The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 6 June - 16 June 1996
Go to Avis & pick up car for Scotland.What a mess-we prepaid for a
small car..there are NO cars.Thirty people waiting.Pull rank and do the
"Crowded House-Number" on the manager.We leave 10 mins. later in a barnad
new top of the line rover (for the same price). Iusually dont do the "name
bit" but i figure with CH expiry date used up I might as was-sure beats
waiting in 40o heat! We cruise up the A1,North to Scotland.Stay at the
Novotel in Sheffield-the town i deserted at 6.00. heaps of smash & grabs
from shop windows.
Shoulders sink,Head clears,feels good.No one knows we're here,no
phones,no press,no one asking the million dollar question on the
split.Cross border to Jedburgh.This IS cool-an abbey and a very old
town.Pig out on Lentil soup-its equal to the Galleons back home. A cute
Scottish girl tells me that all the yellow flowers in the fields are Grape
Oil Plants.Was she pulling my chanin-does anyone out there know???Stay at
Edinburgh(Holiday Inn)Video channel chews up-no "Pet Detective 2",No
"Breastman". Oh Well!
EDINBURGH CASTLE.Mark says its just like Alcatraz-it is,great
vaults,very high on the hill.Spot 2 tourists in Crowded House tshirts-that
freaks me out a bit-dont mention it to Mark he'll think we're being
followed. Close my eyes and imagine 300 brave Scots taking back the castle
from the Brittish.Find my ancestor Archibald Boyce (Mums side) in the faded
war logs in
the Church.Jools Holland Show on tonight. Have to get that Patti Smith
quote right. "Artists dont retire,they shift conditions". Will put that on
a card for Neil. Neils Mum and Sis were only here days before-cant escape
the Finn clan.
INVERNESS-Could almost live here.Charming town on the shores of
Loch Ness.Video a fake Loch ness Monster (we bought a Purple Dinosaur &
floated it)the tourists in the castle all started applauding...(famous for
another 10 seconds). Have now driven 1000 miles.
Glasgow-No decent bands...or have I just not found the right gig?
get to HMV store at 9.05.They have "INSTINCT" on the racks already-buy 6
copies and the new Doctor Who Movie Book. Drive back across the border and
stay at Carlisle
(A town named after a member of the "GoGo's-how starnge).The Hotel is full
of rabbits and bears in knitted outfits.Mark brings a huge stuffed elephant
into the room and tells me that Cliff Richard stayed here (but did he have
Eat Pizza and "Distant Sun" is piped" over the system.We realise the band
are no more-I feel sad. Finally finish my Rollins Book.
Wake up feeling Homesick.Breakfast is full of "Oldies" and
"Suits",we are placed in the "no mans land" area of the restaurant-between
I love the girls at the local school,they tell me how they've made the papers.
St Marys Oxfordshire-they got their 16 minutes of fame today-front page.End of
term exams and ran riot in the school.Loved the graffitti on the wall
"we're no angles" (dont they mean "Angels").By mid afternoon they are
bumped off the front pages by Bob Geldoff and Paula Yates court battle over
their 750,000 pound home.
Paula Keeps it and Bob is sent to live at Micaheil Hutchences pad down the
road.How strange. Drive to Cheltenham & find Brian Jones of the Rolling
Stones Grave.The cemetary is very old and all the headstones are grey
Brian Jones's...its so white-like its been covered in fake tooth whitener.
Brian and Keef are deffinately the coolest Stones. Pick a rose and throw it
on the grave. He actually hated this town,not sure why he's buried here, Mark
thinks his parents wanted him there. Stay at the regal "Queens" Hotel,its
150 years old.High ceilings,chunky drapes and Napolean Chairs-Love it.
back to London. Parking Bitch from Hell give me a ticket-she was
relentless,drive the car up on the curb,run her over several times and hear
verterbrae shatter in several spots. That will teach her. OK so all I
really did was call her a bitch.....and I wanted to spit on her but my
window was up.
Read William Shatners new StarTrek Novel (The Return),its actually good,except
he makes Kirk "Glisten" too much. Fire alarm goes off-sit in Foyer shoeless
(at least I put something over my calvins).The girl next to me is dripping
wet,she was in the pool when the alarm sounded. False alarm.
Loads of calls-Diane calls from san Jose and wakes me up-its cool
weve slept in and besides I always wake her. Says nice things about the
web site and nearly 200 people have clicked on . Neil calls,he sounds
happy-in the middle of the conversation the mid week chart comes in for
"INSTINCT". Its #6. If it sits around that area it may well bump "Weather"
off as their biggest UK single.Neil jokes that the "split is a great
marketing ploy"-wish thats all it was. Just told that I'm off on the USA
FInn tour for 2 weeks. I'm officially the "LIghting Director". Johnny and
Cameron call by-JJ uses the Gym for free pretending to be Mark...and
Cameron confesses that he has been very wicked. May all who read this take
note "Cameron Craig IS a stud". Buzz Aldrin (yes the Apollo astronaut) is
at Planet Hollywood signing his new Sci Fi book. Veronica our housekeeping
has worn knee high patent leather boots into work-she looks like a Supermodel.
We plot Johnnys next career move-he deserves to be gigantic-his songs are really
brilliant. So any record company people reading this take note.
The long slog home-we work out its going to be 31hrs of flying &
airports-thank god we are being spoilt in business class. The AIRNZ
flashback movie for the trip is "Saturday Night fever".Oh Joy. The plane
has 482 people on
board and carries 115 tonnes of fuel-where do they put it all. This is my 323'd
flight-I have on my lucky travelling bardic pendant.
Finally home-Alison is waiting at the airport-zoom through customs.
Answer emails,its now 2.00 in the morning,couldnt sleep so I'm in the
office working,on my lonesome-I'd love for someone to bring me a
lonely tonight-probably jet lag. Winter is here,the trees at "Belmore" are
all naked,the only noise is the central heating purring. Speaking of
Hairball is so happy to see Mark. Trudy did a good job looking after her, the
cat is nearly 13-she really is like a child.I'm a dog person usually but I have
to admit hairball is unique. Greg Macainsh (Skyhooks) just sent me an email ,
he's back in America,we just missed him. Send Debbie who is my web site Master
an email saying that a contact email address will be on the "Famous.." page in
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