The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 1 January - 18 January 2004
January 1st 2004
Happy New Year and Happy Birthday Merelyn. How old? (Cool!).
We can't believe how incredible our street was last night, one of the main
Melbourne streets and it was the quietest night of the year-brilliant.
The Melbourne girl for the New Years presentations on TV was so cool, the
Sydney girl with predictable 'put me to sleep' Richard Wilkins was so bouncy
and annoying that one hoped a Texas chainsaw massacre would of taken place
before my eyes, and we thought Bimbo's only grew on trees!
So the start of a new year, it wreaks of adventure.
Back to Babble for a few weeks whilst Market Cafe is closed, same 'good'
service (ahem) but the staff are happy to see us, so that was nice. The
excuse of 'needed a break, was bored' just doesn't seem to cut it.
Some nice greetings from the Finns, they have all gone to the beach for the
First sale of the year was a Famous for 16 Minutes Diary book-Glamour, an
omen. Augie and Emmeline send this totally cute new years eve card from
Hollywood of their son Ethan- the cutest card of the year, I think he's
going to be a movie producer, only a producer would wear a funky red hat
like that-the worlds all yours Ethan! Just grab it.
Bongo Skyhook slips an equally cool card of him in his white Travolta suit
with his youngest kid Arabella in a sequin jumpsuit and a nice message.
Thanks Bong- hope this year is much better for you.
Put in the years first DVD order from Jet DVD cave in New York, FedEx have
lowered the bag weight so less DVDs, well that sucks. Finally Lost in Space
TV series is on DVD- season one box set- it even comes with the un-aired
pilot episode (no Dr Smith in the pilot). I was asked recently on a radio
show who I would have a threesome with, my mind was wandering and I said Don
and Judy from Lost in Space (hey it's better then Will and Dr Smith Yiek!).
I like those silver tin foil space suits. Mrs Robinsons rather obvious
pointy bra was light years ahead! If ever I find that spaceship in all those
weird dreams I have I would have to call it Jupiter One-(I wander what
happened to Jupiter one...they never did say did they?).
Think Mark is making a DVDr copy of Queer as folk season 3 from SBs and that
funky digital box, works out to be $15 for the whole season... just season
three on DVD is a rippoff- less episodes-only 14 this time, same price
Well Mad Dog Morgan arrives from the States and it's good to see her. She
keeps leaving bits of lung on the household furniture from her new hobby of
smoking, not sure how a far more than average IQ'd person like Peggy can not
see just how bad cancer sticks are...her body I suppose, just be nice
Peggles if you are still staying at our place for Christmas when you are
ninety and not having to say Happy 2051 through a hole in your neck.
Give Bongo a call to tell him MD is in town and some crackly voice mail is
on his phone, ah technology.
Oh two bottles of Yukon Jack- god she's trying to kill us....nice night a
few drinks and it's 'photo-time'! Some nice shots, extremely funny, and a
few PG does Zoolander Poses....but after I go through them all I find that
nearly everyone that lived with us had the urge to be a super-model in front
of the camera, hmm like some of these will never see the light of day.
I bite the bullet and pull out the 'PG on rocks with waves crashing, ripping
off board-shorts to reveal, some scantily clad bod in wet blue underwear (oh
my!-Peggles please let go of that snap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). A long night, a fun
night and I end up framing a picture of myself, extremely skinny with an axe
about to chop Marks head off , taken in the grape-fields of Mildura.
Temperature hit 49 degree's at the small QLD town of Birdsville today, a
record temperature for that area, Christ that is hot.
Greg Skyhook and Gabrielle drop in for the 'royal art tour' today- I think
she's a fine arts grad. The Roie painting blew her away, she was fully aware
of the Witch of Kings Cross's work... and had a chance to touch the
canvas...or whatever Rosaleen has painted on...it was weird it dawned on us
that it could be human skin!!!! It's the weirdest textured canvas, have
never seen canvas like that.
Cook a nice honey soy vegetable/chicken stir fry for dinner, getting good at
these, kind of healthy.
