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      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

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      11) TRUCKERS: ON AGAIN...MAYBE...POSSIBLY...FOR LATE 2012?

      Animation giants DreamWorks, beloved of almost all cinemagoers,
      appear to have that rumoured film adaptation of Truckers on its list
      for consideration for release in three years' time:

      "...in November [2012] one of three original projects currently in
      pre-production will be released. They are - 'The Croods' (working
      title), being directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco; 'Truckers'
      (working title) based on The Bromeliad Trilogy by fantasy legend
      Terry Pratchett and written by Academy Award winning writer, Simon
      Beaufoy..."

      http://tinyurl.com/kw9vtt


      According to Variety, "Katzenberg has staked out a third date that
      fall, Nov. 12, for an original feature, to be chosen from a trio of
      projects currently in development. The first option, caveman comedy
      'The Croods,' from directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco...
      Another, 'Truckers,' is derived from Terry Pratchett's 'The
      Bromeliad Trilogy,' with Simon Beaufoy adapting a story of miniature
      creatures stuck living in a department store..."

      http://tinyurl.com/nqxzsn


      According to Toonzone, "DreamWorks plans three films for 2012,
      including one sequel and one prequel: a third Madagascar film, which
      will take the characters to Europe via a traveling circus, and Puss
      in Boots, a prequel to Shrek 2. The latter will feature Antonio
      Banderas and Salma Hayek. The third picture will emerge from a
      competition between three projects in development: the caveman
      comedy The Croods; Super Secret Ghost Project; and Truckers, based
      on Terry Pratchett's The Bromeliad Trilogy..."

      http://tinyurl.com/nwfxrl

      According to MTV, "The studio is currently considering three
      candidate for a Fall 2012 release date, one of which is 'Truckers,'
      based on writer Terry Pratchett's 'The Bromeliad Trilogy.'..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ldxhyw

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      12) AT LAST, THE TURTLE MOVES -- FOR THOSE WITH A TENNER TO SPARE

      Silver "the Turtle moves!" pin badges are now available from the
      Cunning Artificer's Discworld Emporium:

      "Some years ago, a 'well-known personage' enquired if something
      could be made that had the same function as those little fish badges
      you see worn by followers of a certain religious sect. In other
      words, a symbol that would alert fellow Discworld fans that they
      share the same taste in literature, fantasy and wit.

      "OK, it's taken a while to get together, but the 25th anniversary of
      Discworld seemed a perfect opportunity. These solid silver pin
      badges were a big hit at the Convention and are now available to
      order.

      "For every badge sold we will donate 1 Guinea (that's one pound and
      one shilling in old money, otherwise known as £1.05) to Terry's
      chosen charity RICE."

      These tiny but striking badges, which are 15mm x 15mm and cost £10
      each, would make a great present for all Discworld fans --
      especially those meeting other fans for the first time across a
      crowded railway station, as they're easier to deal with than having
      to carry a hardcover copy of The Colour of Magic around! For more
      details including photographs of the badge, and to order, go to:

      http://www.discworldemporium.com/catalog.php?item=431&catid=23


      By the way, if you're looking for a somewhat more substantial-sized
      present, why not try a bottle of genuine Ankh water?

      http://www.discworldemporium.com/catalog.php?item=457&catid=23

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      13) FANCY A CUPPA SCUMBLE?: DISCWORLD STAMPS 5TH BIRTHDAY TEA PARTY

      The lovely folks at the Cunning Artificer's Discworld Emporium are
      holding a celebration next month in Wincanton, home of Roundworld'
      one and only Treacle Mine Road. Here's what they have to say about
      it:

      You are cordially invited to the Discworld Stamps' 5th Birthday Tea
      Party, on Saturday 11 July.

      Be warned, there may be jelly involved.

      If you think you might like to come, please let Isobel know by
      emailing: isobel@...

      The Bear and The Dolphin will be laying on supper -- but you will
      need to contact the pub of your choice direct. Both pubs will be
      serving Chicken cooked in Red Wine with Mushrooms and Bacon, or a
      vegetarian option, plus sweet, at a price per head of £10.95. The
      Bear's sweets will be a choice of Peach and Brandy Pancake or Fresh
      Fruit Pavlova.

