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List 1: projected TFA dates[edit]

List 2: FAs not scheduled or projected as TFA[edit]

Pirates[edit]

Reminder to me: check opera discographies - regularly.

Elagabalus[edit]

Watch it! (prose and referencing)

Books & Bytes, Issue 4[edit]

Books and Bytes

Volume 1, Issue 4, February 2014

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Delayed reply[edit]

Hi Brian, sorry I am not around much here anymore - logged in to update the PR pages and saw your messages to me. I am glad to see Profumo now has its star. The documentary was good, and made me realize again how extraordinarily fortunate Shackleton and his crew were. I hope to come back more at some point, but am not sure when that might be. Yours, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 04:03, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Peru national football team FAC[edit]

Hello Brian. The Peru national football team FAC nomination has now received a series of favorable comments in favor. I wanted to thank you again for "kickstarting" the process. The article underwent a major copy-edit since you last checked it. Any further analysis from your part (or support, if you find no major issues with the present state of the article) would still be much welcomed at this time. Regards.--MarshalN20 Talk 06:23, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

I'm glad that the article is doing well at FAC. I think it unlikely that I will be able to contribute further, as I am already behind with existing review promises, have limited online time at the moment, and will probably be taking a short break soon. Still, with 3 supports from editors in good standing, I think it highly likely that the article will be promoted soon, without further help from me. Brianboulton (talk) 20:10, 1 March 2014 (UTC)


March 2014[edit]

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Unimaginative section heading based round the date[edit]

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  • Imagine a picture here Thinks: What can I do to raise money for Children in Need?'
  • Imagine another picture here "No man could have taken it better" Thinks: Is that iceberg small or far away?
Nice idea, Notabot, but as some geezer has pointed out at the WP:TFAR, there is no pre-1923 publication history for these images. They're not in Shackleton's book; can't think where else they might have been (newspaper, perhaps). Brianboulton (talk) 15:56, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
Indeed. I was just returning to remove them - they were probably in the Daily Mail and perhaps in Marston and James' Memories of Antarctic Days (doubtful - I suspect it's all watercolours and fluffy penguin chicks). I uploaded them thinking that I'd be able to attach a publication date fairly quickly, but no such luck. Marked for speedy on Commons now, though I do think the eye patch might be worth a FU claim over here. Yomanganitalk 16:11, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

Ping[edit]

All done or responded to. Enjoy your time away, if I don't get the chance.--Wehwalt (talk) 23:05, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

Gi' me t'ball, Mr Stoddart. Ah'll get t'buggers out before lunch[edit]

Just to let you know that Mr Peel is now at FAC. The review is here. Sarastro1 (talk) 19:36, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

You're probably right, and I've changed it now. I hope your break was good. Sarastro1 (talk) 21:44, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

To await return[edit]

When you're back, bronzed and fit, I should be very glad indeed to see you at the peer review of John Gielgud. If other recent PRs are anything to go by, this review will be open for several weeks, so I hope to catch you post-hols. Bon voyage! Tim riley (talk) 13:13, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

Yes, by all means I'll do Gielgud. I'm taking my iPad, so if I can get a decent WiFi connection I'll be able to read the article while I'm away. Can I ask a return favour? I've fallen behind with Imogen, so it won't be ready for PR until I get back. I've still to add a (shortish) section on her music, which I hope to have drafted before I depart. But in any event I'd appreciate some informal talkpage comment, particularly on issues such as whether calling her "Imogen" is acceptable ("Topping!" I'm sure she would say), or on any other areas which you think need further attention. Thanks for your good wishes. Brianboulton (talk) 16:58, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
It will be a pleasure. Tim riley (talk) 19:39, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

Main Page appearance: Aeneas Mackintosh[edit]

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Aeneas Mackintosh

Aeneas Mackintosh (1879–1916) was a British Antarctic explorer who commanded the Ross Sea party within Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914–17. The party's mission was to support Shackleton's proposed transcontinental march by laying supply depots along the latter stages of the march's intended route. Confusing orders meant Mackintosh was uncertain of the timing of Shackleton's proposed march. Matters worsened when the party's ship, SY Aurora, was swept from its moorings during a gale and was unable to return. Despite these setbacks and further practical difficulties, Mackintosh's stranded party managed to carry out its depot-laying task to the full. Having reached safety, he and a companion lost their lives while attempting to reach the expedition's base camp by crossing the unstable sea ice. Shackleton later commended the work of Mackintosh and his comrades, and equated the sacrifice of their lives to those given in the trenches during the First World War. However, his competence and leadership skills have been questioned by some polar historians. (Full article...)

