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Laugh your butt off drollness

Usually charts are clinical and colorless. Not this one, LOL: [1]

Well I suppose that when one is asked to write up what is effectively an exhibition race the temptation to add a little color must be quite strong. And it's done in a dry, ironic style that we Brits used to be able to do so well. Tigerboy1966  23:58, 18 January 2014 (UTC)
See my edits to Mucho Macho Man about the race. News source has more, too. "$250,000 paid workout" was my favorite, but too snarky for the article here. Montanabw(talk) 03:32, 20 January 2014 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg This user helped promote the article Mucho Macho Man to good article status.

Speaking of two degrees of separation

Speaking of She's a Tiger:

and

Interesting? Montanabw(talk) 05:01, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 January newsletter

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Champion Hurdle

Delighted that you are using the 1-2-3 images - I uploaded a fixed version of one of the images today, and applied it to your page. I have been experimenting today with images covering the whole field, which you can see on my User Page. It may be a bit of an overkill but you are welcome to use them if you think they are useful. (JockeyColours (talk) 20:39, 16 March 2014 (UTC))

Macho up

I have Mucho Macho Man at FAC. I put you down as a co-nom for all the good work you did cleaning up the original mess that we had facing us in November of last year, it was a base that got me motivated from there and you deserve to claim credit for the article, IMHO! Montanabw(talk) 20:56, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Murder of Harriet Staunton

Hello, Tigerboy. I thought I should let you know that Murder of Harriet Staunton, an article you recently worked on, is nominated for DYK. Thank you for your wikicontributions. Happy editing. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 03:02, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Hi, Tigerboy. It looks like that this article of yours will appear on MainPage tomorrow. Just an FYI. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 23:55, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
Thank for informing me. I think it's the first time I've had a non-horse racing DYK. Not just a one-trick pony! Tigerboy1966  04:49, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

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DYK for Murder of Harriet Staunton

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March 2014

Information icon Hello, I'm Kkj11210. I noticed that you recently removed some content from 2010 Dubai World Cup without explaining why. In the future, it would be helpful to others if you described your changes to Wikipedia with an accurate edit summary. If this was a mistake, don't worry; I restored the removed content. If you would like to experiment, please use the sandbox. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thanks! KJ click here 22:34, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

We forgot one from 2013 BC

On the Kentucky Oaks trail and won the BC juvenile fillies, even if by DQ: Ria Antonia

and renamed "Wattani"![1] Tigerboy1966  07:13, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
Good example for the discussion we are having at the template about adding or altering the "othername" parameter there... horses get renamed... Montanabw(talk) 21:25, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
Interesting. This is a common issue with Hong Kong racehorses who are usually imported and renamed: Military Attack used to be "Rave" for instance. Also there are lots of examples of horses who ran under "descriptive" names before being officially named. Orwell was "the Golden Hair colt"; Ladas (horse) (a WP:GA) was "the Illuminata colt" etc. Ron the Greek does need an article, but has been shuffled back after this weekend behind African Story (me neither!) and Just A Way. Tigerboy1966  12:27, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
May want to pop over to the template and comment; I am asking the techies to tweak it a bit. As for horses, someone outside of WPEQ just created California Chrome, I must admit I've got my eye on that colt also. I did a very rough cleanup of it, may do more if he does well in the Santa Anita Derby next week. Looked damn good in the San Felipe, which I wasn't paying much attention to, until I just sort of idly noted a big bright chestnut colt that I thought looked remarkably good, but in a "who the heck is that, never heard of him" way; then he blew away the field. Of course, Rosie hit two for two in Louisiana with Vicar's in Trouble at the Louisiana Derby and Untapable in the Oaks, so gotta cheer for the "girl jockey" too. Should be a more interesting Derby season this time around. Montanabw(talk) 04:12, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Champion Hurdle

Thanks for the kind message - I'm not doing a great deal here these days, just fiddling about with bits and pieces really, keeping race results up to date if possible. I've done enough copy & paste mistakes in my time to be happy to fix things which look wrong. The 2007 race has the description (GB) after trainers Seamus Mullins, which I thing is wrong but I haven't looked into it. Keep up the good work anyway! --Bcp67 (talk) 19:34, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Haha, yes! I think he's part of the Mullins family, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's been based in Ireland at any time in his life - plenty of jump jockeys come to England early and end up staying there. --Bcp67 (talk) 19:55, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 March newsletter

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Need a DYK qpq?

