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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 2022, I have been a Wikivoyager for nine years and am on the administrative team.

  • If you need help with anything at all, please leave a message on my talk page.
  • If there's something you need to discuss in private, email me in strictest confidence.

My work on Wikivoyage

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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.


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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)
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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)
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Great work on handling outdated docent notices. ---Selfie City (talk | contributions) 00:29, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
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Thank you for making me smile today. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:30, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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This Barncompass is for helping me creating those new articles. I also saw you were collecting them. 14:14, 23 December 2020 (UTC)
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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)

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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)




  • 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!


  • September-October 2020: Happisburgh, North Norfolk


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 Scotland The Trossachs 56.24° N
Southernmost Falkland Islands Sea Lion Island 52.26° S
Easternmost New Zealand Taupo 176.06° E
Westernmost Falkland Islands Port Howard 59.50° W
Closest to the equator Singapore Singapore 1.29° N
Highest New Zealand Fox Glacier 3,000 m (9,800 ft) above sea level
Lowest England Channel Tunnel France 115 m (377 ft) below sea level
Furthest inland Poland Kraków 500 km (310 mi) from Baltic Sea
Longest flight Single plane: England RAF Brize Norton (BZZ IATA) — Falkland Islands RAF Mount Pleasant (MPN IATA)
Multiple planes: New Zealand Christchurch (CHC IATA) — England London Heathrow (LHR IATA)
13,000 km (8,100 mi)
19,000 km (12,000 mi)
Longest sea voyage England PlymouthSpain Santander 770 km (480 mi)
Longest rail journey Single train: France Tours (Saint-Pierre-des-Corps) — Strasbourg (Ville)
Multiple trains: England Farnborough (Main) — France Tours (Gare de Tours)
700 km (430 mi)
790 km (490 mi)
Longest road journey England FarnboroughSpain Barcelona 1,600 km (990 mi)
Longest border crossing Croatia Karasovići (Dubrovnik-Neretva) / Montenegro 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:

The Flag of Ascension Island.svg Ascension Island

Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina / Bosna i Hercegovina

Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia / Hrvatska

Flag of the Falkland Islands.svg Falkland Islands

Flag of France.svg France

Flag of Brittany.svg Brittany / Breizh / Bertaèyn / Bretagne
Flag of Occitania.svg Occitania / Occitània / Occitanie

Flag of Germany.svg Germany / Deutschland

Flag of Greece.svg Greece / Ελλάδα (Crete / Κρήτη)

Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary / Magyarország

Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland / Éire

Flag of Italy.svg Italy / Italia

Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco / Múnegu

Flag of Montenegro.svg Montenegro / Crna Gora / Цpнa Гopa

Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand / Aotearoa

Flag of Poland.svg Poland / Polska

Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal (including Madeira)

Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore / Singapura / 新加坡 / சிங்கப்பூர்

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

Flag of the Basque Country.svg Basque Country / Euskadi / País Vasco / Pays Basque
Flag of Catalonia.svg Catalonia / Catalunya / Cataluña

Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera

Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey / Türkiye

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

Flag of England.svg England / En-ger-land
Flag of Cornwall.svg Cornwall / Kernow
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland / Alba
Flag of Wales.svg Wales / Cymru

Cities of the world I have been to

Flag of England.svg English counties I have set foot in

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

Travel wishlist (no particular order)