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    WOSSNAME Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion APRIL 2008 (Volume 11, Issue 4) *********************************************************************
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      WOSSNAME
      Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
      APRIL 2008 (Volume 11, Issue 4)
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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...
      *********************************************************************
      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, Fernando Magnifico
      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: HAPPY BIRTHDAY PTERRY!
      3) UPDATE FROM THE MASTER
      4) PRATCHETT ON THE WIRELESS
      5) THE COLOUR OF MAGIC: A RATINGS SUCCESS
      6) TRIBUTES IN LOCUS MAGAZINE
      7) GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
      8) ALZHEIMER'S RISING IN THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS
      9) TERRY PRATCHETT AND ALZHEIMER'S: A DOCUMENTARY
      10) AN EARFUL OF DISCWORLD PRIZE DRAW
      11) MATCH IT UPDATE: PETITION TO PARLIAMENT

      ====Part 2 -- WORDS, PICTURES, PLAYS, CHITCHAT...AND ALICE

      12) NADWCON NEWS
      13) SECRETS OF THE WEE FREE MEN
      14) WANTED: CANADIAN DISCWORLD GUILD
      15) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
      16) MORT THE MUSICAL
      17) MASKERADE IN QUEENSLAND
      18) ABP: THOUGHTS ABOUT THE NATURE OF DEATH
      19) BUGARUP UNIVERSITY CAMPUS NEWSROUND
      20) THE CLACKS LOG OF WEIRD ALICE LANCREVIC

      ====Part 3 -- MORE WEIRD ALICE

      21) THE CLACKS LOG OF WEIRD ALICE LANCREVIC, CONTINUED

      ====Part 4 -- WEIRD ALICE, AND HOROSCOPE

      22) ...AND CONTINUED...
      23) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE, MAR > DEC

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

      24) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE, DEC > MAR
      25) CLOSE

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      1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

      "I ain't too certain about where people stand. P'raps what matters is
      which way you face."

      -- Granny Weatherwax, Witches Abroad

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      2) ALL HAIL THE BIRTHDAY HAT!

      Today is a very special day of a very special year. Not only has the
      Discworld series reached its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2008, but
      even more momentously, today -- 28th April, 2008 -- marks the
      sixtieth birthday of Terence David John Pratchett OBE. Author, wit,
      raconteur, satirist, humorist, humanist, imagineer extraordinaire and
      friend to orangutans everywhere in the multiverse, Mr Pratchett has
      touched and brightened the lives of millions of readers, bringing the
      joyously curious (and often, curiously joyous) beings and Jograffy of
      a certain flat world to life in a way that makes our round one a
      better place. Terry Pratchett is the reason WOSSNAME exists. Terry
      Pratchett is one of the best reasons to learn to read and to continue
      reading. Terry Pratchett is the reason I had to buy an extra set of
      bookshelves. Quite simply, Pterry is a hero, and he rocks.

      And now, as you'll see in this month's issue, Mr Pratchett is another
      kind of hero. An understandably reluctant one, as he's been struck by
      the most inconvenient sort of Embuggerance for a person whose career
      is based upon thinking and typing, but a hero nonetheless: accidental
      spokesman for Alzheimer's Disease awareness, and now the subject of a
      forthcoming documentary. At a time when he most deserves, and surely
      merits, maximum peace and quiet, he'll be allowing cameras to follow
      him around. The very fact that Mr P is willing to put up with this
      for the cause is sheer class in my book.

      All hail the Man in the Hat! Three cheers for Pterry!

      Hip, hip, hurrah!
      Hip, hip, hooray!
      Hip, hip, "with milk?"!

      May he have many more. And so say all of us!

      Also: remember, just because the kerfuffle surrounding Pterry's vast
      donation to Alzheimer's research was last month's news, you can still
      and always donate:

      https://www.committedgiving.uk.net/art/public/donor.aspx?id=cc

      -- Annie Mac, Editor

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      3) EXTRA! EXTRA! PTERRY BURIED BY THE POST OFFICE!

