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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
March 2013 (Volume 16, Issue 3, Post 2)
WOSSNAME is a free publication for members of the worldwide
Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates, including the North
American Discworld Society and other continental groups. Are you a
member? Yes, if you sent in your name, country and e-mail address.
Are there any dues? No! As a member of the Klatchian Foreign Legion,
you'd only forget them...
Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Fiona (not Bruce) Bruce
Newshounds: Vera, Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow
Staff Writers: Asti, Alison Not Weatherwax, Steven D'Aprano, L.C.
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, Kevin
Emergency Staff: Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare
Copyright 2013 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
03) THE NEXT LONG EARTH VOLUME AND THE NEXT DISCWORLD NOVEL!
04) "FACING EXTINCTION" DOCUMENTARY SHOWING AT LAST!
05) ERIC ON THE WIRELESS: A REVIEW
06) ODDS AND SODS DEPARTMENT
07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
08) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
09) THE THINGS PRATCHETT FANS SAY...
10) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
11) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
13) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
14) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Never mind the iPad, when's it going to arrive as a destination on
Discworld fan David Rickson, commenting on the Discworld App
02) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR
Plenty of news in this second edition of the month, including some
exciting announcements about forthcoming novels, lots of Discworld
plays, and word of some new Discworld music with rocks well,
Reader LM writes to say she has found herself in a bit of a NADWcon
pickle. Can anyone help? Here be her letter:
"I bought two tickets to NADWCON last year at the original price ($88
each) and am no longer able to attend, so I am looking for someone
to sell/transfer the tickets to. If interested, please email
Oh, and thanks to the devotion of editor Anne Hoppe at Clarion and
the ever-excellent Colin Smythe, The Carpet People, illustrated with
the then-teenaged author's own drawings (which are really quite
charming, by the way) will be published in the USA for the first
time ever! this November.
On with the show!
Annie Mac, Editor
03) THE NEXT LONG EARTH VOLUME AND THE NEXT DISCWORLD NOVEL!
"(FX Drum Roll) The next Discworld novel will be... RAISING STEAM.
We have to make it clear that there's no date for publication, no
deadline and no you can't pre-order yet because we haven't finished
Pterry via Ptwitter, 8th March 2013
And another exciting announcement, from Lynsey at Transworld:
"THE LONG WAR will be published on the 20th June! To celebrate three
months until publication we will release EXCLUSIVELY a bite sized
chunk of the draft cover every day until the complete image is
revealed on the 20th March next week!"
To pre-order at a special discount UK price of £15.19 at Amazon:
...and here is, indeed, a bite-sized chunk:
...and yet another:
...and once more into the breach:
04) "FACING EXTINCTION" SHOWING AT LAST!
Remember this announcement from the February issue, about the
forthcoming orangutan documentary that reunites Sir Pterry with
award-winning director Charlie Russell (and orangutans)?
"Best-selling Author Sir Terry Pratchett, diagnosed with Alzheimer's
five years ago, has one last adventure he wants to go on. Eighteen
years ago Terry had a life-changing experience in the jungles of
Borneo, where he encountered Orangutans in the wild for the first
time. Now he's going back to find out what the future holds for
these endangered species, and discover a new threat to their habitat
that could push them to the brink of extinction. His Alzheimer's
will make the trip an incredible challenge both physically and
mentally, as he contemplates the role of mankind in the eradication
of the planet's species, and considers his own inevitable
Well, the documentary is airing at last, in less than a week! It's
on BBC2 on Wednesday 27th March. The programme is an hour long and
will be shown starting at 9pm. here's what the Radio Times has to
"Orangutan numbers in Indonesia have halved, and for Pratchett,
diagnosis with a rare form of Alzheimer's has confronted him with a
sense of his own mortality. While he still can, Pratchett wants to
revisit the orangutans again, to see what chance they have, but also
to ponder his own looming extinction: as he puts it, 'When you're
dying, how do you live your life?' It's a touching and profound
film, as we've come to expect from Pratchett. He talks stirringly
about the beauty and sheer force of orangutans. Remembering his
meeting with famous alpha male Kusasi, he says, 'You absolutely knew
that he could take you to pieces. He looked like two Arnold
Schwarzeneggers side by side.' He hopes to be reunited with Kusasi,
but in the vastness of the jungle, it's a long shot..."
To view the complete article, go to:
05) ERIC ON THE WIRELESS: A REVIEW
By Annie Mac
A radio play can take you to another world if you close your eyes
and let it... not only to the more relaxed and shadowed world of
Before The Internet, but sometimes to a different universe entirely.
BBC Radio 4's currently airing production of Eric does exactly that.
I did close my eyes to listen, and while I post-date the "gather
round the crystal set" generation I do remember the thrill, back in
the 1970s, of tuning our enormous vintage jukebox-style radio to
stations around the world in the middle of the night. Listening to
the radio play of Eric brought me right back to that vast walnut-
cabinet-clad monster and the ghostly sound of static in the night
but even in broad daylight on a modern receiver, the magic is there.
Mark Heap, once known for voicing the animated sitcom character
Stressed Eric, stresses again in the BBC Radio 4 production of Terry
Pratchett's Eric this time as Rincewind. Heap does a good line
in hapless and hapless is exactly what's needed for our Rincewind.
Geoffrey Whitehead plays Death in a very different but no less
appropriate style, using a remote, almost wheezy voice that brings
to mind the stale, still air of long-closed tombs rather than the
usual "closing of a huge and final leaden door" portrayal. Will
Howard gives a solid rendition of Eric himself, but I admit to
wishing the production had cast an actor who sounded more
adolescent. Ben Crowe, who plays several parts in the play, is
excellent as Wossname the parrot, as is Nicholas Murchie as the
demon king Astfgl. Rick Warden is a superb narrator possibly the
best since the late great Peter Jones voiced The Book in the
Hitchhiker's Guide radio and telly productions, and that's saying a
lot. Warden also provides a marvellously world-weary Lavaeolus in
the third instalment.
