I have a background in the merchant marine, and I have also been in the Royal Norwegian Navy. I have served with the UN peace keeping forces in Somalia and Bosnia, and later with NATO in Bosnia. I have also had one year as a naval monitor with the SLMM in Sri Lanka.
I find Wikipedia interesting, and try to contribute whenever its possible. My contributions are varied, as my interests. In case of heavy discussions I will usually just continue with another article, life is too short to waste in petty quarrels.
Here are a few good links for newcomers:
- The five pillars of Wikipedia
- How to edit a page
- Help pages
- How to write a great article
- Manual of Style
Some help for the English language, for Norwegians
- Language and Communication by Per Lysvåg (ISBN 978-82-03-33711-6, 2008); it is directed at Norwegian Upper Secondary schools, but it gives some very useful advise on the syntax, grammar and vocabulary of the English language. See its entry at Tanum; he has written quite a few books on English grammar, though I have only read Language and Communication.
- User:Tony1's exercises on good writing, esp. User:Tony1/How to improve your writing and User:Tony1/Noun plus -ing.
- The Internet Grammar of English – it assumes no prior knowledge of (English) grammar, and is very accessible.
- English Grammar at Wikibooks; extremely lay-friendly.