The Rolling Stone Interviews輯錄了Rolling Stone雜誌1968-2005年的40篇人物專訪。幾天前，我借題發揮，提到60年代英美流行樂壇在其輝煌背後，是一個從天真純情開始以迷惘掙扎沉淪終結的年代。
若在今天談“從天真純情開始以迷惘掙扎沉淪終結”，當然不能不提the end of Michael Jackson（雖然The Rolling Stone Interviews中沒有他的專訪）。關於他，寫的人很多，我就不浪費bandwidth了。
整體看，The Rolling Stone Interviews不算精彩。訪談的質素（包括受訪者和訪問者），似乎一直隨年代下降（雜誌本身也如此））。當中我覺得特別有趣的一篇，是Jonathan Cott訪問Oriana Fallaci。這位傳奇記者/訪問者，調轉身份，1976年接受Rolling Stone訪問。可惜，二人wavelength不對，訪問者功力不足，受訪者往往反客為主，訪問從頭到尾牛頭不搭馬嘴。
at just 9.5cm in diameter, the Aussie Big Mac can't compete with the 12cm-wide beef behemoths of Central America and the Middle East. Not only is our burger 21 per cent shy side-to-side of those in Mexico and the UAE, it's also the lightest at just 201g. That's 18g, or 8 per cent less than the largest.
the Not So Big Mac has 22 per cent fewer kilojoules than its Canadian cousin and 31 per cent fewer carbohydrates than Malaysia's.
there had been an 8 per cent rise in the sodium content [of Aussie Big Mac], from 891mg to 960mg because of how the meat is seasoned. Still, it's the lowest-sodium Mac in our survey. Canada's is next (1020mg), then the US (1040). The UK's has twice as much as the US version at 2100mg. Malaysia's is a frightening 2700mg.
The Big Mac Index, as compiled by The Economist, is "a light-hearted guide to exchange rates", and is "based on the idea of purchasing-power parity, which says currencies should trade at the rate that makes the price of goods the same in each country. So if the price of a Big Mac translated into dollars is above $3.54, its cost in America, the currency is dear; if it is below that benchmark, it is cheap."
According to the May 2009 compilation, the Aussie Big Mac cost only US$2.19 using current exchange rate, which means that the Aussie currency was 38% undervalued. But if you take into account that the Aussie Big Mac is smaller and lighter, then the Aussie currency is not so "cheap" after all.
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