The sound effects and music are top-notch, and director Jonquil
Panting has done a very good job of whatever it is a radio director
does (one wonders if it involves semaphore through the window of the
Radio 4's Eric continues through the 27th of March, and each episode
is available on BBC iPlayer for seven days following each original
broadcast. Do catch it if you can!
06) ODDS AND SODS DEPARTMENT
6.1 ENOUGH MUSIC TO MAKE AN ANTHROPOMORPHIC PERSONIFICATION: THE
Legendary folk band Steeleye Span, a favourite of Sir Pterry
(remember when they played for his birthday party?), have
collaborated with the Master on a new musical project. The subject
matter is familiar:
"Now having established themselves live over the last 2 years as a 6
piece, Steeleye Span are emerging on another new exciting chapter.
This time the band has looked even further afield and has found
inspiration in the work of famous British author, Terry Pratchett.
Famous for his series of Discworld novels Terry is a long-standing
fan of the band, even booking them to play at his sixtieth birthday
party. Now the two are to collaborate on a brand new project, a
record based on Pratchett's Wintersmith novel. The subject matter
is completely appropriate for Steeleye, a tale of ancient rituals
and secret folk dances that perfectly complements their previous
work whilst taking it in new directions. The resulting album will be
released in the second half of the year. Fans will be able to get a
taste of these new songs along with the familiar classics and gems
on the band's forthcoming UK tour, which starts on the 8th of
March in Winchester..."
For those of you who can make it in person to a current Steeleye
Span gig and hear some of the Wintersmith songs performed live, here
are the rest of their tour dates for March:
Mar 21: Loughborough Town Hall, Loughborough
Mar 22: The Castle, Wellingborough
Mar 23: The Cromer Pier and Pavilion Theatre, Cromer
Mar 24: The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
Mar 25: Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Mar 27: The Stables Milton Keynes
Mar 28: Farnham Maltings, Farnham
Mar 29: New Theatre, Oxford
Mar 30: Beck Theatre, Hayes
Mar 31: Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Keep an eye out for further news:
...and here be a short review from fan Bryony Holden, who has seen
and heard the new songs performed live:
"Went to see Steeleye Span last night and had the opportunity to
hear four tracks from the forthcoming album Wintersmith. Oh my
goodness me .. what a fantastic job they are doing! The first song
was an entreaty from Tiffany Aching to our Mr Pratchett not to trap
her in the book at a tender age .. not ashamed to say it made me
cry. Then a fantastic song about the teachers .. gathered in their
tents, selling something people need but dont want .. The third song
was The Wintersmith himself, trying to win Tiffany round ..
'everything is melting but your heart' .. and the last one, 'I Shall
Wear Midnight' .. Whether you are a fan of the band, or the book, or
both, there is much to be looked forward to here!"
6.2 THE AUTHOR, IN HIS OWN VOICE
AudioGO are offering a discount price for hours and hours well,
nearly two hours of the audiobook "Terry Pratchett In His Own
"A fascinating chance to hear Terry Pratchett talk about his life
and career, in a selection of interviews taken from the BBC radio
and TV archive. Sir Terry Pratchett is a writer famous for his
fantasy Discworld series. In this recording we hear - in his own
words - about science-fantasy and comedy writing. He discusses his
fans and followers, how he enjoys writing and the importance of the
Discworld characters. We hear his thoughts on fame and isolation,
his attitude to money, his diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer's
disease, and he's open about making his assisted death documentary
for TV. He also discusses his inspirations, and the business of
being a writer."
Available at the special price of £1.49 (formerly £5.49)
Reader: Terry Pratchett
Running Time: 1hrs 57min
Publisher: AudioGO Ltd
Series: In Their Own Words
Number of CDs: 0
File Quality: MP3 (256kbps)
For more info, and to purchase, go to:
6.3 THE LANGUAGES OF DISCWORLD
Discworld fan Rachel Rowlands posted on a certain other Discworld-
related 'zine's Facebook page with the following interesting recap
of Latatian As Wot Ancient Ankh Spoke. All familiar to most of us
but worth a recap!
"I found this on the clacks... Hex kindly transcribed it for me...
all about pretentious Latin Mottos. this is was it said about
Discworldian Mottos... The Discworld novels often mock this trope,
with 'Latatian' mottoes, such as the motto of the city of Ankh-
Morpork: 'Quanti canicula ille in fenestra': 'How Much is That Doggy
in the Window'.
"The Watch's motto, 'Fabricati diem, pvnc'. According to Colon in
Guards! Guards!, it translates as 'To protect and to serve', but
it's actually Canis Latinicus for 'Make my day, punk.' Apparently
abbreviated from the watch's original motto 'Fabricati Diem,
Puncti Agunt Celeriter' 'Make the Day, the Moments pass
Quickly'. Also according to the Discworld Companion, the new Watch
motto is 'Viae sunt semper tutus pro hominibus probis' 'The
Streets Are Always Safe for Honest Folk'. It's not clear what Vimes
thinks about this, given that The City Watch Diary stated he
previously vetoed the motto 'The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear' on
the grounds that 'the innocent had a great deal to fear, partly from
the guilty, and partly from the sort of people who think the
innocent have nothing to fear'.
"The motto of Unseen University is 'Nunc id vides, nunc ne vides':
now you see it, now you don't. Unseen University's unofficial motto
is 'Eta Beta Pi' ("Eat a better pie", or possibly "Eat a bit of
pie"). Fitting considering the legendary feasts that take place
within the University.
"Feet of Clay has several family mottos, the biggest groaner surely
being the baker's, 'Quod Subigo Farinam' ('Because I knead the
dough'). The person coming up with the mottos for upstart commoners
purchasing arms did this sort of thing on purpose in disgust. In the
same scene, a deprecated coat of arms is described as being
'Excretus Ex Est Altitudine' and 'Depositatum De Latrina', Canis
Latinicus for respectively 'shat on from a great height' and
'dropped down the toilet'.
"The motto of the Dunmanifestin mission in The Last Hero is
'Morituri Nolumus Mori' 'We who are about to die don't want to'.
