The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 10 October - 24 October 2004
Leave at a very reasonable hour, no rush to get to this magnificent
escarpment, which is located on the plains of the Western & Wimmera
districts. The towns of Horsham, Ararat, Stawell, Hamilton and Dunkeld are
surrounded by this fantastic National Park.
Traffic is good, music is good, and we arrive just after lunch. Halls Gap is
our destination. It has changed a bit, growth but not horrible and ugly. It
still seems like sleepy town waking up to the stomping of tourist feet.
There seems to be an abundance of elderly types here 'Nana's' as Mark always
tags them. This is good as most of them won't flood the hiking tracks.
We check in to the Colonial Motor Inn (yey Spa in the room) and head off
for a hike to the Venus Baths. Am always amazed at how loud some people have
to talk when they are hiking in the super quiet bush. You are not in the
city now, no need to bellow like a banshee.
The best part of hiking is having the track to yourself. The best way to do
that is have a pash with someone of the same sex right near the start of the
track. You would be amazed at how many people will do anything to 'pick
another track'. I am evil here me roar.
I climbed up the side of the rocks and sat on this massive boulder. It was
funny as people couldn't see me till it was too late and I'd startle them.
The Gryphon sitting high on his perch, protector of the sky and earth...
I have a real thing for those Australia Ghost Gum Tree's, they calm me down,
right down and I love their beauty. In all those outback Australian
landscape paintings, the only ones that really capture me are the ones with
Ghost gums.... no idea why. This track has endless gums on it, and we
haven't spotted a Koala. They might be deeper into the Grampian National
Park, some Gums do have evidence of Koala's, chewed up branches and some
fresh scratches... ol' tracker Green on the scene.
Head back to the Gap using an old second trail, Mark gives me the 'you have
picked the hard way' look as he climbs over broken tree's. I allow my
instinct to guide me, we arrive back safe and sound. Good exercise.
As we leave the trail we notice that the Kangaroo's have came along with us
to feed on the grasses in the caravan park. It's doubly wonderful as the
first time when we came to Halls Gap in the eighties, they were in the same
spot, feeding. I sit on the ground, very low, and patient wait and move
closer, so they are use to me. I pick some fresh grass but they ignore it.
Old man Kangaroo watches me always, he spreads his HUGE claws, I mean big, I
mean move over Freddy Krueger...Killer Kanga will kick but.
I sit and wait, he eventually lets me get closer to the centre of the 'Roo
circle. I'm only 30cm away and a little head pops out of Mums pouch, a baby
joey, ok he's not really a baby he will soon be out and about as he is
growing way too big to be in that furry bedroom. As Mum eats, his head pops
out and nibbles away too. At one stage she kicks him out and cleans the
pouch, I talk to her in a very gentle voice. The only time the big Kangaroo
dad gets angry and snorts is when another mail goes close to Mum and the
baby....I'm ok to sit but the other Kanga gets an ear bashing and retreats.
Some loud tourists come by and disturb the setting, some Japanese tourists
show up and are so quiet, I wish the others would learn something from these
sweet Japanese visitors.
The Kangaroos are everywhere, eating in front of the holiday cottages,
imagine coming to Australia, waking up in the lovely Halls Gap setting, such
clean air, smelling the Gums and outside Kangaroos on the lawn. Too good.
Say goodbye and thank them, and most of them hop away. Except for two. They
kind of kiss...and strange as it is, they both gently hop into the wash room
together. Are those Kangaroo's camera shy and just want to have a bonk in
the wash room....I think Mark almost pee'd his pants with laughter, and yes
folks he DID film them....
Heading back to the hotel room and I see some more Japanese tourists who
appear lost, I take them across the road, it's dusk and I show them a treat.
Two male Kangaroo's having a boxing match. It seems to happen more at dusk,
my new Japanese friends are so excited. I bow and leave, I am a regular Sir
Les Patterson of the tourist trade.
