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    WOSSNAME Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion JUNE 2009 (Volume 12, Issue 6) *********************************************************************
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      Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
      JUNE 2009 (Volume 12, Issue 6)
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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) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
      2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
      3) NATION WINS THE 2009 GLOBE-HORN AWARD
      4) PTERRY NOMINATED FOR A MYTHOPOEIC SOCIETY AWARD
      5) PTERRY AT THE DARWIN FESTIVAL
      6) NATION THE PLAY: GOING ON TOUR IN THE CLICK PITS OF ROUNDWORLD
      7) FIVE STARS FOR THE MASTER
      8) COLO(U)R OF MAGIC USA DVD RELEASE
      9) GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE 2009: STILL OPEN
      10) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS

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

      11) TRUCKERS: ON AGAIN...MAYBE...POSSIBLY...FOR LATE 2012?
      12) AT LAST, THE TURTLE MOVES -- FOR THOSE WITH A TENNER TO SPARE
      13) DISCWORLD STAMPS FIFTH BIRTHDAY TEA PARTY
      14) SORRY, SIR PTERRY, BUT THE BIRDS NO LONGER SING
      15) ROOM 101 WITH A VIEW(POINT)
      16) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
      17) CONVENTION NEWS AND UPDATES
      18) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

      ====Part 3 -- ODDS AND SODS AND HOROSCOPE

      19) THE NATURAL (ROUND)WORLD: TURTLES ALL THE WAY
      20) "SHOCK HORROR": PRATCHETT MELDS WITH DNA...?
      21) DISCWORLD'S A MYSTERY TO HER
      22) ASK THEM ABOUT STAMPS: MAKING MONEY BY GOING POSTAL
      23) ALL ABOUT PTERRY, BY A BOOKSELLING BIBLIOPHILE
      24) REVIEW OF THE PEERS UNSEEN UNIVERSITY BALL
      25) TALES FROM ROUNDWORLD: THE REAL GENERAL TACTICUS
      26) PULL THE OTHER ONE, IT'S GOT BELLS ON...
      27) GAMES NEWS
      28) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE

      ====Part 4 -- HOROSCOPE AND CLOSE

      29) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE, CONTINUED
      30) CLOSE

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      1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

      "Don't put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again.
      That's why they're called revolutions. People die, and nothing
      changes."

      -- Vimes (as Keel) in Night Watch

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      2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

      Last month, Fernando published a letter from a poor respectable
      widow-woman in Muntab, who wrote to ask for Fernando's assistance in
      transferring a rather large sum of money out of Muntab.
      Unfortunately, it seems that the inter-dimensional portal which
      transmits Fernando's column to Roundworld somehow mistook this
      letter for some sort of tinned meat-like product, and consequently
      many readers did not get the column. Fortunately, it is available on
      the Roundworld internet here:
      http://turnwise.blogspot.com/2009/05/may-2009.html

      I thought, again, that this would be a quiet month, and again, I
      was wrong. Read on...

      -- Annie Mac, Editor

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      3) NATION WINS THE 2009 GLOBE-HORN AWARD

      Terry Pratchett has won the 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for
      Excellence in Children's Literature, in the Fiction and Poetry
      category. This prestigious award has honoured authors of children's
      and YA literature for over 40 years.

      "All three of the winning authors are widely renowned. Mr.
      Pratchett, perhaps best known for his raucous comic fantasies for
      children and adults, displays a philosophical bent with Nation, a
      young adult novel about two nineteenth-century children who create a
      new society from the ground up...."

      http://www.hbook.com/bghb/current.asp

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      4) MIFFIC, INNIT: PTERRY NOMINATED FOR A MYTHOPOEIC SOCIETY AWARD

      The Mythopoeic Society has announced the finalists for the 2009
      Mythopoeic Awards. The finalists for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award
      for Children's Literature are:

      Kristin Cashore, Graceling (Harcourt Children's Books)
      Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins)
      Diana Wynne Jones, House of Many Ways (HarperCollins)
      Ingrid Law, Savvy (Dial)
      Terry Pratchett, Nation (HarperCollins)

      The winners of this year's awards will be announced during Mythcon
      XL, to be held July 17-20, 2009, in Los Angeles, California.