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Laborintus II (2012 recording)[edit]

Hi Brian, if possible, could you (and some of your musically inclined talk page stalkers if they wish!) stop by at this FAC and weigh in? Perhaps it's bloody minded of me given the time it's been open but I'd like to wring a consensus out of it one way or the other, as it may set a precedent of sorts at FAC. A source reivew would be useful as well if you have time...! Tks/cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 23:40, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

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Zim hockey team FAC[edit]

Hi Brian, I see that you are busy but I just thought I'd drop you a note to let you know I have a new article at FAC: the Zimbabwe women's national field hockey team at the 1980 Summer Olympics (nom). This is a bit of a change of pace for me as you can see, something that's entirely welcome after the very long and scholarly endeavour that was Smith. This new article is just a bit of fun really—short, sweet and not too challenging. Anyway, as always your thoughts would be very much appreciated if you have a little bit of time. Cheers, Cliftonian (talk) 20:32, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 12 March 2014[edit]

Closing PR?[edit]

Hi, saw you tweaked the closure of Eric Corbett's Enid Blyton Peer review, which he closed as nominator. I did the same on "my" article Mucho Macho Man - hope I didn't make any mistakes in closing that PR, and would be grateful if you'd check my efforts there to see if I did it correctly? Thanks. Montanabw(talk) 06:14, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

I have closed the Mucho Macho PR page. To close reviews, all you need to do is to replace the {{Peer review page|topic= }} template at the beginning of the review with {{subst:PR/archive}} – the closure is then effected automatically. If like me you have a mind like a sieve as far as WP housekeeping instructions are concerned, you can check the procedure by clicking the "Instructions" tab on the WP:PR home page and going to Step 4. Brianboulton (talk) 11:30, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, I did that, but it looked kind of funny - I agree about that sieve thing... which I why I ask about this stuff! LOL! Montanabw(talk) 20:57, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Informal PR[edit]

Hey Brian, would you mind doing an informal PR on the WINC (AM)‎ article? Wehwalt is going to do a more in-depth, formal PR later this week (arm pending), but I always like to have two opinions on an article I'm working on. Gives more insight. Thanks in advance...NeutralhomerTalk • 23:21, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

If you get to it before I do, just leave me a note, if you plan on doing it. I'll probably go fairly hands-on so it might be good to wait. Incidentally, I hear your government is devaluing the pound to 3d. Nice!--Wehwalt (talk) 12:57, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
I think they're doing it to give you further scope for articles, when you run out of American coins. I remember the old 3d coins from my childhood; they weighed an awful lot relative to their purchasing power – let's hope that won't apply to the proposed new pounds. I'm going to take a quick look at WINC when I'm through with your Louisiana Purchase, which I'm working on now. I should be done with both by this evening. Brianboulton (talk) 14:44, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
Hey Wehwalt, I would still like you to do a formal PR. I am hoping to take the WINC article to FA (eventually) and like before, I wanted to get two PRs done...kinda like a "second opinion". :) Also, it gives your arm some more time to rest. :) - NeutralhomerTalk • 22:44, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
I am sure he means to do it, just letting me get my bit in first. I have left a few comments on the article's talkpage for you to be getting on with. Brianboulton (talk) 22:55, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
Exactly.--Wehwalt (talk) 23:00, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
Yup, that's what I was meaning. Sorry, if it sounded like I wanted Wehwalt to begin his review after yours. :) - NeutralhomerTalk • 23:12, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Corrected the items you had listed except for two, both of which I have commented on in the review response. - NeutralhomerTalk • 11:20, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Thank you, Sir, for your help on this informal PR. Your help is much appreciated. :) - NeutralhomerTalk • 03:43, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Imogen Holst[edit]

Any talkpage watchers/stalkers are invited to visit the peer review at Wikipedia:Peer review/Imogen Holst/archive1, and have a go at Imogen. She would think it a tremendous lark – ripping fun! Brianboulton (talk) 14:43, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

D'Oliveira affair[edit]

Another favour to ask! I've got this article at PR here; it is technically another cricket article, but this one is a bit different as I'm sure you're aware. Any comments would be appreciated. I'd like to get this one spot on. Sarastro1 (talk) 11:17, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Just to inform you that the article is now at FAC here, and any further comments would be appreciated. Sarastro1 (talk) 21:37, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Imogen's dad[edit]

I see you've removed the IPA code for Gustav's surname. I wonder, though, if it is perhaps helpful to have it, because it is not necessarily obvious from the alphabetical spelling that the "o" is long as in the vowel sound of "most" rather than short as in "cost". Just my two penn'orth, and I don't feel passionately about it. Tangentially, in the famous Ken Russell Elgar film Huw Weldon (voice over) pronounced EE's surname with the second syllable clipped, as "vulgar" would sound if the "u" were an "e", whereas I pronounce the second bit as in "Gare du Nord". The IPA is an unlovely thing, but it has its uses. Tim riley (talk) 18:46, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

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Tomas de Victoria[edit]

Are you interested in doing up this article? It needs some attention and proper sources.

