Happy Mother’s Day to the 4 best mums in the world!!
It sucks we can’t be with you today, but here’s a photo to let you know we’re thinking about you. You’ve forged us into the guys we are today & supported us every step on this crazy ride. And you’ve never asked us when we’re getting real jobs :)
You look after the 4 of us like we’re all your own sons. But isn’t just the care packages, or turning your places into hotels when we need somewhere to crash, or the texts to see if we’re still alive or… well, the list is endless.
It’s knowing that no matter where we are on the road, the greatest women in the world have always got our backs. We love you! Can’t wait to see you again.
PS. Thx to our mates at Culture Container in Berlin for the pic
A Colorado restaurant owner came up with “White Appreciation Day” on which Caucasian customers get 10% off. It’s his response to Black History Month & Hispanic Heritage Month:
At first we just rolled our eyes, but then #WhiteAppreciationDay started trending on Twitter… We tweeted our thoughts & got a barrage of ignorance in return. How can some people so completely miss the point? Look at any American school history book & tally up the pages which focus on white history, black history, Native American history… If you can’t see which groups are being under-represented, you need to work on your maths.
Every month in America is white history month. These “special” months only exist because of a lack of awareness about other groups’ histories. America should be congratulated for them. It’s a shame we don’t have an Aboriginal history month in Australia.
Sadly it seems a lot of people don’t understand the purpose of Black History Month, which President Ford officially recognised in 1976. He said “we can seize the opportunity to honour the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavour throughout our history”. Too-often neglected are the key words here. The month helps address inequalities in history teaching and awareness. Once these imbalances are addressed, it will no longer be necessary.
All these people are doing is perpetuating ignorance. Education & knowledge are things to embrace, not feel threatened by. And besides, how is giving only one skin colour a discount “celebrating all Americans”?
Den Helder was where we discovered how crazy the Dutch are about cycling. Took this photo on the edge of a cliff overlooking the North Sea. Somewhere on the other side of that blue haze is the UK. It was the middle of winter & this dude was happily pedalling home through gale force winds…
As our drummer Kay keeps reminding us, never get between a Dutch guy & his bicycle!
Small venues in Europe know how to look after bands, but when the owner cooks for you it’s pretty special. These guys in Den Helder made us feel right at home. Love small towns!
We crashed in the attic above the bar. Did that a lot this tour… The noise can make it hard to sleep, which sucks when you’ve gotta drive 8 hrs the next day. But it saved us heaps of cash & was super convenient. Plus there’s something about camping out between beer kegs that never gets old.
We’ve have a little Amsterdam ritual. It involves hitting up a ‘coffee shop’, heading to the bohemian part of the city & soaking up the vibe.
One tends to leave these ‘coffee shops’ with serious munchies. Luckily the good people of Amsterdam have found a solution- food walls! Put in a coin & pull out some epic Dutch food. Tried “kroket” this time- minced beef, herbs, potato, onions, cheese… so good.
But the best part about the ‘Dam is the people. Met to two French dudes travelling across Europe by bicycle, a street musician from Morocco & some crazy Scandinavian students. Awesome city!