The Roman Baths
complex is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath, Somerset
. It is a well-preserved site dating from Roman Britain
once used for public bathing
. The Roman baths
themselves are below the modern street level. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House, and the museum which holds finds
from the Roman town
. The buildings above street level date from the 19th century. The Baths are a major tourist attraction and, together with the Grand Pump Room
, received more than 1.3 million visitors in 2018. Visitors can tour the baths and museum but cannot enter the water.
This picture shows the Great Bath of the Roman Baths complex, with Bath Abbey visible in the background. The entire structure above the level of the pillar bases is of later construction.Photograph credit: David Iliff
A word from the editorEdit
Non nobis solum
Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus (born in Katowice, 1980) - Short story: I am a geek, otaku, a net freelancer, Mensa member, Singularitarian, Magister Artium in economics since April'04 (Top 10 in my year) and in sociology since April'07, one of Top 50 (or Top 0.0001%) of most active Wikipedians (42nd in March'08 is my best record); as of September'09 I was one of the 59 editors who have over 100,000k edits to English Wikipedia. I registered on Wiki on 10 Apr 2004 (User ID 59,002) but I have been editing since December 2003 as an anon. Oh yes, I am a Pole so read on how to deal with Poles! :>
I love sharing my knowledge and the idea of telecommuting, so Wiki is a 'home quite close to home' for me, also illustrating the truth in saying if you find work you like, you will never work again. Working on Wiki gives me this great feeling of doing something good and useful *now* - anybody can access my work anytime they wish, there are no delays in article publications, no restriction on who has enough money to pay for my work (hmmm, I can see a problem with this in the long run though... :>). I have now seen Wikipedia grow for years, and it is amazing. I am sure that in the near future Wiki will rival Google as the best tool on the web. And, of course, if it is, it should be on Wiki.
My interests concentrate around history (including counterfactual history), political sciences, communication, technological singularity, sociology, economics, and finally, as perhaps a bit more trivial a hobby, all things related to good science fiction. Oh, and games. I am a founding member of the Polish Ludology Association, after all :)
In real life I am a sociologist of new media, having finished my PhD in sociology in August'12. (CoI disclaimer: I am working at the Hanyang University in Korea). What that means is that I try to understand the impact of changes in communication technology on our lives. I am framing myself as a sociologist of the Internet, with a tad of social movement and organization expertise. On a related note, I would like to do some historical research as well, regarding Golden Freedoms of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and its impact on development of democracy worldwide. I also want to look at the social institution of hobby shops, as I find the omission of gaming communities from Putnam's Bowling Alone quite shocking. A lot of my published research so far has been on - ta - dumm! - Wikipedia (and wikis in general), as I am becoming more and more fascinated by the often asked question: 'how does this thing work?!' :) I am also pioneering the use Wikipedia as a teaching tool.
As of Spring 2013 I am teaching a class of 1-year university students about Wikipedia. Feel free to leave them a message and comment on their progress! I have developed a series of freely licensed Prezi slides for it, check them out, copy and resuse them!
Here are some of my published papers you may find interesting:
In Fall 2016 WMF published a blog about me based on an interview :) Korean TL)
If for some bizarre reason you need to know more about me, just ask. I don't believe anonymity is good for this project.
Interesting article listEdit
Daily FA Reading:
No. 33 Squadron Boeing 707
refuelling a US Navy F/A-18 Hornet
No. 33 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) strategic transport and air-to-air refuelling squadron. It operates Airbus KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transports from RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland. The squadron was formed in February 1942 during World War II, operating Short Empire flying boats and a variety of smaller aircraft until 1944, and flying Douglas C-47 Dakota transports in New Guinea before disbanding in May 1946. The unit was re-established in February 1981 as a flight, and re-formed as a full squadron in July 1983. By 1988 it was operating six Boeing 707s, four of which were later converted for aerial refuelling (pictured). The 707s saw active service during operations in Namibia, Somalia, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan. No. 33 Squadron relocated to Amberley, and in June 2011 began re-equipping with KC-30As. One of its aircraft has been deployed to the Middle East since September 2014, as part of Australia's contribution to the military coalition against ISIS. (Full article...)