". Oh it's a relative....*grin*.
It's his birthday- 23 seems so long ago....I don't know anyone who is 23.
Head home and think it's lame if I don't carve at least one pumpkin this
year. So I head into the kitchen and carve one up for the balcony...an hour
later Mr Pumkinhead is on the top balcony glowing away. I grab the delivery
card from fastpost and the courier people tell me that the Rosaleen Norton
art has arrived. At Hallowe'en- kind of fitting that the artwork by the
infamous Witch of Kings Cross arrives back in Australia on Samhain. I have
to call Customs tomorrow. Go to bed with the images of Rosaleen's mystical
animals flying about in my head. Happy Hallowe'en Roie...dream of Hairball
tonight...she looked happy.
Finish the mail out for the upcoming Camberwell Collectors Fair. We are in
Melbourne so we decide to take a table (usual spot-in the Foyer) for the
last fair for 2002. It's at Camberwell Civic Centre- Camberwell. Doors open
at 10am and it's on Sunday 10th November. So if you have never been before
come on down. We have some bargain items this time around.
Customs people usually cop a bit of flack...but today the person who
handled my art was the nicest most efficient person I've ever dealt with. I
have to drive to the airport but it's worth it...he even offers to carry
this massive packing crate to the car for me. I make the customs place with
5 minutes to spare. he got my vote for customs person of the year.
I leave smiling knowing that Rosaleen Nortons "The Cat" artwork is in this
huge wooden box. It looks like a designer coffin.!!! I swear as I drive down
the freeway I could hear someone tapping to get out...maybe he sent me
Rosaleen herself in this big long box...hey the occult world is kind of
strange....there could be anything or anyone in this box.
Arrive home, a lucky park right out the front...Mark just says "Shit" when
he see's the size of the packing crate. It's like a ceremony..but finally
The Cat is out....and it feel's right. Her drawings are finer, but there is
something....dark and mysterious as a new Orleans swamp....about this
I am just happy. Will my friends like it?, most of them probably just won't
get it.....it's more a link to Roie....hell it's art from a fascinating
period. I still need to find out what year this was done...I am thinking
late 1950's. It's signed but I can't find a date....
Watch Spiderman DVD with Mark, I like it more the second time around. The
Stan Lee doco. is great...anyone who helped create the Fantastic Four is a
winner in my book.
Water restrictions are well and truely on. Victoria has already saved
millions of litres and that's good. I am bringing some large water
containers back from the farm, better to use it for the garden then let it
No idea what I did today...just potted about the house. The two punk girls
came by and we all hung out for awhile. Nude twister.
Think I misunderstood what Rosemaree said last night, thought her sister
was arriving in the afternoon. She was surprised when I called, guess it's
the Boothoid and myself. I decide t walk up to Bec's for the exercise, and I
take the back way and of course I miss her by 5 minutes...she left the front
way. I see her lovely hair bobbing down Chapel street, so I pick up speed
and head her off at the pass. Babble is a pulsating lump of good food love
today- we get a seat outside, the copper benching freezes my arms. It's a
nice ritual- not the arm freezing, the Sunday morning brunch I mean.
We head to HMV to pick up another Peal Jam single, if Rebecca had a website
"I Am Mine" would be her choice as single of the week too. Our HMV boy tells
me that I was right, a JB HiFi is opening on Chapel street, just before
Xmas...and guess where dear reader. The old Dan Murphy Building. I am
stoked, it should be huge. I think HMV will fall and crumble...after all
with in 2 block radius there is a HMV, a Sanity, A Virgin, a Dixons second
hand store and Might Music Machine....JB just offer such good prices and hey
they take Amex...HMV no longer do. I tell him to quit and work for JB.!!! I
love creating Record store anarchy.
On the way up Chapel street we see The Queen of the fruiters stomping
looking like an extra from the most miserable Morrissey song. She usually
looks great, she looked like crap and had a matching attitude. (now
available at all Billion $ Babies store)..wonder what's eating her. We shrug
what a happy soul. Next....
Call into the Greville street bakery and grab some coconut inside out
cakes. Do 80 sit ups to compensate...don't think it's enough.
Rebecca makes me handcuff her in our wine cellar, now before you call out
Kinky old Gryphon...it's so she will not shop. Hmm maybe Mark should simply
handcuff me next to her...I can picture myself at midnight, desperately
phoning "home delivery' stores from the shopping channel...using my big toe
to dial and balancing my Amex cards on my nose.... I've been ok... the last
thing I bought were some wooden frames so I can make my "BEATLES" boxes. I'm
sure I have told you about these before. The top has a silver metal The
Beatles logo on some silk material.
Next there are four pins each with George, John, Paul and Ringo name tags
under them. The John and George pins have two dead Xmas BEATLES pinned above
their names. The Paul and Ringo areas have small reserved signs. Is that
taking it too far...I'm sure I have offended the usual massive amount of
people. Are they good gifts and would people display them in their office
areas? Death has to have some fun attached to it...doesn't it.? Should I
give up while I am behind? Anyway it will be interesting to see which lucky
friends get them for Xmas...meanwhile I have to climb around Greville street
Park looking for dead Beatles for these display cases....hell no wonder Paul
MaCartney won't play here he probably reads this website too.
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