The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 16 June - 29 June 2003
Mail a CDr to Deb with a few new Hester tracks and a Skyhooks unreleased
song for both websites [ed. note: sorry, didn't get to it yet... it's on the to do list]. Paul's site is slow and steady, really waiting on artwork for his solo CD- he is currently mixing so artwork has to be next.
The Skyhooks track is a song called "Funky & Gay" and it's never been
released. The 'Hooks website (http://www.aswas.com/skyhooks) is coming up to
it's sixth year of operation. I've noticed since Shirley's death that it's
one of the few resource areas available,& fans keep coming back...so to add
an unreleased song around the time of the websites birthday is a good thing
(thanks Deb). Will be glad when we have copies of Paul's solo CD in our
hands, it's taken him awhile but it's coming together.
Looks like Bowie is touring here in October, email a few Bowie lovers that I
know, should be good. A bit disgusted that his tickets are $200 though. For
that you'd expect a date with Bowie...and he pays for dinner!
Speaking of dinner, really lovely meal at Jen, Ben and RB's, left us all
wanting more..and we want that secret recipe! You know when your stomach
says "Oh yeah that was great". All to do with the tomato seeds being removed
and year old Parmesan I believe *grin*. Was great, and good desert Jen.
Happy tummy! Encore performance please.
Oh annoying Fox Auction we came second again for Xanders Buffy PJ's from the
all singing, all musical Buffy episode.....the main auction item we want is
coming up, I have a plan, and it is to outwit the one Buffy USA fan who has
been buying up every Sarah Michelle Gellar item.....well this time we will
win! (Famous last words).
Our Bic Runga is finishing up the last of her shows at Sydney's " The
Basement" and soon heads to Melbourne. Will be good to see her perform
again. With the record company would get behind "Beautiful Collision" a bit
more in this country.
Home Loan due today, noticed our interest rates have dropped again, less
money too the bank, it's a good thing. I freak out at what our next door
neighbours pay, their rent on a similar house to ours is nearly $800 per
week, our place is much better, that's sooo much per month. Good to know if
our world ever truly crumbled we could get $800 per week on Rent. We could
live on that, always tempting to build that house on the remote beach at
Magnetic Island and just collect rent money from Melbourne..but nah.....
Had a lot of people coming to Australia for holidays who were impressed with
parts of our trip. A lot now want to go to Magnetic Island.... you can
explore the Island on the WWW, head to: www.magnetic-island.com.au
Happy to help.
Sitting at Babble in the morning and share a bottle of wine with The
Baroness. It's official, Babble has now changed hands, and we have a bit of
a teary eyed chat. The Baroness was the main person who started Babble all
those years back, when we all used to squash into the small skinny shop,
before it had it's Brady Bunch Ski Lodge make over...happy times and good
coffee. Anyway they got an outstanding price and that's great. It will
probably change a bit, as places like that always do when new owners take
over....but I'm sure the regulars will fight the change because it's in our
Mark gets the last Hotel invoice in from the trip so he scores his final
batch of Qantas flight points, almost enough for our business class trip to
London in 2004....FREE is good. Specially at $8000 a ticket (Yieks).
Well it was a fine day for Rocket Pocket Books today- had all these orders
come in, had to spend the afternoon signing and packing, it's like a big
rush on all titles- kind of threw me as it has been a few books every
day..but today ...Varoom... lots of books in the mail. New places where
books have never been sent, a few places in Africa. Weird in a good way.
Wish I could write in the language of some of the countries...but I am
hopeless, even my French is pathetic.....I could probably write HI..."open
the window" or "how much is the bread".... but it's not really a good
dedication in the front of a book is it! *Grin*
Wow we have been at this house for 5 years today, still love it, no severe
cases of itchy feet just yet so we are happy to stay here and not wander.
Shared some boiled eggs with Jacquie at breakfast today...we then decorated
the empty eggs shells and tried selling them at our table as "Egg Art".....
was hoping the new owners would buy them but no luck. Gotta try. The
strangers get stranger...
