To boost attendance, the Petersen Automotive Museum opens a special collection of 150 historic vehicles, stored in a “vault” below its galleries, to the public. See all the Photos.
Really fancy, old American vintage cool. Take a virtual tour @pic view.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.12.12~
In this country, we take care of each other. And in this season of giving, it’s inspiring to see so many people all across America taking the time to help those most in need.”
That’s part of what makes us such a compassionate nation. And this year, I know many of you are extending that kindness to the families who are still picking up the pieces [of a devasting year].
Source: ITN news
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.12.12~
TRUE CONFESSIONS: WATCHING AMERICANS SHOPPING AT A MACY’S SALE WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO OBSERVE OF A CONSUMER SOCIETY
Gotta confess, watching an uber-consumer culture like the USA go beserk shopping during a Macey’s Sale,
was one of my most favorite entertainment watches ever when living in the U.S.
I miss seeing it this year. :)
[Photo: 86th Macy's Day Parade 2012--View more]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.11.12~
Are you tired of the concrete jungle, the traffic and the smog of the big city? Why not go a bit country then. Denim fashion is what you need to know before you jet.
Cowboy denim style: photographed by Azim Haidaryan.
Paul Robinson of Dunedin runs Rodeo Drive Southland, New Zealand. Being a cowboy is his family’s gig.
USA, Canada and Australia are riding south to New Zealand for a rodeo. In Australia’s GQ Magazine coutback fashion style takes a cowboy twist in Australia’s multicultural cosmopolitan cities. Click on pic above to see denim, country cowboy style. Mark Sainsbury and Mercury TV original reporter of Invercargill, Megan Martin reporting.
USA’s Top Ten are:
A Google, SEO listed selection.
GQ‘s Wayne Gross writes: Think Indiana Jones and Dallas, a cowboy is never complete without the perfect cowboy hat – see Akubra for one. Don’t be afraid to wear a denim shirt with denim jeans, just be sure to break up the ensemble with a classic chocolate leather belt. Don’t shy away from an expensive pair of jeans. They’ll last you longer, and certainly look the part. Boots are made for walking – and in this case complete any cowboy look. Lighter styles in shades of caramel and cream contrast well with darker denim. Hold up your denim with a good quality leather belt with an oval buckle.
If you still prefer the city or your tastes are more Brit-Brat Pack Martini Club in style. Also check out - A Fashion Retrospective – Style Tips from HRH Prince Charles. Having lived in California, cowboy culture of Cali is synonymous to tequila, margueritas and chillaxed beer with a tonne of salt and fresh lime. El Gringo Style on the Hollywood range totally… and the sweetest waitresses with chola brows and cheesy smiles, spring to mind too. Lol!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.11.12~
“The relationship between our two countries is an enduring and close one, and I look forward to developing it further.
“With President Obama‘s re-election, there will be many opportunities to enhance the relationship, which is built on shared values, and a commitment to improve the prosperity and well-being of our people through initiatives such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“I have enjoyed working with President Obama during his first term as President and welcome the opportunity to continue our strategic partnership over the coming years.”
–John Key for Aotearoa New Zealand to The Obama family & USA.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.11.12~
Paul Toohey is writing from the USA on how it’s going on the US election campaign trail. Apparently it’s all about gas and the type of tank on wheels you put it in and if it is an American-made tank for gas or not.
Or the American economy is a gas tank on wheels basically.
Here’s his words:
Mitt Romney is finding out that you should never stand between an American and his American-made car.
As President Barack Obama closes out his re-election campaign in the car towns of the US, his Republican rival is under sustained attack from the media and autoworkers for falsely claiming US car jobs are headed for China.
It’s now too late for Mr Romney to untangle himself from his comments on the car industry, which he followed with a damaging new campaign ad.
Both have cost him savage media coverage across Ohio, the swing state he most needs to win when America heads to the polls tomorrow. (more…)
Photo – Grinder Shannon Falcone was thrown through the wing sail and another crew member was thrown into the bay.–Telegraph UK.
