Thought for today – Libyan people need a new sound to celebrate, not just the sound of corporate gunfire.
This morning, Moammar Gaddafi, Libya’s former leader was killed. New Zealand TV coverage focused on British reporter Caroline Hawley‘s news coverage. Later in the day Gabriel Gatehouse of the UK too & ABC’s Christiane Amanpour‘s brutal and bloodied coverage of Gaddafi’s death filled our TV news bulletins.
A Kiwi news reporters accent was not heard for the NZ audience, like it is from Afghanistan at times via Al Jazeera news sources.
Christine Hawley’s reporting focused on Gaddafi’s early beginnings. The Lockerbie disaster, made Gaddafi a figure the West loathed, when I was a child. Hawley’s reporting put a focus on how Gaddafi was courted by Tony Blair of the UK and also the US as a leader once oil was discovered in Libya.
Positioning his government to look like a democratically run parliament, Gaddafi’s claim to fame as a leader was “the people governed Libya” and he was a steward of their wishes. However, he was a dictator. The parliament he established was a faux democracy display. In the end he was a man who was surrounded. When the US, 12 trillion in debt to China, could not be percieved to launch war on Gaddafi’s dictatorship falling apart at the gold stock-piled seams (after guns from Russia and the US were supplied to Libyan rebels), the UK and France led an attack on Gaddafi’s military regime. The US were positioned as a thrid party in supporting the rebels to overthrow Gaddafi’s forces. (more…)
Last week I read that a Russian resident of Parnell, bought a piece of New Zealand’s thermal water resort properties.
Here’s that story by Bevan Hurley: ”A Russian entrepreneur with a passion for rugby has bought an Eden Park
corporate box for the Rugby World Cup – and may bring friend Vladimir Putin out
to watch a game.
It is all part of a quiet Russian revolution that is taking place north of
Businessman Mikhail Khimich has purchased Waiwera Water and Thermal Resort
and is investing millions in an attempt to turn the company into the top premium
brand water in the world.
The 136-year-old company has launched a major rebranding campaign – Live Up
To Legend – with a focus on its Kiwi heritage.
They are enlisting All Black greats Fred Allen and Michael Jones, and Team NZ
stars Dean Barker and Grant Dalton to help sell the concept to the world.
Exposure during the Rugby World Cup – where the company has bought a
corporate box for the semifinals and finals – is part of the international push.
Corporate boxes were going for nearly $500,000 for the full tournament
Waiwera Water Thermal Resort general manager Dixon McIvor pointed out that
Khimich was also ploughing his roubles into grassroots rugby at Mount Albert
Grammar School and the North Harbour Silverdale rugby club.
The rest can be sourced, here.
Being a descendant of Ngati Whatua iwi and early NZ settler Robert Graham as well (an original owner of Waiwera), I am really trying to be happy for the guy. Lucky fellah!
Mikhail Khimich made his fortune in oil, minerals and trading in that kind of business before coming to New Zealand.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.8.11~
She is – Danielle Hayes of Kawerau, New Zealand. Otherwise known as the reignign winner of New Zealand’s Next Top Model reality TV show.
13 hours ago, Danni tweeted,
At the moment Danielle is spotlighting Bryce Johnson‘s photographic work. Here’s a profile via his Club of The Waves fan club.
Bryce Johnson is a photographer whose style is artfully simple, yet boasts bold, dynamic colors and intriguing scenes.
Johnson grew up on Kauai and spent his youth surfing and drumming in local bands. After high school, he bounced from Bible College in Australia to music school in Los Angeles, then moved back to Kauai to surf and live the dream. In 2007, he moved to San Diego “on a whim” to peruse a degree in photography. He interned at SURFER Magazine in 2010 and currently works for a commercial and editorial photographer where he’s refining his studio skills.
I’m really into negative space in my photographs and just letting the image breathe. I like capturing the moments inbetween the action. The ocean is always at the core of my photography. The constantly changing colors and conditions always inspire me.
The good thing about being a blogger, is that other bloggers, whose world you know nada (Espanol for al zippo) about link to your blog–and teach you something.
For example some blogger with a teen persona named “Au-Yeung” just linked to Horiwood.Com. Already people are reading a Horiwood.Com post about Lucy Liu written and posted on February 21st 2009, shortly after I first started blogging and Rihanna‘s nasty black eye was THE topic of conversation in Young Hollywood that rocked the world of entertainment.
Au-Yeung’s post is this picture about Hengdian World Studios. Believe it or not, we rave on about Hollywood studios here in L.A but this pic features the film studio that China describes as being the largest in the world that was founded by a farmer turned millionaire Xu W sometimes called “Chinawood.” Now that was one farmer who upgraded his golden crops smartly.
The Standard Hong Kong sheds light on Chinawood’s founding once-poor farmer, noting: “Behind Hengdian’s rise is Xu Wenrong, a fiery 72-year-old multimillionaire who made a fortune manufacturing textiles, electronics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Since building his first set there a decade ago for a director-friend making a film about the opium wars, Xu has plowed millions of dollars from his Hengdian Group empire to remake this farming enclave into “Chinawood.”
Xu said he picked Hengdian because it was his hometown.From a single lot, Hengdian World Studios has spread to a 25-square-kilometer area, almost twice the size of Beverly Hills. The local government has given him permission to expand tenfold. Now, Xu speaks with the arrogance of a Hollywood mogul. (<– Hey, cut it out! Hollywood moguls are becoming more gracious!)”Beijing can’t compete with me,” said Xu, who was himself a poor farmer.
He scoffed at Beijing’s chronic water shortage. “And who can afford Shanghai?” he asked.”
Alright, perhaps China does need to click on this PURE WATER post to be humanely royal too then to the good people of Beijing with water flow and power flows in the right and more humane directions. I do love this story about Chinawood. Very cool via Hong Kong.
Apparently, Xu envisions his studio as a one-stop filming center. ”Our slogan is, `You come here with a script and leave with a finished story,”‘ he said. Hengdian Group has already teamed up with Warner Brothers and another local company to create Warner China Films HG, which will produce Chinese- language movies for the big screen and television.” There’s no stopping Warner Bros. expansion worldwide. What a good tie in. That slogan does need rewriting though. It’s like doh! Of course scripts should become finished stories–you’re a film studio! Blimey!
What a nice Christmas gift. New news about other places, locations and people in the world who entertain with the medium of film and cinema all year round like bloggers do too sharing their news and images in Hollywood. Thanks Au-Yeung.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.25.10~
True fact: Kim Kardashian is a lot smarter than many A-Listed film actors. A studio doesn’t control her. She’s no one’s puppet and is in charge of her own brand. As we know, she’s a reality TV star. She’s just released her own credit card –namely for her kid fans. She’s on fire. Already she’s under fire though, by the haters who aren’t moguls like Kim is.
Here’s that sentiment today: Celent analyst Zilvinas Bareisis tells American Banker: “I am baffled — this card doesn’t seem to make sense at all, it appears to be targeted at teenagers, yet with ridiculous fees. If there is such a thing as a luxury prepaid market, then it’s not going to be the teens.”
Kardashian’s credit card pricing plan is listed as follows by Biz Insider: