This video is of the New Zealand All Blacks doing the Haka, a traditional Maori War dance. My Dad used to do the Haka at rugby games when I was a little girl. He played some pretty hard core rugby in new Zealand before coming to Canada.

The haka as composed by Te Rauparaha begins with a chant:

Kikiki kakaka kauana!
Kei waniwania taku tara
Kei tarawahia, kei te rua i te kerokero!
He pounga rahui te uira ka rarapa;
Ketekete kau ana to peru kairiri
Mau au e koro e – Hi! Ha!
Ka wehi au ka matakana,
Ko wai te tangata kia rere ure?
Tirohanga ngā rua rerarera
Ngā rua kuri kakanui i raro! Aha ha!

Then follows the main body of the haka:

Ka mate, ka mate! ka ora! ka ora!

Ka mate! ka mate! ka ora! ka ora!

Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru

Nāna nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā

Ā, upane! ka upane!

Ā, upane, ka upane, whiti te ra!

’Tis death! ‘tis death! (or: I may die) ’Tis life! ‘tis life! (or: I may live)

’Tis death! ‘tis death! ’Tis life! ‘tis life!

This the hairy man that stands here…

…who brought the sun and caused it to shine

A step upward, another step upward!

A step upward, another… the Sun shines!



Click here for more info on the Haka!

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Q: Please tell me everything you can recall about the FIDO Casting Tour at Yonge & Dundas Square.

A: As I was looking with curiosity, a young girl stopped me on the sidewalk to fill out a short survey that would allow me eligibility to win $500. And of course, I welcomed the opportunity. After, I walked past the diaplay and gave my boyfriend a big kiss as he went back to work after lunch. I however, was curious to see what was going on with this truck, the people, and all the cute FIDO Dog photos. As I approached the front of the display I was welcomed by two friendly young men who asked if I wanted to have my picture taken for FIDO. I thought to myself, “I love having my picture taken!”, and walked up the stairs with a smile . I saw a crouded little studio as a man with a camera and a nice girl showed me to the far right side where there was a clean white background. He explained that he was going to ask me to show a bunch of expressions and I said with excement, “how fun!!”. I went throught happy, sad, angry, lonley, and excited. It was clear after viewing that EXCITED was my most pure expression. We chose my face to be matched with that of a playfull puppy and I thanked them for taking my photo. There was a big line to match your photo to a dog face on the spot and I close to have it sent via email and do the match at home. There are heaps of photos to match your face to and I believe it was over 5,000. With a smile, I told the boys outside to watch for my face as I walked into the sunshine and took a refreshing breath of cold air.

xo ♥

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I’m not a big fan of animals (as pets). I’ve never had a dog before. My cat and I broke up years ago, she lives with Dad now. However, just because I don’t like animals licking or touching my stuff, doesn’t mean I want to eat them instead. I’ve been considering going vegan for a long time now. I rarely drink milk and grew up lactose intolerant. Alicia Silverstone has a great new ad that was banned in the UK due to her being, um…naked. Its hot! In the spirit of loving hotness and wanting to try this out today is the day I’ve decided to try vegetarian.

I want to eat better, feel better, and stop supporting cruelty to chickens, pigs, cows, fish, and other animals raised for food. By signing my name, I pledge to explore vegetarianism for at least 30 days.

Signed by:
Casie Stewart

Alicia’s ad:


Order a vegetarian starter kit at GoVeg.com

30 Reasons:

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Madonna sported Jewish symbols on her arm in the video for the James Bond theme song Die Another Day. The tattoo is written in Hebrew and is on her right shoulder written are the letters: the letters “lamed”, “alef” and “vav” (from right to left).

Madonnas hebrew tattooThere is no such word in Hebrew and you can be sure that all the know-it-alls in the world immediately proclaimed it to be yet another celebrity foreign language tattoo gone bad. But the truth of the matter is that Madonna once again outwitted the sheep.

So called Rabbi, Yehuda Berg, a worldwide religious celebrity known mostly as the spiritual leader of the Kabbalah Centre which Madonna reportedly attends regularly provided the official interpretation.

Berg explains:

The “word” on Madonna’s shoulder is not actually a word, but rather one of the names from the 72 Names of G-d. Kabbalah explain that Moses used these names to split the Red Sea, and that we can use them to create miracles in our own lives. Each name draws a particular kind of energy. The name in the “Die Another Day” video is for eliminating the ego.

Madonnas hebrew tattooKabbalah finds its main source in the Zohar, a text revealed to Moses de Leon in the thirteenth century based ostensibly on the writings of a second-century scholar Simeon bar Yochai. The Zohar parallels a tradition of commentary on the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, but claims there are hidden meanings in the arrangement of and comparisons between letters and words in which these books are written. This form of interpretation becomes quite complicated when the numeric significance of each word (Hebrew letters are each associated with a number) is taken into account.

Madonna began attending the Kabbalah Centre, an international school of kabbalah studies, in 1997 in an attempt to explore spiritual aspects of her life beyond her family or her success as a Material Girl. She was following in a long line of celebrities who, having become disatisfied with mere fame and fortune, turned to mysticism for new insight. The Beatles anticipated this spiritual turn and the seemingly inevitable irritation it provokes in many people.

Rick Ross, an American lecturer on “cults”, suggests a more sinister aspect of Madonna’s specific spritual path by providing links to numerous news articles calling the practices of the Kabbalah Centre, and its director Rav Berg, into question.

The Kabbalarians, a group whose philosophy is inspired by kabbalah, claim the name Lav is associated with an “independent, practical, analytical nature with skillful business abilities.” This describes Madonna but does not shed led either on the process by which the Kabbalarians came to their analysis or the “Die another day” video.

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Compiled by J. Andrews

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