The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 4 March - 17 March 2002
150,000 reasons to smile!
I'd like to start this fortnights F/16 diary, by thanking all the regular
readers as we have just had our 150,000th hit!
I know I don't need to say it, but a big thank you must go to Deb for being
a good friend and continuing to put up these insane ramblings every few
weeks. It's still fun, it's not to be taken too seriously and it's a
fragment of life...like a good strip tease you don't give everything away!
When this first started I was excited to get 1000 hits, it's strange to
think of 150,000 hits... This tiny micro of fun has grown a bit, and I get
an incredible thrill when I check out the geo-tracking area and find out
where readers are logging on from-rather mind blowing. So thank you, it's
still enjoyable, and we are glad you like the other associated things like
the BANG and Hussy books. Thanks for your support- Peter xoxo
March 4th 2002
As I'm walking around the Forest picking berries and watching the wildlife
watch me, I have a fear attack, what happens if I break a leg, get stung by
some rare poison plant...not today goddess...please, we have to get back to
the city...it's the return of BUFFY.
I know my strangeness, I wear it like a badge, and I used to worry that
someone my age should be playing golf, joining a cigar club or whatever
other dull things people my age do....not watching the Buffster kick
vampyric arse. That was till I wandered into Minotaur and noticed that there
were many people older then me hanging around the Buffy area, watching
advance screenings of the show...phew it's not just an advanced mid life
crisis and if it is, I'm kind of past caring.
So I walk across the fallen trees, avoid the strange looking mushrooms and
ferns that seem to glow silver...and arrive home to watch Buffy Bot kick
some arse. How extremely stupid are channel Seven to put Buffy on at 10.30
at night- all people talked about on the streets of Melbourne was the return
of the slayer. "Alias" is such a piss-poor cousin, Jos and crew have nothing
to worry about from that show. Time will tell. If Seven would move it
forward Buffy would be a killer in the ratings.
Happy Birthday Mum.
She's in high powered gardening mode, so I buy out the local nursery and get
them to deliver tubs of seedlings to her door- this will keep her out of
mischief for a few solid weeks. (:
Record company calls and we chat about Split Enz and Skyhooks dvd's - both
are still go and will be fast tracked I think. The band and the record
company only want us involved so that's a good thing. Someone who knows what
the guys want. Two good projects.
Go through stock of Enz tshirts and the remaining copies of BANG! Decide
that we might do a special charity item via the Finn club, a special price
for both and a chunk of the money goes to a local charity. It's a good thing
to do, and I have a few charities in mind....
Start paying a very large pile of bills, about 60% of the way through, 40 in
one week was too many-everyone had their hand out. Money does make the world
go around, I expect the next few months to be bill free!
Mail off a cheque to the surf-lifesaving people first, might as well give
them a donation before the avalanche of bills gobbles up the dollars.
Rosemaree helped a lot today with some work. Just getting bits and pieces
together and her help just keeps the office running. OK her computer jumped
in and changed CDs to 'Crypt drama studio' which was bizarre...damn stupid
There is a calm in the office today, Mark working away with headphones on,
I'm at the main desk, we even have birdies chirping in the atrium. The
phones have been busy, now that I'm back on deck it seems like people are
calling wanting us to work for several new acts etc.
See Andy White as he has his wish come true and has relocated to Melbourne,
so nice that he drops in. Asks me to do some work but our schedule is so
incredibly tight I'm not going to take it on. Our new policy is that if we
can't give 100% we don't do projects, will help him a bit anyway, but we
have said no to a lot of people today. Never rains but it pours.
Head out back and clean up the masses of leaves from the side tree's, the
compost bin is now full, should move it soon but it seems to be feeding the
fruit trees. Mark cuts back the ivy and hedge so Hairballs rose gets more
sun. We miss the cat so much, but I still feel her presence, it's like she
is in the air in the house...watching, in a good way, not a bad Poltergeist
4 sort of way....gets me a bit trippy when I think of it though.
A few net friends have had their cats pass away this year, all old age ones
and it's sad...no wonder the Egyptians loved them.
Cosmo is become more of a cat then a rabbit everyday...he did a "cat
stretch" today...you know when they arch their backs upwards....plus he has
a new obsession, he loves to scratch on Marks socks when he is near the
door, cats usually knead them but Cosmo goes to town..he even bites Marks
toes (urgh better Cosmo then me)..it's not a dog-humping the leg thing, he
just seems to like attacking Marks socks. No one elses...he is a weird
Vali calls and leaves soon so I'll be back in the art studio soon. She makes
the front cover of The City Weekly under the heading of THE GYPSY QUEEN. She
is the main article, massive photo on the back. She is Vali, swears when she
wants and says what she thinks. I admire her honesty...
The article says that she is belatedly being recognised as a national
treasure. She has some great quotes.
A description of her drawing technique is stuck to a pillar in the middle of
"I hate to talk about how I draw. 'Do you do that with an airbrush'.
'Fuck no, mate" she says!
"I could always draw, even when I was a tiny little girl" she says, "draw
and dance. I would run outside when I heard the Salvation army band in the
street, and spin like a top".
