The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 27 September - 9 October 2004
Call the Pet Resort to reconfirm Cosmo's stay. He's the only rabbit that has
a Penthouse view ... darling I love you but give me Park Avenue.....
He's a lucky bunny, we worry about leaving him while we are away but the
Resort is good and they pat and cuddle him.
Yum, Arnotts Premier Chocolate Chip cookies are the best. The sign on the
front says Australia's BEST tasting chocolate chip cookie, and for once the
advertising is correct. They have 40% chocolate chips and you can taste the
difference. Word is out as the local supermarket keeps selling out...I am
known to hide boxes of them in places to reclaim later on in the week. It's
my squirrel mentality!
Start reading RESIDENT ALIEN-The New York Diaries of Quentin Crisp. I love
this book, Quentin is so, well so damn Quentin. As Boy George once said,
Quentin Crisp 'IS THE QUEER JESUS FOR THE 20TH CENTURY'. I love that quote.
Quentin has a certain way of looking at things, I wish my diaries would be
one millionth as excellent as Quentin's, but their was only ever one Quentin
Crisp and the world is a sadder place without him.
For what seems line eternity people have asked 'what is it that you do'. For
now on I am going to steal one of Quentin's replies to that question.
I am going to say 'Oh I breathe and I blink'. Such a good reply, I have
noted it. Quentin wouldn't mind, and if Warhol can tag me with having an
extra minute....Quentin would surely bestow upon me that witty reply. Thanks
Religious fundamentalism is such a huge crock of shit. Conservative parties
in politics are so boring, usually full of rather overweight people who
think God will punish them for even saying the word masturbation let alone
actually doing it. Does masturbation count as exercise, maybe that's why
they are a bit porky.
Australia currently is stuck with the latest batch of dickless wonders in
the form of THE FAMILY FIRST party, conceived by the Paradise Assemblies of
God (what a fucking stupid name) three years ago. It will field 126
candidates across Australia during the election and Gosh golly gee, who
would of thought, our Prime Minister John hoWARd is in bed with them (but of
COURSE only in a Political way..no Sex please we're conservative!!!).
Could someone lock them all in a room and feed them several Ecstasy tablets
and a bucket full of Viagra, a box of duracell batteries and a trunk of sex
toys and just let them get it out of their system.
Oh and Guy Sebastian is from the Paradise Assemblies of God, does that make
him a homophobe? Make a note to go and deface his singles this week with
some Family First SUCK stickers. Grrrrrrrr Political activist on the looose!
Crude Oil prices hit an all time high today and Wall Street got really
excited. Don't they know that the higher the cost of Petrol, the more it
costs for people to fill up at the pump, and the less they spend elsewhere
on Guy Sebastian singles and duracell batteries.....?! Simple Politics.
It's now $50.18 per barrel. Between Iraq and Hurricane Ivan it's pretty
gloomy around the Oil prices. It's now up 75% compared to a year ago.
Maybe people should ride their bikes more. Good to see so many people ride
to work on World Bike Day or whatever it is called.
Sent Deb the Skyhooks Calendar image for the Hooks website. What a BRIGHTLY
coloured cover it is. Some fun, a Skyhooks calendar for 2005...who would of
thought!? It's not like Sherbet will be bringing out a 2005 calendar. Who
are Sherbet ask so many of you....exactly.
Book the escape to the Grampians. Am hoping the weather is good. Decided to
go the day after the Election, that way if the hoWARd government wins I can
throw myself off Halls Gap ( will dress well for my leap of death). I figure
the Liberals are ahead by around 4 seats, so it's close but you never know.
Pollsters have been wrong so many times. Isn't it time for a change
Australia?????? It's in the hands of the people, we'll all survive no
matter who gets in.
Think this year most of our friends will be getting wine for Christmas. The
Qantas Club has some really good bottles and our wine industry needs some
support, so red and white all round. They all like a good drop.
I speak to the Performing Arts Museum about having the Skyhooks display up
in time for the 30th Anniversary of LIVING IN THE 70's. I love these
costumes and some will be shown for the first time. All my little fun
projects. I breathe, I blink, I do 'projects'. I'm a specialist.
A backing vocalist at a recent gig gave me her business card. It said she
was a female vocalist (well I didn't see a dick so I assumed as much)...
a professional singer (would someone put that they were an un-professional
singer?), ice skater (I loved that one), Dancer, and has an extensive vocal
repertoire. I just loved the ice skating line...does she sing while she
skates and is it considered professional to do so?
