wossname: (The Glorious 25th)



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wossname: (The Glorious 25th)
Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
May 2017 (Volume 20, Issue 5, Post 1)


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WOSSNAME is a free publication offering news, reviews, and all the other stuff-that-fits pertaining to the works of Sir Terry Pratchett. Originally founded by the late, great Joe Schaumburger for members of the worldwide Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates, including the North American Discworld Society and other continental groups, Wossname is now for Discworld and Pratchett fans everywhere in Roundworld.
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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Vera P
Newshounds: Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow, Mss C, Alison not Aliss
Staff Writers: Asti, Pitt the Elder, Evil Steven Dread, Mrs Wynn-Jones
Staff Technomancers: Jason Parlevliet, Archchancellor Neil, DJ Helpful
Book Reviews: Annie Mac, Drusilla D'Afanguin, Your Name Here
Puzzle Editor: Tiff (still out there somewhere)
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
Emergency Staff: Steven D'Aprano, Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare time)

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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) ODDS AND SODS
04) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
08) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
09) ROUNDWORLD TALES
10) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
11) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"It is through Terry's work that we have brought together a group of wonderful volunteers and donated over £23k to dementia charities."
– Monstrous Productions, on Twitter, 12th March 2017

"Don't put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again. That's why they're called revolutions. People die, and nothing changes."
– Night Watch

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Putting this issue out a bit early, as a reminder that the Glorious 25th of May is almost upon us!

The 25th of May – Lilac Day – was first celebrated in 2008. 2017 marks the ninth Lilac Day. Have you got your boiled egg ready? From the Anyday Guide: "The Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May, also referred to as Wear the Lilac Day, is an annual celebration observed by fans of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Lately it has also become an impromptu Alzheimer's disease awareness day... The Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May is a remembrance day in the fictional Discworld that commemorates the People's Revolution, which put an end to Lord Winter's reign. On May 25, the survivors wear a spring of lilac and gather at the cemetery to honor those who fell during the Revolution. The Revolution is described in the novel Night Watch. The fictional celebration was adopted by fans of Terry Pratchett's works, who began to wear springs of lilac on May 25 to commemorate his writing. In 2007, Pratchett announced that he had Alzheimer's disease. His fans began the campaign Match It For Pratchett to raise awareness of Alzheimer's. Fans are encouraged to wear lilac in support of Pratchett and make donations to Alzheimer's research funds."

https://anydayguide.com/calendar/2026

And here we have the L-space wikipage about the Wearing of the Lilac:

"Each year, on the 25th of May, a group of survivors of the uprising gathers at Small Gods' Cemetery to honor the casualties with lilacs and, affectionately, one hard-boiled egg (from Madam Roberta Meserole). The seven killed were mostly Watchmen from Treacle Mine Road : John Keel, Cecil Clapman, Horace Nancyball, Billy Wiglet, Dai Dickins, Ned Coates, and, temporarily, Reg Shoe – he will lie in his grave for a time during that day, and then leave. The 25th of May is also memorialized, among those who survive, by the wearing of lilac on that date. Persons known to wear it include Sam Vimes, Fred Colon, Nobby Nobbs, Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, and, improbably, Havelock Vetinari (he, at the time a young assassin, has kept his and his aristocratic aunt Lady Roberta Meserole's, not-insignificant involvement in the affair entirely secret). The date is not publicly known as it was one of those revolutions where everybody likes to pretend in the aftermath that it never happened, with many new Watchmen uncertain of its relevance to the point that one new recruit tried wearing lilac only to be sharply criticised by Fred Colon. Vetinari once speculated about erecting a statue in memory of the soldiers, but Vimes rejected the idea, stating that the dead men would not want to be immortalised and inspire others to be heroes after they were betrayed for going beyond the call of duty, requesting that the men be simply left in peace."

https://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Glorious_Revolution

...and here be a fine collage/collection on Pinterest, on the subject of Pratchett wisdom in general and Lilac Day in particular:
https://au.pinterest.com/elpha1/glorious-25th-may-wear-the-lilac/

And for those of you who can manage an online donation, Alzheimer's Research UK is continuing the work Sir Terry promoted, and the Glorious 25th is a good excuse for giving: https://donate.alzheimersresearchuk.org/publicnew

Right, on with the show!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) ODDS AND SODS

3.1 THE TERRY PRATCHETT OWL PARLIAMENT OPENING

From the Clanfield Post:

"Birdworld celebrated what would have been Sir Terry Pratchett's 69th Birthday with the official opening of its new exhibit, the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament with the assistance of Discworld dignitaries, Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs. The beautifully crafted exhibit at the wildlife centre south of Farnham has been created in collaboration with the World Owl Trust (WOT) and has been named in honour of the award-winning author, Sir Terry Pratchett due to his well-known love of wildlife and in particular, all species of owl... The Owl Parliament has been created both as a satellite of the WOT's collection and to recognise Sir Terry's passion for these mysterious birds of prey... To celebrate the day, visitors attended the opening ceremony in their finest Discworld-themed costume before Rob Wilkins cut the red ribbon and christened the Owl Parliament with a bottle of champagne. After the ceremony Discworld auctioneer Dr Pat Harkin led a prize-packed auction which featured prizes ranging from rare signed books, Paul Kidby artwork and the star prize of feeding Birdworld's African penguins alongside Rob Wilkins. As a result of the auction and raffle, the day raised more than £1,400 for the Birdworld Conservation Fund which will in turn be donated to the World Owl Trust to support the work it does on both a national and international scale. Pratchett fans were also treated to a special question and answer session with Rob and Stephen which included personal book signings and photos as a reminder of the day..."

http://bit.ly/2r4UFgJ

For more information about the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament, go to www.birdworld.co.uk

3.2 LONG EARTH SERIES CONTEST

From Penguin Books : "Are you ready to step from the Discworld into the Long Earth? Now that the series is complete, we're giving our newsletter subscribers [a chance] to win the full set."

To enter, just go to http://bit.ly/2q5eEba and enter your name and email address. There doesn't appear to be a closing date set, so presumably the opportunity is still open!

3.3 TEN LIFE LESSONS FROM TERRY PRATCHETT

Also from Penguin Books, a good collection of examples of Sir Pterry's "stealth philosophy" and general superb understanding of human nature:

"Tiffany Aching, Witch of the Chalk, taught us how to see beyond what is in front of us, and how to be brave… The friendly face of Death taught us that death in itself is nothing to fear… Granny Weatherwax taught us to treat others with respect, dignity and decency... Rincewind taught us that sandals make the best getaway shoes, and that prejudice is not a helpful approach to life… Moist Von Lipvig, a natural born criminal, a fraudster by vocation, an habitual liar and saviour of the postal service, taught us that the leopard can change his shorts… Esk taught us when not to know your place, and when to break the rules... Vetinari taught us that the only time politics is ever simple is when it's tyranny… Captain Carrot taught us that being simple is not the same as being stupid, and to light a candle in the dark…
Samuel Vimes taught us not to tolerate injustice, and that, while candles are all well and good, sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness… Susan Sto Helit taught us that words have power, that stories are important and that we want a schoolteacher around when the apocalypse comes…"

https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/features/2017/apr/life-lessons-from-terry-pratchett-discworld/

3.4 GREEBO, IS THAT YOU?

Paul Kidby tweeted a link to a rather familiar-sounding cat:

Pet adoption agency Cats of Melbourne, located in Melbourne, Australia, posted a darkly hilarious memo about Mr. Biggles (also known as Lord Bigglesworth) on its website this week, practically daring a future owner to take him in. Founder and group co-ordinator Gina Brett wrote the ad, describing the shiny black cat as 'an utter utter utter bastard' who throws tantrums and does not like to be thwarted. 'Mr. Biggles is a despot and dictator, he will let you know he is not happy, which is often because things are often just not up to his high standards,' the memo reads. 'Mr Biggles likes his cuddles on his terms, and will sit in your lap when he decides it's time. If the stroking is not up to his standards, he will nip you... Mr. Biggles is currently sunning himself in my backyard and eyeballing the chickens with a view to murder,' Brett told HuffPost. 'This morning he played with the dog (and didn't draw blood, I'm impressed) and savaged my brother who tried to cuddle him (I warned him but he didn't listen).' While Mr. Biggles' profile is the most shared one Brett has posted since founding the agency in October of last year, the dictatorial feline with a heart of gold has not yet been adopted..."

http://bit.ly/2rqc2bF

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04) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

AUSDWCON NEWS

Charity Auction
Sponsored by Dymocks Adelaide

"It is a fine and grand tradition of all Discworld Conventions to have an auction of collectables and memorabilia to raise money for charity. The Charity Auction will be held on Sunday 6th August, and you'll want to be there to bid for some rare and highly sought after items, generously donated by our sponsors, guests and community. In addition, there is also a Silent Auction – that is, rather than the auction being live and being presided over by auctioneers, you simply just write your name, membership number and bid down on a sheet of paper."

Some of the items: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C_QQGGlUwAErtM-.png

Donating Items

"We already have quite a lot of really great items to auction, but if you have something you would like to donate to the auction, please contact us to let us know what it is! However, please keep in mind that anything donated needs to appeal to fans, so it should be unique or rare or have high value as a collectable. The more valuable, the more money will be able to raise for our charities!"

Our Charities

Alzheimer's Australia SA
https://sa.fightdementia.org.au/

Aboriginal Literacy Foundation
http://www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org/

https://ausdwcon.org/convention/events/charity-auction/

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.1 PLAYS IN JUNE

* WYRD SISTERS IN MILTON, FOURECKS (JUNE)

Milton Follies are bringing Wyrd Sisters to the stage in June.

When: 9th-18th June 2017
Venue: Milton Theatre, 69 Princes Highway, Milton, New South Wales (phone 02 4454 3636)
Time: evening shows (9th, 16th) 8pm, Saturday matinees (10th, 17th) 4pm, Sunday matinees (11th, 18th) 2pm
Tickets: $25 (children, concessions and group tickets $20), available online now from Ticketbooth at https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/wyrd-sisters and from the 24th of April at Splatters at https://splatters.com.au/

https://miltonfollies.org/portfolio/wyrd-sisters/
http://www.miltontheatre.com.au/

* WYRD SISTERS IN YORK (JUNE)

After their successful run of Mort last year, We Are Theatre are gearing up for another Discworld production. This time it's Wyrd Sisters!

When: Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June 2017
Venue: Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, York
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £10.00 – £12.00, already available online at https://www.josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk/eventids/923 or by ringing the Joseph Rowntree Theatre Box Office on 01904 50 1935

https://www.josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk/performers/we-are-theatre.php

5.2 PLAYS LATER IN 2017

* GUARDS! GUARDS! IN CARDIFF (AUGUST)

The next exciting Discworld play presented by Monstrous Productions will be Guards! Guards!

When: 16th–19th August 2017
Venue: The Gate Arts Theatre, Keppoch St, Cardiff CF24 3JW
Time: 7.30pm (2.30pm matinee on the 19th)
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions), available online from https://t.co/vJToGp8O5P

http://monstrousptc.com/
https://twitter.com/MonstrousPTC/
https://www.facebook.com/MonstrousProductionsTheatreCompany/

* WYRD SISTERS IN THE LAND OF FEEGLES (AUGUST/SEPTEMBER)

Monifieth Amateur Dramatics (MAD) will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters, directed by Steven Armstrong, in August: "Stephen Briggs has been involved in amateur dramatics for over 25 years and he assures us that the play can be staged without needing the budget of Industrial Light and Magic. Not only that, but the cast should still be able to be in the pub by 10 o'clock!"

When: 24th-26th August and 31st August-2nd September 2017
Venue: Monifieth Theatre, 72 High Street, Monifieth, Angus DD5 2AE
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £9 (£6 concessions), available from Troups Pharmacy, Monifieth; Yorkshire Building Society, Broughty Ferry; and The Bay Diner/Grill, Monifieth. Ring 01382 480043 for details. Tickets are also available online at http://www.monifieththeatre.co.uk/tickets

http://www.monifieththeatre.co.uk/whatson

* LORDS AND LADIES IN BRISBANE (SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER)

Brisbane Arts Theatre will be presenting their next Discworld play, Lords and Ladies – adapted by Irana brown – next September!

"Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg – the witches of Lancre – are the Discworld's only hope of rescue when elves threaten to take control with their hypnotic 'glamour'. Standing stones, wizards, Morris men, rude mechanicals, country lore and ancient magic all combine in this adaptation of one of Sir Terry's finest. With a full supporting cast of dwarves, wizards, trolls and one orangutan, the hilarious Lords and Ladies delivers an abundance of hey-nonny-nonny and blood all over the place."

When: 16th September – 21st October 2017
Venue: Brisbane Arts Theatre, 210 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Time: 7.30pm Thursdays, 8.00pm Fridays & Saturdays, 6.30pm Sundays
Tickets: Adults $34, Concession $28, Group 10+ $27, Student Rush $15 (10 mins before curtain), available online at
http://sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?&presenter=AUBAT&event=LANDL

"Subscribers can redeem season tickets for this show. There are no refunds or exchanges once tickets have been purchased."

http://www.artstheatre.com.au/show/lordsandladies

* MORT IN READING (OCTOBER)

Twyford and Ruscombe Theatre Group will present their production of Mort, "an off beat tale of bacon, eggs and destiny", in October!

"Terry Pratchett's Discworld will once more be gracing the stage at Loddon Hall. We are putting on a production of Mort, which will involve a large cast, plenty of dramatic moments and a lot of laughs."

When: 5th–7th October 2017
Venue: Loddon Hall, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9JA
Time: 8pm all shows
Tickets: £7, £8, £9 and £10, available online at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/171598

http://www.twyrusdrama.org.uk

* RAISING STEAM IN ABINGDON! (NOVEMBER)

A little birdie (possibly an owl) at the Studio Theatre Club says: "Don't tell anyone yet (this is just between you and us), it's still a long way off (November 2017!), we've only just had the formal permission for a new play and Stephen's still writing it, but he thinks it's about time he tackled another of the novels, and the third in the Moist von Lipwig Trilogy might just be the right one. It's been on his to-do list for a while...he thinks he owes it to Terry..."

When: 22nd–25th November 2017
Venue: the Unicorn Theatre, 18 Thames St, Abingdon OX14 3HZ
Time: 7:30pm all evening shows, Saturday 25th matinee 2:30pm
Tickets: £10 (Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd); £11 (Friday 24th, Saturday 25th). "Tickets are not yet on sale. News here when they are!"

http://www.studiotheatreclub.com/discworld

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06) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS: UPDATES AND REMINDERS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), still claims on their website to be meeting next on Monday 30th November 1999, but it's more more likely to be on Monday 5th June at the Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London, W2 1JQ. "We welcome anyone and everyone who enjoys Sir Terry's works, or quite likes them or wants to find out more. We have had many visitors from overseas who have enjoyed themselves and made new friends. The discussions do not only concern the works of Sir Terry Pratchett but wander and meander through other genres and authors and also leaping to TV and Film production. We also find time for a quiz."

For more information, go to http://brokendrummers.org/ or email BrokenDrummers@gmail.com or nicholls.helen@yahoo.co.uk

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Canberra, Australia's Discworld fan group is Drumknott's Irregulars: "The group is open to all, people from interstate and overseas are welcome, and our events will not be heavily themed. Come along to dinner for a chat and good company. We welcome people from all fandoms (and none) and we would love to see you at one of our events, even if you're just passing through. Please contact us via Facebook (_https://www.facebook.com/groups/824987924250161/_) or Google Groups (_https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/drumknotts-irregulars_) or join us at our next event."

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For Facebook users in Fourecks: The Victorian Discworld Klatch is "a social group for fans of Discworld and Terry Pratchett... run by a dedicated team who meet monthly and organise events monthly." "If you'd like to join our events please ask to join the Klatch."

https://www.facebook.com/groups/VictorianDiscworldKlatch

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"The Gathering of the Loonies (Wincanton chapter)" is a public Facebook meeting group: "This group, by request of Jo in Bear will continue to be used for future unofficial (not run by the Emporium) fan Gatherings in Wincanton. Look here for information." [Editor's note: this is an active group. If you use Facebook, it may be worth joining!]

https://www.facebook.com/groups/373578522834654/

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The Pratchett Partisans are a fan group who meet monthly at either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to "eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett. We hold events such as Discworld dinners, games afternoons, Discworld photo scavenger hunts. We also attend opening night at Brisbane Arts Theatre's Discworld plays." The Partisans currently have about 200 members who meet at least twice a month, usually in Brisbane.

For more info about their next meetup, join up at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pratchettpartisans/ or contact Ula directly at uwilmott@yahoo.com.au

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The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South Australia: "We have an established Terry Pratchett & Discworld fan group in Adelaide called The City of Small Gods, which is open to anyone who would like to come – you don't have to live in Adelaide or even South Australia, or even be a Discworld fan, but that's mostly where our events will be held, and we do like discussing Pratchett's works. Our (semi-) regular meetings are generally held on the last Thursday of the month at a pub or restaurant in Adelaide. We have dinner at 6.30pm followed by games until 9pm. The games are usually shorter games like Pairs, Sushi Go, or Tiny Epic Defenders, with the occasional Werewolf session, as these are the best sort of games that work in a pub setting. Every few months, we have a full day's worth of board games at La Scala Cafe, 169 Unley Rd, Unley in the function room starting at 10am. In addition, we will occasionally have other events to go and see plays by Unseen Theatre Company, book discussions, craft, chain maille or costuming workshops or other fun social activities."

The next CoSG event will be the Monthly Social Meet at the Caledonian Hotel on 25th May (yes, the glorious 25th). For more info, go to www.cityofsmallgods.org.au

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet next on Thursday 1st June 2017 (probably) from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight. For more info and any queries, contact broken_vectis_drummers@yahoo.co.uk

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The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) next meets on Friday 2nd June 2017 (probably) at Wincanton's famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards. "Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome!"

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The Northern Institute of the Ankh-Morpork and District Society of Flatalists, a Pratchett fangroup, has been meeting on a regular basis since 2005. The Flatalists normally meet at The Narrowboat Pub in Victoria Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, to discuss "all things Pratchett" as well as having quizzes and raffles. Details of future meetings are posted on the Events section of the Discworld Stamps forum:

http://www.discworldstamps.co.uk/forum/

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Sydney Drummers (formerly Drummers Downunder) meet next on Monday 5th June 2017 at 6.30pm in Sydney at 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney,2000. For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

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The Treacle Mining Corporation, formerly known as Perth Drummers, meets next on Monday 5th June 2017 (probably) from 5.30pm at Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia. For details follow Perth Drummers on Twitter @Perth_Drummers or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/ – or message Alexandra Ware directly at <alexandra.ware@gmail.com>

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07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

7.1 DISCWORLD EMPORIUM NEWS

* Hedgehog Song Book Bag

"Folk it right up with the Hedgehog Song... Book Bag! Carry your Discworld books & belongings in style with our charming yet brimming-with-innuendo canvas tote, ideal for animal lovers and hags alike! Featuring Lancre's most notorious folk song and favourite tavern ditty of banjo-wielding witch Nanny Ogg, this sturdy shopper is bags of fun! Features long handles for carrying over the shoulder, crafted in 10oz eco-friendly canvas. Measures 48 x 38cm, with handles 63cm in length (stitch-to-stitch)."

Each Hedgehog Song Book Bag is priced at £9.50. For more information, and to order, go to:
https://www.discworldemporium.com/accessories/375-the-hedgehog-song-book-bag

* Death of Rats figurine

"Incarnated in the page[sic] of Reaper Man, the Death of Rats is a recurring favourite character throughout Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. How could we resist adding a little 'SQUEAK' to our range of figurines?! Sculpted by the artist behind our A'Tuin and Luggage pieces, Rich Kingston, Terry Pratchett's pint-sized usher of souls is produced in a glorious antique bronze finish, hand cast and finished by our team of local craftsmen. The Death of Rats (& other small rodents) will stand proudly yet mischievously on your bookshelf and safeguard your Discworld collection for generations to come! The Death of Rats stands approx. 185mm high and features our makers' mark inset on the base with scythe included separately for safe delivery! The Death of Rats is crafted in the highest quality bronze resin, filled and coated with real micro-fine powdered bronze. As with all precious bronze sculptures, it will need no particular extra care other than the occasional dust but will benefit from a gentle wax polish once a year or two to retain his cheeky glint."

Each Death of Rats figurine is priced at £45. For more information, and to order, go to:
https://www.discworldemporium.com/home-hearth/372-the-death-of-rats-figurine

Follow our adventures in making Discworld magic on our blog! Our first post is a behind the scenes 'squeak'-peek into the making of the Grim Squeaker! https://www.discworldemporium.com/blog/creating-the-death-of-rats-n1

* The Turtle Moves sticker

At long last, Terry Pratchett's symbol of 'Terryvangelism' is available as a sticker for your bumpers and belongings! Created for us by Terry Pratchett himself, The Turtle Moves emblem was designed as his own version of those little fishes belonging to followers of a certain faith. Produced in a chrome mirror-finish on a peelable backing, this tough vinyl sticker is long lasting indoors and outdoors and can be applied to cars, windows, tablets, laptops, grandmothers, walls, magical guitars & more! Sticker measures 100 x 98 mm, sticker & backing measures 120 x 108mm. In the interests of faff-limitation, this is not a reverse-application window sticker simply peel & place directly onto any flat surface. This sticker features a strong weather-resistant adhesive that has been designed to be easily removed without residue (care only needs to be taken with un-lacquered painted surfaces such as painted wood).

