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Nut Goddess Picture[edit]

March 21, 2011
Hi Adrian,
I have been doing some online research trying to find the original information about this particular picture of the Nut Goddess. There are numerous pictures like this on the internet, I came across your picture and thought I'd ask a real person that may be able to help me. I am painting this picture of Nut on a large canvas but I can't seem to find the image's origin and I need to enlarge without distortion or find where I can see the hierglyphics better in order to paint them properly. Thank you!

Paula P. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:46, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

Hi Paula, thanks for writing. Regrettably I can't help you! I have no memory of how I helped with this picture but my guess is that I cleaned it up in some way, maybe by altering the contrast, colours or tilt. I wasn't the uploader of the pic so have no idea where it was found. Sorry! - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 10:01, 22 March 2011 (UTC)

File:USAF C-130J Super Hercules at RIAT 2010 arp.jpg[edit]

Adrian, a user has questioned if File:USAF C-130J Super Hercules at RIAT 2010 arp.jpg is actually of a C-130J. As far as I can tell, from the angle of the 4 visible blades, these are 6-bladed props. Do you remember the aircraft, or have a way to check its tail number to confirm that it is indeed a C-130J? Thanks. - BilCat (talk) 08:03, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

BilCat, thanks for letting me know of the users deletion. Yes, this is most certainly a J model, it so happens that the other 2 blades lie up with the nacelle and can't be seen. This is proven if you look at picture on Air Britains website, which is the exact same aircraft (serial 78613). I will give the Anon the Air Britain link, and make a note on the Image Description Page that it IS 6-bladed. Best Wishes - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 16:20, 31 March 2011 (UTC)
Thanks! I also asked about the image at WT:AIR#C-130 identity, and got some great responses. It's actually a C-130J-30 stretched model, so if you can update the file comments to reflect that, it would be good. Thanks again. - BilCat (talk) 17:04, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

Purushottam Institute of Engineering and Technology,Rourkela[edit]

Help for the articles to make for the institution page.---16:42, 4 April 2011 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Sorry, it's hard to tell what your question is. I assume you want help with that article, but the article has no content so there's nothing there for me to edit. I can't add to the article because I only do editing not writing. Sorry! - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 21:22, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

Interview request[edit]

Hello, my name is Natalia Ioana Olaru and I am a final year master student in the Corporate Communication programme at the Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University, Denmark. I am currently working on my final paper on the topic of user motivation to create content on collaborative media websites, the focus being Wikipedia. As a sample I chose the English and Danish portals. I would like to invite you for an online interview on the topic of what motivates you, to participate in editing and creating articles for this platform. I plan on doing the actual interviews in the period between 1st and the 15th of May via Skype, MSN or Yahoo Messenger. I am, however, open to other channels of communication too. Please let me know if you would like to participate in this interview and the preferred channel, Thank you, Natalia Olaru
Email removed MulgaEscu (talk) 13:59, 11 April 2011 (UTC)

Sorry, I can't take part - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 06:48, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

Red Arrow[edit]

I have nominated your photograph of a single Red Arrow at speed as a featured picture. I think it's an excellent shot of the Hawk, and hopefully it will pass. Harrison49 (talk) 18:26, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Merge discussion for Winterbourne, Gloucestershire [edit]

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Merge discussion for University of Roorkee [edit]

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History of astrology - for your attention possibly[edit]

As someone who has contributed content in the past - you may be interested in noticing this: Cheers, Zac Δ talk 00:45, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Bristol Balloon _Bridgit[edit]

Good evening; I am impressed with your photography. I am the pilot of the Bristol Balloon and remember the flight well that you captured landing at Yate. I had flown to 8,000' from Bath and had a granny, her grandson (16) and the BBC presnter Sally Chanoller and her partner on board. A very memorable flight and lovely to see it recorded.

