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For Rachel Hunter, Christchurch, Japan, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Israel, Palestine.

May Peace rule in our hearts and minds on this precious earth.

Thanks Rach.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.21.11~



Fire and billows of smoke in Libya cover The New York Times front page today.

Here’s 5 things we’re reading and sharing on this Hollywood blog, 3 things from The Times and Talking Points Memo blog as well. It’s another rip roaring news week, already. Japan news continues to wow us at this nations stories of survival, resilience, strength against a back drop of the appearance of changing times in the Middle East.

1. Californians stock up in case the big one hits

2. Scott Disick tries the counter Charlie Sheen approach

3. Phillip Dawe gives a shout out to Sir Peter Jackson

4. Coupon nation – when coupons are IT’s online grower, what happened to music?

5. Tom Hardy works the Batman tee shirt. So cricket!

3 Things from TPM Blog:


ii) Boston Hospital Performs U.S.’s First Full Face Transplant

iii) Libya Releases Anthony Shadid, Three Other NYTJournalists

3 Things from The New York Times:

1. Japan Confirms High Radiation in Spinach and Milk Near Nuclear Plant

2. Warren Christopher, Former Secretary of State, Dies at 85

3. In Bahrain, a Proxy Battle Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.21.11~



Photo snapped 3 minutes ago.

True facts – smoking is bad for your health.

Nuclear reactors can cause cancer.

Dictators rob people of quality of life.

To be considerate to others is to walk in a spirit of peace.

~Posted by Horiwood by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.19.11~



Members of the Ngai Tahu Maori tribe, cloak Prince William in a korowai (cloak of Chiefs) on his visit to the people of Otautahi/ Christchurch City of Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

Prince William marveled at the strength of Canterbury region’s resilience as a community in the face of earthquake grief, devastation and loss. The Prince also sent a heartfelt message of condolences to Japan.

Today Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen all experienced unrest to varying degrees, while our eyes are fixed fast on Fukushima’s people in their moment that is like a hiroshima tragedy for this country. They’re moving on, with new skills in this all.

~Presented by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.18.11~



Bahrain: Martial Law Does Not Trump Basic Rights | Human Rights Watch

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.15.11~

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Posted by horiwood on March 16, 2011 in Bahrain, News, World News



Hollywood Oscars history – one pic. Here’s ten posts we’re sharing at this Hollywood minute. Photograph courtesy of Vanity Fair‘s archives.

1. Amber Portwood & Natalie Portman are cleaning up on Google

2. Extreme Sports humor by Rob Lowe

3. Jolene live by Keith Urban & buds of country music

4. Kiwi News Quiz – 2.17.11

5. Julia Roberts dark turn in upcoming Hollywood movies

6. Miami Dolphins fans shout out

7. Friends with Kids movie news – Megan Fox & John Hamm at work

8. Humanitarian Music – Albertine by Brooke Fraser

9. Fashion critique – Made in China – Elvis Jesus label – Part II

10. US Cougar News -Brahim Zaibat leaves Club Aura, London

As many people will be leaving Egypt, Bahrain, Libya for the USA in the weeks and months ahead, click on this Amnesty International Link this Oscars weekend, to aid their journey forward into the USA. Peace!

Some Media Outlets in the USA covering Oscars/ Oil/ Mid East news too like Horiwood.Com is are: Funny or DieGeorge’s Bottom Line (George Stephanopoulos)Read the rest of this entry »



Leza Corban is a songstress who is a master at jazz singing. She can sing anything though. Click on above pic to hear Corban sing. Leza also has worked for many other recording artists, including The Strawpeople and Debbie Harwood. Here’s a classic Kiwi lounge tune called Scared of Flying. It’s what we listen to, in our down time with gorgeous beach and rural views on weekends.

In World news via the New York Times, a big budget Hollywood movie’s wardrobe department could not have found better distressed denim jeans (made in Los Angeles) to put on Libyan rebels, photographed here rather fashionably defying Qaddafi troops at Tripolis border in this pic with rockets and guns. If you’re going to die, you may as well look good, right? This photo is a bit odd, actually. Very fashionable rebel lads, I must say.

Of course, Colonel Kadafi’s latest appearance has again, for the fourth decade running now, managed to adjust global economies and push the price of oil up. How does he manage to do that by being a grumpy grandad, presented to Western Media to explain oil price hikes. Because he’s a ‘foreign face’ in the “West’ we just excuse it as ‘crazy Middle East behavior.’ We shouldn’t, when he’s acting for others. But that has been his gig for forty years now. Pretty much.

The US is further along in the big disappearing act in Afghanistan now with troops being withdrawn more and more – while the NY Post floats the rather naive journalistic concept of the USA picking “the winners of the Mid East’s new line up.” The cheek! It was always going to be the Monarch nations who were the winners. But they do make Presidents of nations look like puppets of Monarchy, in this trade off of wealth acquisition (oil hikes) for giving their people ‘democracy’ Western style. They cheapen the political world with these antics. Gotta love the front page of The Times today. It’s a little rich. Very ‘Wall Street’ is the tone of the article who are some of the most oil addicted/ dependent people in the world (like many of us as well), with how this news effects stock market bearings and outcomes.

In particular, this is the verbage penned by Helene Cooper on the matter of whose winning via the Mid East oil/ ‘revolution’ show – “As the Obama administration grapples with a cascade of uprisings in the Middle East, it has come to a stark recognition: the region’s monarchs are likely to survive; its presidents are more likely to fall.

Helene continues – “In the rapidly changing map that stretches from Morocco to Iran, two presidents have already tumbled: Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia. Administration officials said they believe that Yemen’s authoritarian president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is in an increasingly tenuous position.

