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The Germans[edit]

How do my edits to The Germans (made when I wasn't logged in – the ones about the silly walk) not make sense? Cleese was goose stepping in a manner similar to that of the silly walk. Esszet (talk) 20:08, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

It wasn't similar to "the silly walk" (which silly walk?), it was a silly walk. "Goose-stepping" gets mentioned later in the article, so I see no need to mention it in the summary in the opening paragraph. It just seems like an overly complicated and unclear way to describe a simple concept. -- Dr Greg  talk  20:18, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
I've made a couple more changes to the article. Is that better? -- Dr Greg  talk  20:40, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
That is better, but the silly walk is Cleese's silly walk from The Ministry of Silly Walks Monty Python sketch. So no, they're not the same thing. Esszet (talk) 00:09, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway....the response from the academic to whom doubts were cast on his veracity of information.[edit]

Please refer to the now-updated body text matter of the Wikipedia article as the elderly retired professor who knows the detailed history of the line very well and of the period up to 1845 where his access to the company minutes has revealed much in the way of previously unpublished matter. He visited me yesterday and noting that someone at Wikipedia has cast doubts on the veracity of his long-known information, used my own HP compueter system to enter all his information on both Crow Hall Halt and Roe Buck Halt and the reasons why both of these were relocated in a very short period of time and the position to where they were both relocated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Paul Sidorczuk (talkcontribs) 09:00, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Conversation continued at Talk:Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway#Roebuck Halt and Crow Hall Halt -- Dr Greg  talk  13:56, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Possible typo[edit]

I wouldn't want to edit anyone else's comment on a talk page, but I think on User talk:Fraserisepic2 you typed "Falkirk is listed as part of the Greater Glasgow Urban Area" when you meant "Paisley is listed...". --Deskford (talk) 18:57, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Oops, thanks for pointing that out! -- Dr Greg  talk  19:21, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
I see he came back and changed Falkirk to Paisley again. I'll try to keep and eye on the page, but I'm not always online much. --Deskford (talk) 21:38, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Location map templates/modules - help?[edit]

I see that you revised 'Infobox GB bus station' "for compatibility with newer location maps implemented as modules instead of templates".

I'm trying to do a location map for Milton Keynes (to use e.g. at Milton Keynes Coachway) but I haven't been able to find any doc page to tell me how. I wonder if you would be willing to help me (a) to do it or (b) tell me where to find the doc.

  1. I've created a suitable map at File:Location map United Kingdom Milton Keynes.png in Wikicommons
  2. If I try just to barge in and create a template page, I get a message telling me to create a module first.
  3. So (following the example at Preston), I've created Module:Location map/data/United Kingdom Milton Keynes
  4. I'm still not allowed to create the template page. What have I missed?

Thanks in advance. --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 18:41, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Dr Greg is located in Milton Keynes
Dr Greg
Dr Greg (Milton Keynes)
You shouldn't need to do anything else. No template is required; the module takes its place. But you have made a mistake in the coordinates for "left" and "right". According to Milton Keynes the town centre is at lat=52.04 long=-0.76 which does not lie within the boundaries you specified. Where did you get them from? Sorry I don't know what the correct values should be.
To get the map, right, to work, I had to use a false value {{Location map|United Kingdom Milton Keynes|lat=52.04|long=-0.875}}.
In fact, looking again where my red spot is, the "top" and "bottom" can't be right, either.
When I created my map of Preston, I made careful note of the map limits displayed by Openstreetmap when I exported the image. -- Dr Greg  talk  19:16, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
That's probably it. I didn't make "careful note of the map limits displayed by Openstreetmap when I exported the image". So I had to do it by eyeballing the image and using Google mapping to find the equivalent geodata. I'm annoyed with myself for not doing the basic sanity check that you did. I'll send myself to bed without any supper and look at it again tomorrow if poss. Thank you. --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 22:31, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
The easiest solution might be to upload a new version of the map image (exported with known limits) on top of the old one.
P.S. I now think there's no need to include the ", Buckinghamshire" disambiguator within the module. I've just removed the ", Lancashire" disambiguator from inside Module:Location map/data/United Kingdom Preston‎ on the grounds that the context in which these maps are used will provide the disambiguation, if needed. The 'name' field is used to provide default captions and default alt text, e.g. "Milton Keynes Coachway is located in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire" -- Dr Greg  talk  00:02, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
New map done, with precise data for edges. ', Buckinghamshire' deleted. Milton Keynes Coachway updated with new map, and it works [though I think it very odd that if users click on the map expecting to see a full screen map with a large pin on it, they will be sorely disappointed and surprised. Can we do anything about this?]. Thanks for your help! --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 14:39, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
"Can we do anything about this?" I don't think so, but you could try asking at Module talk:Location map. -- Dr Greg  talk  17:34, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

I made a quiz using your map[edit]