Not sure who you are, but I think you may have asked me this before. Some while back I started collecting sources and other information on Victoria, which I am holding in a sandbox. I have not felt confident about developing his; I am not an expert on him or his era, which will limit the amount of work I can do. Preferably, if I am to do this, I would like to work with someone who has deeper knowledge but, sadly, Wikipedia seems rather bereft of expertise in early music. Brianboulton (talk) 15:51, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 26 March 2014[edit]

Elizabeth Maconchy[edit]

Hello Brian. Do you (or anyone else reading this) have any plans regarding the Elizabeth Maconchy article? She was a wonderful composer, and I was thinking of greatly expanding it. Just wanted to check before I spend quite a lot of money on books. Cheers, --Stfg (talk) 18:45, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

I have no plans for working on Maconchy, and would be delighted if you were to do so. The list of source articles accompanying the Grove online article is extensive, but not all of these may be easy to locate. I'll help where I can – for example, by helping with JSTOR access if you don't have it. My own shelves are pretty well bereft of Maconchy material, alas. Brianboulton (talk) 21:27, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
Many thanks, Brian. I do have JSTOR access (and there are around 600 hits for her there!). There are a couple of relevant books. Thanks for the pointer to Grove for sources. It's just what I needed. --Stfg (talk) 21:55, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for your efforts![edit]

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Your name came up on a Wikipediocracy thread about solid content writers who don't get the credit they deserve and I just wanted to drop by and do a little of that. Thanks for your work on behalf of The Project! Carrite (talk) 15:28, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
This is much appreciated. I have to say, though, that I feel I have indeed received credit, perhaps more than I deserve, from the large number of editors who have taken an interest in my various Featured Articles over the years. However, any receipt of unexpected kindness, such as this, is a tremendous pleasure. Brianboulton (talk) 18:10, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Main Page appearance: Nancy Mitford[edit]

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Nancy Mitford (1904–1973) was an English novelist, biographer and journalist. She was the eldest of the renowned Mitford sisters and one of the "Bright Young People" of London's inter-war years. Although mainly remembered for her witty accounts of upper-class life, she also established a reputation as a writer of popular historical biographies. The eldest daughter of the 2nd Baron Redesdale, she published her first book in 1931, but it was her two semi-autobiographical postwar novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, that established her reputation. During the 1950s she was identified with the concept of "U" (upper) and "non-U" language as a determinant of social standing; she had intended this as a joke, but thereafter many considered Mitford an authority on manners and breeding. Her later years were bitter-sweet, the success of her biographical studies of Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire and King Louis XIV contrasting with the ultimate failure of her personal relationships. From the late 1960s her health deteriorated, and she endured several years of painful illness before her death in 1973. (Full article...)

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Imogen studied with Gordon Jacob at the RCM ...[edit]

... according to this obituary of Jacob. Cheers, --Stfg (talk) 09:06, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Yes, though Grogan's account is very vague as to what Jacob actually did. Unfortunately, I seem to have lost my JSTOR access so I can't comment on what the obit says. Brianboulton (talk) 09:19, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Almost nothing, I'm afraid. The relevant passage merely says that he was a distinguished teacher at the RCM, and a parenthesis lists Imogen, Malcolm Arnold and Elizabeth Maconchy among his pupils. This source says that Jacob taught theory and composition at the RCM (but not that he didn't teach anything else). --Stfg (talk) 10:15, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Oh, and if you need anything urgently before your JSTOR access is restored, just let me know. --Stfg (talk) 17:16, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

JSTOR[edit]

Expired 31 March. Discussion Wikipedia talk:The Wikipedia Library/JSTOR here, several threads.

