A new Starbucks location in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is providing a unique employment opportunity to people who are deaf.
Starbucks Malaysia partnered with the Society of Interpreters for the Deaf, which advocates for equal rights for the deaf community, to open the store on Wednesday. This Starbucks location offers jobs to people who are deaf, and also makes ordering easier for deaf customers.
The store hired ten deaf baristas, but it caters to customers of all hearing abilities. Deaf customers can use sign language to order drinks of their choice and those who don’t know sign language can use a menu card to write their order.
Has the current craze for pop culture nostalgia had any impact on what you do or how you think about what you do? Are you finding that you get called upon to be a “nostalgia” guy more than you used to?
Robyn Hitchcock: As they say, “Nostalgia’s not what it used to be.” Pop culture is now about the same age as I am. I was born in 1953, and rock ’n’ roll seems to have bubbled into being around the same time. Not many people around now actually remember when it started.
People measure their lives out in fashion and in pop culture. They have since World War II, since there’s been no enormous eruption to shatter everything. And everything has been recorded and then re-recorded or adapted to be on a new format, so sound recordings would go from being on a 33 1/3 LP to being on a cassette to being on a CD that came from the quarter-inch tape. But it keeps getting upgraded; you can listen to it on LP again now. It’s just that there’s now so much of it — people’s lives are measured out in, “Oh yeah, do you remember the Specials?” “Oh, right.” “Cyndi Lauper.” “Oh, I lost my virginity to ‘Time After Time’.” I mean, I didn’t personally, but you know, somebody probably did. Or “I had the best hangover of my life after going to see Blur.” You see people feeling about the Stone Roses the same way that I felt about the Jefferson Airplane, and you see those people also getting older. I look around at the punks now, who are a few years younger than me, and they’re all coming up 60. There was a time when punks made me feel old, because I was such a determined Class of ’67 guy and I couldn’t really embrace ’77 fully.
It’s the currency. My parents’ generation had the war, my generation just had drugs, the next generation had irony, and the ones after that have got climate change. [laughs]
I’m not called on to be anything, particularly, in this environment. We’ve all got our period that we get excited about. Mine’s probably from ’64 to ’70. Music you hear as a teenager, or when you’re a young person, just stays with you much more intensely than what you hear afterwards. You’re a much more impressionable organism, and if you want to feel young again you put on a record that you first heard when you were 13. If I want to rush upstairs without running out of breath I’ll listen to Revolver. It’s just how it is.
Is everything swirling around the bowl before it actually disappears? What’s interesting is that there’s been very little change in fashion in the last 20 years. I saw a movie set in 1995 and I didn’t realize it was set in 1995 until I saw people smoking indoors. The things that have changed the most now are people’s cell phones and their laptops. After the eighties, and the big hair and the shoulder pads, fashion seems to have settled down into an all-purpose zone. If you want to be a hipster, you can have a checked shirt and jeans, and you can have a beard or not have a beard, or you can have a leather jacket. There are maybe more beards around than there were 10 years ago, but the result is to make a lot of people look like it’s 1974.
I wonder whether life has accelerated so much between 1950 and 2000 that what we’ve seen this century is people simply trying to catch up. All this music was churned out, all these clothes came out, all these movies came out. If you’re coming up now as a 15-year-old, there’s so much to draw on, assuming you’re even interested in music or movies and don’t just want to play online games. It’s different. There aren’t the generation gaps there used to be. There aren’t the fault lines that say, “You don’t belong here.”
Sun Life Financial Inc. is teaming up with BEYOND TYPE 1 to provide select community members of the Canadian Diabetes Association and JDRF Quebec living with diabetes the once in a lifetime chance to meet singer/songwriter Nick Jonas.
“I’m thrilled to join forces with Sun Life Financial in the fight against diabetes and encourage people living with this disease to follow their dreams and live beyond their diagnosis,” said Nick Jonas, co-founder, BEYOND TYPE 1. “Since I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13, I’ve learned how to properly manage my disease to not only live, but live well. Although type 1 diabetes is not preventable, 90% of people with diabetes live with type 2, which in many cases can be prevented or delayed by identifying risks, eating well and staying active.”
Throughout the summer of 2016, Sun Life Financial, the CDA and JDRF Quebec will be joining Nick Jonas on the road for the Canadian leg of his world tour. With stops in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, select community members of the CDA and JDRF Quebec living with diabetes will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Nick Jonas and enjoy his concert free of charge.
“We want to inspire these people to continue to manage their disease effectively and, like Nick, lead full and successful lives,” said Paul Joliat, Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy & Sponsorships, Sun Life Financial. “Diabetes is a global epidemic and rates continue to rise. That’s why, at Sun Life, we’re committed to the prevention of diabetes and its related complications and want to remind Canadians that knowing their risk level is simple yet vital.”
Sun Life Financial is encouraging Canadians to visit here, get screened for their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and take the proper steps to help prevent it or manage its onset.
“Eleven million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes. That’s why learning your risk for type 2 diabetes is such an important step to take charge of your health. The CDA works with Canadians affected by type 1 and type 2 diabetes to help them better manage the disease and to try to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes whenever possible. We are thankful to Nick Jonas, Sun Life Financial and BEYOND TYPE 1 for helping us get this important message out,” said CDA President and CEO Rick Blickstead.
In the face of security concerns and an uncertain global economy, the touring business is showing resilience and, despite a few rough spots in the festival sector, looks poised to remain robust through the end of 2016.
Tapping into this bull market are ongoing tours by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Beyonce, Coldplay, Justin Bieberand others. Also making the list, based on box-office data reported to Billboard Boxscore for the period of Nov. 10, 2015, through June 6, 2016, are already completed tours from Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift. (Two of the year’s biggest tours, Adele and Garth Brooks, do not report their box-office data.)
Jack White’s Third Man Records is teasing a July 30 announcement about “making vinyl history.” A video shows a gold record in space — the record being one issued by the label in 2009, featuring the remixed voices of Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. White has talked about his desire to send a record player up on a balloon so as to have “the first vinyl record played in outer space.” Is this finally going to happen? Will Balloon Boy have anything to do with it? Is Jack going to play in space? Stay tuned.
The young, pre-Smiths Steven Patrick Morrissey spent quite a bit of time honing his craft for words with a touch of biting (while funny) anger towards the music press and artists by writing to UK magazines like NME and Record Mirror. Here are just a few of his published works.
Record Mirror, August 22nd, 1980
Record Mirror May 31st, 1980
Sounds, September 1976
Record Mirror, 1980
Here is a sneak peek at the Alex Ross Art San Diego Comic Con 2016 catalog that will be available on-site and likely on his website later. I had a chance to talk to Alex last month on my SiriusXM show as legendary record label Apple Records recently commissioned Ross to paint images of The Beatles themselves with a series of images he’s aptly titled “John, Paul, George and Ringo.”and his Yellow Submarine lithograph prints. His collection includes portraits of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, as well as images of the Blue Meanies, Captain Fred and Jeremy.