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Status - June 14, 2002:
Home! Thank Gawd. No plans to go anywhere else for a while, so I'm properly back on deck. - MB

Status - Apr 07, 2002:
(In Sydney...) Well no sooner did I get home but they called to tell me I'm going back to India... again! So I get 10 days at home and leave again on the 17th of April, and will be gone for yet another two months. Back around the 16th of June. Oh well, it's been nice to hang here for a short while at least. - MB

Status - Apr 04, 2002:
Well, this little trip to India lasted a bit longer than expected... I'm still here (!) but I leave in a few hours to return to Sydney... (thank God). Seriously looking forward to getting back into the loop, love the new look and functionality of the place. - MB

Status - Jan 31, 2002:
Well I just got back from a fantastic holiday, but only to find that I have to go to India (for work) in 3 hours time. Hopefully I will extend my "countries edited from' record to 5. Failing that, I will write lots of articles offline and post them when I'm back in Australia (either Feb 19 or Feb 26, depending on some uncertain things). Hi to all. - MB

Status - Dec 20, 2001:
As it is summer here, I will be on vacation until around the end of January. I'll be monitoring Wikipedia-L but will not be around much apart from that. Wishes to all for a pleasant holiday season and I'll be back in full force by the start of February 2002. - MB

An Australian living in Sydney, and frequently travelling the world at large. Professionally I am a data architect - I design systems to handle data management within large corporations. My education is as a medical doctor. Prior to that I was a professional guitarist in the USA. You figure it out.

I discovered Wikipedia through an article in the International Herald Tribune. I looked up my home state of Tasmania, was appalled at the two-line entry and suddenly found myself writing away...

Records held - I unashamedly claim to hold the record for "The most number of countries a contributor has edited Wikipedia from". So far I have edited articles in six countries - Hong Kong (technically China I guess), India, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Singapore and (now) Australia. (I have no idea if this is actually true or not, but the gauntlet has been thrown down at least). To be fair - my editing in Hong Kong was done from a booth at the airport, and was a single sentence addition done for the sole sake of adding one more country to the list. But hey - it should still stand.

What MMGB stands for - as a couple of people have asked. The full story... having been born in the late 1960s to "creative and free thinking hippies who rejected the yoke of societal oppression and tradition" I got stuck with the unfortuante moniker "Manning", after a leftist professor of Australian History (although it turns out that wasn't his name after all..., my parents could have done a little more research, but no). Then the grandparents got involved and said I had to have an ancestal name... I was the 3rd child and likely to be the only male, so to keep peace between both sides, I got McPhee after my maternal grandfather and "Greig" after my paternal grandfather... well sort of. "Greig" some of you will note is a Norwegian name, and I have no Norwegian ancestry of any kind. It was meant to be the Irish "Grieg", but they misspelled it on my birth certificate. So as if fate wasn't cruel enough, I have to go through life as a spelling error.

You know Manning, you could always apply to have your birth certificate corrected... -- SJK
No, because then I'd have to have "professional Spelling Error" removed from my business card. It's one of my only claims to fame! :) - MB

email: manning_at_bartlett.net, if you feel the need to contact me offline. I'm also on Wikipedia-L, and I would recommend being on the list to all serious 'pedians. I also turn up under the (work) IP of 205.210.232.xxx at times.

Dec 5 01 - Oh happy day!! After months of writing, someone finally put something I wrote (Joshua A. Norton) on brilliant prose. It takes so little to keep me happy.

I put your Paul Erdos there as well. I'm going to have to start writing some more original stuff so I can keep my lead there. --LDC

I'm sure you won't find that hard LDC :)

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