Ask.com recommends today: Old letters & mangoes with mom. Cute.
True fact: My mom has two brothers. One is called Harold. Another is called Harry. Those names are on their New Zealand birth certificates. They were born and raised in Helensville. My grandma’s Maori sense of humor is on show in their names.
Harold can sing Elvis like pretty amazingly. His daughter is an Olympian athlete. His children are a journalist, teachers, a lawyer and a health specialist. So, here’s a song that reflects that family fun of entertainment in our whanau at family do’s.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.1.13~
Rice – Thailand is the no.1 exporter of rice in the world. China looks to buy from Vietnam next. Where does this leave Thailand?
USA’s Top Ten are:
9. Key to Obama
10. Human Rights
Images: Elvis Tee, my own. Young Elvis with homies playng football.
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Ten interesting posts:
Photo: Ruatoria, East Cape, Gisborne, North Island New Zealand – Ngati Porou Contry. Four Corners website. Elvis motif guitars, Hollywoood Blvd, California USA. Photo: My own.
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Elvis – gospel music roots – Sweet, sweet spirit - rock n’ roll music history’s original platform.
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Best video: Make your own guitar video.
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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~
New Zealand’s former SAS trooper Willie Apiata makes first post-Army appearance. Looking happy.
Audience zooms worldwide today:
By the votes:
Added: Syrians kidnapped in Beirut amid regional tensions. Human rights watch: Assad butchering Syrians: France. Children killed. Not cool. Russia opposes UN exit from Syria.
USA: Soccer: United States first win in Mexico. Political campaign ads, Espanol: Ad War Update: Dónde Está Paul Ryan. Oil spills 23 years on still killing coastal wildlife: The Hull Story: Exxon Valdez. Happy people equals a happier economy: find out how Romney lives for laughter. In drought weather, Iowa: Obama keeps it hoppy. Who is blogger Ezra Klein? Obama pips Romney in social media popularity report. Vintage ideas of America: 1936 Mercedes. Chicago News: Farmers throughout Illinois now eligible for drought aid. Aussie-USA cross: Miley‘s Fiance Weighs In On Haircut. Miami news: Newborn chicks rescued from Keys home chimney. Stocks: Walmart profits rise on stronger US sales. Chelsea Clinton‘s strange encounter with Diane Von Furstenberg. Latest: Miami Dolphins updates. One for the kids: Obama’s Landmark Immigration Decision Prompts ‘New Beginning’. Watch your water news: Study Links Plastic Chemical With Narrowed Arteries. Performance tips CNN: Focus on results, not your hours. DC humor: Thousands of Federal Retirees Get Six-Figure Pensions. Journalist pick: Christiane Amanpour. Hyspersonic aircraft needs more work. The numbers are back: worst economic recovery since depression. Ortega fashion buzz: Are Americans Too Chubby For Zara? Is Joe Biden in the right century? Eco: Chicago’s no waste ‘vertical farm’. Hot topics: Gun control.
And: Chelsea Clinton eyes politics.
My favorite NZ news source is: TVNZ. Being fair too:
New Zealand: Amazing: Pacific Ocean the focus of epic waka voyage. Monitoring: Fisherpeoples injuries. Skydiver injured. Kim Dotcom‘s FBI, privacy breach case news. Oceanic habits: NZ knocked back on ocean health index. Banks watch relevancy – the matter of rates rigging. Westpac and ANZ’s stocks were up today. Blokes home hobbies: Speed record broken in ‘kiwified’ Corvette. Upgrades: white people with farms news. Olympians news: Marc Ryan touches down in NZ. Photos: Kerikeri puts on parade for Tuke and Burling. The shock of superannuation planning. IT sales in health ‘E-prescribing’ proving effective in NZ hospitals. Beer worldwide is up. Military safety watch and NZ troops positioning in battle: NZ soldier’s death inquiry continues. Rene Ranger not guilty. Steve Kearney news: NRL: McClennan’s coaching. Benji Marshall & Tigers. Netball coaching Ruth Aitken expected to take over at Mystics. Rugby: Steve Hansen‘s team list. Read news. How tough are the Wallabies? Ted on SB-Dub. Cuisine: Maori exports. Pop watch: Kimbra to play Rhythm and Vines.
Australia: Good news. With no pretentions - The ACT’s average wage hits $83k.
