The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 28 July - 10 August 2003
Buy Mum some Arthritic Patches, there are two really great herbal ones on
the market here. The Shang She Zhi Tong type which are a cool herbal patch
and the Die Da Feng Shi Plaster which is an extra strength power patch. She
says they work really well. The patch break down is pretty amazing, herbal
is such a great way to go when it comes to easing pain. I hope I don't get
any arthritis when I'm older ... need to eat more celery!
I saw this old man waiting in line for the Post Office to open to pay his
bills, the only problem was he was standing with his walker in front of an
empty shop, the post office use to be located there a year back ... when he
finally made it inside he wasn't suppose to pay his bills at the Post Office
but at the bank. Made me feel a bit sad for him, to lose that focus, then
again some oldies are really sharp. Scary.
Pick up the Split Enz master photo for the cover of the book, I still don't
think it's sharp enough, may work from another source photo, such great
costumes and that hair ... no wonder the Enz scared the Countdown teenage
hordes in the seventies.
Performing Arts Museum calls and they will be having a costume exhibit later
on, so they are dragging out the Enz cossies and want Noel to do an
interview. I need to get in first so Noel isn't all Interviewed out! At
least with our Enz book the interviews are in solid form right before your
eyes, much easier to access. Am attempting to do a full listing of all the
Enz shows in the book as well. See how we go, we put a lot of them in the
two booklets for the Enz box sets.
The Enz book should be an easy write but the content is starting to become
overwhelming so I am trying to keep it all structured, a bit like a runaway
train and the brake lever is just out of my grasp. I can see the light at
the end of the tunnel though *GRIN*.
Track down my Enz poster for the middle of the book. Nathan gave me this
poster on my birthday one year, a promotional one off done for the Enz True
Colours period. Will make a fine centre shot ... perfect for autographs too.
Raining again today, it's breaking the drought but Australia needs more rain
to fill up those reservoirs. Am heading off to Nathan's house with our good
friend Laura. Natty use to be the Enz manager and I always have a big soft
spot for him, he's fun.
Sit in the car and wait for Laura to arrive, right on time and we head in.
So many pictures of Nathan's little girl, she's a cutie and Nathan jokes
that she doesn't inherit his double chins! C'mon Nath!! The hours zoom buy
and it really was nice to catch up. My time working in the Enz office with
Nathan is nothing but good memories, Fiona, Shock and Laura , a good team.
Get home in time for a quick shower before we head off for some Turkish with
Ben and Jen, a dinner before Mr Yeti heads off- once again. Head to our fave
restaurant on that side of town, and it is the usual bedlam that I love so
much, packed, huge families and very little staff... I like the idea of
having to arm wrestle for a waitress. The skipper is far too kind tonight
and pays for this massive feast- owe you one Yeti! I like nights like this,
observe the planet, it's the true nature of us Gryphon's to sit and watch
and occasionally right wrongs. Hell I surprised all by eating all my food.
Well Mr Hester made me pencil him in and the little shit didn't show, 4
hours later... grumble grumble. Had work to do so it wasn't that bad, but I
do hate waiting around. Spocky sends us the finished cover art for I Like
It rare II, our fundraiser CD and it makes me laugh- X-cellanto. That Neil
Finn unreleased song Fish Hook is swimming around in my head, to think this
is the only place it will be released, and such a small run.
Red Symons 'This is your Life' is on tonight, and I must confess the show
was so much better to watch on TV then being part of the studio audience.
Was thrown for a six when I got a thank you credit and very few people
did... but hey that's fine, for whatever I did. Apparently Red's little boy
is very sick again,which is sad. Even though Symons is a shit, he does love
his kids and they obviously adore the old bastard back.
What a long day, work for 6 hours on the internet, mail-outs with
attachments, and it just went on and on. At one stage had three computers
going, Mark said Ben would be impressed with that, yep three computers.
After that we pick up hundreds of CD boxes from Aussie Post and start the
tedious task of checking all names and addresses, filling in customs forms
and tracking forms, we keep Aussie Post in business.
Hear from Sarah Morgan and I have to pick up a stash of Skyhooks files for
our office, left over from Mushroom 25th Anniversary show. An email was on
the digest today with a conspiracy theory around Shirl's death, wasn't into
it, kept thinking of Shirl's parents and family members, all this stuff does
is haunt those who are living- what's the point.
The first of the month is when I do the Rocket Pocket Books break down on
book sales. GLAMOUR is now leading the pack with the little F/16 diary
books, was it's biggest month yet. I think readers are adding it to their
collection so they have a complete set, just in case the Pope sends a hit
man after me for saying he is a craggy old goat and I'll be glad when he has
gone. Old homophobic dick.