Have a chat to Grant, the old Crowdies manager today, was very helpful
around the "Farewell to the World" stuff....I do miss him and his
A bead of sweat did trickle down my face....in the last 5 seconds of FOX's
Auction, but it all went according to plan, I was horrified that the Imac
was going to crap out....but we are now the very proud owners of one of
Buffy's outfits from the TV Series. Yep Sarah Michelle's sweat and DNA is
mingled in with the outfit. A great thing for our costume collection and as
far as I know the only "worn by Buffy" item to make it to Australia.
It was worn a few times, but mostly in Episode 19, Season 6 where the giant
Buzz Saws try to cut the Slayer down to size.... it's the full outfit and
the top is really pretty- if I was a XXS skinny girl I would easily wear it!
The burgundy leather coat just screams out "Buffy", it's so her. I'm sure
after the Auction at least one American Fan was cursing me...but really they
got everything else, and the show is so CULT in Australia that something
should come here that can be shown at Sci Fi conventions etc.
Over the next few hours we started getting emails from Buffy fans all over
the world saying it is a very cool thing to have, close to 200 emails and
took all day to reply. The funny thing is that at least 85% of them said the
same thing "Are you going to smell the outfit".....so freaky....obviously
Buffy fans all want a good sniff!!! Take a number.
Well Harry Potters book is now more popular then the Bible as far as sales
go. Biggest print run in history. They'd better be careful, remember what
happened when Beatle John said they were bigger then Jesus......some of
those Christians can be a feisty lot....Harry Potter Bonfires.....
One Harry Potter book in every English home....we at RPB are doing our media
release for GLAMOUR with "One F/16 Diary Book in every country!" (GRIN).
Saturday and what did I do today? Answered a few more Buffy fan emails,
called my Mum, had a roast for dinner, filled the compost bin with leaves,
decided that one day I want to do a cover of The Beatles "Rocky Raccoon"
from The White Album as I love that song.....maybe Hester will help me in
his studio....all I need to do is sing an average version, I've seen what
modern technology can do in the studio *GRIN*........oh all scary......
I could put together a super group for one song surely.....maybe not. The
world isn't ready.
Watch a CD come crashing through the mail drop at our house, it's
Lynchpin-hand picked words CD from Gold member and a nice note. Made me
smile (yes again)...thanks Deborah.
Think July 26th will be a fun night at The Elsternwick Hotel- as Andy White
will be performing...and it's FREE. A lot of us are going down to the show
for a serious drinking night- it's Marky Marks birthday (27th) at 12.01 so
that's pretty close.....so if you live in Melbourne come to the show, make
the effort or are you going to stay at home and grow old. *Grin*. July 26th
write it down.
Catch up with Rosemaree and we venture into a packed Babble, it all seems a
bit tense today, or it could just be a weekend rush. We grab the last table
and good timing as the traffic builds up with Sunday Prahran People (SPP)
looking for food and a good cuppa coffee. I don't take the G4 to Babble on
the weekend only week days, and I am still getting around 20 minutes extra
of work done per day. So it adds up...
Head down to the Prince of Wales for Soundcheck. Give Bic a cuddle, and pick
her up, I swear that girl is so light, I closed the balcony door in case a
draft blew her away. Love the coat...looks healthy, after so many shows in a
row in Sydney.
We have Ben back on Monitors and Rob Miles out front and yes John Walsh from
Neil's crew on guitars, so it's a family gathering. All familiar face so I
can be a dick and no one will care.
Think I spotted Kenji outside, I looked over the balcony but no sign, it
mightn't of been him, I thought if he came all the way from Japan I could
sneak him in but alas he has spirited off, if it was him.
Four songs at soundcheck- "Something God", "Beautiful Collision", "Get some
sleep" and Bowie's "Wild is the wind", a few odd sounds from the old
keyboards, probably the usual loose plug but hey I'm no tech.... we may just
need to shoot the thing.
Around 4.30 Grant Thomas calls by, he is in town as one of his acts is
support, it all feels very familiar. He tells me his house is (again) on the
front cover of some architect magazine...he has done well.
