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9) JOHNNY AND THE BOMB -- CORRECTED TIMES
Colin Smythe, Terry's agent, reports:
Childsplay has announced that the transmission date for Johnny and
the Bomb is now confirmed as 2nd September from 5 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.
on CBBC. It will be repeated during the Christmas holiday, date to be
confirmed, on BBC One.
The DVD is being released by Warner Vision on Monday 4 September,
following the CBBC transmission at 5 p.m. on Saturday 2 September.
For more details, see the site: http://www.johnnyandthebomb.tv
10) CAPTAIN SWING AND THE SWING RIOTS
by Steven D'Aprano
In Night Watch, Sam Vimes meets a very disagreeable character from
Ankh-Morpork history: Captain Findthee Swing. Swing is the head of
the Unmentionables (the Patrician's secret police), and is described
as having "a mind which had arrived at thuggery by the long route
and was capable of devising in the name of reason the kind of
atrocities that unreason could only dream of". Roundworld had its
own Captain Swing, and like Ankh-Morpork's Swing, he too was
involved in a serious episode of civil unrest. Like Robin Hood or
Ned Ludd -- the probably mythical leader of the Luddites --
Roundworld's Captain Swing may not have even been a real person.
But whether real or not, he soon took on a life of his own.
In 1830, after decades of war, high taxation, low wages and high
unemployment, rural workers in the south of England had had enough.
With no political voice to speak of, they turned to violent blackmail
in an effort to get relief. Threshing machines and other new
agricultural machinery were blamed for sending labourers into
poverty; farm labourers began blackmailing wealthy farmers,
threatening them with violence; machinery was burnt, and cattle
mutilated. And then letters were sent to farmers, signed by "Captain
Swing" -- possibly as a form of gallows humour (for if the authors
were caught, they would swing from the hangman's rope) and possibly
as an implied threat. Few of the letters were written by farm
workers, and some appear to have been written by educated people
taking advantage of the unrest to settle private grudges. Within
weeks, isolated incidents developed into full-scale rioting, and the
authorities acted harshly to restore order. Nineteen of the rioters
were hanged, 600 imprisoned, and a further 500 transported to
Although the Swing Riots -- like the Luddite riots of twenty years
before -- influenced the political landscape of the day, Captain
Swing wasn't able to halt technological progress, but he did force
the government of the day to reform the Poor Laws. The Workhouses
introduced after the Swing Riots kept people from starvation, but
did so at the cost of cruel and inhumane treatment, and often
dangerously unsafe conditions as well. Charles Dickens, both as an
advocate for welfare reform and as a writer, later wrote about the
cruelty of the Workhouse in a number of books, most famously in
Oliver Twist. After the Swing Riots, it took over sixty years for
the British working class to get a voice in Parliament, and a
century for the Workhouses to be closed forever.
If Findthee Swing embodied the bad side of modern, post-Enlightenment
Discworld humanity, Roundworld's Captain Swing embodied the bad
side of _traditional_ values: conservative, frightened of change,
distrustful of anything new, and violent. The tragedy of the time
was that even if the farm workers had wanted to embrace modern
values, learn new trades, get better jobs and move with the times,
they almost certainly wouldn't have been allowed, or been able, to
do so. In the short term, the Swing Riots made very little difference
to the lives of most farm workers. But the years of social unrest,
and the violence of desperate men, eventually led to governments to
realise that the old social system of a few privileged people at the
top and the mass of powerless workers on the bottom was
Someone with Findthee Swing's personality would have been cruel and
compassionless in any era, but in Ankh-Morpork in the Century of the
Fruitbat his cruelty took on an especially modern shade; for
instance, his reliance on pseudo-scientific medical tests to judge
people, instead of actually looking at the person's behaviour, and
the circumstances behind that behaviour.
11) LETTERS FROM OUR READERS
(I found all this stuff left over from the last issue, when Annie Mac.
trying to do the work of three people, sent it to me under the
impression I knew what it was. We'll publish it anyway. -- Joe)
((And no, I don't know what it all means, either.))
To the Editor:
> Quoting Hania Trzaskowska <purring_cougar_kitten@...>:When it comes to Hania Ogg, even single entendres come in, erm, great
>> Us kids just learnt to rug up in countless jumpers and groin and bear
>> it, whilst mamma bear but on an extra fan to cool herself down.
> Even by Oggish standards, that's one hell of a double-entendre typo.
-- Confusing Manifestation
To the Editor:
Bet you forgot this existed.
> >Between study (economics) and work (unix) I haven't
> > I hadn't forgotten, but I didn't think anyone
> would be
> > interested in my reading material of late.
> > Economics anyone? Or The UNIX CD Bookshelf?
> Heavy stuff! I'm re-visiting the interesting world
> of Travis McGee, which
> follows on from 'Once more *with footnotes'. In
> between was 'Old Man's War'
> by John Scalzi.
had much time for other reading of late though I did
manage to find time for Reaper Man over the weekend.
:) But a friend has suggested God's Debris by Scott
Adams (yes, of Dilbert fame) so I will be checking
that out over the next couple of days.
-- no name on this piece, probably Steven
To the Editor:
Nanny Ogg was right.
Although I think she'd have something to say about people calling
themselves "witch-doctors" ...
Fuzzy replied: Heh! And I quote: 'Error: a thorough search of the
Register database for "sex" and "hedgehog" returned  results.
Please modify your search to contain at least one IT-related term.'
Whereas with good old Google:
Results 1 - 10 of about 1,960,000 for sex hedgehog. (0.37 seconds)
-- Con Man
Mrs Cake found the following item for sale:
Description Floyd is 7 months old. Very easy to handle. He comes
with 50 gallon tank with lid and stand, 1 lamp for basking, 1 lamp
for UV-B, 2 dish's for food one vibrants, Basking stone, Ladder and
a hammock Watering hole. Also food.
And, I assume, LOTS of malt vinegar, lemon and salt.
To which Joe replied:
Is it true that this will be the centerpiece on the banquet table at
the so-called Australian Discworld Convention? Where is the Humane
Society when you need it?
Besides, everyone knows the proper dipping sauce for this menu item
is salsa. If it's still alive when it is served, this will definitely
Joe the Undying
From Gibbo the Wanderer, another on-topic piece:
Seen on the Baggy Green cricket website from an article about Mike
"Second-season syndrome might be ranked next to the Discworld's
foaming sheep sickness among manufactured diseases, but if athletes
don't swear by the affliction they are definitely aware of its
Seen in a technomancers' discussion on the anternet, by Asti of BU:
<snip> I couldn't understand how the gurus knew this, since I'd
never fallen victim to the accidental case and had frequently done
the intentional thing. I now walk the streets like Foul Ole Ron,
muttering "Millennium C++ standards committee", ignoring the
strange looks of passers by.</snip>
Again, an AUSDWCon reminder from Ben who is not Nobby:
To the Editor:
We now have a Nullus Anxietas mailing list -
http://www.ausdwcon.org/mailing-list for low-traffic announcements
regarding the convention. It will be useful for finding out all our
latest news, major programme announcements and other dates such as
our November price rise.
Our first major announcement has gone out today - that is both
*Stephen Briggs* and *Bernard Pearson* have agreed to be virtual
guests of honour for Nullus Anxietas. 'Virtual guest' means we will
be able to see them live by video-link. Yes, this does mean you will
not be able to poke them, but it will still be fun nonetheless!
If you did not get all 5 parts, write: jschaum111@...
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