WOSSNAME -- MARCH 2009 -- PART 3 OF 6 (continued)
====Part 3 -- AND MORE...
24) RAT INNA BUN
25) AUSDWCON REPORT
26) BU CAMPUS NEWSROUND
24) RAT INNA BUN
Last month we featured the knitted Grim Squeaker egg cosy, and in
the same spirit this month we present some excellent Discworld-
themed knitting needles:
25) AUSDWCON REPORT
Read These Runes!
A report on AusDWcon
by Paul Godsil
With hope in our hearts and the Melbourne summer sun beating down on
our heads, Pratchett fans from all over Australia found their way to
RMIT's celebrated -- or at least notorious -- Storey Hall, site of
Nullus Anxietas 09!
While admittedly smaller than Nullus Anxietas 07, this was to be
expected with The Master not being in attendance this year. However
the smaller size made it easier to get to know some of the many and
varied attendees, some in costume, some without and some you don't
want to ask.
The choice of site was gifted, as RMIT's Storey hall resembles UU's
design. Fans numbering about 70 enjoyed such events as folk singing
(Il Porcupino Nil Sodomy Est), Miss Susan's Playtime, juggling
lessons (it's easy to start juggling, I started dozens of times) and
the board game Significant Quest (One on the Sunday session are
evil. You know who you are.)
The Gala Dinner and other evening sessions were held in the Ibis
Hotel, which seemed remarkably accepting of the Monstrous Regiment,
let alone witches, wizards, werewolves, folk singers (in his defence
he was a great singer and always gave the required warning) plus
various others (what duck?) wandering through. The Dinner was a
great chance to sit and talk with other Acolytes of the Master
without having to go running off shouting 'I'm late for trying to
peel a banana with my foot!' Good food, great conversation. The
dinner was followed by a few brief speeches and a mostly spontaneous
rendition of Il Porcupino Nil Sodomy Est.
The Dinner was followed by Late Night Lust Objects, an interesting
and occasionally ribald debate on the sexiest characters. Those
deemed most popular were Carrot and Moist Von Lipwig (possibly due
to the David Tennant for Moist campaign). All that could be decided
on was that PowerPoint doesn't spoil spoil a good argument.
The Charity auction raised a considerable amount for orangutans with
Alzheimer's with some very nice items going to lucky people. There
were cels from the cartoon adaptations, First Editions, sketches,
and quite a few props from the making of Troll Bridge.
As was to be expected, the costumes were excellent -- Death of Rats
(complete with glowing blue eyes) Granny herself and Angua deserving
special mention. Various photos ate online at:
Many of the above events and costumes are encapsulated there.
In short (or wide or long) Nullus Anxietas was great fun, with many
events not being mentioned because your intrepid correspondent
either didn't get to the session, was concussed during the session
(juggling again), or was having too much fun.
Nullus Anxietas has an active web community at http://ausdwcon.org/
-- drop by the forums to see what they've got in stock for us next
time. Sign up now and get in on the bottom floor for the next Nullus
** The Correspondent paid his own way so is unbiased, except in the
matters where he is biased.
26) AROUND THE BU CAMPUS
26.1 CASTING 'GOING POSTAL' THE BUGARUP UNIVERSITY WAY
This is a job for...John Rhys-Davies? Well, *I* think he'd make a
brilliant Reacher Gilt...The telly movie of Going Postal starts
filming in May. Since we've not played Casting the Discworld here
for some while, this is a good time to start again. So who do you
see for the various roles in Going Postal? Obviously, the actors in
question have to be alive. On account of this being Roundworld.
There's a noisy fan group that want David Tennant for Moist...
Possibly cause he makes them....
If he promised not to do the silly voice, would you offer an amnesty
to Marc Warren so that he could bring his Hustle experience to
playing M. v L?
Hmm. Good call. And Mr Warren has good acting chops; the silly voice
was an artistic decision for Teatime :-)'
[Tennant's] not a bad choice though. I think Cate Blanchett might
make a good Adora Belle. Rupert Grint for Stanley? Would it be too
much of an insult to cast Lily Tomlin as Mrs. Maccalariat (so long
as she doesn't snort when she laughs?)?
Hmm...I wonder who's going to be Vetinari this time. He does play a
far more significant part in Going Postal than *any* Patrician did
in tCoM/tLF. Which reminds me - I was looking through Feet of Clay
the other day, and according to Colon and Nobby, Snapcase did
directly precede Vetinari.
