Category Archives: Cowboy Culture


Grit, sweat and danger and the three components needed to get your cowboy factor on at the Texas Rodeo that will draw two million people very soon.

Even a kangaroo will be at Houston this year as a draw. That’s odd for Texas. The Aussie alligator of the Southland outbacks got bumped for a roo? Wow. A wine garden as a draw may bring some Aussie cowgirls and cowboys up this year.

Full story at Wall Street Journal.

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



Growing up playing rugby football, I never thought I’d see the day where somehow I’d get to blog in Hollywood (woot!) about rugby football coaching legend Graeme Henry hanging out at a cricket match with The Gladiator/ Robin Hood Oscar winner guy (Russell Crowe). Yet today is that surreal collision of Kiwi childhood dreams converging into this one photograph by Mark Mitchell. For more photos of Russell, Graeme and friends, go here to view these lads in action for Charity cricket for Christchurch City’s rebuilding effort post the quake in Wellywood. A nice gesture.

Graeme Henry is the current coach of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, a football team most people in the world have heard of and like. Graeme’s always as laid back as a Tararua cheese TVC. He’s a dude.

Voted in Hollywood today, here’s our top ten trending celebrity, entertainment and news posts on a day where we are all conscious of earthquake survivors in Japan, Christchurch and Tsunami survivors too. Peace!

1. 80′s music commentary – Herbs with Maori anthem of Nuclear Waste wisdom

2. Fukushima Iwaki Japan vacate 170,000 people in nucler meltdown precaution

3. Amber Rose before the storm

4. Tsunami & Quake Watch – Japan in 3 pics – 3.11.11

5. No waste – fashion recycling keeps it real – Michelle Obama is measured

6. The Bush family have a budding writer via Christchurch

7. Hollywood Vegas cellulite bikini confessions by Holly Madison & Kim Kardashian

8. Virginia bootleggers movies are a new theme in Hollywood reflecting the times

9. Friday by unknown artist Rebecca Black

10. Best Sports People of 2010 – Social Media votes via Twitter results

Writes Reuters of this Satellite image of Japan post the quake and tsunami – This one-meter resolution satellite image of Fukushima Daiichii Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, right, was taken one day after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Oshika Peninsula on March 11, 2011. According to news reports, this is the largest earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history. Analysts believe the powerful earthquake moved Japan’s main island eight feet, shifted the Earth on its axis four inches and unleashed a devastating tsunami. The image shows extensive destruction to buildings, vehicles and infrastructure. Entire regions have been flooded, swept away or reduced to ruin. The image was taken by GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite at 10:36 a.m. (local time) on March 12, 2011 from 423 miles in space. The image on the left is a satellite images of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant taken by the GeoEye-1 satellite on November 15, 2009. - Washington Post for REUTERS.

People on a rooftop await rescue in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture -Reuters

Cricket spectators support Christchurch’s earthquake relief fund by attending a charity cricket match in the nation’s capitol. That’s the humanitarian spirit! LOVING IT!!! Go Kiwis. Pic via NZH.

With 10,000 people missing in Japan’s hour of need, we can help by acting with faith and hope. Go here to make a difference if you’d like to. :)

Music today – Commonwealth Anthems from Kiwiland, backstage with Crowded House performing at Live Earth Day Australia. There’s a new star on our watch older than us all…. it’s the Earth. The more aware of the earth we are, the better we will all be. This rousing performance reminds us of that. Much love from the City of Angels today. Kia ora Russell and Graeme! Mauri ‘Ola…. Life to US!

