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Maori Bones Make The Journey From Wales Back To Their New Zealand Home

Posted in News, Spot The Poly, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

1880's Maori Woman

The bones of twelve Maori people, one reportedly a female, are finally traveling back to New Zealand after being held in boxes at the National Museum and Gallery of Wales at Cardiff since the 1920’s.

The return of the bones stems from New Zealand’s government mandated Karanga Aotearoa program which negotiates recovery of ancient bones on behalf of the Maori.

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s manager, Te Herekiekie Herewini, and co-ordinator Hema Temara held a short spiritual ceremony at the Cardiff museum so as to show respect for the remains. Herewini believes the return of ancient bones to their homeland is of utmost importance:

“This is significant for Maori as it is believed that through the ancestors’ return to their homeland, the dead and their living descendants will retrieve their dignity, and also close the hurt and misdeeds of the past.” LINK!

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Will Flight Of The Conchords Be Coming To An End?

Posted in Entertainment, Music, Spot The Poly, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
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Clement (l) and McKenzie (r)

In a recent interview with Reuters Jemaine Clement, one half of the popular musical/comedy duo from New Zealand, hinted that there may not be a season three of their HBO show “Flight of the Conchords”. It is partly due to how much work is involved creating skits and unique songs for the series.

“It very likely might not…(return) it could come back in a shorter season or like a special.”

Clement also stated that he would need to discuss the future of the Emmy nominated show with fellow musician/actor Bret McKenzie. LINK! via Spasifik

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Celebrity Doppelgaengers – Nicole Scherzinger And Rhian Benson

Posted in Celebrity Doppelgaengers, Entertainment, Music, Spot The Poly, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

RhianBensonNicoleScherzingerDoesn’t the Welsh/Ghanaian singer Rhian Benson bear a resemblance to fellow songstress mixed-Hawaiian Nicole Scherzinger?

In some shots from Rhian’s video “Say How I Feel”, I swear they could be sisters.

(Nicole’s image courtesy of Flickr user Ain’t_No_Hollaback_Girl)

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Gallery Of Crossdressing Politicians

Posted in Spot The Poly with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
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Georgina Beyer

The Daily Beast has compiled a gallery of politicians who at one point or another have crossdressed whether as a life choice or for fun. This comes on the heels of former mayor of Cleveland Eric Brewer losing re-election after pictures of him dressed in lingerie were leaked to the local media.

One prominent politician TDB omitted was New Zealand Member of Parliment Georgina Beyer. Although not a crossdresser, but a transsexual, I would think she’d make the list as her identity didn’t deter her gaining office unlike many in the gallery. Link!

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Earthquake Rocks Samoa

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

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An 8.0 earthquake hit Samoa this morning causing three tsunamis, one of which could possibly reach Hawaii. Other islands in the pacific, such as Tonga, Cook Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea have been given tsunami warnings as well. Link via The Daily Beast

Junior Stares Down Bull And Loses

Posted in Entertainment, Spot The Poly, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

JuniorSeauFormer linebacker Junior Seau was a guest bullfighter at a Professional Bull Riders event in Ontario when he got knocked to the ground by an enraged bull. He was filming a segment for his new show “Sports Jobs With Junior Seau”.

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Archaeologists Uncover New Findings On Easter Island

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

rapanuimoaiTwo British archaeologists, Dr. Colin Richars and Dr. Sue Hamilton, have discovered a site where the ancient Rapa Nui obtained the red scoria rock to create “hats” atop the famous statues (also known as “moai”) on the island.

“The team examined the way the hats, each weighing several tons and made of red scoria, a volcanic rock like pumice, were moved by Polynesians between 500 and 750 years ago.

They were placed on the heads of carved stone human figures known as moai which stand on ceremonial platforms which encircle the island’s coastline. The way the hats were raised and attached is unknown.” (via The Daily Mail)

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