Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
NOVEMBER 2008 (Volume 11, Issue 11)
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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
Editor Emeritus (retd): Joseph Schaumburger
News Editor: Fiona (not Bruce) Bruce
Newshounds: Vera, Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow
Staff Writers: Asti Osborn, Paul Blake, Steven D'Aprano
Convention Reporters: Mithtrethth Hania Ogg et al
Staff Technomancer: Jason Parlevliet
Book Reviews: Drusilla D'Afanguin
Puzzle Editor: Tiff
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
DW Horoscope: Lady Anaemia Asterisk, Fernando Magnifico
Emergency Staff: Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare
Copyright 2008 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
====Part 1 -- ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
1) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
3) AN UPDATE FROM THE MASTER
4) REVIEWS OF NATION
5) FORTHCOMING PRATCHETT SIGNINGS
6) 2009 DISCWORLD CALENDAR REVIEWED
7) THE COLOUR OF MAGIC: BROADCAST NEWS
8) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S: NEWS
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS AND REVIEWS...
9) CONVENTION NEWS
10) MICRO ART STUDIO DISCWORLD FIGURINES UPDATE
11) GAMES NEWS
12) ACTION REPLAY: IN TEXT, THIS TIME
13) REVIEW: THE FOLKLORE OF DISCWORLD
14) REVIEW: THE NATION AUDIOBOOK
15) THE GUARDIAN APPROVES...
16) ANOTHER LITTLE EDITOR IN THE MAKING?
====Part 3 -- ...AND MORE, AND...
17) THE TURTLE MOVES! REVIEWS AND NEWS
18) THE MAKING OF THE COLOUR OF MAGIC: VADIM JEAN
19) ANIMATED PRATCHETT FILM NOT HAPPENING
20) TRYMON'S SORE FEET
21) THE MAN WHO PUT DISCWORLD ON TELLY
22) PRATCHETT PRICES IN FOURECKS
23) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
24) A CERTAIN AUTHOR POPULARISES 'EMBUGGERANCE'
25) REVIEW: NATION, BY AUTHOR NORAH PIEHL
26) CURIOSITIES OF ROUNDWORLD: THE REAL LESHP
27) "WITH GREAT PLEASURE": A REMINDER
====Part 4 -- BU AND ABP
28) BUGARUP UNIVERSITY CAMPUS NEWSROUND
29) ABP BITS
====Part 5 -- WEIRD ALICE AND HOROSCOPE
30) WEIRD ALICE LANCREVIC
31) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE
====Part 6 -- HOROSCOPE, LATE BREAKING NEWS, AND CLOSE
32) HOROSCOPE CONTINUED
33) LATE BREAKING NEWS
1) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"Read everything Pratchett writes. It will make you a better person
and end world hunger." -- Aggie from ABP
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I
thought as a child: but when I became a man I put away childish
things because, wow, then I could afford much *better* childish
things!" -- Pterry
2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Now is the time when Roundworlders are beginning to gather their
strength for the trial of the dreaded (and keenly anticipated)
holiday season. All the Halloween stagings of Discworld plays are
over; all the new Pratchett releases have been released (apart from
The 25th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of The Colour of Magic/The
Light Fantastic (illustrated by Stephen Player) and The Colour of
Magic: The Illustrated Screenplay by Vadim Jean; by rights, this
should be a quiet time. But there's no lack of content in this
month's issue. We have news, reviews and some interesting bits from
Bugarup University and alt.books.pratchett, and of course your
monthly horoscope, to entertain you.
A little note: I'd already written an essay on Ferdinandea
(Roundworld's equivalent of Leshp) before I acquired a copy of The
Folklore of Discworld, only to discover that Ferdinandea was
mentioned in it. However, the essay has rather more detail, so
you're getting two Ferdinandeas for the price of one -- oh wait,
it's free anyway. Enjoy!
-- Annie Mac, Editor
3) A MESSAGE FROM PTERRY
November 11th 2008
We have seen the first half of the BBC documentary and it looks
pretty good. Importantly, it would seem at the moment that we have
witnessed that rarest of things, a film crew that has been allowed
into a convention and hasn't tried to stuff the fans. Some of you
know you were filmed in costume, and that's it. There's footage of
the reading and stuff, but the general look and tone is some
distance away from the usual "Star Trek Loonies" portrayal. There's
also reasonable footage of the signing at the Southbank back in June
and we are assuming that the Hayling Island / Waterstones Piccadilly
day will be in part two. We definitely noticed a few of the usual
suspects such as Dave Boggis and Rentawitch. It's going to be good.
