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Photo caption January 1997, Reuters – ‘Wearing protective clothing, Diana watched workers from a British-based de-mining organization, Halo Trust, clear some of the 5,000 mines found so far around Kuito, believed to be the most heavily mined city in the world. The minefields of Angola were the focus of worldwide attention when the Princess visited, beginning her work for the cause of banning land mines. She followed up her journey to Angola with a later visit to war-torn Bosnia, championing the anti-mine cause. The princess also visited the International Red Cross’ prosthetic center at Huambo, Angola, where several hundred mining victims have been fitted with artificial limbs and taught how to use them.’ — Words CNN news archives.


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A Crown Prince speaking at a memorial service for earthquake victims sent our news going Maori via the UK today in the South Pacific.

Hollywood entertainment news as you voted on a day of very close voting between the top ten voted items you picked. Here’s how our top ten fared. Thanks people.

1. Vintage royal Madonna & Child – Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Prince WIll

2. Kanye West & Selita Ebanks

3. “Grief is the price we pay for love”–Prince William for Canterbury strength

4. All Night Long – Lionel Richie & Guy Sebastian

5. Jemaine Clement – Like water for hot chocolate elephants

6. Vanessa Hudgens scandal

7. Tsunami relief fund – Japan

8. John Key for Christchurch’s spirit to rebuild

9.  Rebecca Mansour

10. TIE A: China‘s Lamborghini owners are angry with Italy

10. TIE B: Smart Water Video – Jennifer Aniston

People of Christchurch gather to commemorate their loss and love and celebrate the fortitude that can only stem from “kia kaha” communities that Stay Strong. Deep unshakable stuff. Will’s late mother as his grandmother and step mom should all be so proud of his speech in Kiwiland.

[Photographs of Ch Ch City Memorial Day TVNZ news footage screen captures & the NZ Herald]

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Wow! I can’t believe US magazine Entertainment Weekly has succumbed to Royal Wedding action, here in Hollywood. Indeed, it was inevitable as the most watched piece of TV set to romance the world via The UK will attract more viewers in the World than the Super Bowl or The Oscars.

CNN‘s Piers Morgan plays UK Herald with his thoughts on why America should watch Will & Kate‘s nuptials take place. Says Piers, “Americans are absolute suckers for royal weddings. When Diana and Fergie got married, you guys lapped it up. Every tiny second that you could squeeze out of it, you squeezed.”

It’s interesting that the non-Royals are the big draw, to keep the Royal family’s star hot on the tele, as Piers puts it. But wait, the Brits have more in E.W to contribute:

“These days, so much has to do with what people are wearing, like the royal-wedding version of the Oscars in terms of, you know, who’s got the best hat, who’s got the worst dress,” says Glen Marks of the U.K.’s leading photo agency Rex Features.

“It’s the whole story as well, so not just what’s going on with William and Kate, but it’s the referral back to Charles and Diana and the saga everyone can’t get enough of.”

Whatever the U.K wants America to believe with this story, we’re on board in Hollywood. It’s just swell to see a young couple take marriage seriously. Got to be good for instilling faith in love, commitment and romancing in a new generation of kids watching these two pleasant kids walk down the aisle.

Will is always a favorite with Maori-Kiwis of New Zealand. His late mom, Diana, chose to associate Will’s first ever appearance to the world as a babe, in Waitangi – a historic site in the first Capitol home of Aotearoa New Zealand. To see Prince Williams as a babe at Waitangi, go here.

Will you be watching this event in April?

[News source, Cover Awards, New York City]

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Prince William and Kate Middleton continue to amuse at US check out aisles. Their latest US tabloid flaunts a wedding like Will’s mom, Diana‘s. Poor Charles. :)

I was thinking today, how much we have in America to be thankful for. A lot. If we live in the US in community, we know that we have each other. That’s awesome. The diversity here in Los Angeles is amazing. Like a sea of twinkling stars from many nations, reflected in the pulse of Hollywood. It’s humbling to be a part of the ‘class’ in 2011. Not that Hollywood is a school per se.

I’ve really enjoyed it so far. It’s been a privilege to be here, interact with American people in Hollywood and dream a dream with Americans towards better and noble things. I believe in the best for America, of America, and with America. It’s in my Maori-Heart to be pro-USA.

