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Hello, world! I'm ThunderingTyphoons!, or "Jamie", as people in real life tend to call me, when they're being nice. I come from Hampshire in the United Kingdom, with family roots in Liverpool and Cardiff. A graduate of the University of Sheffield, I have been a fully committed francophile for as long as I can remember.

As of 15 January 2023, I have been a Wikivoyager for ten years and I am a bureaucrat on the administrative team.

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My work on Wikivoyage

Babel user information
en-N This user has a native understanding of English.
fr-3 Cet utilisateur dispose de connaissances avancées en français.
es-2 Este usuario tiene un conocimiento intermedio del español.
cy-1 Maehwn yn medru'r Gymraeg ar lefel syml.
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I prefer to work on destination articles related to the United Kingdom and France, though I also patrol recent changes and my watchlist. Many of the weirder Discover facts you read will have been chosen by me. Pages I have created (bold) and / or have contributed extensively to:

Rather annoyingly, my 10,000th edit on Wikivoyage, usually a milestone to celebrate, was undoing vandalism to my own userpage. Ten thousand thundering typhoons!

Thoughts on editing

As an editor, I enjoy:

  • writing in lively style about places I know.
  • finding new facts for Wikivoyage:Discover all over the world's best travel guide.
  • writing article leads.
  • contributing to history, transport and food-related articles and sections.
  • welcoming new users to Wikivoyage.

I think the following aspects of editing are tedious but necessary:

  • adding images
  • adding listings (seriously)
  • copy-editing
  • dealing with problematic edits
  • anything to do with impossible-to-remember but damn useful templates

Things you won't find me doing:

  • doing "technical" things - my programming skills are nonexistent
  • making a static map - see above
  • working on anything related to the United States - we have a large number of fine American editors who are brilliant at what they do, so a destination article for just about anywhere else in the world is much more in need of my time.

Favourite infoboxes of mine

20 August 1944

Two local men were caught stealing a bomb from a munitions factory. As punishment, they were taken by Nazi soldiers and shut in the factory to be blown up with it... Read more

Cream tea wars

Devon and Cornwall are divided not just by the Tamar, but by the proper way to prepare scones... Read more

Culture shock

In some cases, culture shock is unavoidable, but learning to recognise it in yourself is the first step to overcoming it. Contributing factors include... Read more

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé !

Every third Thursday of November, the new Beaujolais wine arrives at bars and restaurants across France... Read more

Quelle cuisson ?

A common question when ordering meat in Francophone countries (especially steak) is how long you want it cooked for: bleu, à point, or bien cuit? Read more

The girl beneath the Gherkin

In 1995, during construction of the Gherkin skyscraper, the skeleton of a young girl was unearthed... Read more

The Highgate vampire

As 1969 turned to 1970, letters sent to the Hampstead and Highgate Express related frightened locals' alleged encounters with evil... Read more

'Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma' what?

York is popularly known as a place "where the streets are gates, the gates are bars, and the bars are pubs!"... Read more


  The Wikivoyage Barncompass
Next to excellence is the appreciation of it. So here is your medal of appreciation. We need ten thousand thundering typhoons like you! Well done Jamie. Saqib (talk) 14:27, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
  The Wikivoyage Barncompass
For being willing and able to change your mind, and for having the courage to say so. Happy and successful communities depend upon people like you. WhatamIdoing (talk) 03:29, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
  The Wikivoyage Barncompass
Great work on handling outdated docent notices. ---Selfie City (talk | contributions) 00:29, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
  Barnstar of Good Humor
Thank you for making me smile today. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:30, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
  The Wikivoyage Barncompass
I just read the Stratford-upon-Avon article, and the quotes are a great touch. What a delightful theme for that article. —Granger (talk · contribs) 16:04, 15 August 2020 (UTC)
  The Wikivoyage Barncompass
I am giving you this for all your hard work on Wikivoyage, although this is Wikipedia and I am mostly found here. Cupper52 (talk) 17:17, 16 December 2020 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
Thank you for helping me! I saw that you had a barnstar and thought I'd give you a second one. 14:12, 23 December 2020 (UTC)
  The Wikivoyage Barncompass
This Barncompass is for helping me creating those new articles. I also saw you were collecting them. 14:14, 23 December 2020 (UTC)
  The Kiwi Barncompass
For making, maintaining and keeping Oamaru to Dunedin avoiding State Highway 1. Hope I can use that route when I go to New Zealand next year. --08:25, 12 April 2021 (UTC)