I just put up Charles LoPresti, if you need a qpq for your new article DYKs. I stole a paragraph from your article on Wise Dan for this one; plus some of the stats, but I did admit it on the talk page. ;-) Montanabw(talk) 06:47, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. I must have the lowest ratio of qpq reviews to DYKs in WP history (which has caused some err.. "lively" discussion in the past): but that's because I hardly ever self-nom. The lede to the LoPresti article highlights one issue which always used to baffle me when I started to write about American horses. In Britain trainers have a home base and transport their charges to the course on the day of the race or the day before (it's a v small country). It's so prevalent that the names of trainers are automatically associated with their base: Henry Cecil (Warren Place, Newmarket), Dick Hern (West Ilsley), Barry Hills (Lambourn) etc. I couldn't figure out why nobody ever mentioned the home-bases of US trainers until I realised that almost all of them didn't have one; they just moved their horses from track to track. Tigerboy1966  22:13, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
U.S. horses could benefit from annual time off, but many don't get it, they run year-round; LoPresti is considered "old school" for his willingness to let horses have down time and not go south in the winter. As for being nomadic, it's partly because you don't have a winter HQ place in the UK! - If you could go to the South of France, your trainers would be nomads too! There are "corridors" - most of the time the New York people winter in Florida, the Kentucky people sometimes winter in Florida, but also go to Louisiana or Oaklawn in Arkansas. The Californians are probably the only people who DO have a home base because not only do they have no real winter, it's also not ungodly hot and humid in the summer in California. So you wanna give the article a quick review? It will pass, I promise! Montanabw(talk) 22:22, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Well I think I've done it. Is there anything missing? I think I've covered all the main points. Thank for creating this: it had been a bit embarrassing to have the trainer of arguably the best horse in the world as a redlink! btw the Godolphin stable does do the whole relocation thing by wintering their horses in Dubai and then moving them back to Europe in spring. My feeling is that this gives them a tiny advantage in the early part of the European season: the younger horses might mature a bit more quickly but on the other hand a lot of them might benefit from just taking a rest. Tigerboy1966  11:06, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
I think you got it, and if you didn't, users like Nikkimaria or Blue Moonset will slap us both silly! I wonder how hard flying is on these horses; just going across the USA a bit too often knocked Bond Holder out of the Kentucky Derby. They say that the flight to Dubai really is a problem for USA horses in the Dubai World cut, but to Europe there isn't as much of a time zone change, so maybe less of an issue? And, I suppose giving plenty of recovery time helps too. Montanabw(talk) 23:28, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Brigadier Gerard

What do you think of recent edits to this article? Though they seem knowledgeable, thry seem to be lacking in citations and rather POV. JH (talk page) 08:55, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

It look like a wholesale copy/paste job- probably from a RS (Timeform?) but unless some refs are provided it will have to go. Tigerboy1966  22:48, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Pineau de Re

Hi Tigerboy, I saw that you created Pineau de Re earlier, would you mind helping me expand Leighton Aspell in the next few days please so that we can have a double DYK hook? Thanks, Matty.007 17:29, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

no probs. I will take a look and see what I can do. Tigerboy1966  19:43, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Nom is at Template:Did you know nominations/Pineau de Re, and just to note, I have brought it up above 1500 characters, and got a picture to be added to the nom. Thanks, Matty.007 14:47, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Oh great pedigree guru

I'm about to do a 5x expansion for DYK, I would love your help with the pedigree... I suck at charts, you are good at them... California Chrome - source here: [2]. Montanabw(talk) 21:48, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks so much! Feel free to add any of your other magic. I'm mostly going to work on the chart. In a perfect world, I'll have it GA by the Derby... this colt is quite impressive; he just blew away the field twice now that I've watched him run. Gorgeous horse, too. Montanabw(talk) 22:30, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
I'm always a sucker for a flashy chestnut with a lot of white about him. Now that the Grand National (won by a wiry little dark bay with no white markings) has been run it's back to the flat. Tigerboy1966  22:41, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Heh, the Seabiscuit thing! Well my "other" Derby horse is Vicar's in Trouble, who IS a little dark bay with not a lot of white - and ridden by "my girl" Rosie Napravnik. Don't know which horse to root for the hardest - both have people behind them with fantastic feel-good stories. IN the USA, there is also the regional rivalry; the "New York (raced) horse" versus the "Kentucky horse" versus those damn upstarts out in California, who we all know are hicks from the sticks that run on fast tracks and not to be taken seriously! (Ha, ha - I'm from the west, always have a soft spot for the California horses) But man, you gotta catch video of California Chrome in his last two races, just blowing away the field! I'm doing his chart for the wikipedia article, they've just raced the daylights out of him - 10 starts already! He's built like a tank! Hope he stays sound and ships well - if he does both of those, he won't be beat unless he either screws himself up in the gate again (which he has done) or someone else really steps up their game. Wicked Strong was pretty impressive in the Wood, I was not that impressed with the horses in the Florida Derby generally, though I had some hopes for Samraat being the "east coast contender", but he hasn't been doing so well. Montanabw(talk) 22:29, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

