The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 27 April - 9 May 2004
Into the city today. I love approaching Melbourne's heart, especially on the
train. It still feels so very open as a city, where Sydney central always
feels suffocating to me. There's something about Melbourne....
The lunchtime crowds are all huddled in their alley way cafe bars, nibbling
and sipping and watching, always watching. Watching the shoes and coats walk
by, watching the hair colours change like Melbourne's seasonal leaves, it
must be Autumn and there seems to be a lot more red and gold in people's
hair. We are the lost city of the watchers.
I've lost some of the Egyptian black and headed to some golden browns myself
this year. Grey urgh, sorry not a big fan of grey... grey must go.
The David Jones lady tells me of some new truffles, and she looks from side
to side like a KGB agent and sneakily gives me one to try. Not bad, if I was
quick I could grab the tray and bolt out the side door. I could eat them
while running off...instant exercise and calorie loss.
Just get to the office and Andy White calls. He's at Prahran and wants to
have a coffee, so I put my bag down and head back out, Mark shakes his head
and gives me some 'social butterfly' comments, while he spends the afternoon
trying to conquer Final Cut Pro.
Andy's good, Andy is Andy, he has a new haircut as well, see it's a
Melbourne thing. We sit in a small Greville street coffee bar, it's one of
my secret business places, one I never mention on the Net, no one can find
me here unless I want to be found. It looks so tiny on the outside that the
whole establishment could disappear down one of the numerous cracks on the
sidewalk. They make good coffee, not Market Cafe standard but still good.
Too much coffee for me so I have a juice. Andy is so passionate, he's off
soon to play more shows overseas. Boy 40 never ends.
I come home and one of the noisy neighbours outside is banging on his door
trying to get in...I offer him the choice of coming inside our place and
climbing around the balcony's... it's a bit death-defying but hey I was
nice. I don't think they can handle me being nice... it throws them....! hey
he could of fallen , one less neighbour, maybe I did have ulterior motives?
Work all day to earn my pay.... oh ayyyyy ohhhhh!
How come when the Finns are off the road I get more phone calls and emails
then when we are touring. Some great Bic Runga comments coming in from
England- 'Beautiful Collision' continues to sell well in the U.K.
Miss Lea is in town and I miss her by a few minutes- hope your speech went
Off to the other side of town and have some food with Benny and Jenny, sorry
had to say that! (: We go to the slow cafe, no idea what it's really called
but the service is horrible, the orders are always wrong and I really love
it. New staff appear to be on every day, and they walk around like freshly
raised Zombies..platters of food and unsure of the table numbers. Of course
I swap as many around as possible just to create more bedlam. Bad boy!
Tonight it's Jen's turn for food to be late, entree arrives after main, and
dips with no turkish bread..... please can I have a straw so I can suck up
Throw some bombshell into the conversation of moving to Tasmania to live and
work, a few jaws drop, it's only an 'idea' and they start stomping their
feet and asking about inherited insanity in my family!!!!!! It's like 5%
guys......Mark is more worried about me living on Magnetic Island..... that
rates about 6%. I could just run away from everyone.
Yet again a nice night, and we get home around midnight.... turn back into
Amazing Grace calls by, she lives behind us, well a street away. Wants to
know if our neighbours keep us awake too- are you kidding....YES. She's
going to complain, poor old bugger she has cancer and probably not too long
to live, at least the old dear deserves some sleep.
It will be weird when she goes, she's one of those figures around Prahran
that all of us recognize.
The office gets me to call the consulate re: working visa's and such, takes
4 weeks these days, they obviously double check everyone. I'm a good boy,
honest I am...let me into your damn country.
Rebekah calls by and we give her, a very handy birthday present, a huge box
of video tapes for her camera so she can film thousands of hours of footage
in Canada.... it's going to be a very long 'So this is my holiday' video
night. None of that porn either Bec with those wild Canadian men.
We grab Angel Season 4 on DVD, it really pays to look about, KMart and
Woolworths are cheaper then JB HI FI these days. Since JB launched itself
onto the stock market I think their prices have gone up a bit.
Spend the day on a VIP Finn mail out, these things take forever, it's a free
service thing that we offer but I end up with an aching back and correcting
endless old email addresses.
We have a theory that the Yeti had his hair cut because people were stopping
him on the street asking him to sign their Jack Black CDS!!!! (I'm sure
there will be pay back for that comment).