Looks like the Finn Brothers are going to keep working on songs till Jan
20th in the N.Z. studios, after that date Betchadupa kick them out and start
work on their second album. The MOVE OVER single with those cool other 2
tracks is out in Oz in March.
Email and remind Fred to pick up his sales award for One Million albums sold
whilst in Melbourne for his hippy beach wedding, clearing these out of our
My friend Fee emails me and she is in town soon for a few days, will be
great to catch up, cherish her, and all our fond days at the Enz office.
Lock in the Andy White album launch for his 'Boy 40' CD in Melbourne. It's
back at the Corner Hotel Richmond on January 31st. We are having a 'Meet and
Greet' upstairs on the roof of the Corner- it has this beer gardens covered
in plants, perfect and the M&G is at 8pm (it's free) the gig is on
downstairs from 9.30pm and tickets at the door. Had some really nice emails
from people who are coming on down to show their support, if I hear 'I'm old
and have to go to work next day' I just tell people not to bother, if a
night out is an effort people should just stay at home with their dog.
The people at Targus have a really good USB hub with a free optical mouse,
think I'll grab one for the office...you can never have enough USB ports.
Jet are at #66 in the USA this week with 'Are you gonna be my girl' - go
guys! The album is already in the seventies and climbing.
How cool are the Mars photos, they look like the Australian out-back.
Work on the Enz book, so much to do still, locked in the live dates and sent
them on...so another section completed.
Melissa drops by and returns the Afro wig, and we head to Outlook Cafe for
some food. We thought the service at Babble is slow, Outlook is really slow.
We sit at one of the tables in the window and watch the trade walk by.
Commercial Road is busy today, some good looks, the camouflage pants are so
'out' it's not funny...time to move on people, the War is over...well...!
Good ol' Jacqui Dennis, my new Mushroom Publishing bag arrives, it smells so
new, the old one was starting to decay, really good bags- thanks Jacqui!
Into the city, bills to pay, people to see, wander the alley ways calling
into the small hidden beatnick coffee shops, where the poets and artists
hang out. It's funny as every so often I consider just staying, not caring
about the real world...I wonder if they ever close, or if they stay open for
ever, 24/7. They all talk in hushed whispers, and black is still the only
colour in town, carrying Keats and Yeats and Andre' Maurois 'Ariel'.
So I turned to the Garden of Love
That so many sweet flowers bore;
And I saw it was filled with graves.
I love that William Blake verse....I do love Maurois...
Then with a charming coquetry she gave him a tap on the cheek with her
Yeah I could sit here forever wishful whimsy on my part.... I chat with the
students, the Gypsy from all parts Europe, the feral poets with their
vagabond existence so like the Gypsy in many ways but so polar opposite in
all the rest. I never see them drink their thick coffee but they do,
something that thick could never evaporate on it's own, it needs human
intervention of the mouth. They ache for the sadness in their lives, they
call it in, methinks, well some of them. I wonder what they would do if
success of the other world out there lands at their feet, would they become
sumptously obvious and lose their flavour like pricked with a thousand pins
and needles. I like these alley way escapes, fantasising of escaping the
castle grandeur and floating into their world..just for an hour and a day.
But that's all I could really hack, they carry such darkness topped off with
a lingering bitterness that success = selling out, and hell maybe it does.
I heed their words, they float in my head as I walk off & shed my disquise
and re enter the real world.
I do love the city and it's welcoming bosom.
Check my lotto and not a win this week, the last day of 2003 was good, Mr
Lotto handed over $86.00, which dragged me across the line that year, so I
wn more then I gave them...I play so little, but good to win for the small
buzz we get. The big buzz must be around the corner!!!!
Fee Fee leaves a message on our machine so she is in town. So many years
have gone by since we worked together at the Enz office, all fond memories.
Spend the day packing bit and pieces for Beenami, having a BBQ and a major
clean up, nice that some of our friends have offered to help, I remember
things like that, those that didn't I remember too. Thanks guys.
Dear Jayne, what a gift, 'The Quotable Slayer'. A must have in this life,
and it has captivated me, and out of the blue. I still love the one...
"I can beat up demons till the cows come home, and then I can beat up the
cows". (Buffy- "Intervention")
It's passing has left a hole in the TV tube....not many shows do that.