Hmmm mine would be- types emails very fast, has been a killer zombie and a
blinking Russian manequin in a video clip, wore a gorilla suit for a major
camera store, made top ten in the state in multistrand science but couldn't
do Geology because the class size dropped to three, says the word
'brilliant' far too much, but gets the job done in the end, excellent (some
may say 'brilliant') kisser and dancer, has double joints in both his arms,
20/20 vision and the annoying habit of wanting to remove any hair from his
Can break the speed record for running up a two storey staircase on both
hands and knees and obsessive over clean teeth.
Would prefer a book to sex unless the book is about sex and then I really
want both. Thinks we are all bi-sexual underneath (the covers?). Wants to
release a single (CD) in New Zealand, buy all the copies so it's goes Gold
and to #1 just to annoy the Finns. (opps). Thinks Sci Fi is the be all and
end all, has fallen in 'love' with a Pornstar called Margo but only if Mark
can be 'involved'. Thinks Cosmo has been inhabited by the spirit of Hairball
the cat and spends long Spring afternoons sharing Cosmo's crunchy
combo-sprouts. Can read some hieroglyphics and knows the different between
the upper and lower Nile. Hates the AC/DC lineup after Bon Scott died and
thinks anyone who likes that lineup just doesn't get it or was born too
late, thinks David Bowie's Tin Machine is total shite and the song
'Quicksand' to be one of his best. Loves the words 'epoch', 'epidermis' and
'engender'. Hates homophobes, wife beaters and WAR. Prefers to know what's
on the inside of a person, and has a pet hate for women who are 5 second
actors,models,painters,and superficial door bitches. Thinks Golf Sucks and
is boring as all hell and people who complain that all their money went on
feeding their kids, really shouldn't of had them in the first place. Thinks
Mr Ed is hot but Gilligan is better. Detests ALIAS but would give it all for
Buffy. Likes woman kissing (well unless they are eighty or something). is
Wow I'd need a big card, no real skills, have I. Just opinionated diary
I almost accidentally bought a Yoga Mat from the Qantas Frequent Flyer store
today. Thankfully I noticed... yieks. cancelled the order.
AC/DC had a lane named after them in Melbourne today. A lane really suits
them. That's kind of OK. But they forgottoput the '/' between the AC and the
DC so it's a bit pissy. Molly Meldrum suggested a Skyhooks lane. I think we
should have a Molly Meldrum Avenue.
Hmm Film of the month-THE WEEPING CAMEL. If you loved our suggestion of
Himalaya you will like this one.
Go Green Day Go! Billie Joe for President. Green Days AMERICAN IDIOT debuts
at #1 in Australia, USA, UK, Canada, Japan and probably everywhere else.
See we TOLD YOU SO (we like to say that occasionally). If you don't like
Green Day you are too old. The album is great, the production x-cellent and
gee George W...is that you they named it after.......... COOL! Play it loud
and after track 2 they can never be accused of writing too short a song. I
love this band. Good to see that in times of lame arse Reality Music Shows,
a BAND like Green Day can still make it to #1.
Tiffani in the USA sends the most amazing Gift Box. We are humbled, we are
blown away. Just exceptional and what can we say. YUM!!!!! OINK. Thank you
times one million.
Mt St Helens is erupting, they think it's only minor but we'll see, I just
know all that lava is building up, and up and UP!!!!!!!!! BANG! First the
hiccup and then the cosmic burp. Watch all the tourists run. It's the end of
the world. Run little animals run.
Work on stuff around 'Living In the 70's'. It's just so good to do, and
feels nice. Greg Macca calls and tells us that Mark and myself have a thank
you on the album. So kind and that means a lot, our favourite album, the one
that changed our life... so to be thanked on that whoa! Happy campers.
Send Kate some flowers, we'll miss her 21st birthday, so thought some
flowers would be nice. Now go and vote for the Greens & Democrats because
the Family First people will punish us! Help Kate- only your vote can save
Oh far too sweet. Paul Hester just called, 'Peetey I have something to tell
you". I instantly think horrid thoughts that someone has died... see I am
scarred! 'No it's all fine...."
Are you getting married...my 2nd guess.
"Oh you are too good, YES I am getting married Peter and I need you to be a
So yep May next year Paul and Kashan will be married. I am so happy for
Hessie and tell him as much... happy for them both. Will have to get my
sister to steal a bridesmaid dress from her dry cleaning service. I AM
KIDDING!!!! Though my legs do look good these days. (It's all the hiking).
