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    WOSSNAME Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion AUGUST 2008 (Volume 11, Issue 8) *********************************************************************
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      Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
      AUGUST 2008 (Volume 11, Issue 8)
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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: Fiona (not Bruce) Bruce
      Newshounds: Vera, Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow
      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: Tiff
      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
      3) UPDATE FROM THE MASTER
      4) LIVE ON THE BEEB...IN THE FRONT ROW
      5) RELEASE DATES: REMINDER
      6) DWCON 2008: SOME ICONOGRAPHS
      7) TERRY PRATCHETT, THE PINK FLOYD OF PROSE
      8) REVIEWS OF DISCWORLD COLLECTION DVD
      9) A VERY SMALL BOOK SIGNING
      10) A STREET-LEVEL REVIEW OF NATION
      11) PTERRY: MAKING A RIGHTEOUS NOISE ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S TREATMENT

      ====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS, UPDATES, AND STUFF

      12) NEW DISCWORLD COLLECTIBLES
      13) ALL THE DISC'S A STAGE: NEW PRODUCTIONS
      14) GREAT MOMENTS IN OPERA
      15) A DISCWORLD TIMELINE
      16) ROUNDWORLD'S HARRY KING
      17) DISC! IN! SPAAAACE!
      18) PTERRY'S ON THE MAP NOW...
      19) ...AND BEING USED AS A REFERENCE POINT
      20) NADWCON UPDATES
      21) AUSDWCON 2009
      22) MISTER TEATIME SPEAKS!
      23) LIFE ON MARS...FOR SWAMP DRAGONS? NASA THINKS SO
      24) GRANNY WEATHERWAX, SUPERCRONE
      25) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
      26) THE FANART OF KIT COX
      27) AROUND THE BU CAMPUS
      28) ABP ITEMS OF NOTE

      ====Part 3 -- WEIRD ALICE, AND HOROSCOPE

      29) THE CLACKS LOG OF WEIRD ALICE LANCREVIC
      30) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE

      ====Part 4 -- HOROSCOPE, CONTINUED

      31) HOROSCOPE APR > JAN

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

      32) HOROSCOPE JAN > MAR
      33) CLOSE

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      1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

      "I don't have much truck with the 'religion is the cause of most of
      our wars' school of thought because that is manifestly done by mad,
      manipulative and power-hungry men who cloak their ambition in God."

      -- Terry Pratchett, 2008

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      2) TWO CONVENTIONS, ZERO REPORTS

      By now the last of the post-DWcon and Wadfest hangovers will be but
      a sour memory and the intrepid international conventiongoers will
      have been reunited with their Luggage, or at least the pieces that
      didn't go missing at various airports. By all accounts, both
      conventions were wildly successful. Unfortunately, I don't have any
      of those accounts in the form of written reports, despite several
      pre-convention offers of post-convention quickie summaries (no, not
      the Ogg sort of quickie). Perhaps there were some *really
      impressive* hangovers...or, given the number of Vetinari
      impersonators at the late stages of DWcon '08, maybe my would-be
      reporters are closeted in a nice padded ward with Cosmo Lavish...

      Nonetheless, there's plenty in this month's issue to inform and
      entertain. And at least -- thanks to the lovely DWcon organisers --
      there are links to DWcon photos, including a fine iconograph of Best
      Costume winner "Mad Hamish" (and a fine Mad Hamish he was, although
      my personal favourite is the ever so golden Moist von Lipwig). And
      an exciting message from Pterry himself, who looked like he was
      having huge fun at DWcon. Oh, and a link to an actual recording of a
      famous piece of Ankh-Morpork opera! Enjoy.

      -- Annie Mac, Editor

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      3) UPDATE FROM THE MASTER

      An Update From Terry

      Folks,

      To those that want to know, it would be true to say that my life
      right now is occasional short periods of writing interspersed and
      interrupted with requests for interviews. As my UK readers will
      know, merely catching a variant of Alzheimer's has propelled me
      onto more prestigious chat show sofas than I have ever seen in 25
      years of quietly writing the Discworld series.

      My general health is good. The most recent test by my specialist
      indicates, in effect, that I am no worse now, and possibly slightly
      better than I was at the back end of November. I have no idea when
      Unseen Academicals will be finished, simply because of the amount of
      media interest that continues to be generated by recent developments
      in the treatment of AD. Frankly, and with the agreement of my
      publishers, I feel that this is something that I should give
      priority to.

      In a weeks time we are flying to the States to talk to a number of
      specialists in AD research and, incidentally, go out with the LAPD
      officers who are tasked with – and I am not kidding – locating
      and bringing home those elderly joggers with memory difficulties who
      have jogged five miles and can't remember where they live. I thought
      this was an urban myth, but apparently it is true. We will,
      obviously, be back in time for UK convention, which I would not miss
      for root canal surgery.

      The bad news is that it looks as if, for various reasons, Going
      Postal The Movie will be delayed and shooting will not begin until
      the start of next year. However, the guys from Mob turned up this
      morning and filmed my sequence for the Colour of Magic DVD which
      will be released in October.

