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    WOSSNAME Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion December 2003 (Volume 6, Issue 12) *********************************************************************
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      WOSSNAME
      Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
      December 2003 (Volume 6, Issue 12)
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      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.
      *********************************************************************
      Editor in Chief: Joseph Schaumburger
      Managing Editor: Annie Mac
      News Editor: Bethany Ayers
      Staff Writers: Lady Aranluc, Asti Osborn
      Puzzle Editor: CatTigerLi
      Limericks Mistress: Drusilla D'Afanguin
      Haiku Handmaiden: Kate Oneamus
      Emergency Staff: Jason Parlevliet,
      Nathan Clissold, Dylan Williams
      Art Director: Rhett Pennell
      World Membership Director: Becky Swaney
      Convention News Editor: Susan Fox-Davis
      Webmaster: Paul Wilkins, disk@...
      Copyright 2003 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
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      INDEX:

      ====Part 1
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      KFL MEETINGS AROUND THE WORLD
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      1) HOGSWATCH MELMEET REPORT
      2) BURA SINGMEET
      3) SEE 2004 AS BIG DW YEAR IN SPAIN
      4) THE HAT FULL OF SKY

      ====Part 2

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
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      5) CASTING THE DISCWORLD
      6) THEATER NEWS: GUARDS! GUARDS!
      7) THEATER NEWS: NIGHT WATCH
      8) BOOK REVIEW: CORALINE

      ====Part 3

      9) ANOTHER HOGSWATCH CAROL
      10) THIS MONTH'S PUZZLE: CARPE JUGULUM
      11) YOUR LONG-AWAITED DISC HOROSCOPE

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      1) HOGSWATCH MELMEET REPORT

      Date: 13th December 2003
      Venue: Automatic Cafe, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia
                    Jeff's Shed, likewise
      Attending: Steven, Dru, Bek, Matt, Jeff (not *that* Jeff),         
      Paul, Mogg (aka Mad Meg)

      It was Paul's request that we have a MelMeet without
      tentacles this time, so we chose Automatic Cafe at the
      Crown Casino complex in Southbank. Attendees were to
      have included Hania Ogg, Dianne, Lora and our mysterious
      newbie Turtle, but various things - from a motorcycle test
      to a flu bug to poorly-planned social calendars meant that
      it was yet another small turnout. So it was only seven of
      us (one short of a wizards' quorum), but then again,
      compared to most Ecksian BU meets that's a teeming horde.

      Steven spoiled the how-late-will-he-be-this-time betting
      pool by only being ten minutes late. In his haste to be less
      late than very late, he caused a dreadful accident by
      cruelly running down an innocent fluffy dolly in the
      street. The cad! Since it appeared to belong to some young
      Auriental tourists, his guilty visage has now been captured
      by a host of iconographs...

      The Crown complex is one of the jewels in downtown
      Melbourne's own crown. Although it's basically a temple
      of naked greed, muhahaha, it's a very handsome temple
      indeed, a long, beautiful, sprawling mall that runs along
      the bank of the River Yarra for about 1/2 kilometre or more.
      Automatic Cafe overlooks the river, features amateurish
      but very friendly staff and has imaginative and well-
      prepared food, so our meal was very pleasant. The main
      topic of conversation (apart from grousing about people
      not coming to MelMeets) was Imaginary Hogswatch
      Party - "invite the ten guests of your choice, real or
      fictional, living, dead or...otherwise" - which has since
      spilt over onto the BU mailing list, where it's become
      a Discworld-characters-only affair and is now concentrating
      on which hosts might end up suspended over Lord
      Vetinari's scorpion pit afterwards and who gets forced to
      sit next to Foul Ole Ron!

      After the meal we all wandered over to the Melbourne
      Exhibition Centre, better known to all Mel's Bournians
      (and even on the internet) as Jeff's Shed in honour of
      former head politician Jeff Kennett, who seems to be
      equally loathed and adored here. There was a massive
      book sale going on there, so we spent a long time. I
      noted that there were no Pterry books remaindered,
      no surprise there since they normally fly off the shelves
      when new; but we *did* find sale-priced copies of The
      Wyrdest Link, which several members bought for
      future MelMeets. Matt, meanwhile, bought up what
      looked like the entire back catalogue of Star Wars
      fiction. I know who I'll be crawling to for light
      reading! Eventually Steven got lost, although we
      weren't worried since there are several penguin colonies
      in Melbourne. He was discovered much later by Paul.
      By this time, the Bek Posse had had to leave and Mad
      Meg - our former Mogg, renamed when we found a book
      called Mad Meg in the Shed - had to go back to her
      secret laboratory for more mysterious medical experiments
      (and you think I jest?!), so Steven and I wandered along
      the riverbank to view the pavement chalk art, which
      included a wonderful mural of all the Doctors Who by a
      member of the Chalk Circle, a group of skilled pavement
      artists who wander around the world decorating things:

      http://www.chalkcircle.com.au

      We finished the day by liberating an ailing cheese-plant
      from the office of a group of evil Hex programmers!