The Turtle Moves sticker is priced at £3.50. For more information, and to order, go to:
https://www.discworldemporium.com/stickers/376-the-turtle-moves-sticker

* Glorious 25th Tea Towel

"Wave the flag, or at least do the dishes, in the name of the Glorious Revolution with this %100 cotton tea towel. Created in the style of a banner from the barricades, each towel is emblazoned with the People's Republic manifesto screen printed in lilac onto 100% natural cotton. It's almost too lovely to dry the dishes with, so why not hang it as a flag of defiance in your abode to commemorate this most poignant date in the Discworld calendar."

The Glorious 25th Tea Towel is priced at £6.95. For more information, and to order, go to:
https://www.discworldemporium.com/homeware/193-glorious-25th-may-tea-towel

http://www.discworldemporium.com/

7.2 DISCWORLD.COM NEWS

* The Little Black Book

"To mark the first anniversary of Terry's memorial, we have decided to offer fans the chance to own one of the few remaining copies of ‘The Little Black Book', a folio produced specifically to commemorate the wonderful event, held at the Barbican Theatre in London on April 14th 2016. With contributions from Rob Wilkins, Neil Gaiman and Rhianna Pratchett, it also includes Terry's A Little Advice For Life – read on the night by Sir Tony Robinson. This wonderful little volume offers an insight into the hearts and minds of Terry's closest friends and family. The numbers are very limited and all proceeds will go to one of Terry's favourite charities – RICE (_http://www.rice.org.uk/_) – an internationally renowned dementia research and treatment centre located in Bath. Please note: this item is limited to one per household."

Each Little Black Book is priced at £50. For more information, and to order, go to:
http://discworld.com/products/collectables/little-black-book/

* The Dragons Tea Towel

"Artfully illustrated by Paul Kidby, this tea towel [http://discworld.com/products/gimlets-kitchen/dragons-tea-towel/] brings to life the collected observations of Leonard of Quirm on the dragons of Discworld, featuring annotations and carefully drawn studies of dragons and their anatomy. Printed in the UK on 100% cotton, this is sure to add some flare to the drying up!"

Each Dragons Tea Towel is priced at £6.95. For more information, and to order, go to:
http://discworld.com/products/gimlets-kitchen/dragons-tea-towel/

* The Discworld Map Tea towel

"Hot on the heels of our new dragon tea towel follows our Discworld Map tea towel, showing off a vast expanse of the Disc, as seen in The Last Hero. Chart your next journey across the disc whilst you finish the dishes – but remember – here be monsters..."

Each Discworld Map Tea Towel is priced at £7.95. For more information, and to order, go to:
http://discworld.com/products/gimlets-kitchen/discworld-map-tea-towel/

* The Turtle Moves T-shirts

"De Chelonian Mobile! Show those non-believers exactly what you think with our navy blue, 100% cotton 'The Turtle Moves' T-Shirt."

Each Turtle Moves t-shirt is priced from £18.00 – £22.00 depending on size. For more information, and to order, go to:
http://discworld.com/products/bags-clothing/the-turtle-moves/

Also... "You asked, we listened! Two of our most popular shirts, the City Watch and the Unseen University Crest T-Shirts are now both available in ladies' fit in sizes from Small to 2XL in addition to standard fit sizes – a better fit for the Anguas and the Esks!"
http://discworld.com/products/ladies-fit-crest/

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08) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

Blogger Kibbin's interesting take on The Colour of Magic:

"The book reads a little less like a fantasy take on modern day and more like a fun parody of classic fantasy and to stress, when I say classic fantasy I mean less 'War of the Rings' and more Arnold Schwarzenegger in a loin cloth... it's the character of Twoflower who drives the story forward leaving Rincewind like a player character stuck on a level where he has to babysit a clueless npc who is just as likely to walk off a cliff as follow him through a doorway. It's interesting to see how little he has changed from the first entry, possibly why he got fewer and fewer appearances as the series went on until he was a background character and little else. Though part of me thinks that would be what he wanted all along. Twoflower himself however plays somewhat like a bumbling version of Captain America from '1602'... For those who skipped these early books to dive into the 'good stuff' you will find that Ankh Morpork isn't that different from the one you know... You could argue that while the early books are an exaggeration of fantasy literature that the Discworld books became an exaggeration of themselves..."

https://kibbinscodex.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/what-is-the-colour-of-magic/

On blog The Unread Tome, sarahgoestobilbork's thoughts on Small Gods:

"I've seen a couple of movies based on Terry Pratchett's books, and each time I was blinded by the fantastic kaleidoscope of disparate pieces brought together: flashes of colors and references to our world, mushed together and shaped into something at once recognizable and completely, radically different – not to mention wickedly sly. I recently got around to actually reading one of his books, Small Gods, and it was just as good as the movies had been. It's quite hard to find one aspect of the book to talk about – the collage of pieces moving together absolutely defies that. Instead, I'm going to talk about the whole SPLAT of what I enjoyed and what I thought about, organized into severely diaphanous categories. It probably won't spoil the book for you, as there is a great joy in uncovering the great scattering that is Pratchett's ideas... I love the idea that, like trees falling in forests, history is not history unless it is observed. Like how light is either a particle or a wave depending on how it is observed, like a cat is both alive or dead until it is observed, so too is history. If your mind is blown already, keep it that way. Philosophers are described as generally useless and pedantic (in and out of this book). When the main character, Brutha, asks his god, Om, what philosophers are good for, when 99 out of 100 ideas stink like a skunk on ice, Om replies, 'Because the 100th idea is generally a humdinger'. The bulk of the book is about religion – as much as it can be about anything – and is what I spent the majority of my time thinking about... I have known a few people – thankfully not many – who have had religion not out of belief, but out of habit or fear; to see it so clearly defined in this setting was jarring and deeply enlightening. For all that this story is a work of comic genius, it is also a serious indictment of a certain kind of authoritarian religion and of the kind of government that rises up around that system. It goes to show how careful we have to be about who we give power – and how we give it to them. If this keeps you up at night, I'll keep you company..."

https://theunreadtome.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/indignant-turtles/

Blogger Casandara goes "around the Disc in 41 books":

"It's hard for me to explain how much the Discworld means to me. I was a teenager when I first discovered the books. A lonely, depressed, nerdy teenager who wanted nothing more than to disappear and whose chosen method for this was books. My first Discworld book was The Hogfather... Susan and Death, and the idea that justice is a lie we have to believe in, and in between this all jokes. Marvellous, side splittingly funny jokes about computers and the Oh God of Hangovers. I was confused, I was entertained, I wanted more. And so over the years I read all the Discworld novels. In no particular order, other than the one in which I could get my hands on them. And they gave me strength, they taught me to believe in myself, to do what is right and to forgive humans for being fundamentally human. They got me through years of depression. I read them when I was down and nothing else could cheer me up. I read them when I needed strength. I read them when I just wanted to laugh. And now, for the first time in all these years, I'm going to read them in order. I don't yet know what I'll encounter, I plan to post again when I finish. Perhaps in between I'll write reams on all the characters, the themes, things I've only just realised. Perhaps I'll write nothing and just chuckle and cry to myself..."

https://casandara.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/around-the-disc-in-41-books/

Dutch blogger Annemieke aka A Dance With Books gives Wintersmith 5/5 stars:

"I love how this is a story where Tiffany has to fix her own mistake. She gets scolded, but they still help her to a degree. Tiffany remains headstrong, doing things her own way. Yet she also wants to learn. Like in the previous book she is still vulnerable to insecurity. That did not completely disappear how that would not disappear with us, despite getting over some insecurities in that book... I liked how some of the characters from A Hat Full of Sky, mainly the other young witches, were seen, though sometimes shortly. Mostly I was surprised with the addition of Annagramma again as she was a bit negative towards Tiffany. She grows into the role she has to play, despite being too stubborn to initially want to listen to Tiffany and her friends. I liked seeing that and I actually kind of starting to like her a bit at the ending. But of course there are other familiar characters. The Wee Free Men play their part again. Like with Annagramma they are making their development throughout these books. Though in their case this has to do with reading which I quite enjoy seeming them do. Reading another book with written out dialect after this reminds me again how smartly Pratchett writes their speech out..."

https://adancewithbooks.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/book-review-wintersmith/

Blogger Jaime Pond aka Anglonerd on Monstrous Regiment:

"Pratchett keeps the reader grounded in Polly's point of view even while satirizing the cruel reality of war. Borogravia doesn't care enough about their troops to give them proper food and armor. The soldiers begin to wonder if they wouldn't be in better hands with the enemy than with their lieutenant, but this rag-tag team quickly gains fame from a passing newspaperman who publicizes the underdog army who won't drop arms despite having lost the war... You don't need any prior knowledge of Pratchett's Discworld series to fall in love with Monstrous Regiment. This is one of Discworld's few stand alone novels. All of the characters are new, save cameos from William de Worde and some of the watchmen, including the ever-popular Commander Vimes. Not familiar with Discworld? It's a witty, satirical series set in a fantastical world on a flat planet on the back of four elephants standing on a space turtle. Monstrous Regiment is a great introduction to the series because Discworld doesn't need to be read in order, and some would argue, shouldn't be. Readers might need to read the book a second time to keep track of all the characters, what with the human soldiers having names like Tonker, Shufti, Lofty, and Wozzer. But hey, why not get it on audio this time around? Stephen Briggs does an unmatched Vimes and brings each character to life, giving them their own unique voices."

https://anglonerd.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/monstrous-regiment/

Blogger Kathy aka Much Ado About Novels' praise for Pratchett:

"I've read just under ten books by Pratchett, but I have plenty more left to read, including nine in my owned TBR list. His prose is witty, concise, and incredibly funny, but his stories are emotionally nuanced and deeply moving, and he tackles subjects such as the afterlife, and grief with incredible skill and beauty. His representation of Death is my favourite within fiction, and I actually quoted Reaper Man at my father's funeral..."

https://muchadoaboutnovels.com/2017/04/27/the-5-authors-i-want-to-read-more-of/

Blogger Luke Farnish compares various formats of The Colour of Magic/The Light Fantastic:

"The first important point to make is that none of the versions change anything particularly drastic from each other. A few more difficult to illustrate sections, and some minor details, had to be lost for the adaptation from novel to graphic novel, and the film version misses out some of the scenes altogether, but the main story remains the same throughout. Again, this makes a comparison between formats easier. Each version has something going for it. The film version (like all of The Mob's work) has a number of stars including David Jason as Rincewind, Sean Astin as Twoflower, Tim Curry, Christopher Lee and Jeremy Irons, to name some and some impressive visuals for a low budget film. The book though has far more detail and can take you right to the limit of what can be imagined, to places that simply would not work on a screen. The graphic novel is a wonderful mixture of the two, having both the fantastical quality of the book, but giving visual prompts as well. To rank formats is no easy task and I would refer to the above for what you would want from a story. I would, however, say this. If you are new to Pratchett, start here. The Discworld books are designed so they can be read in almost any order, but this really is a good place to start. Equally, if you are interested in graphic novels, I highly recommend this one as it is an excellent example of the genre. But, as for ranking the three formats, I would place the book first, followed by the film version and then the Graphic novel..."

https://thebroaduea.com/2017/04/26/books-vs-films-terry-pratchett-part-1/

Blogger Ryan's review of Sourcery:

"As I've praised Pratchett for before, he's established a rather distinct idea of what magic is as a physical property in this fictional universe. It leaves you with a decent understanding of it that feels unique to this world, while at the same time it's still a little veiled in mystery. It's like that feeling you get when you understand the meaning of a word, but when someone asks you to define it aloud you find yourself at a loss for words... Pratchett is a skilled writer, so I did have a good time reading it. His wordplay and comedic style are as strong as ever, things just felt rather typical for the type of misadventures Rincewind gets up to. It is after the matter with the hat gets resolved and he must decide what to do next that things get much more interesting. The highest point in this book for me was unusually in the climax and conclusion, rather than the lead up, leaving things on a rather poignant tone. The situation does not get nicely wrapped up without consequences. The climax also has a sequence where I laughed harder than I ever have while reading Discworld novel by far. I don't know if Pratchett intended the same humour in it I saw, but it tickled me in such a way that I had to put the book down for about five minutes..."

https://musewithmeblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/book-review-sourcery-by-terry-pratchett/

Erik Shinker aka The Past Due Book Review is back with his thoughts on Interesting Times, including a fun "recommended or not" section at the bottom:

"Fraught with peril, politeness, and parody, Interesting Times continues the story of Rincewind; a man who seeks boredom in lieu of his naturally exciting life. Much of Interesting Times alludes back to the first two books of the Discworld series. The stage is set with Fate and Luck, two of Discworld's gods, playing a game (as was first mentioned in The Color (or Colour) of Magic). Fate never loses but Luck is tricky and challenges him, choosing none other than her favorite (or favourite) pawn... Interesting Times is filled with references to feudal Japan and ancient China. The people of the Agatean continent live in a state of forced isolationism; they believe everything outside their continent to be inhabited by ghost-vampires and refusing to believe otherwise because there was no one brave or curious enough to find out if it was true (until Twoflower, that is). The Red Army is also reminiscent of the Terracotta warriors that guard the tomb of the first emperor of China. Interesting Times takes the goofiness of Pratchett's humor and the wit necessary to craft a story that is not only entertaining, but one of the better works of fantasy I have ever read. The jokes are quick and serve the plot, rather than the reverse, and the story sets up the next book of Rincewind's adventures nicely..."

https://thepastduebookreview.com/2017/04/19/interesting-times-review/

...and The Idle Woman is back with her thoughts on Witches Abroad:

"I always enjoy the three witches, who have such wonderfully complementary characters and whose conversations fizz with authenticity. Nanny Ogg is a particular favourite – I'm sure we all know someone like her – and I was pleased to see brief reappearances of the Hedgehog Song and A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob On The End. Magrat is, as ever, gently misguided and has given up some of her earth-motherliness in favour of the martial arts of the mystic east (having decided quite firmly that marrying the king, as seemed to be an option at the end of Wyrd Sisters, isn't her thing). And Granny Weatherwax is, as ever, far sharper than anyone around her and powerful in a vast elemental way that goes quite beyond the capabilities of her two coven-mates. But this book isn't just a delight for the main faces. There's a strong cast of secondary characters, of whom the two most striking must be the dwarf Casanunda (the Disc's greatest liar and second-greatest lover), for whom a stepladder is never far away; and, of course, Greebo. Greebo in human form is just a sheer delight – Pratchett has a ball with imagining how this scarred tomcat would translate to man-form... his is vintage Pratchett: a closely-focused story, cheerfully undermining traditional themes, with just the right number of cameos and allusions to spice the story, which barrels along at a fine pace..."

https://theidlewoman.net/2017/04/16/witches-abroad-terry-pratchett/

Blogger Ian Simpson aka The Forgotten Geek tests the Pratchett waters with Mort:

"The plot of Mort isn't particularly ground-breaking and most will know of it anyway... I thought it would be a familiar romp with some cutting insight into society. Comic novels are rare. Good ones rarer still. Genre-wise, I've read all of Douglas Adams oeuvre many times over, most of the early work of Robert Rankin (and some of the later), all of Jasper Fforde and the occasional random Tom Holt. Which I've enjoyed to varying degrees. So I did get the familiarity – the running gags, the knowing one-liners, anachronistic or out-of-context metaphors and of course the winks and conversations with the reader. Even footnotes. Love a bit of metafiction, me. What I also got was a fun (but not laugh-out-loud) fantasy genre romp. What I would call the perfect morning train read. Not too taxing to quickly get into at 7.15 on a Tuesday morning, and that means I'm the only commuter smiling. The things about the novel I liked the most wasn't the characters, although they were fun, and Death of course being the funnest, and it wasn't the plot. The descriptions of Discworld and how it works comes close. But… It was the sentences combined with Pratchett's wonderfully crafted wordplay that I enjoyed the most..."

https://theforgottengeek.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/on-reading-terry-pratchett-mort/

Blogger Georgia aka Deer Reeder reviews Wyrd Sisters:

"A reason why Terry Pratchett is up there in my top authors list (I would write it down if I wasn't constantly changing my mind!) is because his imagination is superb and the way he captures and wrestles it down into writing is just magical. No other author I know would literally personify a storm to that of an actor's life waiting for its big break. Don't get me wrong here for I am not meaning he compares the look of the storm to that of an actor at an audition. No, what he cleverly does is write in a third person narrative of the storm as if it was an actor, saying how it had played as an extra next to huge storms but had never got its break in the weather to show its true talent. It is these small witty details that make this book, and many others, such a joy to read..."

https://deerreeder.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/wyrd-sisters/

..and last, Nat Wassell on Cultured Vultures, this time deconstructing Unseen Academicals:

"As a story, I can't say that 'Unseen Academicals' is one of the best, but it has moments of greatness. I didn't really remember the story and only knew it was about football because of the front cover. It is about football, of course, but it is also one of the Ankh-Morpork 'species acceptance stories' and it is a Romeo and Juliet parody too. The 'species acceptance stories' could have been getting stale by now and a more critical eye might argue that they are, but I think Sir Terry gets away with it because none of the stories are only about that. Nutt, the little orc who defies any stereotype of his species, is the main character for sure, but this story is as much about the star crossed lovers Trev and Juliet and the irrepressible pie maestro Glenda as it is him. They're an endearing group, very young and wide-eyed, and they hold the whole thing together very well... The magic of 'Unseen Academicals', for me, is the way in which Pratchett has managed to distil the feeling of being at a match and put it into words. There's a moment where Glenda insists that football is 'not about the football', that 'It's the sharing. It's being part of the crowd. It's chanting together.' Nutt puts it more finely still, saying 'It is the lonely soul trying to reach out to the shared soul of all humanity, and possibly much further.' Now, I am the first to say that sometimes football can be overrated, and it is never worth some of the drama that happens alongside it, but being in a crowd, all supporting the same thing, is a feeling that is hard to describe, or has been until now. For me, football has never been about football and thanks to this book, I can explain that better now..."

https://culturedvultures.com/unseen-academicals-2009-discworld-discussions/

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09) ROUNDWORLD TALES: THE (EVEN MORE) REAL LESHP

We know about the Graham Island (Ferdinandea), the island that comes and goes, but sailor Hakan Larsson's actually watched one being born! Here, from his blogpost:

"After five miles we noticed brown, somewhat grainy streaks in the water. First we thought that it might be an old oil dumping. Some ship cleaning its tanks. But the streak became larger and more frequent after a while, and there were rocklike brownish things the size of a fist floating in the sea. And the water were strangely green and 'lagoon like' too. Eventually it became more and more clear to us that it had to be pumice from a volcanic eruption. And then we sailed into a vast, many miles wide, belt of densely packed pumice... We were so fascinated and busy taking pictures that we plowed a couple of hundred meter into this surreal floating stone field before we realized that we had to turn back. Just as we came out of the stone field and entered reasonably normal water we noticed that there came no cooling water from the engine. Not surprising, really. After cleaning the water filter the Yanmar diesel started again. Thank God! Without wind we would have been stuck in a sea of stone if the motor had failed... There are two active volcanoes south of Late island, adjacent to Metis shoal and Home reef. Since we didn't know which one had erupted, the extent of the eruption and it was getting dark the we decided to anchor in Vaiutukakau bay outside Vava'u for the night...

"A couple of hours ago we identified the active volcano as the one close to Home reef, and we are on our way there now to take a closer look. We are two miles from it and we can see the volcano clearly. One mile in diameter and with four peaks and a central crater smoking with steam and once in a while an outburst high in the sky with lava and ashes. I think were the first ones out here so perhaps we could claim the island and name them..."

http://yacht-maiken.blogspot.com.au/2006/08/whales-and-volcanoes.html

The original photos are at http://yacht-maiken.blogspot.com.au/2006/08/stone-sea-and-volcano.html

The Snopes article has larger photos: http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/maiken.asp

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10) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Monstrous Productions' adorable Errol for their latest offering (see item 5.2):
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C_zsrUZXkAAOsSz.jpg

The Josh Kirby Estate channels Winston Churchill:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-wZ3OIXkAEvpHZ.jpg

Stephen Briggs and friend, at the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament opening:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-gxxpwXkAIXzRN.jpg

...and Rob Wilkins and friend, ditto:
http://bit.ly/2qDscxa

Terry (or possibly Terri, they said) Pratchett, a lovely Humboldt Penguin chick hatched at Birdworld on their Terry Pratchett Day:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-gu6e6XcAERXeQ.jpg

The Goddess Narrativia, at the Ankh-Morpork Consulate in Wincanton:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-gxxpwXkAIXzRN.jpg

A fine sign at the Owl Parliament: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-gdC7nXsAE9ibg.jpg

The cast of Carlton Theatre Group's production of Wyrd Sisters this month in Wimbledon:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C_x53EAXkAAkS07.jpg:large

...and a perfect Nanny Ogg at the recent Oz Comic Con in Adelaide:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C8XXYwwVoAA3YX4.jpg

..and most appropriate for the month of May, a beautiful Glorious Revolution poster by yoodi-djxor3, courtesy of Flynn the Cat:
http://bit.ly/2pXIimG

...and lastly, when worlds collide:
http://bit.ly/2qDz2Tv

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11) CLOSE

Before I forget, an embarrassed correction: somehow in last month's Close I typed "Don't forget to start gathering your violets for the Glorious 25th" when I meant lilacs. LILACS! D'oh!

Anyway, that's the lot for May. Take care, and we'll see you in June!

