WOSSNAME - MARCH 2008 - PART 1 of 5
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
MARCH 2008 (Volume 11, Issue 3)
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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
Editor Emeritus (retd): Joseph Schaumburger
News Editor: T.F. (Tiff) Peasey
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Copyright 2008 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
====Part 1 -- ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
1) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
3) PTERRY'S DONATION, AND APPEALS TO DISCWORLD FANS
4) IMAGE OF THE MONTH: ONE MAN AND HIS HAT
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS
5) THE COLOUR OF MAGIC PREMIERE AND BROADCAST
6) AND THEY SAW STARS: PTERRY OPENS PLANETARIUM...
7) ...AND PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARTHUR C. CLARKE
8) DWCON UPDATES
9) DISCWORLD CHARACTER PHOTO CONTEST
10) MASKERADE IN LIVERPOOL
11) MAKING MONEY: LIFE IMITATES ART?
12) MORT IN MORNINGTON: A REVIEW
====Part 3 -- B.U. NEWS AND WEIRD ALICE AND...STUFF
13) BUGARUP UNIVERSITY CAMPUS NEWSROUND
14) BOOK NEWS: YOUR TO-BUY LIST!
15) THE WEARING OF THE LILAC
16) SCUMBLE FESTIVAL IN FOURECKS
17) TECHNOMANCY CORNER: 'NIGHT WATCH' FOR LINUX USERS
18) THE CLACKS LOG OF WEIRD ALICE LANCREVIC
====Part 4 -- HOROSCOPE, AND CLOSE
19) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE
1) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"I'm nearly 60 and I've never been nearly 60 before so I'm not sure
if some of the things happening to me are Alzheimer's or getting
older. Nor is anyone else." -- Terry Pratchett
"Part of me lives in a world of new age remedies and science, and
some of the science is a little like voodoo, but science was never an
exact science, and personally I'd eat the arse out of a dead mole if
it offered a fighting chance." -- TP (speaking at the Alzheimer's
Research Trust annual conference)
"People ask me why I announced that I had Alzheimer's. My response
was: why shouldn't I? I remember when people died 'of a long
illness'; now we call cancer by its name, and as every wizard knows,
once you have a thing's real name you have the first step to its
taming." -- ibid
"Even though my sales are huge there must be some people who don't
read me; I'm certain that there are people who can go and visit them,
and help them." -- TP (speaking with tongue firmly in cheek at the
Colour of Magic post-premiere Q&A)
2) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR
Well, now...welcome to the most news-packed issue of WOSSNAME in all
the years I've been associated with this publication! Certainly it's
the most news-packed issue of my editorship, which is rapidly
approaching the end of a full year (good grief). Between Pterry's
marvellous donation to Alzheimer's research and his other activities,
and the premiere of The Colour of Magic on Sky One this previous
weekend, the aether has been positively choked with Pratchett and
Discworld-related wossnames -- and as the wossnames go, so goes the
O Discworld fans, have you put your spare change in for a good cause
yet? In the words of one person I know, "It'd be a nice birthday/25th
anniversary of Discworld gift for Terry if the fans could match his
donation." In addition to *my* spare change, I've put in a lot of
time collecting and checking out various links to all the articles
and interviews out there in Pterryland. So in addition to reading all
the usual news, views and reviews, get your Hex mousies ready to
click, click, click!
I'd like to give special thanks to all the various people who sent in
links and information. Here we go...
-- Annie Mac, Editor
3) THE ALZHEIMER'S THING: PTERRY'S DONATION, AND WHAT THE REST OF US CAN
DO TO HELP
PTERRY'S SPEECH TO THE ALZHEIMER'S TRUST
There is a 15-minute video clip on the BBC, best found by entering
the search term 'Pratchett' on the BBC website, or by following this
Currently it's the third clip in the list in the panel.
Unfortunately, there's no direct link to this, so if the Beeb move
the video's location, you may have to look at bit longer for
"Alzheimer's research donation".
There is also a link to Pterry's exclusive BBC radio appearance, on
the same page; this is currently on the Listen Again online playlist:
You can download a transcript of the speech at the Alzheimer's
Research Trust Conference, in .pdf form, here:
...but you'll miss the informal preamble ("Mankind was designed to
live until we were 28, but we redesigned ourselves...") and thus miss
some of the wonderfully biting Pratchett humour.
RECORD AMOUNT OF DONATIONS!
'The charity received donations from as far as the US and Peru, as
well as closer to home, since Pratchett spoke about his battle with
the disease last Thursday. A spokesman said: "Even £1 a month is
fantastic. £12.50 is enough to fund an hour of cutting-edge research
into dementia. The amount we have had is a record for such a short
period of time.'
