Hostel: Part III cover. Image courtesy of Raw Nerve/Stage 6 Films/RCR Media Group

Hostel: Part III a missed opportunity

Review of direct-to-DVD film Hostel: Part III  In the opening scene of the 2011 film Hostel: Part III a young American backpacker, Travis, enters a dank hostel room. Surprise – it’s occupied by an attractive Ukrainian couple, Victor and Anka. Victor is hostile at first but soon lets his guard down and invites Travis to drink out of an…

Sam Horn POP! book cover.

Review of POP! by Sam Horn

Review of POP!: Create the Perfect Pitch, Title and Tagline For Anything by Sam Horn POP! by Sam Horn (Perigree, 2009) offers an easy-to-follow road map on how you can sell your idea or brand in 60 seconds or less. The basic idea of POP! is that by completing a series of mental exercises you will be able…

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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…

Hanseatic wharf area "Bryggen" in downtown Bergen

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…