I will be flying the balloon tomorow morning (10/08/11) for the Press launch of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta whihc takes placve this weekend. The balloon is now 9 years old and has 310 flying and 60 hours tethering. Kind regards, Derek Maltby — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:32, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for writing, how interesting to hear about my photo! I remember it well, partly because of your daring manoevre to hop the inflated balloon across the field hedge and onto the Westerleigh road verge (a very busy road!) for easier transport later. Sally offered me a trip round the studios but foolishly I never got round to going. Best Wishes - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 08:02, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

September 2011[edit]

[removed my message, left in error]

Dear Marek69, your reversion of EVERY edit I made to that Kenya school article is a very odd thing to do. I have been editing Wiikipedia since 2002 so I do not need to "learn more about contributing constructively to this encyclopedia". I can justify every single edit I made but life is too short for that. So your reversion of every edit I made, back to the previous low quality article, will remain. Best Wishes - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 22:22, 11 September 2011 (UTC)
Dear Adrian, I am sorry, my revert on Kakamega High School was a mistake. I completely mis-read your edit.
I have now reverted my own edit and removed the message I left you in error. Please accept my sincere apologies for this error. I'm not quite sure what I was thinking.
Wishing you all the best. :-)
Kind Regards -- Marek.69 talk 00:28, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

A bowl of strawberries for you![edit]

Erdbeerteller01.jpg Happy Wiki-ing, Adrian :-) Marek.69 talk 00:47, 12 September 2011 (UTC)
Many thanks for the bowl of strawberries. I live near an an area of England known for its strawberry growing (Cheddar in Somerset). Your strawberries were sweet, just as I like them, so thanks. No problem with your edit, anyone can have a glitch so all is well and thanks for explaining. Best Wishes, - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 08:09, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

File:Opal Armband 800pix.jpg Possibly incorrectly attributed[edit]

Are you sure this is your own image? I've got a journal article (by Eli Yablonovitch) from the Scientific American dated 2001 that lists a reference for the same image as being "THE PURCELL TEAM Corbis". (talk) 19:17, 5 December 2011 (UTC)

Yes, it most certainly is my picture. My wife has the bracelet in her collection and I took the picture myself in February 2003. I declared it Public Domain (as with all my several thousand pictures on Wikipedia) so maybe my note of the photo date is wrong and maybe the magazine was careless and attibuted it to the wrong person. Puzzling! For anyone who wants to see the image go to Opal (it's the lead picture). Thanks for writing - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 20:52, 5 December 2011 (UTC)

Snowflake obsidian pig carving[edit]

I am very interested in learning about the snowflake obsidian pig carving-I rescue pigs and would love to know if there is a place I could purchase said carving. Cheers! Catsanctuary17 (talk) 20:18, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for writing. I bought the pig in 1995 at a shop called Crystals in a shopping centre called The Galleries, in Bristol (England). However, none of that really matters because the shop's stock changes regularly so there is no chance that pig will ever appear again. I still have it, it's 4 inches long and cost £100 at the time. I can't sell it to you because I like it too much! Best Wishes - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 18:05, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your fine contributions and cleanup work, I, Hallows AG, hereby award you the Original Barnstar. Feel free to wear it at all times at your lapel. Keep up the good work! Hallows AG (talk) 11:06, 8 March 2012 (UTC)
Many, many thanks, for your thoughtfulness in awarding me a Barnstar. I am working my way through the schools of the world and hope to finish in 2020 :-) (and that does not mean just before half past eight!). Thanks again, Best Wishes - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 16:05, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

One step at a time please[edit]

Howdy Arpingstone, In as much as I accept your right to edit the Accra Academy article, I do not appreciate the manner in which you hastily did it, especially since it was a major clean up you were performing. At first glance it seemed as if you had done a perfectly good job, however I find myself now and then correcting mistakes which would have been avoided had you edited the whole article one step at a time. After-all our contributions are to improve the quality of information on Wikipedia. I hope you will understand. (Osy 06:31, 29 March 2012 (UTC)) User: Osy

Because you give no examples of my supposed errors I can't reply properly to you (just one or two examples would have been enough). I have been editing for ten years and am highly experienced at it so a significant number of editing errors is highly unlikely. Whenever people have given me examples of errors I have been able to show that most were correct edits. The critic has usually not understood that this is an encyclopedia and not a school brochure. PS I have a reasonable command of English because I live in England - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 17:36, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
Fine. (Osy 22:40, 29 March 2012 (UTC)) User: Osy