MATCH IT FOR PRATCHETT
For those who didn't already know, sci-fi author Pat Cadigan has
started up a matching-funds donation initiative called "Match It for
There is now a dedicated "Match it for Pratchett" website:
*NOTICE: RE MATCH IT FOR PRATCHETT*
(this is from Pterry himself)
"As far as we are concerned this is not official, and if we don't
think its official, it aint. I hate to appear to be in any way
negative about what appears to be very good intentions, but I could
wish that the gentleman concerned had got in touch with us first
before going ahead.
"I have to say there are certain things that worry me about this
project, not because they are in any way fraudulent, but raising and
distributing money for charity can involve rather more problems than
seem apparent at the start especially in the loveable volatile
world we know as fandom.
"Most of the £13,000 raised since last Thursday has been sent to
the Alzheimer's Research Trust
directly, which at least has the benefit of being straight forward.
"All the best."
That said, the first item on the matchitforpratchett.org page does
link directly to
And there are lovely t-shirts for sale. So it's not a bad thing!
FROM BOINGBOING TO THE BBC AND BACK...
News of Mr Pratchett's illness, his huge donation to Alzheimer's
research, and the way his millions of fans are reacting and
responding to the call for more funds to investigate and treat
Alzheimer's disease, has spread around Roundworld from low to high,
and the internet is awash with articles and sites and discussions of
this. There are so many links, with so many different modes of
expression, that you'll be spoilt for choice. Here are but a few:
Terry Pratchett's million-dollar wish to give battle against ...
Times Online - UK
"So will there be more Discworld adaptations? 'I shall be 60 next
birthday, so why not have some fun?' he says evenly."
Pratchett in $1m donation as he hits out over care for Alzheimer's
Scotsman - UK
Contains a lively comments thread
Pratchett funds Alzheimer's study
BBC News - UK
"Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust,
said the trust currently had to turn down two out of every three
research projects due to lack of funds. She said: 'Whilst we were
deeply saddened to learn of Mr Pratchett's diagnosis, we are
delighted that he has chosen to speak out about his experiences with
Alzheimer's disease, to raise awareness about its impact and the
desperate need for more research. Research is the only way to beat
this disease and help people like Terry - to prevent them losing
their thinking skills and keep them doing the things they love.'"
Pratchett gives 5000,000 pounds to Alzheimer's charity
"Pratchett, who has sold tens of millions of books around the world,
announced in December he has a rare form of the disease. 'Soon after
I told the world, my Web site fell over,' he said. 'I had more than
60,000 messages in the first few hours.'"
An appeal from Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing:
"So whaddaya say, guys? It's a pound. That's about 2 bucks US
dollars, give or take a couple of (US) pennies. You can spare that
Luggage auction! The Luggage as seen in tCoM, filled with Discworld
Now closed, I'm afraid.
GREAT NEWS: the winning bid was GBP 3,667.42 -- approximately
The articles are flooding in thick and fast that I'm starting to lose
track of what's what, so there may be some duplicates in these lists,
but I've tried to visit each link to check it out for you. Several of
the links contain video/audio interviews.
"It's a shock and a shame, then, to find out that money for research
is 3 per cent of that which goes to find cancer cures. Perhaps that
is why, for example, that I know three people who have successfully
survived brain tumours but no-one who has beaten Alzheimer's."
"Fantasy author Terry Pratchett chatted to us yesterday..." (with
embedded short video interview)
"'Fans of the Discworld author should know that the international
drugs industry is already on the case in a major way,' said Dr
Richard Barker, Director General of the ABPI."
"His popularity prevents him being seen as one of our great
satirists." An excellent article containing both timely information
and a lot of well-presented biographical stuff, including How Pterry
Met Colin [Smythe] and a succinct bullet-point CV.
"Terry Pratchett, author of Britain's most shoplifted novels..."
"I'm a typical bloody writer. Maybe all of us have had Alzheimer's
for years without realising it."
"I started off feeling so alone and then I began to rattle cages. You
can't be ashamed of an illness."
"With dementia levels in Scotland set to rise by 75% in the next 25
years, the writer behind the Discworld fantasy books spoke out
against the patchy provision for sufferers..."
"People laugh about senior moments - about forgetting names and
losing things," he says. "But it's like wearing a balaclava helmet
under my skin."
4) IMAGE OF THE MONTH: ONE MAN AND HIS HAT
A Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike photo from Myrmi's Flickr
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