I don’t know how many Americans have put up with me some days, but I am very thankful that Hollywood and beautiful California, has. Thanks Cali. And thank you all worldwide for your support of this blog.  :)

Here’s our top ten celebrity and entertainment news posts voted today. Nice choices.

1. Brahim Zaibat

2. Britney Spears video portrait artistry – Hold it Against Me

3. Tatau – Dwayne Johnson is Samoa and New Zealand’s Rock of Hollywood

4. Hollywood humor - Olivia Wilde does all the stuff Megan Fox won’t do

5. Elaine & Ken Langone‘s Giving Pledge letter for Berkshire Hathaway angels

6. Justin Bieber can act – CSI

7. Hawaii – Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green‘s sun-kissed romance

8. Branding by Sir Richard Branson

9. Cynthia Germanotta‘s sad day

10. Justin Gaston & friends – reality TV stars Kim Kardashian follows

Bonus Post – Te Mata Tini O Te Ra – is what we’re made up of. Maori culture on display is vibrant and authentically inspiring.

Vintage Hollywood stamp art – Aunt Elvira‘s stamp collection – Marilyn Monroe original stamp.

True Royals today are all of US, who give safe water to those in the world who don’t yet have it. That’s 1 in 6 of US. Go here to make a difference if you want to. Perhaps we should start the Red Scallop Water Trust, just for kicks, to ensure this happens in the 2010′s. :)


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Did I ever mention that West Hollywood is one of America’s military most favorite cities. Residents of this city are the darlings of the US military. I am reminded by this by the constant stream of military choppers who display their wings above us, quite a lot.

They’re noisy metal beasts, choppers, if you live under them while blogging at Starbucks.

West Hollywood is between Beverly Hills and the power production offices of Hollywood studios.

California is a well protected state, due to the powerful people in the world who live here and shape global perceptions.

Their money funds and elects Presidents.

As I fade out from the chopper drones, while drinking the fresh Pike River roasted coffee of the day, I am captivated by the grey set today who have rocked out with canes and Swifty Lazar glasses (originals not Bieber 3D glasses per se) to turn on a show for the ‘kids’ of Hollywood today.

Their stories are fascinating. Captivating. Each word a gem of California history.

They speak of Cary Grant and recall the contribution Cary made to California life and culture. A lady, with a Princess Diana hair cut in silvery grey, recalls how when she first got to Hollywood, how the first day she got a job in a studio.

So excited at the possibilities of what this meant, she set out to Sunset & Vine to celebrate her achievement with a glass of champagne.

Perched up at the bar, she turned to ask the nearest person next to her, “Hey, so do you ever see Cary Grant in places like this in Hollywood?”

The man said, “I don’t believe I ever have, but you never know, if you look hard enough you just might.”

She says, it was only then that she realized who she was talking to. It was Cary Grant.

The shared laughter at the table lasts for a minute. Obviously, this is a favorite story.


I look at them and think, unless grey power are prepared to still put their Swifty glasses on, grab their wooden canes and meet at Starbucks, how else does a new generation of Hollywood people catch a glimmer of important life messages in a city where messages for the world are what we do. Their message today perhaps is- that it doesn’t matter who you speak with, or talk to – everyone could be Cary Grant – a person. Even a stranger, talking to the freshest faced kid who just got off a greyhound bus in Hollywood.

Today, I think Grant would be in Africa, in the faces of people we may have never yet met. Or in India, in the poorest districts. Or even sleeping under palm trees at night in Los Angeles, if we look close enough. I think real stars, do whatever they do, to somehow make a difference for the people who most need it. Finding such people in need, is a star’s real business.

I have my Swifty Lazar invisible glasses on, as I turn my camera skywards and press ‘capture.’ Here’s that shot as the canes disappear like magicians wands assisting unexpected whiz kids out the glass doors of our local Starbucks today. They are priceless. So cute!

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Like many of you, I’m a big fan of all kids in the world having clean drinking water whenever they need. 1 billion people don’t have access yet. 54% of all people in Africa need us to act on their behalf for their better water situation as well.

Click here to make a difference if feeling it. Let’s flow. Thanks peeps. Water.Org is asking for $10 to makes this pivotal dif. Sweet!

[Music: Kings of Leon] Their message:”It’s in the water.”

