> HMS Liverpool recently returned from a seven-month deployment off Libya where she played a key role as part of NATO's task force during the conflict - she also became the first Royal Navy warship to be fired upon in 30 years and returned that fire in self-defence.
> HMS Liverpool test firing the Sea Dart missile system in Scottish waters
> [Picture: LA(Phot) Ben Sutton, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]
> The Type 42 destroyer has reached the end of her natural life in the Royal Navy after 30 years' sterling service and will be visiting London as part of her farewell tour - she will be open to visitors on Sunday 29 January 2012 from 1000 to 1600hrs, an opportunity which will never be repeated.
> Visitors will have the chance not only to explore the ship, but also to chat to the brave men and women who served with distinction during the Libya hostilities:
> HMS Liverpool will be alongside in West India Docks (South Quay) from 26 to 31 January 2012
> the ship's company will perform the ancient Ceremony of the Constable's Dues at the Tower of London on Saturday 28 January 2012 from 1100hrs
> the public is invited to come on board this venerable warship when she opens to visitors on Sunday 29 January 2012
The QRpedia link on the WikimedaiUK main page goes to the Ukrainian article.
Can I say "I told you so" now? ;-)
How does one become an admin on this wiki, BTW?
I made it clear in the conversations on the 17th that I saw no sign of
the WMUK Board wanting to dominate or set the agenda for UK WLM; like
the rest of us they are hoping a champion will emerge.
I've posted the following at the discussion page
the WLM event, and suggest that discussion is continued there:
Following on from coversations at the Jan 17 events, mentioned on the UK
mailing list, there seemed to be considerable agreement that, apart from
the general aim of recruiting people etc, the most useful actual photos
might well be in specialized areas where we were weak, as opposed to
general "old buildings" where we are mostly very strong. Such
specialized requirements could be encouraged by special classes with
their own prizes. Those mentioned, as I recall, were:
*Wrecks (there are "Scheduled wrecks")
*Side of a building murals
Please add any other thoughts above or below.
For those not on foundation-l - ChapCom is hugely important in how the
movement as a whole operates, and it might be of interest to some of
the readers of this list.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bence Damokos <bdamokos(a)gmail.com>
Date: 21 January 2012 20:25
Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Chapters Committee Call for Candidates
The Chapters Committee, the committee that is mainly responsible
for the preparation of approval of new chapters is looking for five
new members, and we are looking for candidates.
The main focus of Chapcom is to guide groups of volunteers in forming
chapters. We make sure that the group is large enough (and advise them
on how to get bigger), review their bylaws for compliance with the
requirements for chapters and advise the Board of the Wikimedia
Foundation on chapter approvals.
This requires communication with chapter candidates all over the
World, negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to
understand legal texts.
Key skills/experience that we are looking for in new members are typically:
* willingness to work in a sometimes bureaucratic process
(reviewing bylaws can be somewhat boring)
* 1-2 hours per week availability
* international orientation
* good communication skills in English
* ability to work and communicate with other cultures
* a strong understanding of the structure and work of both chapters
and the WMF
* experience with or in an active chapter
* an active position in a chapter is a plus
* communication skills in other major world languages are a plus
The number of chapter applications is increasing and help is wanted!
You can send your applications with your name, contact data,
experience and motivation to the ChapCom email address,
chaptercommittee-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org by February 15. The
applications will be considered by the current members.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me
privately. I am also happy to chat with anyone about our work, if this
helps them decide to apply.
Please distribute this call widely among your networks, and do apply
if you are interested.
Please note: all replies sent to this mailing list will be immediately
directed to Foundation-L, the public mailing list about the Wikimedia
Foundation and its projects. For more information about Foundation-L:
WikimediaAnnounce-l mailing list
James D. Forrester
jdforrester(a)wikimedia.org | jdforrester(a)gmail.com
Just a followup email to let you know that the English Wikipedia community
have decided on an action for the English Wikipedia with regard to the SOPA
and PROTECT acts. The English Wikipedia will be blacked out, worldwide, from
5am GMT on 18 January. The blackout will last for roughly 24 hours. There's
a timer counting down at http://www.worldtimebuddy.com/event?lid=0
If you get any UK press interest, forward them to Jon and me in the office
on 020 7065 0990, or to press(a)wikimedia.org.uk. We have a few volunteers
with press experience who will be helping out, too (many thanks to them,
they know who they are!) Bear in mind that tomorrow will be extremely busy
in the WMF and WMUK offices, even though Wikipedia itself will be down. The
key points to remember are:
. It's the community who decided to do this - not a decree from
Jimmy or the WMF, and not Wikimedia UK. We all support the decision of the
community, however - we're all in this together
. These acts are something that will hurt the freedom of information
globally, even though they're (on the surface) US laws. This may well affect
every .com, .org or .net site worldwide
. Non-English Wikipedias may (or may) be blacking out, depending on
the views of their individual communities
If you have any major problems over the course of the next 48 hours, or a
press query, please get in touch. And if you're looking for something to do,
Commons isn't being blacked out, and I imagine that there is a fair
All the best,
Office & Development Manager
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Wikimedia UK is the local chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation (who operate
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Visit <http://www.wikimedia.org.uk/> http://www.wikimedia.org.uk/ and
I learned today that
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordanhill_railway_station was the
one-millionth English Wikipedia article so I've boldly written to
Transport Scotland to see if they'd be interested in putting a (blue)
plaque on the station, noting that fact, and featuring a QRpedia code
- after all, the article has 22 other-language versions.