A long day so nice to soak in the spa.....I am drowning in herbal bubbles,
cough...but it feels so good. Sit up and watch the '4400' mini series, it
got canned by the critics, but it was OK. It did really well here in the
ratings, which shows a lot of people care nothing about what a reviewer
Hmmm so far our world under a continuing John hoWARd has not remotely
Wake up to the sounds of cockatoo's sitting outside our room. TYhose white
sulfur crested ones, they really can squawk. Head to Halls Gap and have some
breakfast. I but some new sunglasses, I am a Marco's of sunnies. These ones
are super tinted and great for hiking.
We eat at The Black Panther Cafe, good country cooking.
After our hearty meal we drive to the Wonderland car park. Wonderland being
the start point of several major hiking tracks. Today's hike is 2 1/2 hours
to THE PINNACLE. It sounds like a movie title and you'd expect Bruce Willis
to play my part! It's only a mere 4.2 kms and the elevation change is
something like 280 metres which seems ok. Its close to a 'hard' grading and
that is the part that really works on people's leg muscles, probably half
the people we see have turned back.
Truly lovely hike. 'Grand Canyon' is the first major section and it is
impressive, I can't even imagine what this would be like in Winter with rain
water flooding through it. 'Silent Street' is spooky and magnificent. I
think it's an old lava flow or some weird fault. You have to climb down a
metal ladder to enter 'the street', and yes it is totally silent. Every so
often some wind makes the slightest noise and it can startle you and you get
the feeling you are being watched, and it's just not the lizards!!!
It narrows at the end and you can just squash through, some people probably
couldn't, so they'd have to scale the walls I guess. Yieks!
We have a few breaks, help a few hikers who are totally lost. I still have
no idea why people who never hike would try a hard grading hike. Especially
when some of them have no idea about marker arrows etc. I took some time to
show them as The Grampians is notorious for inexperienced hikers to go
The last 10 minutes are tiring but the views from The Pinnacle are worth it.
The wind is picking up and the last place you want to be is near a massive
cliff on a plateau. Good that we did it, and the hike back seems easier.
Cool off under some natural waterfalls, and go close to slipping into a
water crossing as the surface areas are steep. This clean air is doing me in
Head back to the hotel to grab a few things and then we are off to the
Wallaroo Wildlife Park. It's about 8 km out of Halls Gap and worth the
Being a Monday there were maybe 4 other people in the Park, so the animals
are yours for the day. We buy some food that comes in those little paper
bags... a lady tells me the deer will love me for that. Boy was she right.
We feed some Emu's first, they are so notorious , peck the living daylights
out of you. They had some babies running around their feet, all striped.
The deer's came over, one in particular got obsessed, as did a very long
necked duck. A cute chunky swamp wallaby , was kind of shy at first but
warmed to me and he let me pat him on the head.
The deer got a bit aggressive, marks filming and suddenly it stole the bag
of food, picture this my dear reader, yours truly chasing a deer screaming
'thief thief'. That deer had no table manners. I recovered the remains of
the bag, the duck tried it on, got a slap.
Walked through a forest area but no sign of the Koalas. Came upon a monkey
cage and the monkeys looked stressed. I found a side area and one young
fellow decided he wanted to grab me, but I was too quick- Mark wasn't, a
black leather monkey paw got him... strong little buggers. I think the
monkeys were sad.
We found this one eared deer that I kind of liked, and it was a two way
street, he decided for the next 2 hours he would be our guide, so I
surrendered and the deer was in charge. He was sweet, wanted to know all
about the camera, licking the eyepiece, nudging Mark when he was slow...
hmmm maybe the deer should move in, speed MG up a bit. More Kangaroos and a
swamp wallaby with a little bald baby, some Lama's , more Emus and a very
fat Osterich that had some eggs. An albino wallaby that looked like a bigger
version of Cosmo.... we reached the exit gate and the one eared deer said
goodbye, I saved some food just for him so he was rewarded. I miss that one
Have a really nice hamburger at Halls Gap... the old fashion way,tasted
great, even though I kept wondering, is this Kangaroo meat!?
There was as Mark put it a 'Nana convention' in the breakfast area. This
really grumpy old man was incredibly rude, so I turned on him and told him
how rude he was. In the end we walked out, was really annoying. Filled in
one of those 'how was your stay' forms... said everything was great except
for the breakfast area which sucked.....