      http://www.mythsoc.org/news/awards.finalists.2009/

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      5) PTERRY AT THE DARWIN FESTIVAL

      Details of next month's Darwin Festival in Cambridge:

      "Terry Pratchett has sold 60 million books in 37 languages and his
      Discworld series has legions of fans worldwide. He will be at the
      Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre on Tuesday 7 July from 7.30pm
      (tickets £10) where he and Jack Cohen will be talking about their
      latest co-written work, The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's
      Watch... The Darwin 2009 Festival is a major international event
      hosted by the University of Cambridge to mark the 200th anniversary
      of Darwin's birth and 150 years since the publication of On the
      Origin of Species. During the week, more than 100 scientists,
      thinkers, authors, artists and performers will debate and celebrate
      Darwin's evolutionary theories. With more than 40 events,
      including a conference, performance, fringe and exhibitions, the
      Festival offers a fascinating insight into Darwin's influence on
      everything from religion, the arts and humanities to science,
      pandemics, biodiversity, genetics and eugenics. The events are open
      to all (subject to availability) and some are free of charge."

      http://tinyurl.com/ouwu42

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      6) NATION THE PLAY: GOING ON TOUR IN THE CLICK PITS OF ROUNDWORLD

      Over 200 cinemas around the world have just shown the first of the
      National Theatre's four "cinematically touring" plays for this
      season. Terry Pratchett's "Nation," adapted by Mark Ravenhill, is
      set to be shown in late January 2010.

      6.1 In Canada:

      Advance tickets are now available for All's Well That Ends Well and
      Nation online at www.cineplex.com/events as well as at participating
      theatre box offices. Admission for children ages 3 - 13 is $16.95 +
      tax, seniors is $17.95 + tax and general admission is $19.95 + tax.
      A special group rate is also available for groups of 20 or more at
      $16.95 per person. For more information on group rates, call
      1-800-313-4461.

      For more information, showtimes, participating locations and to
      purchase tickets, visit www.cineplex.com.

      http://in.sys-con.com/node/1007051


      6.2 In the USA:

      The first of the four National Theatre plays in this very special
      virtual season -- Phedre, starring Helen Mirren -- has just played
      in selected movie theatres across the United States, and the NT's
      production of Nation will be coming to USA theatres a few months
      later:

      "The aim is for theatergoers from Ireland to Estonia to watch the
      play at the same moment. When time zones and satellite orbits
      don't permit that, the play is meant to be broadcast as close to
      the performance as possible (though some U.S. venues are showing it
      a couple of weeks later). 'It was an experiment worth undertaking,'
      says [director of the national Theatre, Nicholas] Hytner. 'The
      liveness of it, or in America's case the nearly liveness of it, will
      make a big difference.' (In the U.S., tickets cost about $20; prices
      vary depending on the theater.)... In coming months, the National
      Theatre will broadcast Shakespeare's 'All's Well That Ends Well,'
      an adaptation of a Terry Pratchett children's novel 'Nation' and a
      new play by Alan Bennett, 'The Habit of Art.'"

      http://tinyurl.com/mx5xmp

      Nation will be shown in -- among other venues -- the Music Hall,
      Portsmouth, Maine, on 31st January 2010:

      "Imagine starting off with Dame Helen Mirren in Phedre, moving into
      an infrequently performed Shakespeare play, then on to a Lord of the
      Flies/Robinson Crusoe fantasy story, and rounding it out by a play
      written by one of the original members of Beyond the Fringe and
      starring Michael Gambon of Albus Dumbledore fame, in a play that's
      already being billed as 'may well be the biggest London show of
      2009.' It's really all too much! To be able to see the level of
      quality at such an affordable price is a bargain..."

      http://tinyurl.com/qvg9go


      6.3 In Prague:

      "Following into the new year, there will be broadcasts of Mark
      Ravenhill's stage adaptation of Terry Pratchett's novel Nation (and
      is there another country outside of the United Kingdom more
      enthusiastic for staging Pratchett than the Czech Republic, where
      Pratchett has developed a relationship with Prague's Divadlo v
      Dlouhe?)..."

