WOSSNAME -- SEPTEMBER 2003 -- PART 2 OF 3 (continued)
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LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
5) MEN AT ARMS: ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW
To the Editor:
I just wanted to say that I too saw Subject To
Change's version of Men At Arms. Although I do have a
vested interest (almost everyone involved is a friend
- or possibly fiend - of mine, and some of the others
I know as well), I have to say that it was most
certainly not the Entertainment Experience I most
(BTW, the Entertainment Experience I do most regret
was watching "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps." And
that cost me more than Men At Arms, not to mention
several irrecoverable hours of my life.)
Despite the amateur acting, overly minimal props and
set (the lack of a whisky bottle was accidental -
there was a prop, which Vimes forgot to take on
stage!) I did, in fact, quite enjoy the show. Despite
the hamminess and the muffed lines (no worse than some
episodes of Doctor Who, an ostensibly professional TV
show with a cult following) the story and jokes were
In my limited experience of Terry Pratchett theatre
adaptations (I've seen two) this was the best - or at
least not the worst. Not a ringing endorsement, but I
enjoyed it more than several other amateur shows put
on by far more experienced actors, directors and
That said, I live for the day when someone puts on a
*really good* Terry Pratchett play!
-- David Hopkins, Retired Ref
6) SOUL MUSIC EXPERT REPLIES
To the Editor:
> Hi. Been reading Soul Music again. Have several questionsThey've been on duty in a sometimes-death-defying career (also they've
> but the one I'll ask first is how do Nobs and Colon know that
> Susan is Death and call her Susan Death?
been soldiers) so they have developed an ability to perceive things that
> Second question: Is there something meaningful about the guitar12 string guitars are available and have been for some time. They take
> having 12 strings instead of the 6 that are on today's guitars?
some special playing techniques, namely, skill and practice. What's weird
is that the guitar is also an electric guitar, and I think 12 string
electrics are a little harder to find. The result is that it shouldn't be
so easy to play.
> What is the signifigance of the chalked on number 1.It's the Very First Musical Instrument, which produced the Very First
> What myth did Pratchett borrow from, if any, for this guitar?Probably something Pythagorean. They were big on music.
> Where could I get more information on the rituals cultures used whenAnthropology books.
> making their instruments?
> Is there an answer to the 'I wonder who the first ownerYes. Consider that it was the Very First Music. There may be more
> was' question? :-))
information at <http://www.lspace.org>.
> -- guitargoddess@...-- Tamar
7) WHAT TERRY DOES WITH OLD DRAFTS
To the Editor:
A certain penguin often points out to me that I'm
atypical for my not wanting to know most of the
behind-the-scenes stuff relating to other creative
artists. I generally dislike listening to actors
describing their feelings about a character they've
played, or filmmakers telling just how many takes
it required to get a particular fluid-looking scene to
look fluid, or novellists describing the genesis and
development of a beloved-by-moi book. I just want to
revel in the finished product, like plucking ripe fruit
from a tree.
I suspect Pterry also agrees, at least as a writer.
Didn't he once say that once the final draft was sent
off that he deleted all the old drafts, never to be
analysed by literary researchers? I will admit that I
like to see how special effects are done, but that's
more about the technical aspect, while artistic
endeavours (the acting/writing process) I prefer to
KFL MEETS AROUND THE WORLD
8) BELLYMEET REPORT
Date: 26th September 2003
Venue: The Fortress Of Avoi (as it's mistakenly named in the
Attending: Dru, Bek, Matt, Paulwolf, Lora, Mogg
Almost attending: SteVen
This MelMeet had a bit of a run-up earlier in the week when
Bek rang and asked me to meet her for lunch downtown on the
Wednesday; as I was making my way there, Bek suddenly was
struck with inspiration and managed to rope in BU's Head of
Technomancy, the rarely-seen Jase. Between us we turned his
45-minute lunch break into nearly a two-hour one. As I hadn't
seen Jase in person for over a year, we had a great time terorising
the passersby together. The coffee at Druids should carry a
government health warning though - I didn't stop buzzing
until the following morning...
On the Friday, Bek, Matt, Lora and Paul arrived at the Fortress
at the ungodsly hour of 11.45. Lora immediately offered to
help with the final lunch preparations and discovered to her
chagrin that salad-tossing would *not* be a good career choice.
Mogg arrived a few minutes later and we got down to the
serious business of lunch. Matt wisely suggested we set aside
some of the Famous Spuds for SteVen. Good job we did, as
they disappeared in a flurry of stabbing forks in record time.