      (signed) Terry Pratchett

      -- originally published at www.pjsmprints.com

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      4) LIVE ON THE BEEB...IN THE FRONT ROW

      Journalist and presenter Mark Lawson will be interviewing Terry
      Pratchett on BBC Radio 4's Front Row programme on Monday, 1st
      September. The listed broadcast time is between 7.15 and 7.45pm.

      Remember, the BBC's Listen Again page features radio programmes of
      the previous seven days, so if you miss it you can always check the
      page:

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/frontrow/past_programmes.shtml

      It's also worth checking the Front Row podcast page, which will
      cover the week's highlights:

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/frontrow/

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      5) RELEASE DATE REMINDERS

      Nation:
      UK (Doubleday) -- 11th September.
      USA (HarperCollins, hardback and audiobook) -- 30th September.
      Australia (Random House) -- 8th October.

      Two additional Pterry books will be released in hardcover in the UK
      on 11th September:

      The Folklore of Discworld (Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson)
      The Illustrated Wee Free Men (Terry Pratchett and Stephen Player)

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      6) DWCON 2008: SOME ICONOGRAPHS BY 'OTTO CHRIEK'

      Man with broom:
      http://tinyurl.com/68o4x4

      Crivens!:
      http://tinyurl.com/62e7gy

      "That's not a sword...THIS is a sword!":
      http://tinyurl.com/5w997g

      The man in the golden suit (and look who's standing next to him!):
      http://tinyurl.com/5rhkct

      Art for Disc's sake:
      http://tinyurl.com/63fstt

      "Inna bun! Get 'em while they're...inna bun!":
      http://tinyurl.com/5qychh

      Also, some photos by Winterbay:

      Mad Hamish:
      http://tinyurl.com/6pbh8b

      The turtle moves!:
      http://tinyurl.com/5odqoz

      ...and from Koen Ven -- here be dragons:
      http://tinyurl.com/5o9nb6

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      7) TERRY PRATCHETT: THE PINK FLOYD OF PROSE!

      The Bookseller magazine's list of "evergreens", the top twelve
      titles that have never fallen out of the top 5,000 chart, includes
      three Discworld books: The Colour of Magic, Mort and The Light
      Fantastic. That's a quarter of the most consistent top sellers! Even
      JRR Tolkien only got in with one (The Hobbit). As Meatloaf almost
      sang once, "Three out of twelve ain't bad..."

      Nielsen BookScan has has been collecting sales data on books since
      1995.

      http://tinyurl.com/5kdb4p

      Also, from The Telegraph:

      "Fantasy author Terry Pratchett, who recently revealed he has early
      onset Alzheimer's disease, makes the list three times for novels
      from his Discworld series...Tom Tivnan, features editor of The
      Bookseller magazine...commented: 'These are books that maybe are not
      going to be centre stage in your bookshop, but you really need to
      have them on the shelf. They are nice little earners.'..."

      http://tinyurl.com/6dgfvl

      [Ed. note: interestingly, none of the Harry Potter series have
      stayed consistently in the top sales chart.]

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      8) REVIEWS OF DISCWORLD COLLECTION DVD

      "For those unfamiliar with his works, Pratchett takes fantasy and
      its many peculiar elements (magic, pseudo-medieval setting, dwarfs,
      trolls, witches, and monsters) and turns it on its head with
      invasions from our own world and wry British wit... Therein lies the
      real draw of Terry Pratchett with his surreal juxtaposition of
      normality in our world with fantasy..."

      http://blogcritics.org/archives/2008/08/07/180642.php

      And from Entertainment Today's DVDs of the Week:

      "I must say that the real wild card of my DVD reviewing week was
      Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collection. This animated fantasy
      adventure set touts itself as `a little bit Shakespeare and a
      little bit Hollywood', but that doesn't exactly do this wildly
      inventive set justice..."

      http://tinyurl.com/6aep8f

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      9) A VERY SMALL BOOK SIGNING

      Marie and Colin Telford, owners of Hayling Island Bookshop (just
      over three square metres in size!), said: "This really came out of
      the blue. They were looking for the smallest bookshop on an island
      as his new book is set on an island. They wanted to do a bit of a
      quirky launch. So after we sent in our measurements we found out we
      were accepted."