Needless to say, it was suggested by Rincewind. Vetinari lets it
stand because it's actually a pretty good motto for a mission to
Save The World. The motto of the Ankh-Morpork Fools' Guild is 'Dico,
dico, dico' 'I say, I say, I say...' And don't forget the
Assassins' guild: 'Nil Mortifi Sine Lucre' (No killing without
payment). The guild of Seamstresses has a very similar motto, 'Nil
Volupti Sine Lucre' (No pleasure without payment).
"The Sto-Helits go with the unsubtle 'Non Timetis Messor': 'Don't
Fear The Reaper', also a Shout Out to Blue Oyster Cult. See Real
Life, below. In Small Gods, the Quisition's unwritten motto is
'Cuius testiculos habes, habeas cardia and cerebellum' 'When you
have their balls (translated to 'full attention') in your grip,
their hearts and minds will follow'. The Other Wiki has a collated
list of Guilds, together with their mottos as cobbled together from
various sources. Highlights include the Alchemists ('Omnis Qui
Coruscat Est Or' 'All That Glitters Is Gold'), Conjurers ('Nunc
Ille Est Magicus' 'Now That's Magic!', a Paul Daniels reference)
and the Gamblers ('Excretus Ex Fortuna' 'Shit Out Of Luck').
"Lampshaded by Vimes in Jingo, when he suspects that General
Tacticus's 'Veni Vidi Vici' is too pat for anyone to make up on the
spot, so must've been chosen in advance from a variety of
alliterative phrases. Possible Dog Latin alternatives Vimes thinks
of, that Tacticus might've rejected, include 'Veni Vermini Vomiti'
('I came, I got ratted [drunk], I threw up') or 'Veni Veneri
Vamoosi' ('I came, I caught an embarrassing sexual disease, I
left'). Let's not forget the last one: Veni, Vici, VETINARI. Jingo
also gives us a rather Ozymandiannote piece of Canis Latinicus from
Tacticus, that is equal parts boast, threat and Stock Phrase: 'Ab
hoc videre domum tuum' ('I can see your house from here').
"In Thud! someone asks Vimes 'Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?'
(translated as 'Who watches the watchmen?', as above). Vimes'
answer? 'Me.' Also, the Vetinari family motto 'Si non confectus,
non reficiat.' 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'."
...and Christopher Mahood has a helpful suggestion (and link) for
would-be Nac Mac Feegle-speakers:
"Rite, bein an ulster-scott maself, I thought anyone interested in
nac Mac feegles would like tah be lernin tag speak like um!"
6.4 PASS THE DRIED FROG PILLS, FOR A GOOD CAUSE
HankScorpio TheCockatiel offers a link to the eBay store Totally
Stencilled, where ten per cent of the price of a Discworld- inspired
t-shirt ("Going Bursar") goes to Alzheimer's Research UK. The shirts
come in a variety of colours and are priced at £13.99 each:
6.5 DISCWORLD APP NEWS
It's going well:
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week (3/7/13)
"This week we have six apps in our Top 5 iOS Apps list. If you are a
fan of the works of Terry Pratchett and his fantasy novels then you
will be into our first app Discworld: The Ankh-Morpork Map with a
100 AppScore... From the app description: 'There's a saying that all
roads lead to Ankh-Morpork. At least, there's a saying that there's
a saying that all roads lead to Ankh-Morpork. And it's wrong. All
roads lead away from Ankh-Morpork, but sometimes people just walk
along them the wrong way. You, dear traveller, have made such a
glorious mistake. We offer up this guide to our vibrant metropolis
for your information and delight.'
"Check out a quote from AppAddict.net: "once you watch the three
live-action mini-series that are on Netflix (Hogfather, The Color Of
Magic and Going Postal) and read a few books, you will hit that buy
button with absolutely no regrets".
6.6 WHAT LOVING THE WORKS OF PRATCHETT SAYS ABOUT YOU... MAYBE
From Sparknotes, a bit of pop-headology:
"If your favorite author is Terry Pratchett, it says, 'You are
mischievous. You are smart sometimes too smart for your own
good. You might enjoy roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons or
GURPS. You might be the clown among your local geek clan your
friends would say you have a tendency towards the absurd and the
sarcastic. Your parents can often be a drag, but you also get part
of your sense of humor from them. They probably don't share your
particular taste in science fiction and fantasy, but maybe they
introduced you to Lord of the Rings or something similar in your
younger days for which you are eternally grateful, even though
they give you a hard time about going to see midnight screenings in
the middle of midterms week.'"
Other authors used in the profile were J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis,
J.K. Rowling, and George R. R. Martin.
07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
7.1 REMINDER: GOOD OMENS IN GLASGOW
It's the world stage premiere of Good Omens!
When: 20th-24th and 27th-30th March 2013
Venue: Cottiers Bar, Restaurant & Theatre, 93-95 Hyndland St,
Glasgow G11 5PU
Tickets: £3.00-£5.00 To book, ring the theatre box office (0141
357 4000), or to book online go to:
For more information, go to:
7.2 REMINDER: NIGHT WATCH IN CHICHESTER
Chichester Players are presenting their production of Night Watch
this month and finally organised their tickets.
When: Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd March.
Venue: Chichester Cinema at New Park Centre, New Park Road,
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 7XY
Tickets: £9, available from the Cinema Box Office:
To book online, go to:
7.3 WYRD SISTERS IN STEVENAGE
Wyrd Sisters will be performed at the end of this month by the
Gordon Craig Theatre's Wednesday SDA class. One night only!
When: Friday 29th March 2013
Venue: Gordon Craig Theatre, 1st floor of Stevenage Arts and Leisure
Centre. Stevenage, Herts (adjacent to Tesco Superstore, within one
minute walk from the Railway Station or Bus Station and only five
minutes travelling distance from the A1(M).) For information about
parking and access, go to: http://tinyurl.com/bggwhhq
Tickets: £11 (concessions £1.50 off per ticket)
7.4 THE FIFTH ELEPHANT IN SWANSEA
Swansea Little Theatre Presents their production of The Fifth
Elephant next month.