Photo request[edit]

Hi Adrian - I'm just checking whether it would be ok to use your nice picture of Pen y Fan in a book that I am having published next year. I will of course credit you in the book and also send you a free copy.
Yours Sincerely, Julian Heath jmheath putanATsymbolhere fsmail putoneDOThere net — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:47, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

Yes, I would be delighted if you used the picture. Just get the largest possible version on your screen, then do "right-click copy" and it's yours. An acknowlegement in your book saying something like "Photo by Adrian Pingstone" would be good. Please ask me for my address (by email) when the book is published. By the way. I have cunningly disguised your email address above because spam harvesting programs will collect it and who knows how large your spam emails will get! Best Wishes - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 19:03, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

File:Ben.charles.arp.250pix.jpg listed for deletion[edit]

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Many thanks Adrian - no problem you will be acknowledged in the book. Also could you send me your address so that I can get a copy of the book to you when it's published - that is if if you're interested in prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Wales!

All the Best,

Julian — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:57, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

mandarin duck image[edit]

Hi there, I did a painting of a mandarin duck for my dad as a birthday gift when he started breeding them. I used your photo as ref for the painting since it was the best one that came up on the google search.
The painting is here if you are interested in seeing it: duck
Anyway i did not worry about copyright etc when i made it since it was a gift for a family member. This was a couple of years ago.

I have recently been approached to have the painting included in a a book. Since the image is a driect copy i thought i would ask your permission rather than just say no to the oportunity. Do you mind if the image of the painting is included in the book? I do not know anything about the book company but they provided a link to their website if you are interested: If you find the time to reply to this can you reply via email: jakegumbleton (at) (no spaces and an @ in the middle)
Cheers Jake — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:09, 8 July 2012 (UTC)


Hi! I just noticed that this file was attributed to another user... If you ever find files like that just let me know and I will try to fix it. --MGA73 (talk) 20:13, 7 August 2012 (UTC)

Bukit Bintang Boys' Secondary School[edit]

Hello, I just noticed your edits on the Wiki entry. Thank you for your nice restructuring of the entry, a job well done. But I do have some comments on the edits, first being the pictures of the stairs. In the entry, there was a part: ".... The stairs from the front of the Badminton Hall to the Canteen were upgraded, as were the stairs from the Canteen to the field", and the pictures of the stairs were added to illustrate the upgrade, but I couldn't provide a before/after picture. Next, it seems that the school's vision and mission were omitted, was that accidental? Third, it is orderly to arrange all the pictures on one side, but the original layout could have been slightly improved instead, as they were arranged according to their respective years which they occurred.WHZhang (talk) 10:23, 26 August 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for writing to me. I know that those photos took a lot of effort to prepare and add to the article (I have put several thousand aircraft pics on Wikipedia since I began editing in 2002). However, despite the effort, those pics are not encyclopedic. School pics might be of classrooms, buildings, sports, school activities, school staff or founders, but definitely not of steps or roofs. Those pics I removed looked strange in the article and I have never met anything like them in my editing of many thousands of school articles. It's not enjoyable to remove other people's hard work, but sadly it had to be done for the sake of a better encyclopedia
My removal of the Vision and Mission statements was intentional. Such statements aren't allowed on Wikipedia because they can apply to any school in the world so carry no information to the reader.
I changed the pics to be in a vertical strip because there are now a lot fewer pics on the article. You are, of course, welcome to rearrange them
Thank you for writing in such a pleasant manner, Best Wishes - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 20:24, 26 August 2012 (UTC)
Ah, I see what you mean. Well, I guess it can't be helped, maybe different photos on next time. Oh, now I know about the Vision and Mission, so I'll guess that's that of them. I'll see to rearranging the pics soon, Thank You for your edits and pointers :) WHZhang (talk) 06:37, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

Cover book design[edit]

Dear Adrian!
I have found the following facts regarding your past which excited myself:
"I'm retired, after working at British Aerospace Filton for 36 years. My work included Concorde noise measurements (as an acoustics engineer), then studies of the effect of Concorde on the environment (as an assistant environmental scientist), and finally Airbus A320, A330 and A340 wing design (as a senior aerodynamicist)."