– Annie Mac

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Copyright (c) 2017 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
May 2016 (Volume 19, Issue 5, Post 1)


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WOSSNAME is a free publication offering news, reviews, and all the other stuff-that-fits pertaining to the works of Sir Terry Pratchett. Originally founded by the late, great Joe Schaumburger for members of the worldwide Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates, including the North American Discworld Society and other continental groups, Wossname is now for Discworld and Pratchett fans everywhere in Roundworld.
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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Vera P
Newshounds: Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow, Mss C, Alison not Aliss
Staff Writers: Asti, Pitt the Elder, Evil Steven Dread, Mrs Wynn-Jones
Staff Technomancers: Jason Parlevliet, Archchancellor Neil, DJ Helpful
Book Reviews: Annie Mac, Drusilla D'Afanguin, Your Name Here
Puzzle Editor: Tiff (still out there somewhere)
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
Emergency Staff: Steven D'Aprano, Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare time)


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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) DISCWORLD: BAD FOR CHILDREN? UM, NO
04) ODDS AND SODS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
07) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
09) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
10) ROUNDWORLD TALES: EXPLODING BILLIARD BALLS, CHEESE ROLLING
11) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
12) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"I know what my father would say if anyone told him that his books encourage "difficult behaviour." He would say 'Good!'"
– Rhianna Pratchett on Twitter, reacting to the daft "news" (see item 3 below), 7 May 2016

"Fantasy "encourages difficult behaviour." Yes, like thoughtfulness, an open mind and frequent use of the imagination" – ibid

"The logic of dictators and book-burners throughout history, crystallised in all its nonsensical glory: that imagination can only flourish when it's kept inside a cage. "
– author Samantha Shannon, on the same subject

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

So there I was, relieved that I'd remembered to put a Glorious 25th post up on the Wossname blog and sure I could find the time to finish collating bits for the full May issue... and suddenly it was midnight of last night and I realised I was about to run out of May. Oops!

After a rush to panic stations, working through much of last night and again after work today, I *think* this is the May issue. Possibly even free of major mistakes. Here's hoping...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) THERE'S ALWAYS ONE...

First reported in early May by Ben Falconer in the Gloucester Citizen:

"Pupils at an alternative school have been told stories including Harry Potter should be a closed book. The headteacher of Nailsworth's Acorn School believes JK Rowling's stories of the schoolboy wizard, which have sold millions worldwide to be 'insensitive and addictive', 'encourage difficult behaviour' and 'can damage the sensitive subconscious brains of young children.' In his blog on the school website, Graeme Whiting said: 'I want children to read literature that is conducive to their age and leave those mystical and frightening texts for when they can discern reality, and when they have first learned to love beauty. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Terry Pratchett, to mention only a few of the modern world's "must-haves", contain deeply insensitive and addictive material which I am certain encourages difficult behaviour in children...' He declined to comment on the record and referred us to a parent of a boy at Acorn School and former teacher there, Nikki Ellis. She said: "I absolutely agree with Graeme Whiting's views. For me, having read the first book of Harry Potter and watched one of the movies I feel that the darkness of the books is so palpable that it wasn't the sort of thing that we would want to expose young children to in their formative years. I thinks there's an element that's so detailed and about occultism that it can desensitise children to the dark things in the world at a time when we want to build them up in a positive way. They are being exposed to things that can drag them into the dark world and the occult. And particularly in Harry Potter it suggests that ordinary people are boring or wrong and only the people who have magic powers are interesting. And right from the beginning the child is orphaned. These things are portrayed in a graphic way." She suggested that children should not read Harry Potter books before the age of 12. She was also said that parents should pay attention to other children's literature, including books by Roald Dahl. "I love the humour of Roald Dahl but there's a degrading element to his books. There are better books out there for children." She suggested that Michael Morpurgo's books, as well as classics like Heidi, and Little House on the Prairie were all more suitable books for nine and ten year olds. "We as adults have can become complacent, but parents should really look at it from the child's point of view.'..."

http://bit.ly/1sHPUpL

...and by Jamie Wiseman in the Stroud News and Journal:

"Graeme Whiting, head of Nailsworth's Acorn School, said the much-loved books which have between them sold millions of copies worldwide, can 'damage the sensitive subconscious brains of young children'. Writing in a blog post titled 'The Imagination of the Child' on the school website, Mr Whiting criticised the sensationalism and occultism of modern literature, which he believes 'encourages difficult behaviour in children'. Preferring instead the 'old-fashioned values of traditional literature' he said pupils should instead be exposed to beauty of Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Dickens and Shakespeare. The founder of the independent school, which has been ranked as 'outstanding' by OFSTED, suggested children should need a 'special licence' to buy the texts. 'Children are innocent and pure at the same time, and don't need to be mistreated by cramming their imagination that lies deep within them, with inappropriate things,' he wrote... The SNJ approached Mr Whiting but he was not available to comment at the time. No one from the school was available to comment."

http://bit.ly/1OZl3Kg

...and was picked up and sent around the world, ending up in such press organs as the Los Angeles Times, where Michael Straub showed a proper amount of eye-rollery:

"Whiting praised the 'old-fashioned values of traditional literature,' offering as examples William Shakespeare, John Keats, Charles Dickens and 'Shelley.' (He didn't specify whether he meant Percy Bysshe Shelley, author of 'The Necessity of Atheism,' or Mary Shelley, author of the pioneering horror novel 'Frankenstein.')..."

http://lat.ms/1T7nZIH

...and here be a good op-ed in The Guardian by author Samantha Shannon, examining the differences (if any) between what this Whiting entity considers "old-fashioned values of traditional literature" and "dark, demonic literature":

"Let's take Shakespeare as our main example. If you're not familiar with Titus Andronicus, one of the Bard's earliest plays, you should know that in it, Lavinia, daughter of Titus, is brutally raped. To ensure that she can betray her rapists' identities to no living soul, they take her hands and tongue. Her rapists mock the silence they inflicted: 'So, now go tell, an if thy tongue can speak, / Who 'twas that cut thy tongue and ravish'd thee'. She is eventually able to name them only by gripping a stick in her mouth, steadying it with the stumps of her arms, and scratching their names in the dirt. She lives long enough to see them murdered by her father – who then murders her, in turn, out of shame that she was raped. Titus then has the rapists baked into a pie. If that's not going to damage the 'sensitive subconscious brains of young children', nothing will. When I tried to think of an instance of similar grotesqueness in Harry Potter, the closest I could remember with was the scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in which Wormtail slices off his own hand, providing the necessary 'flesh of the servant' to resurrect Voldemort. Grim, yes – but let's face it, it's not quite in the same league as the image of the silent, violated, mutilated Lavinia... I'd be here all day if I were to continue plucking examples of fantasy from Shakespeare, but it's worth noting that some of Mr Whiting's other alternatives to the darkness of sensational literature include Keats and Shelley. (I'm going to assume he doesn't mean Mary Shelley, because her fiction is, you know, quite dark.) I'm no Keats scholar, but I have read 'Lamia', and good luck trying to explain the story behind that one to a nine-year-old..."

http://bit.ly/1WjP2Vm

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04) ODDS AND SODS

4.1 WHAT SIR PTERRY LEFT BEHIND

Some people seem keen to know what people they don't know leave in their wills. Here is an article about Sir Terry Pratchett's will, in The Sun:

"The Discworld genius died aged 66 in March 2015, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He sold more than 70 million books worldwide and famously dubbed his dementia an "embuggerance".Sir Terry, who once described writing as 'the most fun you can have with you clothes on', left a detailed 15-page will. But his legacy, which amounted to £11.4 million after tax, was far less than the £42 million some experts claimed he had made from his 40-book Discworld series. Sir Terry's will put the sum into a trust run by his widow, Lady Lyn, 72, and the Queen's bankers, Coutts. It will pay Lady Lyn an income during her lifetime and also benefit the couple's daughter Rhianna, 39, and her children. The author, one of biggest-selling British writers in history, also left his £1.5 million manor house and its farmland in Broade Chalke, Wilts, to his family..."

http://bit.ly/1Pe2NCy

4.2 ILLUSTRATING MORT

An image-heavy piece in n The Guardian about the Folio Society's "illuminated" edition of Mort, fully illustrated by Omar Rayyan. Do go have a shufti at the images themselves, but for now, here are some text extracts, quoted from the illustrator himself:

"Mort is one of my favourite books. I don't get as much time to read as I would like, but I felt it important that I knew the all the Discworld novels, not just this one. For one summer, I listened ravenously to the entire series on audiobook while working on other projects. That really solidified my respect for Pratchett and his use of Discworld as a mirror held up to our society … you name it, it is there."

"Being asked to illustrate Discworld was a brilliant opportunity. The works are iconic, the world is visually rich, but this also made it more daunting. The possibility of stepping on someone else's vision of that world, which is made so real and concrete in the books, is frighteningly great. It was truly a daunting challenge with more responsibilities than any other commission I have had. But what fun!"

"I have not met or spoken with Paul Kidby – that he has been the main illustrator associated with Discworld has made presenting my interpretation that much more tricky. Paul's fantastic paintings are great fun and I love the movement, energy, humour and over-the-top detail. I know my vision has a tad different flavour than his, but I hope he approves of my efforts."

http://bit.ly/1TTGZfA

For the serious collector, copies of the Folio Society's illustrated Mort can be purchased from the link below:

http://www.foliosociety.com/book/MOR/mort

Be warned: it will set you back a bit (e.g. the Australian price is $74.95). Then again, the leather-bound limited edition – long since sold out – cost rather a lot more:

"The Folio Society Limited Edition of Mort has become the fastest selling title in Folio history – selling out in 13 hours. The edition of the Terry Pratchett novel, which was limited to 500 copies, went on sale for £120 a copy... The book was bound in black leather (to replicate Mort's volume in Death's own library) with the title blocked in gold leaf on the spine, and is accompanied by an exclusive print signed by the artist, Omar Rayyan. Folio editorial director, Tom Walker, said: 'We simply couldn't resist following what felt like a design instruction directly from the bony hand of Death – in the final pages of the book Death's apprentice, Mort, is given the book of his own life from his master – we followed the description precisely to create this wonderful limited edition version of the Folio Mort. Both editions feel worthy of a place on the shelves of the Unseen Library'..."

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/folio-title-sells-out-13-hours-329763

4.3 LOST IN AMERICA?

The University of Alabama is offering a Terry Pratchett interim course... apparently as no-one in America has heard of him. Er...

"Andrea Barton, an instructor in the University of Alabama English department is teaching an interim course of Terry Pratchett's work, dubbed "Special Topics in Literature: Discworld." Pratchett, an English author of fantasy novels, specifically comical works, is renowned for his Discworld series of 41 novels... Barton did not rule out the possibility of most Americans not recognizing Terry Pratchett, an author who earned appreciation for his Discworld series of 41 novels and who sold more than a staggering 85 million copies of his books across 37 languages in his career that spanned five decades. He was appointed as an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)... Barton admitted it's strange that not many Americans actually recognize Pratchett, despite his work being so accessible to readers. He presented a very smart blue-collar personality. Barton also pointed out that 'It's interesting that the higher you go in academia, the more likely they are to recognize his work.'..."

http://bit.ly/25xbvDf

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.1 NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN DARLINGTON, FOURECKS (JUNE - JULY)

Darlington Theatre Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters in June and July.

When: 17th June–9th July 2016
Venue: Marloo Theatre, 20 Marloo Road, Greenmount, Western Australia (phone 08 9255 1212)
Time: 8pm evening shows; 2pm Sunday matinees
Tickets: adults $22, concession/child $20, family ticket $70, available from Gwyne Marshall (Bookings Officer) at the Marloo Theatre Box Office (phone 08 9255 1783). To purchase online, go to http://www.marlootheatre.com.au/wyrdsisters nd click on the Buy Tickets button

http://www.marlootheatre.com.au/

5.2 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN BEDFORDSHIRE (JUNE)

The Masquerade Theatre Group will be bringing their production of Wyrd Sisters to the stage in early June.

When: Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th June 2016
Venue: Parkside Community Hall, Woburn Street, Ampthill, Bedfordshire MK45 2HX (phone 01525 634 215)
Time: 7:45pm
Tickets: £10, available from 07817528077 or masqueradetheatregroup@gmail.com

5.3 NEW: MORT IN BERKSHIRE (JULY)

Theale Green School will be staging Stephen Briggs' adaptation of Mort in July! There are two in-school performances scheduled, and then one performance that is open to the public at a separate venue.

When: 13th July
Venue: Greek Theatre, Bradfield College, Bradfield, Reading, Berks RG7 6BZ (13th)
Time: 7pm
Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions). Purchasing information TBA

5.4 REMINDER : LORDS AND LADIES IN NEWCASTLE (JULY)

The People's Theatre, "the premier amateur theatre company in the North of England", will stage their production of Lords and Ladies, adapted by Irana Brown, in July. "We're no strangers to Discworld and this funny and fast-moving adaptation of (the much-missed) Sir Terry's fourteenth novel sees the welcome return of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg to our stage. It promises to be lots of fun, so book early to avoid disappointment!"

When: 19th-23rd July 2016
Venue: People's Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5QF. Phone: (0191) 275 9875
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £13.50 (£11 concessions). Box Office on 0191 265 5020 or email tickets.peoplestheatre@email.com. (Box Office is open weekdays 10.30am–1pm and Mon, Wed, Fri evenings 7.30–8.30pm). To book online, go to the inappropriately-named Intelligent Tickets, and be prepared to jump through a truly daft series of hoops:
http://www.intelligent-tickets.co.uk/index.php?th=pe

http://bit.ly/1lMl3Vj

5.5 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN RICHMOND, YORKSHIRE (JULY)

The Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters in July

When: 28th–30th July and 4th–6th August 2016
Venue: Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4DW
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £6.50 to £12.50, available online at https://tickets.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/ or ring the box office 01748 825252

http://www.richmond-ads.org.uk/
http://www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/

5.6 REMINDER: MORT IN YORK (JULY)

We Are Theatre will be presenting their production of Mort in July. Getting closer now...

When: 21st and 22nd June 2016
Venue: Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, York YO31 8TA
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions), available from the York Theatre Royal box office (phone 01904 623568). For group bookings, contact wearetheatre@googlemail.com or ring 07521 364107

www.wearetheatre.co.uk

5.7 REMINDER: CARPE JUGULUM IN SLOUGH (JULY)

Colnbrook Amateur Stage Theatre aka CAST will stage their production of the Stephen Briggs adaptation of Carpe Jugulum in July!

When: 13th-16th July 2016
Venue: CAST, Colnbrook Village Hall,. Vicarage Way, Colnbrook, Berks SL3 0RF. Phone 07944 215487 (Secretary)
Time: 7.45pm all shows
Tickets: TBA. Normally £8 (£6 concessions), eventually available online at http://www.cast-online.org.uk/box-office/

http://www.cast-online.org.uk/

5.8 REMINDER: GOING POSTAL IN CARDIFF (AUGUST)

The Monstrous Productions Theatre Company, who specialise in staging Pratchett plays and have so far raised – and donated – over £18,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK, are taking on the Ankh-Morpork Post Office for their next project!

"Moist Von Lipwig is a conman, forger and all-round confidence trickster, always on the look out for the next big game. Until one of his many personas has a run-in with the law and is hanged to within a inch of his life. And so begins the biggest game of all. He must restore Ankh-Morpork's defunct post office to it's former glory or else have a second shot at dancing the hemp fandango. On his side he has the Disc's oldest junior postman, Stanley ('ask me about pins!') and his pottery probation officer, Mr Pump. It's a mighty task, made mightier by competition from Ankh-Morpork's newest technology, the Clacks, and its piratical owner, Reacher Gilt."

When: 17th-20th August 2016
Venue: The Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3JW
Time: 7.30pm evening shows (doors open at 7pm); 2.30pm matinee on the 20th (doors open 2pm)
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions), available from http://7889269b08cd.fikket.com/ – also by email (monstrousproductions2012@gmail.com, pay by cheque or bank transfer)

Also, if you are local to the Cardiff area (or fond of travelling), the Monstrous company works to a great model: "We announce auditions for upcoming productions about a month before casting. We have a laid back audition process and people travel from all over the South Wales area. No experience is necessary, our only stipulation is that members must be over 18 and younger than 70. Membership is £10 per year. We rehearse twice a week over the course of a few months, with some social activities thrown in."

http://www.monstrousptc.com/

5.9 REMINDER: GUARDS! GUARDS! IN BRISBANE (OCTOBER)

The Brisbane Arts Theatre takes on yet another Discworld play later this year, in October and November.

"From the legendary author Sir Terry Pratchett comes the eighth novel in the Discworld series and first featuring the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. Long believed extinct, a superb specimen, The Noble Dragon has appeared in Discworld's greatest city. Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, in rather short order it is crowned King (it is a noble dragon, after all). With some help from an orangutan librarian, it is the task of the Night Watch to overpower the secret brotherhood and restore order to the kingdom in this fantastical Discworld adventure."

When: 8th October through 12th November 2016
Venue: Brisbane Arts Theatre, 210 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, QLD 4000. Phone: (07) 3369 2344
Time: 8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays (except 10th November); 6.30pm Sundays (16th & 30th October)
Tickets: Adults $31, Concession $25, Group 10+ $25, Group 75+ $20, Student Rush $10 (10 mins before curtain), available online at http://bit.ly/1QGbXBF

http://www.artstheatre.com.au/show/guardsguards

5.10 REVIEW: WYRD SISTERS IN MARYLAND

By Kyla Hanington:

"There is no stage for this production; the action takes place on the floor. No matter where you sit, at some point actors will be facing you and at another point they may well have their backs to you; this is a play which uses all 360 degrees. Because there's no stage, there's no set. Instead, the scene changes – and there are a lot of them, twenty-two! – are done with props and a large screen TV on one wall providing images of the settings. A wheeled cart is a table for a magic ball in one scene and a cauldron for another; the throne room is created by a chair with a golden cushion upon it. These prop-driven scenes work; the setting for each scene is clear and the changes between them happen quickly... Linda Pattison as Nanny Ogg is inspired. Terry Pratchett fans know Nanny Ogg as a joyful, rosy-cheeked, rogue; Pattison plays her with gusto. I could easily believe Pratchett met Pattison and then developed Nanny Ogg based on that meeting, so perfect was she for the role. She is particularly amusing when being threatened with torture; she delivers her cheeky lines with a twinkle in her eye that would have made Pratchett proud.

"The play's villains are the Duke and Duchess Felmet, played by John McCloskey and Cathy Barth respectively. McCloskey does a terrific Nixon impersonation and gets the audience squirming in their seats as he tries – in increasingly dramatic measures – to wash the blood off his hands. Barth is a stand-out as the Duchess. She's one to watch – her facial expressions as the Duke talks are hilarious, and she is able to convey with body language alone frustration, anger, and despair... The real show stealer, however, has no lines. Marie Nearing as Greebo the cat is without question the stand out performance of the play, and it's worth going to the show twice just so that one time can be spent watching what old Greebo gets up in each of her scenes. From coughing up a hairball to batting at audience members' shoes to catching a mouse, Nearing does an incredible feline performance that is entertaining, amazingly accurate, and frankly riveting.

"Without a traditional set, costumes, make-up, sound, and special effects take on increased importance and the designers of these elements meet the challenge. Special effects and sound, designed by Steve Beitzell, and managed by Kathryn Breon for the performances, create ambience and, of course, the magic used by the witches. Along with the smoky demon, there are flames, flashes, bangs, and an earthquake. Make-up and costumes capture time, place, and characters beautifully. Pattison as make-up designer does a stand-out job; of particular note is her work in creating the demon, the cat, and the ever-increasing blood on the Duke's hands..."

http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2016/05/09/wyrd-sisters-mad-goddard-space-flight-center1/

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06) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS

6.1 "CLACKS" AND "GUARDS! GUARDS!": STILL A FEW COPIES LEFT FOR SALE!

This from the Backspindle lads:

"The last of our Guards! Guards! games have been selling out. Once the copies we have are sold, there will be no more printed as the licence has ended. Copies can still be ordered here (FREE UK delivery): http://www.backspindlegames.com/guards-guards/

"Our Clacks! game has sold out in shops around the UK and the US. We have very limited stock remaining in our warehouse, but are hoping to go to reprint soon in English, Polish and in Czech. If you'd like to order a copy, you can from here http://www.backspindlegames.com/clacks/

"We also have a few Moist von Lipwig miniatures available too."

6.2 SHAMELESS PLUG DEPARTMENT

Codinca, by Backspindle Games, isn't a Discworld game, but it *is* an exciting-looking game and the Backspindle lads deserve a plug for all they've done for Discworld tabletop gaming!

"We are delighted that our new very cool pocket/travel version of Codinca is now available on pre-order from our website. The game is being released at this year's UK Games Expo and pre-ordered copies can be collected there. As we are flying in a limited amount for the Expo we hope to dispatch the other pre-ordered games by w/c 27 June 2016.
At the UK Games Expo we are also running the first ever British 'Speed Codinca' championship. Players play two-player games against each other and a chess timer. You can try the game and sign up on the Friday, then try to win the 'very cool one-off trophy and some of our games' on the Saturday at our Booth, F7.

"In 2012 Codinca was shortlisted as one of the best new strategy games at the UK Games Expo. Since then we have improved it, made it travel size, made the playing tiles chunky and bright (see below) and have had lots of great feedback with players at recent conventions... The game includes rules in English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. It is quick to learn and is a super 10-15 minute filler game."

