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Native speaker of standard English
en This user is a native speaker of English.
es-4 El nivel de este usuario corresponde al de un hablante casi nativo del español.
fr-4 Cet utilisateur parle français à un niveau comparable à la langue maternelle.
it-4 Questo utente ha una conoscenza da madrelingua dell'italiano.
ca-3 Aquest usuari pot contribuir amb un nivell avançat de català.
pt-2 Este usuário/utilizador pode contribuir com um nível médio de português.
la-1 Hic usor simplici latinitate contribuere potest.
zh-1 該用戶能以基本中文進行交流。
de-1 Dieser Benutzer hat grundlegende Deutschkenntnisse.
nl-1 Deze gebruiker bezit beginnende kennis van het Nederlands.

This is known as a brag sheet. If you don't have one, well done for resisting the temptation.

I'm leaving this here just for the heck of it. It should be protected against defacement. Bear in mind that it is very out of date.

Links to contributions[edit]

Contributions Edit count total Grand total
w:en:Helpful Dave 461 8723+ 9666+
w:en:Chamaeleon 1213
w:en:Chameleon 7049
wiktionary:en:Chameleon 22+
commons:Chamaeleon 921

Note: these links are broken.

Credentials on linguistic matters[edit]

Sometimes people like to know this.
  • I have taught myself several languages to a high level.
  • I have a BA in Modern Languages (French & Spanish) from the University of Bradford.
  • I have the Trinity College London certificate in TESOL.
  • I have a certificate in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, from International House Barcelona / University of Barcelona.
  • I know a huge amount about linguistics.
  • I am a professional translator (French/Italian/Spanish/Catalan → English)
  • I also studied for a degree in Chinese at Bordeaux University, but unfortunately had to drop out for work reasons.
  • I have lived and worked in London, Paris, Milan, Bordeaux and Saragossa. I currently live in Valencia. I shall be moving to Australia soon, and to China in a year or so.

Text contributions[edit]

Some of the thousands of articles I have edited[edit]

A tick means I started it;
A star means I made it a Featured Article;
Bold text means it has been featured on the Main Page.
A speaker means I recorded it;
A smiley means I added images to it.


Wikipedia:Picture of the day/October 21, 2016

I believe Wikipedia should have more illustrations.

I also don't like crappy little pictures. I like to be able to click on an interesting thumbnail and see a gloriously detailed image complete with extra information.

I'm not happy with the number and quality of my images, but there is not much I can do about it because I don't actually have a camera. All the pictures taken by me were made with my crappy little webcam or borrowed cameras. Feel free to contribute to the Chameleon camera fund. I take PayPal.

These images have various copyright notices for practical reasons, however I don't actually believe in intellectual or any other kind of property per se, so feel free to use them and everything else in this world for any purpose that does not harm others.

Feel free to nominate them at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, or to leave a comment saying that they are a load of crap.

This is a complete list of all the images that I have uploaded, except for other people's images that I have downloaded and then re-uploaded after optimising or cropping them, and perhaps renaming them. I've lost track of all those. I've also lost track of the images I've had deleted.



Found or extracted by me[edit]

Spoken by me[edit]

Full articles (GFDL)[edit]

Extracts & words (PD/CC/GFDL)[edit]


None as yet. Can anyone help me convert video files to Ogg Theora?