On my part – I am in the Aeronautical Engineering educational filed – working more than 50 years permanently as a staff member – initially Warsaw TU, then Rzeszow TU, then 9 years teaching Flight Mechanics in Tripoli at the Aeronautical Engineering Department, then returning to Rzeszow TU eventually I reached the professorship (from the hands of the late President – Prof. Lech Kaczynski - on April 17, AD 2008). I decided to close my educational field where I left behind me some few books by writing two volume opus on Aeroelasticity – being my narrow field of specialization (where I took both scientific degrees: Dr and Habilitation) - presenting the subject restrained to the problem of the interaction between an airplane and atmospheric gusts. The first book on the gust response studies is now ready for printing. And there is a one interesting topic. Leading to something common between us if we have in mind your photographic hobby.

I decided to expose and commemorate with this book a one single airplane - the bomber B-52 which at the early designing stage underwent catastrophic accidents in the gusty conditions causing tragic casualties due to the faulty design of its rudder. In those accidents always has been damaged the vertical tail. After five such accidents 1963-64 – the Boeing discovered the technical fault: the vertical tail had to be redesigned and after that - the incidents have been definitively ceased. Having this in mind I came to the idea that B-52 can be understood as a symbol of the fight between Man and the Nature. Therefore I place on my book covers pictures presenting only this airplane in different configurations. One of such pictures (I still did not fix how many I will place there – but it seems 6-8 pictures will play the game) has been taken by you, the other are pictures made by some military photographers – due to the fact that they can be freely copied – one more by Timothy Beach who kindly allows me to use it.

Thinking that all stated may become interesting for you – I decided to write this letter and will be grateful if you respond to it.
With best regards, sincerely
Prof. Ludomir M. Laudanski
Rzeszow TU, Poland – on August 31, AD 2012 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:23, 31 August 2012 (UTC)

Hi from England!
Thanks for writing to me, your letter was very interesting.
I joined British Aerospace at Filton in 1960 as an aircraft electrician but found no "intellectual stimulation" in wiring Brittania aircraft (!) and so worked my way up the company, ending with the post of Senior Aerodynamicist (I am now retired). On the way I got a B.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bath in 1966.
In Aerodynamics I had a very narrow specialisation on Parasitic Drag Control which, as you will know, is control of the drag of excrescences, bumps, misfitting rivets, out of alignment control surfaces, rough paint, waviness, gaps etc. So I received every Airbus drawing from the Filton design office that involved the standard of the wing exterior surface, calculated the drag penalty and, if necessary, changed the design to reach the standard of fit that my department demanded. I only dealt with the wings - the fuselage, fin and tail Parasitic Drag was looked after by Aerodynamicists of the Airbus partners in Spain, France and Germany.
Luckily I had to personally check the wing build quality that was achieved so went frequently to Chester in Wales to check wing sets, and to Toulouse (36 times) and to Bremen and Hamburg (6 times) to check completed A320, A330 and A340 aircraft.
My best job in Acoustics Lab (that I was Head of) was to measure interior Concorde noise in flight, in the cabin and on the flight deck. Of course, I gave myself that job!! So I went on five Concorde test flights (to a total of nineteen hours of flight) with my portable sound level meter and portable tape recorder.
I think my favourite aircraft in all the world is the B52, I only saw one flying once at departures day at the Fairford Air Show (Fairford is about 50 miles from where I live). A most majestic machine!
Thanks again for writing, Best Wishes - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 18:31, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Request to use brant goose photo[edit]

Hello Adrian,
I helping someone with a family member's memoir and was wondering if I could use this photo of yours: (the first image on the page of a brant goose) I know it is labeled public domain, but I just wanted to double-check with you before using it in a book. Great photos! Best regards, Ken. Kenb1unt (talk) 02:47, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Hi Ken! I would be delighted if you used the Black Brant picture anywhere you wish. As you say, it's Public Domain but it is nice to know where my pics are used so thanks for writing. You can get a bigger copy (if you wish) from the Black Brant article here on Wikipedia. Left click on the picture, then do right click/copy.
Best Wishes, Adrian Pingstone (talk) 09:02, 5 February 2013 (UTC).

