WOSSNAME -- OCTOBER 2009 -- PART 2 OF 4 (continued)
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS, ODDS AND SODS
11) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
12) CONVENTION NEWS
13) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
14) THE MASTER, AS AN APPRENTICE
11) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
11.1 ASSISTED DEATH TO BE DECRIMINALISED IN THE UK
11.2 PTERRY WANTS YOUR BRAIN!
No, our favourite author hasn't become a zombie (yet?). But
according to the BBC News website, he is encouraging people to
donate their brains for medical research. After you're done using
them, of course.
"Former Home Secretary David Blunkett has pledged to donate his
brain to dementia research. The Sheffield Labour MP is backing a
£2m scheme encouraging more people to allow their brains to be used
for research after they die. Mr Blunkett is also vice-president of
the Alzheimer's Society... Discworld author Sir Terry Pratchett, who
as patron of the Alzheimer's Research Trust has led a high-profile
campaign to increase awareness of the illness, said it was vital to
encourage donations... 'They're certainly going to have my brain
because it's about time somebody made use of it.'"
The scheme is called Brains for Dementia. Is there an Igor in the
11.3 PRATCHETT ALZHEIMER'S DOCUMENTARY NOMINATED FOR A BAFTA
Bafta Scotland has released its list of nominations for this year's
television and film awards, and the documentary Terry Pratchett:
Living with Alzheimer's is nominated in the factual series category.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow's Science
Centre on Sunday 8th November.
12) CONVENTION NEWS
12.1 IDWCON NEWS
The First Irish Discworld Convention
6 -- 9 November 2009
Terry Pratchett (Guest of Honour)
Stephen Briggs (via internet)
From IDWcon's newsletter:
For those of you who can't make the four days and are wondering how
you'll be able to buy tickets, then you'll be happy to know that
membership will be available on the door of the Falls Hotel either
at the membership desk (on Friday only) or in Ops (all weekend).
We'll have day tickets and a two day Saturday/Sunday ticket
available. Prices will be announced shortly.
If you're coming on a day ticket or the two day ticket and want to
come to the Oswalds Awards Dinner you'll be happy to know that
that's possible. Book early! Bookings for the Gala Dinner close on
Monday the 2nd of November.
If you're coming on a day ticket or the two day ticket and wish to
book a room in the hotel using the members discount then you'll need
to email one of us at info@...
To those who'd like a very special part in the weekend, we need a
Ridcully (send pic to info@...
) and a Victor (Moving
Pictures, and please email info@...
Oswalds Awards Night: The Oswalds Awards Night is an Event (note
capitalisation) not to be missed. It is the premier night of
Entertainment on the Disc and features such personalities as Terry
Pratchett (and his speech), The Co-Chair (and her speech) and the
wonderful characters of Ginger and Victor (AN1: see Moving Pictures)
who will be hosting the Event (AN2: think you would make a charming
Victor? Offer your services now!)
With two wonderful speeches, by said Special Guest and Co-Chair, and
Awards chosen by the masses (you lovely folks) this will be an
evening to remember!
The Awards are as follows:
* Best Characterisation (of a Discworld personality)
* Best Costume Design
* Best Costume in a Supporting Role
* Young Discworld Star
* Best Impersonator of The Man in The Hat (see here for details)
These Oswalds will be Nominated by the Public and Chosen by the
Public. Nominations begin on Saturday morning and close at 7pm that
night. The Top Nominees will be announced next morning and voting
will continue til 3pm. You may vote once and only once! (Voting
Cards will be contained in your goodie bags.)
Following the Oswalds Ceremony Terry himself will award the prizes
for Maskerade winners.
The night will be capped off with some light dancing and beverage of
12.2 DISCWORLD 2010
The official opening is on Friday with the opening ceremony and a
number of smaller programme items so yes -- to be honest you would
miss the Friday programme items. The programme team are pulling
together the draft programme and it will be available well before
the event itself if you need to make a late decision.
In practice a lot of people roll up on the Thursday evening. There
is no official programme on Thursday evening but there is a lot of
informal 'getting together' and 'pub quiz' type activity. If you
are new to Conventions it can also be a good time to help out a bit
and get to know a lot of people.
I'm not sure if this will come as good news or bad :-)
Err, difficult choice ... what about events on the Monday ?
-- we can only really be away for "two nights", so could shift to
Friday + Saturday ... originally thinking Sat + Sun
If you can only have two nights away then it does make more sense to
have the Saturday and Sunday at the Con. The Gala Dinner is on the
Sunday night if you were planning to attend that or the surrounding
I'm not sure which outside factors limit your choices or how late
you can make a final decision. (feel free to mail us at
' if you wish to elaborate on the factors away from
a public forum, we will help you further if we can). I would
suggest you get your hotel booked early to secure a Con rate room -
it is possible to modify/cancel up until a weekish before the event
(Hotel will know the exact cut off dates).
In the mean time - other old lags on this list will probably have
had to make this kind of decision due to children, family, work
constraints etc. Perhaps they could chime in with their views on
the key time to be there if you have limited time? (I've modified
the subject line to attract attention ;)
Also we are putting some more general and retrospective info up on
the website, hopefully this will also help you.
I would also recommend Saturday and Sunday for people who can only
be away for two nights.
Saturday is generally the day/night for the Maskerade, Hedgehog
Party, any Q&A that Terry might be planning to do and quite a lot of
the other bigger events too. Not only that, but a lot of the
'hanging out and singing in the bar' takes place on Saturday night,
which for a lot of people is a large part of their being at the
Sunday -- Gala Dinner for those planning to attend, plus Toast and
Jam event (have a look at previous Conventions on www.lspace.org if
you don't know what this is), and Terry and Stephen Briggs's
signing. The auction often takes place on Sunday too.
