Crystal Clear app date.pngToday is 17 January, 2021.
en-4This user can contribute with a near-native level of English.
MixThis user has been influenced by too many dialects of English to use one orthography, vocabulary and grammar consistently.
de-2Dieser Benutzer hat fortgeschrittene Deutschkenntnisse.
fr-2Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau intermédiaire en français.
it-1Questo utente può contribuire con un livello semplice di italiano.
nl-1Deze gebruiker bezit beginnende kennis van het Nederlands.
la-0Hic usor linguam latinam non intellegit aut eam intellegit aegre.
den-0 Dieser User findet Denglisch uncool.
Noia 64 apps karm.svg This user has been on Wikipedia for 14 years, 6 months and 5 days.
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This user firmly believes that this is a better world because of the presence of dogs.Hand puppet laudi.jpg
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redundancies and vandalism.
University of Cambridge coat of arms.svgThis user is a Cantabrigian.
Leonardo da Vinci's rhombicuboctahedronThis user took part in University Challenge for Downing College in 1976
Flag-map of the United States.svgThis user has visited 14 of the 50 United States.14
This user knows that
Black Lives Matter
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WikiProject Germany.
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WikiProject France.
This user is currently working on
a translation of de:Deidesheim.
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WikiProject Highways.
This user is currently working on
a translation of Strada Europea E62.
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Oso.jpg This user knows that bears are Godless killing machines.
Nh-pluto-in-true-color 2x.jpg This user misses Pluto. May its planethood rest in peace.
87,000+This user has made more than 87,000 contributions to Wikipedia, over 1 of which were to articles.
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808This user is ranked 808 on the list of Wikipedians by number of edits.
Quality, not quantity.This user believes that a user's edit count does not necessarily reflect on the value of their contributions to Wikipedia.
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Tyrannosaurus BW.jpgDiese(r) Benutzer/in fände es toll, einen Dinosaurier als Haustier zu haben.
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Mother TongueEdit

Formal EducationEdit

  • UK History Degree: MA Hons (Cantab) acquired in return for a BA Hons (Cantab) and a modest fee
  • UK Accountancy qualification (ACA).

Informal EducationEdit

  • Going Places
  • Listening (the tough one)


  • Much of what I can understand and some of what I can't and/or don't and/or won't
  • Historical Context and Perspectives
  • Places
  • Languages
  • Cars
  • Food
  • Ancestors

Wiki Strengths / Wiki WeaknessesEdit

  • Interest in Knowledge
  • Caution about opinions (especially those I don't share)
  • Caution about unconsidered base assumptions acquired while growing up (or not: especially other folks')
  • Pedantic
  • Tolerant (or?...)
  • Still bad at succinct (but still working on it)
  • Excessive weakness for ill considered aphorisms (evidenced by the irritating little boxes to the right)
  • Parentheses (brackets)


  • Coffee
  • Threat of various incipient wiki related conditions
  • GeoGuessr

15 minutesEdit

  • University Challenge team member 1975 (recorded) / 1976 (transmitted). 3 rounds won: knocked out by that year's tournament winning team. I know I answered at least one question correctly myself, though that might have been in the practice round...memories fade.

Res gestaeEdit


I have been photographing cars, in less hectic periods of my life, for more than 40 years. There have been those who have found the habit eccentric or worse. Opportunities presented by Wikipedia induced me to rediscover the addiction with renewed vigo(u)r. The pictures of cars I have uploaded to Wikipedia are uploaded either because I think they are good pictures or because - at least when I uploaded the picture in question - they were "better" than any existing pictures of the car in question on Wikipedia. "Better" here is, of course, in large part a subjective judgement. Naturally I try and take pictures the way I like them: who wouldn't? But lighting conditions and surrounding streetscapes do not always cooperate.

Pictures by Charles01 of cars