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Posted by horiwood on December 28, 2010 in Faith Hill, Family Vs Fame, Farrah Fawcett, Fashion, Fashion Accessories, Fashion Designers, Fayrouz, Fergie, Feuds, Fiji, Film Franchises, Fitness, Florida, Football, Foreign Affairs, Forgiveness, France, Francois Henri-Pinault, Frank McCourt, Frank O''Hara, Frank Sinatra, Freddie Mercury, Freedom, Freedom of Speech, Freida Pinto, Frida Kahlo, Friendship, Funerals, Funny TV, Kindness, Kings of Leon, ObamaDrama, Oklahoma, Oksana Grigorieva, Olivia Abbott, Olivia Newton John, Olivia Wilde, Olympics, OMC, Opera, Oprah Winfrey, Orlando Bloom, Oscars, Otara, Ozzy Osbourne, Padma Lakshmi, Paihia, Palestine, Palm Springs, Palm Tree Productions, Pamela Anderson, Pamela Bach, Paramore, Parenting, Paris, Paris Hilton, Paris Jackson, Pastor Watch, Patricia Arquette, Patricia Cornwell, Patrick Soon-Shiong, Patrick Swayze, Paul Mercurio, Paul Rudd, Paul Wesley, Paula Abdul, Paula Patton, Pauly Fuemana, Pax Jolie-Pitt, Pearl Runga, Pedro Almodovar, Penelope Cruz, Peru, Pete Wentz, Peter Andre, Peter Facinelli, Philadelphia, Philipp Karner, Photography, Piano, Pierce Brosnan, Pink, Pirates, Pitbull, Poetry, Poland, Politics, Polynesian, Poneke, Pop Art, Pop Cultural Commentary, Portia de Rossi, Pregnancy News, Prince, Prince Harry Windsor, Prince Michael Jackson I, Prince Michael Jackson II., Prince William, Princess Diana, Princess Dianna, Producers, Project Angel Food, Project Runway, Psychology Today, Puerto Rico, Water, Young Royals



I saw that The University of Carolina is offering a Major in Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame. Pop music as a vehicle of leadership in nationhood’s direction is what kids want to study. Really a University should be offering science and advanced mathematics or physics papers in the US in an effort to close the gap on Education being an equipping tool towards being viable competitors in the future direction of a global economy.

If sociology is a lure to get kids into college to see what it’s all about, all good–perhaps they should be offering a 2 hour lecture in Rihanna Studies instead though. Kids would learn just as much, although Rihanna is not technically an American citizen. Although shaping American culture so much as an artist, rather humorously, her visa status is still that of an alien. She is the USA’s Alien Queen of the 2010′s.

In 2008, Rihanna was ranked in the top four on google New Zealand trends for the year. Her live performances in Auckland The Supercity were well appreciated from fans. A then relatively unknown American leader (to the-wider-world), Barack Obama, also made the top ten in this innovative and perceptive trend-spotting small nation. At this time, New Zealand’s current Prime Minister, was not yet ranked in the top ten (Sir Edmund Hillary was instead, at no. 7) yet Rihanna and Mr Obama were on New Zealand’s cultural radar of people they like.

As a comparison, Australia ranked Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith in their top ten and Mr Obama was not yet on the radar in Australia’s mindsets at all that same year in a significant way. Rihanna however (was ranked no.9 in Australia that year as a trend) denoting that she is a key figure and entertainer to the South Pacific and Asia Pacific territories. She was the only person of color in Australia’s top ten that year to ‘cross-over’ as an accepted trend, whereas New Zealand had 3 people of color trend that same year. It is fair to say, that as a star, leader and a cultural-architect artist of a modern world–that Rihanna is always a forerunner of the world’s elite leaders. This is her destiny as a person. Let’s look at what she’s gifted the American people, so far.

What would GQ be, without its Rihanna magazine covers in the US or Britannia? You need at least one Rihanna moment as your cover girl each year to be a successful men’s magazine. This girl is both pretty, tough and resilient in making a comeback when beaten down. She can also make a fashion accessory super hot–that all stars emulate and fashion designers incorporate into their styles of design. She’s the edge of trendsetting when she feels like playing the diva role.