There are events on Monday, but (apart from the Closing Ceremony)
these are usually quite low-key, due to a lot of people being busy
with packing and checking-out, not to mention the general rate of
knackeredness amongst most of us by that time!
I hope this helps!
(Not sure if three Conventions so far qualifies me as an 'old lag',
I hope so *g*)
I can't recall if anyone has mentioned the Theme for the 2010 con
which is now only less than 11 months away....In a rare idle moment
I pondered on the recent release of Unseen Academicals, the set of
football cards that Paul Kidby and Lord Bernard have created, the
recent match in Wincanton not to mention the World Cup just before
the con and the logical Theme seems to be Discworld Football! We
could have Dibbler selling Replica Shirts, Programmers and Stuff
inna bun and even, instead of having guilds, have football teams!!
Just a thought.....apologies to those with no interest in football,
just makes a change to cake discussions...
The Theme for 2010 is "The Thing and the Whole of the Thing", along
with our friend the Elephant who fell. We'll be expanding on this
theme as the con gets closer. As Unseen Academicals hadn't been
published when we sat down to sketch things out a year ago, it
wasn't really something we could look to for a theme. I'm sure
various bits from UA will crop up, but it won't be the theme of the
-- Brian, Chairman, Discworld Convention 2010
13) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
13.1 WYRD SISTERS IN RAVENSHEAD
Ravenshead Theatre Company's RTG Youth Group present their
production of Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters in November.
When: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November 2009
Venue: Ravenshead Village Hall, Vernon Crescent, Ravenshead, Notts,
Tickets: Adults £5, children under 14 £4
Box office: 01623 722815 (tickets also available from Godfrey's)
13.2 WYRD SISTERS IN FOURECKS
The Glenbrook Players present Stephen Briggs' adaptation of Wyrd
Sisters, directed by Robyn Pope, in November. There will be six
performances, including two matinees.
When: Evenings 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th November 2009 and matinees
21st and 28th November 2009
Venue: Glenbrook Theatre, Glenbrook New South Wales
Time: evening performances 8pm, matinees 2pm
Tickets: Fri 20th Nov evening, Sat 21st Nov matinee, Sat 28 Nov
matinee, all $18; Sat 21 Nov evening and Sat 28 Nov evening, Adults
$25, children & students $18; $2 discount per ticket for parties of
8+ (very appropriate number); credit card bookings preferred, and
they accept Mastercard and Visa.
Bookings: (02) 4739 1110
How to get there:
GPS Ref South 33° 45' 56.3"
spacer East 150° 37' 20.1"
Gregorys Ref Map 264 A 16
UBD Ref Map 161 L 16
"The Theatre is situated on the corner of Great Western Highway and
Ross Street Glenbrook. It is beside the Information Centre and on
the opposite corner to the Caltex petrol station. When driving,
access from the north, east and south is most straightforward by
going on to the M4 and proceeding west, signposted Blue Mountains or
Katoomba until you reach the end of the M4 motorway section and then
to continue on the Great Western Highway up a winding hill and down
into Glenbrook. The theatre is on the left hand side of the highway
immediately after the Information Centre."
Glenbrook Theatre and Mash Cafe are also jointly offering a dinner
and show Meal Deal:
Special Fine Dining/Show Deal at Mash Cafe in Glenbrook
Two-Course meal plus coffee, plus booking for Wyrd Sisters -- $65.00
per person -- this offer is only for the evenings of Saturday, 21st
November, Friday, 27th November and Saturday, 28th November. A free
bottle of good wine will be offered to parties of six or more.
Bookings for the meal deal should be made with Mash Cafe on 4739
5908. Mash Cafe staff will arrange the play bookings for Meal Deal
patrons with Glenbrook Players.
13.3 REVIEWS OF UNSEEN THEATRE'S THE LAST CONTINENT
In The Australian Stage:
"From the moment Bohemian Rhapsody plays as the audience files into
the theatre, over the prone comatose body of a wizard, it's obvious
that this is another absolutely rollicking Unseen escapade. Despite
being set in a fantasy world, the performance feels real, the
characters seem real and the comical situations all ring true.
Thanks to Munt's magical script -- filled with smart observations
and intelligent witty comedy -- and some perfect portrayals of
warped characters, the imagination soars and the ribs ache as jokes
rapidly follow one another..."
In Adelaide Now:
"Pamela Munt has done her own adaptation and she knows the
territory, and the venue really well... Alister Preece is athletic
as Rincewind, deftly employing his strong resemblance to the hapless
wizard and Elliot Howard skilfully shapes his various characters, as
do Marlon Dance-Hooi and Hugh O'Connor..."
From BU member Patrick:
I saw it on opening night. It was incredibly enjoyable. The
characters were if not how I'd pictured them in my head, at least
close enough that now they are exactly how I'd pictured them in my
head. The simple stage made it easy to follow the action, and
rightfully the play relies on dialogue rather than props to carry
the story along. Pamela Munt has outdone herself as director & for
her first foray into adapting a Discworld novel to the stage is a
[Editor's note: you may remember Patrick's declaration of epic
journey, all for the sake of Unseen Theatre's production of The Last
Continent, from last month's Around the BU Campus section. Good to
know the journey was worthwhile!]
14) THE MASTER, AS AN APPRENTICE
A blast from the past that you might have missed! In a 2002
interview in The Guardian, Pterry discusses his first job and the
bosses he had:
"There I was, with absolutely no authority, moral or otherwise, no
real knowledge about anything, and yet I had this power. I could
actually change lives with a few strokes of the pen. At such a young
age, it seemed an awfully big responsibility..."
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