Reuters: It was only the eighth time Oracle had taken the massive catamaran – the class of yacht to be used for the Louis Vuitton challengers regatta and America’s Cup – on to water for training since it was launched in August.
The official website said the boat was still upside down, having floated under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, with its wing (mast and rigid sail) “damaged nearly beyond recognition”.
None of the crew were hurt in the capsize, but the team were having trouble getting the catamaran back to base.
Tactician Tom Slingsby said the boat had been preparing to bear away (turn away from the wind) when it capsized stern over bow (pitchpoled). (more…)
As good as sports entertainment cross-over audience share gets, this is a real coup.
[With The Queen Bee landing prime time TV's no.1 spot for the year - in US trend terms - that means the Obamas are probably highly likely - to be set for a second term of office]. A good choice.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.10.12~
One for Team USA: Always be humble, watch your energy level consumptions to further Peace in this World. ‘Cos, at the end of the day:
Don't you eva for a second get to thinking? ... in this supply-chain known as life's noble flow...
Music: The lovely Beyonce Knowles and her bad touring technicians and that damn OTT OOC wind machine in tow, to boot. She 2 funny.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.10.12~
In Gabrielle Gardiner Angels news:
Hekia Parata News: “I absolutely am… I’m asking you to get our names right. It starts with pronouncing them correctly.”–NZ’s Minister of Education to the teachers PPTA.
Well, cue us some Aretha tracks right now, cos that was some direct coaching on acknowledging Maori & Pasifika kids total presence in New Zealand’s education system.
“Hearing from or engaging with?” is what Lady Gardiner put to the PPTA crew when communicating how she likes to be engaged with. Simon Dallow, Miriama Kamo and Daniel Faitaua have the news.
Eva Longoria News: Eva breezed into town for a publicity star appearance. She believes Obama is the right President for the US, though she wasn’t in town to yak about that. She’s strictly on a promotional excursion. Good to see her on Kiwi TV. Watch clip with Ruth Wynn-Williams.
A Maori princess and a Tex-Mex Hollywood maiden. Fabulous, forceful and no nonsense stars of the world. Good press. Surreal magical news TV.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.10.12~
Hippy mosaic lifestyles of New York’s Portia Munson and Jared Handelsman were photographed for The Big Apple’s audiences by photographer Tony Cenicola.
The artsy couple live off the land and create art from what they find on their 83 acres. Learning from nature is what they’re all about. I kinda dig that. It’s almost similar to how Kiwis roll too in New Zealand respecting nature and creating from it. It’s like… get on that train man. Enjoy the world more if near the countryside.
–Tony’s photos appear in the New York Times, Wednesday September 19th daily edition.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.9.12~
Some Entertainment news links:
‘Playbook’ Wins in Toronto–The Daily Beast
Book News: The Mystery of Mercy Close–Claire Rorke
Hockey Lockouts – NHL Locks Out Players: Bad News For NBC–FinkeHollywooodInk
DreamWorks signs output deal for U.K., Benelux –Industry Variety
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.9.12~
If you're thirsty and dry, lift your hands to the sky--Glen Foster of Phoenix Arizona song lyrics... then:
Visit New Zealand. :)
Tourism facts: Australia was currently New Zealand’s largest international visitor market with 1,175,632 visitors in the year ending July 2012.
Featured image: Waikaremoana, NZ – Te Urewera National Park: Photo: Oliver Ross.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.9.12~
So, Serena Williams can dance after a right royal tennis win at the US Open. Oh yeah!
ABC News reports via APP (yeah you know me); Serena Williams wrapped up her remarkable summer with the latest rendition of a scene that has become familiar the past few months.
—Williams jumping up and down on the tennis court with a mile-wide smile across her face. (Lol!)
—Williams picking up a big-time prize — this time, the U.S. Open trophy, which will look good somewhere near the gold medals she won at the Olympics and the silver plate she took home from Wimbledon.
