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I am a Dutchman but have been living, since 2006, in County Clare, Ireland, Ireland. I'm interested in local history, mainly from county Clare (Ireland) and Groningen (The Netherlands), Irish traditional music and genealogy. And I have a fascination for Michelin stars, as you can see in the list of articles I have written.

Unconventional but effective support for Wikipedians involved in the War against Vandalism, POV-pushing, Spamming and bad faith edits

It is remarkable that Wikipedia is claiming not to be a site for advertising and promotion, but on the other hand it is extremely difficult to remove articles that are plain advertising or promotional. This is due to the many editors who claim that normal editing should do the trick but fail to improve these articles they say can be improved. This seriously undermines Wikipedia's stance against advertising and promotion.

Unfortunately for many people, I do not discriminate. I treat everybody exactly the same, no matter how important somebody is (or thinks they are) or how inexperienced somebody is. I do not care about personal hobbies or local consensus when that is detrimental to the encyclopaedia....

Writing articles is fun, but...

...sometimes a bit dull and boring. Pictures can solve a lot of that. You can find loads of pictures in The Commons Picture Archives!

... how do I find coordinates for an article. The Coordinates tool is very handy for this.

... sometimes you want to know what articles you have created. Simply check that here.

... sometimes you just want to know how much you have done. Simply check that here.


  The Disambiguator's Barnstar
The Disambiguator's Barnstar is awarded to Wikipedians who are prolific disambiguators.
For clearing out the templates with disambig links, a feat the rest of us assumed would never get done. JaGatalk 15:28, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
For your efforts on Dutch restaurants. Restaurants are a poorly developed part of wikipedia. Keep it up! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:46, 6 December 2011 (UTC)
  The Barnstar of Diligence
Thanks for your work preventing point-of-view problems in the Margaret Sanger article. Noleander (talk) 19:48, 26 November 2012 (UTC)
  The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
My friend, please accept this barnstar as my thanks for tirelessly fixing all of those disambiguation links on my Texas Legislature templates. Thanks! Cheers, Freebirdthemonk 05:22, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
  The Barnstar of Diligence
For taking care of all those bad template edits by DPL bot caused by the bad data on Toolserver. Your cleanup work saved me from a lot of annoyed editors, and I appreciate your help. JaGatalk 08:11, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
  The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
I do lots of aviation accident edits. If I had seen those templates in aviation articles, I would have nominated them for deletion. Based on my own experience, some members of the Aviation Wikiproject think WP policies don't apply. ...William 15:41, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
  The Disambiguator's Barnstar
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Thank You for all the work you have done to repair and monitor pages with disambiguation links. It is much appreciated! Robert4565 (talk) 23:04, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
  The Barnstar of Diligence
Thank you for your edits to disambiguate the incoming links to Kick-Ass (comics)! Steel1943 (talk) 22:43, 14 October 2014 (UTC)
  The Stub Barnstar
Thanks for creating the new Gravenmolen article, and for improving Wikipedia's coverage of notable restaurants that have received Michelin stars. NorthAmerica1000 02:53, 20 December 2014 (UTC)
  The Barnstar of Diplomacy
Thank you for taking back an AfD nomination. Bearian (talk) 02:37, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
  The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
Superb work Ratel (talk) 23:22, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
For all your pageant related work. The ANI thread is mostly balderdash from people who don't understand the level of pageant article garbage there is around here. ...William, is the complaint department really on the roof? 00:37, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
Thanks for your unflagging (no pun intended) efforts amid the tedium and repetition. Happy Holidays and a Prosperous 2017. Quis separabit? 17:39, 24 December 2016 (UTC)
  The Barnstar of Diligence
Bedankt voor het oplossen van de Birma sjabloon puinhoop!