Breaking - Ecuador grants asylum to Assange. And: Senate passes new processing bill–assylum seekers watch. News: U.K vs Assange. Health watch: Insiders blow whistle on aged care rorting. Cost of sprinklers could close nursing homes. Youth All Stars at sea: water activites. The sports investment debrief: Australia’s Games performance with Clarke and Dawe. Inflating power prices watch. Darwin PR: ABC gets firsthand view of NT war games. Coast with the most – video. Eco-Green companies: Manufacturing. Markets Watch: Strong profits lift share market to 15-week high. The market responds with: Australia risks no growth without productivity boost. Shocker: People smuggler given minimum sentence. Canberra’s The National Art Gallery of Australia’s important exhibition: Exhibition depicts The Spirit of the Land. ABC drops women’s soccer coverage. Comic watch: Patrick Combs vs Aussie Banks. Better student environs: UC proposes $37m student apartments.
Canada: Should Canada help with a European bailout? No. Europes billionaires should. Canada’s market up today due to miners’ takings.
Brazil: Infrastructure Brazil -Brazil unveils plan to boost road, railway investment. China eyeing Brazil bumps Brazil with move to Support Economy–WSJ. Sports: Brazil’s forwards again in Sweden win. Music News: Brazil releases Rio 2016 theme song. Brazil’s native tribes get given right of repeal for world’s 3rd largest dam. Olympics 2016 and Pele watch. Earth Watch: Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.
India: Pakistan’s impacts on India’s defence military status: Army chief Gen Bikram Singh reports. Northeast in turmoil. Sensex closes 78 points down. Live cricket updates: 3rd Test: South Africa 65/4 against England.
France: Amiens riots thrust ‘left-wing Sarkozy‘ into spotlight, Brit Humor: French Olympic ‘cheating’ claims rile British PM. Hollande under fire. France expands: France may lift work restrictions for Bulgarians, Romanians. Sports: Deschamps wants France to find ruthless streak after Uruguay draw.
Russia: Russia needs Human Rights Ombudsmen in every region – Putin. McCartney weighs in.
Saudi Arabia: UAE, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Kuwait urge Lebanon exodus.
Exotic Skiing adventures: Skiing in the Himalayas: Kashmir’s summits.
Pakistan: Many killed in Pakistan sectarian attack.
Himalayas: Upper Mustang Kingdom travel photos.
Julian Assange is Ecuador bound.–The Statesman.
[Photo pic: Elvis fans held a vigil for the 35th anniversary of the death of the star from humble gospel roots, in Memphis Tennessee at Graceland. "I never expected to be anybody important," is a quote his fans chose to remember the pioneering artist by. Photo: Mark Humphrey. AP. Source: CBC Canada].
Music Pick: Rio’s official Olympics theme song, The Gods of Olympus Visit Rio de Janeiro, makes you want to go there.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.8.12~
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As laughter is always the best medicine. Here’s to a merry heart.
The Sunday current affairs TV show, featured an interview with British comic, Lenny Henry, having a chat.
The trailblazing stand up comic, started out in stand up as a youngster on a dance floor of a ship.
37 years later and a CBE under his belt for his trouble, Henry talks of “interrupting Rolf Harris” during that long and creepy nursery rhyme performance, no one in New Zealand understood humanely, and on being a fan of Flight of The Conchords humor and live music shows too.
Cradle To Rave is Lenny’s next show, that he’s even bringing down under to Aotearoa, NZ. EventFinder shares:
“Touring to Auckland and Wellington in June 2012, Cradle to Rave is Henry’s most personal show yet, offering a hilarious and touching insight into a man to whom music matters a little too much. From growing up thinking Elvis was a relative as there were so many pictures of him in the house, to missing a cue during his acclaimed theatrical debut as Othello because he was listening to hip hop, Cradle to Rave sets Henry’s family, first loves and fame against a musical backdrop – a comic cabaret voyage through his life told via its eclectic soundtrack. (more…)
According to Washington DC, the top baby names for girls is said to be “heavily influenced by religion and reality TV” (the USA in this moment). The names are: Sophia (Lover of wisdom), Isabella (God is my oath), Emma (Universal), Olivia (Elf Army) and Ava (Like a bird).
Favorite picks for boys were: Jacob (supplanter), Mason (stone worker), Jayden (a combination of James and Aiden or supplanter/ little fire), William (strong willed warrior) and baby Noah (rest and comfort).
Unusual names making a comeback are Elijah (the Lord is my God) and Elvis (All Wise) at 904. Rocking!
[Photo: American rock royalty and pop art - Vintage Lisa Marie Presley as a baby, with her famous dad. Photo courtesy of FanPop].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.5.12~
Olaf Diegel in New Zealand is making custom guitars rock.
The Sunday Star Times’ Neil Reid notes: Olaf Diegel, a leading academic has described the process involved in producing his state-of-the-art guitars as “the next industrial revolution”. Diegel is a professor based at Massey University’s School of Engineering and Advanced Technology in Auckland City and he has produced a series of prototypes of 3D-printed electric guitars.
Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing is the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file using a printer that deposits layers of plastic or metal powder, with each layer fused by a precision laser beam.
