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|I'm Warofdreams, the name taken from the title of a book by Angela Carter. Since mid-2014 I've not had time to edit on here; I may return at some point in the future but it's unlikely to be soon.
I was a contributor to Wikipedia from August 2003, an administrator since February 2004, and I went to the first ever Wikimeet, in London. I was also a bureaucrat, but there must be a better term for that. I was a member of the founding board of Wikimedia UK.
I wrote articles mainly on architecture, politics and history, and just occasionally on popular culture, the natural world and all manner of other topics. I sometimes tinker with templates and get involved in WikiProjects.
Did you know...
- ...that Le Corbusier's most famous building is probably Unité d'Habitation in Marseille?
- ...that a demisemiquaver is a musical note that is played for 1/32 the duration of a whole note?
- ...that the UK's Workers Socialist Federation began as a suffragette group?
- ...that the Venetian Arsenal is mentioned in Dante's Inferno?
- ...that Nigeria, which contains what was once the Kingdom of Benin, has repeatedly called for the United Kingdom to return the Benin Bronzes, in a situation similar to Greece's petition for the return of the Elgin Marbles?
- ...that some Trotskyists describe the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin as bureaucratic collectivist?
- ...that the phantom island of Brazil of Irish mythology supposedly emerged from the mists only once every seven years?
- ...that the UN estimates that 150,000 people died during the Liberian Civil War, with 850,000 refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries?
- ...that Ulysses S. Grant awarded Bolama to Portugal, who made it the first capital of Portuguese Guinea?
- ...that leaders of Workers Resistance, a Trotskyist group in Ukraine, set up a swathe of invented parties in order to defraud other left-wing organisations?
- ...that the Viking Great Army pillaged and conquered much of England in the late ninth century?
- ...that Wogan Philipps was the only member of the Communist Party of Great Britain to sit in the House of Lords?
- ...that the COMILOG Cableway, built to transport manganese ore mined in Gabon, was the one of the world's longest cable cars at over 75 km?
- ...that the British music journalist Everett True introduced Kurt Cobain to Courtney Love?
- ...that although Scottish socialist John McGovern was the treasurer of the Anti-Parliamentary Communist Federation, he later became an Independent Labour Party Member of Parliament?
- ...that charcoal merchant Thomas Britton ran a series of concerts in his loft at which the most famous musicians in London performed?
- ...that the fictional radio listeners Dave and Sue exemplify the target audience for BBC Local Radio?
- ...that William Dronfield founded the United Kingdom Alliance of Organised Trades, which inspired the creation of the Trades Union Congress?
- ...that the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club claims to be the second oldest ice hockey team in the world?
- ...that the offices of the Labour Leader, the newspaper of the British Independent Labour Party, were raided in 1915, and editor Fenner Brockway was charged with publishing seditious material?
- ...that Ladipo Solanke, long the Secretary-General of the West African Students' Union, was the first person to broadcast on the radio in the Yoruba language?
- ...that between her marriage to Marcus Garvey and her relationship with President of Liberia William Tubman, Pan-Africanist activist Amy Ashwood Garvey ran a club on London's Carnaby Street?
- ...that Isaac Ironside, a politician in Sheffield, attempted to implement ideas originating from Robert Owen and from Toulmin Smith's localist theories?
- ...that Irish writer and trade unionist Brian Behan once took part in a swearing match at the British Museum?
- ...that the Mitcham and Morden by-election in 1982 remained the last to see a gain by the British Conservative Party until 2008?
- ...that during the Glasgow Hillhead by-election, 1982, future leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy wore a sandwich board reading "The real Roy Jenkins is number 5"?
- ...that the Irish politician the O'Gorman Mahon commanded a Chilean fleet, fought thirteen duels, and won a by-election aged 87?
- ...that shortly after the Revolution of 1848, the socialist feminist Jeanne Deroin became the first woman to stand in a national election in France?
- ...that paramilitary loyalist Tommy Herron declared war on the British Army, but called it off after two days?
- ...that the charitable Sheffield Town Trust funded a cricket match which aimed to "prevent the infamous practice of throwing at cocks"?
- ...that the Sheffield Improvement Act 1818 required all owners of steam engines in the Yorkshire town to "consume" the engine's smoke?
- ...that although Desmond Lardner-Burke, Minister of Justice in Rhodesia, died in the 1980s, his name appeared on the electoral roll for the Zimbabwean parliamentary election, 2008?
- ... that after George Lansbury lost the Bow and Bromley by-election, 1912, where he stood for re-election on a platform of women's suffrage, he declared "Never Resign!"?
- ... that George Hargreaves, Christian Party candidate in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election, has said that the dragon symbol on the Welsh flag is "nothing less than the sign of Satan"?
- ... that one Prior of Ecclesfield, near Sheffield in England, was accused by Benedictine authorities of "embezzlement of the priory's goods" and of living an "evil life"?
- ... that Francis Coleman worked as a conductor, magazine editor and musical director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet before, at age 29, producing CBC's coverage of Elizabeth II's coronation?