USA Media outlets raising awareness about the people of Japan too in this moment our earth’s watch are: AmericablogAndrew SullivanBAGnewsNotesBloggingheadsBoing BoingBrave New FilmsBuzzFeedPeek (Alternet)Political AnimalPolitical Capital (CNBC)Political WireRaw StoryRedstate.orgSeeing The ForestThe Swamp (Chicago Tribune)Swampland (Time)TalkLeftTalking Points MemoTapped (American Prospect)Taylor MarshThat Minority ThingTruthdigThink ProgressThis Modern WorldWashington Whispers (US News & World Report)WonketteThe Young TurksRoger E. HernándezChristopher HitchensRich LowryDick MeyerJohn NicholsJack ShaferRobert ScheerLynn SweetBrian TillGeorge WillMichael WolffPBS NewsHour. Nice one!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.13.11~



Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus news: In Hollywood, if you shine, you will get torn down. If you have a villain, they play the enemy while the public play your supporters. This tactic was key in creating Angelina Jolie into an American megastar. Jon Voight her dad, was her first villain, then she followed this up with Billy Bob Thornton playing her villain husband too. As therapy, she played Jennifer Aniston‘s villain, but ultimately Jon Voight playing Jolie’s villain got her off to a good start.

From the pages of Hollywood 2nd generation star guide to megastardom then, Billy Ray Cyrus plays Miley Cyrus‘ villain dad, claiming that Disney destroyed their family. While Star Magazine parrot this tabloid dirt. Us Weekly recycle Star’s idea running with a “Destroyed by Daddy” line. It’s very Mommy Dearest, with a gender reversal. A mother of a family, is sort of who earns the most for the family. In the Cyrus clan, Miley is like a mother, while also having a very sweet mom as well.

Let’s see how this angle goes for the Cyrus whanau (family). I like them. They are good people. Extremely sweet, with thick, weathered cowboy-cultured show biz skin. A winning combo.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.1.11~



Guest Commentary Via Austin 360.Com shows how the State of Texas, have all of their Oscars hopes pinned on the Coen Brothers who keep delivery Oscars worthy films with Texas as a cinematic backdrop.

Here’s some pre-Oscars commentary then written by journalist Matthew Odam: “Maybe a little bit of that Texas magic has rubbed off on filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.

The last time the brothers took a movie they shot in Texas to the Academy Awards (2007′s “No Country for Old Men”), they walked home with arms full of Oscars.

The Coens return to the star-studded festivities tonight with “True Grit,” nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including nods for best picture, director, actor and supporting actress. The film trails only the 12 nominations for “The King’s Speech.”

Parts of the movie, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, were shot in Granger, Austin and Blanco last spring.

The brothers, who also serve as producers on their films, say they chose Texas for the terrain and congenial atmosphere for production talent as well as its tax incentives — which are under attack in the current legislative session.

Known for movies such as “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” the Coens were first drawn to Austin to film their debut feature, “Blood Simple,” after Joel Coen’s one-semester graduate school stint at the University of Texas, where he studied film.”

Nice one guys! Good Luck for Tomorrow!

[Photograph courtesy of Sight & Sound]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.26.11~



I’m a big Gloriana fan. Whose not a little Wild at Heart? In looking at the news, many people are at the minute. Here’s Gloriana’s country music sound with ten popular pop culture posts of Hollywood celebrity news – we’re sharing via social media in this moment.

1. Hugh Jackman on being a bit Aussie

2. Jolene live by Norah Jones, John Mayer and Keith Urban

3. Seth Rogen talks country stars at The Grammys for renewed movie heat

4. Eva Longoria‘s tortilla soup recipe is a hit in Hollywood

5. Nicole Kidman holds her own in Hollywood each year

6. Britney Spears & Sons – are Louisiana cute

7. Jake Gyllenhaal & Jennifer Aniston have dinner

8. Rossmore are a Caliornia band of wild dads

9. Cowboy culture looms large on the big screen in Hollywood

10. Asher Quinn is a Milky Bar cowboy kid

Some Entertainment Blogs who may cover country music’s brightest stars too are NewsweekPeoplePoliticoRead the rest of this entry »



Growing up in New Zealand, I worked on a dairy farm with my dad each day. It was a sunup til sundown existence in my teens with basketball and friday nights in town and rugby football at school. The weird thing about being a country-raised Kiwi kid was that your life was shaped by two realities. The key factors were the weather variables of each season, as well as, market forces of the global economy.

Maybe I’m a little sentimental, because I found this story about New Zealand farmers and their families getting a good pay check this year, to be Hollywood news worthy here in the USA.

