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.

Web 2.0: get involved with 24hour Full Code Press

24hour Full Code PressThe Full Code Press (18th August in Sydney) was 'pimped' at the mini-Webstock and I think it's a cracking idea for many reasons.
If you're a charitable organisation you get a top notch website for free, if you're a Kiwi development team you get to pit your wits against the best out there and if you merely want to help it all run smoothly, you can.

PS: It's all gonna happen in Wellington in 2008 - so prepare yourself Wellington!

Here's what the Full Code Press has to say about itself:
FullCodePress is a series of web competitions - the brainchild of the people at Webstock and WIPA. In essence it’s a geek Olympics!

The concept is simple. Web teams take each other on, at the same location, to build a complete website in 24 hours. No excuse, no extensions, no budget overruns.

The first event will be held in Australia on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August 2007 between Australia and New Zealand. In 2008 there will be a worldwide challenge for any interested countries – to be held in Wellington New Zealand. We’ll also be facilitating and encouraging competitions within individual countries.