For a short how-to-play video, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke1wTOQMDp8

Pocket Codinca is priced at £14.99 plus postage. For more information, and to pre-order, go to:

http://www.backspindlegames.com/codinca/

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07) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS: UPDATES AND REMINDERS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), meets next on Monday 6th June 2016 2016 at the Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London, W2 1JQ. For more information, go to http://brokendrummers.org/ or email BrokenDrummers@gmail.com or nicholls.helen@yahoo.co.uk

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Canberra, Australia's Discworld fan group is Drumknott's Irregulars: "We are a newly established Terry Pratchett & Discworld social group in Canberra called Drumknott's Irregulars. The group is open to all, people from interstate and overseas are welcome, and our events will not be heavily themed. Come along to dinner for a chat and good company. We welcome people all all fandoms (and none) and we would love to see you at one of our events, even if you're just passing through. Please contact us via Facebook (_https://www.facebook.com/groups/824987924250161/_) or Google Groups (_https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/drumknotts-irregulars_) or join us at our next event."

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"The Gathering of the Loonies (Wincanton chapter)" is a public Facebook meeting group: "This group, by request of Jo in Bear will continue to be used for future unofficial (not run by the Emporium) fan Gatherings in Wincanton. Look here for information."

https://www.facebook.com/groups/373578522834654/

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The Pratchett Partisans are a fan group who meet monthly at either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to "eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett. We hold events such as Discworld dinners, games afternoons, Discworld photo scavenger hunts. Our recent 'Murder In Morpork' mystery party was a great night out. With 26 people attending, we had 24 suspects, our special guest – Vetinari, and one dead mime! It was a fun night of food and murder and we are planning another Murder in December so stay tuned. We also attend opening night at Brisbane Arts Theatre's Discworld plays." The Partisans currently have about 200 members who meet at least twice a month, usually in Brisbane.

For more info about their next meetup, join up at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pratchettpartisans/ or contact Ula directly at uwilmott@yahoo.com.au

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The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South Australia.

"We have an established Terry Pratchett & Discworld fan group in Adelaide called The City of Small Gods, which is open to anyone who would like to come - you don't have to live in Adelaide or even South Australia, or even be a Discworld fan, but that's mostly where our events will be held, and we do like discussing Pratchett's works. Our (semi-) regular meetings are generally held on the last Thursday of the month at a pub or restaurant in Adelaide. We have dinner at 6.30pm followed by games until 9pm. The games are usually shorter games like Pairs, Sushi Go, or Tiny Epic Defenders, with the occasional Werewolf session, as these are the best sort of games that work in a pub setting. Every few months, we have a full day's worth of board games at La Scala Cafe, 169 Unley Rd, Unley in the function room starting at 10am. In addition, we will occasionally have other events to go and see plays by Unseen Theatre Company, book discussions on Terry's latest, craft, chain maille or costuming workshops or other fun social activities."

For more info, go to www.cityofsmallgods.org.au

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet next on Thursday 2nd June 2016 (probably) from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight. For more info and any queries, contact broken_vectis_drummers@yahoo.co.uk

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The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) next meets on Friday 3rd June 2016 (probably) at Wincanton's famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards. "Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome!"

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The Northern Institute of the Ankh-Morpork and District Society of Flatalists, a Pratchett fangroup, has been meeting on a regular basis since 2005 but is now looking to take in some new blood (presumably not in the non-reformed Uberwald manner). The Flatalists normally meet at The Narrowboat Pub in Victoria Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, to discuss "all things Pratchett" as well as having quizzes and raffles. Details of future meetings are posted on the Events section of the Discworld Stamps forum:

http://www.discworldstamps.co.uk/forum/

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Sydney Drummers (formerly Drummers Downunder) meet next on Monday 6th June 2016 at 6.30pm (probably) in Sydney at 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney,2000. For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

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The Treacle Mining Corporation, formerly known as Perth Drummers, meets next on Monday 6th June 2016 (probably) from 5.30pm at Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia. For details follow Perth Drummers on Twitter @Perth_Drummers or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/ – or message Alexandra Ware directly at <alexandra.ware@gmail.com>

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08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

8.1 From Discworld.com:

"We have a host of handy pre-order options on the website to help you secure one of our exclusively embossed copies of Terry's forthcoming titles. Following The Shepherd's Crown paperback at the beginning of the month, 30th June sees the release of The Long Cosmos followed by the graphic novel of Small Gods on 28th July. The one you've all been waiting for and we've been selling in droves is Paul Kidby's Discworld Colouring Book, out on 11th August. Finally, it's The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner on August 25th, in both standard and slipcase editions. A great selection for the coming season, and there's sure to be something to keep you engrossed during those long summer days!"

To view pre-order options, go to http://discworld.com/products/pre-orders

Competition time! The current one is open until the 24th of June; all you have to do is answer correctly the following question, "Where did Vetinari wear the lilac sprig he picked up during the glorious revolution?", and you might win a "memorial goodie bag... with a second winner receiving a sparkly Terry silhouette T-Shirt as worn by the choir on the night!" To enter, go to:

http://discworld.com/gloroius-25th-may-competition

Also, although the Glorious 25th has come and gone gone this year, you can always order a special memorial Pin to wear next year, now that they're back in stock! "Commissioned for the Terry Pratchett Memorial, to celebrate Terry's life and work, this pin features a sprig of lilac, a symbol of Discworld remembrance immortalised in Night Watch. Measuring 30mm high, this pin spells out Terry's name in golden detailing."

Each Pin is priced at £8.00. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://discworld.com/products/collectables/terry-s-memorial-pin

8.2 From the Discworld Emporium:

* The Big Wahoonie t-shirt!

"Celebrate Ankh-Morpork in style with an official Big Wahoonie T-shirt!! This splendid shirt features Discworld's stinkiest vegetable, illustrated by Vladimir Stankovic, screenprinted onto sumptuous dark teal cotton. 100% heavyweight cotton tee with a slim & tailored style for a flattering fit. Please check your size carefully before ordering!"

Each Big Wahoonie t-shirt is priced at £15.00. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/big-wahoonie-t-shirt

* The ever-popular Hard Boiled Egg!

Get ready for next year's Glorious 25th with the famous egg: "Comemmorate the Glorious 25th of May with Vimes and the Watch with this elegant inscribed hard-boiled egg - a fitting tribute to the boys of Treacle Mine Road. Each egg stands at 2 inches high, and is produced in an ivory finish and presented in a lilac cotton drawstring pouch."

Each Egg is priced at £5.00. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/cunning-creations/Homeware/Hard%20Boiled%20Egg

* Tote that Turtle!

"Official Discworld tote bag featuring the sublime artwork of Joe McLaren, cover artist for the 2016 Discworld Calendar and Discworld Collector's Library Hardback editions from Gollancz.. Measures 37 x 43cm, with handles 32cm long. 100% cotton."

Each Turtle Moves tote is priced at £7.50. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/the-turtle-moves/Turtle-Moves-Tote-Bag

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09) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

Back to Nat Wassell of the Cultured Vultures blog, for a look at Maskerade:

"Maskerade is sometimes included on lists of what people dismissively call Pratchett's 'gimmick novels', a list that usually contains titles such as 'Moving Pictures', 'Soul Music' and the later 'Unseen Academicals'. In a lot of cases, I think that dismissing such titles as gimmicks dismisses some excellent work on Pratchett's part; I am, for example, still hung on up the quote from 'Moving Pictures' that talks about the human tragedy of never finding what you are good at doing and being able to do it. 'Maskerade' is a parody, that is not disputed, but it is a clever one, and not without moments of brilliance. I first read it before I had discovered 'The Phantom of the Opera' and enjoyed it well enough, but on this second read, knowing the source material, I can say that, like most parodies, it is definitely better for knowing what is being sent up... Pratchett returns to his use of the 'Macbeth' parody that opened 'Wyrd Sisters', a clever move because it hints subtly that this story will be of a similar vein to that one, and it is; 'WS' addressed the theatre, 'Maskerade' deals with the opera and all of its eccentricities. There is also the familiar discussion in this novel about good and bad, the nature of evil and the price of being good. Agnes says that she does not want to be a witch because 'they [witches] think that just because they're right that's the same as good!'. Late in the story, confronting the Ghost in the theatre, Granny says, 'The trouble is, you see, that if you do know Right from Wrong you can't choose Wrong. You just can't do it and live'. It is a topic that has come up before, but the choice the witches make every day, especially Granny, is such a defining part of her character that I do not think it hurts the reader to be reminded of it. Granny barely clings to her humanity and she knows it, so it is important that we know it too..."

http://culturedvultures.com/discworld-discussions-maskerade-1995/

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10) ROUNDWORLD TALES: FINDING HORACE, AND THE DANGERS OF OCTO-CELLULOSE

Cheese rolling never fails to amuse those of us who have never rolled a cheese. But some do take it very seriously:

"Thousands of people lined a steep hill in Gloucestershire to watch crowds of thrill-seekers fling themselves down in pursuit of a wheel of cheese. The 8lb (3.6kg) Double Gloucester is chased 200 yards down the 1:2 gradient Cooper's Hill at Brockworth every year. Chris Anderson, 28, won the first two downhill races - his 16th and 17th Cheese Rolling victories in total. 'It's brilliant, I'm really happy,' said the soldier from Brockworth who serves with 1 Rifles. 'My friend Izzy John sadly passed away recently so this is for him and his family. He won it multiple times,' he said. 'Cheese rolling is really important to Brockworth. It got cancelled in 2009 and the organisers this year have done a brilliant job and I'm really happy to win it for the community.'

"Competitors travelled from across the world to take part in the races with TV crews from across Europe also in attendance. Warning signs are put up around the site warning spectators and competitors that they are attending entirely at their own risk. In 2010 the official event was cancelled over safety fears when more than 15,000 people turned up the previous year to watch the competition. Since then it has been held unofficially with roads closed up to 2.5 miles (4km) around the slope."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-36412881

Plastic billiard balls, back in the early days, were about as safe to use as anything the Ankh-Morpork Guild of Alchemists could come up with:

"Billiards played an important role in driving the development of synthetic plastic. In the Victorian era, billiard balls were made of ivory, a material created from carved tusks. But some feared (perhaps erroneously) that ivory's popularity was going to lead to a shortage of the material, as elephants would be hunted to near extinction. They were onto something—but it wouldn't happen for decades. Phelan and Collender, a major billiard table manufacturer, offered a $10,000 reward to any person who could make a non-ivory billiard ball. In 1869, an inventor named John Wesley Hyatt came up with a solution. He mixed nitrocellulose with alcohol and a waxy resin called camphor, and molded it into a ball that looked and felt a lot like ivory. This material, patented as Celluloid and later used for artificial dental plates, was the first mass-market synthetic plastic, launching what became known as the Age of Plastics.

"Unfortunately, nitrocellulose is also called guncotton, and it's combustible. It explodes so rapidly that it doesn't typically set anything on fire, but it can burst into flame and make a loud bang. And in boozy 19th-century pool halls, that was not such a great idea../. The clack of billiard balls rolling together can be a satisfying sound during a game well played. A small flash-bang going off in a dark, smoky billiard hall is another thing entirely..."

http://mentalfloss.com/article/64247/first-plastic-billiard-balls-routinely-exploded

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11) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

A great set of photographs from the official Terry Pratchett Memorial event in London, on Discworld.com:
http://bit.ly/1WuupWl

...and another one -- click on individual photos to enlarge:
http://bit.ly/1WutR2A

A perfect set of Wyrd Sisters, with a certain cat, from the MAD production (see item 5.10):
http://bit.ly/24I9WPd

Since I don't have any photo links for the Pratchett shepherding hut in winter, here's Amanda Owen's (aka The Yorkshire Shepherdess) so you can imagine Tiffany spending winter nights in hers:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CiNKGsIXAAAmcgT.jpg:large

...and here is the inside cover illustration by Omar Rayyan, from the Folio Society.'s new edition of Mort:
http://bit.ly/20QJ2BQ

...and finally, a rare 'un from Stehen Player – Nanny Ogg and Casanunda's candlelit dinner in the Goat and Bush, from the 2015 Discworld Calendar:

http://playergallery.com/playergallery/2015_calendar.html#1

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12) CLOSE

And that's the lot for May. Take care, and we'll see you next month!

– Annie Mac

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It's that time again. How do they rise up? With bittersweet sadness, this year...




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Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
May 2015 (Volume 18, Issue 5, Post 2)

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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Vera P
Newshounds: Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow, Wolfiekins
Staff Writers: Asti, Pitt the Elder, Evil Steven Dread, Mrs Wynn-Jones
Staff Technomancers: Jason Parlevliet, Archchancellor Neil, DJ Helpful
Book Reviews: Annie Mac, Drusilla D'Afanguin, Your Name Here
Puzzle Editor: Tiff (still out there somewhere)
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
Emergency Staff: Steven D'Aprano, Jason Parlevliet
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INDEX:

01) MORE QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) ODDS AND SODS
04) PAUL KIDBY NEWS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS AND UPDATES
06) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS UPDATES AND REMINDERS
08) ROUNDWORLD TALES:
09) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
10) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH
11) CLOSE

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01) MORE QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"When it comes to inventing characters, don't base a character on someone you know. But it may be a good idea to base the character on a type of character that you know, because lots of other people will know people like that. And if they know people like that, then half the work has been done for you."
– The Author, interviewed in April 2000

"We have lost a great man, but what he has left us is staggering."
– blogger Richard Cooper

"Print books were never going to be dead. That was coming from businesses that are selling e-readers. As new ways to read come into the market, people will use those too. It doesn't mean the death of the book or bookshop."
– Joel Becker, CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association

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02) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

The Glorious 25th is upon us! It would appear that since the death of our beloved Author, the Ankh-Morpork remembrance date from the events of Night Watch is becoming the general Terry Pratchett Day of Remembrance – and indeed why not. Pratchett fans around the world will be wearing lilac sprigs, or lilac badges, or lilac brooches, and for the many who also honour the late Douglas Adams on this same day ("Towel Day"), wearing or carrying lilac-coloured towels. Of course none of us were there at the Republic of Treacle Mine Road barricades, but it's the spirit that matters. So on this coming Monday, the Glorious 25th, do take a few minutes to quietly salute the heroes of the Glorious Revolution of Ankh-Morpork and most of all to salute their creator. Or celebrate the day noisily. Or toast them with a glass of lilac liqueur – er, you did remember to start brewing some a few weeks ago, didn't you? Oh well, if not, set this recipe aside until next March:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Lilac-Liqueur

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You really, really do want to read the interview featured in item 3.4c. It's wide-ranging, it's intelligent, and it's full of glimpses into the thought processes of The Author at length. And it has banananana dakrys in it!

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Remember, it's still possible to buy a copy of Backspindle Games' famous "Guards! Guards!" board game before the licence – and supply – run out: http://www.guardsguards.com – and you can also now pre-order Clacks:

http://backspindlegames.com/clacks/

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By the way, the third quote in item 1 comes from an article about the sort of bookshop Aziraphale and the Librarian would certainly approve of, Kay Craddock's Antiquarian Booksellers in Melbourne city centre, which has been selling and cherishing beautiful books for a half-century. Here be a fascinating article about a fascinating shop:

"Stepping into the sunken bookshop in the neo-gothic Assembly Hall as regular customer Barry Humphries does, the theatrical bibliophile stands atop the stairs, inhales the air and declares: 'Kay, I'm back.' Just as the motorcar didn't kill the bicycle and film didn't kill radio, the e-book hasn't eliminated books or bookshops. Up to 1000 retailers nationwide have fought off the threat of the internet and e-readers with Nielsen BookScan​ data showing national book sales rose 2.3 per cent in 2014..."

http://bit.ly/1IQv0L7

And now, on with the show. Get those lilacs ready!

– Annie Mac, Editor

THE REST OF THIS ISSUE IS UNDER THE CUT. CLICK HERE TO READ! )
wossname: (Anthill inside)
...except at the Unseen Theatre in Adelaide, where Small Gods is opening tonight. If you are in South Australia, be sure to go see the production!

When: Opening Night Sat. May 16. Season continues Wed to Sat until May 30.
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Time: All shows at 8pm
Tickets: Adults $20; Concession $18; TREv $16; Groups (10+) $16; Preview all tickets $15; Companion Card accepted.
To book online, go to: www.bakehousetheatre.com
Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night (subject to availability).


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Officially approved to stay up, no less!


wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
May 2015 (Volume 18, Issue 5, Post 1)

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WOSSNAME is a free publication offering news, reviews, and all the other stuff-that-fits pertaining to the works and activities of Sir Terry Pratchett. Originally founded by the late, great Joe Schaumburger for members of the worldwide Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates, including the North American Discworld Society and other continental groups, Wossname is now for Discworld and Pratchett fans everywhere in Roundworld.

GNU Terry Pratchett: Sending Home, forever (and secreted in Wossname's own server)
Never forget: http://www.gnuterrypratchett.com/

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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Vera P
Newshounds: Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow, Mss CS, Alison not Weatherwax
Staff Writers: Asti, Pitt the Elder, Evil Steven Dread, Mrs Wynn-Jones
Staff Technomancers: Jason Parlevliet, Archchancellor Neil, DJ Helpful
Book Reviews: Annie Mac, Drusilla D'Afanguin, Your Name Here
Puzzle Editor: Tiff (still out there somewhere)
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
Emergency Staff: Steven D'Aprano, Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare time)

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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) THE STORY MUSEUM'S MORT WEEKEND
04) ODDS AND SODS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
09) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
10) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
11) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things."

– Jingo

"Terry Pratchett – who in his later works, was not only funny but deeply wise and humane. My wife and I were in the car on a road trip listening to the audio version of one of his books. And I said to her, 'I am going to fling myself out the window. I will never write anything this good.' There are no qualifications on my admiration for him."

– YA author Bruce Coville, who also has Paul Kidby as a sometime cover artist

Also, a new collection of "50 best quotes and photos" of Terry Pratchett (as recommended by Rhianna):

http://bit.ly/1BcVYmG

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02) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

A bit rushed for time this week (read: a *lot* rushed for time), but as there is already a fair amount of news and such, it's first issue of the month time...

The lads at Backspindle Games have announced an official release date for their new Clacks game – we already knew that. But now Clacks is available for pre-order, and the first 300 people to order will get "a very special pre-order 'giveaway'" Read it and squee (item 9.1)!

A Slip of the Keyboard is now available in paperback. Here be Penguin's blurb: "A Slip of the Keyboard brings together the best of Sir Terry's non fiction writing on his life, his work and the weirdness of the world: from Granny Pratchett to Gandalf's love life; from banana daiquiris to books that inspired him; from getting started as a writer to the injustices he fought at the end. With his trademark humour, humanity and unforgettable way with words, this collection offers an insight behind the scenes of Discworld into a much loved and much missed figure – man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orang-utans and the right to a good death." As always, I won't recommend any Amazon links, but I am sure you can get a good price via your local bookshop or through
https://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/

In The Telegraph, Kat Brown (she of the excellent tributes in earlier issues) has gathered a round-up of some of the best Pterry tributes:

http://bit.ly/1cyxosy

An action replay of sorts: I remember quoting from Professor Ian Stewart's tribute to Sir Pterry a few issues ago, but I'm not sure if I provided a link to the whole piece, so here it is. Includes a photo of all three authors of the Science of Discworld books, appropriately dressed for UU, at Sir Pterry's honorary Warwick University degree ceremony:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/news/magician

Remember, the Paul Kidby exhibition "Discworld and Beyond" continues at the Gosport Gallery through the 30th of this month! [And see item 4.4 for more Kidby wonderfulness! – Ed.]

Venue: Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport, Hants PO12 1BT (phone 0300 555 1387)
Time: 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday (the Gallery is closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Tickets: Free Admission for all

And now, on with the show...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) THE STORY MUSEUM'S MORT WEEKEND

The Oxford Story Museum will be running a Mort weekend on the Weekend Before the Glorious 25th:

"The Story Museum are proud to announce the return of Discworld Weekend, a celebration of Sir Terry Pratchett's phenomenally successful Discworld books. Taking place on the 23rd and 24th May 2015, this year's event is themed around the novel Mort, the story of a teenage boy who finds himself as Death's apprentice, with both disastrous and hilarious consequences. The weekend will see The Story Museum transform with a series of specially programmed events and installations including readings from Stephen Briggs (voice of the Discworld audiobooks), a talk from Discworld super-fan and convention regular Dr Pat Harkin, the chance to see Death and his horse Binky saddling up in our stables, a special MURDER A CURRY night with Terry's assistant Rob Wilkins as guest of honour, and an immersive trip through Death's own library and gardens..."

And an update from from Stephen Briggs about the Mort-like Hiring Fair. Sounds like it will be fun:

"Right, everyone – I've had a bit more information from the Story Museum about the Hiring Fair on 23/24 May ... this from Siobhan at the museum: 'Set-up: a few small tables around the courtyard with information on different jobs on them. A greeter with a clip board to do a quick "aptitude test" on people who want to become apprentices to best direct them. If we have enough volunteers, then have a person behind each job's table, who can read out a brief explanation of the job. I don't know if full costumes would be necessary – maybe just distinctive hats, like in the book, some wool for a shepherd etc. If we don't have enough volunteers then just pieces of paper with the job description. If we can work out miniature games/puzzles for each job that would give the apprentices something to do. And then just a stack of stickers where we can write hand-written labels for what job people have apprenticed at if they solve, or at least attempt to solve, their game/puzzle/task. For the aptitude test, I've a few easy questions written. I was thinking the last one could be "How do feel about cats?" and if they answer anything along the lines of "are nice", they get to be Death's apprentice since this is one of his famous quotes. The jobs mentioned directly or indirectly in the book were: Shepherd, Carter, Interior decorator, Carpenter, Thieves (rare) Beggar (rare), Toymaker, Mason, Farrier, Assassin, Mercer, Cooper, Hoodwinker, Ploughman and of course, Undertaker.

