Oliver StracheyEdit

Happy New Year JackofOz: - forgive me going back a bit but you wrote on Oliver Strachey's biog that he was accompanied on his world tour by Robert Bridges. I have come across a document recently that suggests he might not have been (at least in Australia). Do you have a source for Robert Bridges so I can match the two accounts up somehow? Cheers... Guy WF Loftus (talk) 09:57, 17 January 2022 (UTC)

Hi and HNY to you.
I'm afraid all I know of him is what I read in Holroyd's biography of Lytton, and added to the article. Best of luck. Cheers. -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 10:07, 17 January 2022 (UTC)


...this,[1] you put the "hat" in the wrong place. The entire section should be boxed up. --←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 21:56, 31 January 2022 (UTC)

That's rich, coming from the principal offender. The question was about bias in Wikipedia, and in DJT's article in particular - a perfectly acceptable question. The first few answers were about those exact topics - equally acceptable.
Then, thanks to you, it started degenerating into a side discussion of who was worse than whom, etc. All the participants should be taken out and shot, starting with the ringleader. -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 23:08, 31 January 2022 (UTC)

Could you helpEdit

Hi User:JackofOz I saw you on recent edits and wondered if you could help. I am a new user and I wanted to create a redirect Snoochie Shy to BBC Radio 1Xtra as she is a presenter on the show. Could you please thanks Linda Binson (talk) 23:10, 31 January 2022 (UTC)

There's a draft article @ Draft:Snoochie Shy, so I'd prefer to let that take its course. Cheers. -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 23:15, 31 January 2022 (UTC)

I did not think Snoochie was notable to have her own article — Preceding unsigned comment added by Linda Binson (talkcontribs) 23:19, 31 January 2022 (UTC)

I know nothing about her. Her notability, or lack thereof, is for others to determine, according to our protocols. -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 23:25, 31 January 2022 (UTC)

Always preciousEdit

Ten years ago, you were found precious. That's what you are, always. 10 years ago, we talked about a Janacék opera, and I just saw another one, with another great singer, Elena Tsallagova, see my talk. No end of wonder. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:21, 13 February 2022 (UTC)

Thanks for the memories, Gerda. -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 21:09, 14 February 2022 (UTC)
Did you know that I forgot that Bach cantata was massively changed, and we have now two lists, and I have no idea what to do with them? Sorry I that looked only now. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:12, 15 February 2022 (UTC)
Chanson à bouche fermée --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:34, 23 February 2022 (UTC)
Jehan Alain? -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 21:02, 23 February 2022 (UTC)
yes - sang it yesterday, making the new conductor happy who said it was the first live performance he heard --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:13, 23 February 2022 (UTC)
listen --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:49, 23 February 2022 (UTC)

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25 March: BachEdit

March songs

Today: Bach's No. 1. - Sad record: I brought three articles to the Recent deaths section, - not at the same time today but still ... - two of them from Ukraine, the third a Russian who left Moscow in 1990, and then went on to conduct the orchestra where my brother plays. I just listened to a live opera from Hannover, and after applause, the whole ensemble performed Prayer for Ukraine, and the announcer said they do that after every performance. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:57, 25 March 2022 (UTC)

Sunday flowers and sounds, don't miss the extraordinary marriage of the beginnings of the theme of Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1, and Prayer for Ukraine - here! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:59, 27 March 2022 (UTC)

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Todd McKenneyEdit


Thanks for your note. The practice of stating sexual orientation in an article is discriminatory if the practice is confined to a single orientation. I am unable to find notations indicating that you have updated the articles of straight people with their sexual orientation. For example, have you updated a profile with 'openly straight'? I understand that this was commonplace in previous decades, however it is not best practice now.

I mean no offence, and given your important contribution to this platform, I hope this will be of assistance to your efforts moving forward. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ThefactsAUS (talkcontribs) 10:18, 1 May 2022 (UTC)

Thanks for that. I still haven't tracked down our definitive policy/guideline/consensus on this issue. All I can say, though, is if we do as you propose in this article, we'd have to do it to literally thousands of others.
The fact that someone is "openly gay" usually means they have made statements to this effect, on the public record. That means we can report such statements as part of someone's biography. Such a statement would be made to inform people that the default assumption, viz. straightness, does not apply in their case; or to confirm common belief/supposition about the person's sexuality. Because, like it or not, despite all the advances we've made in the past decades, there is still a default assumption of straightness unless there is evidence to the contrary. That is why nobody ever talks about someone being "openly straight". It's fine for individuals to correct the public record about their sexuality, and it's just as fine for Wikipedia to note such statements. It's not discriminatory at all. -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 09:11, 2 May 2022 (UTC)

Tragedies and DisastersEdit

I searched Google and the ones I found were... the Great Chicago fire 1871, Hurricane Katrina 2005, San Francisco earthquake 1906, the sack of Rome, the 2011 Joplin tornado, the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens and the attack on Pearl Harbor. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Humanities#Tragedies_and_Disasters) (talk) 21:06, 8 May 2022 (UTC)