      There is a rumour of more pre-Hogswatch festivities next
      week; if so, they shall be duly recorded here.

      -- Drusilla D'Afanguin
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      2) BURA SINGMEET

      Where: Singapore
      When: Saturday 25 October 2003
      Who: Afiza, Jehane

      Jehane: Arriving at City Hall MRT station at the
      appointed hour, I scanned the faces around me in
      search of Afiza.  Not an easy task when all I had to
      go on was a photo from the internet files.  That girl
      leaning against the pillar, reading - could that be
      her?

      I tried to see what she was reading but was too far
      away.  I tried to move closer unobtrusively, while at
      the same time holding my head at a most unnatural
      angle in order to determine the title of the book.

      Afiza: I came a few minutes earlier than the appointed
      time just to be safe. Having scanned the station, and
      not seeing anything resembling a weather goddess, I
      found myself a nice pillar and settled against it to
      read, looking up every once in a while to scan the
      crowd.

      Jehane: At last I was close enough!  Hmmm...Miles
      Vorkosigan. But she looked right, she was obviously
      waiting for someone, and she was reading fantasy, if
      not Pterry.

      Afiza: Raising my head for another scan, I saw someone
      who looked familiar hovering around, looking like she
      was searching for someone. I looked at her, she looked
      at me. Both of us did that thing where we narrowed our
      eyes slightly in this vague, I think I know who you
      are kind of manner.

      Jehane: I decided to take my chances.
      "Afiza?" (She said my name! Jackpot! We're off and
      rolling! - Afiza)

      My luck was in; it was indeed Afiza.  We headed off in
      search of food (first thing I did of course was to ask
      about lunch! - Afiza) through the underground tunnels
      of the Orchard Road shopping district.  Finding a
      table at a crowded (is there anywhere in Singapore
      that isn't?) food hall, we chatted about the list
      activities, life, the universe and everything.
      Actually I've forgotten exactly what was discussed
      since it's been two very busy RL months in the
      meantime (I think "and everything" just about covered
      it - Afiza). 

      Not having enough time to go to the zoo (Which is a
      must visit, I love the Singapore zoo! But you have to
      go in the morning, since the zoo closes at 6 something
      - Afiza), we decided to head out to Little India.  As
      it was Deepavali (Hindu Festival of Lights), there
      were coloured lights strung out across the street,
      reminiscent of Christmas street decorations back home.
      We visited a Hindu Temple and marvelled at the
      incredible artwork, and tried to identify the gods.
      Being sadly ignorant of the Hindu pantheon we only
      managed to identify Ganesh (the elephant head gave it
      away) and the goddess with lots of arms whose name I
      can never remember. 

      Traipsing along the narrow footpaths, we wandered
      through a myriad of shops selling everything you could
      possibly want, including the Mustafa Centre, a
      superstore which in Ecksian terms could possibly be
      described a Kmart version of Myer.  In spite of the
      temptation all I bought was a Bollywood VCD (as
      recommended by a connoisseur in such things, ie
      Afiza).

      [Afiza: Hey speaking of which, have you managed to
      watch it yet? And did you like it? I cried buckets
      watching that movie and the songs were fantastic.
      Jehane: Not yet, but probably in the next week or so.
      I'll let you know, unless I short circuit the
      computer!]

      Both of us starting to feel a little tired by this
      time, we returned to the MRT and caught the train back
      to our respective accommodations. (Yep, sorry about
      that! I had work in the morning so I was flat out what
      with all that walking around we did in Little India -
      Afiza) 

      So endeth the first BURA SingMeet.

      -- Jehane
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      3) SEE 2004 AS BIG DW YEAR IN SPAIN

      In a special report, the head of our KFL Spanish-speaking
      branch (Spain, Mexico, South and Central America)
      reports:

      Plaza & Janés has bought the translation rights
      for Interesting Times and, hey, Eric at last! But they
      won't see daylight in Spanish for a while. Anyway, I
      think 2004 will be Rincewind's year around here.

      -- Manu
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      4) THE HAT FULL OF SKY

      Terry's new book, THE HAT FULL OF SKY: WEE FREE MEN 2
      is due out in May 2004, according to Amazon:

      Amazon UK: GBP 12.99 Amazon price: GBP 10.39
      Hardcover 320 pages (6 May, 2004)
      Publisher: Doubleday; ISBN: 0385607369

      Amazon US:
      The Hat Full of Sky : The Wee Free Men 2
      (Hardcover - May 2004)
      List Price: US$ 16.99 Amazon price $11.89
      Audio Cassette (Abridged) $29.95 $20.97

      Not much data on the plot yet -- but we have an in
      with the US publisher and hope to get an advance
      copy shortly.
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