Danny Sanderson – Hebrew Version of “Come Go With Me”

YES, this is it! The Hebrew language cover of the Del Vikings tune “Come Go With Me.” In the early days of Facebook I was looking for this tune and no one on the social media landscape would even believe that it existed. But I had heard it from Terri Gross, so it had . . . → Read More: Danny Sanderson – Hebrew Version of “Come Go With Me”

Mayssa Karaa – Arabic Version of “White Rabbit”

Sochi and the Heroes of Telemark, by Mark Erickson

I watched the Sochi Opening Ceremony. Kyrgyzstan had a cool flag, and I learned that Nepal has the world’s only nonrectangular flag. I was surprised that Iceland had only five athletes. Mexico had one out of a population of 118 million. By contrast, Sweden had 111 out of a population of less than 10 . . . → Read More: Sochi and the Heroes of Telemark, by Mark Erickson

A Schooner of Madison Memories… by John X. Ambrosavage (with Rimkus!)

Rimkus!’s old pal – and Pacific Northwest National Treasure cartoonist – Ambrosavage was born and raised “across the (proverbial) tracks” on the blue collar side of Madison Wisconsin in the 50’s and 60’s, where he is presently spending the holidays with his Dad (now in his 90’s) – an original swingin’ “Mad Men” who . . . → Read More: A Schooner of Madison Memories… by John X. Ambrosavage (with Rimkus!)

Don’t Worry, Papa’s Working, By Chuck Strom

When worlds collide, we often get comedy. A story on National Public Radio this morning showed how this can happen even in the most traumatic situations. Apparently, kidnapping is a booming business in Latin America. The Morning Edition host, Steve Inskeep, interviewed a woman in Venezuela whose adult daughter had been kidnapped. While negotiating . . . → Read More: Don’t Worry, Papa’s Working, By Chuck Strom

4 Can’t-Miss Beaches in Vietnam

Vietnam may not be the first place that you think of when it comes to planning a beach getaway, but it’s quickly gaining popularity as a strong choice, thanks to over 3,400 kilometers of coastline characterized by powdery sand beaches, secluded tropical islands and jungle forests. Keep reading to learn about some Vietnamese . . . → Read More: 4 Can’t-Miss Beaches in Vietnam

What Every American Needs to Know About Eurovision, By Linda Newman Andersson

I’ve recently moved to Everett, WA, but I find myself in Sweden again for a couple of weeks and just in time to be caught up in the voting for Sweden’s Eurovision candidate. A quick Wikipedia search will tell you that Eurovision has gone on since 1958 and launched careers for among others ABBA, . . . → Read More: What Every American Needs to Know About Eurovision, By Linda Newman Andersson

Activities That Kids Will Enjoy in Tunisia

You might envision Tunisia as a wonderful place for an exotic holiday. Most tourists love visiting the tiny African nation because you’re right in the middle of so many different landscapes – beaches, desert, mountains, and cities. But Tunisia also has plenty to do for the whole family, and if you’re thinking . . . → Read More: Activities That Kids Will Enjoy in Tunisia

BBC Storyville: The Love of Books – A Sarajevo Story, By Davin Michael Stedman

I LIKE that we kill trees to make books. I love trees. I’m leaning up against one right now. I feel like a hunter of the Great Plains standing over the last gasp of a dying Buffalo when I hold a good book; admiring its achievement and its power. This book used to be . . . → Read More: BBC Storyville: The Love of Books – A Sarajevo Story, By Davin Michael Stedman

Nossa – Mas Que Nada

This vid is a lot of fun. Sure, at the beginning it looks like a commercial for any feminine product of the last 20 years, but once it gets going, the movement is infectious. Nossa is a French girl group and they’re covering “Mas Que Nada,” the signature tune for Sergio Mendes and Brazil . . . → Read More: Nossa – Mas Que Nada

Thailand for Foodies

Thailand remains one of the premier vacation destinations out of any other place in Asia. Because of its location off the southeastern part of the Asian continent, it has some of the most beautiful tropical landscapes in the world. From its pristine beaches to its golden temples and its cool, northern jungles, . . . → Read More: Thailand for Foodies

Toronto Park Sign Bans Jazz

The History of the Christmas Market

There are more Christmas Markets across the world than ever before, but have you ever stopped to wonder where they originated from?

Christmas Markets light up many of the most famous towns and cities in the world during the festive season, and they bring delight to most who visit them. In recent years more . . . → Read More: The History of the Christmas Market

Die Antwoord – Fatty Boom Boom, By Marco Collins

Haha! This vid is supposed to be controversial?! Who in their right mind would take this group seriously? Totally missing the point. I’d still like to hear the stories that got them dropped from Interscope Records though!

– Marco Collins is currently rocking at JetCitystream.

Northern Virginia’s Cedar Crest Country Club and Its Amazing Skateboard Half-Pipe: Once “The Mecca of the Skate World”, and Perhaps the Unlikeliest Punk Rock Venue of All-Time! By Tom Kipp

I found this circa-1988 Cedar Crest skateboard half-pipe footage on YouTube, the best of several CCCC clips there. Seems just a bit different than I remember, but of course I was never there in daylight!