Anyway it was good to chat, I just want my friends like Paul to be happy. No
more dark Paul, happy Paul is much better and I worry less.
Head to the Pint on Punt. It's a Pub at Windsor and little Bobby Starkie is
playing as part of his Bob Starkie- R & R Show. I take a bit longer as I
stick up the little Anti John Howard stickers on all the traffic lights and
letter boxes. I link with Rebekah and I spring her fagging away, bad, bad
smoking woman. Busted. Oh well at least you tried.
I hate the smoking stuff, I just want my friends to be around forever and
smoking is just slashing your wrists slowly, paying to die- makes me sad.
I bite my tongue, I have so many faults I can't comment on other peoples.
Oh I just did (opps-sorry).
It's a cute pub, and we sit at the bar and have some comfy stools. Bongo
says hello and he's straight into playing. He's one of my favourite
guitarist and a mate, I just love to see him playing. The songs are all
classics, Chuck Berry...
By the third set Bec and myself are a bit blind, it is a worry when I spot a
bottle of Glayva on the top shelf!!!! Is it the drink or is the crowd
really getting into it. No it's the crowd, Starkie and band called back for
an encore. I get Toorak Cowboy dedicated to me. C'mon Shirl used to do that,
what about Molly, let it be dedicated to Molly Meldrum again ... (sigh).
If I need a theme song I don't think it's 'Toorak Cowboy'.
'he dyes all his grey ends and he's got lots of gay friends...'
Chat to the manager about a certain possible surprise on October 28th. Hmm
working on it...... could be fun if I can pull it off. We'll see.
Indianna turns up, Bongo's lovely daughter, I joke that I last saw her
leaving the party at our house and heading off with a cute band boy ...
she's a good girl now!!! Off to London on Friday with an armful of clothes
from Melbourne fashion designers. Safe flight little one, and try and be
good. I know it's genetically hard to do *grin*.
Give Bec a peck and stumble home. Thankfully I had Dinner prepared so that
was easy. Check out the charts and Green Day are #1 for the 2nd week with
American Idiot. Life is good (hic).
The late news tells us that Janet Leigh has died (aged 77). She did the
infamous shower scene in Hitchcock's thriller PSYCHO. Jamie Leigh-Curtis was
her daughter...isn't that right????? I think so as when we met Jamie Leigh
I'm sure she mentioned her Mum to me.
Monday and the weeks roll on by. I like Mondays, usually full of energy and
spark. A girl from Austria was waiting at P.O. Box 333, I spotted her way
before she spotted me. I think it was that copy of Glamour in her hand that
gave it away *GRIN*. Sue at the Post Office pointed out that she was waiting
for quite awhile. She had the cutest accent, sometimes I had no idea what
she was talking about but she smiled a lot so that was o.k. She had on some
really good shoes, which I commented on. Australia can sell good shoes but
but so few good ones are made here. I knew if I stayed and talked I would be
late for the first meeting today, but I got all guilty and did the right
thing. I always feel such a fraud doing this as I never know what to say to
people. She showed me her favourite photos in the book, which is strange to
have someone talking about you as far as having a favourite. I've never
thought about it like that before. Anyway it was an interesting way to start
the day. The other people clearing mail would just stare at me, I was going
to put up a little sign. 'Freak on Display today...ask me how'!
Walk past the 'Black Olive' as today we are eating at Daguerre's, and they
are digging up the floor in the Olive. All the tables have gone, I wonder if
it's more renovations? Or has another of our food haunts been taken off the
map. Is it us? Did we do something wrong?
Head across town to Northcote to drop in the Skyhook photos for the booklet
for Living In the 70's. I arrive fine, negotiating down those little
streets. Drop a parcel into Ben's and Fran's place, and head on home. Take
some short cuts and they work. Got a chance to play a lot of music on the
car CD player, the best part about driving.
Had an early night in bed last night (11.00) and seemed to dream all night.
Evil neighbours have been quiet the last few days, they mustn't enjoy the
new Green Day CD which has had some major airplay at our place (cough!).
Our new way to deal with them. If they are loud, we are Louder!
