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    WOSSNAME Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion May 2004 (Volume 7, Issue 5) ********************************************************************* WOSSNAME
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      WOSSNAME
      Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
      May 2004 (Volume 7, Issue 5)
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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: Asti Osborn
      Book Reviews: Drusilla D'Afanguin
      Puzzle Editor: CatTigerLi
      DW Horoscope: Lady Anaemia Asterisk
      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 2004 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
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      INDEX:

      ====Part 1

      1) EDITORIAL -- ARE YOU GETTING ANY?
      2) DW CON COMMITTEE REPORTS
      3) PT IN RUSSIA
      4) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MELMEET
      5) PT IN POLAND, JAPAN

      ====Part 2

      6) PUZZLE: THE AMAZING MAURICE
      AND HIS EDUCATED RODENTS
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      7) DW THEME BANDS
      8) VETINARI IN JINGO
      9) LOST MUNTAB
      10) PIERS ANTHONY
      11) KFL NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

      ====Part 3

      12A) THE NEW DISC HOROSCOPE
      21 March through 23 September

      ====Part 4

      12B) THE NEW DISC HOROSCOPE
      24 September through 20 March
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      1) EDITORIAL -- ARE YOU GETTING ANY?

      Copies of WOSSNAME, of course. We have had some
      disturbing reports from people in Australia (including our
      Managing Editor), the UK (including my granddaughter),
      and elsewhere that some people are in a sort of
      Yahoo limbo where they are not getting WOSSNAME, even
      though they are on the regular mailing list.

      It has been suggested that this may be because they are
      on servers which use special characters that not all
      other computers recognize. To be honest, I am not the
      world's greatest computer expert, and I'm not sure what
      to do about the problem. If you are an expert, please give
      us your thoughts on this and if you think anything can be done
      about it. If you are not having any problems, I'd like to
      hear from you anyway. And, of course, if you are not
      receiving this (unless you have mysterious telepathic powers),
      there's no way you can know, so unless someone tells
      you, there's no problem. <0:-)

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      2) DW CON COMMITTEE REPORTS:

      It's that time of every other year (not counting the millennium)
      again: the Fourth Discworld Convention will be taking place
      from the 20th to the 23rd of August at the Hanover International
      Hotel in Hinkley. We have an event-packed programme and so
      many celebrity guests that there will barely be room for the con-goers.

      New guests include Rev. Lionel Fanthorpe (of Fortean TV fame)
      and Graham Higgins, who illustrated the graphic-novel versions
      of "Mort" and "Guards! Guards!". Returning favourites include
      Bernard Pearson (the Cunning Artificer), Stephen Briggs, Trever
      Truran (inventor of Thud, the Discworld boardgame) and Dave
      Langford.

      If we can find time, there will be a few words from Terry, as well.

      You will need a Procrastinator to attend all the events in
      a single lifetime. We have aphrodisiac recipes, belly dancing
      classes, book signings, book readings, books to buy, read
      and sign, auctions, plays, workshops, competitions, panel
      games, the Gala dinner, a Maskerade, the Great Hedgehog
      Race and the Leonardo de Quirm Aerial Challenge.

      In addition, we have children's programme events running
      at almost every daylight hour, so the whole family can
      come and take part. If you are already a part of the Discworld
      community then this is the perfect opportunity to meet old friends,
      swap unlikely stories, flaunt your costumes and auction that
      dog-eared copy of Carpet People that your mum got you for your
      birthday one year, not realising you already had it.

      If you have never been to an event like this before, it's the
      perfect chance to make new friends, hear unlikely stories
      and buy valuable Discworld memorabilia at bargain prices.

      The full list of programme events should be available on our website
      (http://www.dwcon.org/) by June 1st. Visit the site now to find maps,
      booking forms, details of past events and convention news.
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      3) PT IN RUSSIA

      To the Editor:

      I have two quick questions. First, are there and where do you obtain
      Pratchett in Russian? Mostly I am looking for Feet of Clay and Fifth
      Elephant, but might settle for any. My new relatives in Russia see me read
      Pratchett when I am there and simply do not understand. When they try to
      read it in English they still don't get it. So.....

