A picture of me may help to humanize my contributions:
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
|The Copyeditor's Barnstar|
|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
|On 11 July 2012, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Fall of the Western Roman Empire, which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that in 405, during the fall of the Western Roman Empire, manpower was so scarce that Roman soldiers were urged to allow their personal slaves to fight beside them? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Fall of the Western Roman Empire. You are welcome to check how many hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, quick check) and it will be added to DYKSTATS if it got over 5,000. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.|
A barnstar for you!
|The Special Barnstar|
|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)
- You're welcome! Richard Keatinge (talk) 17:38, 3 December 2012 (UTC)
A barnstar for you!
|The Original Barnstar|
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)
DYK for Liu Fei, Prince of Jiangdu
|On 7 September 2014, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Liu Fei, Prince of Jiangdu, which you recently created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that the 2,100-year-old mausoleum of the King of Jiangdu contained a kitchen with food, 100,000 coins, and the only undamaged jade coffin in China? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Liu Fei, Prince of Jiangdu. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, live views, daily totals), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.|