Parsing 65 000 war grave records with Python

War Graves at Tyne Cot Cemetary, Belgium

– This week, we take a look at the 65 000 records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's data set.

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Parsing 575k military records with Python


– The Canadian government made the records of the 660 000 Canadians who served in the First World War available as an open dataset. I decided to take a look at it.

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Berlin now and then


– Over the course of a few months, I have mapped and recreated several historical photographs of Berlin. From the Spartacist uprising to the fall of the wall, here is a first set of pictures that show Berlin as it was, and as it is. Spartacist troops on guard near Cafe Astoria on Unter den Linden, shortly after the proclamation […]

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Finding American ingredients in Germany

Cooking in Germany

– This article is not up to date anymore. I maintain a better, longer list of ingredients on All About Berlin: Where to find foreign cooking ingredients in Germany. After moving to Germany, finding all the right ingredients to make my favourite meals and desserts has been an exercise in frustration. I expected basic cooking and baking ingredients to be […]

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The Liberation of Paris

– On June 5, 1944, five minutes before midnight, a broadcast from Radio London began with a familiar introduction: "Here is London. The French speak to the French. Before we begin, please listen to some personal messages." French Résistance members huddled around their illegal radio receivers and listened attentively. The broadcast continued: "Les sanglots longs des violons de […]

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Moving from Canada to Germany

– The complete guide to moving to Germany, including information about visas, bank accounts and finding a place to live. Contains lots of useful advice for all Americans moving to Europe.

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Building a home server

Nicolas' home server

– I wanted to make finding, downloading, renaming, listing and playing the movies as simple as possible. Here's what I came up with.

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The Berlin airlift

– The grand story of the Berlin airlift in pictures. It's one of my favourite stories, and I couldn't help but share it with you.

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The way home

– How I remember Montreal, and how it will be to return home in the middle of the winter, eight months after I left.

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Ghosts of the war

– The scars of Germany's darkest hour are all over Berlin. Beyond the history books, the monuments and the museums, the subtle reminders of the most destructive war in human history are scattered about the city.

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