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No student names allowed on Wikipedia[edit]

I see you removed student names from this page Foundation Public School.
Was wondering where is the Wikipedia policy stating you're not allowed to post student names.
Happy Editing!
Edukation 19:33, 13 February 2013 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Honor 11 (talkcontribs)

Thanks for your question. Although I have removed students names from hundreds of school articles over the past few years you are the first person to ask about where the ruling can be found.
Note that other encyclopedias such as Encyclopedia Brittanica or the defunct En Carta never give student's names, and Wikipedia is no different. The ruling on the subject is at: in Section 5.1.2
The relevant bit (in the quote below from 5.1.2) starts "Specific students......."
"Extracurricular activities – Mention the sports team(s) of the school and what is notable about them. Here is also a good place to mention specific traditions of school, like students' union/student council activities, a student newspaper, clubs, regular activities, etc. The heading may be changed accordingly in regard to the importance of sports, clubs, traditions, students' unions etc. For example, alternative headings could be Students' Union, Sports and Traditions or Students' Union Activities. Specific students should not be mentioned unless they are notable in their own right. Major extra curricular championships should be appropriately listed in a "Sports", "Athletics", or "Activities" section. Major extra curricular championships will be defined as the highest possible championship a team can win from that activity's organizing committee. In the United States, this would nominally be a "state championship". Individual awards should generally not be listed. National championships, when referenced, may also be listed. "
In the case of students names there is virtually no possibility that the student is famous in their own right so that is why I edit out student's names. Best Wishes Adrian Pingstone (talk) 23:15, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Permission to use Scarlet Macaw photo[edit]

Hi -- I'm a graduate student at the University of Florida, and I was wondering if I could use your scarlet macaw photo ([[1]]) for a journal publication. I know it's been released to the public domain, but I wanted to make sure I had your permission first. If I use it I would cite you as the photo source. Cheers, Ashley

AESharpe (talk) 01:52, 28 February 2013 (UTC)Ashley Sharpe

Hi Ashley. You are very welcome to use the Macaw picture wherever you wish or to alter it or crop it in any way you wish. As you said it's in the Public Domain but even so I love it when people write to me so I can know my pictures are in use. Best wishes Adrian Pingstone (talk) 15:31, 28 February 2013 (UTC).
Thank you, Adrian -- much appreciated! AESharpe (talk) 18:37, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

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Hello Adrian, just a quick courtesy message to let you know I reverted your edits to Palisene as they appeared to be personal commentary left on the article. Thanks Fraggle81 (talk) 02:46, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Invitation to WikiProject Breakfast[edit]

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Editor's barnstart[edit]

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For your work on Chungnam National University - Wistchars (talk) 23:11, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

Gull Terrier[edit]

I have replaced the {{copy edit}} tag you removed from the article Gull Terrier. The article does seem to be of less promotional nature, but I think it still needs copy-editing for its tone. smtchahal(talk) 16:36, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Gloucester and Sharpness Canal at Patch Bridge.jpg[edit]

Hi, I'm working on Behalf of the Canal and River trust, we are sending out a Door-Drop on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and would love to use your image within the design, would that be OK?

Picture requested

Many thanks Jessie Ashdown — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:30, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I would be pleased if you used the canal picture. I notice that my picture quality wasn't great so I hope it's OK for you (I don't have it at higher quality). Best Wishes - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 11:42, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

Recent edits to Michael Joaquin Grey[edit]

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Bailiffgate Museum[edit]