When: 17th to 20th April 2013
Venue: the Dylan Thomas Theatre, Dylan Thomas Square, The Marina,
Swansea SA1 1TY (phone: 01792 473238)
Tickets: £10 (£9 concessions).
To book online, go to:
7.5 MORT IN BRIGHTON, UK
Brighton University Drama Society are presenting their production of
Mort in April.
When: 19th 21th April
Venue: Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton, East
Sussex BN2 0JY
Time: 7pm (Doors 6:45pm)
Tickets: £7 (£5 Concessions)
"The Brighton University Drama Society (BUDS) was formed in 2006 and
has since been devoted to putting on excellent theatre. All of our
shows are produced and performed by Students. We make use of the
huge pool of talent within Brighton University to make our shows as
professional as possible. We are, of course, limited by finance. All
the money we make goes into booking theatres, set, props and
costumes. We are using Kickstarter as part of a wider fund-raising
campaign and the money we raise here we be used on set, props and
costumes. We have a cast of around thirty people and it is difficult
to manage with so many people on such a tight budget but we have
always made it work in the past."
Note: they've already exceeded their modest goal of £300, and the
funding drive doesn't even end until 26th March.
7.6 WYRD SISTERS IN CAMBRIDGE
Wyrd Sisters will be presented in what sounds like a rather
different version by Bawds in Cambridge next month.
"Wyrd Sisters is an adaptation of one of the best and most
theatrical comic fantasies in the hugely entertaining Discworld
series by Sir Terry Pratchett. It is a surreal mash-up of pantomime,
Monty Python, fairy tale and Shakespeare, with a lunatic version of
Macbeth seen from the skewed perspective of the three alarmingly
human and dysfunctional witches, the Wyrd Sisters. It is given a
fast-moving steampunk production by one of the most experienced
amateur companies in Cambridge and directed by an ex-President of
the Cambridge Footlights."
When: Tuesday 16th Saturday 20th April 2013
Venue: ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge CB5 8AS (phone 01223
Tickets: £9/£7 concessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Matinee;
£10/£8 concessions on Thursday Saturday.
For more information, and to view the delightful trailer yes,
the play has a live action trailer! go to:
7.7 ERIC IN HANAU, GERMANY
"Die Dramateure" will perform their production of Eric in
German, of course in April. The company has already performed
Wachen! Wachen! (G!G! to English speakers) and Ruhig Blut (aka Carpe
Jugulum), so they'll be well experienced!
When: Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April 2013
Venue: Hohe Landeschule, Alter Ruckinger Weg 53, 63452 Hanau,
For further information, go to:
7.8 WYRD SISTERS IN CHICAGO
The MorBacon Theatre Company is putting on a production of Terry
Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters, and are hoping to fund it via
When: last two weeks of July 2013
Venue: Side Project Theatre, 1439 W. Jarvis Avenue, Rogers Park,
Chicago IL 60626
Tickets: "will go on sale as it gets closer to the performance"
Their Kickstarter appeal says that "every dollar past the $5,000 we
need to perform the show will go towards making 'Wyrd Sisters' even
better. This will be split between props, costumes, advertisement,
and promotional materials. If we get enough for promotional
materials, then YOU, THE PROJECT BACKERS, will have them added to
the appropriate tiers! This will happen automatically, with no need
to change your reward level. The greatest challenge will be, of
course, to obtain an audience! We're hoping that those backing the
project will also be able to come attend the show, to see exactly
what their generous donations have paid for. Beyond that, there is
also the theatre community of Chicago, as well as Midwestern
Discworld fans that can attend, and we will certainly be advertising
to all of them! In case of illness or inclement weather, we will
need to adapt our performance schedule somewhat. Everyone who
purchases a ticket will be accommodated, however."
7.9 CARPE JUGULUM IN CARDIFF
Monstrous Productions Theatre Company will present their production
of Carpe Jugulum in June. All proceeds from the performances will be
donated Alzheimer's Research UK. They already have a successful
production of Monstrous Regiment under their belts (last year).
Details of dates, times and tickets are not yet available, so stay
O8) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
8.1 NADWCON 2013 UPDATES
NADWcon are "sad to report that Stephen Baxter is no longer able to
join us in July due to professional commitments." But "thrilled to
announce that Rod Brown, MD of Narrativia, will be joining us! With
over 25 years experience in the television industry, and having
helped to bring the Discworld to life in Hogfather, Color of Magic
and Going Postal, we can't wait to hear what he's got planned next!"
All else goes forward apace: "As you may have seen in the member
newsletter, our Opening & Closing Ceremony times have been
confirmed! The official opening ceremony will take place at 7pm on
Friday July 5th. There will be programming on Friday during the day
for early arrivals and Thursday for those coming in to enjoy the
July 4th Celebrations. Closing ceremony will take place at 3pm on
Monday July 8th and should last approximately one hour. See you
Do you have a small craft business offering knitted Dwarf helmets
for sale? Are you a retrophrenologist looking to expand your
clientele, or simply a concern offering goods or services that might
appeal to Discworld fans? In that case, why not consider advertising
in the 2013 NADWcon programme? Prices range from US$40, for a black
and white one-eighth-page advert (an appropriate size...), to US$350
for the back page in full colour and that's cutting their own
throats. It's a great way to reach at least a thousand fans, and
possibly 1,000 elephants...
For more details and a full pricing chart, go to:
8.2 CABBAGECON 2013 UPDATES
Special guest Science of Discworld co-creator Dr Jack Cohen will be
spending a certain weekend in Sto La-, er, The Netherlands:
"Between 24 and 26 May 2013 the second Dutch Discworld Convention
Cabbagecon 2 will happen at the NH Hotel Zandvoort in Zandvoort aan
Zee. It will be a happy occasion for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett
from the Netherlands and abroad to meet each other and have fun. We
hope to see you too!"
