WOSSNAME -- MAY 2005 -- PART 1 OF 4
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
MAY 2005 (Volume 8, Issue 5)
Part 1 of 4 Sections
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2) CONS AND MEETS
3) DW THEATER NEWS
3) DW THEATER NEWS (continued)
4) BOOK REVIEW: DARWIN'S WATCH
5) LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
6) YOUR NEW DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE
6) YOUR NEW DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE (continued)
7) BACK AGAIN! YOUR DISCWORLD PUZZLE
Hi Fellow Cosmological Possums,
Well, here it is almost summertime and not much is happening.
There's the usual crop of half a dozen DW plays (mostly in the
UK), a DW opera opening in California (covered last month), and
the daily Florida electrical storms making publication itself another
We have an announcement of a very small Meet in Brisbane, Australia,
attended by eight people in June, and that's about it.
On the plus side, our DW correspondent, Lady Anaemia Asterisk
has some hot new horoscope readings based on the drift of stars
past Great A'Tuin, a book review of the Science of Discworld III,
a new puzzle and few stray letters.
In short, a quiet, peaceful time to meditate, smell the flowers and
see if you can find anything decent on the TV (all your favorite
shows had their final episodes for the season, and there's not much
on except reruns until the Fall.) ((So far, the Fall looks dreadful.))
At long last, we are reviving our popular puzzle series, which
we'd stopped because we'd covered all the books, and none of the
alternatives seemed suitable. However, the presses must roll,
so we have started the puzzles up again. This month's book is
"Once More -- with footnotes" and a completion of the puzzle will
reveal where the book was released. In the next few months, we will
continue the puzzles with "The Science of Discworld I, II, and III,
"Thud" and "Nanny Ogg's Cookbook."
This should take us up to October, 2005, and where we
go from there will depend on Terry's output. Suggestions,
as always, are enthusiastically welcomed.
Joe Schaumburger, editor
2) CONS AND MEETS
***** DISCWORLD COSTUME PARTY *****
And now, the important news: we've finally confirmed a date for the
Discworld costume party! It will be held on the 25th of next month
(June) at the Oggery, hosted by Hania Ogg and Vlad von Uberwald. I'm
going as Cheery Littlebottom, Steve is almost certainly going to be
Ponder Stibbons, and we also have volunteers for Angua, Magrat,
Sybil, Carrot, Dorfl and a good few others, with a possibility of a
Nobbs, an Agnes and maybe even Granny herself (well, a good
Granny-in-drag, heheh). It looks set to be large fun, probably worth
holding the presses for (as Steve and I will be sure to write and
send our reports first thing the following morning.)
-- Annie Mac
***** A SPECIAL ADVANCE REPORT *****
THE MURKY CRYSTAL BALL - Australian Discworld Convention 2007
With Australia's first Discworld Convention behind us it is pleasant to
reminisce about the memories that are seared across our brains.
The most astounding fact, and one that barely needs repeating, given
how often it has been mentioned on Australian and International news
broadcasts, is that fully four-fifths of the Australian population attended.
As you would expect with an event of such proportion, Prime Minister
John Howard opened the proceeding. With the usual warmth and emotion
that he reserves for people almost as short as himself, Howard praised
both the talent and productivity of Terry Pratchett, who has just published
his 75th Discworld novel. The PM also allowed a few words of praise for
the Convention organisers, commenting on how it will no doubt bring
wealth and prosperity to all Australians.
After the formal proceedings, the Convention got into full swing.
So much happened I would not know where to start were it not
for the significant event at the book signing. After months of
investigation, the event organisers were able to track down the last
remaining Discworld novel that had not yet been signed by Terry.
I was not in what you would call a prime location, and I could not
hear what little Billy was saying, but it sounded something like,
Aye don wan my book woowind. I am not sure that was what he
was saying but you only needed one look at this child's flushed
face and the tears of joy streaming down his cheeks, while
everybody's favourite author turned yet another pile of pulped
rainforest into a valuable collectors item, to know that this kid was
experiencing the greatest joy of his life. It was truly a moving occasion.
No doubt you all have your own special memories of this Convention,
but that is the one that will always stand out in my mind.
After the Convention ended, the Organisers called for all non-attendees
to be put to death. This was met with indifference by most Pratchett
fans, until it was pointed out that virtually all were politicians and their
families. After the Organisers granted a pardon to all non-politician
non-attendees, all of who were overseas working in various pubs and
clubs, the slaughter was on. However, the mob was at a loss about
what to do with John Howard. He attended, but that may be because
he had a free ticket. He has been put on a to-be-watched list.
So, in conclusion, the 2007 Australian Discworld Convention had an
enormously positive influence on our great country and on my faith
-- Paul Blake
3) DW THEATER NEWS
MASKERADE by Terry Pratchett (adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs)
There is a phantom in the opera of Ankh Morpork who happens to write
musicals about cats - but can it be the same villain who is bumping
off the staff?
Maskerade is the 23rd novel in the weird and wacky Discworld series
from the popular and prolific writer Terry Pratchett. It's a wickedly
funny spoof, lampooning Gaston Leroux's original Phantom of the Opera,
Shakespeare's witches and heavily parodies Andrew Lloyd Webber's
musical. A super show for all the family.
Tues 12 - Sat 16 July 2005
The People's Theatre, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Box Office: 0191 2655020
WYRD SISTERS IN HOLLAND
Wyrd Sisters will be performed in a small theatre in Wageningen, The
Dates: June 3rd and 10th at 20:30 hrs.
Venue: Theatre 't Hemeltje; Burgtstraat 1, Wageningen
Reservations: By phone 0317-482600
Price: 6 Euros; 3 Euros for students
The play will be staged by the Dutch drama group 'BAM', an
enthusiastic group of amateur players. When the same group
successfully staged 'Mort' (in 2002), all seats were occupied, so
make your reservation quickly!
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