“There has been a fundamental change in supply and demand for food internationally which has pushed prices to their current levels,” says Andrew Ferrier, dairy giant company, Fonterra’s, Chief Executive.

What this means for New Zealanders is that exports are up, where as imported food produce is a little steep. The leveler, is that the price of milk has remained the same. New Zealand has the best dairy produce on the planet. I kid you not.

Go Kiwi famers towards a good year.

Although we never get your delicious milk in our Starbucks lattes here in the US, that’s some good news for New Zealand’s rugby football obsessed farming communities and families.

Good country folk set to have a good year this year. Good news!

Believe it or not, country life, is a topic that is indie filmmaker worthy, as in this film clip of Danielle Cormack and Star Trek/ Judge Dredd’s Karl Urban starring in the film The Price of Milk. The film was a little weird, but we liked it in New Zealand.

[Pic of Andrew Ferrier, CEO of Fonterra courtesy of Life Magazine Online]

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



The people of Wisconsin are a little peeved today. Public demonstrations due to budget cuts reactions. And in ‘public demonstration news’ an enactment today features an actor playing Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederacy – a divisive moment in US history 150 years ago. A famous quote of Jefferson Davis is:

“[Our situation] illustrates the American idea that governments rest on the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish them whenever they become destructive of the ends for which they were established.”
Jefferson Davis quote

Cowboy Western culture is also kind of trending in entertainment costumery in the USA today. We only need to look at a pop star like Lady Gaga to see that dress up is a favorite American thing to do. What else can we say about that trend? She’s got every day of the week covered. Or, you can just wear a cowboy hat for low maintenance American costume culture purposes too.

Wisconsin is ‘ground zero’ for battle over unions

China expected to import more grain to U.S.

Oil companies say they’re ready for new spills

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.17.11~

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Posted by horiwood on February 18, 2011 in America, Cowboy Culture, Jefferson Davis, Trends, Westerns





Posted by horiwood on February 16, 2011 in Country Music, Cowboy Culture, Keith Urban



What Aussie girls are buying in the droves on long weekends in the Melrose Fashion District of Hollywood — the James Dean handbag.

Too funny!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.15.11~



Your beauty is beyond compare
With flaming locks of auburn hair
With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green
Your smile is like a breath of spring
Your voice is soft like summer rain
And I cannot compete with you, jolene

He talks about you in his sleep
There’s nothing I can do to keep
From crying when he calls your name, jolene

More lyrics:

Norah Jones, Keith Urban and John Mayer sing the classic poetic Dolly Parton country hit, Jolene at Grammys 2011 last night here from LA. A good .

[Photograph via Horiwood.Com's archives]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.14.11~



As I blog today in Hollywood as a Maori Kiwi farmer’s raised country kid son, there’s a lot going on to deal with. Nothing is as simple as those country days, in a Cosmopolitan City like Los Angeles.

I get texts on my phone asking for a meeting with a Romanian-American kid whose discovered paranormal activity in Laurel Canyon, beneath the house with a pyramid on top of it, currently on the market for 3.5 million, “why wouldn’t Tom Cruise buy it?’ is the gist of texting. Why I would even go, I don’t know?

I know that the founding Native American Indian tribes of California used to meet in the Laurel Canyon area each year, seasonally and theater would occur between the convergence of tribes there – where they would reenact a year’s worth of tribal stories for each other as tribes, in shared song and dance narratives.

Hollywood in a way, is an evolution, of this tradition, but technology (cinema, film, media, mobile telephony) is the preferred medium to convey this tradition in the world now from California. As I’ve already told this kid that, I don’t feel like going.

There’s always going to be paranormal activity in the Canyon, until Native American Indians are invited back to do what they always did on Hollywood Hills and Canyon landscapes, as people. It’s just what they do and should be allowed to do as a sign of genuine belief in the origins of freedom of expression of America’s founding fathers, mothers and their children. That’s where the concept of American family begins as a narrative in the USA, in a celebrated and ongoing healing process that should be honored and respected too for all of America with Native American Indians being a vital part of that.

