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    WOSSNAME Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion DECEMBER 2009 (Volume 12, Issue 12) *********************************************************************
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      WOSSNAME
      Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
      DECEMBER 2009 (Volume 12, Issue 12)
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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...
      *********************************************************************
      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

      01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
      02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
      03) PTERRY ON SMALL GODS...AND ALL GODS
      04) THE LIFE OF PRATCHETT: A FRESH LOOK
      05) WRITERS' GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN HONOURS PRATCHETT
      06) PTERRY NAMED BEST-SELLING "HALF AUTHOR" OF THE DECADE
      07) THE COLOUR OF MAGIC: A MAGICAL UK RENTALS SUCCESS
      08) NATION AT THE NATIONAL: NEWS AND UPDATES
      09) NATION AT THE NATIONAL: REVIEWS

      ====Part 2 -- MORE REVIEWS, NEWS, ODDS AND SODS

      10) REVIEWS OF NATION AT THE NT, CONTINUED
      11) THE GUARDIAN BOOK CLUB TAKES ON UNSEEN ACADEMICALS
      12) REVIEWS OF UNSEEN ACADEMICALS
      13) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
      14) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS: METAQUOTED
      15) OUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR -- IN LEGO?!
      16) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
      17) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS WANTS YOU!
      18) AUDIOBOOKS: THEY ATE'NT DEAD
      19) GETCHYER 2010 DISCWORLD CALENDAR HEEEERE!
      20) A SHIRT TO SCORE IN
      21) JACQUELINE SIMPSON PROFILE
      22) THE POWER OF GLOING

      ====Part 3 -- HOROSCOPE AND CLOSE

      23) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE
      24) CLOSE

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      01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

      "In my religion, the building of a telescope is the building of a
      cathedral."

      -- Pterry speaking at the Guardian Book Club Q&A, December 2009

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      02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

      Wotcha! This final issue of 2009 is just squeaking in under the
      wire, as it's nearly dawn on New Year's Eve down here in Fourecks.

      It's been yet another momentous year for all things Pterry, filled
      with achievements, kudos, awards, controversy, and the premiere of
      the first-ever Pratchett play on one of the world's most prestigious
      stages. For those who worried that our favourite author's illness
      might have affected the quality of his work, Unseen Academicals has
      proved beyond a doubt that there's nothing to worry about, and that
      his fertile imagination and wizardly wordsmithing skills are still
      at their peak.

      It's been a long year in the WOSSNAME forge. As mentioned in last
      week's extra, I've been editing and publishing this newsletter for
      coming on three years now, and I think it might be time for a brief
      holiday. We're definitely not closing our doors, but if anyone out
      there of a journalistic bent fancies taking a turn as editor for the
      January 2010 issue, now would be the time to speak up...

      I'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank Colin Smythe
      and the Newshound Gang for their invaluable contributions of news
      and views.

      Twenty-six years ago, The Colour of Magic burst forth on an
      unsuspecting world, and left our world far richer for it. Here's to
      another twenty-six years of Pterry and Discworld!

      And now, on with the show...

      -- Annie Mac, Editor

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      03) PTERRY ON SMALL GODS...AND ALL GODS

      Here be a video of Pterry addressing a Q&A session of the Guardian
      Book Club, in which he answers a direct question about his belief
      (or not) in gods. Sparkling, charming, imbued with a lust for life
      and a love for all the universe, so obviously still a man at the
      height of his intellectual powers, he shapes his answer with
      measured thought, delicious wit, and a distinct touch of red wine:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qqnTmBTwOo&feature=player_embedded

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      04) THE LIFE OF PRATCHETT: A FRESH LOOK

      Here be an excellent, comprehensive and up-to-the-minute biography
      of the Master, by his longtime friend and colleague Colin Smythe aka
      The Man Who Believed (in Pterry). Well worth a read! You may learn
      something new -- like the fact that Sir Pt is writing his *own*
      biography now...

      http://www.pjsmprints.com/biography/terrypratchett.html

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      05) WRITERS' GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN HONOURS PRATCHETT