Sports Video Coverage: Jenny May & Co. TVNZ
Williams dominated from the get go, before unforced errors set in. They do happen to the best champions in the world. Victoria Azarenka was every bit the no.1 ranked tennis pro taking Williams to a third set (a first in the final since 1995). (more…)
DYNAMIC, ELECTRIC: MICHELLE OBAMA’S SPEECH FOR BARACK’S ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2012 & MARGARET MUTU, HAAMI PIRIPI & DENIS WAHINI TV
The 4pm and 4.30pm news reports today with Scotty Morrison and Miriama Kamo in New Zealand showcased some important voices.
Michelle Obama’s impassioned election campaign speech as FLOTUS for Barack Obama‘s November election was dynamic, real, electric with passion, painting a portrait of a family man who stays up late at night staring into the face of statistics and reports, agonizing of how to make life better for youth and the USA’s citizens who still need adequate education and health care provision as well as the 28 million Americans still needing to create employment for themselves.
I lived in the USA. I did have my let downs with how the political system as a system was geared to benefit the bankers and an extreme minority of wealthy who juiced the system and got wealthier inflicting pain on the masses with their greed. Obama got the blame for this, yet he was appointed by his predecessors to carry the can for that rigged game. So, although I do aspects of The Romneys, I still believe the Obamas are the right people for the USA at this time. Don’t hate them, hate the system that needs to change to stop the greed and to evenly distribute wealth more to majorities way in the USA. I’m hearing that ring of truth in Mrs Obama’s tone. So I like her speech a lot. She gives the wealthy something to really think about. Like, truth! The tea party and the GOP’s grandstanding antics, gave Obama such a tough time taking over the house in DC at the 2 year-mark of his Presidency, so if the GOP are mad with anyone about the US economy today, they need to take a good hard look at themselves.
Here in New Zealand, Margaret Mutu a tribal leader of Ngati Kahu and Haami Piripi of Te Aupouri speak too for the tribal affairs. And a Kiwi soldier gets acknowledge for service in Afghanistan too. Watch the three clips in Scotty and team’s report if you’d like to.
Finally, what Barack thought of Michelle going into bat for him depicted quite an emotional Barack in dailly news. For the man who is normally quite stoical in his role as America’s 44th President of the USA, Michelle’s ability to step up at bat clearly moved him. Also see link here.
Miriama’s report also contains footage of the “spectacular show” that latest over an hour when Otautahi Christchurch experienced an intense electrical storm. Loved the purple skyline views as the backdrop of lightning striking. It’s hard to say who was more dynamic, Michelle or the natural electiricty of the storm? :)
Stunning news though, if you have an inclination to watch it.
[To the contributing journalists. Thank you for the news].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.9.12~
SPORTS SCENES: MAORI LANGUAGE AS SPORTS TEAM PSYCHOLOGY FOR DR. PHILLIPS HIGH SCHOOL PANTHERS COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS CULTURE, USA
Cool sports footage is: Dr Phillips’ Panthers American college football team getting their Te Reo Rangatira groove on (in New Zealand’s authentic language of Chiefs) while performing a team Maori haka on the football park.
Not bad at all from the USA sports arena. Go Maori culture in sports and in the USA! And go too Oralando Florida sports stars of the world. :)
Should New Zealand send more Maori Sports coaches to the USA? Most probably, yeah.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.9.12~
[Photo caption: Replace and reload, nobody does it better than coach Nick Saban. On the football field he turns water into wine--Bryan Fischer blog. Photo Matthew Emmons--US Press Wire].
It is Week 1 of College Football in the USA: What’s going on?
Press Release: “Big Ten scoreboard: Alabama 41, Michigan 14: The outcome was never in question as the defending National Champions led 31-7 at halftime. The Tide amassed 430 yards to Michigan’s 268 and Denard Robinson was just 11 of 26 with two interceptions and a touchdown.
Indiana 24, Indiana State 17: The Hoosiers won for the first time since last September, and sophomore QB Tre Roberson was 26 of 36 for 280 yards. Indiana, which allowed an average of 37 points last year, limited the Sycamores to 387 total yards.
Purdue 48, Eastern Kentucky 6: QB Caleb TerBush was suspended before the game leaving quarterback duties to Robert Marve. The 6th year quarterback threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns while the defense allowed just 190 yards.
