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.

Flight details in NZ and worldwide

I think I may have blogged this before but I can't be pooped to look for it.

Liz and the kids flew down to Christchurch a week or so ago and, because of the slightly inclement weather here in Wellington, we wanted to know if the flight was on time so we could warn the receiving party.

Old fashioned way
  • Call the airport
  • Get put on hold
  • Get a recorded message
  • Get nothing!
  • Call the airline
  • [see above]
New hip and fandagled way
  • Google the flight number
  • Read status
  • Make plans

Tricks for young players, if your flight number has a leading zero (eg, NZ0421) then drop the zero (eg, NZ421).

And, I have to say the Auckland Airport website is also pretty good and slightly more up to date. The Wellington Airport site was OK but behind Google which gets its info from who have widgets for Africa (Facebook, websites, RSS, toolbars ...)