"'Since Jason will be there in his Wizard outfit, and a lot of Wizards do come from the Ramtops, maybe Unseen University could have a table for tempting prospective students. And if any come dressed as witches they wouldn't have a table, but could keep an eye on the crowd for candidates. This is just a thought that makes sense for more of the regular Discworld fans, so feel free to veto, but one other possibility for a couple of the job stalls would be to link recruitment into some of the other fan events around the world – so for example the assassins table could also have leaflets for the next Dutch event in June. The Irish event is Watch themed so the Watch could be signing people up. And the next UK Con is musical, so if there's a musician job stall they could also mention it there.
If we've got volunteers wearing relevant hats at most of the stalls, then they can be calling out the benefits of apprenticing to their industry...'"

When: Saturday 23rd May – Sunday 24th May 2015
Venue: Story Museum, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP (phone +44 (0)1865 790050)
Time: 10am – 5pm Tues-Sat (when open); 11am-4pm Sundays (when open)
Tickets: The Discworld Weekend is included with a standard museum entry ticket. Single tickets are priced at £7.50 (£5 concessions). Family tickets are £20 (4 people including at least 1 child); no charge for children under 2 years of age; groups of 10 or over receive 10% off, only if they book through The Story Museum (01865 790050). Online booking is no longer available, but there may be tickets at the door; ring to check first!

Tickets for the MURDER A CURRY evening will be sold separately. "Dine on Death's favourite food, cooked by celebrity chef Sophie Grigson as part of our Discworld Weekend. Dress with a dash of Discworld and come ready to answer Discworld questions and to choose your favourite passage from Mort." Here be the running order for the evening:

19:00 Welcome drink, close up magic, wink murder, and the kind of canapes Death would never have approved of
20:00 Curry – mild or strong
Meringue-Utans
21:00 Discworld Quiz compiled by Jason Anthony, editor of Discworld Monthly
21:30 Candlelit readings of favourite passages from Mort by Stephen Briggs
22:30 Ends

Tickets are priced at £25 per person including dinner, welcome drink, magic, quiz and candlelit readings, and can be purchased by emailing tickets@storymuseum.org.uk or by phoning 01865 790050.

http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/discworld-weekend/

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04) ODDS AND SODS

4.1 RADIO TRIBUTE TO THE SCIENCE of... PTERRY

ABC Radio (that's the Fourecksian version of the BBC) presents a programme on the science in Sir Terry Pratchett's writing. The transcript is available via the link below:

"Terry Pratchett was an English author of fantasy novels. His Discworld series is 40 volumes. He has sold more than 85 million books in 37 languages. During the 1990s, Pratchett was the UK's best-selling author. Terry Pratchett suffered early onset Alzheimer's Disease and died in March 2015 aged 66. He donated nearly half-a-million pounds to Alzheimer's research and was the subject of a two-part BBC documentary about his life and illness. Physicist Len Fisher presents this tribute to Terry Pratchett. He says the scientific references, and scientific thinking in Pratchett's novels are too often overlooked."

http://lenfisherscience.com/53-terry-pratchetts-contribution-to-science/

The programme is available for download as well as for online listening. To download, right-click on the Download Audio button on the upper left or in the right-hand sidebar and select whatever your Hex uses for "save link as":

http://ab.co/1bGCd1E


4.2 FUNDRAISING FOR RICE

Emma Fuell is one of the people currently raising money for the RICE Centre in memory of Sir Pterry (see http://wossname.dreamwidth.org/12556.html for a photo of her lovely boots!): "I am raising money for RICE for The Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE) because of the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity. So far I have raised £130 on eBay, selling sketches and hand made items."

Emma has raised an additional £245.00 to date through her JustGiving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/Emma-Fuell/


4.3 GNU NEWS

Worth a look: a Reddit page that keeps an eye on who's Sending Home!

http://www.reddit.com/r/GNUTerryPratchett


4.4 PAUL KIDBY'S DISCWORLD BARON

The Barons' Charter, "celebrating 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta", is coming to Salisbury!

"In the summer of 2015, The Trussell Trust, together with Salisbury Cathedral and Wild in Art will stage The Barons' Charter – the biggest ever mass participation public art event ever seen in the city. The discontented Barons of medieval England created a charter that attempted to impose laws on King John to limit his power, greed and authority. The Great Charter of 1215 is the most celebrated document in English history and forms the foundation of liberty and the heart of the process that led to the rule of constitutional law. The Barons' Charter will include 25 life-sized decorated medieval baron sculptures to be displayed as an art trail across the city, from 12th June to 6th September 2015. They will then be auctioned in October to raise money for The Trussell Trust, the UK's leading poverty charity.

"We're pleased to announce that artist Paul Kidby will be painting a baron for The Barons' Charter! Paul is widely known as having been the illustrator for Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld Novels since 1994, and his baron design titled 'The Discworld Knight' will reflect this, as well as being a tribute to the late author. Speaking about his design Paul said: '"The Discworld Knight" was inspired by the great writing of Terry Pratchett, who was knighted for his services to literature in 2009 and lived locally to Salisbury, so it seemed fitting that my baron celebrates his work and is a way for me to make a personal tribute to him following his sad death. His creativity bought so much inspiration and joy to so many of us. It was an honour and privilege to work with him and I owe him a great debt of gratitude.' Paul has previously been involved with other Wild in Art projects, having designed 'Eko' for the Elephant Parade in 2010 and 'The Ookbench' for the National Literacy Trust last year. Speaking about his involvement with The Barons' Charter, Paul said: 'I have lived locally to Salisbury for 16 years and I am proud of the city and its amazing heritage, not least the cathedral and the treasures like Magna Carta that it houses. I am also well aware of the fantastic work that The Trussell Trust does providing emergency food and support for those in crisis, therefore the opportunity to help raise funds and the profile of their work is important to me'."

http://www.thebaronscharter.org.uk/news/paul-kidbys-the-discworld-knight-baron/

Photos of the work in progress – the Discworld Massif cloak:

http://bit.ly/1GQHuBM and http://bit.ly/1DKT2Pt


4.5 READING DISCWORLD: IS THE BEGINNING THE PLACE TO BEGIN?

In The Guardian, an article by Sam Jordison reminding us why The Colour of Magic is far more than a throwaway before the main event:

"Would you recommend The Colour of Magic as a first book to someone who has never read Terry Pratchett before? Is it a good place to start with this month's Reading group? ... I wouldn't introduce someone to the Beatles with Please Please Me, I'd go straight for Revolver. But I'd still answer yes to both those questions. Even more so now that I've re-read The Colour of Magic, almost 30 years after it first introduced me to the delights of the Discworld. I say yes partly because it's going to be so interesting to compare this book to one of his later masterpieces and to see how Pratchett developed his writing as the years went on. Partly, because it's already so fascinating to see the origins of the Discworld and the source of so many other stories. And partly, because this book is still good. It's still more than worth reading in and of itself... Terry Pratchett explained on the BBC that it was 'written in protest' about a genre that he loved, but contained 'too many dark lords, too much lack of thought'. In a speech back in 1986, he also said: 'It was an attempt to do for the classical fantasy universe what Blazing Saddles did for westerns.' It was a successful attempt. As the failed wizard Rincewind and the proto-tourist Twoflower hurtle around the physically impossible, magically sustained geography of the Discworld, Pratchett makes sharp and telling points about the absurd skimpiness of female characters' outfits, the daftness of riding on the backs of dragons, the ridiculousness of the average quest. Yet while they may work, these digs also open up the biggest objection to reading The Colour of Magic. Whereas later Pratchett satirised the real world, here his target is both softer and more obscure..."

http://bit.ly/1KWPmAn

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

*** Editor's note: auditions for the Uppingham Theatre Company's October 2015 production of Wyrd Sisters are currently in progress. There are two more auditions dates to come this week – the 11th and the 13th. See item 5.8 for details!

5.1 NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN TORQUAY (MAY)

"Shiphay Amateur Dramatic Society are proud to present to you,Terry Pratchett's "Wyrd Sisters" adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs."

When: 14th, 15th and 16th May 2015
Venue: St Johns Church Hall, Cadewell Lane, Shiphay, Torquay TQ2 7HP
Time: 7.30pm. (doors open 7pm)
Tickets: £6 adults, £4 students, £3 for under-16s. Call the Box Office on 07913 109 672. Tickets can also be purchased from the Shiphay Post Office.

Check out their poster, featuring a wonderfully rude Nanny Ogg, on the Wossname blog:
http://wossname.dreamwidth.org/13012.html

http://on.fb.me/1H4TqgB

5.2 NEW: AUDITIONS FOR MAKING MONEY IN BASILDON (MAY)

The Thalian Theatre Group, who have been presenting Discworld plays since 1996 (past productions include Going Postal, Maskerade, Carpe Jugulum, Wyrd Sisters, Guards! Guards!, Mort and Men at Arms), will be tackling Making Money later this year. For now, they are looking for cast members! Open auditions for Making Money will be held over the next two weeks. "Anybody is welcome to join!"

When: Tues. 12th May, Thurs. 14th May, Tues. 19th May and Thurs. 21st May 2015.
Venue: Laindon Community Centre, Aston Road, Laindon, Essex SS15 6NX
Time: from 8.00pm

http://thethalians.sharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx

5.3 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN BORDON, HAMPSHIRE (MAY)

The Phoenix Players' production of Wyrd Sisters starts next week!

When: Fri. 15th, Sat. 16th, Fri. 22nd and Sat. 23rd May 2015
Venue: Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Station Road, Bordon, Hants GU35 OLR
Time: 7.30pm all performances
Tickets: £9, (Concessions/members £8)
Call 01420 472664 or email: info@phoenixarts.co.uk
Or to buy online, go to: https://kiosk.iristickets.co.uk/k?v=thephoenixtheatre

http://www.phoenixarts.co.uk/phoenix-players-wyrd-sisters

5.4 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN EYNSFORD, KENT (MAY)

Riverside Players are currently presenting their new interpretation of Wyrd Sisters. Stephen Briggs' play has been specially adapted for this amateur production by the director, Rob Tizzard.

When: 15th & 16th May 2015
Venue: Eynsford Village Hall, High Street, Eynsford, Kent DA4 0AA
Time: Friday 15th, 7.45pm; Saturday 16th, 3pm & 7.45pm
Tickets: Adult £11, Concessions £9 (under 16s, over 60s and students with NUS card), Family £35 (2 adults and 2 concessions); Group Discount: buy 10 tickets, get one of them free! Applies to Adult and Concession
tickets only. Discount will be applied at payment stage.

http://www.riversideplayers.co.uk/

5.5 REMINDER: SMALL GODS IN ADELAIDE, FOURECKS (MAY)

Unseen Theatre's production of Small Gods opens next week!

"Although this production was planned quite some time before Terry's passing, some may see it as fate, others as simply co-incidence, that we decided on this particular one of his works that is concerned with theological and philosophical issues. Whatever your beliefs, we hope that it is a fitting tribute to him. Small Gods has all the usual comedy, action, and drama that we have come to expect from one of the most insightful minds of our era. It will also make you think about....well...everything, long after you have left the theatre!"

When: Preview Fri. May 15. Opening Night Sat. May 16. Season continues Wed to Sat until May 30.
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Time: All shows at 8pm
Tickets: Adults $20; Concession $18; TREv $16; Groups (10+) $16; Preview all tickets $15; Companion Card accepted.
To book online, go to: www.bakehousetheatre.com
Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night (subject to availability).

For a look behind the scenes pre-opening night, have a shufti at this short video: http://on.fb.me/1ANKwiT

http://unseen.com.au/

5.6 NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN BRIGHTON (MAY)

The Brighton University Drama Society, who presented their first Discworld play (Mort) in 2012, are back with their production of Wyrd Sisters, this time for the Brighton Fringe Festival. "In this unusual retelling of Macbeth, let BUDS take you on the back of the Great A'Tuin and bring you on an adventure to save a kingdom with three rather different witches." A percentage of proceeds will be going to The Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE) in honour of the late author.

When: 28th – 30th May 2015
Venue: Brighthelm Church & Community Centre, North Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1YD
Time: All shows 7.30pm (show runs for 2 hours 30 minutes)
Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions) For online booking, go to:
http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/theatre/9181/wyrd-sisters

5.7 NEW: CARPE JUGULUM IN POTSDAM, BRANDENBURG (JUNE)

The English Drama Group will present their production of Carpe Jugulum in June.

When: 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 16th, 19th and 24th June 2015 (also 29th June at different venue; see below)
Venue: Potsdam University canteen, first floor, New Palais (Neues Palais) campus (4th through 24th); Hans Otto Theatre, Potsdam (29th)
Time: 6:30pm all campus shows; 7.30pm at Hans Otto theatre
Tickets: €5 (discount tickets €3)

http://edg-potsdam.jimdo.com/
http://www.facebook.com/EDGpotsdam
http://www.hansottotheater.de/ (not listed yet)

5.8 WYRD SISTERS IN UPPINGHAM, RUTLAND: AUDITIONS (MAY)

The Uppingham Theatre Company Wyrd Sisters will present their production of Wyrd Sisters in October (25th to 31st). But first, it's audition time:

When: 11th and 13th May 2015
Venue: Don't Paddy's, Market Place, Uppingham (upstairs front room)
Time: 7:00pm on all days

Casting will be for Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick, Verence (late king of Lancre), Felmet, Lady Felmet, Vitoller, Mrs Vitoller, the Fool, Tomjon, Hwel, Sergeant, Demon, Robbers, Players, Guests, Guards, and Peasants. Also, additional people are needed to help with front-of-house duties during the production.

For updates, visit Uppingham Theatre's Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/pages/Uppingham-Theatre-Company/215743641793859

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06) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

Latest news and offers from the Cunning Artificers of the Discworld Emporium:

* The $1 Vimes stamp!

"The very first Discworld Stamp ever to feature His Grace, His Excellency, The Duke of Ankh, Commander Sir Samuel Vimes. Now a world-renowned (albeit reluctant) figure of authority and nobility, the Ankh-Morpork Post Office has honoured him with his own stamp; the $1 Vimes. As his portrait will betray, Lady Sybil may have persuaded him to wear his plumed helmet for the sitting, but she couldn't take away his cigar! Featuring the exquisite artwork of award-winning illustrator and Royal Mail artist Bill Sanderson, each stamp has been impressed with Watch-House blue using a vintage letterpress and traditional copper printing plate.

"Spot the sport! One stamp on every sheet contains a 'deliberate' mistake or variation – only included on whole sheets or in lucky LBEs. Stamp measures 32 x 45mm, Sheet measures 174 x 234."

The $1 Vimes stamp is priced at £1 per single stamp (£16 per 16-stamp sheet). For more information, and to order, go to: http://www.discworldemporium.com/$1Vimes

* The I Pity the Fool LBE!

"The latest edition of our Little Brown Envelope - a 'lucky dip' assortment of Discworld stamps, with a chance of sports and rarities! Each LBE in this edition contains two new issues from the Ankh-Morpork Post Office. The Fools' Guild 3p features the unnerving visage of guild leader Dr. Whiteface, while the $1 Vimes stamp (introduced in the last LBE issue as a limited edition lilac version) is the very first Discworld Stamp ever to feature His Grace, His Excellency, The Duke of Ankh, Commander Sir Samuel Vimes. Featuring the exquisite artwork of award-winning illustrator Bill Sanderson, each stamp has been impressed with Watch-House blue using a vintage letterpress and traditional copper printing plate. A generous sowing of sports, including those of the Fools' Guild 3p and $1 Vimes,
along with Dead Letter labels, the sought-after Patrician's Palace blue triangle and other rarities have also been sprinkled throughout the edition. Available while stocks last."

The I Pity the Fool LBE is priced at £5.00. For more information, and to order, go to: http://bit.ly/1zMCZpa

* The new Ankh-Morpork Post Office Definitives stamp set!

"A souvenir presentation pack from the Ankh-Morpork Post Office, containing six iconic Discworld stamps as created by Moist Von Lipwig himself in the pages of Going Postal. Features new designs for the Year of the Spinning Mouse, printed by Teemer and Spools in Ankh-Morpork. The ideal gift for any Going Postal fan! Measures 99 x 114mm, stamps contained in an acid-free cello pocket securely stapled to an attractive presentation card. Discworld Stamps are traditionally printed on authentic gummed stamp paper & perforated by hand."

The Definitives Stamp Set (Year of the Spinning Mouse edition) is priced at £4.00. For more information, nd to order, go to: http://bit.ly/1vldBPW

To see all the new stamps, go to http://bit.ly/1I1IxM3

* Thud is back!

"Based on the ancient struggle between Dwarf and Troll, Thud combines the magic of Discworld with cut-throat game play. As Vetinari's game of choice, Thud became the central theme to Terry Pratchett's 34th Discworld novel 'Thud!', made a cameo appearance in Sky One's film adaptations and is enjoyed by thousands of Discworld fans and gamers across the world. Thud is a game of two halves. A player takes his turn to play the fast moving Dwarfs as they attempt to trap Trolls in a carefully constructed ambush, only to then take the part of the fearless Trolls in the second battle as they lumber slowly yet powerfully around the board. You can learn to play in a matter of minutes, and game can last from half an hour to gruelling day-long battles. No two games are ever the same.

"Contained within a cotton travel bag, each set comprises 32 Dwarfs, 8 Trolls, a Thud stone,Thud board, rulebook and a treatise penned especially for Thud by Terry Pratchett himself. Also included are rules for Koom Valley Thud, a speed version of the game which has an entirely different dynamic – effectively this is two games in one! The Board measures 47 x 47 cms and is screenprinted onto durable, heavyweight natural cotton.The pieces are inspired by the Lewis Chessmen and are cast in resin with a carved bone effect finish.Dwarfs stand 35mms tall and Trolls stand at 62mms. Thud was devised by Trevor Truran and is produced officially and exclusively under licence of the Discworld Emporium."

Thud is priced at £32.00. For more information and to order, go to: http://bit.ly/1KtldI6

* De Chelonian Mobile: The Turtle Moves silver pin!

"Designed by Sir Terry Pratchett himself to function as those little fish emblems worn by followers of a certain religious sect. In other words, a symbol that would tell one Discworld fan to another that they shared the same taste in literature. First created for the 25th anniversary of Discworld these elegant pin badges continue to be a perennial best seller. Crafted in Precious solid silver complete with hallmark. The Turtle Moves!!

The Turtle Moves pin is priced at £15.00. For more information and to order, go to: http://bit.ly/1DXvUgR

Also...

* A Hogswatch Hiatus

"Everything has its season and nothing stays the same. This is a time for the Discworld Emporium to take stock.
For fifteen years we have welcomed fans from all over the globe to share in the joy of Discworld at our annual Hogswatch celebrations, which began in November 2000 when Terry officially opened the Emporium. However, over the past few years our business has rapidly evolved, and with growing demands on our time from our design work, online presence and mail order, the additional task of organising events has become increasingly difficult. With Hogswatch falling in the busiest retail month of the year, our small team is now under considerable stress to keep all the plates spinning.

"And so it is time for us to take a break. We are therefore having a hiatus from events this year, and hereby confirm that there will not be an official Hogswatch gathering this November. There are more reasons than can be explained in a few paragraphs, but fundamentally preparing an event for hundreds of visitors requires a huge amount of time, energy and resources – things that are simply not afforded to us at present, especially with the added strain of running a busy shop. With the added complication of health and safety requirements and little time to ensure that they are adequately managed, it would be foolhardy of us to continue at this time.

"This was a decision made last year when we limped into Christmas burnt out and broken after a wonderful but rather large Hogswatch that was unstoppably fuelled by the simultaneous blessing and curse that is social media. Since Terry's passing we have gained even more interest that has further reinforced our decision – an event this year really would be impossibly large, and to go ahead would be especially reckless. As our first concern is for the safety and well-being of the Discworld fans, we'll be wise to use this year to consider and plan for the future.
After the success of our last event we are pleased to be leaving it on a high note, and are comforted that we can do so at a time when there are so many outlets for Discworld fandom to flourish. If you have a burning desire to get involved we respectfully encourage you to share your enthusiasm with the wonderful teams behind the official Discworld conventions across the globe including IDWCON, DWCON, the Dutch and German conventions, and Nullus Anxietas.

"This is far from an easy decision to make and we know that many people will be disappointed, but we sincerely hope you will understand and support our decision."

Thank you,
The Discworld Emporium team

http://www.discworldemporium.com/information/HogswatchHiatus

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07) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

7.1 CABBAGECON UPDATES

Cabbagecon 3 is going ahead:

"Sir Terry Pratchett died on 12 March. We wish his family, his friends and all those who were close to him the courage and strength to carry on. Our thoughts are with them. We are convinced that he would want us to continue celebrating his works. On 27 and 28 June 2015 the third Dutch Discworld Convention Cabbagecon 3 will happen at the Tulip Inn Hotel Val Monte in Berg en Dal (near Nijmegen). It will be an occasion for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett from the Netherlands and abroad to meet up again and have some fun. We hope to see you too...

"This year the most stylish Guild of Ankh-Morpork will be opening its gates for aspiring Assassins. Do you have what it takes to survive as a trainee Assassin? Many dangers lurk during the orientation weekend and you could get inhumed in more ways than one ... We'll be releasing snippets of the Assassins' Guild syllabus soon. There you can read more about all various activities. Stay tuned!"

http://www.dutchdwcon.nl
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cabbagecon/201272429889153


7.2 SASQUAN UPDATES

From Denise of the Seamstress Guild:

There is lots and lots of work going on behind the scenes regarding Discworld programming and events for Sasquan but much of it is a surprise, at least for now. But here is what I can tell you:

1. Sasquan is making ribbons for DW fans to wear on their badges so they can find one another. These will be purple and will say, "Ook".