      The Bear: 01963 32581
      The Dolphin: 01963 32215

      http://www.discworldemporium.com/pages/discworld-news.php

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      14) SORRY, SIR PTERRY, BUT THE BIRDS NO LONGER SING

      "Half a million people tuned in regularly, including Discworld
      author Sir Terry Pratchett who said he found it relaxing. A protest
      group has already formed on Facebook with 100 members at the time of
      writing. One fan said: 'Bring back the birdsong! I fell asleep to
      it, I woke up to it, I used it to drown out the sound of the people
      next door arguing!'."

      http://tinyurl.com/nmfwd3

      http://tinyurl.com/qb4vme

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      15) ROOM 101 WITH A VIEW(POINT)

      On the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of George Orwell's
      "1984", The Independent newspaper asked a number of well-known
      people in the arts, including Terry Pratchett, about their opinion
      of Orwell's book and also about which book had the greatest
      influence on each of them:

      "Orwell was ruined for me by being a set text. The Wind in the
      Willows had, by far, the most influence..."

      http://tinyurl.com/p7g67v

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      16) PLAYS NEWS

      16.1 MEN AT ARMS IN POOLE

      The Zenith Theatre Company will present Men At Arms next month in
      the lovely Dorset town of Poole.

      When: 17th & 18th July 2009
      Venue: St Aldhelms Community Hall, Poole Road, Branksome, Poole,
      Dorset.
      Time: Curtain up at 7.45pm Friday and Saturday evening, 2.30pm
      Saturday Matinee.
      Tickets: 6 GBP, Concs 5 GBP, Mat & u14s 4 GBP.
      Box Office: 01202 723588.


      16.2 THE FIFTH ELEPHANT IN PORTSMOUTH

      The Random Salad Company will present The Fifth Elephant at The New
      Theatre Royal, Portsmouth. There will be a Discworld-themed fancy
      dress evening at the performance on Friday 17 July.

      When: Tuesday 14 July -- Saturday 18 July 2009
      Venue: New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2DD
      Time: Curtain at 19:30.
      Box office: 02392 649000


      16.3 LORDS AND LADIES IN WINCHESTER

      Irana Brown's adaptation of Lords and Ladies, presented by Tabs
      Productions, continues its run next month in Winchester. The
      production has already played at the Pomegranate Theatre in
      Chesterfield and the Opera House in Buxton. Tabs are no strangers to
      Discworld plays, having already performed Wyrd Sisters and Mort.

      When: Tues 21st to Sat 25th July 2009
      Venue: Theatre Royal, Winchester
      Time: Performances start at 7:30pm.

      For more details:
      http://www.tabsproductions.co.uk/
      http://www.tabsproductions.co.uk/show.htm
      http://www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk/


      16.4 WYRD SISTERS IN EXETER: LOOKING BACK

      The EXETER Little Theatre Company recently staged Wyrd Sisters at
      the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter (UK). It's all history (or jograffy)
      now, but here be an interesting look into how this particular
      production finally made it to the local stage:

      "Gill Cree, 71, who is directing Wyrd Sisters, joined Exeter Little
      Theatre Company in 1983 and has tried to persuade the company to
      perform a Terry Pratchett adaptation since the late 1980s. 'The
      committee didn't seem to be able to get the hang of Pratchett... But
      when he came to do a book signing in Exeter the queue went all the
      way round the store and down the street, so there was definitely the
      interest...'"

      http://tinyurl.com/oxprnn


      16.5 DISCWORLD PLAYS FROM THE INSIDE: A CAST MEMBER'S BLOG

      Amateur thespian Tom Brand, who played Prince Heinrich in Purple
      Theatre's recent production of Monstrous Regiment, reviews the play
      and performance. A great fan of Terry Pratchett's work, he's less
      enamoured of Stephen Briggs' adaptations:

      "In a way, Briggs' adaptions are a test of an amateur dramatics
      groups ability to make something of a script, forcing groups across
      the country to go that extra mile..."

      http://tinyurl.com/nmm3yf

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      17) CONVENTION NEWS

      17.1 WADFEST 2009

      21st 22nd 23rd August 2009
      Trentfield Farm, Church Laneham, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0NJ
      £20.00 per Adult for the Weekend including Events.

      As the theme for this year's Wadfest is "Wadstock", we are asking if
      any of you can play a musical instrument, then please bring it
      along. If you have an instrument, and can't play it, then also bring
      it along as that will be even better.

      Friday night will have the regular not to be missed ever-popular
      cocktail party, (Music with Frocks in). Men don't forget to bring
      your best frocks, and ladies your best bib and tails.

      During the weekend there will be a chance to play Air Guitars so,
      even if you can't play, you can still strut your stuff.

      Lupine as always will be needing volunteers to be characters in the
      Murder Mystery on Saturday. If you are interested, please email
      Lupine with your ticket number by clicking on the email link below.