She also gave America a powerful image of someone who recovered from post traumatic stress disorder of something unexpected that can hit a life in America, requiring a major rebuilding effort. Her Chris Brown domestic violence saga of the past catapulted Rihanna into superstar status. Resilience was added to her star exotic brand in that tragic moment of callous American mistreatment by young Chris towards a foreigner living and working in Los Angeles. That media moment was bloody awful. Thankfully Chris Brown has moved on from the incident too now, maturing from it also.

There has never been anyone who lived in Hollywood Hills, quite like Rihanna who has contributed to American culture in difficult years, offering hope or distraction or attitude or just good fun. She’s quite unique. Via Barbados and the Commonwealth, along with Beyonce she is the All American Girl inspirer of the last decade. Next year, I wonder if actor/ singer/ fashion sequer and stylist, Kat Graham, a newbie who is currently sporting top hats of British gentry of the UK, will get to land on GQ too?

In the meantime, here’s the hardworking Riri, amusing Britain with those looks. In the last 11 months, she’s just not stopped working. Respec. In fact Rihanna’s music accomplishments are second to none in America–she’s pop royalty and the Commonwealth’s black queen of pop. In 2008 when Rihanna performed live for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, she wore earrings reflecting the shape of the late Princess Diana‘s engagement ring, the same ring now being worn by Kate Middleton. With her symbology that constitutes pop star monarchy’s iconography, that millions of people worldwide follow–as symbols of empire that they think define them, Rihanna is always smart. Equally subtle as confrontation, a rare mix. Rihanna is a little naughty, she’s the only music artist to give the Queen a diva snear at the end of her performance, before she curtsied–an expression the Queen would never allow herself to do in public, even if she wanted to. The moment from Rihanna is cute.

Hitfix reports that Riri (who this blog is sorta named after too), is the no.1 charting artist of the millennium. The music website writes: “Only Girl In the World jumps to No. 1 this week, giving Rihanna her second single from Loud to hit the top spot. Two weeks ago, What’s My Name featuring Drake was at No. 1. Loud debuts at No. 3 this week on the Billboard 200.

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It’s no secret that Princess Diana‘s star burns bright in the world long after her death. As a Hollywood blogger, I can categorically say that a blog post on Diana could still make the top ten amidst the hottest Hollywood stars in America whenever I did a post on her. In fact, Diana’s memory as a star burns bright in the minds and heart of anyone who ever heard her name.

As a proven star template that has withstood the test of time then, the late Princess’ model of celebrity is being taught to her future daughter-in-law she never met, Kate Middleton by Buckingham Palace.

This report from PopCrunch says: “Kate Middleton will be taught about royal correspondence, public speaking, how to behave at banquets, and how to avoid the grisly fate that befell the beloved woman who would have been her mother-in-law. Palace insiders tell Us Weekly that Middleton has been “given royal assistance like no other girl has ever been given before entering the family.” In fact, the princess-to-be, 28, has been receiving instruction since 2007 to open her eyes to what marrying the future King of England will involve.”

I think like any successful leader, it involves just being yourself. What most excites anyone about Kate Middleton is her creative potential to put her own spin on her position, her fame and charitable expression of this in the world for others as a future Queen of The Commonwealth–a role Princess Diana as bright and brilliant as she was, never was given the chance to fulfill in the world. Perhaps Kate can redeem that as a future monarch.

In a sense it’s rather ironic that the Royal Family of Britain’s most relevant ‘family jewel,’ is really the star template slipper left behind by Princess Diana–for a new Princess to fill. A cute fairy tale story in the making, that’s a true story.

As the hope of Diana’s remaining celebrity in the world –is to be transferred on the future wife of Diana’s own son– this appears to be fair. As long as Kate Middleton maintains the liberty and freedom that Diana gifted the royal family with her own life and freedom of spirit and its expression in the world.

With the many expectations on Kate, like Diana it’s when Kate potentially has her own children, that she will discover a world of unique people, that is actually about her. She’s a new face in an established system–breathe deep honey and be yourself, is my advice. Courage. :)

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Posted by horiwood on November 29, 2010 in Family Vs Fame, Princess Diana


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Royal engagement fuels sapphire frenzy: Minutes after the world first glimpsed the sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring Prince William gave his fiancee Kate Middleton, the same one Princess Diana once wore, phones started ringing madly at a Manhattan jewelry maker.

