From not wanting to go, to dragging my sorry arse out of the house I was glad I did – Justin Townes Earle was fantastic.
He played a huge range of musical styles, alone, just him and his guitar. From swampbilly rock, to western swing, to hillbilly there were shades of his father’s voice, and even particular mannerisms – that “bending over and holding his head on the side” thing that he does.
He’s a prolific performer. Malcolm Gladwell has that Outlier theory that people need to do 10,000 hours to get really really good at whatever they do well. With the number of gigs that Earle has done Malcolm Gladwell’s hypothesis stacks up beautifully.
Here’s a video that I shot of Justin’s second to last song. Enjoy.
McDonalds is taking over the world. Not only are they making moves on Balmoral and Kaikoura than they are opening a restaurant in the Louvre Museum next month.
The 1,142nd McDonalds in France will open just metres inside the main entrance as a celebration of its 3oth birthday.
An art historian working at the museum stated:
“This is the pinnacle of exhausting consumerism, deficient gastronomy and very unpleasant odours in the context of a museum…”
I couldn’t have put it better myself, and so I wont.
McDonalds joins a Starbucks that opened near the Right Bank entrance to the Louvre in 2008.
The restaurant chain in France has enjoyed the biggest growth outside the USA. According to the chain the fast food group opened 30 new outlets last year in France and welcomed 450 million customers – up 11 per cent on the previous year.
But – the posts I made on this site back in March about my journey around the South Island by motorbike has been published in the October edition of KiwiRider magazine.
Page 57 to be exact
$10.00 at all good bookstores and motorbike shops.