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"‎The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a dockside whore. We don't just borrow some words; on occasions, English has pursued other languages down dark alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary and grammar."
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When I die can I please have Charlie Sheen's life flash before my eyes?
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George W Bush's presidential library was destroyed by fire yesterday. Sadly, both books were destroyed and he hadn't even finished colouring in the second one.

About me...
This editor is a Veteran Editor II and is entitled to display this Bronze Editor Star.
  • Ride Driver at Barry Island Pleasure Park, 1964 - 1967. (During weekends and school holidays)
  • Refuse Collector & Sewer Rat Exterminator for Penarth Urban District Council, 1967. (Whilst waiting for a Civil Service placement)
  • Tax Officer for HM Inspector of Taxes Public Department 5, Ty Glas, Llanishen, Cardiff, 1967 - 1969
  • Part-time staff 'Rock Music Correspondent' for Axis Magazine, 1968 - 1969
  • Part-time 'Post Observer', Royal Observer Corps, 1965 - 1979 (Penarth Post 65-75, Llanishen Post 75-79)
  • Vice Chairman West Keal Parish Council 1993 - 2001,
  • Secretary West Keal Parish Charity Commissioners 1998 - 2001
  • Car 'Sales Executive', Sandicliffe (Ford) Motors Boston, 1994 - 1995
  • Financial Planning Consultant and Mortgage Broker, J Rothschild Assurance, 1995 - 2001
  • Following the 20 year sabbatical working in the real world, recommenced playing bass and singing in various amateur Lincolnshire based cabaret/pub rock bands, 1995 - 2005; Backtrackin', Deja Vu, Count me Out, Ring of Gold and Crimson Ice
  • 'Band Manager' for two young rock bands from Lincolnshire: Glass Onion and The Past
  • Mortgage Adviser, Agency Mortgage Services Ltd, Leicester 2001 - 2005
  • Suffered three strokes and medically retired 2005
  • 'President' UCLA Renegades Junior American Football Club, 1996 - 2000
  • 'Manager' Great Britain Knights Junior American Football International Squad 1996, (Helsinki, Finland, silver medalists)
  • 'Chairman' Junior Gridiron League of Great Britain 1996 - 1997
  • Qualified 'Game Official' with British American Football Referees' Association 1998 - 2004
  • Divorced, with two grown up children and three grandchildren.
  • Currently writing my autobiography.
  • Have now assisted in raising four articles to GA status and twelve other wikipedia articles from stub or start status to at least B class or even higher, had one article included in "Did you know?" and completed 13,250 edits. (There are over 850 pages on my "watchlist").
  • email address: renegadeuk@hotmail.com
Countries visited

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Recognitions by fellow wikipedia editors



Tireless Contributor Barnstar.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
For your work on creating and editing many excellent articles, especially those about schools in your area. Deadly∀ssassin 20:26, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
Decorations


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Royal Observer Corps Medal

Aircraft types I have flown in


Vehicles I have owned



Wiki pages worked on, contributed to, amended or in progress:

RAF Digby - expanded a stub entry to a full article

RAF Folkingham - expanded and corrected entry

RAF Ludford Magna - expanded and corrected page

RAF Coleby Grange - created and expanded page

RAF Harlaxton - created and expanded page

RAF Alma Park - created and expanded page

RAF Belton Park - created and expanded page

RAF Metheringham - created and expanded page

RAF Anwick - created and expanded page

RAF Cammeringham - created and expanded page

Paul Barrett - created and expanded page

Civilian Technical Corps - expanded article

Operational instruments of the Royal Observer Corps - created and expanded page

List of people associated with Penarth - created and expanded page

Rednal - expanded a short stub to a full article

Bilberry Hill - created and expanded

Aircraft recognition - added ROC section

Lickey Hills Country Park - expanded a stub to a full entry

OPEVAL - created and expanded article

Skywatch march - created and expanded article

Cound - expanded a two paragraph stub to a full article

Condover - expanded a stub to a full article

Condover Hall - expanded a stub to a full article

RAF Condover - created and expanded page

Cound Brook - created and expanded page

John A. Newton - created page from a red link at Boston Grammar School

Excell International School - created and expanded article

Jimmy Edwards - reoganised paragraphs and headings, corrected punctuation and added information

Big Bad Mouse - created and expanded page

Raymond Offord - created and expanded page

Cathcart Wight-Boycott - created and expanded page

Cofton Hackett - reorganised entry and expanded from a stub to a full article

Finlay Crerar - created and developed page

Geoffrey Ambler - created and developed page

John Herbert Thomas Simpson - created and developed page

John Mortimer Warfield - created and developed page

Gordon Herbert Vasse - created and developed page

John F. G. Howe - created and developed page

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach - rebuilt the page after a previous version was deleted for copyvio

RAF Hemswell - expanded a three line stub to a full article

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle - reformatted page and improved content

Air Marshal Sir Richard Jordan - created and developed page

Bomb Power Indicator - generated and expanded article

Paddy Bandon - added ROC connections and tripled size of article

Ground Zero Indicator - generated and expanded article

Atomic Weapons Detection Recognition and Estimation of Yield - created and improved AWDREY article

