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    WOSSNAME Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion FEBRUARY 2009 (Volume 12, Issue 2) *********************************************************************
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      Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
      FEBRUARY 2009 (Volume 12, 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: 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
      World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare
      time)
      Copyright 2009 by Klatchian Foreign Legion

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      INDEX:

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

      1) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
      2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
      3) PTERRY'S LATEST UPDATE
      4) TAPPED WITH THE ROYAL SWORD!
      5) tCoM USA TELEVISION PREMIERE -- AT LAST
      6) FIVE MINUTES WITH SIR PTERRY ON VIDEO
      7) ...AND ON THE WIRELESS...

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

      8) TERRY PRATCHETT: LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER'S
      9) OTHER ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
      10) ODYSSEY AWARD FOR NATION AUDIOBOOK
      11) GOOD OMENS WINS AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
      12) LOCUS MAGAZINE ON NATION

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

      13) BROKEN DRUMMERS MEET-UP FOR MARCH
      14) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
      15) CONVENTION NEWS
      16) SCIENCE: SO WHAT, FOLLOW-UP
      17) AN ODD REVIEW OF NATION
      18) DESPERATELY SEEKING "MAGIC"
      19) BU CAMPUS NEWSROUND

      ====Part 4 -- HOROSCOPE

      20) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE

      ====Part 5 -- LATE BREAKING NEWS, AND CLOSE

      21) LATE BREAKING NEWS
      22) CLOSE

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      1) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

      "Terry has now written forty-eight books (of which thirty-six are
      Discworld novels) and co-authored a further fifty. Between them they
      have sold over 60 million copies in thirty-seven languages, which I
      calculate would be a pile of books over 1,000 miles high, stretching
      further than Land's End in Cornwall to the furthest tip of the
      Shetland Islands off the north coast of Scotland -- or from New
      Orleans to Chicago, and then some."

      -- Colin Smythe, in his biography of Pterry on the L-Space web

      "You can't ask a fantasy writer not to want a knighthood. You know,
      for two pins I'd get myself a horse and a sword."

      -- The above-mentioned novelist, after being gently thwacked with a
      sword by real-world royalty

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      2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

      A VITAL LEGACY FROM OUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR

      A few days ago, I watched the documentary Terry Pratchett: Living
      with Alzheimer's, and it affected me even more strongly than I might
      have expected. We're all well aware that Sir Pterry has mixed
      feelings about now being known as much for his illness and his
      campaigns to "kill the demon" as he is for his vast body of
      wonderful novels and stories, but I'm becoming convinced that --
      despite the enduring power of his prose -- his work on behalf of
      Alzheimer's research is perhaps the most important contribution he
      will have made to the world. It has been rare enough for famous
      people to even admit to having Alzheimer's (comparisons have been
      drawn with Ronald Reagan's "confession", but how many people out
      there are aware even now of the fact that, for example, Margaret
      Thatcher is severely afflicted with the disease?); and yet here is
      Terry Pratchett, not only openly admitting it but coming out with a
      figurative two-headed battle axe to make very public war upon it.

      As a member of the baby boomer generation, I am only a few years
      younger than Sir Pterry, but Alzheimer's never struck in my family
      so I hadn't given it much thought. Now, though, the spectre of it
      looms large. I've always been known to family and friends as a sort
      of organic RAM, a living storehouse of random facts and personal and
      family memories: for instance, my sixty-year-old brother, a
      scientist by training who nonetheless never did have great memory
      powers, frequently asks me about things we did in our adolescence so
      the memories will stay alive for him. To quote the Master in the
      first part of Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's, "What are
      we? We are our memories. And Alzheimer's takes away your memories,
      and then it takes away *you*", and the thought of experiencing such
      a loss simply terrifies me.

      I had intended to write my own review of the documentary, but after
      reading a number of press and blog reviews I concluded that those do
      a fine job of covering the territory. So I will just exhort all of
      you to watch Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's. If you live
      outside the BBC catchment area, go out on the internet and hit the
      torrents. Auntie Beeb has given us so much wonderful programming
      over the generations, but she's a bit of a jealous old bird who
      likes to keep her golden eggs in her own henhouse. Fie and bah to
      that! I found it heartening that the search engine pages for "Terry
      Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's" were bursting with links to
      torrents for it. A programme this important should be seen by all
      around the world.

