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    WOSSNAME -- FEBRUARY 2010 -- PART 3 OF 5 (continued) ... oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ====Part 3 -- MORE NEWS, MORE REVIEWS 07) GUILD
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      ====Part 3 -- MORE NEWS, MORE REVIEWS

      07) GUILD OF SEAMSTRESSES CREST BADGE NOW AVAILABLE
      08) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
      09) REVIEW: UNSEEN ACADEMICALS AUDIO BOOK
      10) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
      11) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS STILL GOING STRONG
      12) CONVENTION NEWS
      13) ACTION REPLAY: PTERRY'S BLOOPER REEL
      14) NEW FOLKLORE MUSEUM AND RESOURCE
      15) ODDITIES OF NOTE
      16) IMAGE OF THE MONTH
      17) HOW TO READ IN THE BATH
      18) "NATION" MELMEET REPORT AND REVIEW

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      07) PJSM PRINTS PRESENTS: GUILD OF SEAMSTRESSES CREST BADGE

      As mentioned by Sir Pterry! PJSM Prints says:

      "For the Valentines Season, we are releasing the Guild of
      Seamstresses Crest as part of the continuing Ankh-Morpork
      Collection. Remember.... never underestimate the Guild of
      Seamstresses, and those who wear their badge."

      The pin badges are £29.99 each, available in a limited edition of
      only 200. They became available on the 18th of February, so hurry!

      http://www.pjsmprints.com/pins/index.html

      Also, Sandra Kidby recommends the new 41 X 31cm Seamstresses' Guild
      bag:

      "A superb quality black urban messenger bag with gold text. Complete
      with padded adjustable shoulder strap and internal organiser
      section." The bags are priced at £20.00 each.

      http://www.pjsmprints.com/bags/

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      08) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS

      8.1 The author on living with Alzheimer's:

      A page of audio and video links:
      http://www.tinyurl.com.au/25h


      8.2 The Alzheimer's Research Trust Memory Wall is touring Britain:

      "Discworld author Sir Terry Pratchett... wrote: 'The day my daughter
      was born. The elation -- nothing could've gone wrong that night. I'd
      hate to lose that memory.' ... The wall will be launched in
      Cambridge and will be displayed in the Grand Arcade from February 6.
      It will then travel around the UK..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ygzyh48

      More information can be found at http://www.memories-matter.org/


      8.3 In the Guardian, a doctor calls for far more research and
      training:

      "There is ­currently no effective treatment for ­dementia. We need
      to put ­serious money -- billions -- into research.
      ­Psychogeriatrics is the twilight zone of medicine. ­Medical
      students want to be cardiologists and surgeons, not ­geriatricians.
      If the ­government funded a hundred psychiatric registrars to do an
      MD in ­dementia each year, our knowledge would ­improve and more
      bright young doctors would be attracted... Sir Terry Pratchett has
      courageously talked about his dementia and that helps. But, for Sir
      Terry, there is money to fund nursing care. For most, there is
      not..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yhm5299


      8.4 Pterry on the BBC's The One Show recently:

      "Since being diagnosed by specialists at Addenbrooke's Hospital in
      December 2007, Sir Terry Pratchett summed up his life, saying: 'It's
      been busy...And I've been doing lots of work for various
      campaigns... and I feel good... I don't put my trousers on upside
      down or things like that and I can get myself dressed - but I'm
      always aware of this little problem that I'm overcoming. You work
      around as much as you can. You'll never see me go into a revolving
      door...' He laughed again and added: 'But it would be fun!'..."

      http://tinyurl.com/yfpws8o


      8.5 Alzheimer's informative advertising on television:

      "Dementia charity, The Alzheimer's Research Trust (ART), is
      launching its first TV fundraising campaign to boost support and
      donations to the charity. This campaign, created by Domain, features
      two 60-second executions designed to encourage people..."

      "Two adverts are being shown; one featuring a scientist researching
      the disease in order to discover new treatments, and the other an
      emotional appeal from a woman who describes how she lost her husband
      two years ago - her husband sits next to her staring vacantly into
      space, physically alive yet no longer aware of who or where he is."

      from http://www.mad.co.uk and http://tinyurl.com/yfpws8o

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      09) REVIEW: UNSEEN ACADEMICALS AUDIO BOOK

      "It's not easy to track the multitude of characters, but Stephen
      Briggs gives each of them a distinctive voice. Briggs has been
      adapting Pratchett's novels to the stage since 1991, and the
      recurring characters are his to command. His performance brings out
      the best of the satirical humor and Pratchett's really good bad
      puns..."