DYK for California Chrome

The DYK project (nominate) 02:20, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Announcement/ apology

I will keep on editing but won't be v. communicative over the next few weeks. Personal/ family issues. Tigerboy1966  07:58, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Hope all goes better soon, my friend. Your WP buddies wish you the best. Montanabw(talk) 01:00, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Seconded - hope things are OK with you. --Bcp67 (talk) 05:58, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

In the meantime, thanks for all you do:

Naseem Hamed

I have reverted your edit. Mr. Hamed is not an Englishman by any definition; he is not a member of the English ethnicity. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_people. That is not "gobblygook" and you claim, but an objective statement. He is however a Briton as a citizen of the United Kingdom.

FA congratulations

Just a quick note to congratulate you on the promotion of Mucho Macho Man to FA status recently. If you would like to see this (or any other FA) appear as "Today's featured article" soon, please nominate it at the requests page; if you'd like to see an FA on a particular date in the next year or so, please add it to the "pending" list. In the absence of a request, the article may end up being picked at any time (although with 1,307 articles in Category:Featured articles that have not appeared on the main page at present, there's no telling how long – or short! – the wait might be). You (and your talk-page stalkers) may also be interested to hear that there have been some changes at the TFA requests page recently. Nominators no longer need to calculate how many "points" an article has, the instructions have been simplified, and there's a new nomination system using templates based on those used for DYK suggestions. Please consider nominating another article, or commenting on an existing nomination, and leaving some feedback on your experience. If you'd got any TFA-related questions or problems, please let me know. BencherliteTalk 13:36, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Pineau de Re

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 15:23, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Leighton Aspell

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 15:23, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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Credit due for great horse racing editing in general but especially for being so on the ball with recent races. Peaky76 (talk) 23:11, 3 May 2014 (UTC)

Extra Eyes on Derby Day

Howdy Hi - Just a very polite ping to various trusted editors and my talk page stalkers: on Derby Day (Saturday, May 3) can you please help keep an eye on a recent GA that I've worked on, California Chrome? The horse is the favorite for the race, already has a rabid fan base, the "Chromies" (in a good way, mostly) but the article is already getting anon IP edits from people who are making random odd edits. I have meticulously sourced this article and if there are errors, they are in the sources consulted (or at least my interpretation of them) and, while of course any article can be improved, anyone changing material needs different/better sources to correct errors and not just put in random rants. I think everyone around here knows the drill, but... thanks in advance. I'm driving back home that day and will be on the road about 7 hours, I'm hoping I can at least catch the race itself in a cafe or something along the way, I won't likely have internet access during the race itself and other eyes will be much appreciated, thanks! Montanabw(talk) 06:05, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

