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    WOSSNAME Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion JUN 2005 (Volume 8, Issue 6) Part 1 of 4 Sections
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      WOSSNAME
      Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
      JUN 2005 (Volume 8, Issue 6)
      Part 1 of 4 Sections
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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. Just ask to be put on the mailing list.
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      Editor in Chief: Joseph Schaumburger
      Managing Editor: Annie Mac
      News Editor: Anna M. Conina
      Convention News Editor: Anna M.Conina
      Creative Co-Conspirator: Valeria Lynne
      Staff Writers: Asti Osborn, Paul Blake
      Book Reviews: Drusilla D'Afanguin
      Puzzle Editor: volunteer needed
      DW Horoscope: Anaemia Asterisk
      Emergency Staff: Jason Parlevliet,
      Nathan Clissold, Dylan Williams
      Art Director: Rhett Pennell
      World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano
      Webmaster: Paul Wilkins, disk@...
      Copyright 2005 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
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      INDEX:

      ====Part 1
      1) PRATCHETT STARS ON COMIC FICTION SHORTLIST
      2) MELMEET REPORT: THE STRAWBERRY WOBBLER
      3) AUSSIE DWCON 2007 T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE

      ====Part 2
      4) BLUE SPHERE GAMES
      5) LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
      6) DW THEATRE

      ====Part 3
      7) YOUR NEW DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE

      ====Part 4
      7) YOUR NEW DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE (continued)
      8) BACK AGAIN! YOUR DISCWORLD PUZZLE

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      ====Part 1

      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
      Discworld series.

      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
      Campbell.

      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
      http://www.hayfestival.com/2005/archive05.asp?eventid=72

      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.'
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      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
      bystanders

      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:
      http://members.iinet.net.au/~proflime/discworld/ogg_party_2005-06-25/

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      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:
      http://www.carltonhotels.com.au/melbourne/

      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
      your options.

      "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@..._
      (mailto:pat@...)

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