For the weekend 50.00
Day tickets 30.00
Concessions, students and children born after 26 May 1995
For the weekend 40.00
Day tickets 25.00
Children born after 26 May 2008 free only when accompanied by a
To register for the whole weekend or for day passes, go to:
8.3 IDWCON 2013 UPDATES
The third Irish Discworld Convention will take place on 1st4th
November 2013 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick City. Membership
Teen (13-18) 18
Junior (8-12) 12
Mini (0-7) Free
To purchase your membership, go to:
8.4 WADFEST 2013 UPDATES
Wadfest 2013 will take place from the 9th 11th August 2013 at a
much improved site: Wood Green Animal Shelter, King's Bush Farm,
London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH
Tickets will be £20 each, a fiver less than at Wadfest 2011.
8.5 SCHEIBENWELT 2013 UPDATES
German Discworld Convention 2013
"The biennial Discworld Convention takes place at a castle in a
German speaking country. 2013 the Convention starts at October the
3rd at Castle Bilstein and ends at October the 6th. During this
period we offer our more than 200 guests workshops, talks, games,
guests of honour and Discworld merchandising normaly not available
in Germany. You can visit us for a day or stay at the castle or a
Tickets for the whole convention, Thursday through Sunday, are
120 (adults), 85 (children). Friday through Sunday or Thursday
through Saturday: 90 adult, 65 child. Saturday and Sunday
only: 55 adult, 40 child. Friday and Saturday only: 60
adult, 45 child. Member prices are slightly lower.
Despite being in Germany, this year's convention will have a
distinct Klatchian flavour. For more information and to purchase
tickets, go to:
09) THE THINGS PRATCHETT FANS SAY...
Patrick Webb says...
I salute you sir! Your Night Watch books have long touched a chord
in my heart. You capture the spirit of the poor slob who makes his
way in the dark of night, pounding a beat for a pittance... only
trying to do the right thing. I first read "Guards Guards" while
pounding a beat in the dark of the night. Thank you for keeping me
company on many a long dark night.
Jane Vaughan says...
I've had the app for a few days now and I love it. Treated myself to
the book and map for Xmas. So to see it all come alive is fantastic.
Better still to get involved by.....No, I won't spoil anything here.
Thanks to all involved!!
Jorgen Boo says...
O, Wizard of Words! I love books that are not only humourous but
also deep, intelligent and poisonously ironic; hence I love Your
books. Whenever I realise a depth, slightly disguised, I sense
another one. Thus I follow a thread down a seemingly bottomless
shaft, holding my breath anticipating the next revelation. When I
run out of wits, and still understand that it is something more,
something elusive, that I can't pinpoint, then I have to accept my
defeat and once again bow before the Master. Reading books in such a
vivid and, in a sense, interactive way is a challenge and a pleasure
that at the same time makes one stay humble. I learn a lot reading
those books, whilst being constantly amused and quite often baffled
and impressed, and what more can I ask for? Thank You!
Vicki Gower says...
Proudest moment. The kids sat through the entire soul music dvd,
back to back episodes and my 9 year old daughter wants to be Susan
for book day at school tomorrow! Thank you Terry for inspiring the
next generation of readers, so very glad you have helped me find
something special for me and my kids xxx
Joseph Lynn Thomas says...
The Arkansan Ankh-Morpork fan base sends our best wishes to Sir
Terry and would like to thank him for sharing his world with us.
Mike Ryan says...
Just finished reading "Dodger" and am missing the rascal already,
only pray there may be more of his antics in the works.
Eddie Matsuoka says...
Good morning from Chicago, Sir Terry! Hope none of your sausages
come from Dibbler but all of your lap dances come from Tawneee! :)
Jennie Tee says...
Am reading collected short stories by author Terry Pratchett and
laughing out loud; driving other half mad by reading out choice
excerpts. Thank you someone for giving us Terry Pratchett
J-me Hill says...
Dear Sir Terry Pratchett, I just wanted to take this time to say I
was moved deeply moved after watching "Choosing to Die". I support
the right to die, having seen people in my life suffer in agony,
when they had decided they were ready to leave this world but unable
to. As much as it hurts to say goodbye, it hurts more seeing the
one's you love withering in their dying body, taking them further
away from you, even though they lay in a bed right before you. The
system needs to change. I was also deeply saddened to hear of your
diagnosis. I just wanted to say thank you, for the wonderful stories
I read as a child. You are a brilliant, brave man and I wish you
good luck on this new quest you are on. I hope you get to read this
Meo Mwt says...
My 7-year old son picked Terry Pratchett as his favourite author for
his homework this weekend - based on my reading The Bromeliad and
The Wee Free Men as bedtime stories. The homework asked what
question he would ask his favourite, and he replied "If you could
live anywhere on Discworld, where would it be?" If you have a moment
to answer, I'm sure he'd love to find out.
10) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South
Australia. TCoSG have regular dinner and games nights, plus play
outings, craft-y workshops, and fun social activities throughout the
year. For more info and to join their mailing list, go to:
The Broken Vectis Drummers meet on the first Thursday of every month
from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight. The next
meeting will probably be on Thursday 4th 2013, but do email
(see below) to check. All new members and curious passersby are very
welcome! For more info and any queries, contact:
The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) meets on the first
Friday of every month at the famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards.
Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome! The next WOTS meeting will
(probably) be on Friday 2013.
The next meeting of the Broken Drummers, London's original Discworld
meeting group, will be from 7pm on Monday 1st April 2013 at the
Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London W2 1JQ.
"We welcome anyone and everyone who enjoys Sir Terry's works, or
quite likes them or wants to find out more. We have had many
visitors from overseas who have enjoyed themselves and made new
friends. The discussions do not only concern the works of Sir Terry
Pratchett but wander and meander through other genres and authors
and also leaping to TV and Film production. We also find time for a
quiz. The prize is superb. The chance to set the quiz the following
And here be their March meet report:
"I arrived late on and pretty tired on Monday having had a prior and
more serious meeting to attend. I'm told that I missed Sandra
completely. Monday seems a long time ago now but I recall launching
into a rant about the onanistic tendencies of some writers shortly
after I arrived. Eunice tells me that so far we have not generated
many ideas for the Nine Worlds Geekfest. Please, if anyone thinks of
anything or wants to get involved please let her know. Unfortunately
most of the Drummers regulars are going to Wadfest the same weekend.
