The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 4 November - 17 November 2002
November 4th 2002
Pearl Jam announce their Aussie tour, which is great, but to make it even
more exciting, Johnny Marr and his band will be special guests. This is
brilliant, should be great. The Pearl Jam single went Gold today, have now
lost track over how copies we have given away, we bought a few because they
were such a cheap price $4.95- what a bargain.Think everyone will get a PJ
single for Xmas this year!!!
Sophie Monk debut's at #5 with her first solo single, no surprise there she
worked the stores, or should I say Warners did, weeks two and three will
tell the truth though. I've had emails all week from old Bardot fans (is
there such a think as an OLD Bardot fan..most are young), anyway they say
they are not supporting her....Australia's love affair with Killing Heidi is
over to, they didn't debut in the Top 10 with their album...#12.Time is
All three phones lines are out today, some not so clever Telstra man
managed to chop all the wires on this side of the street. It's like Telstra
are in a rush to bring the service up to standard, I noticed them re wiring
on Chapel street yesterday....still the country areas are really poor
service wise and I bet that won't improve. I hope they don't sell the
remaining % it's not a good thing.
November 5th 2002
Neil played the Vanity Fair show at the Wiltern tonight in L.A. Sounds like
it was a good show except for the sound being a bit average. While he's on
stage I'm out the back filling the compost bin with leaves.
The Melbourne Cup is on today, THE horse race and Australia shuts down. We
head to TUSK on Chapel for lunch, they must of made a fortune today as it
was packed. While walking back I find this huge peace of a marijuana plant
just sitting on the side walk...first of all I thought it was plastic. I
think it must of blown of someone's dope plant garden up above the shops on
Chapel street. I put it in my journal like it was a flattened flower.
The final figures are in for the M-One festival, it lost nearly $5 million
dollars- a bit of a disaster. Wonder if everyone got paid.?
DVD of the week is RABBIT PROOF FENCE. It's based on a true story, and is a
wonderful movie. Three aboriginal kids are removed from their parents and
taken to a white mans idea of what is good for them. Mr Neville is in charge
of the whole of WA's aboriginal programme, he has absolute power to simply
pluck Koori kids away from their families and he does. The thing that he can
not beat is the passion that burns in these kids, and they simply run away
from their captivity and walk home...several thousand miles, through the
desert....they use the rabbit proof fence as their compass....a massive
fence barriers to keep rabbits on one side and crops on the other.....little
did the kids know when they set off that there are 3 rabbit proof fences...
luck is on their side, the kindness of many and the cunning to escape the
tracker who is after them. You also get a chance to see 2 of the original
kids, that the story is about, old woman now but you look into their eyes
and something is still burning bright. A great story and the Australian
landscape is like no other. Available on DVD. Rental only, available for
purchase next month.
Mark leaves the house today with a load of mail to post and a gaggle of
school girls are standing out the front. They have picked our house to draw
for their art projects. I tell Mark to offer them a beer! (:
So good to see Holly Vallance, Shakaya and the Selwyns all dropping in the
charts. Nirvana are #1, Pearl Jam will follow and U2 should hit top spot
too. Great to see.
Eddie V. is in HIT magazine, talking about P.J. He gives Liam a huge rap
which is good to see. Betchadupa are only two thousand copies short of going
Gold in N.Z. it's a really cool album, and well worth a listen.If you are
reading this you should be able to get a copy on line from Marbecks.
Finish another interview , this time on the upcoming third F/16 book
"Glamour". It's on the Rocket Pocket Books website (Interview area). head
Thanks to Kate for getting it on the site so nice and fast, much
Parcel arrives from Nic in the USA, she mails our Bunnies & Bee's books,by
Mark Ryden. Mark includes some extra postcards for me, one of the meat ones
would be brilliant framed, such quality work. The Yeti has become a Ryden
junkie, so he should dig his B&B birthday present.
Another artist I like in the Ryden fashion is Todd Schorr. Art fans should
check out his website at: http://www.toddschorr.com Has some cool stuff on
Buy the latest issue of Juxtapoz today, it is my favorite art magazine.I get
lost in the adverts. I also buy the latest issue of Earth Garden, it's a
sustainable living and planet care type magazine, comes out quarterly. All
good stuff from natural paints to spring organic garden advice and next
issue -how to make your own Pizza Oven (Ahem Ben I know you are reading this
*grin*... a copy is on it's way to you).
