The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 16 September - 29 September 2001
It's one of those amazing Spring days in Melbourne, you feel totally alive
and want to do as much as possible.
Head down to Babble for some breakfast with Rosemaree, the Babble boys say
that January is the month when they will do extensions and Babble will
double in size and be open for dinner.
Michael (Babble boy 1) has been spending time at his brothers place and they
have a large qty of goats, so I get to learn all the joys and horrors of our
future purchase of two goats for Beenami. We are now going for short haired
goats, as the long haired variety seem like a total nightmare to keep tangle
free and clean.
Bongo Skyhook calls by in the afternoon and picks up his guitars and baby
amp. Looks like he has been in a cat fight- 'new cat at home Bong". I
decline to know- but he keeps saying he has fallen out of a tree!!!
I love Macy Grays quote: "Who would I like to take on in a fight? Well. I
saw Mariah Careys video, I'd like to punch her"! Take a number Macy.....
Start editing BANG! book for Monday meeting with Spock.
The Bardot girls make the final 5 in Australian Artist of the year-Aria
awards. It's the only public vote and they are with some good company-
Kylie, Powderfinger, Silverchair and Something for Kate. They were in it
last year, so it looks like Bardot still have some staying power. No sign of
Scandal'Us who have died in the arse totally. Still waiting on our Gold
record for ASAP, that's four Gold hits in a row for the girls. Their next
single is "I need somebody" and it's out October 22nd. Will that be #5.?
It sounds kinda Kylie-ish, a good thing.
Spock turns up and we cook him some dinner, and decide to head over to his
home in the hills to finish up on the editing of BANG! Mark grabs the bottle
of Yukon Jack as a last minute thought. We play late seventies band The
Radiators 'feel the heat" cd in the car...classic Aussie rock and tinny
casio type keyboard sounds from that period- "Fess" and "Gimmee head" still
bring a smile to the dial.
Edit away till past midnight- have far too much text so take to it with a
computerised cutter...slash and burn baby. We are close so I leave it with
Mr Spock. A decent selection of photos and I dedicate this second book to
Shirley Strachan. Cute shot of Hairball the cat in this one too. Neil will
hate his photo I'm sure.
Drive through the pitch black night - fall asleep at 2.00.
I can see Shirley having a huge chuckle now, as we get our charts in and
The Skyhooks Collection re enters the national top 100 at #36, four spots
AHEAD of Mariah Carey- LOVE IT! The question is, who will go Gold first
Skyhooks or Mariah? The 'Hooks website is nearing it's 40,000th hit. keep in
mind that it only had 20,000 a month ago. Nice shot from the memorial show
on the main page, taken by Ric the phoptographer. He use to live next door
to Eddie Rayner from the Enz. The Skyhooks website is located at:
Thanks all of the poeple who have checked it out and bumped up the counter.
Robin & Trudi call by, and they have a present for us, a photo book from
the holiday, some classic shots. The Afro wig in the desert shot is just
bizarre, PG nude swim in Yosemite is interesting! Will have to send some to
Deb soon for the photo "images" area of this site. They had a really great
time but like us all at the moment, happy to be home in the safety of
Australia's arms. We are all hungry so we head to La Camira. Am thinking
that I should of called a few people- Rosemaree etc...and then she walks in
with a mystery friend. I pretend I am the waiter and take them some water.
It ends up being a relative taking her for her birthday (belated) dinner.
We all have the same food- the waiter things we are just odd. Nice that we
can still surprise people (:
There is a message from Paul Hester- he is thinking of calling his upcoming
solo cd "NUTS". I'm assuming he means the macadamia type but he does mention
sacks etc so I am grossed out! We are catching up soon, he has such a good
vibe. Some of the songs are great- I love "Marys a man".
Go get 'em Kylie. Her new single "Can't get you out of my head" out sold
Victoria Beckhams single by 8 to 1 on the opening day of sales in the UK. So
old Posh doesn't have a hope in hell. Meanwhile in Australia it debuts at
#1, and instantly double platinum- the girls still got it. I like the clip.
Our favorite big bloke- the much loved Ben Shapiro drops in, arms full with
presents. The 1 litre bottle of Glayva will go down well (he knows us too
well)....we get these 2 hand blown glass figures....very small wise old
men....the twist is they are naked with huge glass cocks! I won't even ask
where he found these- huge chuckles all round. We wish we were THAT
proportioned. Mark lets him explore the taste sensation of Yukon Jack, and
we roll a small joint and sit in the afternoon sun.