      http://tinyurl.com/kpcd6a


      6.4 The view from Britain, an article by culture critic Dominic
      Cavendish in the Telegraph:

      "There's no substitute for seeing theatre as nature intended, in the
      flesh; was there even much public demand to watch it at one remove
      on the big screen? Well, apparently there is. Independent cinemas
      across the UK – 70, we're told – were packed out for Phedre, NT
      Live's inaugural satellite transmission. The show is being screened
      too in America, Australia, across Europe, South Africa and
      Scandinavia. A vast Phedral republic, if you will... the statistics
      tell their own story: just through force of numbers, a decisive goal
      had been scored for audience-access before the curtain had even
      risen on this one-off cine-command performance... Some obvious gains
      were instantly apparent: if you were hard of hearing, or feeble of
      vision, you'd have felt well served. The greatest anticipated loss
      – atmosphere – mattered less than I expected..."

      http://tinyurl.com/lbtq4b


      For further details of venues and screenings, go to www.ntlive.com

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      7) FIVE STARS FOR THE MASTER

      "According to a selection of new fiction titles compiled by The
      Bookseller, October will be outstanding for commercial novels, with
      new books from 17 authors who carry a Nielsen BookScan five-star
      rating. These include James Patterson, Robert Harris, Kate Mosse,
      Patricia Cornwell, Martina Cole, Cecelia Ahern, Bernard Cornwell,
      Eoin Colfer and Terry Pratchett..."

      http://www.thebookseller.com/news/89066-page.html

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      8) COLO(U)R OF MAGIC USA DVD RELEASE

      The DVDs of The Colour of Magic will be released by Genius in the
      USA in July. The exact date has not yet been announced, but we'll
      let you know as soon as we do!

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      9) REMINDER FOR YOUNGER READERS: BE A LIT-CRITIC FOR PTERRY

      As mentioned in last month's issue, Nation is on the Guardian
      Children's Fiction prize long list for 2009. The winner will be
      announced in September, and younger readers are encouraged to try
      their hand at literary criticism in the meantime. To download a PDF
      of the official entry form, go to:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/guardianchildrensfictionprize

      The link to the PDF is contained on the page, third item in the
      left-hand column.

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      10) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS

      10.1 PTERRY OPENS PHARMA RESEARCH SITE

      Japanese firm Eisai, one of the world's leading drug companies, is
      searching for new medicines for conditions such as Alzheimer's
      disease, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy and has opened its new
      European headquarters in the Hatfield Business Park in Hatfield,
      England. Sir Terry Pratchett supported the opening:

      "Eisai's European Knowledge Centre (EKC), based in Hatfield, will
      employ 500 staff working in manufacturing, research and sales -- 250
      of them new jobs...The company develops drugs including treatments
      for Alzheimer's such as Aricept, and has campaigned with another
      pharmaceutical company Pfizer to make the medication more widely
      available.

      "Sir Terry said: 'Since I was diagnosed with this disease I have
      always said that my goal is to stay alive and working as long as
      possible. I realise that I am far more fortunate than many
      sufferers, not least in the unusual variant of the disease that I
      have. I know the next two decades will see a tsunami of Alzheimer's
      sufferers, all desperately hoping for a treatment which will allow
      them to live more easily with the condition. We need to speed up
      research and, incidentally, the speed in which successful
      discoveries get to patients. He welcomed the opening of the new
      centre 'as another step towards making these goals a reality' and
      joked: 'I hope everyone employed in it works overtime!'"

      http://tinyurl.com/lmcjgs

      http://tinyurl.com/ng2q7c


      10.2 NICE REJECTS ARICEPT FOR NHS PATIENTS

      In the UK, NICE -- the National Institute for Health and Clinical
      Excellence, which approves or rejects treatments to be made
      available through Britain's National Health Service -- is not
      playing nice when it comes to the Alzheimer's treatment drug
      Aricept, as reported in the Daily Mail:

      "Professor Roy Jones, of the Research Institute for the Care of
      Older People in Bath, said evidence, published in the journal
      PharmacoEconomics, found savings of at least £4,000 a patient could
      be made over ten years if treatment began in the mild stages of the
      disease. 'NICE got their calculations wrong according to those who
      devised the model used to justify the ban, but they did not want to
      lose face,' he added. 'I believe it is unethical to say to patients,
      "Come back when you've got worse" when doctors in the rest of the
      western world use them for patients with early symptoms.'..."

      http://tinyurl.com/mblxhr

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