Een klus die al jaren gedaan moest worden! † Encyclopædius 10:47, 1 March 2021 (UTC)

Mile stones

  • Finished writing articles about all Irish restaurant awarded Michelin stars, past and present. (12/05/2011)
  • Finish writing articles about all Canadian generals commanding a division or higher in Europe during the Second World War. (31/05/2011)

Half a mile stone

  • Finished writing articles about all Dutch restaurants awarded two and three Michelin stars, past and present. (06/12/2011)
  • Completed writing articles about Michelin starred restaurants in the province of: Flevoland (1 of 1), Groningen (4 of 4), Drenthe (7 of 7), region of Haarlem (7 of 7)


  • Writing 200 articles about Dutch Michelin starred restaurants: 187 done, 93.5 % complete

Project page

Running projects

  1. Storm shelter: Four Seasons Hotel Dublin - Noel Hill (musician) - Dromoland Castle - Shaun Rankin - Nolet Het Reymerswale
  2. Rework articles County Clare. (See: User:The Banner/Clare) To do: Bodyke (stub) - Bridgetown (stub) - Broadford (stub) - Clarecastle (refs) - Connolly (pictures) - Doonbeg (refs) - Inagh (update) - Kildysart (refs) - Kilmihil (pictures) Lisseycasey (stub, refs) - Murroogh (update) - Newmarket-on-Fergus (refs) - Doonaha (stub, pictures) - Bunratty (rewrite) - Cross, County Clare (stub, pictures).
  3. Michelin starred restaurants in the Netherlands.
    1. Project 1 star: (Note: blue links depict articles in the fridge. These are real articles but to my opinion unfit to publish)
      1. 1957-1970: 9 restaurants
        Apollo (Amsterdam), Belmonte, De Wageningse Berg (Wageningen), Carré des Champ. (Eindhoven), Dikker & Thijs (Amsterdam), Hoornwijck (The Hague), De Kempen (Heeze), Hotel Princeville (Breda), Ronde Venen (Vinkeveen), Witte Paard (Rotterdam)
      2. 1971-1980: 0 restaurant
      3. 1981-1990: 5 restaurants
        Binnen den Poort (Culemborg), Hofstee (Bladel), De Hoop Op d’Swarte Walvis (Zaandijk), 't Klauwes (Wahlwiller), Pettelaer (Den Bosch)
      4. 1991-2000: 0 restaurants
      5. 2001-2010: 10 restaurants
        Le Cirque (The Hague), In de'n Dillegaard (Nuth), Brasserie de Eglantier (Hilvarenbeek), De Heeren van Harinxma (Beetsterzwaag), Mario (Neck), 't Raethuys (Wateringen), De Roggebot (Ermelo), De Rôtisserie (Amersfoort), St Gerlach (Houthem), Van Vlaanderen (Amsterdam)
      6. 2011-present: 22 restaurants
        2011: 't Amsterdammertje (Loenen aan de Vecht), De Burgemeester (Montfoort), La Provence (Driebergen-Rijsenburg), La Trinité (Sluis) (4)
        2012: De Bloemenbeek (De Lutte), Lastage (Amsterdam), Perceel (Capelle aan den IJssel), Pure C (Cadzand), Sense ('s-Hertogenbosch) (5)
        2013: Bord'Eau (Amsterdam), HanTing Cuisine (The Hague), Kaagjesland (Reeuwijk) (3)
        2014: Bridges (Amsterdam), Élevé (Leeuwarden), 't Lansink (Hengelo), Lucas Rive (Hoorn), In de Molen (Onderdendam), 't Raedthuis (Duiven), RON Gastrobar (Amsterdam), Spetters (Breskens), Wereldmuseum (Rotterdam) (9)
        2015: Sazanka (restaurant) (Amsterdam), Sinne (restaurant) (Amsterdam), Wiesen (restaurant) (Eindhoven), Ratatouille Food & Wine (Haarlem), FG Food Labs (Rotterdam) (6)
      7. Fridge: 0 restaurants
      Total: 50 listings... (started with 486 plus yearly additions)
  4. Willy Keane - P.J. Hayes - Feakle International Traditional Music Festival - Sharon Shannon (album) - Josie Hayes - Paddy Galvin (fiddle player) (Quilty) - Michael Downes (fiddle player) - Pat Kelly (bodhran player) - Michael Sexton Sr. - Michael Sexton Jr
  5. Temporary locked Irish chefs: Leslie Malone (Workpage) - Fergus Moore (Workpage)

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User:The Banner/Workpage17 - User:The Banner/Workpage18

The Fridge

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The Archive

Michelin links
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User:The Banner/Clonbony GAA
User:The Banner/List of camogie clubs in County Clare

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