- ... that William Long, Minister of Home Affairs in Northern Ireland at the start of The Troubles, later became the skipper of a fishing boat?
- ... that in 1962, politicians Robin Bailie and Bob Cooper launched a journal entitled Review, even though they were only able to publish a single issue?
- ... that the Sheffield Iris newspaper's first editor fled the UK when troops tried to arrest him, and its second was imprisoned for six months on charges of malicious libel?
- ... that the Revolutionary Communist candidate at the 1945 Neath by-election was the first Trotskyist to stand in a British parliamentary election?
- ... that Wendy Henry, one of the first female newspaper editors on Fleet Street, later became a full-time dog re-socialiser for the Battersea Dogs' Home?
- ... that the highest circulation newspaper in the United Kingdom at the start of the 19th century sold only 4,000 copies a day?
- ... that Richard Pankhurst, founder of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, is the son of suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst?
- ... that the British lion tamer and politician John Smith Clarke cured Lenin's dog of an illness?
- ... that Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper was the first publication to regularly sell one million copies an issue?
- ... that Maltman Barry, a British political activist, was a friend of Karl Marx, but stood for election as a Conservative?
- ... that Mary of Woodstock, daughter of Edward I of England, travelled widely as a nun despite a papal travel prohibition?
- ... that St Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber was the first example of Anglo-Saxon architecture identified using evidence contained in the building?
- ... that Leopold Blaschka, who worked with his son to make detailed glass flowers and marine invertebrates (jellyfish pictured), began his career manufacturing glass eyes?
- ... that the world's first air force, the French Aerostatic Corps, was founded in 1794 and used balloons for reconnaissance?
- ... that Frank Hansford-Miller, founder of the English National Party, emigrated to Australia?
- ... that Irish Socialist Republican Party co-founder Robert Dorman became the first Labour Party member of the Senate of Northern Ireland?
- ... that British peer Ted Hill lived in a terraced house in Wivenhoe?
- ... that Butchers Wheel, a cutlery and tool factory in Sheffield, could only be accessed through a single, guarded door?
- ... that the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers, a forerunner of the Royal British Legion, was founded in opposition to the re-conscription of men injured during World War I?
- ... that Charles Lapworth worked closely with both Eugene V. Debs and Charlie Chaplin?
- ... that, following a dispute at the Sheffield Attercliffe by-election result in 1909, Arnold Muir Wilson sued a rival for damage to his bowler hat?
- ... that socialist Salvationist Frank Smith stood for the British House of Commons twelve times before he was finally elected, at the age of 74?
... that Atomatrix, who skated for Team USA at the Roller Derby World Cup, has competed at the international level in inline and ice speed skating? ... that All-Star roller derby skater Ronnie Robinson was the son of Sugar Ray Robinson?
||The Architecture Barnstar
|Awarded by User:Mcginnly for all your contributions to architectural topics, the WikiProject Architecture and particularly, populating the Years in architecture categories.
||The Society Barnstar
|Awarded by User:Timrollpickering with thanks for your numerous contributions.
||The Parliamentary Barnstar
|I, Sam Blacketer, award you this barnstar for your exceptional contributions to articles on the Parliament of the United Kingdom generally. Sam Blacketer 12:07, 18 March 2007 (UTC)
||The Original Barnstar
|I, Evilclown93, award you this barnstar for writing this essay, which may eventually repair RfA to boot. I personally believe it is brilliant. Evilclown93(talk) 01:00, 21 June 2007 (UTC)
||The Working Wikipedian's Barnstar
|For categorization work on articles that fall within Category:Years in architecture, especially with articles which I create, consistently forgetting to add said categories. Keep up the good work, the community appreciates it. IvoShandor 08:10, 14 July 2007 (UTC)
||The 25 DYK Medal for WarofDreams
|Congratulations! Here's a medal for you in appreciation of your hardwork in creating, expanding (and nominating) 25+ articles for DYK. Keep up the good work - sorry it took a while. Well done again, WarofDreams! --Victuallers (talk) 17:28, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
||The Invisible Barnstar
|For your hard work and great team sprit with the rollout of Template:Infobox UK place I grant you the Invisible Barnstar as I believe people take that work for granted! Many thanks! --Jza84 | Talk 13:09, 13 March 2008 (UTC)
- "Finally, we'd like to announce a fun project loosely associated with Nupedia, Wikipedia. Have a look and write a paragraph or two!" Front page of Nupedia, January 2001
- "If we create 1000 pages a month, we will be able to hit 100,000 pages in only 8 years." User:Jimbo Wales, February 2001
- "Our getting 100,000 articles is definitely not out of the question. Indeed, it's also far from impossible that we could have 1,000,000 articles someday; there are, surely, 1,000,000 topics of discussion in existence." Why Wikipedia is so great, April 2001 
- "Wikipedia is growing at a dizzying rate. Wikipedia produces articles at over 1,300 per month." Why Wikipedia is so great, April 2001