      On the Saturday night there will be the Turtle in their eyes
      competition, this is your chance to strut your stuff, be it playing
      an instrument, or singing a song, or any other entertainment, even
      if you think you are no good why not have a go, there will be a
      prize for the best effort, so no matter how good or bad you think
      you are there is a chance for you to win, and I am sure even if you
      do not win you will still enjoy yourselves.

      http://www.wadfest.co.uk/


      17.2 IDWCON: THE OSWALDS ARE COMING!

      The committee for IDWCon, the first Irish Discworld convention that
      will take place 6th-9th November in Co. Clare, has decided to give
      their "posh dinner" a special Moving Pictures flavour with a theme
      of "the Oswalds". So it's tuxedo time! Tickets for the event will be
      approximately €35.

      The Committee is looking for "two someones" to play Victor Tugelbend
      and Theda "Ginger" Withel, to add a bit of atmosphere -- contact
      programme@... if interested.

      http://community.livejournal.com/idwcon_2009/4166.html

      In further IDWCon news, Stephen Briggs has very regretfully
      cancelled his on-site participation: "Due to a change of job,
      Stephen has had to curtail his travels to Discworld events --
      something that saddens him as well as us -- and therefore will not
      be attending our inaugural event this November." But he nonetheless
      expects to attend via the internet:

      http://idwcon.org/


      17.3 NADWCON NEWS

      THE TURTLE MOVES -- INTO JEWELLERY

      "Great news, folks! We've just gotten our first convention exclusive
      up and available for purchase! We have worked with Barrie Wakeford
      of The Crystal Connection, maker of Discworld jewelry, including
      Tiffany's White Horse necklace, to bring our convention symbol to
      life as a limited edition sterling silver pin (or badge, for UK
      folks) and necklace pendant! This stunning piece will make a great
      addition to any Discworld fan's collection and wardrobe.

      The pin and pendant are now available for purchase on Barrie
      Wakeford's website. These items will be made to order and will only
      be available for purchase until the conclusion of the convention on
      September 7, 2009! Each pin or pendant will be numbered and include
      a small certificate. Also, with every purchase, a voucher code for
      10% off of your next purchase from The Crystal Connection will be
      included. At least 50% of the profits from each and every one will
      be donated to the convention charities. (Min. $5.00)"

      For more details, and to order:

      http://tinyurl.com/lnpuob


      In other NADWCon news, the convention's designated hotel is already
      booked up -- well done, all! But fear not, there will be room(s) at
      the (other designated) inn:

      "Please Note: The room block at the Tempe Mission Palms has been
      filled. However, it is possible that a few rooms will become
      available if there are cancellations. If you do not have a room and
      would like to get one at the main hotel if more become available,
      please give the hotel a call and get your name on the waiting list.
      In the meantime, because even if more rooms become available we will
      still fill up the convention hotel, we have made arrangements for an
      overflow hotel at the Marriott Courtyard Tempe Downtown. Please see
      the information below the convention hotel section for the overflow
      hotel website and booking code."

      For more information, go to http://www.nadwcon.org/ and click on the
      Hotel Information link in the left-hand frame.


      The National Examiner has a nice piece promoting the North American
      Discworld Convention:

      "The Turtle moves, and it is coming to the US this September...
      Planned events so far include a banquet, a Maskerade, and a charity
      auction, the proceeds of which will be donated to both the Orangutan
      Foundation as well as the Alzheimer's Research Trust..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ry7xz5

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      18) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

      18.1 ROUNDWORLD'S ANKH-MORPORK

      And now - an iconograph of Ankh-Morpork! The racehorse, that is:

      http://rock-rhapsody.livejournal.com/73198.html

      And some more A-M bits. I keep forgetting that not all Discworld
      readers grew up as I did on the works of Fritz Leiber:

      "The most obvious similarities include the names of the two cities,
      the similar-sounding titles afforded to the respective rulers (a
      Patrician for Ankh-Morpork, a Patriarch for Lankhmar), the browned-
      iron equipment that characterises both sets of city guards, some
      conspicuous buildings (Tower of Art, Rats Tower), the similar names
      of associated countries (in particular; Klatch and Klesh) and what
      may be termed a certain general atmosphere. This resemblance is most
      marked in the earliest Discworld books, and becomes increasing
      diluted as the series moves away from parody into satire..."

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankh_Morpork#Real-world_connections


      18.2 HUBBLE MEETS STAR TURTLE

      Flickr user TopTechWriter.US made this superb offering for the NASA
      Remix Challenge, using -- among other images -- photos from the
      Hubble Telescope and, for Cori Celesti, a picture of Mt Fuji. Great
      A'Tuin has never looked more real!

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/toptechwriter/3577999592/

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