Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
JULY 2009 (Volume 12, Issue 7)
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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
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DW Horoscope: Lady Anaemia Asterisk, Fernando Magnifico
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Copyright 2009 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
====Part 1 -- ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
3) UPDATE FROM THE MASTER
4) EXTRAS FOR GOING POSTAL: IMPORTANT NEWS
5) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
6) ...AND IT'S DOCTOR PTERRY...AGAIN!
7) GOING POSTAL CAST NEWS
8) MORE NATIONAL THEATRE 'NATION' NEWS
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS AND STUFF
9) CAPTAIN CARROT PIN BADGES
10) ONLY SHE CAN FILM MANKIND
11) TALKING ALLOWED IN THIS LIBRARY!
12) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
13) SUPPORTING THE ASSISTED DYING BILL
====Part 3 -- CONVENTION NEWS AND PLAYS NEWS
14) CONVENTION NEWS AND UPDATES
15) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
====Part 4 -- REVIEWS, RECOMMENDATIONS, ODDS AND SODS
16) NATION: A RECOMMENDATION
17) PTERRY'S BOOKS ARE "RECESSION PROOF"
18) REVIEWS OF THE COLO(U)R OF MAGIC DVD
19) TIFFANY ACHING BOOKS RECOMMENDED
20) PTERRY GETS IT...WRITE
21) ...AND SERVES AS A BENCHMARK
22) THE LUGGAGE: NOW IN ROUNDWORLD?!
23) UNSEEN UNIVERSITY WOULD LOVE THESE TECHNOMANCERS
24) RADIO BIRDSONG BACK ON THE AIR... SORT OF
25) OF SMALL GODS AND ALL GODS
26) AND SPEAKING OF OM...
27) IN PRAISE OF REG SHOE
28) GAMES NEWS
29) AROUND THE BU CAMPUS
====Part 5 -- HOROSCOPE, LEFTOVERS, CLOSE
30) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE
31) LATE BREAKING NEWS
1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Since I was told I had Alzheimer's my mind has been very
concentrated on this. My way to end my life will be to sit on my
lawn at my home in Wiltshire with a bottle of brandy and Thomas
Tallis playing on my iPod. I can't think of a better way to make my
departure. Hopefully the doctor will have been around earlier to
give me the appropriate injection."
-- Pterry, interviewed in The Telegraph, 7th July 2009
2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Well, it certainly hasn't been a quiet month on the Pratchett news
this month! The telefilm of Going Postal has been cast and is going
into production (see below for a new special offer to European fans
who wish to participate in the filming), the first of the National
Theatre cinecasts was a success (paving the way for Nation in
January), Pterry was lauded with yet another honorary doctorate and
continues to campaign for Alzheimer's research and other causes dear
to his heart, the new Discworld novel (Unseen Academicals) is
finished, and several Discworld conventions are warming up to take
their places on the starting line... putting WOSSNAME out is getting
to be almost a full-time job, and I can only bow in admiration to
the far more overworked convention committees and the volunteers who
run Pratchett fan bulletin boards.
Budding poets should check out the Poetry Contest in the Convention
News section: even if you aren't going to NADWcon, everyone and
anyone can enter. From moon-Grune-Spune rhymes to limericks to epic
sagas (and why not), all entries will be gratefully accepted!
For those of you who haven't checked out PJSM Prints or the Cunning
Artificer's Discworld Emporium lately, the range of Discworld
collectibles has vastly increased and there's some lovely stuff:
And now, on with the (very) packed issue...
-- Annie Mac, Editor
3) PTERRY'S UPDATE LETTER
Today we have been finishing the editing of Unseen Academicals.
It has been an immensely complex month with the Darwin Festival in
Cambridge, the Oldie literary lunch, an honorary doctorate from
Bradford; all of which has been exacerbated by a breakdown in one of
our main machines.
Next week we go to see the National to discuss their upcoming
adaptation of Nation. It will be my first actual physical contact
Now, what you have all been waiting for; we have just received the
following from Mob films. It pretty much speaks for itself and one
can tell by some of the little details that they have become used to
dealing with fans :) This is their show and now that we have got to
know them, we are leaving it to them to select whom so ever they
consider most suitable. We are not seeking nor do we expect any
special choice in the matter and so please do not contact us in the
hope that we can push you forward, because we can't.