Decide to walk Bic back from The Prince to the Hotel, as on occasion St
Kilda can be a bit brutal, and hell she may well blow away.....I am always
amazed at how many people recognize her, not sure if they know WHO she is
but something grabs their attention, I don't even know if Bic knows....I
start imagining more and more eyes peeping and peering...puts me off. She's
off to Paris for awhile, I tell her it's a new adventure and just have fun,
so I hope it's good for her. She's leaving at a good time, the album is #1
again, having spent 44 weeks on the NZ chart. It's sure to do a year on the
chart, not many people can do that. Oddly enough "Beautiful Collision" now
becomes the second biggest NZ local album, the #1 album is also hers..with
I just wish Australian radio would pull it's finger out and play more songs
but that would probably be a bit too daring for them. Radio sucks.
Tania turns up and we head off to The Prince of Wales. She takes her own car
as she thinks I will end up chatting to 3/4 of the crowd...yeah would I do
that...ok she is probably right. Pick Rebekah up and we both fail to get $
out of the ATM as the system is down...so a massive $20 between us....
Find a park in the Princes Car Park and watch some of The Secret Life Of Us
being filmed on a rooftop of a building...looks like a nightclub scene.
Head inside, and Angie is door girl , she usually does our Bic shows. Shows
me the list so I know who's here. A lot of mates have come along tonight,
Andy White and his gorgeous wife,as well as Monique Brumby who's "Signal
Hill" CD I have almost worn out(!) is in the crowd,Greg Macainsh from
Skyhooks, Marcus and Deb, Dutch Deb and friend, Stuart & Lisa, oh just more
and more, all coming along to see Bic...and to catch up.
Last night was apparently a really average show, so tonight will be good (Eh
Yeti?). Thankfully the Bar lets me set up some Bar Tab (Yey Amex) so Sabucca
shots are in order....it makes me sway more to "Sway" let me tell you.
That pesty keyboard plug plays up, but overall its an OK show, a good
healthy crowd and a very solid call for an encore.
Yep chat to everyone afterwards and zoomed off with the Boothoid in tow. Had
a really nice night.....can't sleep so we watch "White Collar Blue" (TV
show) on DVDR.... till the wee hours. A late one...
Hear from Jeremy in NZ who is coming over to Melbourne for some interviews
with a few Enz people. He's been working on this Enz radio special for
what seems like forever hopefully these interviews are the final thing &
the public get to hear it soon, should be good.
He asked I wanted to do an interview but I think on this special it should
be just the guys, plus I'm hopefully escaping to work on the "Letters to my
Frenz" Split Enz book. Need all our stories for that (:
It's Marky B.'s birthday, so leave some weird message, was not gonna
sing....though I considered a birthday version of Rocky Raccoon". (No I
Put a bit of the Nigel Griggs interview on the digest, get some good
feedback from fans....it's a good interview, will be good in the Enz book.
Suddenly all these people are pre-ordering it, there is a vibe.
I am playing "the Beginning of the Enz" a lot lately, always puts me in the
best mood- oh those wacky Enz boys. Love that early stuff.
Have also been enjoying "Dolmades"- no it's not another seventies acid rock
band, it's those lovely Greek rolled vine leaves full of rice and other good
things. Every so often we put up a recipe on the F/16 site, so here is one
for Dolmades, perfect as an nibbly item at a good dinner party.
You will need:
fresh vine leaves (if using those preserved ones soak over night in cold
water & give them a good rinse)
olive oil -2teaspoons
Chop an onion -fine.
Cooked rice, about 1/2 a cup.
Pick some fresh parsley-3 stalks
Same for mint and chives if possible (dry is ok but fresh rocks)
2 springs onions
lemon juice-4 tablespoons
2 tablespoons sugar
ground pepper and salt
*Boil water and blanch vine leaves (they go lighter) for 1 1/2 minutes..it
basically softens them.
*Heat the olive oil in frying pan & fry the onion until it is soft & then
add lamb until brown. Give it a stir, and season with Salt & Pepper.