Like anyone too big for their town, Myers was drawn to Melbourne, where she
became a leading dancer in the Melbourne Modern Ballet company. In 1949 (age
15?), she journeyed to France by sea.
"Well I wasn't going to go to fucking England" she says.
Paris was the beginning of a whirlwind existence in the underground art
movements of Europe and America where the strange and famous seemed to seek
Anyway its a great article by Bridget McManus and Darren James has taken
some lovely photos. Not sure if the City Weekly is on the net but it's
Issue #6-February 28th-March 6th. Their phone number is 84177000 maybe they
We get the ratings in and Red Symons "Shafted" now drops behind the ABC
news, in it's timeslot, now at #4, hell the static on channel 6 rates
higher......I wonder how Reds ego is about the disaster that is this show.
I know some people hate Redmond and think he is getting what he deserves but
a small part feels sorry for him, it's a total flop.
Into the city to buy Merl girls birthday present, go to the Oxfam community
aid abroad shop, find a beautiful jewellery case all hand painted with a
secret drawer. Nearly buy these funky rings but I am being good...yes it's
rare but paying off my Vali original means I have to be sensible for a few
weeks....the jewels can wait *grin*.
I do get Ghost World on DVD- USA Import. Just couldn't wait.
The always wonderful Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson play two best
friends who have just graduated from High school. They are hell bent on
tormenting the world, they zero in on a special case- Seymour (played by
Steve Buscemi) who just wants to have a life...any life....things take a
slight twist. Enid (Birch) sees a kindred spirit...and what was a mean joke
becomes a heart shattering awakening.
My fave characters are the guy who harasses the 7 Eleven owner (we love his
sunburnt singlet patterned torso)..and his redneck (literal red neck) and
the man waiting for the bus every day that never comes......though one day
it does show up. Note the bus is empty...except for the man...deep eh!
Great script, great fun, sad, funny, and back to sad...based on the comic
book by Daniel Clowes. You are amazed at how much Thora Birch looks like
Enid. If you live in the States or Japan keep an eye out for the Enid doll-
a must for every kitsch mantlepiece (and yes we have one).
Metro Golwyn Mayer release. Some bonus material- Making of Ghost World.
In a similar vein to Todd Solondz " Welcome to the DollHouse"...just Enid is
more clued up then Dawn Wienerdog.
Drive down the coast to Merls birthday party at Mt Eliza. Yes down past
Frankston (Hi Marge)...a long way out of town. The hall is by the beach,
some smooth navigating by MG. It's a fun night and stars are so much
brighter out of the city. I don't think this many lesbians have ever been in
the one room at the same time *grin*. We all dance (no I'm not a lesbian)
under the giant parachutes. Sit up on the fence and watch the waves crash
into the rocks, have a spliff and take in the sea air. The NZ girls all have
a sing, Merl sings "that" song. the one we sang over and over to till 4.00
one morning at Murchison street....was just fun. Home after midnight, sleep
Miss Alex Lloyd at Gaslight, just too hard to head into the city on a
Saturday. Wonder if Bill or Amanda were down for the Instore.
meanwhile Bardot are doing an Instore in Blacktown in Sydney...I'm the only
person who is not doing an Instore...oh I have no CD to flog...damn it. I
want an Instore...I want an Instore. I don't really....
Neil plays his first USA show at SLIMS, get a call and it all goes very
well. Roll on the main tour...hope there is a budget as I really want to do
Keep working on WINGS OFF FLIES, this takes far longer then I thought...
Spocks taking some time off which is ok, if it means the book is delayed
that's totally fine, friends before work, people will just have to
understand. Have no problems with that.
Yeti calls and he is off with Midnight Oil soon, just for a few weeks,
keeps wanting to cook for us, he has become the master chef, needs to let me
cook, it's our turn, small dinner party when he comes back. Thats if I ever
get all the WINGS photos off the table...the book is taking over the house.
Off to our Bardot Instore at Chadstone, meet Mel and we head and pick the
girls up at the drop off point, Sally has a new boyfriend, seems like a nice
guy. They are all good, it's the girls...doesn't change too much.
Good crowd for a public holiday, so I decide to man the stage side area just
to keep the line moving, heaps of regulars along today- they are so
supportive, and that's one of the main reasons why Scandal'Us are crap and
will keep fading away, fan power. Any artists that under values the power of
loyal fans is a twit. Bardot's attitude form the early days has simply been
one of appreciating the support. When Scandal'Us sold out their fans by
postponing the tour and making a grab for the UK it really pissed fans off.
Bad advice and greed for success...some fans give me some flowers when I am
leaving, usual reaction, go red, almost stutter....feel like a dork...nice
that they include me in this world of theirs.