After lunch came the Viewing Of The Documents. First, in my
capacity as WOSSNAME Anagrams Mistress, I proudly displayed
the Anagrams Contest winners' certificate which I co-designed
with our departing Art Director, Rhett Pennell . Then I passed
around the postcard that Dianne had sent us from her Outback
holiday, and everyone took turns at attempting to translate
her handwriting - I'm sure she is descended from the original
builders of the Stargate. We discussed Pirates of the Carribean
and how Johnny Depp's portrayal of Jack Sparrow proves he's
the *only* actor who could bring Greebo's human incarnation
to life. And finally, when the food had settled and Paul had
finished ransacking the contents of SteVen's library, we got
down to the floor show. Yes, that's right, for the first time ever,
a MelMeet lunch featured live entertainment by a member of
BU. And what a floor show it was! Our departing-for-her-
gap-year temptress of the Chambers, our own Apprentice Tomb
Raider Lora Craft, is an accomplished belly dancer and had
come armed with diaphanous costume and a CD of traditional
Klatchian music! And faster than you could say "the lovely
Beti", she changed and treated us to a demonstration of the
mysterious dances of the mystic East (or Sunbury, in Lora's
case). It was wonderful to see, for its own sake and also because
we usually know Lora in Real Life(TM) as a fairly demure
and unassuming young lady. By the time she finished, Matt and
Paul were plum-faced and cross-eyed and SteVen was rushing
home from the office in the hope of catching part of the
performance, or at least Lora in her cossie...unfortunately,
being as late as usual, he only arrived in time to see everyone
driving off down the street. But he did appreciate the spuds
we left him!
Although Lora no longer has internet access, she will be around
for a while, so we are hoping to have a composite BirthdayMeet
since several of us have birthdays in the next six weeks.
-- Drusilla D'Afanguin
 OK, so I just wrote the text in medieval Discworldese. Rhett did
all the beautiful drawings and designs.
THE MAN WHO (ALMOST) CAME TO DINNER
The Fortress of Avoiding the Neighbours hosted a MelMeet today,
apparently, or so I gather from the scrubbing and tidying frenzy that
Dru has been in for the last couple of days. I'm told that Mogg,
Libwolf, Matt, Bek and Lora the Belly Dancing Fiend attended, but as I
was at work I didn't actually see what happened at the Meet. Whatever
it was, it terrified my cat, who is now having counselling for
post-traumatic stress syndrome.
I managed to get the afternoon off, and rang the Fortress at 2pm to tell
them I was on my way. Mogg had to return to work at the hospital, some
ridiculous hospital rule about not leaving patients on operating tables
for more than a few hours at a time I suppose, so I told everyone else
I was on the way and not to eat all the roast potatoes.
Rushing home through the hordes of barbarian football supporters dressed
entirely in black and white, I arrived just in time to see Libwolf,
Matt, Bek and Lora tearing off down the street in a great rush to get
away before I arrived back home. And they had eaten all the roast
potatoes. Most of them anyway.
But that's okay, because even though I missed out on the company and
good fellowship and Lora in her semi-transparent belly dancing costume,
I did get to morosely pick at the wilted left-over salad and think
about all the nights I'll have to work back late to catch up on the
jobs I left undone in order to be with the gang. So everyone had a good
-- Steven D'Aprano
9) STRANGE RECIPES THAT NANNY OGG MISSED
Another wonderful new feature! Recipe contributions
DRU'S FAMOUS SPUDS
Dissolve 4 chicken stock cubes in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add
in 1 tablespoon each of dried Rosemary and dried Oregano
and leave for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, part-cook a lot of peeled, quartered potatoes. Set aside.
Peel and crush at least 5 large cloves of garlic into the stock
mixture. Add 1/3 cup Olive Oil.
Toss potatoes in the mixture in a large bowl. Bake in a hot oven
(over 200C) for 30 minutes or until crisp and starting to get
BCBs. Serve and enjoy!
NB: this also works with beef stock or lamb stock.
UNCA JOE'S RIVER ANKH OATMEAL
Put 1/2 cup of oatmeal in 1 cup of water and boil for
4 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce (or lite
soy sauce if you prefer). Boil for another minute,
stirring with a spoon. You will get a dish that
looks like you fished it right out of the Ankh -- murky
brown liquid with lumps of stuff floating in it. But
taste it -- it's delicious. Really.
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