I'll be there. The nearest I ever got to being blocked was when edit-warring/fighting vandalism (depending on your viewpoint) after I'll Have Another won in 2012. My "bet" on the race will be to draft an article on one of the contenders and have it ready to go live. I got it right last year with Orb and I'm leaning towards Wicked Strong this time: he's a closer who seems to be improving, and the way he won the Wood (that head carriage!) suggested to me that either a) he has a bit of an attitude or b) he is still learning the job- hope it's the latter. Seven hours on the road? Makes me realise how lucky I am to live on a small island and drive to anywhere in England in six hours or less. Tigerboy1966  18:22, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. Google the route between Spokane, Washington and Missoula, Montana, I'll be somewhere in that general stretch of road at post time, and hope like heck closer to the latter, where I know where to look for public wifi or even TV with the sound turned on (couple of conference motels have pretty open lobby areas) (still a couple hours to get home, even so). I like your strategy, I figured we could give 'Chrome an article after he won the Santa Anita Derby, which was a Grade I. I'm rooting for the west coast horse, even if he is the favorite, 'cause I picked him way back at the San Felipe based on just happening to stream the race while waiting for the Santa Anita Handicap, and thinking, "hm, that chestnut looks good in the post parade." Along with Wicked Strong, who probably warrants an article just on the Wood alone (isn't that a Grade I?) the pundits in Louisville are all raving about Medal Count, for what that's worth. In the meantime, Rosie just won the Oaks for the second time, this time on Untapable. May be worth an article. May also want to watchlist Steve Asmussen, FWIW. He's got into hot water with PETA, is the trainer of Untapable, and has a Derby horse too. Lots of vandal bait there.  ;-) Montanabw(talk) 08:21, 3 May 2014 (UTC)
Quick question. Lots of news articles say that "Wicked Strong" is an obvious Boston reference, but it's not obvious to me! Is it local slang or something to do with the Red Sox??? I know that Boston is about a bazillion miles from your neck of the woods so this might be the equivalent of you asking me about Hungarian dialects in Northern Romania. Tigerboy1966  12:53, 3 May 2014 (UTC)
It's a play on "Boston Strong", the motto for remembrance of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victims.[3] Froggerlaura ribbit 17:09, 4 May 2014 (UTC)
And I think the owners donate 1% of his winnings (or something like that) to one of the charities helping the survivors. If you can stream NBC Sports in the UK, they did a feature on him and his owners during the Derby broadcast that explained it. Montanabw(talk) 23:42, 5 May 2014 (UTC)
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Night of Thunder

Nice work on Night of Thunder! That's some impressively quick and thorough work. Peaky76 (talk) 17:06, 3 May 2014 (UTC)

Unbelievable: the top 5 in the betting all had WP articles and a 40/1 outsider wins. The annoying thing is that earlier in the year there were noises coming out of the Hannon stable stable which said that NoT was an absolute monster, but they went quiet after the Greenham. Tigerboy1966  17:57, 3 May 2014 (UTC)
Three weeks ago they were saying he would probably go to Longchamp and swerve another meeting with Kingman! --Bcp67 (talk) 18:43, 3 May 2014 (UTC)
I was on Toormore to win and the other Hannon horse each way so I am doubly disappointed! Peaky76 (talk) 23:11, 3 May 2014 (UTC)
I think this might be one of those results that looks head-slappingly obvious in retrospect- like Generous winning the Dewhurst at 50/1. Tigerboy1966  15:59, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 April newsletter

Round 3 of the 2014 WikiCup has just begun; 32 competitors remain. Pool G's Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions) was Round 2's highest scorer, with a large number of featured picture credits. In March/April, he restored star charts from Urania's Mirror, lithographs of various warships (such as SMS Gefion) and assorted other historical media. Second overall was Pool E's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), whose featured list Silver certificate (United States) contains dozens of scans of banknotes recently promoted to featured picture status. Third was Pool G's United States ChrisGualtieri (submissions) who has produced a large number of good articles, many, including Falkner Island, on Connecticut-related topics. Other successful participants included Rhodesia Cliftonian (submissions), who saw three articles (including the top-importance Ian Smith) through featured article candidacies, and Washington, D.C. Caponer (submissions), who saw three lists (including the beautifully-illustrated list of plantations in West Virginia) through featured list candidacies. High-importance good articles promoted this round include narwhal from Canada Reid,iain james (submissions), tiger from Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) and The Lion King from Minas Gerais Igordebraga (submissions). We also saw our first featured topic points of the competition, awarded to Nepal Czar (submissions) and Indiana Red Phoenix (submissions) for their work on the Sega Genesis topic. No points have been claimed so far for good topics or featured portals.

192 was our lowest qualifying score, again showing that this WikiCup is the most competitive ever. In previous years, 123 (2013), 65 (2012), 41 (2011) or 100 (2010) secured a place in Round 3. Pool H was the strongest performer, with all but one of its members advancing, while only the two highest scorers in Pools G and F advanced. At the end of June, 16 users will advance into the semi-finals. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 17:57, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

For your magic touch

Someone created Lucky Pulpit. It's a stub, needs a pedigree and the usual. Montanabw(talk) 18:19, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

will do as soon as I finish Alkaased. Tigerboy1966  22:47, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Consider me back

Tough times, but I'm back to more-or-less full fitness, and Wicked Strong WILL win the Belmont! Tigerboy1966  16:39, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

LOL! Thanks for your help on vandal patrol at California Chrome, who WILL be the first Cal-Bred to win the Triple Crown! ( noogies!) Incidentally, the 'Chrome article is getting a lot of vandal activity (see today), continued vigilance is helpful. Also add new articles Art Sherman and Lucky Pulpit to the watchlist. I'll do the same for Wicked Strong who is a cool horse, just not as cool as 'Chrome!  ;-) Montanabw(talk) 23:38, 5 May 2014 (UTC)
Great to hear you are getting back to full fitness, and hopefully you'll be catching pigeons on the gallops again very soon! --Bcp67 (talk) 19:54, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

