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The Wikipedia Library: New Account Coordinators Needed[edit]

Hi Books & Bytes recipients: The Wikipedia Library has been expanding rapidly and we need some help! We currently have 10 signups for free account access open and several more in the works... In order to help with those signups, distribute access codes, and manage accounts we'll need 2-3 more Account Coordinators.

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Real Racing 3 table[edit]

Hi Bertaut, I have only just realised that you have deleted the Real Racing 3 Table and I understand that it is inappropriate content. Can I create a "List of Fully Upgraded Real Racing 3 Cars" article? Respond in my talk please. Liam1274 (talk) 19:09, 6 July 2014 (UTC)


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Books and Bytes - Issue 7[edit]

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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:20, 31 July 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for the ping thanks B. I have been meaning to get to your talk page for a couple days. Earlier this week (well last week now your time) I received the two DVD set which contain the programmes about the National Theatre's 50th Anniversary. One had the Arena two part documentary about the history of the National - which was great fun to play "spot the young actor" - I think I saw Bob Hoskins in rehearsals for Guys and Dolls but I couldn't be sure as the person had a hat pulled down and was wearing sunglasses. Also I had never heard the story about the Daniel Day-Lewis leaving Hamlet mid performance to be replaced by the dying Ian Charleson. Sometimes life is more dramatic that the Bards writing. I apologize if that comes off as flippant I did not mean it like that, I can still remember how sad I was the day I read of his passing. The other disc was the recording of the Nov 2 celebration/performance at the theatre. Again it was fun to see so many people that I only know from my TV watching. I also like how they took a bow by decade after the all cast bow. I hope that you are well. Autumn is in the air here and my friends annual pig roast is tomorrow - lot of good food and nice people. Cheers and best wishes. MarnetteD|Talk 05:04, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

I'm not familiar with that story about Daniel Day Lewis either. Jez. Considering how attached he gets to the parts he plays, it must have taken something for him to walk away from Hamlet. Or maybe he just decided he didn't like Shakespeare!!! Actually, whilst we're on the subject of Day Lewis. I don't know if you're familiar with Bloomsday; June 16, the day on which Ulysses set. It's kind of an unofficial holiday in Dublin. Fans walk the route Leopold Bloom takes in the novel, eat in the same places, have a few pints in the same bars etc. Part of the day's activities include readings from the novel in Trinity College. Last year, I was there as I am most years. There's usually a hundred or so people turn up. And I'm standing there, and they announce the final reading, which is an extract from Molly Bloom's stream of consciousness chapter. Anyhow, they announce the reader and out onto the stage walks Daniel Day Lewis and proceeds to start reading! This was only three months after he'd won the Oscar for the third time. They hadn't advertised it because they didn't want thousands of people turning up, but he was in Ireland celebrating something to do with Jim Sheridan's career, and someone in TCD knew him, gave him a call, and he agreed to do it. Surreal. Yeah, I was only 12 when Ian Charleson died, so I didn't care much at the time, but having seen so much of his work since then, he was a great talent. He made a terrific Octavius Caesar in the BBC Antony and Cleopatra. I often think it's funny when I watch British sci-fi from the 80s, which is generally appalling. So many truly great Shakespearean actors speaking the most ridiculous dialogue on cardboard sets. There's something both hilarious and depressing about it!!! Bertaut (talk) 22:01, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
What a wonderful Bloomsday memory. I did know about the celebration and it is one of those things that would be a treat to experience. I have been attending plays at the Germinal Stage for almost thirty years. In June 2004 (it is just not possible that ten years have passed already) they performed an adaptation of Chapter 15: Circe. I saw it on the 16th and it was an extraordinary experience. I hope that you have a delightful week on WikiP and even more so off. MarnetteD|Talk 19:09, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Sir Thomas More[edit]

Hello good sir. I've recently been working on some of the Shakespeare templates, and I just noticed that Sir Thomas More doesn't have a template. I can see why, but do you think it might be worth creating one? There'd be a cast, sources and a related section, so there'd be enough content, but do you think it's worth going to the trouble? Five Antonios (talk) 15:10, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

Hey there. Yeah, I just had a look through the templates you're worked on. Solid stuff. You've certainly improved them; the cast list on the articles too - particularly Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus. Let me ask you something however. If I'm right, you're going through the plays alphabetically, starting with the tragedies. I see you've done a little bit of tidy up on the Hamlet article, but you haven't done anything with the Hamlet template. But now you've moved on to Julius Caesar. Are you skipping Hamlet, or are you furrowing away to try to turn it into something more user friendly? And next up are Lear, Macbeth and Othello, all of which need work, and then the rough beast that is Romeo and Juliet. I'm just curious. Any plans for them? As for a Thomas More template. I don't see any reason why not. The cast list on the article page itself could do with some work anyway. Do you want to handle the template yourself or do you want me to take a run at it? Bertaut (talk) 00:15, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
Did you just throw a reference to Yeats into a conversation about Shakespeare?? The short answer to your question is no, I have no intention of working on the Hamlet, Lear, Macbeth, Othello or Romeo templates. They need too much work. In fact, my time on your planet is coming to an end. I'm going to do a little bit of tidy up on the main Lear, Macbeth and Othello articles, and then I'm done for now. I found myself with some unanticipated free time this week but it's drawing to a close now. Regarding Thomas More, if you want to do it, that's fine. When I have some time in the future, I might have a go, but if you wanted to work on it in the interim, that's no problem. Five Antonios (talk) 20:22, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar[edit]

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For your incredible work on the Chronology of Shakespeare's plays. The fact that the article is so comprehensive is one thing. The fact that you put it together virtually single-handed is nothing short of astounding. Five Antonios (talk) 21:27, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

I just wanted to commend you for your work on that article. Extraordinary. The last time I looked at that page it was in a state of horrible disrepair. Now it's one of the finest Shakespearean articles on Wikipedia. Immensely laudable work on your part, which should be receiving considerably more recognition. Five Antonios (talk) 21:27, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank you kindly. Very much appreciated. I thoroughly enjoyed putting the article together, so I'm glad to see that some people have found it beneficial. I really do appreciate your sentiments. As regards the template discussions, yeah, that's no problem with Thomas More. When I get a chance I'll redo the character list on the main article and throw together a template. As for the 'big five', I don't blame you not going near them. The original plan was that I was supposed to trim them down when they were finished, but when I saw the size of them, I realized it would be far more work than I ever intended. I was quite happy to stick to doing the history play templates. I think it actually may have been you who said of Romeo and Hamlet that they're so big, they almost unusable. I'd agree with that. The other three aren't too bad, but are still over the top. Maybe some day I'll get a chance to work on them. But not today! Again, thanks for the barnstar. Bertaut (talk) 00:24, 12 September 2014 (UTC)