Well Ben and Jen pretty much on time so we will get a full day in. OK Mr
Yeti could be sleep walking buy we four are here and off.
A nice day, all that sunshine, all that sun stroke....
Pick up some 'land for sale' flyers for Melissa who is thinking of buying,
some good porperty's.
Beenami is a wild rose, and we tame some of it. I bring the chains so Ben is
attached to the mower and sent on an unrelentless battle to lower the grass,
hey it's only an acre to mow...the rest is giant gum trees...how long could
it take.......we glue a global tracking device on his back, just in case.
Our big shears have gone astray so I drive off to Neerim Sth but of course
all the stores are shut (GRRRRR), I do see a pair of red tipped black
cockatoo's flying overhead, they are meant to be on the endangered list so a
nice surprise. Several Llamas have been shorn at the Llama farm and they are
so funny with such skinny necks, they look embarrassed.
The BBQ is underway, I found these great small sausages that seem to have
very little fat, taste good...throw on some prawns (how Australian of us).
Old eagle-eyes Jen spots a mother possum in the roof of the Barn and she is
a pretty thing. All fox brown (not foxcroft brown...the other type of
brow!!!!) and we see a huge nest with the cutest baby possum tail hanging
out of it asleep. Mark (of course) tries to get closer but the mother Possum
just looks from her safe vantage point. We leave a selection of food for her
as a goodwill gesture.
A bit more work, and Beenami is starting to look not great but magnificent.
feels a bit sad to head home, back to the traffic, to our other home... a
nice day, good people, good BBQ surrounded by amazing gum tree's, sounds
like a good day to me.
Edit, write, re type, work and work.
new people move in next door, they are loud all night and removal bands
arrive till the wee hours. Oh joy on masse!!!!
Well Fred Skyhook married young Becci on Rippleside Beach near Geelong
today, in a white Kaftan, three times lucky we hope.
Jacqui and Genevieve tell us that the rental next door is going for $850 per
Have a chat to The Corner about using the roof for an Andy White meet and
greet, get the ok....now pray for the nice balmy night.
1.00 Andy meeting now back by a few hours, he's so efficient, calls etc.
Good meeting, get a lot done.
Mail a card to Karen in Holland who turns 50 any day now, 50.... how
amazing, she's holding together quite well. Have fun girl.
Jet climb back into the National Top 10 with their GET BORN album, good to
see that our Album of the Year is proving to have a long shelf and chart
Mark records DALLAS-The Return of JR. Loved it, so wonderfully corny and a
few parts were bordering on being 'soft porn'. Larry Hagman has those
eyebrows that Jack Nicholson has, they kind of curl up like the devil...
maybe all TV and movie villians have them. Linda Gray still has good legs
and those soulful eyes, Bobby Ewing, our favourite Man from Atlantis... it
Goldmember returned from her USA/Europe trip a few days ago, straight back
to work, guess we'll catch up soon. Must be strange going from Europe's snow
covered fields to Melbourne's Summer.
See Bongo Skyhook and he tells me he is thinking of being a Political
Activist around the environment- all good I say, just don't kill anyone.
Oh what is Steve Irwin doing, the more he tries to justify that silly stunt
with the baby and Croc., the more deeper he sinks. 'Crikey I'm a drongo'
Tshirts are selling well. he should of just said "I am an idiot, it won't
happen again' and just shut up...the ego is creeping in, so easy to spot.
Hmm the new people next door are starting to make noise... annoying.
I was reading on the couch today, and Cosmo hopped inside, spotted me,
jumped up and planted a huge rabbit pash on my chin. What a spunky bunny.
N.Z. charts are finally in operation again, they seem to close for 2 or 3
weeks, Bic is still in the Top 10, but Betchadupa are gone with MOVE
OVER...last year it was at #14, I expected it would fall, with a young Indie
band singles never hang around long, #14 is still pretty good.
Does anyone else think that Richard Quest from CNN is both the Ugliest and
annoying man on TV. What an English tosser, what the fu*k is wrong with his
voice, time to change channels.....I'll be back I promise.