Noble Mission

Yeah, I was just thinking the same thing. He always seemed to have more talent than he was showing on the track. Unfortunately, I've hardly been able to contribute at all recently, but work is easing off a bit again now, so I should start contributing a bit more regularly again, even if not at the same level a was before. Edwarddutton (talk) 16:11, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

just checking that you didn't have a sandbox article ready to go as we don't want to duplicate. The work/wiki balance is always important: I started editing when I was "jobseeking" to stop myself going nuts with boredom. Tigerboy1966  12:32, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
I didn't have one ready to go, but I have been doing some work on him yesterday and today Edwarddutton (talk) 16:27, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
Speaking of editing wiki, my highest monthly edit counts were the last month I worked at a suck-egg job I hated and the first month after I walked out the door, shouting FREEDOM! LOL! Montanabw(talk) 19:29, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

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You might be interested in expanding this, I cleaned it up a bit.♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:51, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Australia

Hi it seems we were both editing the article at a similar time. Once mine was complete and ready to save I noticed your edit had appeared. I have merged them together but just checking you are happy with how I have done it. Neroyak (talk) 18:53, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

What a day, and in the middle of all of it, a troll lands in the horse breed articles with a POV-pushing attitude. God, Im tired! Montanabw(talk) 04:25, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

ITN for 2014 Epsom Derby

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New eyes!

Hey Tigerboy, I could use a new set of eyes to do a general review , comment and possible copyedit at 'Chrome's article - at least your comments at FAC - before I take it to FAC. I had a good peer review, but only one person, and I feel like everyone else who has helped me watch this article (including me) is bleary-eyed. It came out of triple crown season with over 500,000 hits (whoa!) and as I was updating it almost daily, I think there is now stuff in there that isn't needed any more now that we know how the saga ended (this round, at least until August or September) but I honestly can't decide what. As a horse racing person, I think you can certainly ping me as to anything that you think is crummy writing, or whatever. The human interest side of the article kind of bulked it out more than the usual horse biography, but relevant in this case, as only Art Sherman now ranks as notable enough for his own article, everyone else is kind of WP:BIO1E. Your comments most appreciated. Montanabw(talk) 23:34, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

will certainly take a look. Tigerboy1966  23:43, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, I'd also appreciate it if you could watchlist it in general, as with copyeditors who aren't into horse racing jumping on board (with my invitation, admittedly), occasionally do well-meaning but unhelpful things like this (which I fixed), so another person to say, "yes, this is horse lingo" will be valued. I can handle most of the flack, but always good to have a little backup on occasion. Montanabw(talk) 01:39, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

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After an extremely close race, Round 3 is over. 244 points secured a place in Round 4, which is comparable to previous years- 321 was required in 2013, while 243 points were needed in 2012. Pool C's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) was the round's highest scorer, mostly due to a 32 featured pictures, including both scans and photographs. Also from Pool C, Scotland Casliber (submissions) finished second overall, claiming three featured articles, including the high-importance Grus (constellation). Third place was Pool B's , whose contributions included featured articles Russian battleship Poltava (1894) and Russian battleship Peresvet. Pool C saw the highest number of participants advance, with six out of eight making it to the next round.

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Mukhadram

Saw your post elsewhere. I have Arabians and am running into this "what is the Arabic word for..." stuff all the time. Did a little digging, best I can tell you is that a Mukhadram is some type of honored poet in the Arabic world. See http://archive.org/stream/anarabicenglish03lanegoog/anarabicenglish03lanegoog_djvu.txt Hope someone else can give you more nuance. Maybe ask User:Justlettersandnumbers, I think he knows some Arabic. Montanabw(talk) 17:05, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, the problem with Arabic names is that when they are written in the Roman alphabet, it's not easy to get an auto-translation. The poetry angle would fit with Hamdan's recent naming policy- see Taghrooda. Tigerboy1966  17:29, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
I know what you mean, and also for that reason they can be spelled a half-dozen ways too. Montanabw(talk) 17:47, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Chrome

Nominated Chrome for FAC today, FYI: Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/California Chrome/archive1. Grab your popcorn and watch the show. Montanabw(talk) 22:54, 11 July 2014 (UTC)