Decide to sleep in, make some fresh juice when I awaken, tidy up the
kitchen, all very domestic today. Find another cool house, actually Mark
finds this one, has a massive attic which has been converted into a giant
cinema. We really are good at this luxury house locating.
Pansy Divisions new album is apparently winging it's way to me from the
States. It's called TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT. Always interested to see what new
level they have moved to. Fun band.
Deborah Harry and Blondie are on TV a lot this week, they are playing 2
shows at The Palais Theatre in Melbourne. Can not believe that Chris is not
playing in the band, not right, he should be here. Deborah Harry has lost a
lot of weight since last time we saw her play, she looks great for 57. I like
how she wore that VULTURES Tshirt on ROVE-LIVE. The Vultures were this
Adelaide band and they gave Deb a Tshirt in the late seventies and she wore
it onstage and in clips, obviously this is a new one that's been updated,
punked up and even (dare I say it) some sequins. I like the new Blondie
clip, song is ok too. Notice they are playing Wollongong, after all those
years ...the gig was cancelled the first time they came to Australia and I
missed out on interviewing Deborah Harry. Hope it goes well for them. I
always have a soft spot for that band, ever since my Mum bought the debut
album with 'In the flesh' on it.
Jen arrives 1 minute early ... was going to stand on the other side of the
door till it was exactly 9.00 but we can't be that mean to her (: Both of us
are heading to Camberwell markets, my role is mostly driver as I am
determined to pay millions of bills that have arrived. It's a lovely day
too, weather Gods are smiling. The set up at the markets has changed a bit
more cul de sacs but still fun. Find a lady who has the most incredible
silverware and it's so cheap- I have a theory (no not a dancing demon..sorry
Buffy joke) I have a theory she is a cat burglar... and pinches all this
stuff and re sells it, it's just to cheap. She has these brilliant 100 year
old silver spoons, 1/2 size tea spoons with crowns and emblems on the end,
have to get them next time... before some suit buys them for his cocaine
orgy ( don't say it Mark I know who you are thinking of!!!!)
We find this really nice old man who cuts his own gems and Jen buys some
for her silver work, really nice cuts and so cheap. A lady asks one of the
toy sellers if she has a Pokey ... and the toy person has no idea. Oh C'mon
POKEY, Gumby's horse ... some people do not know about the important things
in life *GRIN*. I intervene and tell her she can buy Pokey re issues on the
Net. So much bric a brac, loads of good garden tools and we especially love
the black velvet printed aboriginal portraits from the seventies. Have some
lunch and escape home.
Spend the afternoon back on line, two newspapers have jumped the gun and
mentioned that Split Enz might be playing this show in Sydney for the World
Cup. I decide to do a VIP mail out or I'm going to be under siege from
emails and mail. If the Enz show happens it's in November, am stressing to
everyone that it is far from confirmed. Am hoping for a Melbourne show and
the warm up gig would be for the fanclub only IF it happens. be great to see
the Enz play and it really is Australia's turn. The guys have a vibe to play
Betchadupa's EP is out today in the U.K. on Ignition. I order in some copies
for our upcoming table at the Camberwell Collectors Fair. Am trying to buy a
few more as a few people here in Australia have been asking about this EP.
Apparently only the one run was done. The Camberwell fair has now moved to
Box Hill Town Hall (1022 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill) and it will be on August
17th. The club stall will be in the foyer. Doors open at 10.00. This is the
only Collectors Fair we will be doing for the rest of this year, maybe
longer. We have made a huge effort around this one and some amazing stuff
will be available.
Felt like a boy scout today, helped an old lady across the road, I just had
that feeling if I didn't she would get ploughed over by a car, she was a bit
shaky on it. Kept patting my hand, poor old dear.
Went through a whole series of Stargate on DVD, didn't take long, am
enjoying the show, it's underrated and should receive a higher cult status.
So much better then Farscape- stupid puppets.
Really like Australian artist Esther Erlich. Born near Hesters place at
Elwood in Victoria, does really great Portrait work. There is a showing at
Libby Edwards Gallery- 10 Williams St, Sth Yarra- August 8th- 24th, worth a
The 'official' number of U.S. deaths since the start of the Iraq War is 166-
19 more than the death toll in the first Gulf War. So much for the
perception that Baghdad was taken as a quick easy victory- the total death
toll is actually 248 which includes accidents, suicides. Non combat deaths
outnumber combat casualties ...but the scary thing is this Pheumonia
infections- 2 have died from this already, and 15 very ill. It's a type of
streptococcal bacterial infection, but the identified infection has only
been found in a few of these soldiers. No one seems to know what it is. It's
sure to be buried under the carpet, a worry. What an evil little War this
has turned into.