“The whole purpose is customisation and trying to avoid waste,” Diegelmade said.
“It’s the next big thing in manufacturing, because you can create to order and modify the design to suit specific individual requirements, whether it’s for a new set of teeth, a door handle or a piece of jewellery.
“It’s the next industrial revolution and it’s going to completely change the way we do things.
“New Zealand, a country largely made up of small companies making high-value products, can benefit enormously from these technologies, as they will be able to go to market with products without the current prohibitive tooling costs that often prevent them from getting their ideas off the ground.”
The guitar’s manufacturing process is already used for high-end customised products and medical parts such as artificial hips, hearing aids and dental fittings. Diegelmade’s faculty has several desktop 3D printers, which students use for small-scale engineering prototype projects.
After completing a series of 3D guitar prototypes, Diegel has now started manufacturing them commercially.
More here. How cool is Olaf for rockers at The Staples Center’s big rock concerts?! or big kids in their garages dreaming of being a rocker? Way cool!
[Photos. Lawrence Smith. Photo of Guitars on Hollywood Boulevard, Author's own].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.4.12~
Elvis Presley‘s grandson Benjamin has been rating well the last three days. Benjamin’s currently writing songs for his debut rock album.
Here’s a pic of his famous grandad, heading into Super Bowl football weekend in the USA. Woot! It’s the big weekend. :)
Photo via UiG.
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Elvis and gospel music created by African-American people, helped forge the rock n’ roll genre of music, exported from the USA to the world. Elvis was the face that gave this unique music a marketing push into the wider world.
Here’s a look at Presley’s early beginnings, where a Memphis church first gave him a platform to be an artist of music – and he never forgot that in his concerts. Even if he didn’t sing it, he always wanted gospel music present in his mix. Elvis always acknowledged Spirit. By doing so, he united 400 years of American history together on stage. A wise man and an important artist. In this way, in concert – he showed America one aspect of who America always was.
[Visual - Pop Art - Horiwood's "Elvis Presley Google Visual Snapshot," as viewed online January 2012].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.1.12~
I know that it’s not America’s Republican political candidates job to entertain anyone outside of America, so this blog post is a bit unfair…
Yet… what ever happened to American politicians who were talented? Compare Bill Clinton for example… to this year’s Republican candidates headlines across most newspapers in the US and political blogs too. They’re a bit el snoozy, compared to Bill’s pizazz back in the day …
Watch this clip from twenty years back. Case in point.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.1.12~
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I said, “Brian Tamaki, you still have cheek bones that could cut a swathe across any red carpet in Hollywood.”
He said, “Let’s just focus on taking the [rugby] cup, aye?!.”
[Alrighty then... Here's that picture, of a Maori-Kiwi man, perhaps most misrepresented by New Zealand's media for his countless achievements in New Zealand, Australia and throughout the world. He has built community services like few New Zealand men (including some of the one's with titles of Sir etc have built) for many of his fellow (and fellowette too) Kiwis.
His sexual orientation is heterosexual... in fact, you could say that Brian is a heterosexual advocate/ activist... [and I'm comfortable with that]. One day Brian even told the nation of New Zealand that he was proudly heterosexual, in a very public way. It got Brian into a bit of trouble. Apparently! I remember the racket Brian and his lads created outside the government office window I was working in at the time, when he turned up on the nation’s capitol’s doorstep, shortly after a closeted lesbian Prime Minister (the one that was complete with fake husband beside her) had cruelly taken Ocean access rights off New Zealand’s indigenous people. She turned her back on a sector of New Zealand society and that image still needs to be unpicked with attitudes sown in New Zealand concerning it’s indigenous peoples via this one woman. That issue still needs addressing in New Zealand, also. But let’s get back to this photograph’s copy…
Although, nowhere in New Zealand law is it written that everyone has to be gay or has to be a gay activist either when in a position of leadership, Brian got worse flack then the outright thieving by a New Zealand government at the time and the blatantly arrogant and cruel human denial of Maori peoples ability to be guardians and biz entreprenuers of the Ocean’s resources THEIR ancestors discovered for ALL New Zealanders along with Mori Ori peoples. This one racist act by a government, perhaps set in motion a hate campaign against Maori and New Zealand resources like NO OTHER public display of unfairness EVER witnessed in modern New Zealand society leadership (governance and subsequent support of this under rather greedy legal jargon, on this matter]. The media have followed suit and quite frankly it is a sickness of greed that needs addressing concerning Maori peoples future and economic well being of not only inclusion but also fulfilment of aspirations and unique potential. Maori should be INCLUDED in the EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE GOVERNANCE pertaining to all things Ocean related in Aotearoa New Zealand… but let’s get back to Brian’s Kiwi story as a leader.