The Oils play their second show at The Forum tonight and Neil Finn is back
at Largo in L.A. Interesting warm up act for Neil, someone called Liam Finn
one of the few times that he has played solo without the Betchadupa boys-
from all reports he did really well. I can always tell as we had a LOT of
emails from USA fans asking about where to buy Betchadupa's album. I just
tell people to head to Marbecks (NZ online website) as they have it for a
Now that the text for "Glamour" is complete I have to finalise the photos
for inside and some cover art ideas. Slowly moving along.Really wnat it done
in time for Christmas. I like the idea of copies of Glamour, Bang & Hussy
appearing in people's Christmas stockings, and hell they would easily fit...
the perfect size.
Up bright and early and we head off to the Collectors Fair. Loads of new
faces today, which was good, had a lot of people asking about both the
Skyhooks and Split Enz DVD's so people are getting a bit excited.
I put out a huge pile of Skyhooks free stickers by the door and they were
all gobbled up. Is Free is good!
The Fair seems to be getting smaller, I look around us and most of the time
we have people either looking at stuff or talking to us, so many other
tables have no one. Maybe it's because we offer some good bargains and it's
good to have a chat to the people who make such an effort.
Thanks to those of you who turned up, hope you found some bargains.
Here is my favorite's list for the month.
Fave Book: The new Anne Rice "Blackwood Farm". It's part of the vampire
chronicles with a bit of the Mayfair witches thrown in for good measure.
It's good, still has some fine moments.
Fave CD: Without a doubt Pearl Jam's 'Riot Act'- it could well be their best
album ...ever. I can tell Ed has been listening to Midnight Oil. The way he
sings on 'Wanted to get right' sounds very similar to Peter Garrett. 'I am
mine' deserved to be the hit that it was here. 'I am mine' is really worth
getting for 'Down' , which should of been on this album.
Fave accessory : boys with beads (neck and wrists), girls with calvins and
Fave colour: Farina (sandy colour).
Creep of the month: Darian Ho-animal killer/fashion designer....and models
who wear fur.
DVD of the fortnight- V-The Series & V Final Battle. The Alien baby made us
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Start my swimming at St Kilda Sea Baths. Decide to swim every second day and
the Sea Baths are great. Expensive but great. At least the cost keeps 90% of
the people away so I get to have my own lane. Talk about salty, more salt
then the dead sea. I do a few laps, head to the huge heated spa pool, float
and meditate, go in for another few laps. Head to the steam room, cave in
after 5 minutes. have a wash down, go for a few more laps. After that I go
to the beach for a massive 5-10 minutes, sometimes I will swim out to the
buoy but usually just like relaxing on the golden sands. Get back to the car
and head to the office. It takes an hour out of my day but well worth it. My
skin looks really healthy, have extra energy and my stomach is getting nice
and flat. Not bad for an old bastard! Wonder how long I can keep swimming
before I get bored.? Still some effort is better then nothing I guess.
Send a letter into The Sun Newspaper, supporting Steve Bracks anti logging
stand. It's more of a compromise but worth supporting. It really is time to
stop logging old growth forests and I think Bracks might just have the balls
to stop it if not slow it down. Most politicians wouldn't have the guts to
even go down that track- the Liberal leader for Victoria- Doyle is so all
talk and no action, he's so transparent you'd be an idiot not to see that.
Puffs out his chest but doesn't actually do anything. The election is
November 30th so hopefully the environment will play a major part in the
votes. I think the Greens will do well.
Work on an idea for Rocket Pocket Books release around a limited edition
box set of the 3 Diary books with some extra bonus's, am trying to find a
good symbol that means "three' want to get a metal brand made of the symbol
and burn it onto the box cover. If we get the project off the ground we will
only do 100 boxes with some extra bits and pieces included to make it a
collectors pack. We'll see....Mark Ryden's releases just make me more
passionate about doing limited edition releases.
I draw some symbols in the "real" diary while waiting for Mark at Babble.
Jackie joins me and says "oh I like that one". She designs jewellery so I
wonder if it will appear on a pendent! (:
The weather has cooled down a bit so we jump in the car and head to Beenami.
Call into Bunnings on the way and buy some huge hanging baskets for the
front balcony's of our house. They look great, big mixes of flowers and
hanging plants. I grab a bag of seedling potting mix as I've cleaned the
solar hutch and decide it's time to plant more seeds. I am into the idea of
picking my own vegies this summer.