  The Sysop's Barncompass
This Barncompass is to show appreciation for your great work on being a great admin on Wikivoyage and reverting the Projects guy's harassment and vandalism.--SHB2000 (talk contribs en.wikipedia) 05:47, 21 April 2021 (UTC)




  • January 2024: retour à Paris







  • September-October 2022: The Algarve - postponed since 2020




  • December 2021: Edinburgh, fulfilling a lifelong ambition.




  • May 2021: Isle of Wight - it's the era of the hyperlocal staycation!

Trips made earlier than two years ago are stored in my trips archive. Because I'm thoroughly anal like that.

Pointless lists to do with my own travels that I find interesting

Travel records

(table shamelessly stolen from Andrewssi2)

My records Place Figure
Northernmost   The Trossachs 56.24° N
Southernmost   Sea Lion Island 52.26° S
Easternmost   Taupo 176.06° E
Westernmost   Port Howard 59.50° W
Closest to the equator   Singapore 1.29° N
Highest   Fox Glacier 3,000 m (9,800 ft) above sea level
Lowest   Channel Tunnel   115 m (377 ft) below sea level
Furthest inland   Kraków 500 km (310 mi) from Baltic Sea
Longest flight Single plane:   RAF Brize Norton (BZZ IATA) —   RAF Mount Pleasant (MPN IATA)
Multiple planes:   Christchurch (CHC IATA) —   London Heathrow (LHR IATA)
13,000 km (8,100 mi)
19,000 km (12,000 mi)
Longest sea voyage   Plymouth  Santander 770 km (480 mi)
Longest rail journey Single train:   Tours (Saint-Pierre-des-Corps) — Strasbourg (Ville)
Multiple trains:   Farnborough (Main) —   Tours (Gare de Tours)
700 km (430 mi)
790 km (490 mi)
Longest road journey   Farnborough  Barcelona 1,600 km (990 mi)
Longest walk   SouthamptonPortsmouth on the Solent Way 40 km (25 mi) / 9 hr
Longest border crossing   Karasovići (Dubrovnik-Neretva) /   Debeli Brijeg (Herceg Novi) 90 min / 2.2 km (1.4 mi)

Most-memorable travel experiences

Countries I have been to

I have been very lucky so far in my life to have done a lot of travelling. I have set foot in 22 countries around the world, mainly in Europe, though I have also visited Asia and Oceania and done my fair share of Atlantic islands:

  Ascension Island

  Bosnia and Herzegovina / Bosna i Hercegovina

  Croatia / Hrvatska

  Falkland Islands


  Brittany / Breizh / Bertaèyn / Bretagne
  Occitania / Occitània / Occitanie

  Germany / Deutschland

  Greece / Ελλάδα (Crete / Κρήτη)

  Hungary / Magyarország

  Ireland / Éire

  Italy / Italia

  Monaco / Múnegu

  Montenegro / Crna Gora / Цpнa Гopa

  New Zealand / Aotearoa

  Poland / Polska

  Portugal (including Madeira)

  Singapore / Singapura / 新加坡 / சிங்கப்பூர்

  Spain / España (including the Balearic Islands / Islas Baleares / Illes Balears and the Canary Islands / Islas Canarias)

  Basque Country / Euskadi / País Vasco / Pays Basque
  Catalonia / Catalunya / Cataluña

  Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera

  Turkey / Türkiye

  United Kingdom

  England / En-ger-land
  Cornwall / Kernow
  Scotland / Alba
  Wales / Cymru

Cities of the world I have been to

  English counties I have set foot in

All counties I have set foot in rather than simply passed through, and not nearly as exciting a list as 'how many U.S. states I've set foot in':

Travel wishlist (no particular order)