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Crystal Clear app date.png Today is 16 January 2017
en-4 This user can contribute with a near-native level of English.
Mix This user has been influenced by too many dialects of English to use one orthography, vocabulary and grammar consistently.
You and Me This user thinks that if you believe it is incorrect to use "you and me" as the object of a sentence, a little talk needs to be had by you and me...
de-2 Dieser Benutzer hat fortgeschrittene Deutschkenntnisse.
fr-2 Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau intermédiaire en français.
it-1 Questo utente può contribuire con un livello semplice di italiano.
nl-1 Deze gebruiker bezit beginnende kennis van het Nederlands.
la-0 Hic usor linguam latinam non intellegit aut eam intellegit aegre.
GIMP This user contributes using GIMP.

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European Union
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to adopt the euro.
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C2H5OH-1 This user drinks relatively infrequently. He or she is probably the better for it.
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redundancies and vandalism.
University of Cambridge coat of arms official.svg This user is a Cantabrigian.
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WikiProject Germany This user is a member of
WikiProject Germany.
WikiProject France This user is a member of WikiProject France.

This user is currently working on
a translation of de:Deidesheim.

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HWY logo.svg This user is a member of WikiProject Highways.

This user is currently working on
a translation of Strada Europea E62.

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Oso.jpg This user knows that bears are Godless killing machines.
Nh-pluto-in-true-color 2x JPEG.jpg This user misses Pluto. May its planethood rest in peace.
50,000+ This user has made more than 50,000 contributions to Wikipedia, over 1 of which were to articles.
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1220 This user is ranked 1220 on the list of Wikipedians by number of edits.
4 This user thinks BBC Radio 4 is worth the licence fee alone.
Tyrannosaurus BW.jpg Diese(r) Benutzer/in fände es toll, einen Dinosaurier als Haustier zu haben.
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Mother Tongue[edit]

Formal Education[edit]

  • UK History Degree: MA Hons (Cantab) acquired in return for a BA Hons (Cantab) and a modest fee
  • UK Accountancy qualification (ACA).

Informal Education[edit]

  • Going Places
  • Listening (the tough one)


  • Much of what I can understand and some of what I can't and/or don't and/or won't
  • Historical Context and Perspectives
  • Places
  • Languages
  • Cars
  • Food
  • Ancestors

Wiki Strengths / Wiki Weaknesses[edit]

  • Interest in Knowledge
  • Caution about opinions (especially those I don't share)
  • Caution about unconsidered base assumptions acquired while growing up (or not: especially other folks')
  • Pedantic
  • Tolerant (or?...)
  • Still bad at succinct (but still working on it)
  • Excessive weakness for ill considered aphorisms (evidenced by the irritating little boxes to the right)
  • Parentheses (brackets)


  • Coffee
  • Threat of various incipient wiki related conditions
  • GeoGuessr

15 minutes[edit]

  • University Challenge team member 1975 (recorded) / 1976 (transmitted). 3 rounds won: knocked out by that year's tournament winning team. I know I answered at least one question correctly myself, though that might have been in the practice round...memories fade.

Res gestae[edit]


I have been photographing cars, in less hectic periods of my life, for more than 40 years. There have been those who have found the habit eccentric or worse. Opportunities presented by Wikipedia induced me to rediscover the addiction with renewed vigo(u)r. The pictures of cars I have uploaded to Wikipedia are uploaded either because I think they are good pictures or because - at least when I uploaded the picture in question - they were "better" than any existing pictures of the car in question on Wikipedia. "Better" here is, of course, in large part a subjective judgement. Naturally I try and take pictures the way I like them: who wouldn't? But lighting conditions and surrounding streetscapes do not always cooperate.

Pictures by Charles01 of cars