Radyr - Complete rebuild and reorganisation

Radyr Comprehensive School - reorganisation, info box and additions

Serious Charge - created and expanded

Cliff Spink - created and started

Village Pound - created and started

Barbarian F.C. - minor additions

Guy Gibson - added several entries

Francis Willis - greatly expanded content

Major General Edward 'Splash' Ashmore - expanded content

Derek Wood = expanded content

Alfred Warrington-Morris - sourced and built entire entry

Edward Masterman - expanded article

Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships - added ROC section

Public House - added section on beer houses

Keal Cotes - built entire item from a two line stub

Glamorganshire Golf Club - sourced and built entire entry

Westbourne House School Penarth - major reorganisation and additions

Woodhouse Grove School - redesign and expansion

Firsby - total rebuild and major additions

Spilsby - total rebuild and major additions

Colin McCormack - sourced and built entire entry

Claudia Winkleman - deleting regular vandalism

King Edward VI School, Spilsby - created and built page

Skegness Grammar School - completely rebuilt the page

Stanwell School - in progress rewrite

Dinas Powys - major reoganisation and expansion

RAC plc - expanded history

Dolly Parton - minor amendments and deleting frequent vandalisms

Ray Smith (actor) - expanded article

Lisvane - some additions, added Demographics, reoganised layout and added references

Bomere Pool - created and built page

Hiroshima - minor corrections and deleted daily vandalisms

Little Boy - minor corrections and deleted daily vandalisms

Fat Man - minor corrections and deleted daily vandalisms

Dingle Road railway station - tidied up language and grammar

Ian Lavender - minor addition

Bournville school - total compilation

Bournville - added Rowheath paragraph and deleted vandalisms

Victoria Park, Cardiff - rearranged layout, added history detail

Canton, Cardiff - added history section

Shrewsbury - added several paragraphs

Bayston Hill - major amendments, additions and reorganisation

United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation - major narrative additions

Eric Lock - major narrative contribution

Barry Island Pleasure Park - major narrative contribution

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach - added rollercoaster paragraph

Penarth RFC - complete build

Penarth - minor corrections and additions, deleted regular vandalisms

Penarth railway station - amended and added history

Lavernock - major additions and reorganisation

Sully, Vale of Glamorgan - major additions and reorganisation

Sully Island - added several paragraphs

Cosmeston Park - added background history

Cosmeston Medieval Village - total rebuild and rewrite

Marilu Henner - amendments and redesign, reversed several vandalisms

Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon - minor amendments (subsequently deleted by an editor)

Austin Matthews - added Penarth RFC link paragraph

ASTMS - added McKechnie paragraph

RAF Carlisle - complete rebuild and rewrite

Shakin' Stevens - major reorganisation and corrections to the article, deleted repeated vandalisms

Dave Edmunds - Added several paragraphs

Carol Vorderman - added a missing TV show to her career details, deleted regular vandalisms

Royal Observer Corps - dismantled a small article and expanded it to far too big, needs splitting (manyana)

Goosnargh - added ROC/UKWMO section

Options for Change - minor additions

Four Minute Warning - minor corrections

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  • There should not be anything in the lead not mentioned in the rest of the article. (GA criteria)
  • Wikilinks should only be made if they are relevant to the context. Common words do not need wikilinking.
  • A word only needs to be wikilinked once within each section.
  • Links within quotations should be avoided.
  • Logical quotation should be used, i.e. final punctuation belongs outside the quote marks, unless the punctuation is part of the quote and the quote is not a sentence fragment.
  • Only full dates or dates with a day and a month should be linked. The same applies to dates in the footnotes.
  • External links only belong in the External links section.
  • It is recommended not to specify the size of images. The sizes should be what readers have specified in their user preferences.
  • Text should not be sandwiched between two adjacent images. (GA criteria)
  • Left-aligned images should not be placed at the start of subsections.
  • All fair-use images need a fair use rationale. (GA criteria)
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  • An image caption should only end with a full-stop if it forms a complete sentence. (GA criteria)
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  • Blogs and personal websites are not reliable sources, unless written by the subject of the article or by an expert on the subject. (GA criteria)
  • Dead web references should not be removed, unless replaced.
  • Inline citations belong immediately after punctuation marks. (GA criteria)
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  • Lists should only be included if they can't be made into prose or their own article. (GA criteria)
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  • Page ranges in the footnotes, and sports scores should use en dashes.
  • " " (non-breaking space) should be typed between numbers and units, and other numerical/non-numerical components, e.g., "10 miles", "Boeing 747"
  • Imperial measurements should be accompanied by the metric equivalent in brackets, and vice versa. If possible, use a convertion template, eg. {{convert|5|mi|km|0}}.
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  • Sentences should not start with a numeral. The sentence should be recast or the number should be spelled out.
  • Only the first word in a section heading needs a capital letter (except in proper nouns).
  • Short sections and paragraphs are discouraged. (GA criteria)
  • Ampersands should not be used (except when in a name, eg., Marks & Spencer)
  • "Last few years" has ambiguous meaning; "past few years" is preferable in some contexts.
  • "Within" has a different meaning to "in". "Within" should only be used when emphasing that something is inside something, eg. "the town is in the county", "the town is within the county boundaries"
  • Periods and spaces are needed after initials in people's names, e.g., P. G. Wodehouse
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  • A hyphen shouldn't be placed after an -ly word if it is an adverb, e,g., widely used word; except if the -ly word could be mistaken for an adjective, e.g., friendly-looking man.
  • "Century" doesn't need a capital, e.g., "15th century" rather than "15th Century"
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