Hi Greg. Using one of your maps, I made a quiz teaching English counties: . What do you think? The cool part is the code takes all the information from the svg, so potentially one could make quizzes from any svg map. matt me (talk) 00:58, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Preston photos[edit]

DrG. Just a big thank you for taking and adding the photos to the relevant articles on Preston (my birthplace, but I am now in Cheshire). More will be welcome - when you have the time. Cheers. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 07:53, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the appreciation. Preston's also my birthplace, but I now live at the other end of the country. But I have family there and visit regularly. I'll probably do more during some future visit. -- Dr Greg  talk  17:45, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Kruskal-Szekeres diagram[edit]

Thanks Dr. Greg! -- (talk) 21:31, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Garstang and Knot-End Railway[edit]

Sorry for the revert, but precision looked okay as it was. Converting small numbers sometimes needs a little false precision for clarity and congruence. Thanks for keeping an eye out. Bleakcomb (talk) 04:58, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

I disagree. A distance rounded to the nearest half-mile does not imply 100 m precision. It would have been different if the figures had been rounded to the nearest 0.1 mile, but they weren't. -- Dr Greg  talk  13:11, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

You removed the reference i[edit]

Hi, You stated that it was inappropriate to put that link on the page however that's where I found the information on how to correctly spell the candidates name. Candidates have the right to have their proper names used. I confirmed that is how he spells his name on the official UKIP West Lancs site, and then used it as a reference-I think that's entirely appropriate. Thanks Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:35, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

On the West Lancashire page, all you added was a link to a website. You didn't add any other information, so how can that be a "reference"? -- Dr Greg  talk  23:43, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

Editor of the Week[edit]

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User:Worm That Turned submitted the following nomination for Editor of the Week: I nominate Dr Greg as Editor of the Week. I've only just spotted this user and was amazed to see he's been around for such a long time with almost no recognition. He consistently gets on with the work, focussing on articles in the North West England. He's mostly a gnome, but does great work and keeps plodding on - and has done so consistently for years. It's people like Dr Greg who are the unsung heroes of the encyclopedia - they're the ones that keep it going, by keeping their heads down and just doing the work.
User:John Carter in his second to the nomination said: According to this page, he has about 13,000 edits, with about 10,000 of them in article space. An editor with about 70% of his contributions to main space is extremely valuable. By the look of his user page he also does a lot of work on the development of closely related articles. That is another big plus for us, having people who know something about a topic in general contributing to the development of all the closely related articles on a given topic.
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Thanks again for your efforts! Buster Seven Talk 00:50, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the award. It's always nice to receive feedback.
Three technicalities:
  1. The area I concentrate on is North West England, not "North West United Kingdom", a name that isn't used but would be the west of Scotland.
  2. I've sneakily previewed the infobox being prepared at Template:WikiProject Editor Retention/Editor of the Week/Project main page/sandbox and would prefer the red rose of Lancashire, File:Lancashire rose.svg, instead of the white rose of Yorkshire, not least because Yorkshire isn't in North West England!
  3. Buster7, there's an error in your signature: I've commented out the fault in your signature above. (The error was upsetting the syntax highlighter that I use in my editor.)
Best wishes,  Dr Greg  talk  19:35, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
  1. Yes check.svg Done
  2. Yes check.svg Done
  3. I will no longer add the three little apostrophes which reminded me of my dad's old Buick to my signature. I had no idea of its effect. Thanks for telling me. Buster Seven Talk 20:08, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Congratulations! A well deserved award. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 21:23, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Congrats! --L235 (talk) Ping when replying 03:13, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Congratulations Dr Greg. I can't say it was really me who spotted you, but my partner Stacey, but when she mentioned you, I looked and had to nominate you. I do apologise for the "North West UK" mix up. I initially wrote "the North West", because that's how I think of it - then just before pressing save, I remembered that we're actually a global encyclopedia and I should provide context and stuck "UK" on the end. Having grown up in the South West, I'm used to saying South West UK, because it's the same as South West England. My fault, stupid mistake - and one I really shouldn't make as I live up here. Anyway, enough of that long ramble, the important thing is that you absolutely deserve the award and congratulations! WormTT(talk) 07:47, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

You have been nominated for a gift from the Wikimedia Foundation![edit]

You have been selected to receive a merchandise giveaway. Click the following link for more details: Please send me an email ( for instructions on how to claim your shirt. Thank you again for all you do! --JMatthews (WMF) (talk) 19:42, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

I appreciate the gesture, but I am going to decline the offer. For one thing, I'm not a t-shirt wearer! The feedback I've been getting the last few days is reward enough. -- Dr Greg  talk  20:17, 7 January 2015 (UTC)


hello i don't know if i am doing things right so if you can show me the right way to edit here on Wikipedia i would really appreciate it jjcooljaboy (talk) 20:48, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

thank you jjcooljaboy (talk) 21:11, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Please review Proper Time twin paradox[edit]

Dear Dr. Greg:

I am new to this and this is the only way I see how to talk to you.