*Stir cooked rice, spring onions, herbs and half the lemon juice into the
lamb mix. Knead all of this with your hands (wash them first!!!) until it's
*Put a vine leaf of a cutting board with the veiny side facing up. Put 1
tablespoon of lamb mixture on the leaf and fold the stem end over the meat.
Fold the sides inwards towards the centre and then fold over so it's all
wrapped up. Make as many of these as you can using up all the filling &
leaves. I usually do an extra leaf or 2 in case of disaster.
*Any remaining leaves can go inside a decent sized saucepan and place the
rolled leaves in one packed in parcel (of little parcels). Stir a mix of the
remaining lemon juice and sugar into 2/3 cup of water. Pour this over the
leaves in the pot.
*Put lid on Pan and cook over VERY LOW heat for around 2 hours. If it looks
like it is boiling dry just add a little water. Serve warm, even cold is
fine. Put Yoghurt next to them in case people want to "add" some extra
flavour. Serves 4 at least, but they are tasty & people do pig out on them.
Go for it!!! Dolmades heaven!
Have a visit from the Yeti and cook the boys dinner, it's good when we all
eat together, all the day to day distractions seem to go away. Good friends
man, that's what it's all about.
Loads of filming going on around Prahran, a Sportsgirl commercial on
Greville street, another large gathering of camera crews in the Prahran car
park. I am ready for my close up Mr Speilberg.! Left side please.
Some people take a huge leap in life, but many small steps can cover the
same distance. That thought came to me over my porridge at Babble. My
Porridge was as deep as my thinking this morning.! Write that one down.
Wake up to "Beautiful Collision" sitting at the number one spot on the N.Z.
charts again. It will soon be one year on those charts, impressive.
It's Tim Finn's birthday today, 51. The year has really rolled on by, I
think birthdays probably mean a lot more to him now, having a family around,
a good feeling. He tells me that Elliot is growing at a fast rate, hope I
get back to N.Z. to see her before she starts dating!!!!
Start going through photos for the Enz book, that's always a fun part of a
book, some classic shots, am after photos that haven't been used to death,
it should be a good selection. Working out some of the layout, and as far
as the band segment will probably be in 3 chapters- seventies, eighties,
Speaking of the Enz, was digging around in our archive pile and found a
beaten up box with Split Endz (yep spelt that way) DEMO's on it, loads of
mould but on the box only. Has Late last Night and Sweet Dreams on it, be
interesting to see if they are REALLY different. Have to convert them over
next week....usual problem of spare time.
Britney Spears admits that she has dabbled in drugs...thing go better with
Coke Britney (or did she do Pepsi?)...but she prefers Coke (?!) so we hear.
She's in that experimentation stage, blue eye shadow will be next!!!
Evan "don't call me that" Samuel Johnson from Secret Life Of Us in a Pub
brawl at Hepburn Springs. The guy he was fighting kept calling him by his tv
character name- Evan. I'm sure Sarah Michelle is going to kick Marks arse
when he meets her when he calls her Buffy!!!! Than again some Buffy
punishment might well be a good thing! Bring it on....
Hmm Mary Anne Pineapple Head has been having weird dreams about me
(again....?) vinyl flying machines and stealing the bed covers...you know
what that means *grin*. She did pass on the website for the metallic Glamish
Canadian band- Robin Black & the Intergalactic Rock Stars (cool name guys).
Thanks MAP I will love 'em. Wham Bam Thank You Mary Ann! Have ordered their
Cosmo bunny was getting way too excited last night, on the phone to Nigel
Griggs and Noel Crombie for ages and the bunny (of love) just kept running
in circles and jumping on me, kissing my feet and totally losing it.... he
ran so much he finally fell to the ground, full stretched and had a rabbit
nap! You strange fluffy creature....what is in those sprouts?
Mark has some spare NZ flight points, and he won't use them with Air N.Z. so
he's letting me use them to get to N.Z. Am heading over for a few interviews
for the book, to go through some paper work for "Farewell to the World" and
collect this huge 500,000 Sales award that Mushroom NZ gave me ...which was
really a surprise (thanks Dylan)....I'm sure the Finn's organized that.