Labor leader Mark Lathan announces a solid plan to rescue the overwhelming
majority of Tasmania's Old Growth Forests. John Howard is very quiet on the
subject. I think while it appears that hoWARd is in the lead by those few
extra votes, he doesn't want to rock the boat and lose any ground. It's
always a big thing the environmental vote, and no matter what you say or
what compensation there is but loggers are going to be pissed. Howard will
sell out the Forests for sure and bend over for the loggers I just know it
and you can bet the loggers unions will punish Labor in Tassie.
Nicole thanks for all your help with my USA mobile. Owe you one, nice to
keep my USA phone still operational. You rock girl! Betchadupa on the way
soon (well the CD not the guys *sorry*).
Bongo Skyhook drops in and it's good to sit for awhile. Talk about life,
plans, ideas and he seems good. There will be some interesting stuff coming
up, if all goes well, could be fun. When I was a young teenage
whippersnapper Bongo was my favourite Skyhook, followed by Greg Macaiansh as
a close second. The rest of Australia was going nuts over Red and Shirl, but
Bobby Starkie guitarist was so damn cool- all glammed up...with some place
to go! Who could ever forget Bongo's stage cossies- the green and gold
jumpsuit with the lizard collar, or the white furry wigs, golden velvet with
baby doll faces attached. It was an odd statement when he painted his face
black- he loved Little Richard we know but wasn't that taking it too far
*GRIN*. Arghh the good old days.
Spending a few days eating at Daguerres, the Market Cafe people will be
worried. It's funny as I am use to the Market cafe crowd, and having it
packed in the mornings. So to wander into Daguerres and sit wherever I want
is weird and kind of cool.
Mark has completed this amazing video-clip for Split Enz MAYBE. Am keeping
Mum as to what is looks like etc, but totally mind blowing and Split Enz
1975 that no one has probably ever seen... too incredible.
Notice Betchadupa are playing their album launch for AIMING FOR YOUR HEAD at
The Corner Hotel Melbourne on October 23rd. Kick arse guys!
Still going through a small backlog of emails from our few weeks of zero
internet time, people will have to be patient. I think they are use to me
getting back within 5 seconds, so it probably feels strange- but even I can
only do so much dear reader. (-:
Look out the office window at the clearest sky, the chilli plants are loving
this sunshine and some yellow roses have popped out. The plants are just
saying bring on the sunshine. Little do they know that a huge storm front is
moving in over the next few days- Melbourne's cold weather isn't over yet.
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW- 20TH Century Fox.
We grab a copy of THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW on DVD. It's kind of what we
expected from the director in Independence Day. Global warming triggering a
bombardment of freaky weather, calling in a New Ice Age. Extreme tornadoes
flatten Los Angeles, which is damn cool. Predictable Iconic landmarks are
destroyed: oh there goes the Hollywood sign, our old record company Capitol
is ripped to pieces (ouch)...New York is the place to surf...if you like
tidal waves and finally the Northern Hemisphere freezes solid. Meanwhile
Australia and New Zealand look rather snug. Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal
are passable, the script is ok. But it's a disaster movie with breathtaking
special effects. Mother Nature really is the Academy Award winner in this
one. For those who love Armageddon , Earthquake, etc etc this is a 7/10 and
you'll like it.
It's a throw away, a night to snuggle and watch something that you won't
find in an around the table debate. Like Independence Day the over use of
the American flag is kind of a bit sickly. There is a special edition too
but like most bonus editions it's a bit limited. So just grab the standard
As predicted rain, wind and hay fever attacks today.
At breakfast I check out the share market and notice that Air NZ shares have
slumped, 29% this year. Maybe it's Karma for their backdoor deal with
Singapore Airlines. The results a NZ$523 million loss. Yieks.
Spoke to our friend Kylie last night. The original Kylie (Little Pink), one
of those phone calls where you spend more time laughing. She's a bit like
our other friends, feeling like some change is due. Think she wants a Sea
change. Selling up and moving perhaps.
The return of KATH AND KIM tonight. ABC at 8.30 and this debut episode of
the new series will be massive. All we can say is 'Look at Moy' and admit
that that Mrs Kath Day-Knight is oh so foxy!!!! Good luck girls.
The two girls from the performing Arts Museum are calling by today. My 1.00
meeting, mostly to grab costumes and bits for the Skyhooks display on
October 28th. Cosmo is running wild through the house, so it will be a nice
surprise when a blurry white ball of fur goes zooming past. 'Rabbit what
rabbit'... fun to pretend. No we don't have a rabbit- what do you mean???
