The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 24 June - 7 July 2002
June 24th 2002
Happy Birthday Marky B.
I watched the possums cavorting in the front tree last night, they are so
nimble, running along the power line like some circus wire walker.... to add
the cute factor 2 little baby Possums climbed out of a big birds nest in the
tree and hopped onto their mothers back. Have no idea how long I watched
them for last night, was half asleep, probably hours...they amazed me.
Woke up feeling very groggy...one big blurry PG can't focus still sleepy,
yawned all day....hopeless. Somehow we got all our work done.
Tim Finn turned 50 today. Tried to track him down but he is away with his
musical, somewhere in Palmerston Nth in N.Z. A flood of birthday emails came
in for him so I filled up his IN mail box, it was around 500, spent the day
forwarding them on- some were funny... 50 would be an interesting age, some
guys handle it well, some don't at all.
Head to South Melbourne for the DVD meetings, get one of my fave shops to
make this great chocolate cake, all fresh ingredients, thought Marky B
should have a cake. Cost me both arms and a leg...and this is broke week $
wise...the joys of being paid monthly.
Ben calls whilst i'm in my meeting and dinner is cancelled...it happens, but
the delicious cake will end up being ours as it won't last.
We get our rates in for using Tv footage, the ABC charges something like $53
PER second.....so obviously some things wont make it onto the dvds. I hate
it when money dictates projects. Means a 30 minute doco would could us
You know that Kylie Minogue fever is out of control when Highpoint book
Millie Minogue for 2 weeks. A Drag artist at Highpoint-cool. Kyles is up to
her 6th Melbourne show. They just keep selling out.
Bongo Skyhook calls by and borrows a few photos for his party invite, He
puts "for those who didn't think I'd make it...and those who wish I
hadn't!". Makes me grin. Seems like we have known him all our lives now, one
of my favorite people.
Visit Vali- who is back in Australia now, and the studio is closed, she's
probably off having a coffee or freaking the locals out- I leave her a
Bic Runga's GET SOME SLEEP jumps from #20 to #3 on the N.Z. charts. I've
ordered all our copies through this great NZ online cd store called
Plus overseas buyers get cds tax free. It's rare that we will plug an online
CD store but Marbecks is great PLUS online sales go to help the NZ chart.
Bic Runga's GET SOME SLEEP single has 2 non studio tracks- REALLY worth
getting. They are also one of the few places to stock BETCHADUPA'S 'SupaDay"
cd single.,..it too has 2 non album tracks- which I really like. So if you
want some good music check them out.....help Bic Runga move from #3 to #1.
Gee another super company starts crumbing. It's no surprise that WorldCom is
in trouble,when a company books routine running costs as capital expenditure
it will eventually get caught out by misleading shareholders (& exaggerated
profits)...Simple dishonesty a major thing on the sharemarket these days. I
think it's just the tip of the iceberg, more companies will get busted I
just know it.
Well today was the 'biggest hit" day for Neils Frenz.com site...since it
started 4+ years ago. So it just keeps growing and more people come back.
We try to add fresh News every day so that's probably a big part of it.
Wow Star Trek NEMESIS looks great! Still ages before it's out (Dec. 13th). A
return to form....should do well.
Stuart takes me over to see Spock and John Farnham wanders out of the studio
and says "this book looks fuckin' great"....so thumbs up for WINGS OFF FLIES
from King of Pop Johnny Farnham. Had to tell him there are no shots of him
in there, he grinned. Ran off, and came back with his new camera to show me.
Ok I have never been a big Farnham supporter but I have to admit he was ok,
though he does swear a lot.!!! Anyway thanks Johnny Farnham and yep WINGS
OFF FLIES is a fucking GREAT book!!!!! Even if we do say so our selves. It's
ready in 2 weeks. 1000 pressed 30% pre-sold. Comes with the John Farnham
seal of approval.
Wave at Kylie's big street posters for her show...hopefully we'll work for
her from mid July.
Neil has his bags packed, gives Milla a pat kisses Sharon and leaves for his
USA/Canada Tour. I'm home for this one, tight budget, only one bus etc. It's
actually ok, for the moment I'm really fine about being home...the shows
would be good but I am digging it so much. Plus we are super busy, so I'd
be horrified with the work build up on my return.
Fran grabs me for breakfast, and we head to Babble. She spoils me and
surprises me by paying for it- which makes my day. 'You always pay for
people" she says, so that was really nice. Have a good time, really catch up
a load of fun.
Run into Jackie and she reminds me that I have a 1.00 Tarot Card reading to
do for her.....my first in ages. The readings were starting to leave me
Say goodbye to Miss Fran and get the reading room ready...not al spooky
ready, just getting the right feeling....feels good. Even polish the Tarot
card table. Jackie's reading is pretty easy, feel like I could do a few more
when it's done. Another happy customer (:
Tiffany Bardot is in town, staying with Katie. She's down here working on
some demos with people. We are going to catch up on Wednesday...Mark is
running around the house freaking out....
Today is one of those really shitty days, starts with a visit to the dentist
and I like my dentist, I just don't like his drills....it's all over quickly
but still it's a horrible way to start a Monday. My mouth feels very swollen
and the babble boys give me hell when I try to order food....we have
problems with both dvds, missing masters, just total disaster. The printers
call me about our isbn bar code size and by this stage I don't want t know,
the photo copier blows up....Cosmo kicks the living hell out of me....and
there is no chocolate in the house to ease my pain. Today sucks. I will move
onto a new day...I wish it was that easy on the day!!!!!!
First Neil gig of the USA tour and he is very happy with it. I can't believe
Johnny Marr is playing and I am here in Australia......