Buy Ed Vedder "the cave in the snow" book, sending him off his copy of Bang
this week and the Enz tshirt that we talked about, they are sending me some
Pearl Jam shirt, keep saying I want to pay for it...nice of them.
head to St Kilda to catch up with my date for the Bardot Palais Theatre
show. I'm going with the lovely Katie Underwood, who was the Bardot member
that left a year ago. We like Katie heaps, and she has a new hair cut. It is
just the best, and every head on Acland street turns...we go to cafe Vibe
for dinner and some fans spot us, I nod. get to the Palais and pick up our
passes, weird for both of us as neither of us have ever watched a show from
out front before. I watch some fans in the foyer and they say "yes it's her
and so and so"...I am so and so....hey I have a name! That's Mr So and So to
It's a fun show and we dare each other to dance, up we get , and she is
totally relaxed..and we both like it. We head backstage and run down the
corridors and grab the girls....into the band room and I'll tell you what to
see her with the other 4 is really nice. I avert my eyes to all the breasts
and other girlie parts, yep still a gentleman. Take off some of Boo's hair
for her....thank god for extensions...you know she's really totally
bald..and yes I am kidding. The girls give me some flowers to take home and
I leave Katie to catch up...just good to do...a fun night...Human Nature
bore the shit out of me, just think they Suck (with a capital "S").... a lot
of people were leaving when I did. Caroline lets me use the private car park
for staff, so it's a quick getaway.
head to Armadale in the hope that the Arckley show is still on, it's not but
some serious Erotica art is on display, the Statues are the best pieces, now
if I only had a spare $12,000.
We reel in shock as the New York Deli has gone...but we discover Hunters
Cafe Bar and they have a brilliant Chicken Parmigana. One door opens another
Buy A.I. on dvd, hmm it's good but not great, has some good parts
but it feels like two movies joined together....jury is still out...need to
see it again.
Get an email from Tim Finn, some Aussie dates coming up soon, mid April,
we'll release them as soon as I have them all locked in. Not long to go...
they'll be in the glossy newsletter.
Sleep in a hammock between two gum trees, recharge, dream, float away, wake
up- dream while awake, watch the black cockatoos fly over...they are vicious
with their beaks on the gum trees, they turn their heads 180o and watch me
watching them. Mark looks for the blue tongue but he is well and truely
gone. The tree ferns are now massive everywhere, idyllic, very much like New
Zealand, lush and green....and it's a warm day, such a great place to live.
Till you get to the logging area....I spell out logging sucks in granite
rocks...no idea why it won't stop them. Maybe I should of spelt it out in
landmines? I still don't understand woodchipping...why do we need it?
Sorry on the soapbox again....
Had an idea for a massive solar project, just have to find the right area
and not sure if Victoria gets enough direct sunlight.....
Neil's tour manager for the recent USA shows seems really good, very
passionate, I like her.
Yeti leaves for the USA, think he has a holiday after the dates, so that
will be good for him. We bought a lot of Aussie CDS yesterday- the latest
Midnight Oil one being one of them, it's good, very Oils, also decided to
get Casey Chambers, prefer her to do well then overseas crap, and a big pile
of Betchadupa singles...hey it's Liam and Matt...what can I say I like the
Into the city to say goodbye to Vali and see if I need any info around the
studio. John is there and I love some of his carved pieces....all on bone.
I young man comes in with an art tattoo on his forehead, I tell him it's
close to the symbol of the high priestess of Avalon and he blushes a bit,
well some of it was a blue crescent moon ...he creates these hug arty
chandeliers.... he had a nice glow to him...strange he felt like a very old
friend....think I spooked him a bit...as I do.
Vali's starting on a new drawing when she is at Positano, told her in
September we may come up from Venice and visit for a few days...think we can
take the hydro. up the coast to Positano. Seams ages away but the year is
going fast. She wants to show Mark all her animals...he'll be in 7th heaven.
Not sure how long she will remain in Italy...the group of us will look
after her studio...she knows that.
Fried, I think that chandelier mans glow stole my energy....or I'm having a
sugar -low , need to have a nap.
Love the official Buffy site, especially the quicktime promos for the new
episodes...we all gather around the computer and have a 15 second chuckle.
Tiffany sends me an email and India is still happening for Bardot, so some
serious shopping as well I gather, told Tiff she can at last wear her
This website had it's 150,000 hit today....some sort of land mark...feels
GLAMOUR is delayed till May, which is ok, just need to let people have time,
I can keep working on it.....listening to Mark he says I am doing too much
at once and it's wearing me out.....so the brakes have been applied.
Sleep by no means comes too soon...restless...go to bed early, can't sleep
so I read for three hours.
Wake up, Rosemaree calls, and we head to Babble for breakfast. Rebecca
strolls in and it's a nice gathering, she's still home hunting, doing it all
the right way- she is so sensible these days (and will hate me for saying
that)....still she has a good Karma vibe, and I think life is turning her
way. Shouts me brekky so here is another wad of Karma...thanks.
Rosemaree is wearing some nice black outfit, black suits her, forgot to tell
her that, but she'll read it here.
Mark shows her how Cosmo does his scratchy sock attack...weird rabbit.
Has there been some major planet stuff happening, had 6 people all ask why I
am so calm these days....makes me wonder what I was before. It's like I
can't be totally calm, very odd....maybe I am the centre of the storm?!
Better watch out I could explode tomorrow!!!!!!!! *grin*.
Before I do I should sign off......hope all of you find some calm in your
day to day life experiences.
Life rocks...and I can't get enough of it.
p.s. 150,000 visitors and I'm still too lazy to check this entry. (sorry).
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