Tim did a fiendish quiz but managed to avoid death threats. Everyone
seemed pretty tired as is often the way at this time of year. I won
and will therefore be doing the next one."
For more info, contact BrokenDrummers@...
The Northern Institute of the Ankh-Morpork and District Society of
Flatalists, a Pratchett fangroup, have been meeting on a regular
basis since 2005 but is now looking to take in some new blood
(presumably not in the non-reformed Uberwald manner). The Flatalists
normally meet at The Narrowboat Pub in Victoria Street, Skipton, N
Yorks, to discuss "all things Pratchett" as well as having quizzes
Details of future meetings are posted on the Events section of the
Discworld Stamps forum:
Drummers Downunder meet on the first Monday of every month in Sydney
at Maloneys, corner of Pitt & Goulburn Streets, at 6.30pm. The next
meeting will (probably) be on Monday 1st April 2013. For more
information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax):
Perth Drummers meet on the traditional date of first Monday of the
month, from 6pm at The Vic Hotel, 226 Hay St, Subiaco. The next
meeting will be on Monday 1st April 2013. For more information
Daniel Hatton at daniel_j_hatton@...
11) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
11.1 GUARDS! GUARDS! NOW AVAILABLE DIRECT IN USA
David Brashaw has some good news for USA fans of the Guards! Guards!
"Thank you to everyone who advised that our shipping to US customers
from the UK directly is a bit costly. We are delighted to announce
that we have just dispatched 100 copies of our 2012 edition
including the updated rules have just been dispatched to Game Salute
in the US. This will make it much cheaper for all of you."
To order (price US$60.00), go to:
11.2 AFTER LARA CROFT COMES... DISCWORLD?
From Digital Spy:
"Rhianna Pratchett has revealed she is interested in seeing a new
Discworld game. The Tomb Raider and Mirror's Edge writer said her
father and series author Terry Pratchett have had offers for further
games but are hoping for the right pitch to come along. 'The
original games I remember them very fondly. Every now and again, dad
gets approached about a game,' she told Digital Spy. 'Dad is a gamer
himself so he has an idea what he'd like to see, and we've just not
got the right developer with the right pitch come knocking yet. I
think dad is waiting to be impressed by developers. I think there's
a lot of potential there, and I know people have a lot of fond
memories of all three Discworld games.' She added: 'Now you've got
the reinvigoration of adventure games with things like Kickstarter,
I think players are becoming more interested in that genre again.
You never know what's out there; if the right developer, the right
pitch came knocking, then I think it'd be something dad and myself
would be interested in.'..."
12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
A progress collage of Paul Kidby's fantastic giant Great A'tuin
painting, which is now finished:
A fantasy casting "poster" for a possible film of Good Omens. I've
suggested both actors myself from time to time:
A fine am-dram Detritus:
From the Australian Discworld convention 2013 Oook!
...and NADWcon's L-space t-shirt logo:
13) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
Blogger leftoverrecipes reviews Carpe Jugulum and Hogfather:
"I consider Carpe Jugulum one of his best books. While making us
laugh and building on every vampire cliche in the history of
vampires, he also makes very astute and insightful commentary on
kings, power, fear, overweight people, old people, and the human
condition in general. Terry Pratchett is not called a satirist for
nothing. Even though we don't have vampires, witches on broomsticks,
Igors, etc. the Discworld is astoundingly similar to ours...
Perfect. 5 stars
"Hogfather... I just couldn't drum up the energy to care if the
Hogfather was dead or alive, and what that world mean for the
Discworld... However, at some point the book picks up and reveals
the absolutely brilliant plan and the next time I read it I enjoyed
it more... 4 stars"
Blogger abelle is very impressed by The Long Earth:
"I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels and a newbie
to his non-Discworld fare (Good Omens, Nation, both amazing) so I
was psyched when I finally got started on this... On the surface
it's a cool sci-fi concept but of course the authors play with it to
the full extent of their abilities, deciphering the social, economic
and cultural impacts of such an event. The story has a main
character but it also often sidetracks to other people's stories
relevant to the current goings on or discoveries happening in the
main plot... The return to a system of bartering and living off the
land feels almost idyllic from my job hunter's perspective..."
Blogger jamesweber16 was blown away by Vimes in Guards! Guards!:
I'll admit, I haven't read much Terry Pratchett prior to this. Truth
be told, Good Omens was the only other thing of his that I had read,
and he didn't even write all of that one (although I'm betting he
did the funny parts). So I can tell you now that I wasn't the least
bit prepared for what I was about to experience... I was intrigued
with Captain Vimes' as a caricature of the detective. I seem to
remember Raymond Chandler describing the detective as '...a common
man, and yet an unusual man... He must be the best man in his world,
and a good enough man for any world...' (The Art of Murder). Now
compare that to Captain Vimes, and it seems like what he should have
said was: a common man if an unusual man... It must be the best
world for this man because he's not good enough for any other
world... Ok, maybe that is a little harsh, but I think we understand
that the humor in Vimes' character comes from his inability. He
wouldn't be right for any other story. However, when we consider
the type of city represented by Ankh-Morpork (strip away all the
humor and see what we are really dealing with. Ankh-Morpork is a
pretty grim place), it seems that everything Chandler describes is
true about Vimes..."
Blogger The Lady Sanctuary recalls when she "attacked" Sir Pterry
"...my father got an email from someone in TCD (Trinity College
Dublin, full `official' name The College of the Holy and
Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin) where he worked
saying that Terry Pratchett was receiving an honorary doctorate of
English and there were limited tickets available to go and see him
give a talk. Somehow (Probably through dark magics) my father got me
two tickets. Now believe it or not, I had barely any friends at the
time who were into Terry Pratchett at the time, and I ended up with
a choice of two, one of my best friends or the lad I was dating. I
ended up given them to Nadia, a choice I never regretted seeing as
me and her had a brilliant time, and me and the lad broke up not
"The night before I was going up to Dublin, I did some baking and
stayed up most of the night painting an ice cream box to put the
biscuits I'd made into. I painted it, painstakingly and quite
impressively for the lack of artistry I generally showed, with
things from the Discworld, there was the Luggage, Rincewind's
'wizzard' Hat, the Discworld itself, and something else that
fails to spring to mind. Biscuits boxed and bagged along with a
letter I wrote Sir Terry and a bunch of books in my bag I was ready.