      I'm sure Moist von Lipwig would understand how he feels. Here are his
      own words (Pterry's, not Moist's) as seen via www.pjsmprints.com

      15th April 2008

      An April Update From Terry

      My office is now effectively at a standstill. In fact, my office is
      probably moving slightly backwards. It has not helped that a five
      story rack of filed mail collapsed under the weight recently, thus
      shuffling several thousand documents into new and interesting
      combinations. Right now it is a good day if we can answer just those
      emails that turn up on that day. Most days are nothing like good
      days. Can we please say this:

      I very much appreciate all the letters, emails and cards that have
      come in, many of them recounting personal experiences and quite a few
      passing on "survival kits". There does seem to be some people out
      there who have managed at least to slow AD, although I have to say
      that it does appear by taking various supplements, not by milligram,
      but by grams :o)

      Nation has now been line-edited, and in theory I was going to have a
      month or so off, although a large part of that will now be spent
      reassembling what passes as our post room. In reality there are now
      more calls on my time than there have ever been, to the point where
      we are simply having to ignore approaches. I think we must have had
      more than a dozen approaches from documentary companies alone, and I
      think we shall now just stop sending out the "You are too late, guys"
      emails (You may see us around and about being followed by Craig and
      Charlie, who are making a documentary about me for the BBC which will
      be broadcast next year.) I never intended that I would be some kind
      of AD spokesman, but the world seems to be deciding otherwise.

      On a brighter note, I am now firmly ensconced with a specialist,
      testing last week showed that nothing much had moved since the end of
      November, except that in situations where I must parallel process I
      find that serial processing is about as much as I can achieve :o)

      There are a number of things planned for the rest of the year, and
      they include cracking on with Unseen Academicals and also, with any
      luck, playing a rather larger role in the making of Going Postal.

      (signed)

      NOTE: You can read this message online, complete with Pterry's
      signature, at

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

      %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

      4) TERRY PRATCHETT ON THE WIRELESS: BBC Radio 7

      Including David Tennant in a radio play of The Amazing Maurice and
      his Educated Rodents! And Small Gods, starring Patrick Barlow. And
      Mort, narrated by Anton Lesser. And Truckers, read by Philip Pickard.
      And a number of soundbites in which Pterry himself talks about
      Discworld, fanfiction, and Divers other Things.

      All this radio-y goodness has just started (26th April 2008), so if
      you miss anything be sure to check the BBC's Listen Again service!

      Broadcast times and info for all of the above can be found at:

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/drama/pratchett.shtml

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      5) THE COLOUR OF MAGIC: A RATINGS SUCCESS

      "Sky One's second Pratchett adaptation peaked at 1.1 million viewers
      for the 15 minutes from 7.15pm. The first part of the drama picked up
      1.5 million viewers and an 8% share on Sunday night.

      "Sky One's first Pratchett adaptation, Hogfather, launched with 2.4
      million viewers over Christmas 2006, with the second part attracting
      1.5 million.

      The channel has already commissioned a third Pratchett drama, Going
      Postal, which will air next year."

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/mar/25/tvratings?gusrc=rss&feed
      =media

      or http://tinyurl.com/yq3cv6

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      6) PTERRY THE BIRTHDAY BOY: FEATURED TRIBUTES IN LOCUS MAGAZINE

      The April 2008 Locus magazine features Terry Pratchett on the cover.
      The interview, called "Acts of God: An Interview with Terry
      Pratchett," runs from page 6 to 7 and continues on page 58. There is
      also a two-page spread from pp34-35, "Discworld: 25 Years on a
      Turtle's Back", which contains short tributes from Stephen Briggs,
      former WOSSNAME News Editor Anna M. Caggiano, and Jason Anthony of
      Discworld Monthly. Get your copy now -- a collector's item for sure.

      Also, Making Money is a finalist in the Locus Poll (for Best Fantasy
      Novel) for the Locus Awards, which will be presented in June 2008. Go
      Pterry!

