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Bridging Europe and Africa

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Hello, I'm sorry I'm not with you today.

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It's about six months since John and I met in Derby

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and planned the first Wikipedia town to be in Monmouth.

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We've had dozens and dozens of people

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helping us with this project.

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There must be people now who have seen

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what John has said to you

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and thought what a cool project this is.

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I wish I'd been able to join in with it.

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And I'm thinking myself

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"Where will be the World's first Wikipedia city?"

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My name is Neil Costa and I'm the Minister for Tourism, Transport and the Port.

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I'm inviting the Wikimedia movement to establish

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a bridge between Europe and Africa.

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I'm talking to you from Gibraltar

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which is the southern-most tip of Europe

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and which is a multi-lingual City

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comprised of different communities and faiths that speak

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English, Spanish, Hindi, Arabic and Hebrew.

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Gibraltar is a very small place,

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it's a small community of only thirty thousand people,

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and yet it's a city, it's got two cathedrals

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lots of different places of worship

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because it's a very multicultural community.

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It's also steeped in history

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its history stretches all the way back to the Neanderthals

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who made Gibraltar their home.

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Africa! It's just around the corner.

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People are surprised when they come here and say

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"That's it?"

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They think it's just another part of Europe. It's so close.

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Historically it's been a bridge.

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People have moved between Africa and Europe

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and Europe and Africa and crossed the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

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At this narrow spot which is what

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makes it so rich a place in terms of history.

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Most Gibraltarians, including myself, are bilingual

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so we speak both English and Spanish...

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and actually between us we tend to

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mix both languages and

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we speak a sort of patois

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that we call "Llanito".

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We refer to Gibraltarians as "Llanito"

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and we also refer to the local dialect

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or patois as the "Llanito" dialect.

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What we are trying to achieve

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is to raise as much material

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on Wikipedia about Gibraltar as possible.

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New articles and to expand existing ones.

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Then hopefully print some QR codes

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and post them about the place

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so people can read about what they are looking at, around Gibraltar.

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