Welcome to my userpage. My name is John Patrick Asher and I use the Wikipedia handle Cliftonian. My primary focus is Military history ("Milhist"), but I have worked on other subjects as well since starting out in 2008. I was a co-ordinator of the Military history WikiProject in 2013–14. You can use the menu at the top right (beneath your search bar) to navigate easily between pages in my userspace, including my talk page and sandboxes. Please feel free to contact me if there's any way I can lend a hand with something.
A little about me: I come from the market town of Hitchin, in north Hertfordshire in south-eastern England, and I make my living writing for the Comet, a weekly newspaper based in neighbouring Stevenage. I was born in Hammersmith in west London, of primarily British ancestry with sprinklings of Russian, Hungarian, Irish, Jewish and French Huguenot for good measure. I have traced my forebears in England back to 1718. I moved around a lot during my formative years. Apart from England I spent substantial time in Switzerland (when I was very young), the US, and Zimbabwe in southern Africa. I spent most of my adolescence in Hertfordshire and neighbouring Bedfordshire, partly in the village of Clifton, whence comes my username.
I am an Old Westminster (specifically an Old Liddellite, 2004–07—not an Old Cliftonian), a sidesman and member of the board of trustees at St Mary's, Hitchin and in sporting terms a follower of the Hatters, Luton Town Football Club, where I used to be a season-ticket holder. I am a veteran of two years as a foreign volunteer in the Israeli Army (2012–14, rank of sergeant), which I joined despite having almost no prior knowledge of Hebrew or Arabic, and also spent about a year working in a Tel Aviv hotel after being honourably discharged. Nowadays I speak English well, Hebrew passably and a diverse assortment of others badly. I play for my company football team. I use a rotary dial telephone in my house and think it's great (more kid-proof). Finally, but certainly not least, I am married to the beautiful Dalia, and the proud father of two wonderful babies, a boy and a girl.
- Here are featured articles I have contributed to the project, in no particular order.
- Where I've been (in rough chronological order, by continent; countries resided in in bold):
- Europe: United Kingdom— Switzerland— France— Belgium— Germany— Gibraltar— Spain— Italy— Vatican City— Sweden— Russia
- North America: United States— Canada
- Africa: Zimbabwe— Mozambique— South Africa
- Asia: Israel— Palestine (West Bank)—Jerusalem (East and West)— Syria (Golan Heights)
- South America: —
- Oceania: —
- Antarctica: —
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