Nebraska 49, Southern Mississippi 20: Junior Taylor Martinez threw for a career-high 348 yards and five touchdowns and the team combined for 625 yards as they downed the Golden Eagles. Senior RB Rex Burkhead left the game in the first quarter with a sprained MCL but not before he ran for 68 yards and a touchdown.
[Maori culture impacting sports in the USA: Video clip, The Trojans perform the haka at a football game] (more…)
Janet Jackson and family rocked out to Gary Indiana, to remember what would have been music star Michael Jackson‘s 54th B’day. Living in LA when MJ died was one of the surrealist moments in life. Los Angeles played his music non-stop for a week or more. It was MJ boom box car wars in drive time – where USA’s hits are decided first, nationwide and are boomed out to the world from LA.
On the sides of LA’s most prominent buildings, biz owners projected images of the late King of Pop dancing his dance moves that had changed music entertainment worldwide. Jackson had also invented music awards shows template of entertainers and also music tours technology too. He did so much.
When LA turned on an MJ show across the cityscape, in that moment, you really knew LA had a King. It was spontaneous, no one had orchestrated the show. Yet a city who entertained just knew what to do. Totally surreal. He was for the people and of the people and the people responded back that week.
At the time, MJ’s absence swung to popstar Rihanna‘s rising star. LA clubs interspersed MJ hits with Riri’s and so a foreigner of the USA’s star was sealed in Rihanna’s legacy to LA too who was also following in the footsteps of Janet. It wasn’t acknowledged by all in the USA at the time, however there was no star greater than Michael Jackson in the USA until he died. (more…)
Space NASA headlines: NASA’s Neil Armstrong has died. Of course, Hollywood reacts. And, NASA is stretching it: Curiosity photos show Mars teeming with ‘UFOs’.Vintage NASA Photos 1969: Apollo 11 crew & Chicago.
Obama-Romney news: Box Office: Anti-Obama Documentary Movie hits #4 at the movies, friday. Perhaps this shows it’s quite en vogue to be anti-leaders as inequality is so high. Leaders continue to protect a extreme minority of rich people’s interests, hence a backlash. Poor Obama. Harsh: Obama: Mitt Has ‘Extreme Positions’. Humor 1: Romney To Hometown Crowd: ‘No One Has Asked To See My Birth Certificate’. Humor 2: 70% of president’s 19 million Twitter followers fake. Well, how else do social media companies get so wealthy so quickly? Government contracts, of course.
Consumer Watch: Watch your wallet: Food prices on the rise [Video]
More USA news:
Biz: China is not the enemy of the US but a Siamese twin: Chinese companies plowing money into U.S. assets.
Basketball: UCLA wins first basketball exhibition in China
Enviro Policy Beef Ups: New York’s City Council Adds Climate Change Panels.
Hollywood News: Tony Scott Laid to Rest in Los Angeles.
Expanding actors: Stellan Skarsgard, 61, Welcomes Baby Number 8
Escape: Oregon still has water and forest everyone. Woot!
Books: Academic Battleground
Quirky Musicians News: Bjork Pussy Riot T-Shirts campaign for censored Russian teens.
Hot models NYC – Selita Ebanks
Miami Herald on Venezuela: Refinery blast kills 39 in Venezuela, dozens hurt.
Canada Watch: The Fracking Truth About Canada.
Florida Storm watch: Hurricane Isaac may buffet S. Florida
Tech Scores: Apple pockets a cool $1 billion – money for jam
Talk Show satire: VIDEO: Jon Stewart on Rick Sanchez
Football, Miami: UM football’s Mike James.
Model Citizen: Alek Wek’s Personal Journey.
How Yiddish are you? news: American Jews and Israeli Jews.
New Music Artists: VIDEO: ‘American Idol’s’ Phillip Phillips Debuts Original Song
~Photos: Matt Drudge. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.8.12~
Lisa Marie Presley is the no.1 most voted celebrity on the website today.
“Hello America!” Nice to see you reading in full force.
Lisa Marie’s family news (with video) can be read at CBSNews.
[Featured track: In The Ghetto]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.8.12~