Quite a lot of our time has been spent experimenting with Dragon
Dictate v10. The trouble with speech-to-text software is that it's
at its best when it has a limited vocabulary. The program is pretty
ace at business and legal letters, but an author potentially uses
just about everybody's vocabularies and it doesn't understand, for
example, the difference between in and inn. It would be handy if it
could have a drop-down menu in cases like that. It could also do
with a more sensible interface. Nevertheless, we are educating it as
we go and it's certainly an improvement on my typing now. We did
like the rendition of pioneer as 'pie on ear' and for some reason it
will occasionally throw up a speech-to-text translation which no
amount of forensic study will recognise as the original words said.
However, it's helped me write a large chunk of I Shall Wear Midnight
and quite a few episodes from a possible autobiography.
I shall see a few of the lucky ones on set very soon.
All the best.
(signed Terry Pratchett)
Originally published on the web by PJSM Prints
4) EXTRAS, EXTRAS! A MESSAGE FROM THE MOB
Fan Days in Budapest
We have now identified 3 days in August that we could invite a
limited number of fans to Budapest to act as extras alongside our
Hungarian extras during the shooting of Going Postal.
The days are Monday and Tuesday 10/11th August (a maximum of 15
fans) and Friday 21st August (maximum of 12 fans) Total 27 fans.
PLEASE NOTE : Only EU nationals can apply, due to European labour
We would ask the 15 people who put themselves up for the 10/11th
August to commit to the two days filming (Monday and Tuesday) to
keep continuity for the scenes that will be filmed over those two
days. If they can't commit this time, then they should not apply
for these two days.
Those who apply for and are chosen for the 21st August will only be
expected on the one day.
What we will supply:
Transport (bus) to and from a central Budapest pick up point to the
studio prior to and post filming at a time to be arranged by us
(likely to be 7 a.m. 'ish' pick up, return 8 pm 'ish').
Costumes, which will be returnable to the costume department post
Lunch and refreshments while at the studio.
You will receive an HUF8.000 per day allowance (approx £24), the
same rate as the Hungarian extras.
What we won't supply:
Transport to and from Hungary (planes, trains, automobiles, boats or
Food and drink over and above the lunch and refreshments supplied on
A credit on the film.
All applications should be made by email to our coordinator Victoria
-- which should include a photograph, which
needs to be identifiably you, but does not need to be in costume.
**The deadline for applications is 8 p.m. on Wednesday 29th July
We will draw names on Thursday 30th July and will let people know
who have been accepted by email on that day.
Producer - Mob Films
[Thanks to PJSM Prints for this one!]
5) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
The release date: 6th October 2009
"The wizards at Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University are renowned for
many things -- sagacity, magic, and their love of teatime -- but
athletics is not on the list. And so when Lord Vetinari, the
city's benevolent tyrant, suggests to Archchancellor Ridcully that
the University once again put forth a football team made up of
faculty, students, and staff, the wizards of UU find themselves in
somewhat of a quandary. To begin with, they have to figure out just
what it is that makes this sport -- soccer with a bit of rugby
thrown in -- so popular with Ankh-Morporkians of all ages and social
strata. On top of that, they must win a football match without using
"Meanwhile, Trev (handsome, charismatic, and a right good kicker)
falls hard for kitchen maid Juliet (beautiful, dim, who might just
turn out to be the greatest fashion model there ever was), and
Trev's mysterious friend Nutt (socially awkward but fearsomely
smart) befriends Juliet's best pal, cook Glenda (dumpy but
extremely capable baker of jolly good pies). As the big football
match approaches, four lives are changed forever. Because, the thing
about football -- the important thing about football -- is that it
is not just about football."
The Amazon pre-ordering link:
[Editor's note: This appears to be the USA edition, which does not
feature the gorgeous Paul Kidby cover but which, in my opinion,
isn't nearly as unattractive as some people seem to think...]