Drive to the Dandenong Hills to visit Nigel Griggs-Enz Bassist. he needs to
see some of the footage for the dvd, check photos and posters.....sign SYR
cd covers and just catch up. His last remaining cat Voodoo just loves the
fire, not even Nigels washing machine sounding VCR player can disturb
Voodoo. Nigel shows us his solo cd- SLEEPER, and we have a massive 50 copies
available for fans who are interested (email email@example.com and mention
the country where you live). He thinks he will sell 10, I think he will be
surprised. (I was right we had 45 emails within the first 30 minutes of
It's nice up here and we see some lovely houses. If we sold the city house
we could by a huge chalet up here with 20 acres and still have money
spare.It's always tempting but we do love the Prahran area....and how would
Katie and Tiff arrive- Tiffany with her own food- our kind of girl and Katie
with 2 containers of soup that she has made. I feel like I have several
other sisters visiting. Mark is normal, ok he does look freaked when Tiffany
says he can sit on her knee!!!! It's a bloke thing.
We are getting the reputation as super studs, the local council were pruning
our big trees when the girls rock up and the guys tongues were kind of
dropping out. *grin*.
They played some new music, so there is life after Bardot and obviously
these two want that to be their careers. Katie tells me the good news that
BEAUTIFUL is now GOLD, which is very impressive, her follow up will be
called MAGIC. (We all like those one word titles- Hussy, Bang, Glamour etc)
Anyway it's a nice afternoon....great to see them, and I'm really happy that
3 of the Bardot girls are in our lives, just coz it's them (Belinda is the
Two down Marky.....
Breakfast at the Market cafe- what you say, has babble been nuked? No but
renovations are well underway. So it's closed for a few days.
My afternoon meeting is with Ian from Raven, the company that is putting out
Other Enz II. The list of songs is slowly coming together...possibly a new
song from Hester, Eddie and NIgel too......
I miss Rosemaree, left my bag at home so I couldn't call and tell her that
Babble was in pieces....sorry girl.
Head out onto the bay in the afternoon with Mark, check out the seals on
their sun platform...the water is kinda cold but we were offered a free boat
so we took the chance. I do have my Seaman award (don't be gross) but it's a
long time since I sailed. (Was tempted to wear my sailor dance party
outfit!!!). The wind in our faces, the water freezing us to death we braved
the elements and won. Home to a hot cuppa. We head off to Amigos...get a wee
bit plastered.....only a bit.
WINGS OFF FLIES has been getting a few mentions in the media. Nothing I've
done, so someone must be talking about it. We saw a rough draft today and I
can't be happier, Deb sends me an email saying the merchandise area of F/16
site has had a lot of people ordering it....so there is a vibe and it's
Interesting (and scary) article on Nuclear Waste in the latest edition of
National geographic. I'll tell you what, if I read that article I would
probably move out of America.....the waste is just massive. Depressing.
Mark buys THE LOST WORLD on DVD (Arthur Conan Doyles version). Thought i'd
give it a quick review here.
THE LOST WORLD.
Running time:145 minutes. ABC/BBC DVD.
At the dawn of the 20th century an expedition departs to the Amazon to
explore an isolated plateau. The land left in limbo where the dinosaur
rules. Indians and cave monkey men fight to the death...a new order is
created and man is put to the test. Peter Falk (Columbo) has a guest spot as
a crazy priest who maroons them on the plateau.
The people who created 'walking with dinosaurs' doco worked on this so you
know it will be good. I love Arthur Conan Dyles books, so I always worry
when someone adapts them to the big screen...but this version is truely
entertaining in the old fashioned way...and the BBC has spent it's money
well. Great for the whole family. 7/10
MMMMMM my bed is so snug today, I think about Neil and the gang in
America...those bunk beds on the bus.....those great shows...those bunk beds
on the bus....I snuggle deeper into my bed. Thank you. zzzzzzzz
The phones are running hot today, several more offers of major work, am
thinking about it, not sure why we are so in demand at the moment, its all
good as far as our little office goes.
Put some $ on Marks birthday present, it's a much needed item.....I should
give him 50 guesses , he won't get it.
After the last few days of seeing scared Americans faces on CNN, I know what
the biggest terrorist weapon is, it's simply FEAR. Maybe it's the weapon
against all of us. I look into their eyes and I truely see it on some
people. Apparently the celebrations for July 4th were down by 30% across the
country. Is this what the world has become, we all live with FEAR now,
casting some shadow over us...horrible.
Wake up reasonably early..right in the middle of a dream. We decide to drive
to Beenami to recharge. Nice day out side, Mark buys me lunch at this
celebrity diner place in Wandin South (?), surrounded by Elvis and Marilyn.
Mark says look behind you, and I turn and they have done a whole feature
wall on Shirley from Skyhooks, so in the middle of all these overseas Icons
is our own Shirl...was a really nice thing...such a small town too, he
obviously touched a few peoples hearts.
Light the fire at Beenami, and we head off on a hike, so lush, looks like
Arthur Conan Dyles feature could of been filmed here.....we se heaps of
parrots. Poor old Igor, his pen empty, the gate blowing in the wind....
I say HI as I walk past his grave.
We drive to the antique suspension bridge near Noojee. It was originally
built for the train and looks great, straddling the valley surrounded by
massive ferns. Take a few photos and we climb across it.
Watch a deer in Cedar Rapids jump through an apartment window and trash
someone's apartment...Bambi on the rampage. he is cute though...the deer is
ok but totally destroyed the 2 apartments. It's natures revenge...watch out
deer hunters...they're not going to take it anymore!
On that note....
surrender to nature.
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