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    WOSSNAME Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion FEBRUARY 2008 (Volume 11, Issue 2) *********************************************************************
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      WOSSNAME
      Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
      FEBRUARY 2008 (Volume 11, Issue 2)
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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! As a member of the Klatchian Foreign Legion,
      you'd only forget them...
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      Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
      Editor Emeritus (retd): Joseph Schaumburger
      News Editor: T.F. (Tiff) Peasey
      Staff Writers: Asti Osborn, Paul Blake, Steven D'Aprano
      Convention Reporters: Mithtrethth Hania Ogg et al
      Staff Technomancer: Jason Parlevliet
      Book Reviews: Drusilla D'Afanguin
      Puzzle Editor: incognito
      Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
      DW Horoscope: Lady Anaemia Asterisk
      Emergency Staff: Jason Parlevliet, Nathan Clissold, Dylan Williams
      World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano
      Copyright 2008 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
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      INDEX:

      ====Part 1 -- ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS

      1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
      2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
      3) PTERRY'S OWN HEALTH UPDATE
      4) COLOUR OF MAGIC PREMIERE IN LONDON!
      5) OFFICIAL SKY TV COLOUR OF MAGIC SITE
      6) PTERRY SPEAKS: INTERVIEW ABOUT HIS ILLNESS
      7) MR PRATCHETT IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!
      8) NIGHT WATCH: ON THE WIRELESS
      9) ASK THEM ABOUT PINS
      10) HOGFATHER DVD USA RELEASE UPDATE
      11) BOOK NEWS: DISCWORLD'S 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

      ====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS

      12) UNSEEN BUT HEARD: A REMINDER ABOUT PRATCHETT PIECES
      13) 2008 DWCON UPDATES
      14) NADWCON UPDATES
      15) MASKERADE IN HORSHAM
      16) WYRD SISTERS AT HENLEY: A REMINDER
      17) MORT IN MORNINGTON: A REMINDER
      18) DISCBLOGGERY: PTERRY AT THE BATH LITERATURE FESTIVAL
      19) BACK PAGES: PRATCHETT SHOT BY DEATH RAY!

      ====Part 3 -- ...AND MORE...

      20) QUIRM AND GENUA: A READER'S THOUGHTS
      21) RUN RINCEWIND RUN
      22) IMAGE OF THE MONTH
      23) EAR TO THE SCREEN: ALT.BOOKS.PRATCHETT
      24) AROUND THE B.U. CAMPUS
      25) THE CLACKS LOG OF WEIRD ALICE LANCREVIC

      ====Part 4 -- WEIRD ALICE, CONTINUED

      25a) THE CLACKS LOG OF WEIRD ALICE LANCREVIC, CONTINUED

      ====Part 5 -- HOROSCOPE, AND CLOSE

      26) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE
      27) CLOSE

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      1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

      "People robbing and murdering all over place, what sort of
      impression are visitors going to take away? You come all the way to
      see our fine city with its many points of historical and civic
      interest, also many quaint customs, and you wake up in some back
      alley or as it might be floating down the Ankh, how are you going to
      tell all your friends what a great time you're having?"

      -- The Colour of Magic

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      2) COLOUR OF MAGIC FOR THE WIN!

      "That old octarine magic got me under its spell..." Oh, yes!

      Well now, it's only a few days until the first Discworld-related Big
      Event of 2008, namely the premiere of The Colour of Magic in London.
      And I have to admit that I'm quite excited -- excited enough that I
      almost wish I could teleport in for the festivities! As you know, O
      readers, I was far less enthusiastic about Hogfather, but this time
      around I have great hopes. Mob Films already have one Discworld
      success under their belts, tCoM offers a less complex set of
      storylines to present to the unenlightened public (and we can
      presume that quite a few of the unenlightened were turned on enough
      by Hogfather-the-miniseries to hie themselves to their local
      bookseller and get into the magic of the Discworld novels), and all
      the glimpses into the sets and cast have looked fantastic. So here
      we go, were we go, were we go, and I hope you join me in wishing The
      Colour of Magic every success!

