WOSSNAME -- JULY 2009 -- PART 2 OF 5
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====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
9) CAPTAIN CARROT PIN BADGES: COPPER FOR A COPPER
After the success of the Sam Vimes "177" badge, a limited number of
Captain Carrot 1.5 inch pin badges are now available from PJSM
Prints. Each pin costs £21.99. This edition of only 200 pin badges
is likely to sell out as quickly as the others, so go for it!
Remember that profits from the sale of the pins will be divided
between the Royal British Legion (Jersey) Poppy Appeal and the
Alzheimer's Research Trust.
"The pin shows Carrot planting the flag from Last Hero. Few have
stood their ground and faced down Cohen the Barbarian and the
'Horde' but Carrot truly believes and even the Gods don't mess with
that kind of personality. This pin is developed using slightly
different methods to our normal pins and was originally hand made
from a clay base and then cast in pewter before having the copper
In other PJSM news, signed copies of The Carpet People, featuring
the original illustrations by the author himself as drawn back in
the day, will be available soon from the site. This is a truly
delightful edition, with fun, funky illustrations that prove that
Pterry has always had even more strings to his bow than most people
Also, signed copies of the Cunning Artificer's legendary Unseen
University Cut-out Book (by Batley and Pearson) are back in stock at
£15.00 each. I know of a certain e-zine editor who hopes her
friends are aware of this, as she has a birthday coming up soon.
Hat. Hat. Hat.
10) ONLY SHE CAN FILM MANKIND...
from the Saffron Walden Reporter:
"A freelance television editor from Clavering has helped produce a
documentary for the album of the latest Sir Terry Pratchett musical.
Lindsey Dillon filmed the documentary for composer Leighton James
House, which will support the album of music for the coming sci-fi
musical Only You Can Save Mankind, based on the international best
selling novel by Pratchett... 'It has been a real privilege to work
on the production and added another great string to my CV.'..."
Meanwhile, there's no word to be found about when the official
release of the OYCSMtM recording becomes available to the public,
but here is something to entertain us while we wait:
(a short video with some lovely music -- presumably from OYCSMtM! --
and some footage of Pterry and the cast in the recording studio)
(to register for updates about the show)
11) TALKING'S ALLOWED IN *THIS* LIBRARY
Sir Terry Pratchett Brings Discworld to Glendale, Arizona
Internationally bestselling, critically-acclaimed British fantasy
author Sir Terry Pratchett will discuss his upcoming 37th Discworld
novel, "Unseen Academicals," during the next free Authors @ the
Teague talk and signing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 in the City
Hall Council Chambers next to Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N.
Over 60 million copies of his books for adults and children have
been sold in 37 languages, and 2008 marked the 25th anniversary of
his long-running and much-beloved satirical Discworld series.
Pratchett has received numerous honors and awards, including the
2001 Carnegie Medal for an outstanding book for children and young
adult readers, a Printz honor book for young adult literature,
several honorary doctorates, multiple Locus awards for science
fiction and fantasy writing, the L.A. Times Book Prize, and a
Recently diagnosed with early-onset PCA, a rare variant of
Alzheimer's disease, he has become an influential advocate, donating
one million dollars to the Alzheimer's Research Trust.
Since "Unseen Academicals" will not be released until October, other
Discworld books will be available for purchase and signing. Because
of time constraints and audience size, signing will be limited to
one to two items, signature-only, with no personalization.
Parking will be available in the downtown parking structure at 58th
Dr. and Palmaire Ave.
Pratchett's appearance is made possible by the North American
Discworld Convention in Tempe on Labor Day weekend. Seating will be
on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to travel and health
issues, this event may be subject to change, rescheduling or
cancellation. Call 623-930-3431 to confirm or for more information.
For more information about the convention, go to www.nadwcon.org.
[Thanks to the NADWcon Gang for this text -- Ed.]
12) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
12.1 MORE ON THE EISAI EUROPEAN KNOWLEDGE CENTRE (EKC)
"Committed to developing new medicines for patients with conditions
such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy, as
well as several new treatments for cancer, Eisai has invested over
GBP100 million in Hatfield -- bringing more than 500 jobs to the
area. These include some 250 newly created jobs in research at the
company's first ever manufacturing facility in Europe, also based at
the EKC... Sir Terry Pratchett, the best-selling author who suffers
from early stage Alzheimer's disease, speaking at today's opening
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... We
need to speed up research and, incidentally, the speed in which
successful discoveries get to patients...'"
from BBC News:
Eisai said it planned to bring new products to market in the coming
years including potential new treatments for Alzheimer's disease,
epilepsy and MS... Author Sir Terry Pratchett, who has early stage
Alzheimer's disease, said at the official opening: '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. Alzheimer's research started late
compared to many other diseases and the wave is already breaking. I
welcome the opening of the new research facility...'"
Other coverage includes:
UK Trade & Investment
Pharmaceutical Technology Europe
Welwyn and Hatfield Times
12.2 PTERRY VISITS THE ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH TRUST
"Sir Terry Pratchett remarked on the inequity in UK funding: 'Like
700,000 others in the UK, I'm scrabbling to stay ahead long enough
to be there when the Cure comes along.' Dr Marie Janson, Director of
Development for the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said: 'Sir Terry's
support of the Alzheimer's Research Trust has had enormous impact.
His outspoken views on the need for research, together with his
enduring popularity as one of the world's finest fantasy writers
have generated an estimated quarter of a million pounds of donations
and inspired a major leap in public understanding of dementia...'"