You might also be interested to know that Charlie Russell, our John
Grierson Award nominated director, can be seen on BBC 2 at 10:50pm
this Sunday, November 16th, in the documentary he made about his
father. It's a very powerful piece and well worth watching.
The BBC 'With Great Pleasure' event is apparently sold out and
there is nothing we can do about it. We don't have our own
allocation and I don't want to offend anyone by saying that this
office is in enough perpetual turmoil not to include Box Office
Services as part of our workload :o)
Those of you who were kind enough to subscribe to the 'Trees for
Terry' drive around my birthday this year might be interested to
hear that we have acquired a derelict woodland nearby that this
winter will be replanted mostly with hazel and cob. Many thanks to
all. We don't expect to be able to photograph the green shoots until
around the spring.
Finally, right now I feel fine. This is largely due to the fact that
we are more or less out from under the massive amounts of
commitments we have taken on this year, although I do have to
deliver a large petition to Number 10 Downing Street on 26th
November. Another reason is that I seem to be working around the
problems successfully. Typing is still a bugger, but in most
respects you would have to know me very well to know that anything
was wrong. I also noticed recently that the Daily Mail, gods bless
them, announced that I can't dress myself. This must have come as a
huge surprise, not least to me, since I dressed myself this morning.
It is true that if you handed me a shirt with one sleeve inside out
it would take me a little while to work out the topography, but I do
seem to be getting better at that.
In the past two days we have written more than 2,500 words on Unseen
Finally, I am delighted to be receiving an honorary Doctorate of
Literature (LittD) from Dublin University (Trinity College Dublin)
on 12th December. I'm sure that there will be photos.
(signed) Terry Pratchett
The original message, with signature, can be found online at:
4) REVIEWS OF NATION
4.1 The Business Standard - Mumbai,Maharashtra,India
"Pratchett will not condemn characters who shrink from having their
world turned upside down, but they're never the ones he chooses as his
A very thoughtful in-depth review by Richard Marcus
"Terry Pratchett has not only created a wonderful tale of self-
discovery, he rebukes those histories of our childhood that had us
believing nothing of importance happened before the white man
appeared on the face of the earth."
"There's a beautiful little afterward to the book, which genuinely
brought a tear to my eye, something I'd not expected from either a
book by Terry Pratchett or one written for young people...
Intelligent, entertaining, and a little sad, Nation might make you
think at times, but it will never bore you. It's too bad we couldn't
receive more of our education through books like this."
4.3 Tonight - Johannesburg,South Africa
By Theresa Smith
"For him, writing fantasy is more than just telling stories about
wizards waving their wands around, it is about seeing the world from
new directions. With this story he is trying to make a statement
about how whoever controls the flow of information, controls how
4.4 San Diego Union-Tribune Sun
"Yes, it's billed as a children's book, but it's for wise children,
or for children who you hope to help toward wisdom."
4.5 Lee Whiteside of NADWCON
(page 20 of October/November 2008 issue of ConNotations)
"The book is being marketed as a Young Adult novel, but it is very
much a book for all ages. The two main characters should appeal to
boys and girls, and the writing level is not softened down, making
it a good read for anyone. It also mixes in some science that might
just inspire a young mind, and that's definitely a good thing. I
really enjoyed it and I think it has a good chance to collect a few
awards during next year's round of award ceremonies."
4.6 Blogger and author James Bow
"Terry Pratchett's Nation is a startling book. While it maintains his
style, his touches of humour, his ease of characterization, it completely
defies your expectations if you're entering into it aware of his pedigree
as the creator of the Discworld series..."
5) SIGNINGS AND APPEARANCES
5.1 REMINDER: SIGNING IN WINCHESTER THIS WEEKEND!
Terry will be signing at the Wessex Book Fair in the Guildhall in
Winchester on Saturday 29th November 2008. Signing times: 11am
12pm and 1pm 2pm
5.2 PTERRY TO STAR AT WESSEX BOOK FESTIVAL
TERRY Pratchett is the primary guest at the 12th Wessex Book
Festival, held this month. And he's being described as a leading
"science fiction and children's writer" instead of the usual
fantasy/humour tag! Other writers present will include Malorie
Blackman, Charlie Higson and Philip Hoare.