Traditionally, the Seamstress Guild makes up their own ribbons which have their motto: Nil Volupti sine lucre. The guild will give these out at the parties they're hosting at Sasquan.

Discworld fans will be pleased to note that, in addition to all the great experiences offered by a Worldcon, Sasquan will be hosting Discworld programming, events, a Discworld exhibit, guild meetups, and our fabulous Seamstress Guild parties.

2. There is a million to one chance that we might, just possibly, if the stars align, be able to announce that some very special Discworld guests will be joining us at Sasquan. To say any more at this time would bring me to the attention of the Assassin's Guild.

3. We are looking for good photos of Terry taken by fans at Discworld conventions and other events to be used for a memorial in his honour. I've created a group board on Pinterest for fans to post their photos of Terry Pratchett. The board is here: Fan photos of Terry Pratchett – if you would like to participate, please join Pinterest (it's free) and ask for an invite.

https://www.pinterest.com/itbodes/fan-photos-of-terry-pratchett/

4. Here are the Membership maps (along with facts and figures) for those attending Sasquan/WorldCon 2015 – Join us at The Great Discworld Fan Gathering at Sasquan and make friends all over the world. Sasquan has recently welcomed new members from Chile, Estonia, Hungary, India, and Romania, North Dakota, Newfoundland, Saxony-Anhalt, and Yukon.

http://sasquan.org/member-numbers/

5. One of the Guests of Honour is David Gerrold, who, aside from his many accomplishments, is also a huge Terry Pratchett fan. Mr Gerrold has recently started a group called Just Us. These are Discworld fans who perform random acts of kindness at conventions and other events. We'll have more on this movement and what it might mean at Sasquan next month. We hope to see you there.

D.J. Connell
Discworld Liaison, Sasquan / Worldcon 2015
Chair, North American Discworld Connection
Founder, Seamstress Guild of North America
Co-founder: Dark Clerks of North America
@ItBodes

http://sasquan.org/guests-of-honor/

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08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS

Before the regular group meetings, this one-off meetup: a Discworld gathering in Nottingham in July.

When: Saturday 11th July 2015
Venue: Wollaton Hall Deer Park And Gardens, Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2AE
Time: 2pm start for picnic meeting; 5pm meal hunt; 7pm meet up again in the Trip To Jerusalem pub up by Brew House Yard Museum

The organiser is Elaine Boot (freddyboot@yahoo.co.uk), who says, "Come in fancy dress if you wish. Having something or wearing something Discworld will help us identify one another and using the phrase 'The turtle moves' will help too. People do not have to attend both park and the pub, they are welcome to attend just one. Both of the places can be reached easily by public transport and an all day bus ticket costs £3.50. If you travel in groups of 2 to 4 on Nottingham City Transport Bus (NCTX) you can get a group rider for £4.50. There are plenty of places to stay, there is even Travelodge Maid Marion Way."

https://www.facebook.com/events/438230283003902/

...and now back to our regular programme...

The Broken Drummers: "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est") meets on the first Monday of every month at the Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London W2 1JQ: "We welcome anyone and everyone who enjoys Sir Terry's works, or quite likes them or wants to find out more. We have had many visitors from overseas who have enjoyed themselves and made new friends. The discussions do not only concern the works of Sir Terry Pratchett but wander and meander through other genres and authors and also leaping to TV and Film production. We also find time for a quiz. The prize is superb. The chance to set the quiz the following month. If you enter via the beer garden, you will find us at the opposite end of the pub. If you have any problems, the staff can direct you."

Next meeting: Monday 1st June 2015

The Drummers' May meet report:

"So we met on May the Fourth. I had a Star Wars quiz prepared and a 'May the Force Be With You' badge as a prize. The quiz was typically raucous. Chris argued about one of the questions so much I accidentally revealed the answer. So just to confirm: the original movie was just called Star Wars. In 1981 it was re-released with the sub-title 'Episode IV: A New Hope'. That was so that The Empire Strikes Back could be Episode V. So there. Jessica won the badge. Since she is not going to be here next time, I will sort out a quiz or alternative. Unless I have a volunteer. As I explained to Barbara P. anyone can do a quiz."

For more information, go to http://brokendrummers.org/ or email BrokenDrummers@gmail.com or nicholls.helen@yahoo.co.uk

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The Pratchett Partisans are a fan group who meet monthly at either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to "eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett". For more info about their next meetup, go to www.meetup.com/Pratchett-Partisans/ or contact Ula directly at uwilmott@yahoo.com.au

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The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South Australia: "Our (semi-) regular meetings are generally held on the last Thursday of the month at the Seven Stars, 187 Angas St, Adelaide. We have dinner at 6.30pm followed by games until 9pm. The games are usually shorter games like Pairs, Sushi Go, or Fluxx, with the occasional Werewolf session, as these are the best sort of games that work in a pub setting.

"Games Days: every few months, we have a full day's worth of board games at La Scala Cafe, 169 Unley Rd, Unley in the function room starting at 10am. Check the calendar below for the date of the next event.

"Other gatherings: in addition to the above, we will occasionally have other events to go and see plays by Unseen Theatre Company, book discussions on Terry's latest, craft, chain maille or costuming workshops or other fun social activities. See our upcoming events for further info, and join the mailing list to get the details. To keep up on exactly what's happening and when, or to take part in some online discussion, please join!"

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cityofsmallgods/
https://twitter.com/CityOfSmallGods
www.cityofsmallgods.org.au

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet on the first Thursday of every month from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight. All new members and curious passersby are very welcome!

Next meeting: Thursday 4th June 2015, probably, but do email to check.

For more info and any queries, contact broken_vectis_drummers@yahoo.co.uk

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The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) meets on the first Friday of every month at Wincanton's famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards. "Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome!"

Next meeting: Friday 5th June 2015 (probably).

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The Northern Institute of the Ankh-Morpork and District Society of Flatalists, a Pratchett fangroup, has been meeting on a regular basis since 2005 but is now looking to take in some new blood (presumably not in the non-reformed Uberwald manner). The Flatalists normally meet at The Narrowboat Pub in Victoria Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, to discuss "all things Pratchett" as well as having quizzes and raffles.

Details of future meetings are posted on the Events section of the Discworld Stamps forum:

http://www.discworldstamps.co.uk/forum/

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Sydney Drummers (formerly Drummers Downunder) meet on the first Monday of every month in Sydney at 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney,2000.

Next meeting: Monday 1st June 2015 at 6.30pm (probably). For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

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The Treacle Mining Corporation, formerly known as Perth Drummers, meet on the first Monday of the month (subject to holidays) at the child-friendly Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia.

Next meeting: from 5.30pm on Monday 1st June 2015 (probably).

For details follow Perth Drummers on Twitter @Perth_Drummers or join their Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/
– or message Alexandra Ware directly at <alexandra.ware@gmail.com>

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Western Drummers, also based in Sydney, meet at The Rowers, Nepean Rowing Club, Bruce Neal Drive, Penrith at 6.30-7.30pm for food, 7.30pm for games, quizzes and chat: "If you have never been, please come on down. You would be very welcome. We eat, have a drink, talk Discworld and play board games. Starts kind of 6 – 6.30ish and finishes kind of 9pm ish."

Next meeting: Tuesday, 19th May at 6:00pm. For more information, contact Nanny Ogg – lewis_oz@bigpond.com – or visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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09) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS

9.1 CLACKS READY FOR PRE-ORDER!

And there's a pre-order giveaway offer, too:

"The Fastest (non-magical) Messaging System on the Discworld. Using a semaphore system of shuttered lamps on top of high towers, the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company has revolutionised long distance communications on the Discworld. Their network of towers covers most of the Unnamed Continent, but now the old postal service is fighting back. Driven by the determination of newly 'volunteered' Post Master 'Moist Von Lipwig' the Ankh-Morpork Post Office has challenged the Clacks operators to a race from Ankh-Morpork to Genua. Play against your friends and claim the title of Fastest Clacks Operator on the line, or play together as a team to win the race across the Discworld and prove that Clacks is here to stay...

"Just like in the novel 'Going Postal' where the Post Office competed hard against the Clacks, we at Backspindle Games have been working hard for the last year to bring fans another board game given life from the books of Sir Terry Pratchett. To all of you who play-tested Clacks over the last few years, thank you so much. Your feedback has greatly helped transform Clacks into a really good game. There are now three types of games that you can play in the box. There is a 'player versus player' game, a 'co-operative race game against the Post Office' and an introductory 'two-player game for children'. We are extremely pleased with the artwork of Clacks created by The Artful Nudger, a.k.a. Amber Grundy. Not only is Amber a massive Discworld fan, but she is also a very talented artist as you can see from the box cover and base.

"At last the wait is nearly over... Some of you, like Cheery in 'Feet of Clay', may be trembling with nerves and excitement... others can't wait to beat your friends playing Clacks. We can confirm the official release of Clacks will be at the Irish Discworld Convention in October 2015 and copies can be ordered for collection there in the pre-order. In addition we have a very special pre-order 'giveaway' for the first initial 300 fans to pre-order Clacks. Our pre-order shall 'go live' on the Clacks page at midnight on Monday 11 May 2015 (GMT)...

"If you can't wait until later in the year for the release of Clacks perhaps you'd like to come along at play the latest demo with us at the UK Games Expo from 29 – 31 May in Birmingham. Our stand is in the Hall of Kings. We will have a very limited amount of copies of Luchador! and Guards! Guards! for sale at this year's UK Games Expo so you may wish to visit us on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning."

http://backspindlegames.com/blog/
http://backspindlegames.com/clacks/


9.2 GUARDS! GUARDS! SHAMELESS PLUG!

Yes, I'm promoting Guards! Guards! boardgame again. Deal with it, muhahahaha (insert emoji of your choice here). Le blurb officiel, as they say in Quirm:

"Four magical years of comments such as 'It's like being in a Discworld story' and 'the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off' but sadly 2015 will be the last year we can publish Guards! Guards! A Discworld boardgame. If you know anyone who has not got a copy, or you feel you may enjoy reading the quotes on the 90 Discworld Character cards included in the game the time for buying is now, before they are all gone...

"Each game contains ninety beautifully illustrated Discworld character drawings by Stephen Player together with a relevant quote about each taken from one of Sir Terry Pratchett's books. Guards! Guards! is an action packed, fast paced Discworld game adventure set in the streets of Ankh-Morpork, the Discworld's oldest, grubbiest and least law-abiding city. Secret societies, rampaging trolls, cut throat street sellers and an 800 pound set of luggage thundering around the city on hundreds of tiny legs. Players need wits and strategy to survive, never mind returning the stolen Great Spells to the Unseen University and saving the Discworld from looming destruction. A fun introduction to the wonderful characters created by Sir Terry Pratchett.

"In the game Guards Guards players are tasked to collect and return five of the missing Great Spells to the University. Each player selects one of four Guilds to infiltrate, Thieves, Assassins, Alchemists or Fools. Their chosen Guild card will give them a specific selection of the Great Spells to collect and grants them a unique Guild Ability which can be used to hinder their opponents. It is also used to mark the players' Charm, Guild and Magic abilities, which can be developed throughout the game. Time is short, so rather than returning each Spell in person, the players have been granted the power to recruit the good, and not so good, inhabitants of the city to act as guards and runners to protect and return the Spells to the University. There are fourteen locations on the board where players may Charm (or Bribe) Volunteers to join them on their quest."

Guards! Guards! is priced at £34.99. Free shipping is included in the UK only; there is a £10.95 shipping charge to non-UK Europe, and a £19.99 shipping charge to anywhere else in Roundworld. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.backspindlegames.com/guards-guards/


9.3 DISCWORLD GAMING FROM THE ANCIENT AGE!

Andrew Blair, on Den of Geek, looks back on the "ancient" Discworld video game:

"My first experience of a Discworld computer game came via MacFormat magazine... we could peruse the demos and freeware options in the free CDs that came with computing magazines. One of these included a demo of Discworld, and with the processing power at my disposal, the intro scene lasted approximately six minutes. Soon, with the addition of 500 MB extra memory (merely a block about the size of the CD drive), it was down to three. Playing it now, it lasts about 60 seconds. Progress, eh? I'll have finished the game in about an hour at this rate. Except that, for various reasons, I've never actually finished it before. Firstly: I'm not very good at computer games. Secondly: It's really bloody difficult... It's a game where you can be forgiven for saving before clicking on absolutely anything. Even with half-remembered progress from the late 90s, there's usually something you've forgotten. However, even if the gameplay is a slow and truculent experience, it's one hell of a challenge, and it's quite a fun one in small doses... You can interact with almost every character and many objects, with quick lectures (featuring Rob Brydon's impersonation of David Attenborough) filling in the blanks for anyone unfamiliar with the books. The voice cast features Brydon (near the start of his career), Pratchett audiobook helmer Tony Robinson, Spitting Image and Crossroads alumnus Kate Robbins, plus your Jon Actual Pertwee... I also can't say enough good things about the backgrounds and the music in the game. Rob Lord (who has since gone on to score Just Cause 2) does wonders for what is presumably just him and a synthesizer. It's got the faux-medieval trappings you'd expect, but it's a jaunty, light score that doesn't distract you. The style of the animation and backgrounds – with snaking pathways and jutting, oddly angled buildings and hovels - has massively informed my mental image of Ankh-Morpork. Come to think of it, it's not totally dissimilar to the Old Town of Edinburgh either. It's a visually satisfying and initially involving game then, but your tolerance for its difficulty depends on how long the characters, conversations and gags entertain you for..."

http://bit.ly/1EoTlRv


9.3 PRATCHETT TRIBUTES IN GAMES

From John O'Connor on Facebook: "I decided to pay a visit to the STP tribute in the Elite Dangerous game (a space combat/trading sim). It's a long flight across a hundred light years or so of uninhabited systems, so a fuel scoop is a must have (for smaller ships at least) and it's not really a part of the game in the sense that you would stumble across it in normal gameplay. You can find it in system HIP 74290. The station orbits a lovely pale blue planet. I like that the faction running the station is named 'Ankh Guards'."

From Vlad Savov at The Verge: "This March, the literary world lost one of its best-loved luminaries after author Terry Pratchett died at the age of 66 following the onset of Alzheimer's disease. The depth and breadth of appreciation for his work have been evident all around the world in a variety of tributes — and now Valve is joining in with a subtle homage in its latest update to Dota 2, which adds a new item by the name of Octarine Core. Octarine is Pratchett's invention, a greenish-purple hue that he dreamed up as the eighth color of the visible spectrum and the titular subject of his first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic. Fittingly, in Dota 2 the Octarine Core will be most useful to mages and intelligence-based characters, granting them bonus mana and boosting up their vital stats. This is also one of the most expensive items in the game, making it a highly prized asset that successful heroes can aspire to in the latter parts of the game. Terry Pratchett had a penchant for poking subversive fun, making his point slyly rather than directly, and Valve's unostentatious addition of his favorite color is a fine match the late author's style..."

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10) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Latest additions by Jim Vision and Dr Zadok to the fabulous Terry Pratchett tribute mural off Brick Lane in East London:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/82786929@N00/16664364704/

A personal favourite – the superb tribute caricature at Canary Wharf Tube station in March:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_94CIqWwAAf7p3.jpg

Very special lifetimer in the window display of the Discworld Emporium:
http://bit.ly/1I2PE8L

Absolutely stunning fan-art of the A-M Watch by artist KG Bigelow:
http://bit.ly/1Ejmm1a

Also stunning, Theresa Dolman's spot-on Granny Weatherwax cosplay at this past weekend's Oz Comic Con:
http://bit.ly/1En6xGN

...and from the Backspindle lads, some very happy Guards! Guards! gamers, two of whom are wearing what might be the most fantastic helmets in the entire multiverse:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CEjL3yAWAAEQn_8.jpg:large

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11) CLOSE

Just a few more bits to finish...

One of our Newshounds sent this BBC News article. Reminiscent of a certain tradition on Tiffany Aching's home ground:

"More than 40 volunteers are taking part in re-chalking a 232-year-old hill figure in Wiltshire. The Cherhill White Horse, cut into the Marlborough Downs, is owned and maintained by the village of Cherhill. The 18th Century landmark underwent a major facelift in 2002 after losing its whiteness and shape, but now requires a 're-chalking' every two years. David Grafton, from Cherhill, said 14 tons of chalk would be needed to 'groom the horse' and restore it. The horse is the second oldest in Wiltshire and one of nine in the county. To combat discolouring from the weather, it used to be continuously scraped to reveal fresh chalk. Now, to avoid the figure sinking below the surrounding ground, the ancient monument is topped up with extra chalk..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-32672304

Don't forget, the JustGiving page for RICE is still open: https://www.justgiving.com/Terry-Pratchett

And that's the lot for the moment. We'll be back before the Glorious 25th, I think, but in case, don't forget to wear the lilac!

– Annie Mac

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The Brighton University Drama Society, who presented their first Discworld play (Mort) in 2012, are back with their production of Wyrd Sisters, this time for the Brighton Fringe Festival. "In this unusual retelling of Macbeth, let BUDS take you on the back of the Great A'Tuin and bring you on an adventure to save a kingdom with three rather different witches." A percentage of proceeds will be going to The Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE) in honour of the late author.

When: 28th – 30th May 2015
Venue: Brighthelm Church & Community Centre, North Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1YD
Time: All shows 7.30pm (show runs for 2 hours 30 minutes)
Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions) For online booking, go to:
http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/theatre/9181/wyrd-sisters
wossname: (Anthill inside)
Great to see so many local theatre groups around Roundworld putting on Discworld plays!
wossname: (Anthill inside)
Just had to share this one sent to us - a gorgeous painted shoe by the marvellously talented Emma Fuell, who sold the boots as a fundraiser for the RICE Centre and raised £117. All profits go to RICE. Fantastic!
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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
May 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 5, post 2)
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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS: DEMENTIA FRIENDS
04) MORE ODDS AND SODS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
07) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH
08) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE REST OF THE MONTH

"It's possible to live well with dementia. And write bestsellers 'like wot I do'."

– a certain Sir

"There was a time maybe five years ago when many people were questioning whether brick-and-mortar bookstores were going to survive the onslaught of online retailers. Now, if you take the narrow view that a bookstore is nothing more than a machine that swaps money for books, then it follows that there's no need for a physical store. But here we are five years later. Some bookstores have gone out of business, it's true. But there are big, beautiful bookstores all over the place, with sofas and coffee bars and author appearances and so on. Why? Because it turns out that a bookstore is a lot more than a machine that swaps money for books."

– Neal Stephenson, interviewed by Slashdot, 2004

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Our favourite Sir has collected yet another honorary doctorate (and rightly so), this time from the University of South Australia. And as the continent of Fourecks is quite a long way from English country gardens, this honour was delivered – by a UK ex-pat, Vice Chancellor David Lloyd:

"'I have been on the receiving end of many awards throughout my career, but I really am delighted to have been acknowledged in this way by the University of South Australia,' Pratchett said on Tuesday. 'My love of Australia is widely-known and I am only sorry that I am unable to make the journey Down Under to receive my honorary doctorate in person. Therefore, my humble thanks go to Professor Lloyd for racking up the air miles on my behalf.'

"Professor Lloyd, who made the journey to the UK to present the award, says Pratchett is a clear example of someone who has stayed true to his passion. 'Terry brings his immeasurable talent and intellect to doing what he loves — he has produced an enormous body of work that continues to delight and inspire millions of readers and writers around the world,' Prof Lloyd says. 'His contribution not only to literature, but also to the causes about which he is passionate, is enormous and has been rightly acknowledged in literary prizes, through sales and in awards such as this one'..."

To read the full story in the Adelaide Advertiser, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/mudsc36

And here is Sir Pterry receiving his doctorate, courtesy of Professor Lloyd:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BopXH94IIAI0JG-.jpg

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Remember, The Long Mars, final instalment in the Long Earth trilogy, comes out next month! The 19th of June, to be precise. Meanwhile, I've finally got my hands on a copy of The Long War (don't arsk), so expect a review in the next issue. And now, on with the (rest of the) show...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) DEMENTIA FRIENDS: SIR PTERRY SPEAKS OUT

This was originally published in The Guardian on the 13th of May 2014. I don't normally reproduce entire pieces, but this is *important*. Hopefully a horde of "Grauniad" lawyers won't descend on us for it!

"A few years ago, my novel Dodger took the reader back to times long gone to meet famous names of fact and fiction, and brought them together on a journey – ultimately – of chivalry. Enduring danger and peril, they chase a woman who needs saving and do their best to protect her. In the book, Dodger (who is based on Dickens's masterful portrayal of the original Artful Dodger) gets into a number of scrapes for Simplicity's sake. As a reward, we see him climb the social ladder of acceptance until, by the end of the book, he is honoured and revered.

"Without appearing a curmudgeon, I worry that such kindness could be a thing of the past. As you may already know, I live with dementia. Unlike 800,000 people with a form of the condition, I struggle with a rarer type, which holds me back in ways I never thought possible. But what I do share with the hundreds of thousands living with this tricksy condition is disbelief at the stigma and shame still surrounding a disease that affects the brain and which can ultimately affect as many as one in three of us.