It's been a month or so since we have had the time to escape to this magic
forest house, and the grass has certainly grown...we get out the mower and
Mark gives the front section a trim. I carry all the grass cuttings down to
the "hellmouth". It's this huge hole that the original makers dug out all
the earth for the natural mud bricks. Over the years a huge canopy has grown
over it so it really is invisible. All our compost and grass clippings etc
go into it....it is probably the size of a small cottage, considering the
earth from the hole made a small cottage!!!! So that's no surprise. Today I
ventured further "in" with my wheelbarrow of clippings and I spotted this
massive network of tunnels, probably made by wombats and not the worm demons
of Sunny Dale. So weird they looked man made and so perfectly round. Spooked
me a bit and I didn't want to hang around...
Decide to use Igors old pen as a protected area to plant my tomatoes and
bell peppers and other vegies and fruits. This year I have put in some
Russian tomatoes- the black ones. They look like shiny passion fruits and
people just stare at them on their plate. So I hope they grow, be a good
delicacy for salads.
Work is done so we head off for our hike. Mark goes and visits the geese on
the flood bank property, we go sit in this area which has two massive tree's
which would have to be a hundred years old each....but they are surrounded
by all these spindly trees with skinny trunks that you can walk under...so
if you sit on a log you can see through the bush. Small tree ferns are
everywhere, it's like a convention area for the under world.
On the hike back I decide to explore the forest and climb up this steep
incline. Efforts are rewarded as we find a massive amount of granite
boulders that make up a small "hanging rock" area...the top of one a massive
flat ledge where you could pitch 4 tents at least. We sit and the admire the
view that stretches out over the valley. Mark and myself decide we are going
to carry one of our benches up here and leave it for future adventures and
comfort. I love this place and it rips my heart out that only 2 km's away
the forest are being felled and raped by the loggers. It makes me admire all
the people who stand up and say it's wrong- a lot of us think it, but how
many of us actually do something about it? A silent vow to do more.
Mark grabs a huge tree lizard (aka: rabbit proof fence scene) as it
scampers up a tree and he removes an old rusty nail from it's foot. It only
freaks out a bit and doesn't attack despite it being my height from head to
tail. Like all animals it looks Mark in the eyes and has fallen for his
animal magnetism *grin*. We feed it some dried fruit and watch it run up the
tree quicker then a manager after his debts.
Arrive home tired by happy. Beenami always has that affect on us.
Well Neil is now back in New Zealand, probably hitting the surf at Piha,
it's a brilliant time of year and the ocean is calling all of us. Tim is
finishing up the last of his shows in Australia, he emailed me that someone
threw a bottle at one gig, just some drunk, been awhile since someone took a
shot at a Finn, I hate that shit. Hope the audience turfed him out.
Spend part of the afternoon trying to find my spare Effigy CD for Deb V.
and of course it's gone, thing I gave it to Jj for a present. Sorry Deb.
Watch "Attack of the Clones" on DVD and this was so much better then the
previous Star Wars- JaJa Binks has been reduced to a minor nothing role,
thank god he was awful....Skywalker is a bit of a bad actor though, apart
from that it is an improvement...the love story is rather lame.
Latest National geographic magazine has a major story on "weapons of mass
destruction" and when you read it, you probably won't feel very secure. The
only good news is that Australia, New Zealand and South America appear to be
the only countries free of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. In
America the fallout from a nevada test site many years ago will be
responsible for 17,000 cancer deaths in the USA. In Dolon Kazakhstan 80% of
the 1.5 million people in the region,(where nuclear tests were a regular
occurrence)have weakened immune systems, birth defects continually and
cancer. At present there is the capability to wipe out all life on earth
thirty five times over....all life....that's rather mind blowing just from
the weapons of mass destruction that we already have. Depressing.
Waiting at Babble and having a coffee with Michael, one of the owners and we
are chatting about the stupid idea by Liberal leader Doyle allowing drivers
even more chances to get away with speeding. He just doesn't get it, Speed
does kill and the new speed restrictions and more fines do save lives.
Babble is almost empty, and a guy comes up and introduces himself, I've seen
him here before, he is our local member for the Labor party. The guy we are
voting for. He heard our conversation and just wanted to comment and
introduce himself. He wasn't in that pushy politician kiss your baby and
cheesey smile, he seemed ok. Now if this was the Blue Elephant Miss Candee
would have him on the bar "doing a number' with him!!! Good to see a
political person out amongst the people.
