User talk:Old Moonraker/Archive 6

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1985 Mexico City earthquake

De nada - happens to the best of us. Even to me. ;-)

(And the "har har har" was directed at some joker who thought it would be funny to vandalize the last paragraph. It was funny, actually...but had no place in an encyclopedia.)

By the way, do I recall correctly that Placido Domingo lost family in the quake, and that that was the reason he decided to sing for quake aid? Might be a nice story to add to the article. --User:AlbertHerring Io son l'orecchio e tu la bocca: parla! 14:17, 13 October 2008 (UTC)


Thanks for making me work to cite. It's good to know somebody cares. I tend to get lazy at times when I edit, so it's good that you force me to be more "citeful."

As for Patrick Stewart: He was in the RSC during the original production, and given its scope, had to have at least appeared in it. And as I type this, I see him as one of the extras reading the famous monologue by Dickens about how London is both wonderful and wretched. ("Oh, but it was London!") He doesn't do a helluva lot—a little watchman here, a little passerby there—but he does appear. –TashTish (talk) 02:51, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for taking the trouble to reply here. I'm a little puzzled by this recollection. As you say, the production had enormous scope, but one of the notable things about it was that all of the parts (and quite a few of the props!) were created by the ensemble of thirty-nine principal actors themselves: there were no "extras". I'm a bit hampered at present because my usual source for this sort of thing, Simon Trowbridge's Stratfordians, is currently undergoing a metamorphosis from web to print, but the less helpful work I mentioned in the edit history, the RSC performance database, doesn't have Stewart. Neither, however, does it have Fulton MacKay, who stood in for Graham Crowden at some stage during the run's extensions: it's not infallible.
Before the performances the cast, out of character (which character, after all?), mingled and chatted with the audience. I would have been very aware of Stewart, having a few months previously seen him leap into the audience during a performance of Bingo and grab a copy of the playtext from an American student who was following the dialogue in print. This, of course, is WP:OR and not admissible, and as Old Moonraker with a memory now less acute than I would like, nor should it be but Stewart wasn't in any of the performances I saw.
I would welcome any more information to illuminate this. --Old Moonraker (talk) 06:44, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Category:On-street running

Thank you for adding Weymouth, I'd been scratching my head for the last hour trying to remember which UK harbour line it was. And now that I think of it, the approach road to Dublin port has it too. —Sladen (talk) 11:53, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for shifting it to a better page! --Old Moonraker (talk) 13:17, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Government "ise"

Hi Moonraker. I was a bit confused by your rewording on Wikipedia:Manual of Style (spelling) and posted a question on the talk page there. Thanks, (talk) 17:46, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Replying there. --Old Moonraker (talk) 18:29, 14 November 2008 (UTC)


Please donn't delete the "ARMY SIZE" part of the text! It's very important statistic data!!!! (Stears81)

It's probably better to keep the comments on the article talk page, rather than each of the talk pages of the many editors who have reverted you. --Old Moonraker (talk) 20:20, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

George Orwell


I did in fact write that Orwell stuff myself - or at least if I plagiarised it, I did so unconsciously. I do remember sweating over it for some time, however. I had been immersing myself in his stuff for days because I was trying to carry out a major edit of the article, but I could never get the edit done because the article itself was and is chronically unstable; I basically rewrote the first paragraph and then went back to things I was further advanced with (like Sparta). I think Mobipocket (the eBook site) have a lot of nerve quoting it without mentioning that they got it from Wikipedia. The user who deleted it appears not to have an account anymore, so don't know what happened there. Anyway, thanks for the heads up and thanks for doing the research and vindicating me. Lexo (talk) 00:27, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Pleased to help. As I noted in the edit history, "Previous version was more fluent" — yours was the one to go with.
As regards the publisher's nerve: a print publisher sells books on Amazon that are no more than word-for-word transcripts of the Wikipedia piece, but this isn't declared. It came to light in much the same way: A Wikipedia editor in good standing was accused of a wholesale lift from the book, but I recognized a bit of my own text in the work. I made the publisher the subject of an article, but he succeeded in having it deleted. --Old Moonraker (talk) 07:03, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Cat's eye

Thanks for adding the quote from that News of the World article. Rovaniemi-5 (talk) 15:29, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

No prob: thanks to the local library for the online subscription! --Old Moonraker (talk) 15:33, 2 December 2008 (UTC)
Wow, that would be very useful for Wikipedia stuff! Rovaniemi-5 (talk) 15:46, 2 December 2008 (UTC)


I noticed you placed a vandal warning on User: Please note that this is the new IP for User:, as our school district recently changed IP addresses, and had a school block in place previously. Perhaps this block should be moved over? Malykyn (talk) 16:21, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Needs an Admin for that. Is there any way the users could look on this as a fresh start, leaving the vandalism behind, or is this a bit naive of me? Best. --Old Moonraker (talk) 16:25, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
Definitely the latter. Malykyn (talk) 16:54, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Richard Trevithick

Thanks for clarifying the Richard Trevithick recent edits.

It did seem a bit mean that he appeared to have grabbed a couple of schoolboys "on their way to school"!!

EdJogg (talk) 18:40, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Credit to you for noticing it in the first place: if it wasn't for that it wouldn't be fixed. --Old Moonraker (talk) 18:58, 5 December 2008 (UTC)


Surely you don't think people take something that can be edited by anyone seriously? Lol, take a joke for petes sake, Uncyclopedia is more reliable!!!! (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Yomammaisamartyr (talkcontribs)

im sorry i offended you with my sister wendy edit. apparently i dont appreciate poor commentary on art by an old hag with an overbite as much as you do. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:26, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

Notability tag

Hi Old Moonraker, I have a question and maybe you can help me. The question concerns the article Where Troy Once Stood. It was tagged with the notability-tag may 2008 and shortly after that you've added the Tom Holland review from the Independent as you might remember. Now I wonder: does it take an admin to remove such a tag or can any user do that? Cheers, --Antiphus (talk) 14:34, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

Anyone can do this and if the edit is accompanied by a good reason on the talk page it wouldn't be challenged. Notability was established in an old deletion discussion (the conclusion was: "it is notable and needs cleaning up rather than deleting") and this would serve well. I didn't feel like doing it as I was on the receiving end of a bit of a battering over this: I asked for a link to Where Troy Once Stood from Troy in later legend but the consensus was against it. Better left to a disinterested party! ATB. --Old Moonraker (talk) 15:26, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

Pictures on Titanic

I tried to remove the gap at the bottom of the Captain Smith picture. You mentioned there was "some problem with the original" which I was quite sure of what you meant. I guess you are "on top of things" though. So I will leave it as you have reverted. Wallie (talk) 17:05, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

I can't really remember this edit, but I think I was talking about Smith's entitlement to fly the Image:Government Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg rather than the picture of Smith himself. Anyway, it looks alright to me now. Best. --Old Moonraker (talk) 17:20, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

Good save.

I got ahead of myself and didn't realise it was in a quote. My mistake... Lothar the Terrible 17:15, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

No problem: done it myself before now. --Old Moonraker (talk) 17:21, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

Lugged touring bikes

I left you a note here regarding your edit and reference. I think you may be overly optimistic about lugged frames repairability. Let me know what you think.--Keithonearth (talk) 08:51, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

Replying there.--Old Moonraker (talk) 12:12, 31 December 2008 (UTC)