"If you haven't already seen it, last week Public Health England and the Alzheimer's Society launched a TV campaign encouraging society to emulate my Dodger's valiant behaviour in their everyday lives. But there's a twist – it's for the benefit of people with dementia – a group of people who have been side-lined and ignored for far too long.

"Dementia. The word itself describes shrinkage of the brain, the process of abnormal proteins clinging to the spongy masses of our cranium that we rely on to think and speak. However, the real and tangible meaning of the word will be different to everyone living with the condition. For some, they might struggle in a supermarket with finding the right change. That nagging voice in their head willing them to understand the difference between a 5p piece and £1 and yet their brain refusing to help them. Or they might lose patience with friends or family, struggling to follow conversations.

"For me, living with posterior cortical atrophy began when I noticed the precision of my touch-typing getting progressively worse and my spelling starting to slip. For an author, what could be worse? And so I sought help, and will always be the loud and proud type to speak my mind and admit I'm having trouble. But there are many people with dementia too worried about failing with simple tasks in public to even step out of the house. I believe this is because simple displays of kindness often elude the best of us in these manic modern days of ours.

"Ultimately, research is the answer. While talented scientists beaver away at finding a cure, this campaign holds a mirror up to us all – forcing us to realise we can do more in our everyday lives to help. Look past that mirror, maybe even through the wall, to the house of your next-door neighbour. Maybe it's an older lady, albeit only in her 60s, who you haven't recently seen popping to the shops as usual. You notice that she's forgotten to collect her milk from the doorstep, and that when you last stopped to chat she seemed confused and couldn't follow what you were saying. Think of how you might be able to help her – there are little things you could do to support her and let her know she's not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of us out there living with dementia who – to paraphrase the song in the advert – every now and again really could do with a little help from a friend."

To read the original piece online, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/kq8dggv

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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
May 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 4, post 1)
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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) ODDS AND SODS
04) "MY INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP" GOES LIVE
05) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
07) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
10) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
11) BREATHTAKING NEW MARC SIMONETTI ART BOOK
12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
13) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"Independent bookshops supported this jobbing genre author long before the geeks were let out of their wardrobes. Being able to support these talented retail wizards through My Independent Bookshop is a very, very good thing."

– Sir Pterry, talking about My Independent Bookshop

"I wrote the [Wintersmith] album with Terry Pratchett, based on his books.
Well, on some of his books, not all of them – that would be a long album. "

– Maddy Prior, who knows an impossible task when she reads one!

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

It's another packed issue this month, so we're coming to you early!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one, from the new "Dementia Friends" campaign (see item 7 below), is absolutely priceless:

http://tinyurl.com/lnb4rmm

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In the Portsmouth News online, there's a shout-out for the Hayling Island Bookshop, featured in an earlier issue of WOSSNAME. They will be the suppliers for Sit Pterry's virtual bookshop (see item 4 below):

ONE of the smallest independent bookshops in the country has been given a huge boost by fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett. Sir Terry, author of the popular Discworld series, has nominated the Hayling Island Bookshop to be the supplier of his chosen favourite books on a new social media site... Sir Terry's site links to the tiny Mengham bookshop if people want to buy them. He was a guest at the shop in 2008 and it made a big impression on him... Sir Terry has named his own fantasy and science fiction-themed bookshop Narrativia after the goddess of inspiration he invented... Marie Telford, owner of The Hayling Island Bookshop which is just 3m sq, said: 'We were absolutely astonished, delighted and honoured to hear that Sir Terry had chosen our tiny bookshop to be linked to his personal bookshop containing his favourite books. We hosted Terry on Hayling in 2008 for the launch of his book Nation and we are so pleased that he is helping independent bookshops to extend their reach in this way. We hope many of the readers will come and visit us in person too.'"

http://tinyurl.com/kmehqgf

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From pop-up shops and restaurants to pop-up book benches – Paul Kidby is among the illustrators who will be making London a more magical place to read:

"Bloomsbury is set to play host to a range of literary classics, from Peter Pan to The Wind in the Willows, as a series of painted 'BookBenches' will soon pop up all over town. The benches will feature images from novels dating back to the 19th century, including Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, right through to modern favourites such as How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Renowned artists and illustrators will be picking up a paintbrush and bringing some classic characters to life, including Ralph Steadman who famously worked with Hunter S Thompson, will be replicating characters from his 1973 children's classic take on Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Paul Kidby who designed the images in Terry Pratchett's Discworld..."

http://tinyurl.com/lpzukgx

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In addition to their Irish "Wintersmith" tour dates (see item 3.4 below), Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span will be gigging in Bolton this month with new fiddler Jessie May Smart, who has replaced departing long-serving member Peter Knight.

When: 22nd May 2014
Venue: the Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton BL1 1RU
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £19.50. To book, phone the Box Office on 01204 334400 (Mon-Fri 9-5 & Sat 10-4). There is a Booking Fee of £0.50 per Ticket charged on credit card transactions, or a charge of £1.00 per ticket for online purchases. To book online, go to:
http://alberthallsbolton.ticketsolve.com/shows/873513221/events/127044692

http://www.alberthalls-bolton.co.uk/

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The Wincanton Spring Fling was a success as usual, with a total of £1357.15 being raised for the RICE Centre. Well done Team Artificer and all the supporters of Ankh-Morpork's one and only twin town! As for the "Dementia Friends" campaign, go read the item, visit the page and watch the video. It may break your heart, but with love. Then go do what you can to spread the word about dementia.

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A quick note: the Broken Drummers, london's oldest Discworld neeting group. will be having their mothly meeting tonight (13th May) – see item 10.

And now it's on with the show...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) ODDS AND SODS

3.1 RAISING STEAM: IN PAPERBACK!

Lynsey from Transworld says: "Raising Steam in paperback has a whole new cover look! Coming your way in the UK on 9th October 2014!"

http://bit.ly/raisingsteam

And the new cover image: http://tinyurl.com/nv8zvjw


3.2 KNIGHTS (AND WIZZARDS) OF B.A.D.A.S.M.

There's a new-ish Facebook group, known as the Benevolent Antipodean Discworld Appreciation Society (Melbourne CBD Chapter), that is looking for some action:

"B.A.D.A.S. (Melbourne CBD Chapter) is a group for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett and his series the Discworld. We are hoping to get a regular (monthly or if we are all having fun more regular) meet-up happening. Activities will range from book discussion, board games, eating and pretty much anything that enough people will think is fun. We are hoping to foster a fun community that everybody can enjoy."

The group is open, so anyone can join.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/badasm/


3.3 TORQUAY'S THE PLACE FOR DRAGONS

"A magnificent painting of a dragon for a calendar of Terry Pratchett's best-selling Discworld novels is featured in a new exhibition at Torquay Museum. The exhibition, entitled Tell Me a Dragon, runs until June 25 featuring original watercolour paintings by award-winning children's author and illustrator, Jackie Morris. The Discworld calendar dragon painted by Jackie gave her the idea for her own Tell Me a Dragon book, in which she dispels the fearsome reputation of these magical creatures. This is the first time Jackie's dragon paintings have been exhibited together. The exhibition of paintings is supplemented by dragon-decorated objects from Torquay Museum's own collections, ranging from magnificent Samurai swords to Torquay's first ever gas lamp in the shape of a dragon (dated to 1834), and beautiful ceramics..."

http://tinyurl.com/n4st2cw


3.4 REMINDER: THE WINTERSMITH TOUR IN IRELAND

Come to Ireland and dance the Dark Morris...

Monday 19th May
Town Hall Theatre Galway
00353 (0) 91-569777
Tickets are €25. To purchase online go to
http://tinyurl.com/lexdxb7

http://tht.ie/1868/Steeleye-Span

Tuesday 20th May
The Hawk's Well Theatre Sligo
00353 (0) 71-9161518
Tickets are €25.00; online booking:
http://www.hawkswell.com/events/event/steeleye-span and go to http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase for that date; concession prices are available in person at the box office or by phone 071-9161518

Wednesday 21st May
Vicar Street Dublin
00353 (0)1 77 55 800

Tickets are €31.50 (including booking). For details go to http://tinyurl.com/mod7dlu


3.5 REMINDER: NEW PAUL KIDBY EXHIBITION

"Discworld and Beyond"
When: current, through 28th June 2014
Venue: Willis Museum, Market Place, Basingstoke RG21 7QD (phone 0845 603 5635)
Time: Tuesdays to Fridays 10am – 5pm
Tickets: Admission is free


3.6 RAISING STEAM FOR REAL

Want to raise some steam? Here be a chance for some of you to experience the kind of steam-driven thrills that moved Sir Pterry to write his latest novel!

"Join the dedicated team of volunteers at Kempton Steam Museum and help restore and maintain the world's largest working triple-expansion steam engine and the Grade II* listed building and its heritage contents. You don't need experience but any skills, from painting and decorating to electrical or mechanical engineering will be useful. Training is available including learning to drive the engine, conduct tours of the static engine display and meeting the public."

When: Thursdays, 15th, 22nd and 29th May 2014; Sat 24th May, Sun 25th May
Venue: Kempton Steam Museum, Kempton Park Water Works, Snakey Lane, Hanworth, TW13 7ND
Time: 10:00–16:00 all days

"Volunteers will be asked to become a member of Kempton Great Engines Society for £11.00, which will entitle them to a year's membership, free admission at all times and a quarterly newsletter... Volunteers are asked to provide their own overalls and working boots. Hard hats and most tools are provided. Bring your own lunch; tea and coffee is provided."

Kempton Steam Museum is the "Home of the world's largest working triple-expansion steam engine, one of a pair commissioned in 1928 and housed in a magnificent Grade II National Monument where visitors can explore the engines and see one in steam. Regular guided tours, children's activity packs, rides available on Darent, a 1903 narrow-gauge steam locomotive and engine driver training days available."

http://www.kemptonsteam.org

Telephone 020 3565 3586

Email kemptonsteam@gmail.com


3.7 DISCWORLD READING ORDER CHART: GOING VIRAL?

As featured in Images of the Month in the April main issue, an updated and very attractive Discworld Reading Order Chart is being recommended all over the place3. Here's the Geeks of Doom page, including the image:

"Maybe you are a newcomer to the wondrous writings of Terry Pratchett. Or maybe you've been reading Discworld novels since the 1980s, like yours truly. Either way, at some point you have probably wondered which book is next in the great timeline of all things Terry, or maybe you're curious how they all tie in together. Well, friends, have I got a treat for you! The Discworld Reading Order Guide 2.21 is newly updated and features virtually every book in an easy to understand chart. Krzysztof Kietzman is credited with creating the chart, though it seems that others have contributed to it as well..."

http://tinyurl.com/mzau6a2


3.8 DISCWORLD LEGO: CLOSER TO POSSIBLE!

Remember GlenBricker's proposed Discworld Lego set, that would become a reality if 10,000 supporters prove their interest? Well, there are now 4,803 supporters – nearly half-way there! – and there is still almost a full year to go. If you'd love you some Discworld Lego, go here and make your wishes known:

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/36302


3.9 REMINDER: DISCWORLD DAY AT THE STORY MUSEUM

On the 25th of May, the Story Museum in Oxford will host a Discworld Day! Stephen Briggs will read extracts from Going Postal at 11.30am and 2pm, and there will be various other Discworld-y goings-on from 11am to 5pm. Don't forget to wear your lilac!

"We're Going Postal here in Oxford's old post office with Discworld Day activities inspired by Ankh Morpork's Post Office."

In addition to the exhibition entrance fee of £7.50 (£5 for under-18′s, full-time students, job-seekers, over-60s; no charge for children under one year and companions of disabled visitors), there will be a £2 charge for the event. £4 event-only tickets will be offered on the day, subject to availability. Advance booking is recommended.

The Story Museum
Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP
+44 (0)1865 790050
onceuponatime@storymuseum.org.uk

http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/the-story-museum/events

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04) THE VIRTUAL BOOKSHOPS ARE OPEN!

"My Independent Bookshop" is now live! From booktrade.info:

"Hundreds of new 'bookshops' were opening in the UK today as part of a campaign to champion the personal recommendation of books. Authors including Terry Pratchett, Irvine Welsh and Lisa Jewell were among the first to join the 'My Independent Bookshop' network by opening their own virtual bookshops and giving people an inside-the-covers look at their favourite reads. The initiative, launched by Penguin Random House UK – the country's biggest book publisher – allows book lovers to set up a virtual bookshop, share and review their favourite reads, and discover books online. Readers can set up their own shop with twelve books at a time on their shelves – changing the display as often as they choose by season, genre or mood – the possibilities are endless... All books in the virtual shops are available to buy online through hive.co.uk, the ecommerce arm of Gardners wholesalers, which is connected with hundreds of independent bookshops across the UK. As part of the registration process, 'My Independent Bookshop' users can choose their favourite real-world independent bookshop to connect with. Hive will then pass a commission from any purchase made through the website to their chosen shop... Author Terry Pratchett, who has connected his online 'bookshop', NARRATIVIA, to the tiny Hayling Island Bookshop in Hampshire, said: "Independent bookshops supported this jobbing genre author long before the geeks were let out of their wardrobes, being able to support these talented retail wizards through 'My Independent Bookshop' is a very, very good thing...'... Commenting on the launch, Hannah Telfer, Group Director, Consumer & Digital Development at Penguin Random House UK, said: 'People are becoming ever more sophisticated in the way they move between their social, digital and physical worlds. We want to harness the opportunities this creates to celebrate the power of personal recommendation. By giving people the magical experience of curating their own bookshop and sharing this with their communities we are putting the discovery of great books and authors – no matter who they are published by – directly into the hands of book lovers...'"

http://www.booktrade.info/index.php/showarticle/53793/


In Management Today:

"According to the Booksellers Association, there are now less than 1,000 independent bookshops gracing UK high streets – a third fewer than nine years ago. Penguin Random House, the world's largest publisher, has today swooped in to support this dwindling band of high-street traders with the launch of My Independent Bookshop. The website encourages book lovers to set up their own virtual stores, where they can showcase and review their favourite books and check out what other people are reading. Crucially, you can buy books from the site, with a small proportion of takings (5% of the revenues from every physical book and 8% from each ebook) going to support scores of local independent book stores. Around 70 independent retailers are connected to the site so far, and authors including Irvine Welsh, Tony Parsons, Alastair Campbell and Terry Pratchett have already set up their own 'bookshop profiles' (Pratchett recommends Neil Gaiman's American Gods and The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams, in case you're interested.) For now, this isn't a money-making scheme for Penguin Random House. According to Dan Franklin, the company's digital publisher, it's all about collecting valuable data: ‘We can see what's trending, what books are popular and how people are interacting...'"

http://tinyurl.com/n35aor6


The My Independent Bookshop site itself:

"There's nothing more magical than a bookshop. A bookshop is more than just a shop – it's a gateway to brand new worlds. It lets you visit places you'd never normally go, live lives you'd never normally live and feel things you'd never normally feel. And now you can create your own virtual bookshop, discover new books and be inspired... There's no end to our rewards. With My Independent Bookshop, you'll get the first word on the latest giveaways, competitions and exclusives from some of the best authors around... We love bookshops, and we know you do too. That's why we've teamed up with hive, to ensure that for every book you buy, a percentage of the sale is shared with a local, independent bookshop."

How to make your own virtual bookshop:

http://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/register

http://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/

http://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/TerryPratchett

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05) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS

Here's the latest from mah homey, I mean the inimitable David Brashaw, co-creator of the "Guards! Guards!" boardgame:

"After selling out again in 2013 Backspindle Games are delighted to confirm that the Pre-order of Guards! Guards! A Discworld boardgame for 2014 is available right now at:

http://backspindlegames.com/our_work/crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon

"Games should be shipped to customers before the end of June 2014 and for a limited time they have a special Spring Fling price of £29.99 and in addition FREE shipping to UK customers.

"Euan from www.childsplaycharity.org recently commented 'Thanks for making the Guards! Guards! game. I bought it for my wife at Christmas and we've enjoyed it immensely. We especially like the tone of the game. It felt like being in a Pratchett novel. :)'

"Game Salute in the US have ordered 500 copies.

"The Backspindle Boys are booked for DWCon 2014 in Manchester. They will of course have copies of Guards! Guards! to demo and sell, and will have their new board game, Clacks for demoing.

"My sources have told me there is a new cooperative version of the game in development and play-tests have gone very well.
The boys will also be running their LIVE run-around the Convention version of Guards! Guards! with prizes for the winners of course and possibly more chocolate Ankh-Morpork dollars to boot!

"As for a release date for Clacks, not confirmed as yet, as Backspindle have been very busy with their latest sell-out game Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice (not a Discworld game, but great fun, banging tables and high-fives etc.) As soon as we know we'll let you all know."

Sounds great! And I'm looking forward to being able to grab a copy of Clacks for myself – Ed.

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06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

6.1 NEW: THIEF OF TIME IN ADELAIDE, FOURECKS

Unseen Theatre, Australia's marvellous Pratchett-and-Discworld-themed theatre group, is back this month with a new production of Thief of Time!

When: Preview Show on Friday, 23 May 2014; opening night on Saturday, 24th May; then performances on 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st May, and 4th through 7th June
Venue: Main Theatre, the Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Time: 8:00pm all shows (the play runs for 2 hours plus a 10 minute interval)
Tickets: Adults $20, Conc $18, Fringe Benefits $16, Groups (10+) $16; Preview $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night (subject to availability), or to book ahead online, go to http://www.trybooking.com/82617

By agreement with Sir Terry Pratchett, all proceeds from the Opening Night performance will be donated to the South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society (_www.saves.asn.au/_)

http://www.unseen.com.au/

6.2 NEW: AMAZING MAURICE THE MUSICAL IN CARLISLE AND PENRITH

ACT Youth Theatre will present their production of Matthew Holmes' superb musical adaptation of The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents next month in Carlisle and Penrith.

Carlisle:
When: Saturday 14th June,
Venue: The Green Room, West Walls Theatre, West Walls, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8UB
Tel: 01228 533233
Time: 2pm Matinee and 7:30pm Evening Performances
Tickets: £8 adults and £6 concessions, available from Carlisle Tourist Information (01228 598 596)

http://www.carlislegreenroom.co.uk

Penrith:
When: Saturday 28th June
Venue: Penrith Playhouse, Auction Mart Lane, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7JG view map
Telephone 01768 865557
Time: 2pm Matinee and 7:30pm Evening Performances.
Tickets: £8 adults and £6 concessions, available from Penrith Tourist Information (01768 867 466)

www.penrithplayers.co.uk

Tickets for both venues can also be purchased online at: www.acttheatre.ticketsource.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/acttheatrecumbria

6.3 UPDATED: MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN CHICAGO

"Lifeline Theatre is thrilled to offer a special discount on MONSTROUS REGIMENT tickets to Discworld fans near and far. $10 off regular single tickets, June 12-July 20, with code 'OZZER.' Must order by May 31st. Call 773-761-4477 or purchase online at www.lifelinetheatre.com."

This production is looking very promising! – Ed.

When: 30th May – 20th July 2014
Venue: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL, 60626
Telephone 773-761-4477
Time: evenings at 7.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays and at 8pm on Saturdays; matinees at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Tickets: $20 for previews (30th May-8th June), $40 for Regular Run: June 12-July 20 (Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm). To book online in advance, go to http://tinyurl.com/kzehtaw and click on the desired dates at the bottom of the page (or scroll through from there to the June or July calendars for tickets on those dates)

http://www.lifelinetheatre.com/performances/13-14/mr/index.shtml

6.4 REMINDER: MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN SUDBURY

Sudbury Dramatic Society presents Monstrous Regiment this week, starting tonight!

When: Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th May 2014
Venue: The Quay, Quay Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2AN Tel. 01787 374745
Time: 7.45pm
Tickets: £9.00 (Friends £8.00). Tuesday 13th only – all tickets £7.00. Groups of 10 or more students £7.00 To buy tickets, phone 01787 374745 or online at https://quaytheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873507408/events

Pre-theatre suppers are available to book on the Friday and Saturday
evenings only.

http://www.quaytheatre.org.uk/whatsOn.htm

6.5 REMINDER: MORT IN CHESHAM

Chesham Bois Catholic Players (Amateur) present Mort at the Little Theatre this month.

When: 16th-18th May 2014
Venue: Little Theatre By The Park, Church Street, Chesham Bucks HP5 1HU
Time: Fri. 16th at 8pm, Sat. 17th at 7.30pm, Sun. 18th at 4pm
Tickets: all tickets £10. "Unsold tickets may be available at the door."
To book online, go to http://cbcp.ticketsource.co.uk/

http://www.littletheatrechesham.co.uk/
facebook.com/pages/Chesham-Bois-Catholic-Players/692088180825325

6.6 REMINDER: WITCHES ABROAD IN MARYBOROUGH, QUEENSLAND

The Maryborough Players present their exclusive production of Witches Abroad, as adapted and directed by Renoir (presumably not the dead Impressionist master). Profits from the production will go to Alzheimers Australia and the Australasian Order of Old Bastards, they claim!

When: 4th–7th June 2014
Venue: Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre, 5 Walker Street,Maryborough, QLD
Time: all evening performances 7.30pm; additional Saturday matinee 2pm
Tickets: Adults $30.00, Concession and Friends $25.00, Students $20.00 To book online, go to http://www.brolgatheatre.org/default.asp?PageID=95

http://www.brolgatheatre.org/

6.7 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS AROUND THE MIDLANDS

...although the new travelling production by the Jadis Shadows company is also a sort of "witches abroad"! Jadis Shadows, "Resident Company for STMO Media's Magic Alley in Stratford Upon Avon", present their production in May and June 2014, in a number of places.

