WOSSNAME - APRIL 2008 - PART 3 OF 5
- WOSSNAME -- MAY 2008 -- PART 3 OF 5 (continued)
====Part 3 - ...AND MORE...AND AROUND THE BU CAMPUS
25) ANOTHER UNAUTHORISED BOOK ABOUT DISCWORLD
26) AROUND THE BU CAMPUS
27) HOW NOT TO GROK DISCWORLD
28) NOT QUITE THE END
25) EEK! ANOTHER UNAUTHORISED BOOK ABOUT DISCWORLD
The Turtle Moves! Discworld's Story Unauthorized:
"The Turtle Moves! will be out in August from BenBella Books, by the
way. It's a sort of reader's guide to Terry Pratchett's long-running
[It's a meme, I tells ya! -- Ed.]
26) AROUND THE BU CAMPUS
1. SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
The Rear View column this week was written by Deborah Hope who opined
that children these days would be better behaved if their parents read
to them as she did to her own sons. She gives examples of books
including "Terry Pratchett's trilogy for younger readers, 'Truckers,
Diggers and Wings'(the boys would go on to read the two dozen or so
Discworld series titles numerous times)."
[Hope, Deborah. "A read can put things right." The Weekend Australian
Review Section 26 Apr 2008, p. 40.]
-- New Bruce
2. THE GLOOPER IN ROUNDWORLD
Engineer/economist Bill Phillips, a New Zealand native, built a
machine to model the British economy in 1949. Although it was high-
tech for its time, today the Phillips Machine seems a little nutty.
What's odd about the machine is that it used water power
hydraulics to model the flow of money through the British
3. WHAT'S IN A (DISCWORLD) NAME
I don't want to make light of the crisis in Myanmar but I did smile
when I heard on the news that the UN was bringing in supplies from
You can help here -- http://www.careaustralia.org.au/
-- New Bruce
4. LIBRARIANS EVOLVING!
Ook ook ooook!
Showing off eh? Mrs Whitlow must be around.(He's taken his drawers
off for Bealtain/Samhain I see).
I bet he's mastered the art of Blanky Zen and is wearing an invisible
fluffy blanket! Hey, maybe this proves that if Homo sapiens sticks
around for long enough, the species might become intelligent :D
5. THE ECLIPSE CRUISE
Soooo, anyone wanna go on a cruise?
You'll see lots of The Sea and Little Fishes!
Not to mention a MERE BALL OF FLAMING GAS that will have failed to have
ILLUMINATED THE WORLD, at least for a few minutes...
Not to mention a thing of mostly water, with a bit of carbon and a few
other odds and ends, who has succeeded in illuminating the world just a
[Ed. -- And so say all of us!]
27) THE COLOUR OF OOPS, OR HOW NOT TO GROK DISCWORLD
And now we come to the, shall we say, unbelievers. One of WOSSNAME's
newshounds sent me the following item some months ago; I'd originally
decided not to reprint or link to it, but what with the theme of this
month's editorial, I think this piece provides a reasonable
opportunity to mock the afflic-, that is, to point out that not
everyone has the right mindset to appreciate Discworld. Below is a
review, published exactly two years ago in The Oxford Student, of a
stage production of Wyrd Sisters. Not only did the reviewer
completely fail to understand the true satirical nature of Wyrd
Sisters, but she also fell over herself in an attempt to be
scornfully clever, or cleverly scornful, or whatever it is that
pretentious students in the Halls of Academia (MAY CONTAIN NUTS)
think they have to do to look like a wys-ars -- which apparently
includes an inability to proofread the title of her own review:
A Prachett job
By Alys Denby
O'Reilly, 16 May - 20 May
Perhaps it is just me being green in judgement but something makes me
think it unlikely that a large proportion of O'Reilly theatregoers
are under the age of seven. This view is apparently not shared by
Meghna Jayanth who, in choosing to stage a production of Terry
Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters must surely be attempting to appeal to
this age group, that or trying to relive her own salad days.
The play is essentially a puerile parody of Shakespeare's Macbeth
with elements of King Lear and Hamlet thrown in for good measure. The
megalomaniacal Duke Felmet (played by Rob Morgan) has usurped the
good King Verence I and attempts to cement his rule by disposing of
the king's rightful heir. His plan is complicated somewhat by the
interference of the king's ghost, three witches and a band of
These tiresome events strut their hour upon the fantastical Discworld
of the eponymous novel cycle whose popularity is as incomprehensible
as Stephen Briggs' decision to adapt it for stage. The witches are
characterised with bathetic realism, their only real power being the
capacity of their comedy accents to slip seamlessly between
Coronation Street and Ireland, with the exception of Claire Stevenson
who plays Magrat Garlick and is actually from Belfast.
Pratchett fans will recognise the narrator Jayanth's own
addition who vocalises vast sections of the book's footnotes.
This play, having as it does all the characteristics of a tale told
by an idiot, is rescued from unwatchability by Morgan who portrays
the oleaginous perversion of the Duke admirably.
This is fortunate as the Duke's character is the only one that
provides genuine humour in the play as a caricature of the spotty
sexuality of a fourteen year-old dungeons and dragons enthusiast with
a reassuringly postmodern touch. In all fairness to the Wyrd Sisters
team, the job they make of this dreadful play is far from hamfisted
and would probably delight a family at the Edinburgh fringe.
I fear however that the travesty it makes of the bard may be an
anathema to Oxford's more erudite theatregoer.
The original review can be seen online at:
28) ...AND IT'S NOT GOODNIGHT FROM HER YET
And so we come to the *temporary* end. Stand by for the rest of your
monthly WOSSNAME goodies, arriving in your Hex mailbox in a few days'
time: Fernando, Weird Alice, and any late-breaking news that happens
to show up. As always, I'd like to extend a huge thank-you to all the
people who sent me news and links. In the meantime, enjoy your link
clicks, save an orangutan, and don't forget to pre-order your copy of
-- Annie Mac
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