Ron Perlman as Mr. Pump? (although I rather think he'd make a good
Ooo! He's a bit old for carrot, even at the time of Going Postal,
but Mr Perlman does excel at playing wonderful roles in full-body
Rupert Grint = Weasley? Definite possibilities there. Though I'd
vote for Mackenzie Crook. Lily Tomlin is still alive?! Sheesh, she
was already past it back in the '70s :P Blanchett's good, but Keira
Knightley does snappy standoffish bitch so well...
[About Keira Knightley] Hmmm, I think I have to agree with you there
If only he were a few years younger, Brian Blessed would be an
awesome Reacher Gilt. Otherwise, Hugh Jackman. I'm sure he would
enjoy growing his hair out and playing a villain.
I do like the other people's choices... I'd probably *just* give the
nod to David Tennant over Marc Warren for Moist, in which case Marc
Warren could be available for the banshee, whose name escapes me
Lily Tomlin would be *awesome* as Mrs Maccalariat, and I do like the
idea of Ron Perlman as Mr Pump, although he'd be wasted in the role.
Mr Pump doesn't exactly show much emotion. I don't know how Cate
Blanchett would look as a brunette... probably awesome.
Speaking of Spike, which I hope I hope I hope they don't cut out
Spike's smoking. Last year they re-made a St Trinians movie, and
while the girls were shown working as prostitutes and taking hard
drugs, not one of the hellions smoked???
As for Vetinari, I'd be happy for Jeremy Irons to play the role
again, if they could afford him. I thought Irons' portrayal of
Vetinari was excellent, and right on the money. Just the right
amount of understated menace.
How about Gary Oldman for Vetinari?
Oooooh Gary Oldman... great! But more important who will play the
love of Moist's life.... and who will play the golem and if blimmin
David I play any part Jason is ANYWHERE near this program I swear I
Knightley and Tennant are both too thin - it would be like watching
Flatland. Cate Blanchett is brunette in Benjamin Button, smokes
cigarettes in it and a couple of other movies.
Richard E Grant or Alan Rickman for Vetinari, Damian Lewis for
Carrot. Richard Briers for Groat.
Hah! With the amount that Spike smokes, I'm sure Keira has exactly
the right build to portray her :P
And ooh, yes - forgot about Doctor Horrible! (Which is the only
place I know Neil Patrick Harris from) Well reminded :-)
Richard Briers? I thought he was dead!
No - but if not available, how about Bernard Cribbins?
Ooh, yes, and Richard Wilson - we need a few geriatric postmen! If
Tennant did Moist it would be the Dr Who Alumni Post Office :)
So it's Bernard Cribbins for Groat, Richard Briers for Aggy, Richard
Wilson for Mr Spools and Anthony Head for Vetinari. David Tennant
(on Dr Who confidential)said "Often the characters he (Tony) plays
are often rather stern and slightly patrician."
26.2 PTWITTER PTALK
Maybe he's on Twitter to save Radio Birdsong?
In his case, I think it's more that it's a huge effort to type the
coherent thoughts. They are still there, just difficult to get out.
In Pterry's case I'm assuming Rob is doing the actual messaging
Snow Queen, clearly out of the loop:
Who is this Rob person?
Rob is a mild-mannered superhero known as The Buckstopper. By day,
invaluable personal assistant and best mate to Sir Pterry. By
night, answerer of untold thousands of emails directed at his boss.
By later-at-night, polisher of the Loony Helmet. Altogether a very
nice and helpful chappie!
26.3 A LETTER TO THE TIMES
(see item 6.1 in part 1 of this issue)
Ahahahaha! He wrote to the Times! Just like R.P. Tyler!
...well, nothing like R.P. Tyler, actually. It's a well-thought-out
and well-phrased letter. Good on yer, Brave Sir Pterry :-) One
thing did amuse me, though: "I have spoken to many people on this
subject, including my own late father..." Does he know something
that we should know? Like, f'rinstance, Mrs Cake's real address?
Yes, I'm sure he sees the irony. Can't you just see him stomping
down *his* country lane on *his* evening constitutional (sans
miniature poodle though)? I wonder if he's joined Neighbourhood
Watch too? :)
Did anyone else get the mental image of Death dropping by for a
YOU'LL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT THEY GOT UP TO THIS TIME - THESE BISCUITS
ARE GOOD, HOW DO THEY GET THE CHOCOLATE BITS IN?
TP: "Confectioners chocolate. Hang on a sec while I get a pen...."
"... now where did I put that pen? Rob, where's my pen?"
Rob: "It's right in front of you Terry. You've been stirring your
tea with it."
Brian who is called Brian:
To put a lighter note to this - had you heard that Stannah (who make
stairlifts for the aged) have introduced a new, GT model. This gets
you up the stairs before you forget what you were going up for!
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