      Three Pratchett books can be signed at the launch: The Folklore of
      Discworld, Nation, and a limited edition copy of Nation "only
      available at launches".

      http://tinyurl.com/5renmr

      "Terry Pratchett will carry out signings for his new novel Nation
      (Doubleday) at both the Hayling Island Bookshop, the smallest island
      bookshop, and Waterstone's Piccadilly, the biggest bookshop in
      Europe...The signings will both take place on Saturday 13th
      September. Random House designed the two events to reflect the
      themes of Nation, which is set on a small desert island and explores
      nationhood and cultural identity."

      http://www.tinyurl.com.au/x.php?15is

      "On Saturday 13th September, Terry Pratchett will be signing at the
      Hayling Island Bookshop at 9am, and at Waterstone's Piccadilly at
      2pm. Entry to the Hayling Bookshop event will be managed by a
      limited number of free numbered tickets available from Thursday 15th
      August by application in person or by calling The Hayling Island
      Bookshop 02392 466620. Further details about the signing will be
      published during August. Contact Marie or Colin Telford,
      www.haylingislandbookshop.co.uk 02392 466 620 or 07880 986 624 "

      http://www.hayling.co.uk/news/story1004.html

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      10) A STREET-LEVEL REVIEW OF NATION

      Blogger Badger (Chris) says, "This is very different from the usual
      Pratchett works. Normally he writes laugh-out-loud, thought-
      provoking comedy, and while there is quite a bit of that in this
      book, it's certainly less pronounced than in the Discworld
      novels... *Very* highly recommended, pre-order today!"

      http://tinyurl.com/55wpzp

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      11) PTERRY: MAKING A RIGHTEOUS NOISE ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S TREATMENT

      From The Independent (UK) newspaper:

      "Aricept can slow the disease's progress and costs just £2.50 a
      day. But there are 400,000 Alzheimer's sufferers in the UK so
      Aricept has been ruled out for NHS use in the mild stages except in
      Scotland...I have no trouble paying, but some people can't. My wife
      and PA noticed changes in me after two months on it. I used to
      fumble with buttons and seat belts. Now I get dressed normally and
      seat belts slide in first time. Mentally, it's the difference
      between a sunny day and an overcast day."

      http://tinyurl.com/6fkfvv

      The full text of Terry Pratchett's observations can be found at, of
      all places, News of the World online -- along with a very, very
      striking photograph:

      http://tinyurl.com/6fvm48

      A related article that sums up Mr Pratchett's illness and reactions:

      "And continuing to write keeps his ailing brain in good condition,
      as does walking, gardening, watching films and playing computer
      games...'One piece of advice I was given by a specialist was
      'surround yourself with toys'. He didn't mean buy stuff, but try to
      make your life as interesting as possible keep yourself active, keep
      yourself interested.'"

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7560713.stm

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      12) NEW DISCWORLD COLLECTIBLES: A-M BADGE, AND KEYRING ASSORTMENT

      Two new goodies are available from PJSM Prints: an Ankh-Morpork City
      special pin badge featuring "the now famous crest of the great twin
      cities of Ankh and Morpork itself", and a choice of Discworld
      character keyrings.

      The badge comes as a limited edition of 250, and is the only pin in
      the collection that comes with an insert card hand-signed by Terry
      Pratchett. At £39.99 it ate'nt cheap, but bear in mind that all the
      other pins in the series have sold out quickly!

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

      There are four keyrings available, each based on a Paul Kidby
      official Discworld illustration: Greebo, Death, Great A'Tuin and the
      Discworld itself, and the iconic Feeglespotting group portrait. Each
      keyring is approximately two inches tall (or wide), and each costs
      £6.99.

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

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      13) DISCWORLD STAGE NEWS

      REMINDER: NIGHT WATCH IN EALING

      Point 303 Theatre Company present a stage adaptation of Night Watch
      from 4-6 September 2008.

      WHERE: The Studio, Questors Theatre, Matlock Lane, Ealing, W5 5BQ
      WHEN: 4th-6th September 2008. 7.45pm nightly, with a Saturday
      matinee starting at 2.30pm.
      HOW MUCH: Tickets cost 10 GBP or 8.50 GBP for concessions.

      As the production is also dedicated to the memory of a member of
      Point 303 who died of cancer last year, 55% of the ticket sales will
      be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

      For more information, see http://www.questors.org.uk or call
      020-8567-0011

      MASKERADE IN GREENOCK

      Greenock Players, up in the land of the Roundworld Nac Mac Feegle,
      present their production of Maskerade.

      WHERE: Arts Guild Theatre in Greenock (20 miles west of Glasgow)
      WHEN: 11-13th September 2008
      HOW MUCH: Tickets cost 7.50 GBP and can be purchased from the theatre

      For more information, ring 01475 723 038.

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      14) GREAT MOMENTS IN OPERA

      Discworld fans sometimes go to great lengths to pay homage to their
      favourite fictional world. Dick Craswell, for one: he offers us the
      following:

      "Rare recording of Iodine's aria... the famous one from 'La
      Triviata', in which she tells Peccadillo how hard it is for her to
      leave him... It's an old recording, so it's a bit scratchy; and
      although it's presumably a soprano aria, for some reason it's
      performed here by an over-the-hill baritone. Anyhow, I've converted
      it to mp3 format and posted it (with Pterry's kind permission) for
      free download by anyone who's interested... Call it fan art, but of
      the musical persuasion."

      http://tinyurl.com/QuestaPorta

      [Nice one, Dick! Now is there any chance you could unearth a
      recording of Agnes singing that aria in Christine's voice? -- Ed.]

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