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I'm male, now, aaargh, in my early fifties, and resident in the North of England. Welsh-born, left of politics (but hopefully capable of editing the politics out, as most of the time this isn't the place for that sort of opinion) and must check to see if Pobol y Cwm gets any listings here.

Capable, up to a point, of dealing with stuff in Welsh, French, Afrikaans/Dutch, and one or two others - functionally illiterate in several world languages. Currently trying to attain functional illiteracy in Russian after falling in love with Yulia Usova out of Otava Yo.


After a year or two here: most of the time I can see why any edits or deletions of anything I've written have happened. I can concede that 95% of the time they improve the article, so I won't get too precious about it or try to restore. although I have occasionally retrieved my contributions from History, deleted from the Main Page by others, and re-entered them on the relevant YMMV page. (After all, it clearly says on the tin that Your Mileage May Vary)

Things are deleted, changed or edited for good reasons and it usually improves the look of the thing, so I do not tend to argue. But just occasionally I cannot see WHY an edit has been made, and then I'll start asking. Bit pissed off when a whole works page I wrote got axed, but this has only happened three times (!)- on one occasion I saw the reasons were good and rewrote/represented, and it's still here; on the other... well, see "Ground Force" below. But I'll not argue with that, life's too short and everything else has not only survived, it seems to have thrived. One disagreement won't have me flouncing off in a huff!) Hacked off that "Underground Zero" went, that was legitimate as a Works page.


Lessons learned: I got my fingers burnt for letting a deep-seated personal loathing of one particular celebrity get in the way of objectivity and Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement. An error I will not repeat and which I learnt from. But ye Gods, I still utterly detest Russell Brand note  and consider him to be an undertalented and over-hyped waste of good oxygen.

Also... Got to laugh. Somebody out there took exception to an edit I added to a page (Real Life) and severely edited - kept the main facts, but completely changed the interpretation. The editing note they wrote implied I was being racist. I was just quoting commonly expressed attitudes to support a point; doesn't mean I necessarily hold them myself. although I do tend to use the names for places that I was taught, easier that way. This is what I wrote, you judge.


  • The same applies to shifts in names of countries or cities, which happened a lot in the post-colonial shift of attitudes to newly independent nations. It is universally accepted that the local inhabitants had opinions to express on their country not wanting to be called (for instance) the Belgian Congo or Rhodesia any more.note  But people in Britain can still frown at places they've always called Bombay and Peking changing their names to Mumbai and Beijing apparently for the arbitrary sake of it. ("It's Bombay in English, for God's sake, that's what I learned in school, and I'm not bloody well changing now.") The same applies to Burma/Myanmar, Malaysia/Malaya, and so forth. People also react badly to Turkey, a country older British people were taught was in Asia, suddenly being considered part of Europe. note 
The troper who edited this changed it to:

  • It is universally accepted that the local inhabitants had opinions to express on their country not wanting to be called (for instance) the Belgian Congo or Rhodesia any more. The British Conservative Party and their Imperial nostalgic camp would often sell T-Shirts with characteristically insensitive slogans "Why say Zimbabwe when you mean Rhodesia?" But people in Britain and other parts of Europe still frown at having to relearn their geography peaceably since they learned it the old fashioned way of invading and breaking up other lands, largely because it confuses them when dishes like the Peking and Bombay Duck have become Artifact Title.

I was tempted to change it back. But just contended myself with correcting the grammar and a clunky expression and left it scrupulously as is. Just to say I'd revisited, I suppose, and to avoid a Flame War. But ye Gods, I was so tempted...

I am tempted and might go back and add:

  • Perplexingly, people in Germany, for instance, are perfectly OK about their cities Köln and Nürnberg being known in English as Cologne and Nuremberg. Similarly, British people aren't bothered about London being Londres in several other European languages. So why is it an issue when we use the English-language placenames Peking, Bombay and Calcutta?

I also edit for the Terry Pratchett L-Space Wiki and write fanfic in a mainly Pratchett mode. Apparently it's quite good, according to readers. Advice is, I have discovered, contradictory depending on where you look, but I've put up one of my best - and I KNOW it's good - for consideration on the Good Omens Fanfic Recommendations page. (Depending on where you look, you CAN reccomend your own works; looking elsewhere, you CAN'T recommend your own stuff. All very confusing, but I'll take it down - or preferably leave it up - if somebody comes up with a definitive answer). But the Good Omens fanfic gained not a single bad review on FF and was highly praised, so I commend it to Tropes. I don't publish crap.

Issue solved: the rules were updated to exclude self-recommendation, but not every vestige of the previous rule (that said you could) was deleted. I can buy that: I edit/admin another wiki myself and I know sometimes you can't do everything, or after a change in outlook there will still be pesky little bits of original text lurking in odd corners that suggest differently... Ah well. I'm loathe to lose this, so I'll post it here for now.

The Viennese Job by A.A. Pessimal

  • Recommended by Ag Prov
  • Summary: In turn of the century Austria, Crowley is ordered by Hell to befriend a struggling young artist. Whose mind had already been prepared for Hell by a hideous upbringing and the tender affections of Hastur and Ligur. Features Nostradamus and Agnes Nutter.
  • Comments: In the opening years of the twentieth century, in a Europe that has been at peace for forty years, what storm could possibly disturb the idyll of the fin-de-siecle? Hell knows... a well-researched historical fanfic that garnered very good reviews.

The troper known here as AgProv is also active as a senior contributor and admin on the Terry Pratchett L-Space Wiki and other sites.

Bit annoyed: the stuff I contributed to "Getting Crap Past the Radar" seeems to have been cut. The whole of the sports section has gone. I was able to rescue my contribution - parking it here for now in the hope it can be reinstated somewhere later.

The naming of Thoroughbred racehorses in the US is governed by Jockey Club Registry Section 6:E(x)note  which, among other things, prohibits anything that could be thought of as lewd, licentious, or bawdy. In the UK, naming is governed by Rule 5 of the British Horseracing Authority's Rules of Racing, which prohibits "a name which the BHA considers offensive or inappropriate.note  One owner with a sense of humour named his contender Four Quenelles, arguing that a quennelle is a shaped fried delicacy found in French cuisine. Now imagine a typical televised horse race with a commentator like John O'Sullivan firing off the names of the horses, quickly, as they jockey for position on the final straight. And then imagine what Four Quenelles might sound like if spoken very quickly (Irish accent optional) with no gap between the two words. Other examples from around the world include racehorses called:

Artisan Fire Hard Dawn Peony's Envy Norfolk And Chance Not quite as bad as the previous, but stil funny - Iced Ink Muff Diver and Golden Showers weren't even trying to hide anything, but were allowed in Australia. The Jockey Club did, however, refuse to register the names Cunning Stunt and Hoof Hearted.

As noted elsewhere, a racehorse named Liquor In Excess's name was vetoed due to the possible double entendre ("lick her in excess"), so the owner changed the horse's name to Censored.

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