JSTOR Survey (and an update)[edit]

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Imogen[edit]

Very pleased to see IH now a featured article. I wonder if it might be prudent to put a note on the article talk page about the use of her given name throughout? I'd be surprised if some well-meaning soul doesn't wander in at some point and try to make her "Holst". A note explaining that this point has been thoroughly considered at the PR and the FAC might help to ward off such attentions. – Tim riley (talk) 08:35, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Afterthought: I think that other than royals (e.g. George VI and the present queen) Gustav and Imogen are the only father and daughter honoured with a WP FA apiece. Tim riley (talk) 08:56, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
I've been playing hookey for a couple of days. I'm not sure about a note on the talkpage – it might act as a prompt to the aforesaid "well-meaning" soul (or chronic interferer) to do exactly as you suggest. The use of forename was accepted without demur on the Cosima article, and I'd be inclined to leave this one, keep watch, and jump in with the appropriate explanations if the need arises. How is Gielgud? Brianboulton (talk) 18:25, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 02 April 2014[edit]

Unionskirche Idstein etc[edit]

Don't miss one of my pictures in this edition ;) - DYK that the pictured church is named for the first union between Lutheran and Reformed protestants in Germany, and known for 38 paintings of the Rubens school? - Lovely to see a "bright young" woman featured on the Main page, thank you! - I missed the Imogen review, sorry, but mentioned her on the Chopin talk, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:33, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Nice picture, nice interview: perhaps you could add to the image description an indication as to where Idstein is – not many non-Germans will know. Brianboulton (talk) 09:08, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
I am a DYK-person: make curious to find out ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:18, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

FA congratulations again again...[edit]

Just a quick note to congratulate you on the promotion of Imogen Holst to FA status recently. I know you know all about WP:TFAR and the "pending" list, so this is just a reminder to use them as and when suits you. Many thanks.

Incidentally, you (and your talk-page stalkers) might like to know that the TFA nominations has changed. For an experimental period, nominators no longer have to worry about calculating how many "points" the article has. In addition, there is a new (and hopefully easy-to-use) nomination procedure, using a pre-filled template much like DYK. All feedback on the new system is welcome. BencherliteTalk 10:11, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for your good wishes. As to the new TFAR procedures, reform of the points procedure was long overdue and I think the new system will work well. As to my further nominations, I have three composer anniversaries coming up this autumn, relating to Delius, Gustav Holst and Peter Warlock, and another (Tippett) in January. So I may lay off other noms for the time being, unless a real shortage develops in which case I have a few, ancient and modern, which I will bring forward. Thank you for your continuing good and invaluable work on this aspect of the encyclopedia. Brianboulton (talk) 10:35, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
Very kind of you. My task would be impossible without the co-operation that you and so many others provide. BencherliteTalk 11:06, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Gielgud, Falstaff et al[edit]

(Shifted so that I don't lose it when I archive)

Point taken about the note. I'm back in London with access to my books. I'll set aside a day soon to deal with unfinished business from the Gielgud PR and then ho for FAC. Truth to tell I'm flagging a bit chez Sir John. There's just so much of it! The other Sir John - Falstaff - is shorter, and I'll enjoy going back to him shortly. I also retail state secrets at a very low figure, and can tell you that the twosome responsible for Disraeli are looking at Lord Salisbury. I have RVW in my sights, too, but very distantly. Et toi (if I may)? Tim riley (talk) 20:23, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

I understand your feelings re Gielgud. When I was in the throes of Tippett and sinking under the weight, I broke off and did Sibelius's Eighth, returning to Tippett much refreshed (though he still nearly did for me). Salisbury will be a challenge; not a lot of charm or compassion there, but the politics will be fascinating. My own plans don't go further than my current project, on which I am proceeding verrrrry sloooooowly - the Jeremy Thorpe scandal. Visible output by the end of the month, probably. In the back of my mind is the idea that you and I briefly thought that doing Osbert Lancaster as a joint effort might be fun, and I'll be up for that, when the time is ripe. Brianboulton (talk) 20:51, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Happy to remain signed up for Osbert. I have a fair bit of Lancastriana on my shelves. Something for the autumn, perhaps? Tim riley (talk) 21:18, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
And, at second hand, though SchroCat is the main target of the attack, I feel worn down by the dimness and insensitivity here. I shall have a brief break, I think. Tim riley (talk) 22:24, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

And now for something completely different[edit]

Yes, Tim and I have staked our plain claim to do Salisbury in August. In the interim, I have completed the much-delayed and much-advertised Babe Ruth, and laid it at peer review here. You will no doubt be distressed at the use of certain jargon, but I daresay it is expected and would cause more comment were I to go out of the way to avoid it. I have managed to secure additional research facilities on a temporary basis, please let me know if I may be of help.--Wehwalt (talk) 07:54, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