The talk was brilliant, when I saw Terry Pratchett talk a second
time his PA had to give most of the talk as Terry's Alzheimers had
progressed further. But when I saw him in 2008 he was brilliant. But
the point of our story comes at the end of his talk. He'd finished
the talk and was getting ready to walk out down the central aisle.
There was going to be a wine reception in The Long Room afterwards
but it was unclear whether Terry Pratchett would be there, I got
very worried that this was my only chance ever to give the biscuits
to Terry Pratchett, As he walked out I asked Nadia if I should give
it to him then, and playings devil's advocate she said yes. I ran
across a row of chairs and jumped into the aisle in front of him,
holding out the bag saying 'I made you cookies!', he smiled and
laughed, saying "I suppose I'd better give you a kiss then!"
and kissed me on the cheek, before walking out...."
Blogger Sherrie Palmer gives a rave review of Nation:
This is unlike any other book I've read and very different from
Pratchett's Discworld series books. There is still a bit of his
wonderful humor in this book which I was happy to see. I'm not
sure why this is classified as a YA book except that the main
character is a teen but this is not a book about teens. It's a
book about people and how they interact with the world they live in
and each other. And it's a book about people looking closely
inside themselves without being heavy or preachy... There are untidy
grandfather birds that are native to the island and a parrot that
survived the shipwreck. There are voices of ancestors and there are
other people who begin to trickle onto the island. There are
cannibals, royalty and sharks. This is a colorful, wonderful world
that I didn't want to leave..."
Blogger Satis was unexpectedly awestruck when watching the Hogfather
"The story (as told by the film) was confusing and disjointed, which
is something that can often happen when a complex novel is adapted
to the screen (see The Lord of the Rings), but this actually
didn't detract, but rather added, to the sense of darkness and
confusion of the story itself. The production, for a TV miniseries,
was phenomenal, from the CGI to the sets and costumes to the
direction itself. The acting was of course first-rate, given that
David Jason, David Warner and Tony Robinson were involved; however,
it was the utterly terrifying performance by Marc Warren that really
stole the show... His embodiment of an untainted, childlike insanity
is so real that I was frightened merely watching him. The tone of
innocent curiosity Warren puts into his voice clashes so violently
with the words and actions of this psychopath has the effect of
knotting the stomach on sight you can't tell if he's going
to laugh, or laugh and kill you. I was hoping this would be good,
but I was taken aback: it is one of the most astonishing pieces of
film work I've seen for television, and it will certainly be added
to the canon of festive films in our household..."
Blogger beardedhat revisited Witches Abroad:
"I remember picking up my first Terry Pratchett book 15 years ago.
At that time I was 11 years old and was just discovering my library
at my new school. Over the course of the next five or six years, I
made it my mission to read every discworld book there was. The
variety of the characters, the intricacy of the stories that were
woven by Pratchett, the humor that was spread so liberally
throughout the books just amazed me. And witches abroad is one of
his best... Reading this book was a little trip down memory lane for
me, I have to admit I haven't really read any of Pratchett's
books for quite a while. Being absolutely obsessed with these books
as a teenager they were something that I just sort of grew out of.
The skill of Pratchett's writing can not be questioned, but the
style of the writing, the witty parodies that his books are drenched
in now just feel a little childish to me. That's not to say its
not a great book, because it really is. Its got everything needed to
make a great story and I really enjoyed reading this book again.
Pratchett writes amazingly entertaining books and in the Discworld
he has invented a truly special, unique world..."
In a long and well-written post, blogger Wyrd Smythe discusses his
love and analyses of Discworld:
"You see, each Discworld novel tends to be three things: a damned
good and very funny adventure; an insightful commentary of society;
and a treatise on a particular aspect of society. I just mentioned a
number of such topics. Racial diversity is a common theme, as you
might imagine in a place such as Discworld. Pratchett also
frequently takes on religion and politics... I'm not being
hyperbolic when I say these are my favorite favorites. These would
be my "desert island" books. These are books I read over and
over for the sheer joy of them..."
Blogger rstong offers a delightfully articulate review of Dodger:
"Pratchet confidently jumps from the initial source material, the
well-known 'Artful Dodger' from Oliver Twist, to create something
wholly new and exciting. Like many of Pratchett's work, this book
centers around the narrative nature of truth. What matters is not
the facts, whispers the story, but what the story does for others.
The moral is simple: People 'read into life what they want', but
those who know this can work tiny but not insignificant
miracles. Well known characters and semi-fictional people, whether
famous or infamous, appear out of the London fog and create the
feeling of dirty yet paradoxically vibrant city and time.
Introducing the much less contemporary author Charles 'Charlie'
Dickens as a reporter and general busybody, Dodger puts a well known
author right next to a character bearing eerie similarity to one of
his creations. The result is like watching two wolves sizing each
other up. The chemistry between the two is hilarious, surprising,
and somewhat tense... While Pratchett romanticizes the all-too-
prevalent filth and poverty of Victorian London, it is never out of
a deluded ignorance or fantasy, but rather so the story can show all
manner of people and situations. Dodger is a wonderful tour guide
throughout this world; a clever, unapologetic seventeen-year-old who
does what he can when he can to survive and maybe help others get
along too. As a book, Dodger follows its title character's
example, slumming through the muck just to find that small bit of
shine, that small bit of forgotten change..."