Happy Birthday Belinda Bardot, happy birthday to you, sexy Miss Boo. Call
her and of course she is out socializing. Have a nice night.
I let this addition of the F/16 diary take a few more days so I can round it
off to a Sunday.....usually I write the diary's on Sunday's every 2 weeks
but the end of the year tends to mess that schedule up...but we are back on
Our 5 free DVS arrived safely yesterday- High Crimes, Entrapment, Roadkill,
Ever After and Ice Age. Hey free is good...
1.00 Fiona and Soren and her tribe arrive, she hasn't seen the new place and
I think she digs it. She gets some fun birthday presents. The kids go crazy
for the FJ pinball machine and it takes a battering- good kids though,real
Andy W. arrives in the middle of it all to collect our media CDS and to drop
in more work... the lovely Lea has sent down our photocopied Bio sheets and
media passes etc, so we are ready to rock.
Next up is Bongo Skyhook, pass on Peggles Christmas present..hey Peggy he
likes the HARD chocolates. He also collects his million selling award for
the various Skyhooks albums over the years and we take a few photos.
Rebekah drops in, in the evening, open some wine and have a really nice
The only thing that messed the day up were the new tenants next door, who
invited masses of friends and decided to take far too much ecstasy all
night, which became really loud and annoying. Nothing worse than people on
'E" who become really loud and annoying... the odd broken beer bottle pissed
us off too. Time for the Gryphon to lay down some ground rules if they are
renting next to us.....so we do!!!
The owners and agents call all apologetic about their new tenants, and they
get the twice and you are out rule.... we feel like shit all day, get
nothing done and take forever to recover.
Next door is really quiet, hmm maybe they are dead, could we be THAT lucky?
The latest Morgan Poll arrived (no it's not created by Peggy)...anyway it
showed support for Labor in Australia rising. Up 2.5% to 45, the Liberal
vote down to 40 percent. If a Federal election had to be held in January,
Labor would of won. The few Liberal people we know seem to be abandoning
ship. I personally believe it's neck and neck because there are a lot of old
people out their who would vote for Howard, simply because they believe the
scare tactics that he spins.
Michael Jackson goes to court... and gee look at the fans that turned up,
they all have that look... and when interviewed it would be nice if at least
one of them was articulate. I want to know who it was in the crowd that set
Jackson off. One moment his ego has him gloating and weeing his disposable
diapers and the next he is climbing across his mother in the limo. waving
his fist and screaming at someone......if we had the money we were sending
Nana across to wave her 'Guilty you freak' sign.... I'd love Jacko to attack
Nana....she's kick his white sometimes speckled ar$e from here to Neverland.
Does Jackson molest all kids- NO, totally not. Has he molested some kids,
yes totally so. That alone should be reason to bust him. I think he could
get off as the evidence is limited and the Jackson people are spinning as
much propaganda as possible, be nice if justice prevails for once and he
gets what's coming to him. Thankfully some people are smart enough to see
through the PR machine. Some just don't want to believe it and with a few it
runs deeper and is more to do with their own life....oh it's all too hard
isn't it....come to bed Bubbles....and turn off the light.
Oh Bubbles that is you under the sheet isn't it!!!? Oh McCaulay get out of
Finally UNDERWORLD starts at the cinema's Jan 22nd, our copy arrives on
Monday, New Zealand had this movie months ago....
Bush's announcement of the new space race is so far removed from Kennedy's
it's an obvious election stunt- saying all that if it helps Nasa and helps
move space travel forward, even an inch, all good. Who said it was because
they were trying to find intelligent life elsewhere in the Galaxy because
there was none in Washington or Canberra....oh you people are so brutal!
Deb Goldmember calls by and helps us with our Andy White media stuff, so
nice that she offers, she gets one of our last few media passes as a
present. She looks great, her holiday away was obviously nice a relaxing,
must of been that millionaires chalet in Belgium. !
That's it for now, I think it could be an interesting year, hopefully some
good music and a tour. Wow I'm in Egypt in just over a month, am looking
forward to that.
Have a good one.
P.s. Nothings changed, I'm not checking spelling or grammar on this one,
flat out...so sorry folks.
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