User:Richard Keatinge

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A picture of me may help to humanize my contributions:

Here I am in summer 2014 with a real archaeologist. We are at the start of several days work which ended with the discovery of (a corner of) a Roman furnace building.

I'm a father, medical doctor in Wales, archer, bowyer, and cyclist. I regard myself as fairly expert on bicycle helmets, also some aspects of history, especially anything to do with Roman Britain and that old conundrum the Fall of the Western Roman Empire. My academic/professional affiliations include the Royal College of General Practitioners, the British Medical Association, the Faculty of Public Health, Pembroke College, Cambridge, and the business school of the Open University. I am associated with / a member of various organizations including among others the CTC (cycling), Cycling Embassy of Great Britain, 20's Plenty, Safe Streets Anglesey, Beicio Bangor, and the Teffont Archaeology Project. I'm also a volunteer on the editorial board of the Bicycle Helmet Research Foundation (though I don't recall authoring any of the content of cyclehelmets.org I do share responsibility for it).

None of these organizations has paid me anything more than (in a couple of cases) some expenses for attendance, and so none is in any sense paying me for advocacy. I have points of view on quite a lot of things and you may make a fair guess at some of them from the above list. I find logical positivism far too tiring for daily use but I do like to think that I maintain an attitude of mild scepticism, at least when stimulated.

You may like to know that, here, my Wikipedia affiliation trumps all of the others. I'm here to build a better encyclopaedia and, when required, have been ruthless in rooting out points of view that I happen to agree with, but which don't conform to best Wikipedia practice. Feel free to point out if you think I'm deviating from NPOV. But you may safely assume that I'm doing my best.

I usually revert vandalism when I come across it, correct minor spelling and grammatical mistakes, and have been known to do quite extensive copyedits on articles of whose subjects I am entirely ignorant.


Barnstars and others forms of positive reinforcement[edit]

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For fantastic work on improving the grammar, spelling, and pretty much every other mistake left by the massive edits to the Gaza Flotilla Raid page and all the other pages you are helping make better :-) Zuchinni one (talk) 17:08, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Fall of the Western Roman Empire[edit]

Graeme Bartlett (talk) 16:02, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For outstanding effort on Fall of the Western Roman Empire. Especially as a busy GP and the fact it took 7 months to write!♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:13, 11 July 2012 (UTC)
Thank you! Richard Keatinge (talk) 07:56, 12 July 2012 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

I personally wish to thank you for reverting vandalism from my user page! :) I appreciate it :) Thank you once again! Ahmer Jamil Khan (talk) 17:32, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

You're welcome! Richard Keatinge (talk) 17:38, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Hi Richard,

Thanks for your edits on the bicycle helmets in Australia article, that removed the subjective content. I was a big shocked by the censorship of another editor, disguised as a "correction". Sticking to verifiable content is a better approach. Harvey4931 (talk) 22:36, 3 December 2012 (UTC)