The Labyrinth Librarian is back with a review of Thud!:
"THUD! is one of the Vimes Books, which puts it very high in my
estimation. Of all the characters he's written, I like Vimes the
best. Granny Weatherwax comes a close second. Basically I really
like the old, cynical, take-no-shit characters that take the world
into their own hands to do the Right Thing, no matter the cost to
themselves... The themes of this book are varied. There is, of
course, the theme of culture clash how much should one be
allowed to keep the culture one grew up in? How many concessions
must you and society make in order to keep everyone happy? The
answer, in case you were curious, is hard to pin down, but it is
most certainly not 'none'. It's also about fatherhood, though
that's more of a character-building theme for Vimes. He has a son
now, and he has dedicated himself to his boy. Every night at 6:00,
he reads their favorite book, Where's My Cow to his son (a book
that you can also buy, coincidentally enough). He cannot must
not be late for this. Not even by a minute, and certainly not for a
good reason. Because if you're willing to break a promise for a
good reason, pretty soon you'll be breaking it for a bad one. And
it is this kind of personal, rock-solid integrity that keeps me
coming back to Vimes..."
...and finally, blogger Jonathan Feinstein returns to review the
"I have mentioned before that my favorite reader of Terry
Prachett's books is Stephen Briggs. However, Nigel Planer is no
slouch at reading audiobooks either. He uses intonation more often
than vocal pitch and timbre to differentiate characters, but it
works. A listener should never have trouble being able to tell one
character from another. My only complaint is that he seems to read a
bit too quickly. I have complained about that before and I did not
know if his readings were speeded up digitally or else he just
speaks faster than average. Unlike the readers I have reviewed in
the past I find I can keep up with Mister Planer, but even so I feel
like he was rushing me through what are among my most favorite
books. All told these two stories have the right to be called modern
classics of both fantasy and parody. And while I did feel rushed,
Nigel Planer's readings detracted little from my enjoyment of
them. Both are recommended."
14) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
14.1 A SPECIAL FUNDRAISER
"Sir Terry Pratchett will lead an evening of literature, poetry and
spoken word on Tuesday 30th April at the Union Chapel, Islington in
support of Dignity in Dying. The event features Sir Terry Pratchett
& Rob Wilkins, Andrew Motion, Joe Dunthorne (Submarine), Luke Wright
(Saturday Live), Deborah Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel),
Janet Suzman DBE, John Osborne (Radio Head), Susan Hampshire OBE and
is being hosted by Yanny Mac. The event will also include readings
of poems by Carol Ann Duffy and George Szirtes (T.S Eliot Prize) and
will finish with a Sir Terry Pratchett Q&A. All proceeds from ticket
sales will go towards Dignity in Dying's campaign to change the law
on assisted dying."
When: 30th April 2013
Venue: Union Chapel, Compton Terrace Islington, London
Time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: £23 advance booking + booking fee
Entry: Under 16s accompanied by an adult
"If you'd like to submit a question for Sir Terry Pratchett's Q&A
section please send it to jo.cartwright@... with
your name. There won't be time to ask all questions, but we will try
to cover as many as possible."
The Union Chapel is a "liberal, inclusive, non-hierarchical, and
non-conformist", well known for nonreligious good works in the
community. For more information, and to purchase tickets to the
event, go to:
14.2 RESEARCH REPORTS
From both halves of the Roundworld globe. In the UK:
"British researchers have developed a test to detect Alzheimer's
disease in its earliest stages. It works by looking for a
combination of "markers" in the blood which are different in healthy
people and those with the disease. Delegates at the Alzheimer's
Research UK Conference heard that the University of Nottingham is
now developing a quick and easy test to do in clinics. It could mean
much earlier diagnosis and better treatments, they said. The test
uses some proteins that have been strongly linked with Alzheimer's
disease, such as amyloid and APOE.
"...through careful analysis of blood from people with the disease,
as well as those with early-stage memory problems, the researchers
detected some other markers that were suggestive of the disease.
Most notably, some proteins related to inflammation seem to have
been added to increase the power of the test... Dr Eric Karran,
director of Research at Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "Giving
people with dementia an accurate diagnosis is not always easy, and
so building up our armoury of diagnostic techniques is vital. While
there is still some way to go before a test like this could become
available, the results are promising...'"
...and in Australia:
"A world-first breakthrough has allowed Melbourne researchers to
diagnose Alzheimer's 15 years before symptoms strike, offering hope
of avoiding dementia. The discovery gives drug companies a target to
aim for as they search for a cure to Alzheimer's. A team from the
Austin Hospital has tracked the build up of a waste protein called
amyloid, discovering levels that can be detected accumulating in the
brains of those who will go on to suffer dementia 15 years before
they suffer extensive memory loss. Speaking from an international
gathering of Alzheimer's disease experts in Florence yesterday, lead
researcher Prof Christopher Rowe said the breakthrough meant doctors
and researchers now knew who to target with emerging anti-dementia
drugs. 'If somebody was going to get Alzheimer's disease at 70 years
old, our study shows that process would actually start when they
were 40, and by the age of 55 we would be able to pick it up on our
amyloid PET scans, which show it building up in the brain,' Prof
Rowe said. 'The hope is that if we get in early and get people on
these drugs it will stop the build up and stop them experiencing
"Publishing results of a study of 1000 people in Melbourne and Perth
in leading journal The Lancet Neurology yesterday, the Austin found
levels of the protein build up could be detected using PET scans 15
years before it took a toll on sufferers. While the high cost of PET
scans makes them unsuitable as a routine Alzheimer's screening test,
Prof Rowe said blood tests were now being worked on to measure
accumulating levels of amyloid. Several drugs are already being
trialled to reduce the build up of amyloid in the same was
cholesterol busting tablets work. But by the time an individual's
Alzheimer's symptoms are present it has previously been too late for
the proposed drugs to have a significant impact. Prof Rowe said the
new screening technique would finally pinpoint those who might
benefit from the drugs being tested..."
And that's it for now. I'm afraid our resident horoscopers are on
holiday (what, you thought it was me?) and might not be sending in
anything this month, but if it happens, it happens. If not, enjoy
your Easter hols and a very happy spring equinox to all (except for
our readers in Fourecks and the Land of Fog; to them we wish a happy
And an extra special thank-you to Newshound Asti and to Colin Smythe
for their invaluable assistance. See you next month!
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