Sihanoukville, Cambodia - view of the city. Photo by Dmitry Makeev.

Sihanoukville, Cambodia: Seattle sister city

Sihanoukville, Cambodia – Seattle sister city since 1999 Seattle’s most recent sister city is Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The relationship has been active since 1999 when Sihanoukville became Seattle’s 21st sister city. The Seattle-Sihanoukville Sister City Association provides a central source of communication between the two sister cities. Projects in the past have included: raising funds to build…

Layne Staley Last 3 Recorded Songs

The final recorded output of Layne Staley of Alice In Chains For me personally, Alice In Chains has always been my favorite among the various grunge bands. Yet there are some holes in my Alice In Chains knowledge, which I realized during a recent tribute show of Jar Of Flies (the ultimate AIC experience) that I attended. Yesterday I…

Bryggen wharf area in downtown Bergen. Photo: Doug Tomren

Exploring the city center of Bergen, Norway

Bergen (sometimes called by the Norse Bjørgvin), located on Norway’s scenic west coast, is the 2nd largest city in Norway, with a population of about 275,000 as of 2014. Bergen has a rich and unique history, very different than other Norwegian cities. A member of the Hanseatic League, Bergen was home to German merchants in the wharf area…

Infact 'First Operation' cover artwork

Infact | First Operation (review)

  IInfact, the one-man EBM project of Mario Melzer, first began releasing demos in 1996, followed by just three proper releases (arguably only two) that fans could access easily and at a somewhat fair price. The self-titled Infact was released in 1998 by Johan van Roy’s tape label, COde Products, in both CDr and cassette formats.…

'Mortuary' Poster. Directed by Tobe Hooper. Image courtesy Echo Bridge Entertainment.

Tobe Hooper ‘Mortuary’ – brain-dead zombies and black fungus

Mortuary, directed by Tobe Hooper, received a limited theatrical release in 2006. The film tells the story of the Doyle family, who, after the unexpected death of the family patriarch, decide to uproot to rural California, in the process taking up residence at a local graveyard and managing a failing mortuary business. The mortuary, Fowler Mortuary, turns…

Logo for Seattle Sister Cities program

Seattle sister cities – an overview

Background In 1956 President Dwight Eisenhower started Sister Cities International as part of a White House conference on citizen diplomacy. The broad idea behind developing sister city relationships is to create a person-to-person exchange between Americans and citizens of other countries based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges. Americans can and should learn about and…