Anyway hopefully a few days in N.Z., business class for 3.5 hours...still
it's free. Am going to ask the Finns if I can stay at their place, just
above the office. Will be weird as the family will be in the USA by that
stage.....a chance to meet the new guy in the office too...and an excuse to
buy some duty free. NZ here I come (I think).
Hate it when I go over on internet time, how have I done 110 hours this
month....damn Buffy auctions. We have had a lot of emails too this month,
double the regular amount so that would of done it. Think I'll do a Faves
list....as not a lot happened today.
Album of the Month- Bowie's "Aladdin Sane"-30th Anniversary Edition (Must
have bonus disc)....Beginning of the Enz.
Fave Movie- "Lost in La Mancha"- the director of 12 Monkeys and Brazil did
this one. Now showing at Nova cinemas in Oz.
Fave Food- Dolmades.
Fave Person- Has to be Nigel Griggs this month, made me laugh, so full of
Enz knowledge, loves the environment and dislikes John Howard.
DVD of the Month- (Star Trek) Deep Space Nine Box Set.
Fave Clothing Item- (Fake) fur lined biker jacket.
Fave Expression- "Easy Tiger" (copyright Mr Yeti)
Fave Idea for the future- A Noel Crombie Pez Head dispenser....
Jacquie tells me she spotted Belinda Bardot at Prahran, she must be in town,
maybe she thinks we are still away in the desert...better call the girl.
After all she looks a bit like Buffy so our plan is to make her wear that
Buffy outfit and chase us around the various levels of the house with a
wooden stake in hand......of course she will do this...ok maybe not.
Deb is away on holidays, so not sure when the latest diary goes up, she
deserves a break, works far too hard, just suffering all my "stuff" would
need a serious holiday. Hope it was fun (: [ed. note: yes very nice, thanks, but I'm so backed up with work!]
Sleep well, some rain last night and the Gryphon sleeps very soundly when
the rains come. Today is home-made Sausage Roll day, so I run into Marks
room, jump on the bed and annoy him so much he has to get up.... these
sausage rolls of Marks are the best....
The office calls and need a photo of Neil with his Maton guitar, think it's
for the guitar company, will have to go through our shots. Maybe if someone
has a cool jpeg they can email me.....(please don't send it yet as I'm sure
there will be 10 zillion jpegs that will take me years to download).
Grey old day outside, rain is on the way. Have a few things packed in case I
head off to Beenami to write. Helps with discipline , too cold to go hiking,
the phone isn't ringing, just the big roaring fire.....and lots of cup of
teas. Knowing my luck it will be snowing up their and the 4WD will come off
the road and some strange woman will break my legs with a hammer and keep me
prisoner...saying Hussy is her favorite book....hmmm smells of "Misery"...!
Watch "Countdown to Invasion" on cable .... had Ted from "Queer as Folk" in
it, playing a Geek (nice glasses Ted). A bit average.
Think it's a tad pathetic that America is getting excited over weapons parts
buried in Iraq TWELVE years ago...that's not really a smoking gun guys, more
like a smoking cigar (opps Cigar wrong President). Not long till the U.S.
military plant some evidence to justify all of this....and still another
U.S. soldier dies... every day, someone's brother, someone's father...bet
none of them have the surname Bush. Is it is starting to feel like Iraq is
going terribly wrong (again)....???
Ros lets me know that there is a piece on me in the Sydney papers, always
good when some little odd bit appears- thanks Gal! Makes me laugh.
Well no snow at Beenami, but the weather man on channel 9 say it's one of
the coldest areas in Victoria. Have a feeling that nearby Mt Baw Baw had
snow last night, some decent rain too which we really need.
So weird up at the Forest House as it is super green, after all that driving
through Australia and seeing countless dry creek beds, and drought ravaged
plains, it is mind blowing seeing how lush this place is.
Have to spend more time away from the city, as the city is very over-rated
in a lot of ways, so calm up in these hills by the rain forest.
That's it from this neck of the woods..... and thanks to all the readers who
grabbed copies of "Glamour" lately kind of threw me a bit- thanks.
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