152WOSSNAME -- AUGUST 2003 -- PART 2 OF 3 (continued)
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LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
5) BUFFY IN DISCWORLD
I don't normally go for fanfic--I can't stand the idea of possibly
running into something horrible that someone has done to a favorite.
This one sounded too bizarre not to look at. So I looked. It's my
take that the author's pretty bright and has the Buffy dialogue down
really well, a notch or two better than her Discworld bits. The
Discworld bits aren't _bad_ but the Buffy bits are pretty good.
What about you guys?
-- Stacie L. Hanes (esmeraldus@...)
Madame D'Afanguin wanders in from her usual Bugarup University
haunts to say "well bugger me, it really is rather a decent
piece, and better than most of the themefic by people who were
actually *paid* to write. I'd give it at least 4.5 outta
You can read it at: http://www.user.shentel.net/kkatee/btvs/demons1.html
6) ANY SOUL MUSIC EXPERTS AROUND?
To the Editor:
Hi. Been reading Soul Music again. Have several questions
but the one I'll ask first is how do Nobs and Colon know that
Susan is Death and call her Susan Death? Susan doesn't
even know herself who she is 'related' to until Death of Rats visits.
And I doubt it is something you can look up in any records office.
Second question: Is there something meaningfull about the guitar
having 12 strings instead of the 6 that are on today's guitars?
What is the signifigance of the chalked on number 1. What myth
did Pratchett borrow from, if any, for this guitar? Where could I get
more information on the rituals cultures used when making their
instruments? Is there an answer to the 'I wonder who the first owner
was' question? :-))
7) MORT IN CANADA
To the Editor:
I am directing Stephen Brigg's adaptation of "MORT"
in March 2004. I am trying to discover if we are the first
time the play has been done in Canada. Mr. Briggs
was unable to remember, so I thought that the next best
place to look would be with The North American
Discworld Society. Do you know anyone that might have
this bit of trivia?
--Graham A. Yeates
Director of KWLT's 2004 Amateur production of
Terry Pratchett's "Mort", as adapted for the stage
by Stephen Briggs.
March 11-13 & 18-20, 2004
To the Editor:
I live in Canada, and am interested in this play. But I live north of
Toronto, and if the play is too far from me I won't be able to see it.
I did a web search for KWLT but couldn't find any info about where (or
what) it is.
Please forward this to Graham Yeates for more info, if possible.
-- John Martin
KFL MEETS AROUND THE WORLD
8) THE INAUGURAL DARWINMEET, AUSTRALIA
Where: Various places around Darwin, Australia
When: Thursday 7 August, pretty much all day
Who: Jehane and Mogg (visiting)
Mogg arrives in Darwin following an Ecksian Outback
Adventure Bus Tour (TM), and of course finds an
internet cafe first thing in order to see whether
Jehane, who had been in Brisbane, had replied to a
proposal for a DarwinMeet. The answer being in
affirmative, phone calls are made and a meeting time
arranged. Plans are to go to the Nothern Territory
Wildlife Park, the Berry Springs for a swim and finish
up with take-away curry from the Mindil Beach Market,
watching the sun go down while sitting on the beach.
Two days later...
Mogg, lurking suspiciously without the official
approved Meet recognition equipment (Pterry books
having been left at home), receives a plaintive phone
call "I can't find your hotel!" Directions given
proved remarkably good considering they were given by
someone who lives several thousand kilometres from the
meeting point, and 10 minutes later, Jehane arrives.
We check each other out for symptoms of being
axe-murderers, and find each other to look at least
We set out for the wildlife park, and Mogg becomes
slightly embarrassed as it dawns on her that the
proposed destination proves to be approximately 60km
out of town. However Jehane is the soul of
hospitality and quite happily allows Mogg to take
photos of every living creature encountered plus a
sign thought suitable for putting on the gates of
Ankh-Morpork, ride on the rather naff golf-buggy train
thing, experiment with brolgas (6-foot tall grey birds
which look a bit like storks, for those who don't
know) and their ability to peck toes through a chain
link fence, and moan quietly about the heat. Other
topics of conversation include road signs, the
weather, BU list personalities, which city of
Australia has the nicest river, scary food stories. A
certain English author and his works were occasionally
The next stop is Berry Springs, a very nice spot to
have a swim. The stand-out conversation here is as
Mogg: "What do you think is making those bubbles, just
over there? A turtle?"