He is off to America soon with the Midnight Oil boys- they are the only
Aussie group not to cancel their USA tour, brave souls. Good to see Mr Yeti,
he's a kind soul-we like him.
Foggy grey day outside.
Kind of how I am feeling inside.
Remind Peggy to tape Enterprise, need something happy in our world.
Take Pizza to Northcote, an emergency dash, the world is getting a good
shaking this week- people are going crazy and relationships are crashing and
burning. Hate it.
Do you get the feeling you are trapped in a weird nightmare and you are
scared to take a single step because you know every step you take will
somehow seem that it starts a disaster or mini drama. Well September 2001
will always be remembered in my head as a sad month, evil month. A month
where the world is out of control. I can only hope that October will be
better. It truly feels like I am tied to a chair in the eye of a hurricane.
I just sit bound watching the world spin about me crashing apart.
Somehow though (apart from mental scarring) Mark and myself are ok.
Protected in a bubble of luck and Sue Storms invisible force field.!!!!!!!!
Wake up and decide we need to go to the Forest House. have to escape to
Beenami. Mark says rain (again) I say it will be ok. It turns out to be a
fantastic day. We call into Bunnings- our fave hardware store and buy a huge
pond. Mark digs up the ground and I work on the water system, so the goats
now have a water source. Mark does a great job- he should do this for a
living- these goats are going to be spoilt animals. We clean out the metal
water container "shed" and that's where they will sleep- buy a big bale of
chick-straw for it's floor. Mix concrete , insert the 10 foot posts into the
ground and cement it. God damn professionals we are. I take a break and head
down to the stone bench and it's so calm and peaceful. The air is full of
wild hyacinths - all of them purple and one lone white one. make a decision
to step back a bit from the mad stuff at the moment. Hell life is far too
short and it seems like the days are speeding by. I can't just sit and watch
them flicker past- need to embrace it all a bit more. Hmm maybe the strong
scent of the Hyacinths has gone to my head?
Take armloads of daffodils and hyacinths back to the city. Plant tomato
bushes, onions and garlic in our fenced off vegie patch. Wombat proof it a
bit, but they are a determined creature-so who knows if it will protect the
plants from their munching attacks. Nice drive home, feel calm. Mark is very
proud of his pond- it really is a work of art, the Warhol of ponds, the
Hoover dam of ponds...the best pond at Beenami I can assure you.!!!!!!!!
head into the city today, was going to visit Vali but have a lot of work to
catch up on, so I bury myself in that. One of my pay checks arrive so I use
it to pay off Amex, on time (just) I am a good Gryphon.(just). *grin*
The city seems empty, even though there are people about- it's like their
life energy has been turned down- the terrorist attacks have touched
everyone- sadness, anger and fear. From that hope , and peace will hopefully
blossom but it's probably a long way off.
Some mail orders came in for Hussy today- quite a few , maybe it was just
the slow mail from the States. The first book keeps ticking over, I like
people just getting the vibe and wanting a copy, feels good.
The lovely Jurate at Greville books says they have to pay me soon, they have
sold 20 or 30 copies- which is outstanding for a small bookshop. She has a
few more left so I tell her to wait till they have all sold. Buy a copy of
New York in the Sixties. There are 4 books in the series- London, Paris and
San Francisco (In the sixties). 130 pages, the best B/w photos, people and
places. George Perry who worked for the Sunday Times (60's/70's) edits the
book with some nice text. Find a book for Deb too, nice to mail off a
surprise present (not a surprise anymore eh?). [editor's note: wow, thanks!!!]
Help out a friend today- feel sad. That kind of week.
In the middle Neil (Finn) calls, and I prattle on, auto pilot. He sounds
great, working away as he does. Talk about future work areas, Amanda leaving
the office (which is sad for me) the internet and life in general. I like it
when he just calls, the first 5 seconds I always worry that something is
wrong- but it's not, all fine in Finn land. I think how lucky I am to work
with him, been a true joy. I do jump in and say it's time I got a pay rise-
very brave of me. When was my last one, 1800.....no! You know us Vampyres
always getting time frames mixed up..... so a pay rise, he seems totally
fine with that.
Alice at the office mails some more signed Neil photos for the Life kits,
so that will cover the last of them, as well as some final signed Last to
Know cds. Should get them soon.
Cosmo the rabbit is being all cute tonight, I was lying on the floor
talking on the phone to Mum or Sis and this bundle of white fur hops over
and rabbit kisses me. Nudges me with his head. What a character.
Enterprise debuts on USA tv and kicks ratings butt. Massive. Good to see.