      WOSSNAME extends its heartfelt thanks to Team Pratchett and the
      programme makers for this moving, frightening but ultimately hopeful
      work.

      I'll leave the last word to the man himself, at the close of the
      second segment: "This has been an extraordinary journey, and I'm now
      living in hope, not fear; optimism, not dread; and I'm looking
      forward to next year. And the year after. And the year after that.
      And the one after that, obviously."

      And now, on with the show.

      -- Annie Mac, Editor

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      3) UPDATE FROM THE MASTER

      Folks,

      Well, there were around three million viewers of the documentary,
      which seems to be well received so far. Of course, this means yet
      another towering wave to the tsunami of mail that constantly crashes
      down on this office. Can I add that I am astonished at all the
      possible claimed causes of Alzheimer's that fans are sharing with
      me; what with car exhaust fumes, mobile phones and white bread
      (okay, so I made up white bread) I'm astonished that it is not
      more widespread.

      There is a rumour going around the Czech Republic, started by a
      small group of students, that I can't sign my own name any more.
      Technically speaking, I've probably been unable to sign my name
      for the past twenty years. There is nothing like signing books for
      hours and hours at a time to turn one's signature into something
      like a squashed insect. In short, my signature is still the same as
      it was several years ago and has actually settled into a curvaceous
      shape that I think is rather spiffy. It does not look like my
      signature of thirty years ago, but it never has, and I sign all the
      time. What I've tried to steer clear of now is personalising
      books, especially at large events. However, according to the lovely
      Claudia, there seems to be no change in my condition since my last
      major test in April 2008, PCA does have its effect and for some
      reason my handwriting in general gets worse and worse the longer the
      sentence. How can I put this...? When you have to concentrate on
      something that until fairly recently was automatic, the mere fact of
      you concentrating seems to make things worse. Besides, when I have
      been doing large signings, it's made sense not to dedicate in any
      case. The longest authenticated signing I've ever done was timed
      at six hours thirty eight minutes and I never want to do one of
      those again.

      We are also having a problem here with people sending in books to be
      signed and returned. At least the number of people who send in
      books without return postage has reduced from about 75% to 10%, but
      I do not like the whole idea of signing books by post because it
      causes so many problems. The pile of books here is seven feet tall,
      or it would be if it hadn't just fallen over. A lot of handling is
      involved, especially since we are some distance from a major Post
      Office and I have a suspicion, the cynical person that I am, that
      quite a large number of the ones we now get are from dealers. The
      days here are hectically overfull to begin with and turning the
      place into a Sub Post Office is not what I had intended. The real
      problem begins when people then contact us asking "What happened to
      the book that we sent you?"; we go through the pile of what has not
      yet been returned and find no such book -- but now the absence of
      said book is our problem. All in all the flood of signed books
      requests here is getting too much to cope with and we won't be.

      My good friend Sandra Kidby is local to me and it's easy enough to
      sign books that she exclusively sells here at PJSM Prints. And, to
      reiterate, you will get my genuine signature, signed by me, in this
      office, posted back to you in proper packaging designed to survive
      the journey. You won't get a Certificate of Authenticity, because
      they're not worth the paper they're written on, and anyway - who
      would sign that? :o)

      On top of all this, a few recent minor events have led us to upgrade
      our security here. I'm sure fans will understand how hellish a chore
      this is when you realise that we are two nerds, with a large budget
      and a catalogue full of black and silver devices...

      We're off to the Palace next week to collect my Knighthood. We'll
      let you know how it goes.

      All the best.

      (signed)

      Originally posted on www.pjsmprints.com

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      4) K-NI-GGGH-TED!

      4.1 A very short clip of the actual Striking with the Sword moment:

      http://tinyurl.com/arrzus

      [This footage is rare and difficult to come by. Where are the
      YouTube brigade when you need 'em? -- Ed.]