The ABC sends us the 'Best of Both Worlds' DVD set from Midnight Oil. It
debuted at #1 (and spent 3 weeks at the top of the DVD chart). It's two old
shows that have been re worked, the Capitol Theatre show and the infamous
Goat Island Gig from Sydney Harbour. The Capitol gig is 1982 and Goat Island
1985. There is also a bonus Oils on the water CD that comes with this DVD,
so it's very fan friendly in deed. I know the ABC really want to do Crowded
House's FAREWELL TO THE WORLD Opera House show, as do a few other people,
they did a great job with the Oils...so you never know. I'm glad this one
did well for them.
Goodbye Rebekah have a fun time and misbehave a lot and get arrested!!!
Ben calls by and we head to our favourite Office Works for some shopping. I
let him out shop me, he knows I did. I bought some A4 lever-arch Fileworks
folders, all different colours. So all the accounts are nice and neat for
when the tax man decides to raid us. Might as well make it easy on them!
O.K. it just makes it much neater.
Buy print out labels for the DYMO label-writer Turbo 330 (Phew) and some
super fine pens for Mark. Office works is fun. Decide to try some Eclipse
Flash Peppermint breath strips. The Listerine pocketpaks are great...the
Eclipse are truly revolting. Urgh. Even the Office works checkout person
screws up her face. I feel like if I breath on someone after having one of
these breath strips their face will melt..the peppermint is so strong.
We are bad and call into Macca's....and later on I cook some pasta. Only
little bowls of carbonara .... Mark is still working on Final Cut Pro.
Each day he figures out some more ....
Hey it's May. Wow my birthday is only 10 days away (11th) that has come
around fast. It means it's been a year since we started our drive around
Australia. We still have half to do, and we will too.... not sure when. Some
days I just want to leave and see how long it takes for people to realiZe I
How weird, BANG! has now taken over Hussy for biggest selling F/16 book.
Glamour was the biggest selling book this month from Rocket Pocket Books,
which was a surprise. Every day these little books go forth into the world,
it's a delight to mail them off at the Magic Mail Box. I drop them in and
wave them goodbye- I would love to see people's reaction when they get them
in their letter box ,especially overseas. I should home deliver them when I
am touring , weird idea #2007. It's great that so many people love and
collect the F/16 diary books. Thanks.
Wake up, look outside it's kind of grey and wet. Ignore the elements and we
head off to Beenami.
We pass through Gladysville where the Apple & Wine Festival is taking
place..and can we tell you, it is packed. Looks like fun, people everywhere,
I hope the weather holds as it is so unpredictable up here.
I buy my Mum a Mothers Day card on the way and check my receipt and it reads
MOTHERS DAY ASS. I am assuming that means 'assorted', their was no ass on
the card, and I wonder to myself what a Mothers Day Ass (Arse) looks
like..does it have glorious flowers around it. I am tempted to include the
receipt as my Mum would find that very funny...now you know where I get 'it'
Beenami is grand. I lean against the cottage and watch huge clouds of mist
rise above the rainforest area and the air is so healthy I think it is
almost bad for me... my lungs can't take all this goodness.
We wait for the mist to break and head off for a hike, only 10 kms or so,
and some of the trails are overgrown, and signs of some big kangaroo's.
(aka- big roo poo)
The river is really full and it looks like the perfect habitat for Platypus.
We get back before the rain starts and sit by the big open fire It's funny
to look at the ghost gums through the stained glass windows, they change
both shape and colour and no I haven't been smoking any of the dreaded weed.
Hmm when did I last have some pot etc, seems like years. Maybe it's a sign
of some balance in one's life not to crave pot or booze etc. Sometimes I
think alcohol is a lonely old escape for some people, I mean we all enjoy a
drink or two but it is a funny thing the old booze.
We cook some sausages on the BBQ in the Barn, we use our metal plate instead
of the real BBQ, it seems to taste better and we can burn all this spare
kindling. Some of the BBQ smoke blows towards one of the Wombat holes and he
pokes his inquisitive nose out...they are such wacky creatures. We love
One apple is on the tree, just one...I pick it and it is the best apple ever
grown in the history of the world. So sweet, so lush, damn perfect. I give
the apple core to the wombat. He tells me, it really was the best apple in
the world and we will never ever have an apple as good as that. We raise our
apple core to the people at the Gladysville Apple and Wine festival. May all
their apples be as enjoyable as this one... which is impossible because it
was the best etc etc etc
Drive home just as the fog starts covering the valley.
Human Nature debut at #12 with their album- they really suck. What a shitty
group. I hope it drops next week- they come from the John Farnham school of
music, kill them all I say (wink). No remove the wink, Human Nature must
I notice Alex Lloyd is doing a major tour, I told Billy C. I didn't like
Alex's last album much, but I have to say I think it's a really fine thing
to do such a tour to remote places around Oz. So people should go and see
Alex play if they get the chance, tours like this are rare, you'll enjoy his
show. Change that cover art (opps sorry B.C.).