      The Writers' Guild of Great Britain have bestowed 13 awards in 2009
      for outstanding script writing in the UK:

      "These prestigious annual awards recognise talented UK scriptwriters
      across a range of disciplines including TV, theatre, film, radio and
      video games... The Writers' Guild Awards are sponsored by the
      Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), BBC Writersroom,
      BBC Talent Rights Group and HW Fisher & Company, the accountants
      with many clients in the entertainment and media world... Sir Terry
      Pratchett -- knighted this year for his services to literature -- is
      honoured for his outstanding contribution as a children's writer,
      although his Discworld series of comedy fantasy novels has hooked
      readers of all ages..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yatm9r8

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      06) PTERRY NAMED BEST-SELLING "HALF AUTHOR" OF THE DECADE

      ...which is to say, Pratchett counts as a half because he writes
      both children's and adult novels, apparently:

      "Hargreaves and Rowling are joined by two and a half other
      children's authors in the top 10 -- former children's laureate
      Jacqueline Wilson of Tracey Beaker fame at number four, the
      perennial Enid Blyton at number 10 and Terry Pratchett, author of
      both children's and adult fiction at number five..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yey53e4

      [Editor's note: at 10,455,397 (£77.2m), that's a very big half! And
      if you're wondering who this mysterious Hargreaves is, don't go
      racing to your nearest bookseller to check out his fiction style --
      see, he publishes study guides, not novels.]


      Also, Amazon.co.uk lists Pterry as the fourth best-selling author of
      the decade, behind JK Rowling but comfortably ahead of Dan Brown:

      http://tinyurl.com/y97dwlv

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      07) THE COLOUR OF MAGIC: A MAGICAL UK RENTALS SUCCESS

      "But the runaway success of the story of BBC series Gavin and
      Stacey's cross-border romance was not enough to beat the appeal of
      Terry Pratchett adaptation The Colour of Magic. The fantasy epic
      topped the chart for the most rented TV series..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yh25ohw

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      08) NATION AT THE NATIONAL: NEWS AND UPDATES

      8.1 EXTENDED RUN

      Originally scheduled to end its run in late January 2010, Nation has
      now been extended through 28th March. For dates, availability go to:

      http://tinyurl.com/yb2s7cd


      8.2 SPECIAL OFFERS

      a. Best available seats for £30

      Call 020 7452 3000 and quote 'Promotion 2406' or visit
      http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk and enter promotion code 2406 to
      activate your discount. The offer is valid for the following
      performances: January 1, 4, 5, 15, 18 (6pm), 19, 20 (subject to
      availability)

      b. Get over 25% off top two price tickets for Nation at the National
      Theatre.

      Call 020 7452 3000 and quote promotion 2385 or book online at
      http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk and enter promotion code 2385. Top
      price will be £30 and 2nd price will be £25 (usual prices £42.50
      and £35). This offer is valid on performances from 1 - 28 January
      2010. (Excludes all matinees and Saturday evenings. Subject to
      availability.)


      8.3 ENTRY PASS FOR YOUNG THEATREGOERS: SEE NATION FOR FREE!

      The National Theatre is offering free theatre tickets to 15-25 year
      olds as part of A Night Less Ordinary, a new Arts Council England
      scheme intended "to encourage the next generation of audience
      members to get involved in the National Theatre's programme, and to
      take advantage of all the extra resources that the NT has to offer"
      by providing 618,000 free theatre tickets in over 200 venues across
      England to people under 26.

      In order to access the free tickets, 15-25 yr olds must register as
      Entry Pass members. Entry Pass is free to join, and once registered,
      the first ticket to the NT is FREE (for performances Mon-Thu); each
      subsequent ticket will cost just £5. Join now to claim your FREE
      ticket and be eligible for £5 tickets for future performances.

      "Once you have submitted your application form and received your
      Membership Card, you should call the Box Office on 020 7452 3000 to
      claim your free ticket. All subsequent £5 tickets can be purchased
      online using the login details sent with your Membership Card. All
      existing Entry Pass members can also claim one free ticket, and can
      do so by calling the Box Office from Monday 23 February."