12.3 A MENTAL HEALTH DOCTOR LAUDS SIR PTERRY'S CAMPAIGN
Consultant psychiatrist Dr Sanjay Jain, a specialist in mental
health of the elderly, wrote in the Exeter Express & Echo:
"Sir Terry Pratchett aired his views strongly: 'I've decided that I
am not going to go down without a fight. For me, this really is a
matter of life and death. This damn disease is not going to go away,
it's only going to get worse. There is a war being fought out there
and may be it's time to go out and join the troops.' Those are
powerful words, said with so much passion. We need to reach out to
our people as they are at the heart of our services rather than sit
back and say, 'well, this is just another day and another job'..."
12.4 CAFFEINE: A TREATMENT FOR ALZHEIMER'S?
"Dr Gary Arendash, who led the latest study, told the BBC: 'The
results are particularly exciting in that a reversal of pre-existing
memory impairment is more difficult to achieve. They provide
evidence that caffeine could be a viable "treatment" for established
Alzheimer's disease and not simply a protective strategy. That's
important because caffeine is a safe drug for most people, it easily
enters the brain, and it appears to directly affect the disease
process.' The team now hope to begin human trials of caffeine to see
if the mouse findings are replicated in people."
12.5 MORE CALLS FOR INCREASED ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH FUNDING
from the Belfast Telegraph:
"Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the hugely popular Discworld books
and patron of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said: 'There's only
two ways it can go: researchers, with as much help you can give
them, may come up with something that reduces the effects of this
dreadful, inhuman disease or we will have to face the consequences
of our failure to prevent the final years of many of us being a long
bad dream. The strain on carers and their support is bad enough now;
before very long the effects on the health service and society
itself will be unbearable.'"
from the Glasgow Herald:
"A group of 31 scientists and experts have signed an open letter
calling on the government to end 'years of underfunding' in dementia
research. The amount devoted to studying conditions like Alzheimer's
disease is a fraction of that spent on dementia care, and needs to
be tripled or the UK will 'pay the price', the letter said. At
present, £32m in government funding is given to help find new
treatments and ways of preventing or curing Alzheimer's and other
from The Scotsman, a more in-depth article:
"By 2025, the total of those living with dementia is set to hit one
million, seriously affecting the capacity of health and social care
services to cope with the growing demands. Without increased
investment in research, millions more people will die with dementia
in the future, researchers have said. The country's top scientists
are calling for the Westminster government to increase money for
research into the condition to £96 million within five years. They
said the £32m awarded by the government and Medical Research
Council in 2007-8 was eight times less than that spent on cancer
studies and amounts to about the same as the cost of building one
mile of motorway. The figure is equivalent to just 53p per person on
dementia research compared with £1.52 in the United States..."
from The Bath Chronicle:
"Professor Roy Jones, who leads the charity RICE, is one of 31
scientists to have signed the letter urging the Government to use a
ministerial summit on dementia research to end 'years of
underfunding'. They say the increase in investment is vital to find
new treatments, prevention plans and cures for Alzheimer's and other
forms of dementia. The Alzheimer's Research Trust-coordinated
campaign has the backing of two other charities -- the Alzheimer's
Society and Parkinson's Disease Society... RICE, which is based at
the Royal United Hospital, runs memory clinics for dementia
sufferers and Prof Jones is the consultant treating author Sir Terry
Pratchett for early onset Alzheimer's."
12.6 THE "LOONY HELMET" GOES (MORE) PUBLIC
As featured in Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's, and now in
a Daily Mail article:
"Science fiction writer Sir Terry, 60, who was diagnosed with early-
onset Alzheimer's in 2007, wore the strange-looking headgear once a
day for three months and noticed a small improvement, his agent
12.7 LANGUAGE SKILLS "MAY ANTICIPATE MEMORY LOSS"
FROM THE Alzheimer's Research Trust:
"The scientists found a connection between those who could write
essays expressing large numbers of ideas and complex language in
their early 20s, and a lower incidence of memory problems later in
life, whether or not their brains displayed signs of Alzheimer's
disease... Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer's Research
Trust, said: 'One possible implication of this study is that an
intellectual ability test in the early 20s may predict the
likelihood of remaining cognitively normal five or six decades
later. However, prominent exceptions exist, including authors like
Terry Pratchett and Iris Murdoch, who developed dementia despite
their linguistic brilliance...'"
13) SUPPORTING THE ASSISTED DYING BILL
As the many who have seen the documentary Terry Pratchett: Living
with Alzheimer's know, our Pterry intends to fight the disease to
the last and go down fighting, but he is less enamoured of going on
once he is down. And it appears that the majority of his countrymen
also agree with the idea of removing legal restrictions on assisted
exit for the dying and for their families. You may or may not agree,
but Sir Pterry states and defends his position with the sort of
rational passion he does not want to lose as his PCA eventually
tightens its grip
from BBC News:
"The author Terry Pratchett is lending his support to a bill going
through the House of Lords to legalise assisted suicide in
England... 'I think it is possible that someone in possession of
their faculties who has an incurable disease could actually request
death rather than face an unpleasant endgame. It seems to me to
contravene no real law...'"
from The Telegraph:
"Since being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Sir Terry Pratchett
has been outspoken in his support of the right for the terminally
ill to die with dignity. And for his own death, the author has
particular hopes... When I asked if he was serious he replied: 'Yes.
Deadly so. We are very good at living in this society but very bad
speaking to the British Humanist Association:
"Mr Pratchett recorded his thoughts on film for the BHA, ahead of a
vote in the House of Lords on part of the law on assisted dying
which, if passed, would remove the threat of prosecution of friends
and relatives who those who compassionately accompany terminally ill
loved ones abroad to die in a country where assisted dying is
legal... Naomi Phillips, BHA Public Affairs Officer, said, 'With
around 80% of the public, whether religious or non-religious,
supporting assisted dying for the terminally ill, with strict
safeguards, it's time Parliamentarians took steps to modernise the
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