Have a chat to Bill today, I found a slide of him at the Crowdies 'Farewell
to the World' show so popped it in the mail. I do miss seeing the Cullens
and we are so rarely in Sydney. Good people.
I head over and visit Nathan today. He was Split Enz manager for many years,
and probably one of the main reasons I started work in the music industry. I
have a very big soft spot for Nathan and will always try to help him when I
can. He makes me laugh and I think my honesty scares him. It's a good visit
and I think we both enjoyed the others company.
Have a box of Nathan's BOOK ENZ. I know it never recouped so, they are going
out via the Internet and all money will go to him and probably Nigel who
took the photos. He had faith in the project so it's good to help. Plus the
fans will do well, copies of Book Enz have been spotted as high as $100+ USA
on the WWW. I walk in with the box and Mark says 'Book Enz.. I thought we
got rid of all those in 1983!'. He rolls his eyes, like I've brought home
another lost puppy. In some ways I guess I have.
Deborah calls and asks if we would like a mate for Cosmo, she found a bunny
in the park...I sadly decline, we are a one rabbit family, and I don't think
Cosmo thinks he is a bunny anymore either, not sure what he think he is but
it's not a rabbit. he'd miss all the attention being an only child/bunny.
Thanks Merelyn for the birthday card, really fun, a great card!!!!!!! It
takes a lot to impress me with birthday cards, this was a good one. I hope I
don't get any E-Cards for my birthday, ungrateful as it sounds I avoid them.
Melissa turns 38 , and still not out! OK she IS out, go girl. I am hopeless
and miss out on calling her, but I did buy some presents. The Topp Twins
book (Topp twins are from N.Z. and I will not even try to explain the Topp
Twins)... and other fun Lesbian related stuff!
All the good birthdays are in May.... May people are the best... we love big
presents (opps)... delete that. We have big egos' (delete that) we have
big......lets just stop this now. We have no writing skills (better).
Did you ever have a week where it just went by so fast it was like being on
a carousel that was going at warp speed. This week was like that, I got some
work done... as my 'real' diary shows me, but still a few things I never had
time for. May is zooming by.
Miss Belinda Bardot calls and tells me all her secrets about her recent
magazine front cover shoot. Very funny Boo- nice photos.
We send our Mum flowers via the Qantas website. Yeah our airline has a built
in florist. They even deliver on Sundays... so this Mothers day they will
get some very cool flowers.
Hmm a late night walk on Chapel Street and we spot Delta Goodrem, Andrew G
and Judge Dicko from Idol dining at caffe E Cucina. Everyone eats on Chapel
St, they all say hello and I ignore them like I have no idea who they are,
let them admire us from a far. Not sure about Delta's new haircut, or is it
a wig still, makes her head look like it has been shrunken by a Papua New
Guinea head hunter. She has a nice face but some hairstyles obviously work
better then others.
We go home and put the rubbish out. I remind Delta to put hers out, or maybe
she doesn't in case psycho fans go through her bins...!
Picasso's 'Garcon a la Pipe' (1905) has set a new world record for an art
sale. $104 million U.S. Hmm that much money could feed a lot of starving
people. I have never thought this to be a good Picasso, it kind of annoys
More Qantas points come rolling in, just need 30,000 now and the trip to
Canada is free... up in that business class area.
Jet are on the ABC (Rage) on Saturday...live- 14 songs. Much better then the
'bonus' DVD you get with the re issue of BORN.... only a few songs, I think
live DVDs should be a huge chunk of a show not just a few songs. I don't
mind CD's being only a few bonus live tracks but DVD is different.
Bic is at #8 with Beautiful Collision IN NZ. 90th week on the NZ chart and 9
platinum, it just continues to sell, I guess the touring doesn't hurt. Still
getting mail from England.
Morrissey YOU ARE THE QUARRY could well be the album to see the old fruit
return to massive popularity. It's out in Australia May 24th. Go Mozza, hell
is he having sex yet? I think we may have to draw him a diagram, before
it's too late.
Fresh watermelon Juice from The Juice Station... it just calls out to me
when I go past.
What no mention of Iraq? Hell enough has been said. It will only get worse
which is damn well depressing. Notice all the War supporters are very quiet
these days. Lynndie Redneck England- just send her back to the Iraqs. Let
them deal with her.
Friday night and our old buddy Melissa wants to go to The Greyhound Pub to
see the local Drag Show, with a few of the girls..and me! I'm in, so re dye
the hair, pick out the right clothes (and YES there is etiquette around
Drag.. well attending Drag).
