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      16) UNSEEN SEEN ON SOUTH AFRICAN BEST BOOKS OF 2009 LIST
      17) SILENCE THOSE BELLS! IT'S RTFM DARK MORRIS TIME
      18) MORE NEW DISCWORLD MINIATURES
      19) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
      20) NIGHT WATCH: PERFECT FOR HIGH SCHOOL LIT CLASSES
      21) ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
      22) EVERYTHING BUT THE ELEPHANTS

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      16) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS ON SOUTH AFRICAN BEST BOOKS OF 2009 LIST

      "His daft account of the Unseen University's foray into the world of
      soccer, or foot-the-ball as they occasionally call it, is romantic,
      absurdist philosophical, totally Discworld."

      http://tinyurl.com/yczqogb

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      17) SILENCE THOSE BELLS! IT'S RTFM DARK MORRIS TIME

      "At sunset on Halloween, the Recently Traditional Fictional Morris
      troupe [met] at the Somerville Community Growing Center on Vinal
      Avenue to dance the AntiMorris, a spoof on the English tradition of
      Morris dancing. Morris dancers celebrate spring by dancing at
      sunrise in the spring. The idea of having another Morris dance in
      the fall came from fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, who suggested
      having one without the other created imbalance. 'We did appreciate
      the balance. It is common to kind of have an appreciation for the
      seasonal nature of things,' said Jeremy Kessler, who started the
      RTFM in 2001 and had been involved with AntiMorris dancing since
      1999 in Chicago... Although not as long-held as the tradition of
      Morris dancing, the AntiMorris is starting to catch on, Kessler
      said. This year, nearly 100 people, including dancers, showed up
      for the AntiMorris..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yddtcqe

      [Editor's note: there is of course another, more er um traditional
      meaning for the acronym "RTFM". And I suspect that the dancing of
      Dark Morris would definitely be something you'd want to read the
      manual *very carefully* for before attempting the dance...]

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      18) MORE NEW DISCWORLD MINIATURES

      Tabletop Gaming News reports on the latest soon to be released
      Discworld miniatures:

      http://tinyurl.com/ye7w8dy

      Photo of the miniatures -- Lancre Witches, the Bursar, Dibbler:

      http://tinyurl.com/y9y7dxd

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      19) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

      MASKERADE IN KIDDERMINSTER

      The Nonentities of Kidderminster present their production of
      Maskerade for late 2009.

      Described as "Phantom of the Opera rebooted for the Tarantino
      generation", Maskerade will run from 29th November until 5th
      December, with an extra matinee performance on Saturday 5th
      December. Following Maskerade, The Nonentities will be helping
      patrons to get into the festive mood, with their traditional
      Christmas entertainment at The Rose, from December 9 to 12 at
      7.30pm. Kerena Taylor, publicity manager for the Rose, says: "The
      promise is to bring music, stories, poems, reading and singing. If
      that isn't enough to tempt people out on a cold wet winter's
      evening, included in the ticket price is a mince pie and a glass of
      mulled wine."

      When: Sun 29th Nov to Sat 5th Dec 2009
      Time: Matinee curtain up 2.30pm, evening curtain up 7.30pm
      Venue: The Main House, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

      Tickets: Monday to Thursday £8.00, Friday & Saturday £8.50
      Concessions: Senior citizens, students, and children under 16 years.
      Group Bookings: Buy 13 seats or more and get a reduced price.
      Available from Monday to Thursday: Reduction of 50p per ticket
      Only one discount can be applied to any ticket

      Box Office: Till 31st December 2009, opening hours are 10am-4pm
      Monday to Saturday. From 4th January 2010, opening hours will be
      9am-3pm Monday to Saturday. Telephone bookings may be paid by credit
      or debit card

      To buy tickets call 01562 743745 or visit rosetheatre.co.uk

      http://tinyurl.com/ybhfsem
      http://rosetheatre.co.uk/CurrentSeason/Maskerade/about.htm


      MASKERADE IN LONDON

      The Tower Theatre Company present Stephen Briggs' adaptation of
      Maskerade, directed by Chris Peregrine, at two London locations next
      month: at the Bridewell Theatre from 8th-12th December, and then at
      Theatro Technis from 15th-18th December.