      (Harper Audio, unabridged, 12 CDs, 14.5 hrs, $39.99 ISBN
      978-0-06-186829-0)

      http://tinyurl.com/ycmltd3

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      10) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

      10.1 WYRD SISTERS IN OSCEOLA

      The Osceola Community Theatre, Indiana, USA is currently presenting
      their production of Wyrd Sisters.

      Dates: February 26th and 27th at 7pm and February 21st and 28th at
      1pm (Sunday Matinee shows)
      Where: 311 S Apple Rd, Osceola, Indiana

      For more details and ticket information please visit
      http://www.osceolatheatre.com

      10.2 CARPE JUGULUM IN GLASTONBURY

      Straight From the Heart Productions will present Carpe Jugulum at
      the Glastonbury Assembly Rooms in April.

      Where: Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, High Street, Glastonbury BA6 9DU
      When: April 14-17, 2010.
      Time: Doors open at 7:30pm, 8pm start.
      Tickets: available from Gothic Image, Glastonbury, or email
      ANICECUPOFTEAANDBISCUITS@....

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      11) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS STILL GOING STRONG

      After two months at the top of the Locus bestsellers list, Unseen
      Academicals has dropped -- but only to second place.

      http://www.locusmag.com/Magazine/2010/Issue02_Bestsellers.html

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      12) CONVENTION NEWS

      12.1 NULLAS ANXIETAS III

      Memorandum
      From: Lord Vetinari, The Oblong Office, Ankh Morpork
      Subject: The Australian Discworld Convention 2011 - dates 8th to
      10th April 2011

      As part of our Ankh Morpork Cultural Outreach Initiative, I have
      commissioned the Nullus Anxietas 3 committee to organise an exciting
      3 day convention to promote the culture and history of our
      Discworld, and in particular the many attractions and commercial
      opportunities awaiting them in Ankh Morpork.

      The convention will run from 8th to 10th April 2011 at the Penrith
      Panthers Convention Centre, Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW.

      The committee assure me that it will include old favourites such as
      Wossnames, the Great Debate, Werewolf and Terry's shorts on the
      programme, a host of talks and workshops on all things Discworld and
      with lots of new events such as Scumble tasting, the Great hedgehog
      race, Discworld card making, a masquerade parade and fan art being
      introduced for the first time. This will be your chance to dress up
      as real Discworld people and meet other Discworld fans.

      They have chosen Panthers because it offers some excellent
      convention facilities, has a hotel next door and there is a wealth
      of good food on the site. (Some of it not involving rat!) Penrith
      itself is on the western edge of Sydney, at the foot of the Blue
      Mountains, and is a good centre both for those flying in to Sydney
      and those travelling from within NSW.

      Convention prices are (AU$):

      Early bird full membership $120 rising to $150
      Early bird concessionary membership $100 rising to $125
      Early bird child membership $60 rising to $75
      Supporting membership $30

      Sir Terry has got our Convention in his diary and has said he will
      attend health permitting ...

      Other special guests will be announced closer to the time.

      If you would like to help publicise this event in your local area
      please contact Granny Weatherwax at publicity@...

      If you would like to volunteer to assist with events at the
      convention please contact Tania at enquiries@...

      Don't forget to follow us on Twitter via @NullusAnxietas3, and join
      our Facebook group Nullus Anxietas in New South Wales and the
      Australian Discworld Convention page.

      I understand that Nullus Anxietas translates as "No Worries",
      although the committee will have plenty to worry about if they let
      any mimes through the door!

      Finally, get the latest news on Nullus Anxietas 3 at
      http://ausdwcon.org/


      NA III Organiser Granny Weatherwax adds: BTW, Wossname on our
      programme event is a Discworld version of a game show called
      Blankety Blanks.


      12.2 DWCON 2010

      The 2010 Discworld Convention will take place from 27th-30th
      August 2010 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

      For more information and news, go to:

      http://www.dwcon.org/

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      13) ACTION REPLAY

      A little gem from YouTube! Outtakes from Pterry's advertisement for
      terrypratchettbooks:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFwLjSDCxuM&feature=related

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      14) IN SEARCH OF NARRATIVE CAUSALITY

      The Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy opens this
      month:

      "The centre seeks to explore, discuss and celebrate the folktales,
      fairy tales and fantastic imagination from across the world that has
      led to bestselling fantasy works by writers as diverse as JRR
      Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, JK Rowling, Angela Carter, Philip Pullman
      and CS Lewis...."

      http://tinyurl.com/ych3qj7

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      15) ODDITIES OF NOTE: SLICING TIME, AND IS PTERRY AN ALIEN?