We end up eating at the bakery near Ararat which was nice. I noticed in a
magazine while eating that Australian director Robert Luketic will be the
main man for the Dallas Movie. Based on the TV show from the late
seventies/eighties. Wonder who will play JR...I'd like that role. Who shot
Peter Green....oh been done already.
Eminem's new video for 'Just lose it' is pretty funny. Of course Michael
Jackson see's nothing funny in having the mickey taken out of him.I like how
Eminems nose falls off etc etc The Jacko fans are up in arms, so naturally I
want to bait them a bit. Bad Gryphon!
Call Tony Williams who replaced Shirl as lead singer for the band. Always a
pleasure to chat to him, he's a nice guy.
Tony knackered from the drive back, so sleep well.
Sydney has it's hottest day ever for October ... Melbourne was o.k. just
nice and warm. I like living in Mexico.
Watch 'The Grid' which is a three part telemovie on Terrorism. It's
surprisingly very good.
Head to the secret location where the Skyhooks band members are all having
their get together. Still no word on Redmond doing it, at least he has been
Speak to Gold Fm and get them some tickets, one double per day as a give
away prize for the secret 'event'. Am hoping the listeners get a buzz from
this and Skyhooks get some media attention. They should 'Living In the 70's'
is such a superb Aussie musical icon.
My sister is sick, some sort of bug, it's made her voice go all croaky, I
put Mark on the phone to hear her talking, priceless, what a mean brother.
Get well Sis.
'Everyone is here' gets it's Japan release, with a bonus track. The album
has slowed down a bit. EMI keep saying double Platinum for Australia, I
still think it will only reach 1x Platinum.
Mushroom help out with some $ for the 'Hooks mini event (see it keeps
growing..it was a get together, it's now a mini event, tomorrow it's a very
special event, after that it's an extravaganza ...after that...it's over!
The invite art arrives (thanks Spock) for the now extravaganza ... looks
damn fine , send it off to the Venue printers. Such a quick turn around.
Get an email from Neil, all sounds good. Sharon is staying here too, so both
of us are off the tour.
First show of the Finns U.K. tour. Tonight it's Newcastle, the good old
Mr Macainsh drops in with his wonderful seventies platform shoes. They are
the white ones that he wore in the very early days. The shot of him playing
bass in the white cowboy suit under the Sydney Harbour bridge ....well he's
wearing them in that shot.
Watch THE HUNGER. Thanks Mark, it really did make my week. Once more
Australia gets a release before most of the world, not sure why the dates
keep changing overseas. I am just happy to have a copy. Bowie is wonderful
in this Gothic Chic production. Either you get this movie or fine it way too
As soon as it starts with Bauhaus performing 'Bela Lagosi's Dead' I am
hooked. Catherine Deneuve, Bowie, Susan Sarandon all good. Though Susan's
hair could get her Dyke of the year (opps).... it's such an odd haircut for
her. Beauty and bloodlust, good makeup that ages David (they probably just
reversed the make up that he uses these days to keep him young). 92 minutes
long, loads of candles and curtains blowing... and remember when everyone
wanted one of those crosses on a chain, that you can rip apart and it is a
knife....I think at one stage Mortisha's Goth store in Melbourne was making
them. Undead undead undead....
The perfect present. I am a happy man.
Well I did try and warn her. One positive lesson learnt from the election.
Jacinta Collins, the Labor right winger who voted against Gay marriage, lost
her Victorian Senate seat. At least she got back to me with her views and
some answers. I think she took the pink vote for granted and in many ways
had no concept of what the community wanted.... and she shouldn't of worn
those hideous pearls in her PR shot, lets really look like Mrs Straight and
dorky. It was a horrible photo.
Ken Francis calls by and gets his Hooks Invite. We were nice, I know how
much the band does mean to him, so it's all fine. He'll have a good time.
More election results are coming in. Labors Julie Owens has now beaten
Liberal adulterer Ross Cameron in the final seat count for Parramatta in
NSW. I think he thought the average Joe wouldn't care that he fu*ked around
on his wife, obviously it played some part in his defeat and Julie Owens is
kind of hip.