If Brian’s public demonstration (dubbed at the time, ’Enough is Enough’) was this man’s one ‘crime’ from being perpetually hunted by media, (politicians too!!!) and the target of a hate campaign worse than anything Brian has ever done wrong… I’m more than happy to celebrate Brian Tamaki’s many achievements as a Bishop… on this blog.
I first met Brian when I was on the Rise Up, New Zealand Tour in 1990. I was 18 years old. It was a tour that was commissioned to officially celebrate the Treaty of Waitangi’s 150th celebratory anniversary as New Zealand’s founding legal document. Brian was in Rotorua just starting his Lakewood Church.
On a cold, very frosty morning, I witnessed a man in an Intermediate School Hall who had a vision for a community of people who were not affluent, who were not powerful, but who were beautiful people. There were only 30 congregation members in his humble church that morning and there was Brian… dressed like a million bucks and he told those people that God loved them. He told them that their worth as people was over and above what the world was representing to them. He told them to dare to aim high, to dare to dream and imagine and to then stand back and see what God could do with their lives.
He also told them that one day they’d be a part of a church he’d lead that would have two thousand people in it.
As cocky and humorous as Brian was back then in that humble, cold school hall, Brian obviously didn’t aim high enough, because he now speaks to a congregation of 3,000 people each week, something that politicians couldn’t muster week by week, even if they tried. Let’s face it… that’s a fact. Yet, Brian has been lifted and elevated above the pack of average Kiwis, to be a leader who does just that. Good for him!
So in a way… Brian is a favortie hate target of a few of these ‘power’ types of people… who are quite jealous of Brian and his capable team’s achievements.
So… congratulations Bishop Tamaki for the many GOOD achievements you have achieved to date.
I can say, that in New Zealand, that New Zealand’s first Maori-Kiwi Hollywood blogger is proud of what you have achieved (the good things) in the face of intense and unrelenting opposition. For those good things… Rock on!
In the tradition of Hollywood-Kiwi quirckeness on this blog, I am aware that Brian’s years in Rotorua (historically, the Maori show biz tourism capitol of New Zealand that we horis nickname Roto-Vegas for laughs) left quite an impression on Brian Tamaki and his brothers who broke new ground as Maori Tourism operators of Excellence with their Tamaki Village model that provided a Maori experience in Rotorua to New Zealand’s many tourists.
Brian’s bros are a key part of recognizing that Maori culture is the 4th strongest reason, why people will EVER visit New Zealand in the first place (as noted from surveys). They are a very important family to New Zealand culture.
Few of us even know that people like Elvis Presley (once an American cultural treasure under his guise of ‘The King of Rock N’ Roll’) started out in life as a humble worship leader on a very humble acoustic guitar, in a church very similar to what Bishop Brian Tamaki leads today. Elvis was also famous for surrounding himself with African-American singers as a nod to the legacy of these precios peoples impact on his music and career. Like Brian Tamaki, Elvis Presley combatted racism, whenever he could. The footage of Presley worshipping (gospel styles) with these same singers, before he went on stage… is perhaps the most revealing film footage available into wear Elvis drew his spirit’s inspiration from to entertain.
One of my favorite CD’s of Elvis, is when he sings Amazing Grace on his first vinyl album of gospel songs. So…. in that tradition of MEN (regardless of race etc) who are destined to lead and have a profile for THE GOOD of others in this world… Brian gets his very own Elvis tribute today on this blog. Elvis worked in entertainment amongst MANY people who were gay… and like Brian, Elvis too just got on with his job. Presley always maintained his links with his faith – and before Elvis, there was no rock star or celebrity like him. He had to walk a road, no one had walked before.
Life is about learning, serving, leading from life experiences…. Rock on Brian Tamaki, I say! Brian descends from quite the family of leaders. In fact, he is closely related to the Maori King of New Zealand from Tainui’s tribal legacy and my own dad, tells me that at Te Awamutu High School, Brian’s Aunty Anne was the head girl of his college, when dad was in fourth form at high school. The Tamakis and leadership in New Zealand… really is a cultural institution. They’ve been around leading forever! :)
[Photograph, Elvis Jesus collection Tee Shirt. Made in China, purchased in Hollywood from the Elvis Jesus fashion label... courtesy of Horiwood.Com archives].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.7.11~
If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo Tolstoy
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.25.11~
This is my Elvis Presley ‘Made in America’ blog post for the day.
[Photograph - Exterior/ American Vintage Store, Melrose Avenue - West Hollywood]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.18.11~
A day in the life of Justin Bieber would not be too far away from this photo shoot in reality.
[Image courtesy of Vanity Fair, March 2011 issue]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.4.11~