Watch video via the Associated Press above.

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Posted by horiwood on November 18, 2010 in Manhattan, Princess Diana


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How romantic. In turning up for a photo call with the British Media – Prince William Windsor and his bride to be Kate Middleton both looked a picture of love and all things romantic pertaining to a lifelong commitment to each other and inspiring growth and well being for a Commonwealth Empire.

Their engagement ring belonged to Princess Dianna of Wales and of the ring appearing on Kate’s finger as her engagement ring, Prince William had this to say:

“It is very special to me. It was my way to make sure my mother did not miss out on today and the excitement that we are going to spend the rest of our lives together.”

What a sweet thing to say and do. I don’t thing anyone in celebrity land can trump that. This couple are the super romantics of their generation. Needless to say, the woman that last wore this ring had one of the greatest hearts of compassion of any humanitarian of the modern world. Perhaps Kate as the wearer of this ring, will do the same in the world. But no pressure! :)

Image below of Prince William on his debut public presentation to the world, when his mother chose Waitangi of the Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand to present this crown Prince to the world’s eyes.

She was a great woman who chose for her son’s presentation to be surrounded with songs, color and beauty of the Ngapuhi, Ngati Hine,  Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri maori tribes of New Zealand. On his presentation day to the world’s gaze, he was surrounded by the sounds of Te Reo Rangatira (or, the language of Chiefs). Below is a song, that was sung on this day, called Te Whare e Tu Nei – written by songwriter of Matauri Bay, Katerina Mataira - whose name ironically means Katherine in English. Her song’s title when translated means, This House That Stands. Diana had  impeccable taste that her son seems to have inherited in his choice of a wife and a star maker of leaders of a modern world faced with new challenges, requiring a gift of wisdom to be creative towards sustainability in the world’s good future.

It’s nice to see William honor his mother by bringing her engagement ring back into play in the eyes of the world, as a homage to a woman who never saw this Kiwi-presented future King’s engagement day. It’s like full circle of their bond reclaimed in honoring Diana’s memory and his new love with Kate.

Top Image courtesy of Bauer Griffin Online. Image of Princess Diana wearing the ring as a teenager, courtesy of BER website. Image of Prince Charles, Princess Diana and baby Prince William Windsor at Waitangi, Te Tai Tokerau, Aotearoa/ New Zealand courtesy of New Zealand History.Net. A wooden buzzy bee Kiwi-made child’s toy was the first paparazzi photographed item, Prince William ever owned to amuse audiences worldwide. The toy that is made of wood is iconic to New Zealand. This one as featured on the cover of North & South magazine, courtesy of Buzzy Bee.Co.NZ .

Prince William is like every Kiwi’s little brother in a sense of those who watched his parents marry in 1981. Myself, being just one of many, now blogging about this momentus day in his life from California. Surreal stuff. To visit Waitangi for yourself – a right of passage for all people in the U.K who have followed the royals for years, go here to discover more on how to do that. It’s the region where I grew up.

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Buckingham Palace has announced the engagement of Prince William Windsor to Kate Middleton. The official statement is as follows:

“The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton.

The wedding will take place in the Spring or Summer of 2011, in London. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.

Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya. Prince William has informed The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father.

Following the marriage, the couple will live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force.”

Cute. Big news for Commonwealth nations today. The betrothed are both 28. It was 1981 when the wedding of Britain’s last Crown Prince was seen. That was quite a moment in world history when Williams parents both wed. Kate and William have been dating eight years.

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Posted by horiwood on November 16, 2010 in Engagements, Kenya, Princess Diana, Romance, UK


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This report in full via the BBC.UK. Some sad news today for the U.K fashion world. Writes the BBC today.

“The fashion designer Catherine Walker, whose clothes were favoured by Diana, Princess of Wales, has died at the age of 65, her family has said.

She passed away at a hospital near her Sussex home on Thursday, following a battle with cancer.

She provided Diana with many of her iconic outfits, and the princess was buried in a black Walker dress.

Walker first worked with Diana three months after her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.

In a statement, her family said: “Catherine Walker overcame young widowhood and fought cancer twice with enduring bravery.

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Posted by horiwood on September 27, 2010 in Art, artist, Fashion, Fashion Designers, Princess Diana, RIP, UK


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