Hi/Sh'w mae.
I came to Wikipedia to correct some misinformation and decided to stay. I usually contribute on Wales related subjects.
Dai Barnaby is my name in real life. I am the former Editor of cylchgrawn Cymru Culture magazine- now retired due to ill-health. Dai is the diminutive form of David and caregos translates into English as small stones or pebbles- because I used to run a jewellery company. Please leave me a message on my talk page if you have any questions, or just to say helo.



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The Running Man Barnstar
I'd like to give you this barnstar because of your continuing efforts to improve coverage of sport on Cardiff, Wales and other related articles, particularly Sport in Cardiff. Well done and keep it up. All the best. Welshleprechaun (talk) 08:45, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
The Invisible Barnstar
Thank you for your contribution of your picture to the article on Alex Jones (presenter), it really has made the article more than just a plain old stub! Looking back through your edit record, I decided to award you the Invisible Barnstar. Please keep up the great work! Rgds, - Trident13 (talk) 16:29, 29 July 2010 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
For all your tireless help and collaboration on the Sibyl de Neufmarché article.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 18:13, 31 October 2010 (UTC)
The Wales Barnstar
For your excellent work and diplomacy in ensuring the Wales article reached GA status. This is well deserved. FruitMonkey (talk) 21:45, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

The Working Wikipedian's Barnstar
Wikipedia is full of Robert De Niros and Bette Davises, creating high drama and making scenes, but producing little in the way of actual content to the encyclopedia. You, on the other hand, manage to produce high-quality work, yet find the time to help out your fellow editors with the more mundane and gruelling side of Wikipedia. Without your efforts and tireless labour, Wikipedia would still have the edit-warring sideshows, but fewer GA articles. Thanks again, Daicaregos. You are much appreciated around the place.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 06:28, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
Don't usually do these things. Consider it the other half of acknowledgment for excellent collaboration with Jeanne! RashersTierney (talk) 23:45, 28 April 2011 (UTC)



Taffy is a Welshman, Taffy is no thief. Someone came to Taffy's house and stole a leg of beef.

Taffy made no protest, for he doesn't like a row, so the someone called on him again and stole the bloody cow.

They stole his coal and iron, they stole his pastures, too. They even stole his language and flushed it down the loo.

Taffy is a Welshman, Taffy is a fool. Taffy voted no, no, no when they offered him home rule.

Six days a week upon his knees Taffy dug for coal. On the seventh he was kneeling, too, praying for his soul.

And now the mines are closing down and chapel's had its day, Taffy still lives upon his knees, for he knows no other way.

Now sometimes Taffy's brother will start a row or so, but you can bank on Taffy: he doesn't want to know.

For when they hanged Penderyn he had nothing much to say, and when Saunders Lewis went to jail he looked the other way.

Taffy is a Welshman who likes to be oppressed. He was proud to tug his forelock to a Crawshay or a Guest.

They give him tinsel royals, so he has a pint of beer, and sings God Bless the Prince of Wales as he joins the mob to cheer.

Now Taffy is a fighter when he hears the bugle call. Name any war since Agincourt: Taffy's seen them all.

He's fought in France and Germany and many another land; he's fought by sea and fought by air and fought on desert sand.

He's fought for many a foreign flag in many a foreign part, for Taffy is a Welshman, proud of his fighting heart.

He's fought the wide world over, he's given blood and bone. He's fought for every bloody cause; except his bloody own.

Alun Rees, 2005

Articles created or expanded

A fact from Alfred Janes appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the Did you know? column on 30 March 2011. The text of the entry was as follows:
... that Welsh artist Alfred Janes was part of The Kardomah Gang, which included poet Dylan Thomas?

... Wales has been listed as a Geography and places good article under the good article criteria, 1 December 2010.

  • Parkmill. A fact from Parkmill appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the Did you know? column on 22 November 2008. The text of the entry was as follows:

... that Parkmill in Gower, South Wales, is now the home of La Charrette, the smallest cinema in Wales (pictured)?

River Clun
  • Afon Clun. A fact from Afon Clun appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the Did you know? column on 15 October 2008. The text of the entry was as follows:
    ... that in 2000, an ammonia discharge into a tributary of the Afon Clun (pictured) in Wales killed its entire population of European bullhead?

St Lythans burial chamber

Stubs created

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Style and prose checklist

From WP:UKCOUNTIES#Grammar and layout checklist:

  • The lead should adequately summarize the content of the article. There should not be anything in the lead not mentioned in the rest of the article. (GA criteria)
  • Wikilinks should only be made if they are relevant to the context. Common words do not need wikilinking.
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  • Links within quotations should be avoided.
  • Logical quotation should be used, i.e. final punctuation belongs inside the quote marks only if the punctuation is part of the quote.
  • External links only belong in the external links section.
  • It is recommended not to specify the size of images, so that the size can be what readers specify in their user preferences.
  • Text should not be sandwiched between two level images. (GA criteria)
  • Left-aligned images should not be placed at the start of subsections.
  • Fair-use images need a fair use rationale. (GA criteria)
  • Images need succinct captions. (GA criteria)
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  • Blogs and personal websites are not reliable sources, unless written by the subject of the article or by an expert on the subject. (GA criteria)
  • Dead web references should not be removed until they can be replaced.
  • Inline citations belong immediately after punctuation marks. (GA criteria)
  • "Further info" links belong at the top of sections. (GA criteria)
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  • Rather than hyphens, en dashes should be used for ranges, eg. 5–10 years, and unspaced em dashes or spaced en dashes should be used for punctuation, eg. The building—now disused—was built in 1820. Their codes are "–" and "—".
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  • Only the first word in a section heading needs a capital letter (except in proper nouns).
  • Short sections and paragraphs are discouraged. (GA criteria)
  • Ampersands should not be used within prose, except when part of a name, eg., Marks & Spencer.
  • "Last few years" has ambiguous meaning; "past few years" is preferable in some contexts.
  • "Within" has a different meaning to "in". "Within" should only be used when emphasising that something is inside something, eg. "the town is in the county", "the town is within the county boundaries".
  • Compound adjectives should be hyphenated to reduce ambiguity, e,g., "light-blue car".
  • Hyphens aren't used after -ly adverbs as the meaning isn't ambiguous, e,g., "brightly coloured car".
  • "Century" doesn't need a capital, e.g., "15th century" rather than "15th Century"
  • "While" should only be used when emphasising that two events occur at the same time, or when emphasising contrast. It shouldn't be used as an additive link.
  • Using "with" as an additive link leads to wordy and awkward prose, e.g. "the town has ten councillors, with one being the district mayor" → "the town has ten councillors; one is the district mayor"
  • Beginning a sentence with "there", when "there" doesn't stand for anything, leads to wordy prose, e.g. There are ten houses in the villageTen houses are in the village. The same applies to "it".
  • The words "current", "recent" & "to date" should be avoided as they become outdated. (GA criteria)
  • Avoid using "not" unnecessarily, eg. "songs previously not heard" → "songs previously unheard"
  • Contractions shouldn't be used, such as "can’t", "he's" or "they're".
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