I had suggested to the kid to meet with Indian tribes himself if he was so concerned about the increase of paranormal activity in Hollywod, to see if there was any interest in that and to meet with the Mayor of L.A too to get it going on. He had looked at me like I was a total spinner, (I have the same thought each day too at times, so that’s quite okay) but it’s certainly much better than entertaining ghosts in the canyon, I think. Far smarter.

Pyramid worship here of the rich and famous and Free Mason society types aside here, I think Indians have their place in Hollywood as people on this landscape that should be honored and respected as honoring the roots of a nation’s peace and human rights record and pathway forward. So that’s the end of the texting saga as I turn my phone off. Peace is the greatest gift of all in California. Least we get confused at to what robs America’s peace, we need to learn to turn our phones off sometimes to have it.

Beside me to the right, the blonde girl in the cowboy tartan red and black cowboy, all wool shirt (too hot for California actually), cut off denim shorts and black fishnet stockings talks the need of “boundary setting with her new boyfriend” to her ‘Personal Gay’ friend. He just nods at everything she says, like he’s a tamed poodle or something. What’s up with that brainless trend?

A Mexican Aztec fashion designer, with sharp cheekbones talks to investors in the cafe today about how far $100,000 investments could go, and where that would take them. He’s 50 with little Richard eyeliner Aztec eyes. A fierce statement in today’s Hollywood. He’s not big on ‘speaking the English,’ he’s like “You give me $100,000 and this is what you get for that.” Yet there’s no denying that he knows his stuff in the new wave of the fashion apparel business in California. He’s a modern merchant of Cali’s fashion world as perhaps best denoted by his leopard, tiger markings-fused silk printed gypsy-esque scarf worn over his Aztec Indian jewelry. The look in his eye, tells his investors, that he’s fearlessly forging ways forward in the current economy. Good for him! A discerning confident spirit.

He wears an old school biker leather jacket with the words L.O.S A.N.G.E.L.E.S in white leather down each black sleeve and plenty of jean jewelry chain accessories.

Beside and opposite me, Mandel an Orthodox brother studies up on the Torah on his laptop and my African-American brother, Jey Lawrence sits too. Jey’s dad researched in the Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn Hollywood-popular era of the 70′s, Jey’s family history. He mapped his families tribe back to the Southern Nile of Egypt, hence Jeys Egyptian key, eye, double spears, skin-shield tattoos. He is very Barack Obama-esque today (the contemporary inked version) and watches college football keeping up with the next generation of sporting talent. Of course being in Hollywood weird things happen all the time in good ways. My last Hollywood post was about the Key of Ramses II fused with the prophet Isaiah’s words. Then Jey sits right next to me, with a version of Ramses tattooed on his arm. His version does look like Obama’s face a bit, and we laugh about that, because it’s true.

In addition, Jey tells me that the Maori haka is a big trend in college football. Where football teams perform the haka (Maori war dance) before their football matches. What is even more awesome though is when the crowd of spectators respond and do it too. Jay says American footballers love Maori culture because it is an expression of warrior-hood and tribalness that defines community, that football represents here at community level. The Maori haka resonates with America’s belief of strong warrior communities.

I can’t argue with that. Maori culture and tino rangatiratanga (the spirit essence of the culture) is all about that. It does think of protecting everyone, and ensuring everyone remains strong warriors in community. The haka is a visual expression of this aesthetic in effect. The haka – when performed properly, is always spiritual. Jey loves it.

Jey has moved from personal fitness training to now doing hair. He says it’s way easier to manage. We talk the concept of ‘hair lockers.’ Where Jey points out the beautiful twenty-something blonde girls in the cafe and says most of these girls have weaves, or hair tracks on their scalps. I’m so dumb, I’m like “no way!”. He’s like, “yes, they all do. California is hair capitol of America.” When they get their hair done, their old hair they take off their heads and they save it. Hence all these girls have what is called a hair locker in their bedrooms at home.