      Secondly, my fiancee graduated from one of the People's acting
      institutes. Were any of the plays even translated into Russian?

      I have looked there and here, including on line and in several of the
      very large Russian bookshops there. You are my only hope Obi Wan...

      -- Charlie Tarbox

      To the Editor:

      I'm not sure I can be much help. Terry's novels have been translated into
      many many languages, including Bulgarian, Estonian, Czech, etc. and -
      although I'd be surprised if the list didn't include Russian - I don't
      know definitely. In the UK, a bookstore would be able to check whether a
      book had been published nand if they could order it but I also don't know
      how Russian retail works or how effective Russian publishers are at
      getting stocks into shops.

      To the best of my knowledge none of the plays has been staged
      legitimately in Russia.

      Sorry not to be more help.

      -- Stephen Briggs

      (Your Editor reports: The Russian publishers Eksmo have
      acquired a license for Jingo, and also for a number of
      double volumes: Colour of Magic/Light Fantastic;
      Guards! Guards!/Men at Arms; Witches Abroad/Lords
      and Ladies. Also reported: Pyramids/Small Gods and
      Mort/Reaper Man.)

      To the Editor:

      (Updated report:) An historian friend in Moscow just found five...
      odd selection I think, but I am giving several as gifts to friends
      there as a result. Anyway... they exist with a limited selection
      ...these seem to be: Eric, Small Gods, Colour of Magic, Light
      Fantastic and Interesting Times. Perhaps the translator has a
      feeling for Rincewind? Also three of Terry's other works
      were translated apparently including one entitled 'Troll Bridge'
      which I did not recognize.

      -- Charlie Tarbox
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      4) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MELMEET

      Van Helsing MelMeet, 22/5/04
      Melbourne, Australia

      The PLN, as it originally stood, was that Paul Libwolf was to meet SteVen
      and Dru to go and see Van Helsing at Crown Cinema on Saturday afternoon.
      After much time-consuming emailing regarding time, place, participants and
      so forth, the PLN ended up being changed to - wait for it - to see Van
      Helsing at Crown Cinema on Saturday afternoon. The only change was the
      addition of Mogg, as nobody else on the Melbourne list was able to come.

      And so the day dawned. An observer would have noted that it was a beautiful
      sunny sitting-by-the-river-with-a-coffee kind of afternoon, but that didn't
      matter - the group had committed themselves to being locked in a large dark
      room for a couple of hours with loud noises and vampires and such. We all
      managed to arrive and buy tickets with minutes of time to spare - a miracle,
      considering the traffic and the natural tendency of all "I'll meet you at
      the ticket booth" type meetings to go somewhat awry. We decided that the
      snack bar was deficient and that nobody was going to actually pay for water,
      and settled ourselves in for the movie.

      As has been commented on elsewhere, Van Helsing, whilst it had some good
      points, has not so much a plot as a loosely connected series of large holes.
      And I'm sure whatsherface must have been uncomfortable running in that
      corset. Post-movie, we decided that we had to go and get something to
      drink, and eat, and some fresh air, which gave us the perfect opportunity to
      take advantage of the sun and sit at a cafe away from the crowded and
      echoing casino. Much discussion (over coffee and very decent food) on the
      movie and it's references, or lack thereof, to past art and accepted legend
      on the subject of vampires/werewolves/monsters followed. A brief mention of
      TP's vampires in Carpe Jugulum was included, for form's sake. The meet
      dispersed in the late afternoon only when Paul and Mogg had to leave, one to
      catch a train and the other for a concert.

      -- Mogg
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      5) PT IN POLAND AND JAPAN

      Pterry will be signing books in Poland on 1-4 June in the
      cities of Warsaw, Krakow and Poznan.

      Colin Smythe reports there are translations of The Colour
      of Magic, Equal Rites, Sourcery and Mort available in Japan,
      as well as several other PT titles. Also, Choeisha is
      buying Reaper Man.
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