Meanwhile in the A.C.T. state(territory) election, Labor became the first
party to gain a majority government. So strange Labor win nearly all the
State Governemnt and Liberals the Federal. Who knows....
At 10.00 we head off to Healvesville- Jen, Mark and myself. What a lovely
day (of course). Jen is one minute late, very unlike her, Mark pays out (:
We take the scenic route to the Healesville Animal Sanctuary, a nice drive,
loads of cows.
It seems like it has grown, really spread out. I love all the seated areas
as they have really old photos of the Sanctuary 70 or so years ago..maybe
more. Lots of babies around today... a baby orphan Wombat, and he was cute,
loved to play with the keepers shoes. Gave him a major scratching and he
just smiled at me, I was totally suckered, nice little guy.
The Koala's looked healthy and one mother also had a baby. Headed into the
reptile area and learnt a lot, stroked a python (no that isn't some secret
code line for masturbation!). It was a carpet snake, and he obviously
recently shed his skin as he was soft and quite exotic looking. The reptile
keeper had some nice reptilian tattoo's on his sexy Australian games keeper
legs. It's a well known fact that Australian men, especially those who wear
green shorts have great legs! isn't that right guys.
Two skanky girls who obviously didn't want to be at the Sanctuary , so so
evil, loud and hideous. I was happy they made some stupid comment as it gave
me a chance to tell them how hideous they were, in front of their dumb arse
parents. I swear if I was close by on the bridge over the wetland area they
would of went in . Damn missed my chance.
If you head to Healesville take a lunch or have a BBQ, incredible facility's
inside, loads of table area and electric BBQ's. On the way out make a
donation near the gate, coins are welcome. It's really well maintained, and
Our final thing were the Birds of Prey, and they have impressive Wedge Tail
Eagles here, gorgeous wings. They are fairly well free and are a bit spoilt.
The kite is one such bird of prey that has his own way, going for some major
flying and only returning when he is happy... he was such a little dot in
the sky but what a speedster. It's good that the Birds are not a mere circus
act, and while in captivity they have huge flying areas and are let out
several times daily. As we left the kite is still having his way... but
he'll come back eventually, simply because it's such a lovely place to live.
Hell I'd live in Healesville if I was a animal.
Get home in time to watch the ARIA awards.
Overall it was a good award night. Guy Sebastian sucked big time. The
newspapers pointed out that he was receiving a Platinum award for his new
single, which is meant to be sales of 70,000 units. They pointed out that
although it had shipped 70,000 units, it had only sold 28,000+, which isn't
even a Gold award and nowhere near Platinum. he's not as popular as people
are led to believe.
What is wrong with Shannon Noll's voice, he sounds like Jimmy Barnes on
helium. Freaky. He was better then Guy Sebastian but really if it wasn't for
Australian Idol, there are a thousand Shannon Noll's.
Missy Higgins on the other hand was brilliant, and Roves drag impersonation
was hysterical...as was his Shannon Noll's send up. Rove did well, though
some jokes fell flat in typical ARIA fashion.
As my friend Greg Mac. said, the ARIA's are always best watched on TV. he is
JET, the wonderful Jet scoop the pool, 6 Aria awards, all deserved. Missy
Higgins with SCAR beats Kylie, and Kate Cebrano's breasts and arse scared
us, who dresses these people? John Butler, he is the man. Of course next day
you get white trash like The Sun's Andrew Bolt targeting Butler. It must of
killed the Andrew Bolts of the world to see someone like John Butler win. he
stands for everything that Bolt doesn't. Go John Butler go! Just the fact
that Andrew Bolt hates you so much means you are exceptional.
Was watching the 2 girls from 'V" channel doing the arrivals.... they were
far too Australian Pub Rock. 'Arghhh who's gonna get pissed the most and be
first on the floor'.... such class! Though it was kind of funny.
The awards ended half an hour late, yet again, and a tough rocking version
of Stevie Wrings EVIE was the finale performed by a super group of Jet,
Living End, Spiderbait members...
