Hallandale Beach Blog - A common sense public policy overview offering a critical perspective on the current events, politics, govt., public policy, sports scene and pop culture of the U.S., South Florida and Europe, especially the UK and Sweden.
In particular, Broward & Miami-Dade County, and the cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood & Aventura. Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Photo in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A, September 2008; March 2018 photo below of North Beach, looking left-to-right, looking north, HYDE Condominium, Etaru Japanese Robatayaki restaurant, and Hollywood Beach in the distance, with umbrellas. All photos by me, © Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Variation on a theme: All I Want for Christmas is You -and attention

BBC Radio 5 live's resident songsmith Dave Henson celebrates Christmas, with his take on the Mariah Carey classic


Olivia Olson - All I Want for Christmas is You (from "Love Actually").avi




Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You, with scenes from "Love Actually"






Though Love Actually is one of my favorite films of the past 15 years, and not just because the Prime Minister is named David -Hugh Grant- the original trailer,
with so many cliched songs running through it, nearly scared me off the first few times I saw it months before the film came out. http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi362021145/

Fortunately, the great cast and the talented people behind the film -writer and director Richard Curtis, who'd written Four Weddings and a Funeral nine years earlier- had done work I loved, so despite the fact that it might well be one of the worst film trailers ever made for a very good movie
, I've seen it about a dozen times, though it's too bad that USA Cable has to edit out some of the best dialogue of the film.


iJustine video from JD Lasica on Vimeo

Justine Ezarik, better known as iJustine, interviewed after first meeting of the Intel Insiders at Intel headquarters in San Jose, Calif., 2008

iJustine from http://vimeo.com/jdlasica

JD Lasica on http://vimeo.com/


Surprising observation: That by now, given the technology revolution and the sorts of ambitious and attractive women who are forever being attracted to South Florida, South Florida would have actually have an iJustine-like personality all its own, someone well-known for her efforts and promotions, i.e. making lots of amusing videos in locations throughout the region, yet there isn't one.
Why do you suppose that is?



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#HollywoodFL based photographer/entrepreneur Esther Chuang

#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy
Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of now-closed ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016 Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. To the right is the world famous beach of Ipanema and to the left is the equally famous beach of Copacabana. In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio looks like, up close, plus the Amazon area of Brazil that Esther grew up near in Manaus, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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A floresta Amazônica tem um papel fundamental no equilíbrio do clima na Terra e, portanto, na vida de cada um de nós. Nos últimos anos a proteção diminuiu e o desmatamento aumentou drasticamente. E o que já era ruim, pode ficar ainda pior. Se as medidas que o governo vem tomando não forem vetadas, nosso futuro estará ameaçado. Diga NÃO à diminuição da proteção da Floresta do Jamanxim! Diga NÃO à exploração de minério no coração da floresta! #TodosPelaAmazônia #342Amazonia #TodosPelaAmazonia Assine a petição: link na bio. ������✨���� The Amazon Rainforest plays a key role in balancing the climate on the Earth and therefore in each of our lives. In recent years, protection has decreased and deforestation has increased sharply. And what was already bad can get even worse. If the measures that the government has been taking are not vetoed, our future will be threatened. Say NO to the reduction of the Jamanxim Forest´s protection! Say NO to ore mining in the heart of the Forest! #togetherfortheAmazon

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