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.

Great Night For Kiwi Sports

Let's start with the two golds at the Beijing Olympics:

Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell beat Germany in a double sculls photo finish by one hundredth of a second.

(TVNZ video link for NZ peeps)

Valerie Vili posted an explosive opening throw to win gold.

(TVNZ video link for NZ peeps)

Also a cycling silver and two rowing bronzes.

The most amazing bronze was by Mahe Drysdale (NZ vid link) who was ill and gave so much to try and keep his lead that he collapsed after his rowing race. Tough luck Mahe but friggin' awesome effort!

And now time to sit back and reflect on the 19-0 win by the All Blacks over South Africa in Cape Town