I check lotto and hey presto another $10.50. Covers my breakfast. Always
$10, I really would prefer ten million but I give thanks to all the little
Gods. Better then a kick in the butt.
Head into the city, home by midday and then off for a swim. I seem to be
able to do an extra lap or two each time, for me that's good, I'm a pretty
bad swimmer. Mark asks me if the Steam room is meant to be like it was in
Queer as Folk the Tv show.....aghhhlike NO. Usually it's just me...and I
last about 5 minutes. No ribald sex with males, females or sea urchins just
steam sweat and more steam.
A wilderness society Kangaroo did try to pick me up when I was sunbaking, I
don't know if it was a guy or a girl and I kept thinking how hot it must be
in that furry suit on the golden sands of St Kilda. I know I am a total
pervert but having wild sex with a Koala bear wilderness volunteer isn't
exactly on my list of "must do's"...even for me it would be a bit extreme.
The evening I clean up the solar hutch again, it holds about 120 seeds and
is truely a modern marvel...all natural and works well. I plant heaps of
spinach seeds, corn, peppers, and other fun vegies....even allowing for a
few dying I will probably have far too many so I may have to give my friends
some....more people should grow their own vegies-they taste fantastic.
I'm getting this new juicer machine next week, it's THE juicer, the God of
juicers, the Kylie of juicers.... so I want to be able to walk out back and
grab something fresh and juice it..a simple man with simple tastes.....(:
Toija got me onto putting beetroot leaves in to the juice, full of iron.
What did I do today, 3 hours on the internet replying to emails, most about
Neil's USA tour. Put in some sunflower seeds in the garden, picked grass for
Cosmo, chatted to Rosemaree, Rebecca, read SFX over lunch, Jayne gave the
upcoming Buffy episodes a big thumbs up...a return to form...go Buffster,
emailed NF about a few ideas, hassled Nick to pull his finger out and sign
the CH photos that have been sitting on his table for ages,,,,,,,read some
more of Blackwood Farm, made some fattening deserts, had a BBQ- sausages and
tofu, tried on a new pair of Calvins that arrived- very cool almost like
bike pants (oh la la), watch Mark read with his tongue poking out- he was
concentrating hard..think it was the "weapons of mass destruction" article,
watered the plants on the balcony, did the washing up, washed the bed covers
and sheets from Beenami, packed up the wooden box that Rosaleen Norton art
arrived in, freaked because home loan is due on Monday and I almost forgot,
gave a collector at the door $2.55 in change, posed in my new Calvins and
noticed that the swimming is giving me a flat tummy, said Hi to Hairball as
I walked by her rose bed...sent off 3 Bic Runga kits, had some bad evil
chocolate and didn't feel remotely guilty, sent Bracks an email saying he is
doing well by cutting down on logging (Politicians like to hear they are
doing well)...watch Andromeda and Mutant X....and then X Files. Told Tania
I'd see her for breakfast, but I have to be home by midday as I have to link
up with Enz man Nigel Griggs, have a bath.
Well tomorrow the Split Enz DVD should start appearing in the shops around
Australia. A few days later New Zealand. here are some recommended online
stores for fans who want a copy of this DVD. It's simply titled "Split Enz"
and runs for 3 hours (it is Pal format). Mushroom have only pressed 8000
units for Australia/NZ so I wonder how long it will stay as part of the
Tania and Rosemaree call by and we head down to Babble. Dan looks after us
and we get a table rather quickly, Mark is right it's always packed to the
rafters on Sunday. Dan is the man...he looks after all of us.
head to Blockbuster as we have a FREE rental card on DVD's, runs out in
December so I grab a title. Tania buys Monsters Inc on DVD for $20. Bargain.
Uncle Bucks have a seed sale on...I end up buying some celery seeds.
Rosemaree is the Queen of Uncle Bucks, they have promised to make a shrine
of her in the window.
Tania checks out the Kylie 'La La La' book at our place, and she says that
Kylie is looking more like a Porn star, we agree and it's not a bad thing.
I like the porn star look, but only for a short time not for the length of
That's it for now....just on 5 weeks till Christmas boy that has came up
fast. I've started shopping but need to seriously get into it....just don't
want to be doing this at the last minute. Am adding 3 good deeds to my
Christmas list, no idea just what yet but I'll know when the time is right.
Surely doing three really exceptional things isn't too hard to do...is it?
I'm into scouring the newspapers for one of them and finding one person in
trouble and making it right but secretly....that's the cool way to do it.
Anyway surfs up....
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