WOSSNAME -- JUNE 2005 -- PART 1 OF 4
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
JUN 2005 (Volume 8, Issue 6)
Part 1 of 4 Sections
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Copyright 2005 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
1) PRATCHETT STARS ON COMIC FICTION SHORTLIST
2) MELMEET REPORT: THE STRAWBERRY WOBBLER
3) AUSSIE DWCON 2007 T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE
4) BLUE SPHERE GAMES
5) LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
6) DW THEATRE
7) YOUR NEW DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE
7) YOUR NEW DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE (continued)
8) BACK AGAIN! YOUR DISCWORLD PUZZLE
1) PRATCHETT STARS ON COMIC FICTION SHORTLIST
by Michelle Pauli, GUARDIAN UNLIMITED
Wednesday May 25, 2005
First-time novelists and novels set in Wales dominate the shortlist for
this year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction
but Terry Pratchett, one of literature's most recognisable faces,
is also in the running with Going Postal, the 33rd novel in his
Although the novel is set in a fantasy land -- Ankh-Morpork -- far, far
away from Wales, a Hay-on-Wye connection still exists: Pratchett's
parents live in the town.
The prize is now in its fifth year and is awarded to the book that best
encapsulates the tradition of Wodehouse, which celebrates both satire
and the comedy of manners. The previous winners are Howard Jacobson,
Jonathan Coe and Michael Frayn, DBC Pierre and Jasper Fforde.
The winner receives a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvee and a case of
Bollinger La Grande Annee, as well as the honour of having a
locally-bred Gloucestershire Old Spot pig named after their novel.
Although the prize is not as lucrative as some of the other big literary
awards, Peter Florence, director of the Hay festival and one of the
prize's judges, is adamant that the quality of the books in contention
for the prize do not suffer in comparison.
"There's an amazing correlation between great comic writing and great
writing. I think our list of winners compares favourably with the
Booker, Whitbread or Orange winners," he said.
Peter Florence will be joined on the judging panel this year by
broadcaster and author James Naughtie and Everyman publisher David
If you'd like to hear an hour-long program with Terry, you can also
follow him being interviewed by Paul Blezard at the Hay Festival at
Terry talks about how he got started, and about his latest titles
including 'Going Postal' and 'A Hat Full of Sky' and others of
his run of best-selling titles which include the W H Smith Teen
Choice 'The Wee Free Men' and the Carnegie winning 'Maurice
and his Amazing Educated Rodents.'
2) MELMEET REPORT
"AND THE STRAWBERRY WOBBLER HELD SWAY OVER ALL..."
by Annie Mac
Event: Bugarup University Discworld Costume Party
Venue: Hania Ogg's Oggery
Date: 25th June 2005
Attending: Young Gytha Ogg (Hania), Polly Perks (Annie Mac), the Dean
of UU (Steven), HRH Magrat de Lancre (Mad Meg Mogg), Vlad de Magpyr
(Dave the Fire Wizard), Ponder Stibbons (Matt), Sacharissa Cripslock
(Sarah, WOSSNAME roving reporter), plus a hero-collecting Valkyrie
(Kat), Rincewind (Leith), pre-royal Magrat (Kellie), C.M.O.T. Dibbler
(another Big Mad Adrian), and divers rude mechanicals and interested
For months, the Melbourne campus of BU had been discussing the idea
of a Discworld costume party, and on June 24th, it finally became a
reality. Or, considering, perhaps more of an unreality! Everyone who
made the effort (boo hiss to the BU slackers who didn't!) made a
truly heroic one, going to great lengths to put together costumes and
add those special little touches (for example, Vlad spent a small
fortune on his fangs, Gytha had her red boots and, well, knicker
elastic, the Dean's staff had an enormous knob on the end, and Ponder
actually brought along a bananana and sushi pizza) and attempting to
stay in charcter for as long as possible. There was even a special
appearance by Wossname the Parrot. The background music was provided
by Steven, who brought his copy of the Pterry-approved "From the
Discworld" CD by Dave Greenslade. There were themed games, a rather
uninhibited dance feature from the Dean and the Ogg, and yes, there
was even a hedgehog...a hedgehog that, it must be said, didn't quite
live up to the claims in the Hedgehog Song, muhahahaha.