      %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

      7) GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER

      Unfortunately this item comes a bit late, as by now the winning bids
      will have been processed -- curse this monthly format! -- but the
      Alzheimer's Research Trust recently ran a fundraising auction, with
      the highest bidders winning a place at an exclusive dinner:

      "The format of the evening is a dinner hosted by consultant
      psychiatrist, broadcaster and author of various popular publications
      on psychiatry, Dr Raj Persaud, with acclaimed author Terry Pratchett
      OBE as guest of honour. Mr Pratchett and Dr Persaud will spend time
      with our guests talking about their involvement with the Alzheimer's
      Research Trust.

      "Places are strictly limited and seats will be allocated to the
      highest bidder with monies raised going to the Alzheimer's Research
      Trust to support further research into Alzheimer's and related
      forms of dementia."

      Here's hoping that the winning bids were very high indeed, and that
      an excellent evening is had by all involved on the night!

      http://tinyurl.com/5tj4rs

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      8) ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH NOW A GREATER PRIORITY

      Alzheimer's awareness is up, thanks to Pterry's donation and presence
      in recent news media. "In a new survey the UK public has identified
      which illnesses should be a priority for national health spending,
      72% of people say cancer is a national priority, according to
      research from the ABPI. A third of people cite heart disease, widely
      regarded as the second most prevalent and debilitating illness, and
      Alzheimer's is now the third most cited disease with 11% of the UK
      public demanding greater national health spending for the disease."

      http://tinyurl.com/5vajgv

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      9) TERRY PRATCHETT AND ALZHEIMER'S: A DOCUMENTARY

      "I never intended that I would be some kind of AD spokesman, but the
      world seems to be deciding otherwise." -- Terry Pratchett

      Scotland's largest independent television production company, IWC
      Media, has teamed up with Terry Pratchett and the BBC to make a new
      documentary series about Terry Pratchett and his diagnosis of early
      onset Alzheimer's, to be produced in the near future by Craig
      Hunter and directed by Charlie Russell.

      http://www.fromrimtohub.com/?p=438'

      %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

      10) AN EARFUL OF DISCWORLD

      The Random House publishing group is currently running a Terry
      Pratchett prize draw to celebrate the launch of the official
      Pratchett UK website. The prize is an iPod pre-loaded with the
      complete collection of Terry Pratchett's audio books!

      Rules and how-to-enter:
      http://www.terrypratchett.co.uk/comp_rules.html

      The site itself is still under construction, but make sure to add
      www.terrypratchett.co.uk to your bookmarks and keep an eye on it for
      new developments!

      %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

      11) MATCH IT FOR PRATCHETT UPDATE: WHERE UNOFFICIAL AND OFFICIAL MEET

      Pat Cadigan has posted the following message at Match It For
      Pratchett. It's from Andrew Scheuber at the UK Alzheimer's Research
      Trust, and contains details of a proposed motion in Parliament
      regarding Alzheimer's research:

      "That this House applauds Terry Pratchett, who is donating $1 million
      to the Alzheimer's Research Trust; notes that there are 700,000
      people with dementia in the UK, a number forecast to double within a
      generation; notes that for every person with Alzheimer's, £11 is
      spent each year on UK research compared with £289 for each cancer
      patient; supports the work of the UK's leading scientists, who
      recently met at the Alzheimer's Research Trust's Network Conference
      in Bristol, in researching better treatments and possible cures for
      dementia; welcomes the campaign by Terry Pratchett and the
      Alzheimer's Research Trust to increase funding and promote further
      research into the diagnosis, treatment and a possible cure for
      Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

      That this House applauds Terry Pratchett, who is donating $1 million
      to the Alzheimer's Research Trust; notes that there are 700000 people
      with dementia in the UK, a number forecast to double within a
      generation..."

      If you are a UK or Irish citizen, the Trust urges you to write to
      your MP and to sign an online petition. Details can be found at:

      http://www.matchitforpratchett.org/2008/04/an-important-me.html

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