Oh the loggers in Tassie loved John hoWARds 'Logging Plan'. Just great, it's
easy to save some jobs for now Mr Howard but what about the future- nice if
we have some areas of Old Growth forests for future generations. Talk about
wanting someone's vote for all the wrong reasons. It's a strange election
this one, all the Party's seem incredibly boring, you get over-saturated and
in the end it's just very hard to even read their waffle. I can't even begin
to understand how the Americans suffer through endless months of this
Dark and gloomy outside.
Head into the city and a camera crew corner me on who I'm voting for and
why. Basically say anyone but John Howard as he is a liar. Short and sweet.
The news crews are out everywhere, guess an election is some sort of
interest on the news etc.
Spend part of the afternoon installing the NAVMAN 630 navigation unit for
the 4WD. Hey gotta buy Navman, it's made in New Zealand. Support those
The 630 is great as it has vocal navigation too with his and her vocal and
40,000 POI's. That's Points Of Interest, our life is so full of buzz words.
POI's WMD, TDL....IF.U.SEE.KAY .....
Takes some time to install the software, maps, desktop and gods knows what
else. You get a 128 Mbyte card with the 630 too. It's pretty funky and will
save the stress factor between Mark and myself when he gets us lost
navigating. *grin*. Now I just have that two sex voice to scream at. Be cool
if someone has programmed it to tell me to 'Bugger Off' or to scream back.!
That would be a good gimmick, a ICN that can be rude to you.
The Australian Map section is really detailed, shows all Parks and lakes and
rivers, either as an overview or at street level. Even has a 3D perspective
(but no silly glasses included...joking). I can picture all these people
driving around Oz with 3D glasses on. Not a bad look.
Election day 2004.
Wake up feeling good, still convinced that the Liberals will get an added 4
or 5 seats, pray it's less, we'll know soon.
Oh it started really well, walking through the sea of 'how to vote' card
people and the foolish Family First member made the mistake of lunging at
me. Oh I've been saving this. I basically told him that his church was
repulsive and his political party even worse and I hope he burns in hell.
he stupidly went to Mark ... who's more basic approach of 'Why don't you
just fuck off' got a round of applause form the crowd! A man of not many
words but the right ones.
It was so odd spotted loads of people taking voting cards for Labor, Greens
and a few for the Democrats. The Democrat vote card person leans to me and
says, 'our local candidate is Bi-sexual, I heard what you said to the Family
First person, that was great.' So I took one of her cards too... I think the
Democrats will really suffer in this election.
In the end I just voted Labor, more so that I think they will need every
vote to succeed. I just don't want them to lose a single seat in Victoria.
We ran into Warwick from Greville records and one of our ex-Babble mates.
They are all voting Labor. So if nothing else Prahran may well rally against
the Treasurer Peter Costello who is the Liberal for this seat. It's a 8.4%
Liberal safe-hold these days since the boundary's changed, so the odds are
It's 6.00 the voting is well underway. By 11.00 it's basically all over with
hoWARd getting his fourth term as PM. he's tied the record set by Bob Hawke.
The Liberals gain seats, still unclear how many as some are down to the wire
but I think my 4 or 5 seats will be correct.
The horror tale could be that they might control the Senate, with a possible
one seat for the evil Family First party. If this is the case expect the
rest of Telstra to be sold by mid 2005.
A few good things: Peter Garrett scored his seats so the Midnight Oil front
man is in his way to Canberra.
Am especially proud of Victoria, as it was the only state that didn't
surrender any new seats to the Howard Government.
In our area of Higgins evil ol' Peter Costello got in as expected but unlike
other areas where the Liberal vote increased by 2-3% his was only .05.
Possibly the Bi sexual Democrat slowed him down *grin*... or my Peter
Costello Creep T-shirt helped.
Anyway good old Victoria. Strangely it doesn't feel too weird, at least we
are free to vote here, to tell Family First members to go stuff themselves
to have a Bi-sexual democrat. Latham did well, considering what a train
wreck it was going to be 12 months ago. The Senate worries me far more then
the obvious hoWARd win. It makes me wonder if this can happen in Australia,
will there be enough silly Americans to vote Bush back in (who's a bigger
dickhead then our Little Johnny Howard). Gawd I hope not.
and meanwhile in Afganistan there are woman voting for the first time, and
that's not a bad thing. That's if all the donkeys carrying the ballot boxes
get from A-Z.
What a world!
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