      A short video that may remind you of Lobsang Ludd:
      http://www.boingboing.net/2010/02/08/nuit-blanche.html

      Link courtesy of Mrs Cake of Bugarup University

      Another short video, amusing. Several of the "students" at BU think
      Pterry is moonlighting as an alien:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaFZTAOb7IE

      Link courtesy of the peripatetic Asti

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      16) IMAGE OF THE MONTH: THE (NAMED) MEAT OF THE TURTLE

      Great A'Tuin might be wondering where the hatchlings went:

      http://tinyurl.com/ygpdcvn

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      17) HOW TO READ IN THE BATH

      Take some Discworld books in with you, for a start, according to the
      Daily TWiP. "There are many simple pleasures in life, but very few
      holidays that give you license to celebrate more than one at a time.
      Read in the Bathtub Day lets you enjoy a good book, a hot bath, and
      a little bit of peace and quiet all at the same time... Pratchett
      satirizes everything from China's Cultural Revolution to Andrew
      Lloyd Webber musicals to Death itself (or should we say, himself).
      You'll enjoy what you're reading and maybe even learn something,
      too..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ye3dsax

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      18) "NATION" MELMEET AND REVIEW

      by Mogg

      On Saturday the 13th of February 2010, several members of Bugarup
      University (aka ozdw@yahoogroups.com) met up in Melbourne, Fourecks
      to see the screening of Nation at the Nova Cinema in Carlton.

      Attendees: me (Mogg, the Ticket Purchaser), SteVen, Mrs Peculiar,
      Paul the Libwolf, B and her fiance, and Sacharissa, a friend of most
      of those attending but not an ozdw member.

      Non-attendee: Jase, who ultimately found that he couldn't be in
      multiple places at once and chose to be somewhere else (boo!)

      As the person responsible for purchasing and bringing the tickets,
      it was of course essential that I be at the Nova in Carlton in good
      time for the screening. Consequently, I ran screamingly late and
      became mired in traffic as bad as any weekday rush (shouldn't you
      all have been at home gardening or something???!!!). Others were
      more sensible than I, and met earlier for lunch. I fortunately know
      the area quite well and knew where I could park near the cinema with
      a minimum of time wasted, and so I arrived at approximately two
      minutes to screening time, out of breath, and frantically waved the
      ticket receipt at the cinema staff so that they would let us in.

      After unsuccessfully attempting to purchase some water from the girl
      in the upstairs cafe who was on the phone and couldn't, apparently,
      say either "can you hold for a moment, I have a customer" or "I'm
      sorry, I'll be with you in a minute", we settled into our assigned
      seats in one of the larger of the Nova's theatres. With perhaps 100
      people in the audience, the room was a little over half full. I was
      a little disappointed that there wasn't a larger crowd than that,
      but at least we weren't in the mini-theatre! We explained to someone
      (I mention no names) that the girl walking around and calling out
      "Prices!" was in fact saying "Precis!" and was distributing a
      summary of the play, not cinema brochures.

      The broadcast started with an overview of other productions by the
      National Theatre and an interview with Nation director Melly Still,
      conducted, rather fascinatingly, outdoors on what was obviously a
      cold London day. I found I spent more time looking at the background
      of the Thames and London than I did listening to the interview,
      which was probably not the idea, but as someone who normally only
      sees photos or television footage of London in unusual
      circumstances, it was quite nice seeing and hearing it as a living
      city with cranes and traffic and an inconveniently noisy helicopter
      in the background.

      And so to the production itself. I'm not much of a theatre-goer, and
      I was a trifle sceptical that a book as dense with concepts as
      Nation could be successfully translated to the stage. As it started,
      I distinctly remember thinking "I hope this isn't a huge
      disappointment." Fortunately, it was quite the opposite.

      First to the practical aspects -- the staging was generally very
      good, with most of the action taking place on a kind of upturned
      giant wok with an embossed map of the Great Southern Pelagic Ocean,
      which to me effectively represented the island of the Nation without
      having to have lots of extra props. I particularly liked the water
      scenes projected or shadowed on the screens at the rear of the
      stage, but didn't like the design of the statues and carvings in the
      Grandfather's Cave, which were rather too caveman-like when they
      were supposed to be representing an highly advanced and
      sophisticated culture.

      (report and review continued in Part 4)

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