Featured picture Choice of the week: the first page of the autograph manuscript of Chopin's well-known Polonaise in A flat for piano (1842). Scholars can work back from such evidence as the strike-throughs, the handwriting, how the ink dried, and the spacing of the chords and bar-lines, to reveal aspects of how the composer conceived and penned the music. The "shadow" of an adjacent page pressed against this one can be seen.
The Signpost welcomes Vejvančický (nom) as our newest admin. Vejvančický, from the Czech Republic, has more than 16,000 edits and two and a half years' experience in a wide range of areas, including new-page patrolling, and our currently backlogged speedy deletion and AfD processes. He has an impressive list of mostly Czech-related pages he is working towards creating at the English Wikipedia.
Jersey Act (nom), an attempt by the English thoroughbred-breeding establishment to ensure the "purity" of their breed. However, it never really worked as they intended (Ealdgyth and Malleus Fatuorum).
George Macaulay (nom), a Yorkshire cricketer in the 1920s and 1930s who managed to offend important people and never fitted with the cricket establishment because of his aggression and hostility (Sarastro1)
Nguyen Chanh Thi (nom), a South Vietnamese general who tried and failed to overthrow Ngo Dinh Diem in 1960, and escaped to Cambodia. He was responsible for three months of riots and mutiny in South Vietnam (YellowMonkey).
Francis Tresham (nom), who, according to nominator Parrot of Doom, is considered by many to be "the dirty little sneak who wrote the Monteagle letter, a piece of evidence which allowed the government to find Guy Fawkes sitting in the dark, waiting to light the fuse which would have blown up the House of Lords, and killed the king and all those with him."
My benchmark for the quality of a Wikipedia article is whether I find myself reading from start to finish an article on a subject of which I know nothing; all ten of these FAs passed that test. It was interesting to discover that it seems to have been perfectly acceptable for a teacher in Nixon's America to enrol her charges as political cheerleaders, although less of a surprise to find that Yorkshire cricketers can be nearly as irascible as their Australian counterparts.
Choice of the week. We asked FL nominator AngChenrui for his choice of the best:
Tough choice really, considering that almost all the featured lists have to do with pop culture and sports. I found List of battlecruisers of the Royal Navy—an exception here—highly informative and well-written. List of Best in Show winners of Crufts was a good read as well, since its not everyday that you hear about championship-winning dogs. I liked the last two in the list above; I suppose many of us here can identify with the music listed there. However, Choice of the week goes to Gordon Bennett Cup (ballooning) for me. The Cup is the oldest gas balloon race in the world, as you would find out, and the article sure piqued my curiosity. In this age of technology and faster-than-sound travel, it is a pleasure to be reading about slower-cruising aerial vehicles. Of course the competition is not without incident too; last month's race saw the disappearance of two Americans, both of whom were never found.
New featured picture mentioned by the judge: PET is a nuclear medicine imaging technique that produces a 3D image of functional processes in the body. But is the body turning clockwise or anticlockwise? Can you switch your perception from one to the other?
Five images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":
Choice of the week.Nergaal, a regular reviewer and nominator at featured picture candidates, told The Signpost: "A good variety of pictures was promoted to featured status this week, but in the end, the choice is a pretty obvious one. It is rare that the project receives a donation of a high-quality artefact such as a copy of the original 1842 manuscript of Chopin's Polonaise in A flat, Op. 53, for solo piano. It is a high-quality scan of the score of one of the most popular compositions by Chopin. The composer's own autograph is visible in the top right corner of the page. Notable mentions are well deserved by other two promotions: the colorful animated projection of a whole-body PET scan, as well as another historic image, taken by Voyager in 1986 of the seventh planet."