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My name is Simon Peter Hughes and I am from the United Kingdom I was born in1973 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, the hometown of William Shakespeare. I attended Stratford-upon-Avon High School between 1984 and 1991. Between 1991 and 1995 I studied French and Spanish at the University of Bradford, where I also learnt Catalan and Esperanto. I received an MA in English language teaching from the University of Warwick two years later. I have been teaching English as a foreign language since 1997, in Turkey, Poland, Japan and Taiwan. I have been living in Taiwan and teaching English to children since 2003.
I first discovered Wikipedia in 2005 and finally got up the courage to become a registered editor a few months later. I have edited articles on the Simple English Wikipedia and on Wikipedia's Catalan and French versions. I have made several contributions to the Spanish Wikipedia and I have won a prize for helping to improve the Esperanto Wikipedia.
I have also edited Wikisource, Wikivoyage, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wiktionary, Wikinews, Wikimedia Commons, Wikispecies and Wikidata. I used to edit Uncyclopedia under the username Spews1973 but I lost interest in that site because I found most of it disgusting and simply not funny. I edit some sites hosted by Wikia and some other wiki websites under the same name that I use here. I am Spud on RationalWiki and SimonPeterSpud on TV Tropes.
I read Wikipedia much more often than I edit it. I have found it very useful when my students ask me questions like "How fast can a husky run?", "How many people died in the Second World War?" or "What do hippopotamuses eat?" I also enjoy reading it just for fun.
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