This is Noriko, of  George and Noriko  fame, at Coastella 2018 who, well best to let them tell you: George and Noriko break all the rules. The duo brings something unique, something unexpected. Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, they have been kicking up a storm wherever they play.  George’s lightning fast blues licks & growling harmonica enhanced by Noriko’s percussive of the traditional Shamisen (Japanese banjo) has morphed into a kind of bluegrass hard country blues with a Japanese twist. It's quite something - go listen to their music, it's pretty bloody kick ass.

24hours in Wellington

Flickr: Fog over the harbour 3Hi everyone - I'll be in Wellington for my final (for 18 months) visit this Saturday.

My awesome mates have clubbed together and paid for the flight up and I am still blown away by the gesture, just incredible! So, a long hug to Adam, Paul, Pete and Kath and Sean and Justine!!! Will be staying with another awesome mate, Pete, so large manly handshake to him as well.

What's the plan Stan? Well, I get in around mid-day on the Saturday, tootle around town, get up to Pete's to drop of the stuff (toothbrush) and back into town to prepare for the All Blacks first test against Ireland. The intention is to be in a bar with big screen and great beer. After that ... who knows.

Flickr: Rainbow in Khandallah #2The following morning is up (bright and early?) to have breakie and catch-up with everyone again/for the first time. I'm back on the plane to Christchurch around mid-day completing my last 24 hours in Wellington ... (sad already).

I'd love to catch-up with as many people as possible - drop me a line ( or leave a comment and we'll keep you in the loop!