  • Congratulations on your new role as affiliate at the Center for History and New Media. It so happens that I have begun some preliminary research into what may become my first all-American article: the sinking of SS Arctic in 1854. Apart from a couple of books, sources are sparse; if the Center has access to any raw materials, e.g. contemporary newspaper accounts, these could indeed be useful. On the matter of Babe Ruth, I have long accepted that sports have their own language codes; the trick is to use these without descending into tabloid sports journalese. And of course, with Ruth, even most Brits have heard of him and know who he was. I wonder how many cricketers are known by name to the majority of Americans? Brianboulton (talk) 09:51, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
I cannot think of any offhand. I will look into the matter. Also, I am going to Norway in June, are there any photographs you need for your Arctic articles? It is another boat, but does get quite far north. Thank you for reviewing. I ran a hasty search, please let me know if you need the below. The full text is not online, but I am going over there to return some books and get others, and can enquire how to obtain it.

The SS Arctic and Professor Johnson. Academic Journal (English) By: Warthen HJ Jr, Virginia Medical Monthly [Va Med Mon (1918)], ISSN: 0042-6644, 1974 Jul; Vol. 101 (7), pp. 535-44; Publisher: Medical Society Of Virginia; PMID: 4603129, Database: MEDLINE with Full Text Subjects: Virginia; Disasters; Ships

--Wehwalt (talk) 10:05, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the congratulations, incidentally. Can you send me an email with your current email address? There seem to be a fair number of articles with "further particulars" of the wreck I think would be of interest to you. I am not sure you have my present email, it should be a gmail address, if you do not have it, use the "email this user" function.--Wehwalt (talk) 10:17, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
I am frankly envious of the resources that those at universities have at their disposal, and probably make very little use of.--Wehwalt (talk) 10:21, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
  • I have WP-emailed you my email address, which is unchanged. I am somewhat intrigued by the "Professor Johnson" article, and would be most grateful if you could let me have this text, also any of the other articles which you can locate relating to the wreck. Ther is no immediate urgency, as I don't expect to do any serious work on the article before May. When it is done, I may well ask you to audit my attempts to adjust to AmEng spellings.
Your Norway cruise sounds interesting. I went to the North Cape, Vardø and Kirkenes a few years ago, when I was still writing polar articles, something I don't really do any more. If your ship gets up to Svalbard, I'd love to see any photographs, just out of interest.
Certainly. We are supposed to call at Ny Alesund, but that's always weather permitting as the ship's boats are used to take us ashore. (it is the June 6 departure on the Ocean Princess, which should give you the itinerary if you are interested in viewing it) At the very least, we will be spending several hours of "scenic cruising" by the island. I've sent you about forty. I will let it go at that for now but I will be quite glad to send you more. They expect this affiliateship to result in the improvement of at least 25 historical articles. There is no requirement that I write them all myself. Once I figure out how to do it in a manner that won't overwhelm me, I do intend to open this up to the FAC community.--Wehwalt (talk) 16:44, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Just checked my email – 27 Arctic messages! Many thanks - I will work my way through them. Brianboulton (talk) 18:27, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 09 April 2014[edit]

The Complete Plain Words[edit]

If you have a few minutes to spare – and there is no hurry whatever – pray look in and tell me bluntly if this is yet worth putting up to PR with GA as its ultimate aim. I should probably declare an interest as an ex-offender at HMSO, thus. Eheu fugaces! Tim riley (talk) 22:02, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Of course it's worth a PR, and I'll gladly do it, Postume, O Postume. Just one thing I noticed when I gave the article a quick once-over: the lead says the style guide was written in 1954, while the first section refers to a review in 1948. (Another thing I noticed was that one of the villains of the piece is called Greenbaum). Brianboulton (talk) 22:33, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
That's reassuring. Thank you for that! (American Greenbaums are much more enjoyable to read than English ones, on the evidence before us.) I'm going to do nothing in particular on WP for a week or two, having gone a bit stale, as one occasionally can. Back with Gielgud, Falstaff and Plain Words next month, I hope, and available for PRs, FACs, Masonic Ladies' Nights etc in the interim. Tim riley (talk) 12:26, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Books & Bytes - Issue 5[edit]

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Issue 5, March 2014
by The Interior (talk · contribs), Ocaasi (talk · contribs)

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  • TWL Branch on Arabic Wikipedia, microgrants program
  • Australian articles get a link to librarians
  • Spotlight: "7 Reasons Librarians Should Edit Wikipedia"

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