2008 is the designated Year of Reading, and the Wessex Book
Festival, which runs from Monday, November 24 to Friday, December 5
2008 and features a children's gala weekend, is a part of it. For
more information go to:
6) REVIEW OF THE 2009 DISCWORLD CALENDAR
"I love 'The Last Continent' by David Frankland and his limited use
of palette colours providing an almost silhouetted Aussie feel.
Death makes an appearance along with some of The Watch, Rincewind
and various other characters. The artwork covers quite a few books
and some are just general to the Discworld universe."
7) THE COLOUR OF MAGIC IS...INVISIBLE?
IMPORTANT NOTE: According to the latest from RHI, the US airing of
The Colour of Magic has apparently been delayed; the new air date is
still to be determined. There's a rumour that it's January, but...
From Lee Whiteside of NADWCON:
"For some reason yet to be revealed, ION has pushed back the airing
of The Color of Magic to sometime early in 2009. I don't know if
they decided it wasn't wise to go up against the 24 movie or what,
but after putting out a press release for Nov 23rd, they changed
their minds and no longer have it scheduled. They are reairing
Hogfather next Sunday, November 30th, at 7 pm ET/PT, though, for
those who missed it previously or haven't picked up the DVD. I was
hoping that TCOM airing in the same calendar year in both the US
and the UK would give it a better shot at award nominations.
Hogfather got Hugo nominations two years in a row but didn't make
the final ballot either time."
8) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S: THE LATEST NEWS
8.1 TERRY PRATCHETT TO OPEN NEW RESEARCH CENTRE IN BATH
"The Discworld creator, who was diagnosed with early onset
Alzheimer's Disease last year, will be at the Royal United Hospital
on December 5. He will be there to open the new £2 million
headquarters of RICE - the Research Institute for the Care of Older
People. The charity moved to the hospital earlier this year after
two decades at St Martin's Hospital at Odd Down. Mr Pratchett, who
has sold more than 55 million books, will unveil a plaque and speak
about the importance of research."
8.2 PTERRY INTERVIEW WITH SOME NEW AND FUNNY BITS
The Daily Mail Online:
"I ask, what with his high proportion of women fans, whether he's ever
been propositioned. He guffaws with laughter. 'Once,' he confesses.
'In another country. Proposition would be the wrong word, but
unmistakable signals were sent and received. I thanked the nice lady
concerned for her kind offer to "show me the town", but explained that
I was moving on -- I was on a signing tour.
'That afternoon I dropped into a gardening shop and bought a
thermometer for my compost heap. I'd always wanted one. I thought,
"I've extricated myself from an awkward situation and bought a compost
thermometer. I must be the most married man in the entire world.'"
8.3 REBRANDING DEMENTIA
An excellent piece about the future of Alzheimer's research and
treatment, in The Guardian:
"You could sum up one aspect of the argument crudely, but pointedly,
by asking: are people with dementia mad or just terminally ill? The
bestselling novelist, Terry Pratchett, was clear. In an affecting
and funny speech, he described his dementia as 'a physical condition
that just happens to affect the brain'."
8.4 AUTHOR'S 'CLAPHAM JUNCTION' DAYS
In the Coventry Telegraph:
"It seems to me there's hardly one family in this country that is
not touched by the disease somehow. But people don't talk about it
because it is so frightening."
8.5 CAFFEINE FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Nairobi Tea and Coffee has launched a new coffee for the catering
trade in support of the Alzheimer's Research Trust. A company
spokesman said that they were "greatly touched" by reading a recent
article by the author Terry Pratchett, who himself suffers from the
"His powerful article hit a raw nerve and brought home the
importance of addressing the increasing incidence of Alzheimer's,"
said the company's Alnur Merali.
8.6 DESTIGMATISING ALZHEIMER'S: 'KILL THE DEMON'
"Elaine Ivis, area manager West Midlands, at the Alzheimer's
Society, said: 'Alzheimer's Society will lead the fight against
stigma and we want to see it reduced by half in five years...
Government, charities, services and employers need to work together
to make this a reality.' ...Discworld author, Terry Pratchett who
revealed he had been diagnosed with early onset dementia last year,
launched the report and is backing the campaign."
End of Part 1, continued on Part 2 of 6.
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