Will probably run into Rebekahs housemates Stu and Rod, so will know some
boys amongst all these woman. I feel like dancing, so tonight is a good
Worked on Nathans Book Enz stuff today, tried to find out if this Festival
for the Finn Brothers in the USA (mid July) is 100% yet... and spent too
long on this computer.
It's a cold night outside so wear a (fake) fur lined jacket, nice and snug.
Mel arrives and we head out into the night. The Greyhound is a typical
Melbourne pub, pool tables, loads of leather jackets, beer beer beer. Hell
even I have a beer. One of the alleyways nearby has some serious pot smoking
going down, it looked like a seventies cock rock clip was being filmed, all
that smoke. You could get stoned just looking down the alley way.
Well someone f*cked up, the Drag show is tomorrow night. I thought the
toothless guys playing pool didn't look like your usual lovers of Drag.
The people are really friendly at this pub, one lady comments that we were
smiling a lot, and not many people smile today. Gave Mel her birthday
present, books, one was the TOPP TWINS book as mentioned ... those NZ girls
sure are fun.
I promise Melissa trip to see the Topp Twins when next they are in town...
she has no idea who they are.
Mishka and friends turn up, so the girls are off playing pool while we all
chat, in our cosy corner table.
Get home around 1.00 so it's not too late, it's very cold and Mark has the
fires burning at home. Snuggle up in the Peruvian blankets tonight. Brrrrr
have dreams of landing the Jupiter Two on Mars....I sneaked my sister on
board so she could walk out and be the first woman on Mars. Yes I am a
freak. Major Tom... there's something wrong...
I think it's Rebekahs Birthday today...have a good one wherever you are Bec,
on the train heading across Canada I think. Don't drink too much Yukon Jack.
Sleep in because I want to. I am like Cosmo, he doesn't want to go outside
early in the morning as he's all snug and rabbit warm. I climb further down
into the Peruvian blankets.... eventually I make the effort.
Mark is snappish as the idiots next door kept him awake, and he turns on me
because I ask him why he didn't tell them to shut up or call the noise cops.
Snappish snappish snappish....
Wow the price of crude oil hit a 13 year high, U$US 40 a barrel. Hmm
probably a lot of pissed off Arab people out there over the treatment of
Iraq prisoners etc... you never know it could be pay back. Oil is one of the
few things that the USA government get in a flap over.
Finish off the Cranberry juice and start on the Apple and Mango. I love
juice.... my blood must resemble fruit salad by now.
Spend most of the day working on the internet, have some interesting emails
form the various spies, makes for good reading- and a huge *chuckle*.
By accident we turn on Channel V (cable) and Jet are live from Sydney
showgrounds....ok a 3 second delay, as one of the members says the "C" work
and gets semi beeped. Great Aussie crowd, and a real homecoming event. Tim
Rogers joins them onstage..what has he combed his hair??? and he looks a bit
like Keith Richards. He sings "Gray' which was good till the sound went
(where is Ben Shapiro when we need him)...he also plays guitar on 'Get me
outta here' Tim Rogers and Jet's Nick almost have to get a room, so much
male to male straight kissing going on.. what is this, loads of straight men
having a pash. Too much ecstasy someone says (: Several encores demanded,
'Take it or leave it' kicks major ar$e. So glad Jet are doing well against
all the lame ar$e shit, they are the only good thing on the USA chart- the
rest is truly shite.
'Move On' finishes the set, one of the best version I've seen them do. More
power to them, I hope they move even further up the ladder.
In a Jet saturation RAGE has them LIVE tonight too, add to this the regular
gigs, a reissue of the Get Born CD with a 5 track DVD and you know someone
is flexing their muscles to sell albums.
The Rage Jet show is from the recent Forum gig in Melbourne, hometown crowd
very passionate. Got to see the new Jet merchandise, love the Tshirt, great
logo. Guess they do win our 'band of the year' vote.
Happy Mothers Day Mum.
It's a very cold morning in Melbourne again. I climb out of bed and make the
call and of course Mum is already out the door and god knows where. I think
Sis picked her up so they are off on some adventure for the day.
She calls me back and the flowers arrived, nothing like Sunday deliveries.
Mark sent his Mum the same bunch, we dig our Mums. They dig our flowers.
Still catching up on work here, heard from the UK about some more Finn
dates, so we will be announcing them soon. That's when it really starts
Fill up two more charity stamps bags for the church, so many people sending
in used and unused stamps, all helps, and thanks readers. Even if it's only
a few it does help, so good karma your way guys. You keep sending them,
we'll keep filling up the charity bags.
That's it from this neck of the woods. As Jack Black would say
GET NAKED AND START THE REVOLUTION!!!
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