      For those of you within the Sky telly catchment, WOSSNAME will
      update you the moment an air date is announced -- by special
      announcement, if necessary. The rest of us will just have to wait.
      Shame it can't be sent down to XXXX by Clacks...

      This month's issue contains information about several Discworld
      productions in other media: stage and radio plays around Roundworld.
      It seems to me that the number of companies offering Discworld is on
      the rise, and that's wonderful news. It also makes me wonder when,
      say, Marvel Comics will catch up with the programme and start doing
      a Discworld series. Anyone got Stan Lee's phone number?

      -- Annie Mac

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      3) PTERRY HEALTH UPDATE IN HIS OWN WORDS: PROMISING NEWS

      Folks,

      Happy New Year!

      I'm going to keep this short because I'd like to finish Nation by
      the end of the week, but things here are looking up a bit since my
      last report.

      I shall very soon be on medication that in theory should blow some
      of the cobwebs away and I hope my typing speed and accuracy will
      improve. Meanwhile, we are in contact with various organisation and
      researchers and keeping in touch with developments in the field,
      which is something of a Cinderella compared with other major
      illnesses.

      In short, we are trying to set up a system so that if any researcher
      anywhere shouts "Eureka!" I'll be banging on his door even before
      he's found a towel.

      I still expect to be able to go to the UK and US conventions. Apart
      from that, all my time in the office these days is spent writing,
      although there are a few events that I am taking on this year. I
      regret to say that I'm even cutting down on answering fan mail
      because my typing is so slow.

      A new book or an answer to your fan letter - don't make me choose.

      We're still getting lots of people saying "Is there anything we can
      do?" (Including high end brain specialists or other knowledgeable
      people who make up my "Greek Chorus" of advisors.) What will
      undoubtedly help, if you feel inclined, is to send some money. We
      will shortly be setting up a mechanism for you to do so and will
      post news on this when it is ready. This will be passed onto the
      Alzheimer's Research Trust, who have been very helpful.

      -- Terry Pratchett

      To see Pterry's letter on the anternet, go to:

      http://www.pjsmprints.com/news/jan2008.html


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      4) THE COLOUR OF MAGIC: PREMIERE ANNOUNCEMENT

      from http://www.pjsmprints.com/ and other sources:

      The Colour of Magic miniseries will have a premiere screening on
      March 3rd in London at The Curzon Cinema, Mayfair at 18.30. There
      will be a second screening for the fans at 21.00. That leaves the
      rest of us out in the cold, but Sandra Kidby writes, "Sky are
      positively encouraging anyone who would like to come along and wave
      and cheer before the first screening - costumes are, of course,
      most welcome."

      The Colour of Magic will likely be broadcast on Sky One in the UK
      over the March Easter Weekend, although specific dates and times
      have not yet been announced. RHI Films indicates that it will
      air in the US on ION Television later in 2008. For details on the
      miniseries, you can visit the official production site for the Sky
      One broadcast at:

      http://www.skyoneonline.co.uk/tcom

      SANDRA KIDBY WRITES:

      We have been inundated with requests for tickets to see The Colour
      of Magic premiere on March 3rd. We quickly used up all of our
      original allocation and will be emailing those lucky individuals who
      will be joining us on the night over the next couple of days.
      However, there may be hope for those on our ever-expanding reserve
      list as Sky TV have promised to let us know tomorrow if there will
      be any more available to us; keep your fingers crossed and keep
      checking www.pjsmprints.com/news for details!

      All the best.

      Sandra Kidby
      www.pjsmprints.com

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      5) OFFICIAL SKY TV COLOUR OF MAGIC SITE

      http://www1.sky.com/colourofmagic/index.html

      This is a lovely site! Very Flash-heavy -- it's a shame there isn't
      a more text-based version available -- but the magical "staff" menu
      pointer is charming, and there are some excellent interview extracts
      from the main cast. Sean Astin's pagelet, in particular, is a
      delight. The man has a fine sense of good humour and his enthusiasm
      is contagious. Go Sean!

