A few topics we’re reading:
8. 3:16 Jets
10. Jacob Oram
Selection: google pages 7 & 8. SEO online. Photo: Beaver – Zimbio.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.12.12~
A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.
– Edgar Watson Howe
People we’re reading online are:
Gratitude: Appreciating the comedians who take the hits as artists, so that other people can breathe better. (An art beyond belief. Thank you).
[Photo: Snapshot in time: Google Images - "Hosea Gear" star template photos, October 23rd 2012].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.10.12~
It is hard to believe next week marks the year anniversary that the New Zealand All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup.
It was a highlight of the year. Few knew how the winning points would be scored (how would you know right?), and it took Stephen Donald who was a last minute recall, into the injured All Blacks side, to do the business.
He went from zero to hero in a moment that was like being selected from a bazar to do the job. The converted drop kick is the stuff school boys dreams of growing up in New Zealand are made of. Most Kiwi lads dream of playing rugby for the lads who wear NZ’s black jersey. Donald’s drop kick goal against France a moment of Kiwi rugby magic. He was the run on, dream maker – like an unlikely angel from the outfield.
It was a very surreal moment, realized from a team blessed with a golden rugby star touch: The Web Ellis Cup. The following year, they would cover and divert attention away from a multitude of political fumbles in the aftermath of torrid GFC economic years in New Zealand, with their star power the nation’s up factor. (But let’s not focus on that, this is a footie story).
Anyway, let’s take a look at Mr Donald then again, and what he has to say. Go here to support the journalist’s Jared Savage‘s sponsor and the article in full:
Your hometown is an important place. New Zealand hometowns are always about grass-roots, close community ties. It’s about the hood. Recent rugby world cup champion of the world, Stephen Donald (aka Beaver) returned to his hometown of Waiuku, to give his peeps a thank you and a big shout out.
[Photo caption - Stephen Donald and his World Cup winner's medal with Beaver fans (from left) Emma Bennett, Clare Garvey, Sam Campbell and Hannah Bennett at the Waiuku Rugby Club yesterday. Photo via Steven McNicoll for NZH].
The newspapers selling out at six stores before obtaining one at the 7th, reminded me of the fact, that New Zealand won the William Web Ellis Cup 2011.
Prop, Tony Woodcock scored a try for the All Blacks. Fourth-string flyhalf, Stephen Donald kicked a penalty goal, giving New Zealand’s rugby football team the leading edge at 8 against France’s close 7.
The Washington Post reports, “The All Blacks survived the last in a string of flyhalf injuries and beat France 8-7 in a gripping final Sunday to become the third two-time champion.” More here.
Photos WashPo and New Zealand Herald. The country is deliriously McFabbo-ed today and the French are understandably, a little sore.
My text was “Woot! We won. XXX.”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.10.11~
‘Our feet are definitely on the ground’–Ali Williams
“We know we’re in a World Cup final and we’re all pumped and excited about it but we’re just going to cruise through the week and build as we go.”–Stephen Donald
“Just chilling out”–Kieran Reed
~AB’s press conference, heading into World Cup final 2011. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.10.11~
Rugby football players going global via the USA with a Universal-Comcast & Rugby World Cup 2011 sporting tie up for USA broadcast of the sport, is all the rage at the moment. For an example of what I’m talking about, check out Stephen Donald’s sports profile on ESPN SCRUM. Very cool! Stephen lives in the same city of Papakura as Horiwood’s sister does and he proudly plays for the All Blacks rugby football team.
[Photograph of Stephen Donald doubling up for The Barbarians Football side courtesy of Zimbio]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.14.11~
No. These two are not discussing the latest funnies on the ICanHasCheeseburger Blog! This is an official ambassador visit photo. Prince Harry shares a smile with German actress Sophia Thomalla at the charity gala ‘Ein Herz fuer Kinder’ in Berlin, Germany. Amongst chatting up hot blondes, Harry was on his first official visit to Germany where The Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial was a place where the Prince laid a wreath on a restored section of Berlin’s former East-West border, including the Wall and the area behind it known as the ‘death strip’ where many died trying to escape back in the day before U2 sung and the wall came tumbling down. In hot Kiwi news, rugby football stars, Andrew Ellis says he’s heading to Aussie for Christmas holidays; Kieran Reed is looking forward to becoming a new dad real soon, and Stephen Donald says “Mate. The Coromandel is the only place to be this Christmas.”
Today we hit 2.8 million on ze blog. Japan and Iran both got hit by massive earthquakes. Let’s be mindful of Iran and Japan today. Sudan could have 2.8 million people displaced real soon. Christmas carols from West Hollywood beat all other news. We are Grinch free on this blog. And I still think these bloggers are all better than this blog, they just need to get a bit more fun, so let’s share the love with them too: Al Jazeera; AOL News; Associated Press; BBC; Bloomberg; Boston Globe; C-SPAN; CBS; Chicago Sun-Times; Chicago Tribune; Forbes; Fortune; Fox News; Financial Times; Globe and Mail; GlobalPost.com; GlobalVoices; NPR; Newsweek; People; Politico; ProPublica; Radar; Reuters; Rolling Stone; The Root; Salon; San Francisco Chronicle; Slate. See what I mean? So much work goes into news websites sharing info daily, yet only Julian Assange makes a Time Magazine cover. Go figure.
Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news posts voted by you the people, statewide, nationwide and worldwide here in Hollywood, California. Here’s the most voted posts to share this festive season. Thanks people. We look like this today:
1. Christmas Carols from West Hollywood -Part 1: Shout to the Lord
Bonus Post: Aussie angel Miranda Kerr for U.K readers
Bonus Post: Rihanna‘s kind words to bloggers are charming
Bonus Post: Hugh Jackman on wearing Aussie speedos
Bonus Post: Retro Gaga: Lady Gaga News still rates – 4.23.09
Bonus Post: Armani for Gaga: Fashion sketches 2010
Bonus Post: Bradley James visits Queenstown with family
More worthy and harworking bloggers to appreciate: BuzzFeed; Peek (Alternet); Political Animal; Political Capital (CNBC); Political Wire; The Hill; Independent; KCRW’s Left, Right and Center; Los Angeles Times; McClatchy; Oxdown Gazette; Pandagon; ABC; Couragetolovetheblog.com; Youth Radio; Altercation (Media Matters); Americablog; Andrew Sullivan; BAGnewsNotes; Bloggingheads; Boing Boing.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.21.10~