Jehane: "Yeah, or maybe a fish. But... this is
August, isn't it?"
Mogg: "Yes. Why?"
Jehane: "August is freshwater crocodile breeding
Mogg: "I thought freshwater crocodiles were timid and
stayed away from humans and only came out at night!"
Jehane: "Yeeeeeees, normally, but...let's just move
away, shall we?"
We head back to Darwin, and as Mogg now needs get
changed before going to the market, Jehane very
patiently sits and waits and is introduced to a
succession of backpackers who come to borrow Mogg's
bathroom (apparently the water was off at the hostel),
look at photos, present bottles of wine, or just say
hello and goodbye. Eventually we set off for the
market with the bottle of wine and an addition to the
party - Veronique, a Belgian backpacker, who is quite
stunned that either of us would arrange to meet a
person we only knew via the Internet. We explain that
BU List members were only known to murder each other
in a virtual, high-spirited, all-part-of-the-fun kind
of manner, and that nobody of importance had ever been
found bound and gagged in a remote forest as a result
of a Meet.
Jehane proves her worth yet again by producing a
picnic rug, to which all and sundry backpackers in
Darwin known to Mogg from her previous trip
immediately gravitate (it may be the bottle of wine
they are gravitating to). We wander around the market
and eat various foodstuffs including the famous croc
satay, while watching a beautiful sunset, and have
just enough time to appreciate the wonders of nature
etc. etc. before Jehane has to disappear to a music
So endeth the inaugural DarwinMeet. A fine time had by
all, and Jehane may have convinced a native
Melbournian that occasionally sunny warm weather is
better than grey skies and rain.
9) BRISMEET, AUSTRALIA
Where: Manly, Brisbane, Australia
When: Monday 21 July, 2003
What: Lunch and hot chocolate
Who: Kathy, Peta and Jehane (visiting from interstate)
How: Train and foot
Why: Why not?
Jehane: I'm going to be in Manly. How about a
Kate: OK, how about lunch? My train gets there about
Peta: Sounds good. 
And so, with a minimum of the fuss that usually seems
to accompany meets down south, a Brismeet was
organised. Being my first Pterrymeet, and the first
time I had ever met people I only knew online, I was a
little nervous. But having travelled nearly 3000km to
attend my first meet, I wasn't about to let the
possibility that Kathy and Peta were axe-murderers
stop me. After all, we'd all promised to leave our
axes at home... So I grabbed Men At Arms and my
camera and set off for the train station.
Arriving at Manly station, I could see two people
standing on the platform. Spotting the familiar Josh
Kirby covers about their persons, I waved mine in
greeting. Introductions were made all round, and we
set off (courtesy of Kathy's foresight in bringing a
map) in the general direction of the Esplanade in the
hope of finding lunch.
We soon found a kebab place that all were happy to eat
at, and got ourselves a table outside, munching kebabs
and listening for interesting conversations through
Kathy's radio. Sadly, the aliens didn't choose to
communicate with us that day. Some photos were taken,
but in the absence of any passersby, we took it in
turns to take pictures.
Continuing down to the Esplanade, we walked along the
foreshore before deciding to seek shelter from the
winter sun. (Are the Victorians jealous yet?) We
managed to waylay a passerby to take photos, then sat
at a picnic table to discuss the list, politics, the
list, books, the list, life, the list...Pterry may
have been mentioned at some point.
The fourth member of our meet chose to make an
entrance at this point. [see attachment] (Ed:
Sorry, we don't do attachments). He/she was
soon joined by companions, in spite of the fact that
we had no food. Finding ourselves under siege, we
decided to move along and started heading back to the
Stopping for a coffee, we all proceeded to order hot
chocolates (thank you Kathy!), and more photos were
taken. It was then time to return to the train
station, and the conclusion of another successful
 OK, this wasn't the *exact* conversation...
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