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      6) PTERRY SPEAKS OUT: INTERVIEW ABOUT HIS ILLNESS

      An enlightening interview by BBC Radio Stoke's Pete Morgan can be
      found at:

      http://tinyurl.com/2w7rpe

      ***

      ...and also...

      ...on the subject of Pterry's illness -- when the news first broke,
      my friend The Agatean Swordsman (no, really: he's a direct
      descendant of the last Imperial Chinese house and also head honcho
      of the local swordcraft guild) made the following affectionate
      observation:

      "I can see it now, 30 years down the track, with a Segway-powered
      suitcase and an orangutan for a PA: Pterry sitting on a beach
      somewhere whilst wearing a nightgown and using a tea-cosy for a hat,
      wondering why on earth someone's badly sewn 'wizzard' onto his
      underpants."

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      7) PTERRY IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!

      Terry Pratchett will be opening the UK's largest Planetarium at
      INTECH in Winchester on March 19th, 2008.

      http://www.intech-uk.com/folders/visitor_info/map_amp_directions/

      In related news, Pterry sat up nearly all night with the legendary
      astronomer Patrick Moore to watch the total eclipse of the Moon on
      21st February, and presented Sir Patrick with a signed Paul Kidby
      portrait of Leonard of Quirm, Carrot, Rincewind and the Librarian
      standing on the Discworld's Moon (iconographed during the events of
      The Last Hero, we presume). To see some photos of the event -- the
      eclipse, that is! -- go to:

      http://www.pjsmprints.com/news/index.html

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      8) NIGHT WATCH ON THE WIRELESS

      An audio play of NIGHT WATCH will be broadcast on Radio 4 in five
      half-hour episodes at 23.00-23.30 on 27 February, 5, 12, 19 and 26
      March. The play is dramatised by Robin Brooks and directed by
      Claire Grove.

      Radio 4 is broadcast on 92-95 MHz FM in the UK, with these
      exceptions: 95.8 MHz in central Scotland, 96 MHz in Greater Belfast,
      103-104.5 MHz in parts of Wales and on 103.6 MHz in the Inverness
      area.

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      9) ASK THEM ABOUT PINS...

      PJSM Prints is introducing the first two Discworld collectable pins:
      the City Watch Badge and the Assassin's Guild crest. Each pin
      measures 1", is beautifully crafted and comes from a limited edition
      of only 100 whose unique number is individually engraved on the
      back.

      The City Watch badge is based on the eight-pointed copper star, with
      the Ankh-Morpork coat of arms in the centre and 'Fabricati Diem,
      Pvnc' written around the arms. The Assassin's Guild crest features
      the classic skull and crossbones design encased within a cloak and
      dagger and the Guild's 'Nil Mortifi Sine Lvcre' motto; the pin is
      studded with faux rubies and is further embellished with stunning
      purple enamel. [Where's the secret poison compartment? -- Ed.]

      Profits from the sale of these pins will be divided between the
      Royal British Legion (Jersey) Poppy Appeal and the Alzheimer's
      Research Trust.

      "Truly for the discerning Discworld collector." -- Terry Pratchett

      For more details and ordering information, go to:

      www.pjsmprints.com

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      10) HOGFATHER DVD USA RELEASE UPDATE

      The Borders exclusive sale period for the Hogfather DVD in the USA
      is coming to an end. Hogfather will be on general release there on 4
      March 2008.

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      11) BOOK NEWS: DISCWORLD'S 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

      Transworld is celebrating 25 years of Discworld, as well as Terry
      Pratchett's 60th birthday, in June this year. Gold stickers will
      adorn the paperback of Making Money and the reissue, for the first
      time in 12 years, of the graphic novels The Light Fantastic and The
      Colour of Magic, published together in a large-format hardback with
      a printed papercase [£25]. This reissue will follow the televised
      dramatisation of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic on Sky
      One in March. Pratchett's new children's novel, Nation, is scheduled
      for September.

      http://www.thebookseller.com/news/53347-discworld-makes-a-quarter-
      century.html

      or http://tinyurl.com/339wk4

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