Any idea what this is:

Or this?

How about this?

It’s an interactive map (sadly not embeddable), produced by the Bombsight Project, showing every documented bomb strike in the London blitz between October 7, 1940, and June 6, 1941. The project is a joint effort by the University of Portsmouth, the UK National Archhives, and a charity called JISC. On the actual map (but not the screenshots above), viewers can zoom in on a particular dot, then right click for the details:

Now let’s see the map for Dresden.

Melting pot

A resident of England, who spends much of his time in Nova Scotia working on Seaside’s rural high-speed Internet project, writes from Tel Aviv, where he is attending a wedding:

An Irish fiddle band is providing the music for the wedding. The band members are all Israelis. I was chatting with one of them, and he asked what I did. I told him about Seaside and spending half my life in Canada.

“I’m going to Canada in the autumn,” he said. “I’m going somewhere called Cape Breton, for a festival called Celtic Colours.”

So a Londoner visiting Israel meets an Israeli playing in an Irish fiddle band, and what do they have in common? Cape Breton and the Celtic Colours International Festival, of course.