6) ...AND IT'S DOCTOR PTERRY...AGAIN!
"The 61-year-old hugely-prolific writer who became Sir Terry in
the Queen's honours this year swapped his trademark black hat
for a cap and gown to receive an honorary Doctor of Letters at the
University of Bradford today...."
Article in the Telegraph and Argus (includes video):
...and in Certificados Mexico, also with video:
7) GOING POSTAL: THE CAST LIST SO FAR
Moist von Lipwig -- Richard Coyle
Reacher Guilt -- David Suchet
Lord Vetinari -- Charles Dance
Adora Belle Dearheart -- Claire Foy
Drumknott -- Steve Pemberton
Groat -- Andrew Sachs
Miss Cripslock -- Tamsin Greig
Mr Pony -- John Henshaw
Horsefry -- Madhav Sharma
Mr Spools -- Jimmy Yuill
Stanley -- Ian Bonar
Dave -- Paul Barber
Gryle -- Adrian Schiller
Trooper -- Daniel Cerquiera
Sergeant Angua -- Ingrid Bolso Berdal
Mr Pump (voice) -- Kerry Shale
Mad Al -- Ben Crompton
Sane Alex -- Asif Khan
Roger -- Alex Parks
Old Lady -- Sheila Shand Gibbs
Some coverage here...
from the Hollywood Reporter:
"The fantasy tale of revenge and romance follows the adventures of
arch-swindler Moist Von Lipwig and his love affair with the
beautiful and vengeful Adore Belle Dearheart, whose family he has
from Digital Spy:
"Production has now started on the two-part series, which is due to
broadcast in spring 2010..."
"The adaptation was commissioned by Elaine Pyke, Sky's head of
drama, and will be produced by Sue De Beauvoir (Merlin) for The Mob
film company, and directed by Jon Jones (The Diary of Anne Frank,
Northanger Abbey)... Elaine Pyke at Sky told SFcrowsnest, 'Following
the Sky1 HD successes of Sir Terry Pratchett's Hogfather and The
Colour of Magic, we're thrilled to now be bringing GOING POSTAL to
life. Adapted by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle, GOING POSTAL is a
hugely enjoyable epic adventure story guaranteed to delight
audiences across the country next Easter.'"
from World Screen News:
"I think that Going Postal may be the finest of Terry Pratchett's
Discworld novel and is a great choice to follow up the previous
productions of his Hogfather and The Colour of Magic..."
from The Bookseller:
"Elaine Pyke, Sky1's commissioning editor for drama, confirmed that
the channel would continue to use books as a basis for dramas.
Speaking to The Bookseller, she praised the dual effect of book
jackets and marketing, which provides 'a great weight and presence
in the marketplace.'"
8) MORE NEWS ON NATIONAL THEATRE'S PRODUCTION OF NATION
Slightly off-topic - though there's a mention in the article of the
NT's Nation screening date in New York (30th January 2010) - but
this review by Charles Isherwood in the New York Times is of
interest for what it shows about reactions to going to the cinema
to see a filmed stage play:
"At the theater the free eye can refresh itself by focusing on
something new, and while the producers of the broadcast did try
assiduously to inject variety into the editing where possible, still
there were many long stretches of heads talking... And yet,
paradoxical though it seems, the camera's tight focus on an actor's
face is perhaps the most obvious advantage of filming theater...It
was not 'live' theater, but the goose bumps felt just the same..."
"A broadcast date has also been set for the first NT Live offering
of 2010. Mark Ravenhill's adaptation of Terry Pratchett's novel
Nation will reach venues around the world on January 30... These
performances, filmed live at the National in high definition, are
broadcast via satellite to over 60 UK cinemas outside of London, as
well as 170 venues around the world, including venues in the United
States, including Washington D.C's Shakespeare Theatre and Chicago's
Steppenwolf Theatre, as well as Canada, Australia, South Africa,
Scandinavia and continental Europe."
from the Huffington Post:
Even the influential political blog "HuffPo" is affected by Nation
"Should all go according to plan, Nation would be the third National
Theater production later bound for the world's movie houses. But I
don't intend to wait for that..."
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