I say, well, Hollywood American girls are sort of like Native American Indians, collecting hair in that scalping tradition way then. Jey says, “not a good example. But yes. You’re right. Half of Hollywood is like that.” We laugh. Servite Football team of California are Jey’s favorite college football team’s fans, he says do the Maori haka the fiercest. They’re also big on Scottish music too. Must check them out. Jey reminds me of my brother-in-laws Lou, once bro-in-law Matthew, Richard and Eddie who all play touch rugby football. Some internationally too. Jey most looks very similar to brotha Eddie who is half Maori of the Tainui Maori tribe and half Tongan of the South Pacific.

‘Don’t be a stranger,’ Jey says off to his next appointment. Dude is so Warren Beatty of Shampoo movie days in 1975 Oscar winning history, minus the attitude. We had a good conversation today, with his permission to share it with you. Yes, feel privileged.

On any given day you blog in a cafe in Los Angeles, such things go on all around you in the real Hollywood.

I love it.

Today Malia gets top billing (pictured above), with her Maori koru design aesthetic from Aotearoa-New Zealand etched into her Young Hollywood scalp. She’s all fierce, smart, beautiful like a skinnier version of Missy Elliott, the rapper; having biz meetings with a blonde guy from the U.K with a Cockney accent whose convincing Malia to sign with him as her photographer/ manager.

She is beautiful, confident, quietly resolute. As I ask to share her winning look back to the good people of Aotearoa-New Zealand where her I.D is inspired from, (and with you all) she smiles big, turns side on and says “Wurq it Mah-ree peoples of New Zeeeeeland.”

Like that. Let’s go America! :)

As a New Zealander, I am that American footballers and supporters do the Maori-Kiwi haka of New Zealand. Just get on a plane every now and again and head down to NZ to see it performed live every now and again, for reals from the source of culture, okay? :)

What a fun day. I feel like I hung out at Hollywood’s version of The White House – Hollywood coffee bar today. Thankfully Aotearoa, New Zealand is so in that picture too. Fun.

[Gosh, that was perhaps the longest blog post header written ever!]

Music today is laid back mellow, as I think about Hawaiian sun, South Pacific palm trees and beautiful Aotearoa beaches, while listening to the Zac Brown Band ‘s song Toes brought to US by 5 Gum, while thinking that I’ve already done our celebrity news today in this one post.

I can imagine my Maori-Samoan cousin Eileen Taogaga grooving to this at the Helensville pub today near the Kaipara, on a mom’s friday night off in the ‘big smoke’ of Helensville as good country Kiwi folk do in any tight knit rural community, with the best green grass in the world, far across the waters on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean of Malibu as I blog, from The City of Angels today.

~Cross cultural, living tukutuku weaving art on wood created at Melrose & Spaulding. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.26.11. To everyone who contributed to this moment, thanks.~



Perhaps in the absence of Native American Indian culture on a real visible cultural level in media here in the USA – we are now obsessed with jewelry and fashion accessories like this as depicted today on Melrose Ave in the street chic fashion District of West Hollywood.

One thing is certain – at this minute – long dangly feathery things are hot in Hollywood right now. If you overlay your long dangly feathering thing on a Young Bloods tee shirt, it then becomes a contemporary re-interpreted fashion statement of how The Wild Wild West came to be as a prairie narrative of American culture. Or so, Rock N’ Roll Religion wants you to think in this window display.

Share your theory on that in a blog comment if you want to. I’d much rather have a beer with an Indian brother or sister in the Valley personally as for a true-blue California fix of culture. If you can’t do that put one of these on your girlfriend (or boyfriend) instead and see what happens.

Nothing. You still won’t know what’s up with the Native American Indian community. You’ll just feel a little feathery lite perhaps. Nothing wrong with that either. Lol!

What I love about this image is the green tree trunk on the tee shirt. There are no American citizens who think greener regarding the environment (naturally as a community of people) than (ironically) Native American Indian people. Perhaps we just need to go directly to the source then, instead of jacking other peoples cultural swagger for a headline. I really do want to see more Native American Indians get a spotlight from Hollywood – talking about real things they care about – like earth preservation. That would be smart in Hollywood.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.19.11~