      Venue 1: Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, off Fleet Street, London EC4
      (nearest Tube station is Blackfriars)
      When: 08-12 December 2009
      Time: Tues-Sat 7.45pm, plus Sat Matinee at 3pm
      Tickets: £11
      Tower Theatre Box Office: 020 7353 1700

      Venue 2: Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Rd, Mornington Crescent,
      London, NW1 1TT (nearest Tube station is Mornington Crescent)
      When: 15-18 December 2009
      Time: Tues - Sat 7.45pm, plus Sat Matinee at 3pm
      Tickets: £11
      Tower Theatre Box Office: 020 7353 1700

      http://tinyurl.com/ye5vbpl


      CARPE JUGULUM IN GLASTONBURY

      A reminder -- Straight From the Heart Productions' presentation of
      Carpe Jugulum takes place next month.

      Venue: Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, High Street, Glastonbury BA6 9DU.
      When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9th-12th December,2009.
      Time: Doors open at 7:30pm for an 8pm start.
      Tickets: available from Gothic Image, Glastonbury, or email:
      ANICECUPOFTEAANDBISCUITS@...

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      20) NIGHT WATCH: PERFECT FOR HIGH SCHOOL LIT CLASSES

      In Mind Meld, SF Signal's weekly online panel, various well-
      respected writers and educators were asked "If you were teaching a
      high school literature class, which science fiction or fantasy books
      first published within the past 10 years would you include on your
      syllabus?" David Bradley, longtime editor of the excellent and
      league-leading SFX Magazine, included Night Watch as his choice of
      choices:

      "'A comic fantasy? One part of a series that has almost 40 books in
      it? What are you thinking, Bradley?! Go to the headmaster's office
      at once!' Sorry sir, but this is a masterful piece of writing, with
      a theme of civil unrest for us to discuss, believable central
      characters, and an unusual time travel-based framing structure.
      There are good reasons why it received the Prometheus Award in 2003,
      had a place in the BBC's top 100 'Big Read' survey of the UK's
      favourite books, and was nominated for a Locus Award... there is
      plenty for a 21st century reading group to talk about: political
      assassinations and the effect of the state running a secret police,
      the relationship between the regular police and the military, the
      ways in which rebellions escalate and how demonstrations can turn to
      rioting and bloodshed..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ykk89z8

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      21) ALZHEIMER'S NEWS

      Here be a round-up of some recent Alzheimer's research news and
      fundraising events, taken from the Alzheimer's Research Trust
      website. Since Pterry donated a million dollars to the Trust, the
      least the rest of us can do is be aware of where some of that money
      is going!

      CHARITY CYCLETHON

      Staff at ESPC property marketing services in Edinburgh, will take
      part in a 24-hour endurance challenge on Friday 4 and Saturday 5
      December, to raise money for the Alzheimer's Research Trust and
      Radio Forth's Kids appeal. The challenge will start and finish when
      the cannon is fired at 1pm from Edinburgh Castle. All the action
      will take place in the ESPC showroom in George Street, where a team
      of seven enthusiastic staff, of varying fitness levels, will run the
      equivalent of two marathons and cycle for over 14 hours. Between
      them they will cover over 330 kilometres (over 200 miles), without
      even leaving the premises.

      Neil Harrison, ESPC Marketing Manager, explained the thinking behind
      the event: 'As we get so many people passing by our windows, day and
      night, a group of staff suggested this would be the ideal
      opportunity to attract their attention with a fundraising event. We
      chose the charities that are closest to our hearts through our own
      personal experiences. We are hoping that anyone out doing their
      Christmas shopping or celebrating the festive season will drop by
      and give us their support.' Charlotte Garner, Community Fundraiser
      for the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said: 'We are very grateful to
      the staff at ESPC for the time and effort they are putting into this
      inventive challenge. By raising money for vital dementia research
      they are helping to bring a cure ever nearer. We wish them every
      success and hope that passers-by will give them plenty of
      encouragement and keep them motivated.'

