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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?
- ... that Quadzilla can leap fourteen people in a single bound?
- ... that the Darnall Works in Sheffield is the only remaining works to have produced crucible steel on a large scale?
- ... that, while a member of Belfast City Council, Lindsay Mason patrolled the city with a bow and arrow?
- ... that P. T. Daly, secretary of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions, was imprisoned during the Dublin Lock-out and interned during the Easter Rising?
- ... that John Peck stood for election to Nottingham City Council 35 times without success before he finally won a seat?
||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