I am the webmaster at Bailiffgate Museum. There are various changes to the Museum's content & structure that I should put onto Wilikipedia but I have never been involved before. I see you have been doing various tidying up of the pages. As you live in Bristol can I ask what got you involved with Bailiffgate?
Regards Bailiffgatewebmaster (talk) 14:36, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for writing. The reason I edited the museum article is that it appeared on a Wikipedia page called cat:promo (which means "Category:Promotional"). To see that list just type cat:promo into the search box on any Wikipedia page and the page will appear somewhere near the top of the results list.
The "cat:promo" page is a list of articles that sound (in whole or in part) like an advert. I am working my way through that (massive) list and the museum article was in it (I don't know why it's in the list, it doesn't sound like an advert to me!). I edit 10 or so such articles each day, and then remove the Advert tag at the top of the articles.
Looking at my edits of the museum article I notice that one is wrong. I deleted "traditional" near the beginning but that was wrong because the sentence makes better sense with traditional left in (I'll correct that). The other edits are mostly for what I call padding words. For example "The museum has close links with the local community and offers many different activities for local schools and educational groups". Remove "many different" and the sense of the sentence is entirely unchanged. Best Wishes, - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 20:59, 11 July 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. I'm sure our English can be improved, so help always welcome. The Museum is genuine and the entry is intended to (obviously) help motivate visitors. I suppose that borders on Advertising, but all statements are truthful. We have just received a major Lottery grant to improve our museum layout and presentation, so I will be updating our entry with that aspect soon..
Regards Bailiffgatewebmaster (talk) 16:27, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Aust Ferry picture[edit]

Aust Ferry pic

Hi there Adrian, I'd like to find the photographer of the picture of the Aust Ferry in 1964. Would that be yourself?
Thank you. Celyn — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:40, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I took that picture. I don't know what use you have in mind but, because I make all my Wikipedia pictures Public Domain, you are welcome to use it wherever you wish and to modify it in any way you wish. I don't have a better quality version anywhere so to acquire it you can left click the pic to get the full size version and then right click to to save it to your computer. Thanks for writing - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 15:54, 19 July 2013 (UTC)
Hi Adrian - yes, it's a very evocative photo. I used it myself in a publication, assuming that you wouldn't mind. Email me if you want a copy of the booklet! Ghmyrtle (talk) 16:03, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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I noticed your hard work cleaning up the Airplane House article. Well done. Richard Apple (talk) 17:27, 27 July 2013 (UTC)
Many thanks, I highly appreciate the Barnstar. Thanks once again, Best wishes - Adrian Pingstone (talk) 08:02, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

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Question concerning the deletion of football content on Iona Prep Wikipedia page[edit]

I'm the person who wrote the football history on the Iona Prep Wikipedia page, and I'd like to know who you are why most of the content was deleted. I spent a lot of time and effort to add the information, and I don't like to see my work arbitrarily deleted. If you're 3,000 miles away in England, you don't know anything about Iona Prep in the first place.

Nobody is forcing anyone to read content on Wikipedia, and if someone is bored with too much information, they can very easily skip over it.

I added the information to the article a few years ago, and this is only the second time that the content has been mangled. I would like to reinsert the information, but I don't want the content to be modified or deleted a second time. A lot of articles on Wikipedia have far more content than Iona Prep's article. Deletions should be handled with caution and common sense.

Anthony22 (talk) 00:16, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for your message. Here are my replies:
"I'd like to know who you are?" I am a highly-experienced Wikipedia editor (as I see you are from your Contributions record) who knows extremely well what is OK in Wikipedia and what is not. I have edited nearly every day since 2003 (many thousands of articles).
"I don't like to see my work arbritrarily deleted" Of course not but it was not "arbitrarily deleted" it was deleted because it was not according to the structure expected in a Wikipedia article! An article should not be totally dominated by one of the articles's sections, in this case football results.
And it is no longer "My work" once you click Save. Anyone who finds a fault in the article should correct it. The feelings of the writer unfortunately cannot be a consideration. The problem lies with yourself in not realising the entry length was majorly out of proportion with the rest of the article.
"I don't know anything about Iona Prep". Of course I don't!!! I live in Bristol, England But I do know what a balanced article looks like so knowledge of the school is irrelevant.
"Deletions should be handled with caution and common sense". Not so, they are handled according to the rules of Wikipedia!
Thanks for writing and I am sorry that you have been annoyed, but, for the good of Wikipedia, my edit stays Adrian Pingstone (talk) 12:25, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your copious copyedits, especially on Tewkesbury. Now it's much more readable and less peacock-ish. Thanks! BethNaught (talk) 20:35, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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use of your New Severn Bridge photo[edit]