      4.2 Three nice pictures here (one in which he's changed from his top
      hat into a rather more familiar one):

      http://tinyurl.com/b5fbzw


      4.3 The Press Association report:

      "Dressed in a top hat and morning suit the writer said after the
      ceremony: 'It would appear to me that me getting up and saying "I've
      got Alzheimer's", it did shake people, you cannot help but notice
      it's in the news an awful lot.

      "Everybody thinks the Government should be doing more about
      everything but just think how many of the bonuses which are quite
      rightly being dragged off certain people, just think to what good
      causes they could be put -- wouldn't that be a lovely thought?"

      http://www.tinyurl.com.au/x.php?1oh8


      4.4 A BBC interview with Sir Terry following his investiture:

      http://tinyurl.com/c3l3e7


      4.5 The Daily Telegraph article on the knighthood and Pterry's
      Alzheimer's campaigning:

      "It enrages him that Viagra is easier to get on the NHS than a drug
      to slow the progress of dementia. He is equally infuriated by the
      embarrassment that surrounds such conditions, which resembles the
      stigma attached to cancer 30 years ago..."

      http://tinyurl.com/as57rf (includes short video)


      4.6 ITN's report, with the same video:

      http://tinyurl.com/d8x7gg

      "Dressed in a top hat and morning suit the writer said: 'It would
      appear to me that me getting up and saying "I've got Alzheimer's",
      it did shake people, you cannot help but notice it's in the news an
      awful lot.'"


      4.7 ...and the commemorative stamps, of course!

      On eBay, an A5 mini sheet commemorating Pterry's knighthood:

      http://tinyurl.com/apzwjk

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      5) THE COLOUR OF MAGIC U.S. TELEVISION PREMIERE

      5.1 IT'S A PROMISE THIS TIME

      Yes, tCoM is going out on the American airwaves at last! Originally
      scheduled for broadcast on 23 November 2008, the programme was
      mysteriously reshuffled but is now promised to air as, well,
      promised, on Sunday, 22nd March 2009.

      Here is an extract from the ION press release:

      ION Television, the "Positively Entertaining" general entertainment
      network available to over 94 million homes, and RHI Entertainment,
      the leader in the production and distribution of groundbreaking
      movies, miniseries and series for television, today announced the
      U.S. television premiere of The Color of Magic, a four-hour
      production premiering on ION Television on Sunday, March 22 at 7:00
      pm ET.

      This critically acclaimed production, which first debuted overseas,
      received rave reviews from the British press. TV Easy called it
      "visually stunning"; "Menacing performances from Tim Curry and
      Jeremy Irons are great." TV Times; "With a starry cast, it's a wild
      adventure through a land full of magic and mystery." TV Choice; "The
      two-part adventure will have you spellbound." We Love Telly; and
      "It's the Lord of the Rings with a comic twist." Bella. Attracting
      over a million viewers, The Color of Magic first broadcast on Sky
      One, a UK entertainment TV channel, in March of 2008. The two-part
      television adaptation was well received by fans, garnering Sky One's
      highest performing program to date and scoring the largest audiences
      for the network since Hogfather aired in December of 2006.


      5.2 WHERE AND WHEN

      Helpful advice from Lee Whiteside of NADWCON:

      "As with the last time we went through this, ION television airs on
      local broadcast channels and cable TV and is also available on Dish
      Network and Direct TV. For people to find out where to watch in
      their local market, they should to to www.iontelevision.com and
      enter their zip code into the "Find us by Zip Code" box in the
      upper right corner."


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      6) FIVE MINUTES WITH SIR PTERRY..

      A five-minute video interview by the BBC's Matthew Stadlen, who
      grills our favourite Knight on a very green couch:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7861412.stm

      ...and a fine grill it is! A lively and brisk five minutes, in which
      we learn -- among other things - that Sir Pterry is entitled to make
      his own sword...and intends to do so.

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      7) ...AND ON THE WIRELESS...

      Here is an audio extract from Pterry's interview Radio 5 Live's
      Simon Mayo about Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's, in which
      he talks about looking at his own brain:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7867970.stm

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