      NEW APPEAL FOR RESEARCH FUNDING

      University College London scientist Dr Selina Wray, together with
      Strictly star Lynda Bellingham, is to front a national appeal for
      the UK's leading dementia research charity, the Alzheimer's Research
      Trust. Dr Wray, who won a fellowship grant from the Alzheimer's
      Research Trust in June 2009 was selected by the charity thanks to
      her cutting edge work using stem cells to fight Alzheimer's disease.

      The new appeal features an in-depth look at Dr Wray's research
      alongside a letter written by Lynda Bellingham to nearly 40,000 of
      the charity's supporters. The 2008 appeal, which featured
      Alzheimer's Research Trust Patron Sir Cliff Richard, raised nearly
      £75,000, but the charity is determined to beat that total in 2009.

      FATTY ACIDS A CLUE

      Bristol scientists supported by the Alzheimer's Research Trust have
      found that the amount of fatty acids in the brain varies between
      healthy people and those with Alzheimer's. Researchers understand
      what is happening in the brain during the disease. Seth Love,
      Professor of Neuropathology at the University of Bristol, who led
      the work, said: 'Fatty acids are essential to the way our brains
      work; they affect the way nerve cells function and help insulate the
      electrical signals that transmit information around our brains. When
      we compared the brains of people without Alzheimer's to those with
      the disease, we found a reduction in two types of fatty acid, and an
      increase it two others. It might be that the changes in amounts of
      fatty acids contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease, or
      are a consequence. We need to do more research to find out.' Rebecca
      Wood, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said,
      'Dementia research in Bristol is making fantastic progress. It is
      vital that we understand the changes in the brain that cause
      Alzheimer's so that we can open the door to new treatments and ways
      to prevent the disease.'


      IMPRESSIVE CORPORATE FUNDING

      Professor John Hardy, The Wellcome Trust, and Medical Research
      Council have invested £17 million into three new research
      programmes focussed on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and motor neurone
      disease. Two of the programmes involve Alzheimer's Research Trust
      Scientific Advisers Prof John Hardy FRS of University College London
      and Prof Peter St George-Hyslop of Cambridge University.

      A video clip explaining the new Alzheimer's research can be found
      at:
      http://www.youtube.com/wellcometrust#p/u/1/te7dDDIt6VM


      FORM OF ALZHEIMER'S IS OFTEN INHERITED

      UK scientists, part-funded by the Alzheimer's Research Trust, have
      shown that the fourth most common form of dementia is often
      inherited. Fronto-temporal dementia (FTD), which affects over 11,000
      people in the UK, has a number of variants, and researchers found
      that some types are more likely to be inherited than others. FTD is
      a progressive disease that damages the front part of the brain,
      responsible for controlling behaviour, emotions and language, and
      causes dementia in people aged 50-60. Behavioural symptoms may
      include acting inappropriately or a complete change of personality.
      Less commonly, people with the disease experience language problems
      as the first symptom, such as losing the ability to name objects.
      The new research shows that the language variants of FTD are less
      likely to be inherited than the behavioural variants.


      All articles are from the Alzheimer's Research Trust website:
      http://tinyurl.com/ycxl28w

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      22) EVERYTHING BUT THE ELEPHANTS

      ...and the Disc. But still, turtles! Here be a rather cute and
      possibly Discworld-themed children's night light that even comes
      complete with batteries:

      http://tinyurl.com/yc32ls9

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      23) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

      A gorgeous 3D "sculpt" by Eoin Cannon, based on Paul Kidby's
      drawings of Cohen the Barbarian:

      http://paulkidby.net/EoinCohen.jpg
      http://paulkidby.net/NewsPage.html


      An equally gorgeous photo of Gary Carr as Mau in the National
      Theatre's London production of Nation:

      http://www.whatsonstage.com/images/nation_mau1.jpg

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      24) HEX IS ALIVE AND WELL IN ROUNDWORLD

      Forget antivirus, this is ant-antivirus!

      "Digital ants could soon be crawling through your computer's hard
      drive, but don't worry, they are there to help... The digital ants
      report any suspicious activity to a digital sentinel, a program
      designed to watch over a set of computers in a network. The sentinel
      sorts through all the information the ants gather, and if its
      suspicious, passes the information on to a digital sergeant. The
      sergeant then alerts the human supervisor, who can the deal with the
      problem..."

      http://news.discovery.com/tech/digital-ants-computer-worms.html

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