Do some serious driving today, stock checks, and some shopping. Buy 20
litres of low sheen paint, get it specially mixed, for the kitchen and
dining room. Now that its getting hotter, time to repaint a few areas.
get too excited by the rechargeable cordless drill and decide I need one
(it's a guy thing)...wont even talk about the chocolate cake from the David
Jones food hall.
Having a coffee and I think about the refugee's trudging over the Khyber
Pass. It would be snowing there now, in parts, so this will surely limit
ground operations...It also means the 1.5 million refugee's fleeing
Afghanistan are going to suffer (yet again). Already Pakistan hosts about 2
million Afghan refugee's. Quetta-which is around 3 hours drive from the
border is running out of water-it's having its 4th year of major drought and
a million people live there. The refugees survive by scavenging garbage and
selling old bits of plastic and dried dung bricks. No sanitation or good
water. At the border at Chaman 11,000 Afghans are forced up against the
barbed wire with hope in their eyes. They are only the first wave, more will
follow. Just makes me feel incredibly sad. Hopefully when the USA and allies
attack the world won't forget about the refugee's, and each day that goes by
more and more die. Very sad.
Contact the Auckland florist and get some flowers to Amanda. They are one
of those florists who use very cool flowers, not the standard old carnations
and baby breath....all grown in NZ.
Call up the company and get a block of isbn's for the BANG book and the next
few. It's a worldwide bar code # for books...just one of the joys of self
publishing. It's much easier now though I have to admit.
head out to JB Hifi at Ferntree Gully, but up some electrical stuff and
leads etc for video work. We have all the gear in the office but I have the
urge to fiddle with the hundreds (thousands) of hours of video I've filmed
over the years...no idea what for...just want to.
Time for the Faves list.
Fave book- Matthew Reilly "Area 7". he penned the best seller "Ice
Station". The other book that was a nice surprise was THOMPSON TWIN. It's an
80's memoir book, cost me 2 pounds on the UK tour. Written by Michael White
who joined the Thompson Twins just prior to them becoming massive. A good
read in a flashback sort of way.
Fave meal- Couscous with Spring Greens and Moroccan Spiced chicken.
Fave CD- Hedwig soundtrack and the Skyhooks Lost album (Collection).
Fave Video- Can't get you out of my head- Kylie, Blind Melons-No Rain
Fave Fashion accessory- Ryobi 12 V cordless driver drill-model HC12H. Just
carry it to nightclubs, fashion shoots etc. Sexy.
Fave colour- Performer low sheen -Deep Gold.
Fave Tv show- BuffyFest.-Foxtel. Enterprise.
Fave DVD- Blood-The Last Vampire (Animated) and 12 Monkeys (Collectors
Creep(s) of the Month- people who take innocents life. All Terrorists.
Heroes- people who make the effort to help, that don't need tv exposure.
Blood the Last vampire.
This is one of the few animated dvd's that I love. The creators of the
infamous "Ghost in the shell" have gone the extra yard and made a
fascinating 45 minute feature.
As James Cameron pointed out, "digital imaging has entered a new era...".
The subway scenes and fighter planes departing are some sort of cross
pollination of animation and reality.
At the Yokota air force base in Japan, the US troops are ready to head to
Vietnam. A young woman is in the military compound fighting an equally
greater threat- Vampires.
My only confusion lies with the girl herself...she is the last remaining
"original"....I am trying to figure out if she is the last remaining
original "vampire" or do they mean slayer?
Whatever...she kicks butt, has a cool sword, looks pissed off in every frame
and carries both sadness and strength on her small shoulders. Great
character and the animation & musical score is fantastic.
For those who enjoy their art in animated form- "BLOOD" is a winner. The one
complaint 9from everyone) is that it's way too short.
Still this is a breakthrough in digital filmmaking.
A Manga classic out in Australia on Madman Entertainment.
Was going to sleep in today but, a small fine beam of sunlight slipped
through the heavy drapes of my room. Just woke me, so I rolled over and got
on with the day.
BuffyFest on today, as is the GrandFinal. The household votes for Buffy.
Mark points out that Buffy's nose is perfect for doing lines of Cocaine, how
does he know this- we don't ask.
Cosmo rejects the lovely green spinach leaves, pulling faces as we walk by
the atrium- yes rabbits do pull faces.
Get a nice email from Larry and Misty- who are both working away on books. I
finished "Burning Brightly" recently and loved it. They make a good team.
Still my favorite author/illustrator.
Almost October, will be glad when September is peeled off the
calendar...been a tough one for many people. Bygones I say.
Be kind to people. Peace.
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