Notice some Sanity Record stores are closing down in Australia, pretty
horrible music stores really and the staff overall are brainless when it
comes to music knowledge. One day I asked for Split Enz and the girl took me
to the MOVIE section. DOH!
Buffy second last Episode in Australia tonight- exceptional, well written
etc etc at least it will go out with a bang and not a fizzle.
Today was the biggest selling book day, ever, even more then the launch
which is amazing. All titles, Hussy, Bang, Glamour and a few WINGS, spent
the afternoon numbering and signing, so weird, just when you think it has
gone quiet we get this run on copies of GLAMOUR. I spotted the girl from the
bakery buying a copy at Greville Books... of course I stirred her a bit for
doing so!! I am mean.
Our Crowded House 'Farewell to the world' DVD grinds to a halt, have to wait
till Neil gets back, just red tape etc annoying, but we've waited this long
so everyone will have to be a bit patient, it will happen eventually.
It's still cold in Melbourne town, woke up and all the ants were heading off
to work, all rugged up, by noon it's ok but you can feel the cold in the
Eddie Rayners SMD track arrived for Rare II, love this track, too hard to
describe, good one Stallion. SMD stands for????
Hound a few of the Enz guys that they have to play 'Parrot fashion Love' in
the stage set, even suggested to Malcolm that he (re)learn the song,
Dizrythmia is such a fine album.
The Finns head off to England in September to mix the album, which is good
news, means it's coming together quite quickly. So hopefully the boss will
send me a copy early October, dying to hear what they have come up with.
Rosemaree saved our life today, getting all this extra work done for us,
much appreciated, finally returned her casserole dish, what a fine meal!
Call into Joes Cafe and have some hamburgers, sit and watch the trains and
school girls go by...makes me sound like a dirty old man!!!!!
So Amrozi the Bali bomber got the death penalty via firing squad, evil
little fu*ker, hope he suffers and burns in hell. A bullet in the head will
wipe that smile off his face. He's not a martyr just a religious loser, hope
all the faces of his victims go rushing by as he bites the bullet.
Pansy Divisions 'Total Entertainment' arrives and it's a fine effort by the
P.D. boys. The first thing I notice is the production, their best sound yet.
The style of songs has changed, really diverse, still fun, wicked lyrics and
I hope they send the Pope a copy- hell may just push him over the edge!!!!
Go Pansy Division- world domination just around the corner ...
Visit the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen website located at:
Can't wait to see this movie, starts here October 2nd.
Have a chat to Dean from the record company, about Enz stuff, will start on
that next week, Eddie's up for it. As is his way.
Black Olive for some dinner, lost the vibe to cook, been working long hours.
Mark gives me the release dates for Xmen 2 DVD (October 29th) and Lord of
the Rings- Two Towers (August 26th) both will be huge.
I am up early off t the bank, grab some $ to pay the staff, and end up
eating at Globe, waiting for the Post Office to open. First in the door, and
when I leave the line runs out the door, so paid to be early. Post another
batch of CDs and other fun stuff... pay the water rates which seems like a
lot - the joys of being a home owner, all those extras.
Spend the afternoon boxing up stuff for next Sundays Record Fair, had quite
a few emails from people attending. Should be a good day.
Cold night, really rug up, just finish telling Mark Winter will be much
longer this year- just feels that way. Brrr, meanwhile Europe burns.
The Magnetic Island people sent me some house listings, gee one is only 1.25
million it is on top of the mountain and individual corridors join up the
rooms, a 360o view of the sea and forest... now I know why it's a million +.
Dream a lot tonight.
Cold morning, live in the big jumper that Marks Mum knitted for him, it's
very snug. Think I'll light the fires today, and stay inside.
Cook breakfast, bacon and eggs, nice and crispy, that's another 1000 sit ups
tonight. I wonder if I can do 2000 and have some chocolate too.
This is a quick diary update, typed it live so a bit rushed and probably
full of mistakes. So a bigger diary entry next time I promise.
The World seems set on destruction and hatred, we all have it in our power
to be kinder and more understanding to each other, and the planet. I'm
telling you, one act of kindness can really give you a buzz, so give it a
try. It's easy to say yep I'll do that, but actually doing something is much
Look after yourselves.
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