Little Rive Bland (opps Band) were inducted into the hall of fame, and even
though musically they are dull, they deserve it simply because of overseas
success. Isn't it time Crowded House were inducted into the hall of fame.?
Our Skyhooks 2005 calendar arrived today, so 30 years later Shirl, Red,
Greg, Fred and Bongo will once again appear on Australian kitchen walls, how
The Finns album is still in the Australian Top 40 (#38) hanging in there for
Mail in my wage invoice, so good to get paid, where did all these bills come
from.... be nice if I have something left over for Mr Gryphon. Staff wages,
car rego. maybe not. Oh well easy come easy go.
Call in and see Bongo Skyhook. So funny that his new flat, is my friend
Spocks old flat. It's interesting to see what people do differently.
fascinating. I pay out on little Bongo, saying he got the words to Toorak
Cowboy wrong and he had to get them right if he was going to sing that song
on the night. He sits me down, pulls out a guitar and plays an acoustic
version, and gets it right! God lad.
Walk with Mg to Venue 'X", and see if the DVDr works in their machine, it
doesn't so that means we have to supply a DVD player, it's ok, but we have
so much crap to carry already...oh well.
Calendar guy arrives and it's really great, a few mistakes on the date stuff
but it came up well, the 'Hook fans will love it.
Head off for endless night meetings and rehearsals.
Happy 21st Birthday Kate Ebbott.
Head into Mushroom Records for a quick meeting. Dean hands me the new Kylie
Minogue single ' I believe in you' , I like it but it seems very short. I'm
playing it in the car so maybe it's my concentration. Sounds like the
tickets for her show in the UK are going through the roof.
Head into the old Mushroom building and it's a bit weird, all those years of
going into the building etc, even seeing the small off at Premier Booking
agency gave me a bit of a flashback. Smile at a girl on the way out, and I
find out later that she is actually Liam Finns new girlfriend. Small world.
head home and remember to water the balcony plants. They are starting to
look pretty good, all purple and blue flowers blooming , and starting to
drape over the sides. One of the big trees out front is sprouting leaves
again.... it's that time of year.
I love all these books that Mercedes Lackey sent me, she is still pretty
much my favourite writer. She sends me, off I go on a little trip into her
realms. JOUST and ALTA are both brilliant. I am addicted to them.
The parcel of signed books she sent is still messing my head, possibly
pulled me out of some sadness over my Uncle. So Misty if you are reading
this- thank you.
The Finns are playing the Manchester Apollo tonight, I have fond memories of
that Venue, the crowd should be good. The weather in the U.K. looks pretty
On the phone to Uschi Flett who designed so many incredible stage outfits
for bands in the Seventies. She makes me laugh, what a wicked sense of
humour. Have suggested that we film her, sitting amongst some of the
costumes. We can run her drawings and ideas as well as original shots of the
bands wearing them... not sure what we would do with the footage but it
should be good fun.
Qantas Florist stuffs up my flower order to Mum, and are really apologetic.
They waiver costs etc and send her the biggest pile of flowers, including
vases etc. They should mess up more often.
It was 40 years ago today that the wonderful Aussie cop show HOMICIDE first
appeared on our screens. It should be on DVD....I am amazed that it's not.
Talk to Paul Stewart at The Sun on a Skyhooks feature, hope it happens.
It's a good day, TWO new series of The West Wing (Season 3 and Season 4) are
out in Australia. I think the USA is still up to Season 2 only on DVD. hey
I'm not complaining but it seems odd.
We are in the middle of Season Three and we love it just as much as one and
two. You never know if they would of exhausted the scripts and subject
matter but it appears not- some very strong scenes. We can't get enough.
Bartlett for President I say!!!!!!
Those Skyhook boys are back in the news- Page 3 of The Age. We prepare for
the deluge and it starts. Calls, emails, even a few people begging. Lots of
fans travelling, some flying in from overseas I hear. This will be fun.
British author Alan Hollinghurst won the Booker Prize with his 4th novel
'the line of beauty', the first gay related book to win the prize in it's 36
year history. Damn and I so much wanted Hussy to win. *GRIN*.