I ask you to review your application of proper time to the twin paradox.

Your account shows the rocket ship aging more than on earth.

Proper Time is an invariant in relativity and is the same for all observers. Using local measurements different observers get the same value for proper time.

If you think I am nuts you are in good company. I do think I am right.

Donald Lem Donald Lem (talk) 18:13, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

Reply is at Talk:Proper time § Please review Proper Time twin paradox -- Dr Greg  talk  20:18, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

What is aging?t[edit]

Dr. Greg:

Is aging the time on some local clocks which means many different ages for the same interval between two events?

Is aging related to proper time which is the same in all frame of references?

This is not in keeping with the rules of WIKI, so this for your consideration and no answer to me is expected.

Donald Lem Donald Lem (talk) 17:14, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

A pie for you![edit]

A very beautiful Nectarine Pie.jpg Thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia! Bananasoldier (talk) 05:18, 31 January 2015 (UTC)


Fine. I surrender. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Moka Mo (talkcontribs) 05:43, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

Wycoller Hall[edit]

Hi Dr Greg,

I'm sorry if I caused offence by updating the Wycoller Hall page. I don't know how the site works. Our group investigated Wycoller Hall from 1995-96. I provided the page with the results of our investigations. I've updated the page using a book as a reference.

Peter Crawley — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:46, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Dr Gerg, I was unable to respond to youm on my page.Please accept my dumbness[edit]

In the proper time edit I used your definitions. I repeat, I believe you confuse who is in the rocket ship and who is on earth. Don Lem Donald Lem (talk) 00:17, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Changes to Whittingham Lancashire page[edit]

Good Morning Dr Greg

I work for National Monitoring. Since you have added these details onto your site about the bunker we have a few incidents where staff members have been approached by people trying to gain access to the bunker. This is a place of work and the girls who work there have been very scared as they take breaks alone and have been outside for cigerettes and been approached please if we could leave this off I have the section about National Monitoring this time. Hopefully it will stop unwanted visitors.

Many thanks

Rachel Chapman Technical Support National Monitoring. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:35, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) But the exact location of the bunker is not given? The article simply says ".. the above-surface buildings are now used as a veterinary centre." The source: [1] is freely available and has been, in that form, since 7 September 2003 - 12 years ago! This talk of girls working there (and taking very unhealthy cigarette breaks), makes it sound as if the facility is still fully functioning. So saying "the site was sold off" seems wholly misleading? Wikipedia is not censored, and certainly not because working girls have to take cigarette breaks! Martinevans123 (talk) 20:56, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Hundreds of Lancashire[edit]

Hi Greg,

I've noticed a small issue with the map. You may be already aware that sizable part of Todmorden and the surrounding district was part of Lancashire until the late 1800's. The map doesn't reflect that, but as it may be intentional, I'll leave it to you to do as you will with this info.--Trappedinburnley (talk) 20:36, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

I became aware of that some time after I created that map (which is many years old, now). The short-term solution is to modify captions to clarify the period represented. In the longer term, I'll think about producing a new version that is more in line with Wikipedia map colour conventions. -- Dr Greg  talk  22:22, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

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Current number one[edit]

I agree with what you did with this edit. A lot of articles on other charts (primarily Billboard charts) do the same thing (e.g. Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200, Canadian Hot 100). Seems silly for someone to have to update an encyclopedic article on a weekly basis with the latest news of what's number one. --StarcheerspeaksnewslostwarsTalk to me 00:03, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

"Rindler coordinates" article, "notion of distance" paragraph[edit]

Dear Dr Greg,

Please find some comments:

  1. 1-"by dividing the round trip travel time, as measured by an ideal clock carried by our observer."
- When you say "dividing", I suppose you mean "divided by two"?
  1. 2- a few line below, you give as expression of the null geodesics equations :  t-t_0 = \log(x/x_0) . Then you conclude that the "radar distance" is  x_0 \, \log \left(1 + \frac{h}{x_0} \right). Isn't there some  x_0 factor missing in the expression for  t-t_0  ? My interpretation is that we actually have  t-t_0 = \frac{1}{g_0} \log(x/x_0) , where  g_0  is the acceleration of the first observer in  x=x_0 . Therefore we have indeed  \frac{1}{g_0} = x_0  , which makes it consistent with your second expression.
  1. 3- The conclusion would then be that the difference between "radar distance" and "ruler distance" between the two observers will be negligible if  hg_0 << 1, where  g_0  is the acceleration of the first observer.

Do you think this is correct?

Pverlain (talk) 10:17, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Copied to Talk:Rindler coordinates#"Notion of distance" paragraph -- Dr Greg  talk  19:56, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

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