Yet in Bahrain, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has so far managed to weather a surge of unrest, winning American support, even though his security forces were brutal in their crackdown of protesters. Officials believe that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is also unlikely to be dethroned, while the emirs of the Persian Gulf have so far escaped unrest. Even in Jordan, where serious protests erupted, King Abdullah II has maneuvered deftly to stay in power, though he still has to contend with a restive Palestinian population.”

Monarchs sit pretty and all the rest is distraction, pretty much.

The US however talks imposing ‘unilateral sanctions to deter Libya’ while the other oil family, The Bushes of Texas with good Saudi ties, cancels a scheduled public appearance because ‘appearing with Julian Assange of Wikileaks together at the same venue is the reason given for the cancelled speaking gig.’ Fair enough, but Aussie’s aren’t that scary. Or are they? A Saudi student in Texas is arraigned and arrested in a bomb plot at the exact same time. Bloggers apparently love talking about this. Why, I don’t know!

The people of Bahrain want more changes. Is their internet too slow? This is ridiculous! :)

And, The Discovery space shuttle heads into Orbit for the last time. Apparently. Here’s ten posts we’re sharing as pop culture in this moment, on the build up to Helena Ataya of Aotearoa New Zealand’s centenary celebrations, right here from the City of Angels. Enjoy.

1. The Ali Tin tote – don’t leave home for the office without it

2. Inspiring kids – Why we should sing

3. Vintage Oscars – Cary Grant & friends 1958

4. Natalie Portman for Christian Dior 2010

5. Observing the Egypt Crises – Switching out billionaire spokespeople

6. Born to be Somebody - Dianne Warren songwrites for baby Elvis

7. Helena Ataya turns 100 very soon

8. Leonardo DiCaprio on being stalked

9. Donald Trump does publicity for Jennifer Hudson

10. Don’t Call Me Fat - Bahamas tweeting with Miley Cyrus

Bonus PostRed Carpet Paparazzi – 30 Seconds to Mars R US

Texas was doing a lot today with Saudi, Wikileaks distancing and Space Shuttle launches. Wowsa!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.25.11~



For many new people arriving in the USA from Egypt, Libya, Bahrain in the upcoming months, as someone who moved from another country five years ago – know that often everything you are, do, create, share or have culturally within, will be viewed as a scientific experiment when you move to the US. You will perpetually be judged. Be prepared for that feeling, never to go away, the whole time you are here. Remember that most people judging you, have never travelled or been as brave as you have by living in a culture they weren’t born into like you have. So take their criticisms with a grain of salt on your brave journey forward, as well as seeing all comments as constructive criticism too. For what purpose? only you will know that if you find these new comments useful.

I don’t think anything prepares people outside the US for the degree that America is a consumer nation. Also a nation that can be voyeuristic too, watching on average per US citizen, 34 hours of TV a week (2010 survey results). The US thrives on consuming exotic culture and hand picking the parts of your culture most useful.

You’ll get used to it. But yeah, it does make you feel like a lab hamster at times.

Here’s that word again, EXPERIMENT. If you’re one of these people who are a new arrival from the Mid East into America to aid you on your settling in process into US community life. Via Dictionary Reference.Com Experiment means:

ex·per·i·ment - 1.a test, trial, or tentative procedure; an act or operation for the purpose of discovering something unknown or of testing a principle, supposition, etc: a chemical experiment, a teaching experiment, an experiment in living. 2. the conducting of such operations; experimentation: a product that is the result of long experiment.
3. Obsolete. Experience.-verb (used without subject)
4. To try or test, especially in order to discover or prove something: to experiement with a new procedure.
Maybe at the five year mark, you will no longer feel like an experiment, but a local. Keep going, at some point you’ll get used to it. Welcome to the USA.
Oh… and DEFINITELY start a BLOG! Especially if you choose to live in California and Hollywood. The most loved American residents of all, are those who entertain. A blog is a way you can, by sharing culture with others, either US pop culture, and/ or your own to add to the mix. Leap in! Kara whiua! (Go for it!!!)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.24.11~


Freedom IXX

And a youth said, “Speak to us of Friendship.”

Your friend is your needs answered.

He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

And he is your board and your fireside.

For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”

And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;

For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;

For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.

If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.

For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?

Seek him always with hours to live.

For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

[Poetry of Khalil Gibran of Lebanon from his body of work].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.21.11~



No. The above picture is not of a Tupac video of California. The front page of the New York Times depicts “tear gas and bullets being fired by troops” on the people of Bahrain. What is the world coming to?

The AP via News 24, gives us this report – “Manama – Soldiers fired teargas and shot heavy weapons into the air on Friday as thousands of protest marchers defied a government ban and streamed toward the landmark square that has been the symbolic centre of the uprising against the Gulf nation’s leaders.

Hospital officials said at least 20 people were injured, some seriously. Ambulance sirens were heard throughout central Manama a day after riot police swept through the protest encampment in Pearl Square, killing at least five people and injuring more than 230.

An Associated Press cameraman saw army units shooting anti-aircraft weapons above the protesters in apparent warning shots and attempts to drive them back from security cordons about 200m from the square.

The clash came just hours after funeral mourners and worshippers at Friday prayers called for the toppling of the Western-allied monarchy in the tiny island nation, which is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.

The cries against King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and his inner circle reflect an important escalation of the political uprising, which began with calls to weaken the Sunni monarchy’s power and address claims of discrimination against the Shi’ite majority in the tiny island nation.  Read the rest of this entry »