Kind of surrendering around work, this 'Hooks stuff is really taking over,
so till the 28th of this month I guess it will be the main thing, and
everything else will have to come second.
It's such a nice time of year to be in Melbourne, incredible days, loads of
warmth, and the people seem happier. For that alone I am glad I am not on
the road in the U.K. I'll miss the show and especially the fans but it feels
alright, lets put it this way, am not missing it that much. Sharons in N.Z.
still working on her stuff, so both of us are off the road. (:
have been listening in to Wilbur Wilde's radio show on Gold FM. Gold are the
number one station in Victoria. Have given Wilbur tickets for the special
now mega gigantus event.... and he gives 1 double away each day. The callers
are going nuts, Wilbur now has to beg- 'no more phone calls'... I love it.
Send my 2nd uncle a cactus for his birthday, no idea why, just what I do.
Hmm a cactus, OK I will send that. At least it is easy to look after. I sent
my sister one for the same reason, she kills all plants, we are so different
in that area.
Tania, Rosemaree and Jake call by, mainly to pick up tickets. The local
Wollongong paper want to do some article on Mark and myself, so I will
probably surrender to that, providing they get my name right this time
Have a chat on the phone to Gerald who used to see both Skyhooks and Split
Enz in the early days, nice guy and it's always good when someone else loves
music so much. I talk to him about our archives. The Archives are probably
one of the best things I've set up. Really handy for people to get a chance
sometimes to see things like the band costumes and original material. We've
had some of the exhibits travel to really remote areas. I always worry when
people have real historical stuff just thrown in cupboards, mostly around
fires and break ins. So many people would have no idea that something has
historical significance, I wonder how much stuff has been lost that way.
Anyway it was nice to have a chat, good to see so many real music lovers out
Mark is editing away, endless Final Cut-Pro work. He has stayed up really
late every night, I am amazed by his determination. The stuff looks
fantastic so far.
Our old friend Michelle calls by and we reminisce to the point of tears in
our eyes. We only ever see each other every year or two but it's good, love
the Melbourne Hookscrew.
Betchadupa launch tonight and we can't make it, work work work. Liam calls
and it's good to chat, am looking for a new house for the Betchadupa boys,
will see what I can find. The Sydney launch went well, looks like Rolling
Stone magazine will be doing a live review on them.
Have a nap as I am really tired, I stupidly woke up at 4.30 in the morning
and decided to head down to Prahran to buy the paper and bread rolls. Wanted
to see what Press was in it. Page 9 today, doing well. Waited for the bakery
to open, and read the paper while some guy who had obviously partied too
hard was passed out on a park bench. He was breathing so I didn't have to
call the ambulance. Anyway Mad Dog wakes me from my nap, I mumble words,
with probably no meaning...
Up early and buy more rolls, and the piece wasn't in The Sun. Not sure why,
maybe the Age jumping in, pissed off the opposition paper... maybe they are
holding back till later on during the week.
Watch some cable and see some interesting debates. One line I liked about
Afganistan. Just because some people get a chance to vote does not mean
democracy has arrived. Having clean air, water, electricity and freedom is
in some ways more important, so if democracy is really what people are
considering when they invade a country, they should finish the important
parts of the job first.
Mark spends the day working on the DVD for the event. I head off with
Rosemaree to catch up with Bongo Skyhook before he starts his Chuck Berry
show. Help with load in, I wish load in was this simple at every gig.
Have voddy with Rosemaree and a chat to the manager. The Bostons Red Sox are
playing on the TV, I get side tracked.
Have to head off to the Arts Museum to see what they have done with the
cossies. Rosemaree calls in a parking spot so it's all free.
What a nice surprise, the costumes and Living In the 70's display is really
nice. I thought they'd just be in a few cases, but it looks brilliant, they
did a good job. Quite a few people reading and looking at it, felt good.
I get bought a really nice icecream (thanks Ms Taverna)..YUM.
Home again and head back to work.... wow the USA election is almost upon
them. Once more it's a close one, so nice to be waving goodbye to Bush, but
hey Australia still has little Johnny hoWARd so anything is possible.
As long as you do vote, that is the main thing. Have your say.
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