And then there was the party food...hat. hat. hat.
Your humble (as if) narrator, being something of a Past Mistress of
the Strawberry Wobbler Extreme, decided to honour the spirit of Ogg
by making the monster of all Strawberry Wobblers: to call a figgin a
figgin, 'twas a great big tonker. A *very* big tonker. And oh, how it
wobbled! And yes, there are photographs to prove it (see below). This
vast, magnificent Wobbler rather set the tone for the evening, but it
was far from the only Discworld-inspired comestible: there were
plenty of Sausages Inna Bun, magical-shaped gingerbreads made by
Queen Mogg-rat (Vlad ate all the bat-shaped ones), a purported Lancre
Blue cheese, dangerous pineapples, and of course the bananana-and-
sushi pizza. As this is XXXX, it was decided to also have a BBQ --
although this was really a thinly disguised excuse for Dave the Fire
Wizard to play with fire -- so we also had suspiciously black kebabs
and suspiciously black chicken drumsticks. And plenty of drinks with
herbs in them, of course.
After the dancing (and the singing of A Wizard's Staff Has a Knob on
the End and Hania's...special version of the Hedgehog Song), while we
were waiting for the sausages to burn, we had a fine round of The
Wyrdest Link. Hania split us unto two teams, "Il Porcupino" and "The
Real Slim Shades", and fired off questions with gusto and much
twanging of knicker elastic. Stars of the evening were Mogg-rat
(competing for the Shades) and Sarah-charissa (for Il Porcupino).
Despite an enthusiastic early showing by Il Porcupino, the Slim
Shades were the eventual winners. Not that anyone cared by then,
because we were all too busy laughing! Other features of the night
included the two Magrats trying to out-wet-hen each other, Rincewind
demonstrating his running-away positions, and, it has to be said,
Hania being - as ever - the perfect Ogg. And at long last the
Strawberry Wobbler was sliced up and eaten. Most of it, that is; it
really was an enormous tonker. In fact, we had Strawberry Wobbler for
breakfast this morning...
Many hours later, any partygoers left standing had congregated around
the fire for a quiet sing-song. As we staggered out into the night,
all declared that the party had been a great success, so much so that
we're thinking of having a Wizards' Excuse Me in a few months time.
Does anyone know where we can hire a full-adult-sized Librarian suit?
Some pictures from the party can been viewed at:
3) AUSSIE DWCON 2007 T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE
Nullus Anxietas -- The Australian Discworld Convention -- will be held in
Melbourne on the 9th-11th of February 2007, it was announced by Pat Allan
the Convention Director.
He explained that the new location would be the location announced for
2006, but had been pushed back a year since Terry prefers these dates,
as they better fit his schedule for visits to Australia. The Convention
will still be held at the Carlton Crest Hotel in Melbourne and you can
get more information about the hotel at:
The Con Committee has redone the T-Shirts with the new date and
they are once again up for sale, this time with the new dates.
Available now in black or white, they feature the Nullus Anxietas logo
on the left breast and back centre.
According to Pat Allan, the Chairman,
"Those of you who have already paid for memberships for the
convention will have e-mails sent to you with the offer of full
refund if so desired. For those who have paid for t-shirts but have
not yet received them, you will also receive an email with your
"We also urge any people interested in attending to sign up as
soon as possible, as this gives us a better negotiating position
with the venue.
"Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to
contact me at pat@... "
To see the T-shirts, go to: pat@ ausdwcon.org and then go to
Merchandise. Despite some inconsiderate comments from
early bird purchasers, the logo does not look like a small dog
trying to eat a monster bananana, but shows Australia on the back
of a giant turtle. See for yourself at _pat@..._
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