      To download the Entry Pass Membership Application Form, go to:
      http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/download.php?id=6621

      If you have already registered and have received your membership
      card, you currently book for the all the shows listed below. Click
      on the shows below for more details and for how to book. [The shows
      are varied, and include Nation -- Ed.]

      For an interactive tour of the National Theatre, go to:
      www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/discover

      The National Theatre is also interested in encouraging young theatre
      reviewers. If you fancy yourself as a thesp-crit of the future,
      email entrypass@... "for the chance join
      professional critics and have your reviews posted online".

      http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/entrypass

      http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/entrypass#pginfo


      8.4 THE SCOTTISH PLAY...WRIGHTS

      Thirteen-year-old Aberdeen twins Hugo and Ollie Inglis have been
      shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett Young Film-makers Competition,
      in which aspiring young playwrights were challenged to make a three-
      minute film adaptation of a passage from Nation. The brothers are
      the only Scots out of ten shortlisted entries, and one of five
      shortlisted entries in the 10-14 age-group.

      "The pair, of Stanley Street, Aberdeen, will find out next week if
      they have won the competition. If successful, their film will be
      shown at cinemas around the country as a taster to the stage
      adaptation of Nation, which is being shown at London's National
      Theatre."

      "Ollie said 'We can't believe that we might actually see our film in
      the cinema. We have definitely won a trip to London to see Nation in
      the National Theatre so we're looking forward to that as we are big
      Terry Pratchett fans, but to see our film in the cinema would be
      brilliant.'"

      http://tinyurl.com/ydh7ndw
      http://tinyurl.com/yetpcoy


      8.5 PHOTOS OF NATION ON STAGE

      At Playbill.com, a gallery of twelve shots of Nation in action:

      http://www.playbill.com/multimedia/gallery/894


      8.6 NATION AROUND THE WORLD: A REMINDER

      Tickets for the NT Live cinema screenings of Nation are on sale now.
      For a list of cinemas, go to:

      http://tinyurl.com/y986aqe

      [We're going to see it in February! -- Ed.]

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      09) REVIEWS OF NATION AT THE NATIONAL

      In The Telegraph:

      "Mark Ravenhill's adaptation of the novel, and Melly Still's
      production which faces formidable challenges in bringing storms,
      giant waves, shipwrecks, and wildlife ranging from a foul-mouthed
      parrot to an enormous pig to the stage, isn't in quite the same
      league as War Horse... But there are some stunning underwater
      sequences and more importantly a script by the usually abrasive
      Ravenhill that captures Pratchett's noble mixture of humour and
      human sympathy..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yzdml98


      In What's On Stage (London):

      "The ingredients in Melly Still's fitfully spectacular production
      are promising enough, with the exploratory British boat washed up on
      a devastated island of dead ancestors and flying dolphins: a flurry
      of leaves rise to the top of the Olivier and are instantly
      transformed into film imagery... There are brisk contributions from
      Michael Mears as a spindle-shanked baddie, Gaye Brown as an
      imperious grandmother form the old country and Ewart James Walters
      as the tribal leader. But there's no real momentum in the show,
      which veers towards self-parody..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ygj23ro


      In The Times:

      "Judging by the cheers that greeted the curtain, the show can more
      safely be recommended than (say) the average Treasure Island or
      Aladdin; but the narrative can be confusing, the political
      correctness irksome, and much else as wishful and sentimental as,
      well, Treasure Island or Aladdin. Mark you, the director-designer
      Melly Still's production is often as visually captivating as her
      Coram Boy..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ylzdk3g


      In The Guardian:

      "It is all staged with a hectic panache. Still and her co-designer,
      Mark Friend, have created a stage dominated by three translucent
      screens through which we glimpse floating corpses, swimming
      dolphins, predatory man-eaters... Gary Carr and Emily Taaffe as Mau
      and Daphne disport themselves with great dignity and there is a nice
      study of a talking, walking parrot from Jason Thorpe..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ylj35rg

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