I would like to use your photo New_severn_bridge_best_750pix.jpg found on but require a higher resolution file. If you would please contact me at I can provide details. Many thanks in advance. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Imcsorley (talkcontribs) 00:04, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

I am sorry to be so long in replying but I have only just seen your request for a higher resolution picture of the bridge. I emailed you today but your email address was not recognised by my Yahoo email system. Sadly I have kept only the 750 pixel version on my computer so cannot provide a hi res version. Thanks for writing, Best wishes - Arpingstone (talk) 08:42, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Happy birthday!!![edit]

Red Arrows 50th picture.[edit]

The RAF Red Arrows depart the 2014 Royal International Air Tattoo, England, in a colour scheme that commemorates their 50th year.

Hi Adrian, Love the photo. As it stands it is a great pic of the arrows, but just a thought, if you want to use it to highlight the 50th season colour scheme, it would probably be better cropped to show just one plane. IdreamofJeanie (talk) 19:58, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for writing, but my panning skills with my 8-year-old Nikon D50 and an 18-200mm Nikon lens were not good enough to enable me to crop one plane out of it, and still keep the quality. Please leave it as three aircraft, Best Wishes, Arpingstone (talk) 20:09, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

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Global account[edit]

Hi Arpingstone! As a Steward I'm involved in the upcoming unification of all accounts organized by the Wikimedia Foundation (see m:Single User Login finalisation announcement). By looking at your your account, I realized that you don't have a global account yet. In order to secure your name, I recommend you to create such account on your own by submitting your password on Special:MergeAccount and unifying your local accounts. If you have any problems with doing that or further questions, please don't hesitate to ping me with {{ping|DerHexer}}. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 23:01, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Re Missing aircraft[edit]

You were missing the A320-200 in the table at The table is now updated and awaiting your picture contributions (there are a few more pix missing). With wishes of a Happy New Year. Max Ingevald - (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 01:04, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

Flybe Bombardier Dash-8-400 photo[edit]

Adrian, I know all of your photos are public domain, but I just want to make sure it's OK to publish your Flybe Bombardier Dash-8-400 photo in Aerospace America, the magazine of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. -- Jack --Jwittman (talk) 14:54, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Yes, you are right, all my pics are PD so you are very welcome to use them as you wish. An acknowledgement to me, Adrian Pingstone, would be nice but is not essential . Best Wishes - Arpingstone (talk) 17:49, 12 January 2015 (UTC)


Your photo from OBERER GRINDELWALDGLETSCHER (1963) has been integrated into the Glacier Photograph Collection, hosted by the National Snow and Ice Data Center, in Boulder, CO, USA. This database provides scientists and the general public with an easy access to glacier photos from around the globe, some dating back to the late 19th century.

We will of course include your full name in the citation!

Thanks for sharing your photos!

for the World Glacier Monitoring Service, Mylène Jacquemart

find more infos at: (World Glacier Monitoring Service) (National Snow and Ice Data Center) (Glacier Photo Collection) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mjacqu (talkcontribs) 22:51, 16 March 2015 (UTC)


When making cleanup edits such as this, keep in mind that file names are case-sensitive. Your edit removed the picture from the article. --Stefan2 (talk) 15:07, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

Apologies, I had not noticed that the capitals I added to "city" in "Film city" were part of a filename - Arpingstone (talk) 15:09, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

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Hypericum Calycinum Image[edit]

Hello! I am working on the article Hypericum. The image of Image:Hypericum.flower.750pix.jpg has many questions surrounding it and I would like to get in touch with you about it rather than simply remove it from the article. If I cannot resolve that it really is Hypericum calycinum, I will have to remove it. Thank you, Fritzmann2002 19:05, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for your kindness in writing to me. I put that picture on 13 years ago so have no memory of where I took it nor which hypericum it is (but know I took it near where I live in Bristol, England). Since the pic is now very old you are welcome to remove it - I have 2000 pictures on Wikipedia so I won't miss it! - Arpingstone (talk) 20:06, 14 December 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for replying quickly. I am glad can remove the picture without any controversy. Happy Wiki-ing! Fritzmann2002 13:20, 15 December 2015 (UTC)