When: 16th & 17th May 2014
Venue: Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £12.50, £10.50 concessions. Box Office – 0116 253 2569

When: 29th & 30th May 2014
Venue: Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, WR1
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £13.50 (No concession prices). Box Office – 01905 611427. Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm. Tickets can be booked or held on reservation for up to 4 working days but must be paid for, in full, 4 days prior to the performance. To book online: http://tinyurl.com/lomgby3

When: 11th, 12th & 30th June 2014
Venue: Castle Theatre Wellingborough, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, Warwickshire NN8 1XA
Time: 7.45pm
Tickets: £10 for everyone. Box Office – 01933 270007

http://www.jadisshadows.com/index.php/current-programme

6.8 REMINDER: GUARDS! GUARDS! IN ELTHAM (LONDON, NOT FOURECKS)

The Bob Hope Theatre's in-house amateur drama company will present their production of Guards! Guards! this week.

When: 14th-17th May 2014 at 19:45
Venue: Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road, Eltham SE9 5TG
Time: 7.45pm (bar opens at 7pm)
Tickets: £9 (concessions £8, not available Friday or Saturday). Group discounts are on offer. Box Office: 020 8850 3702 or book online at www.intelligent-tickets.com/index.php?th=bh

www.bobhopetheatre.co.uk

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07) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS

BECOME A DEMENTIA FRIEND

In Little Black Book:

"Sir Paul McCartney is today announced as an ambassador for Dementia Friends as celebrities and Alzheimer's Society ambassadors perform one of The Beatles' most memorable tracks 'With a Little Help From My Friends' including Lily Allen, Chris Martin, Ray Winstone; Pixie Lott; Paul O'Grady; Leighton Baines; Fiona Phillips; Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes; Simon Pegg; Hugh Dennis; Amanda Holden; Alesha Dixon and Ruth Jones and Sir Terry Pratchett, alongside Gina Shaw, a 61 year old singer and former nurse from Liverpool who has dementia. And the project seems to have moved the celebrities involved to find out more about the condition themselves. 'I think everyone should watch the Dementia Friends video to see the amazing and brave lady who lives with dementia in it. Gina is very open about a condition that there's so much stigma about, but she's got great support is using her position to spread the word,' said comedian and writer Meera Syal... The film will encourage viewers to become a Dementia Friend – which means gaining an understanding of the challenges faced by people with dementia and learning a few useful tips to help make life better for those living with the condition. To become a friend, individuals watch a short online film, which explains what dementia is, how it affects individuals and what people can do to help those living with the disease. Once they've watched the film, they then enter their details in order to receive a Dementia Friends badge (to show their support), and ‘Little Book Of Friendship', which includes further ideas and tips on how to help people with dementia. Alternatively, people can attend a face-to-face awareness session run by Alzheimer's Society in their area... Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Society, said: 'Given that one in three people over 65 will develop dementia, it is fantastic to be working together with Public Health England to launch a star studded campaign to raise awareness of dementia and encourage people to become Dementia Friends. Everyone has a role to play. Through Dementia Friends, we can all understand a bit more about what it is like to live with dementia and the small things that help those with the condition. It is easy and free to become a Dementia Friend, so I urge you all to sign up and make a difference.'..."

http://tinyurl.com/mtsqrbj

On the Alzheimer's Society website:

"By 2015, we want there to be a million people with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community. The initiative was fully launch in mid-February 2013 after the initial announcement in November 2012. Dementia Friends Champions are volunteers who talk to people about being a Dementia Friend in their communities after attending a training course and receiving ongoing support. A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. The drive forms part of the six-month progress report on the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia..."

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=2070

...and the NHS:

"Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia for NHS England, said: 'NHS England welcomes this incredibly valuable campaign which will raise the awareness of dementia across the country. I would strongly encourage people to sign up to become a dementia friend and encourage their friends and family to sign up too. Most of us know, or know of someone with dementia and becoming a dementia friend is a positive sign of support.'..."

http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/05/07/dementia-friends/

In The Mirror:

"Public Health England and Alzheimer's Society have joined forces for the Dementia Friends campaign to recruit over a million "Dementia Friends" – ordinary people who are willing to learn about dementia and how to support people with it.
Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, says: 'Until there's a cure, friendship is the best treatment we have for dementia.' ... A Dementia Friend is simply someone who has an understanding of what dementia is and the little things they can do to support those living with the condition. Visit Dementia Friends online at dementiafriends.org.uk Search for your local face-to-face information session – these free interactive classes can provide practical advice on how you can help others live well with dementia. If there isn't a session nearby or you can't make the allocated dates, you can always watch the short Dementia Friends video instead. You'll receive a Dementia Friends badge and a 'Little Book of Friendship' which includes tips and ideas on how you can be a friend to someone living with Dementia."

mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/become-part-dementia-friends-campaign-3488020

In the Western Gazette:

"Sir Terry Pratchett is among a host of stars appearing in a new television campaign to raise awareness of a new Dementia Friends campaign from Public Health England and Alzheimer's Society. The campaign has been created to highlight that people with dementia can still live fulfilling and rewarding lives and sees stars present their messages to the backing of The Beatles' With a Little Help from my Friends... Dementia prevalence figures from the Dementia 2010 report – recently updated by Alzheimer's Research UK using current population estimates – show there are an estimated 2,600 people living with dementia in south Somerset, 1,100 in north Dorset and 6,500 people in Wiltshire..."

http://tinyurl.com/km9uhfh

In The Telegraph:

"The celebrities star in a new advert to encourage people to become 'dementia friends' to help boost volunteering, education and support for the growing number of people with the condition. Volunteers who take part in the scheme will be able to attend free sessions to learn how to spot the signs of dementia and offer support for sufferers, the Alzheimer's Society said... celebrities involved in the ad include comedian Simon Pegg, actor Ray Winstone, footballer Leighton Baines and presenter Paul O'Grady. Author Sir Terry Pratchett – who suffers from Alzheimer's disease himself – is also involved... The news comes as a new report found that English businesses are losing out on hundreds of millions every year because of employees' caring obligations for people who have dementia. Almost one in 10 dementia carers have to withdraw from work altogether and 12 per cent have been forced to reduce the number of hours they spend at work. Experts have estimated that the total cost of those who leave employment or have to reduce their hours totals more than £1.6 billion. The report compiled by the Centre for Economics and Business research on behalf of Dementia Friends - the Alzheimer's Society's campaign – estimated that throughout this year 50,000 carers will have to quit their job due to caring responsibilities. And a further 66,000 will have to make adjustments to the number of hours they work... 'The fact that thousands of workers in this country are juggling caring responsibilities without support and understanding from their employers is frightening,' said Alzheimer's Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes. 'We're all beginning to talk about dementia, however, society is not yet fully supportive of people with dementia, either in the workplace or in everyday life. I'd love to see everyone become Dementia Friends, and make life that little bit easier for people with dementia.'...

http://tinyurl.com/kj8bgtr

For more information:

https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
https://twitter.com/DementiaFriends
https://www.facebook.com/DementiaFriends

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08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

8.1 D.I.Y "RAISING STEAM" CHARACTERS! FOLDABLE! DOWNLOADABLE! AND FREE!!!

A to-die-for set of almost painfully adorable Raising Steam characters to print out at home! Free of charge! What's not to like?

Dick Simnel:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/Dick_Dieline.pdf

Moist von Lipwig:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/Moist_Dieline.pdf

Harry King:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/HarryKing_Dieline.pdf

Iron Girder herself:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/IronGirder_Dieline.pdf

Vetinari:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/LordVetenari_Dieline.pdf

Of the Twilight the darkness:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/OfTheTwilightTheDarkness_Dieline.pdf

Adora Belle:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/AdoraBelle_Dieline.pdf

Mr Thunderbolt:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/Thunderbolt_Dieline.pdf

Dick Simnel's workshop:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/DicksWorkshop_Dieline.pdf

http://tinyurl.com/mdmsdam


8.2 DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

"Greetings Disc lovers,

"Of course an Emporium celebration wouldn't be complete without special releases from Discworld Stamps, and we'll be debuting fantastic new issues from Lancre and Genua. Available as single stamps or beautiful collectible sheets, the Lancre 3p and Genua 2 Cent issues feature artwork of Lancre Castle and Ella Saturday respectively. Available at the Spring Fling, and online from Tuesday May 6th - click the images below to see more!

http://tinyurl.com/mxbofxq

"The May Day! May Day! LBE is a limited edition Little Brown Envelope, containing a 'lucky dip' assortment of Discworld Stamps with a chance to find sports, rarities and prizes. Every LBE will contain the brand new Genua 2 Cent, and Lancre 3 Pence Discworld Stamps, and 50 lucky envelopes will contain prize tickets for a 'Letter to Lancre' – a rare postal artefact exclusive to this LBE. Keep an eye out for A-M.P.O Dead Letter labels, little scribbles from a certain artificer, rare $5 Blue Triangles and the most coveted Discworld Stamp of them all - the Blue Triangle Sport!
This edition comprises 1000 LBEs, of which 500 will be available at the event itself on Saturday 3rd May. The remainder will go on sale online on Tuesday 6th May in two batches at 10:00am and 6:00pm BST

http://tinyurl.com/lbvnmj3

"Limited Edition LBEs have a habit of selling out jolly quickly, usually within the first hour of release. To avoid disappointment we recommend the purchase of an LBE season ticket, valid for 6 or 11 LBE editions – find out more here:

http://tinyurl.com/lrfwqx9

[Editor's note: if already sold out, the link may be dead.]

"For all our latest wares and releases have a browse through our New Products page – it's mostly harmless!"

http://tinyurl.com/l8ztg9n

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09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

9.1 NADWCON 2015: NEWS AND EXPLANATIONS

Ladies and Gentlemen,

There are two things you need to know before we announce the location of the 2015 North American Discworld Gathering:

#1 Sir Terry Pratchett is not able to be with us in person this time, as much as he might like to. Terry and Rob's international travel schedule has changed substantially, and he is focused on his writing, and on forthcoming projects.
Your best chance of seeing Sir Terry in person is to attend the International Discworld Convention in 2014 in Manchester, England, August 8-11, 2014. (Their registration is currently filled but there is a waiting list.). Honored Guests at DWCon 2014 "will appear subject to availability and professional commitments."

#2 There is no seed money available to help fund another NADWCon. As some of you know, NADWCon 2011 did not make a profit, and it appears that NADWCon 2013 did not, either. A number of people worked very hard on those last two NADWCons. Those of you who have served in the convention trenches will know how hard it is to put on a good, 1,000 person event, let alone one that makes any money.

Many of the fans who've been volunteering at NADWCon from the very beginning had imagined that each NADWCon would help construct a solid foundation which would, in turn, support future cons, but things don't always work out as well as we could wish. Given this news I've just shared, the 2014/2015 team knew that producing another NADWCon in 2015 was going to be a challenge. So, here is where things stand today:

Drum Roll Please .....

Many of you guessed right: Seattle was the chosen venue. (Note the past tense).

and...

We've been discussing dates for this event that ranged from late summer to early fall because we did not wish to compete with our friends at Norwescon; a fantasy and science fiction convention that takes place in Seattle every Spring.

Then this happened ....

An experienced, fun-loving, and collaborative core group of volunteers was deeply engaged in planning when WorldCon, Inc. announced that Spokane, WA had won the 2015 bid for the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. This meant that most of the talent and volunteers on the west coast would now focus their time, resources and attention on that event. Add to this the fact that many of our NADWCon attendees also go to Worldcon; we cannot ask them to fly out to the same location twice in one year.

In light of these circumstances we have decided to hold a Discworld Gathering at WorldCon 2015. This WorldCon's official name is Sasquan. Sasquan will take place in Spokane, WA on August 19th - 23rd in 2015.

They know we're coming: The Planning Committee is in touch with the organizers of Sasquan. Our job now is to support this large, international convention, and make sure that our Discworld friends have fun while they're there. Our first question to Sasquan was, "How can we help?".

The North American Discworld Guilds are on board, including the Seamstress Guild (extroverted, costume loving party givers) led by their talented Director Missy Hayes. Also with us are the the Dark Clerks (highly organized folks who like to run things backstage), the Printers and Engravers (writers and editors), the Cunning Artificers (arts and crafts), along with musicians, various family groups, and other North American guilds to be named later. We're planning the Seamstress Guild parties (oh, those parties!), and – pending Sasquan's approval, where needed – various Discworld meets, panels, classes, arts and crafts, pub crawls, kids events, and lots of fun across this great con for all our Discworld friends. In a way, this will be like leaving little Lancre to visit Ankh Morpork. You might want to bring The Luggage.

You can buy your membership to Sasquan, at their 2015 WorldCon website:

http://sasquan.org/
http://www.worldcon.org/

PLEASE NOTE:
* Sasquan attendees can't book hotel rooms for this con until late summer or early fall of 2014. (See the Sasquan website for details)
* More information about our Discworld events at Sasquan will be forthcoming at our website (nadwcon.org), through social media, and via a newsletter.

That's all, folks. You now have over fifteen months to make your arrangements. (3) We're going to have a great time. We hope you can join us.

http://it-bodes.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/announcing-dates-and-location-for-north.html


9.2 WADFEST 2014

"This year's theme is heroes and villains. This means you get the chance to dress up as the hero or villain that you have always wanted to be. You can take your inspiration from comics, films and cartoons, or invent a new character for yourself. There will be trophies for the best dressed villain and best dressed hero, so get your sewing machine out and give it a go! If you're no good at sewing and you don't have anyone to help out, you can always hire a costume for the weekend. As well as special themed hero and villain games there will be all your usual Wadfest favourites, including smack the penguin. If it's your first time at Wadfest, why not take a look through the photos of Wadfests past to get an idea of what to expect?

"The X-Men's blackbird? Batman's batmobile? Green Goblin's glider? If you're feeling really adventurous why not turn your vehicle into the kind of transport a hero or villain would have? Perhaps you're more interested in a permanent base like Superman's Fortress of Solitude or He-Man's Castle Greyskull? If so, why not dress your tent up as your lair? There will be a prize for the best one. There are no limits to what you can do with your costumes. Be as inventive as you like or faithfully recreate your favourite character's costume."

When: 15th to 17th August 2014
Venue: Wood Green, The Animal Charity, King's Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH
Tickets: £25.00 per adult for the weekend including Camping and Events. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by a paying adult. To purchase tickets online, go to http://www.wadfest.co.uk/page2.html

http://www.wadfest.co.uk


9.3 AUSDWCON 2015

Nullus Anxietus V is coming! Some early details:

When: 10th to 12th April 2015
Venue: Novotel, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Tickets: current ticket prices are $80-$140 per Attending Member, $400 per Family, $30 per Supporting Membership. To purchase at these rates, go to http://ausdwcon.org/shop/

"Previous Conventions have had Guilds. For Nullus Anxietas V the Guilds are replaced by the Studios of Holy Wood and Convention members (who choose to join a "guild") will be randomly assigned to one of the five studios for activities. Can't sing? Can't dance? Can handle a sword a little? Then Holy Wood beckons, and the clickies want YOU." – Daniel Hatton, Guildmeister

"The date of the convention is still too far distant for us to start negotiating room rates but we will have the upper hand if we can go into the discussion with an estimate of how many we would likely need. We'd like to convince them to be the cheapest rate in all of Parramatta and make their money by booking every room rather than them charging a lot for a few rooms. If at all possible, please give us an indication if you will be booking accommodation at the venue and what sort of room you would like. You do not need to be registered to fill in the survey, we would just like an idea of how many rooms we will need for the weekend. Rest assured we will not hold you to this – it's just an estimate. Your name will only be used to ensure you're not on the spreadsheet twice. You will still need to book your own accommodation." – the organisers

http://ausdwcon.org/

9.4 CABBAGECON 2015

Cabbagecon 3, the third Dutch Discworld Convention, will take place in June of next year. Among the special guests will be Venugopalan Ittekot, Dutch translator of the Discworld novels.

When: 27th and 28th June 2015
Venue: Tulip Inn Hotel Val Monte in Berg en Dal (near Nijmegen)
Tickets: Membership of Cabbagecon 3 for the whole weekend is priced at €40,00, with a €5 discount for children, seniors and students. For the Saturday only or the Sunday only, the price is €25,00, with the same discounts as above applying. To book online in advance, go to http://www.dutchdwcon.nl

Apparently Cabbagecon 2 was a great success on the fun front. The organisers say of next year's event, "It will be a happy occasion for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett from the Netherlands and abroad to meet each other again and have fun. We hope to see you too!"

9.5 IDWCON 2015

""Hear ye, hear ye, lads and lasses. We're pleased as punch, and so very proud, to announce that the 4th Irish Discworld Convention will be held from the 2nd to the 5th of October, 2015... We hope to see you all at the Cork International Airport Hotel..."

Confirmed guests so far include Bernard Pearson (the Cunning Artificer himself), Isobel Pearson, TSoD co-author Jack Cohen, folklorist (and Discworld myth-checker) Jacqueline Simpson, and the ever-excellent Colin Smythe.

The new IDWcon webpage is truly gorgeous! Go have a look and a wander, in the meantime, here's an internal memo from Captain Shivers of the A-M City Watch, Irish Precinct:

To: Potential New Recruits
Re: The Theme!
People of Roundworld, we're very pleased to announce that the theme of the Irish Discworld Convention 2015 will be the Watch Open Weekend. Watch this space for further details! If you would like to know more about the Convention, please see our FAQ page. And if you would like to know more about what happened last time, please see the Previous Conventions section. If you have ideas for events you'd like to run, or see us run at the convention, please email: programme@idwcon.org. If you have any other questions, feel free to email us on: info@idwcon.org.

http://idwcon.org/
https://twitter.com/IDWCon
https://www.facebook.com/groups/idwcon/

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10) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group", meets on the first Monday of every month at the Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London W2 1JQ: "We welcome anyone and everyone who enjoys Sir Terry's works, or quite likes them or wants to find out more. We have had many visitors from overseas who have enjoyed themselves and made new friends. The discussions do not only concern the works of Sir Terry Pratchett but wander and meander through other genres and authors and also leaping to TV and Film production. We also find time for a quiz. The prize is superb. The chance to set the quiz the following month."

Next meeting: Tonight, actually! Monday 12th May 2014, from 7pm onwards. The regular "first Monday of the month" date was moved back to avoid clashing with the Wincanton Spring Fling, which took place last week.

The Drummers' most recent meet report:

"Last night we had a fantastic turnout. We had to add table after table to our zone just to accommodate everyone. We had a visitor from the Netherlands, Sandra, who is on holiday in London. She said that she was pleased to meet up with other nerds and hopes to come again. I was also pleased to see Bill returning to us like the ghost of Drummers past.
The numbers meant that I didn't get to speak to everyone. I ended up having a very serious conversation about the similarities between fandom and religion and the distinction between the epistemological and sociological aspects with Tim and Ruth (who are back together, that's your hot gossip for the day). Larry and Judy brought their wedding photos from over 30 years ago (Larry looked very sweet and innocent, Judy has remarkably aged very little in that time so looked pretty much the same). Alex also flirted with Andrew, asking me if he was "hetero-flexible". Tim E. brought a jeopardy style quiz, ideal for arguing about possible answers and wording, which caused much amusement. The winner, with full marks, was Tim. W. which caused an immediate sound of fear and foreboding when everyone realized that this meant he would be doing the next quiz."

For more information, go to http://brokendrummers.org/ or email
BrokenDrummers@gmail.com or nicholls.helen@yahoo.co.uk

*

The Pratchett Partisans are a new fan group who meet monthly at either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to "eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett". For more info about their next meetup, go to http://www.meetup.com/Pratchett-Partisans/ or contact Ula directly at uwilmott@yahoo.com.au

*

The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South Australia: "We have regular monthly dinner and games nights, longer games days, plus play outings, craft-y workshops, and fun social activities throughout the year. For more info and to join our mailing list, visit":

http://cityofsmallgods.org.au

*

The Broken Vectis Drummers meet on the first Thursday of every month from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight.

Next meeting: Thursday 5th June 2014, probably, but do email to check.

All new members and curious passersby are very welcome! For more info and any queries, contact broken_vectis_drummers@yahoo.co.uk

*

The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) meets on the first Friday of every month at Wincanton's famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards. "Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome!"

Next meeting: Friday 6th June 2014 (probably, though isn't that Queenie's official birthday celebrations day?).

*

The Northern Institute of the Ankh-Morpork and District Society of Flatalists, a Pratchett fangroup, has been meeting on a regular basis since 2005 but is now looking to take in some new blood (presumably not in the non-reformed Uberwald manner). The Flatalists normally meet at The Narrowboat Pub in Victoria Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, to discuss "all things Pratchett" as well as having quizzes and raffles.

Details of future meetings are posted on the Events section of the Discworld Stamps forum:

http://www.discworldstamps.co.uk/forum/

*

Sydney Drummers (formerly Drummers Downunder) meet on the first Monday of every month in Sydney at 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney,2000.

Next meeting: Monday 2nd June 2014 at 6.30pm (probably). For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

*

Perth Drummers meet on the first Monday of the month, subject to holidays.

Next meeting: Monday 2nd June 2014 (probably).

"Please note we have moved to Carpe Cafe from 5.30pm Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, WA. Meeting at a cafe means we are under-18 friendly!"

For details follow Perth Drummers on Twitter @Perth_Drummers and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/ – otherwise message Krystel directly at khewett@live.com

*

Western Drummers (that's two groups for the Sydney Pratchett fans now) meet at The Rowers, Bruce Neal Drive, Penrith at 6.30-7.30pm for food, 7.30pm for games, quizzes and chat.

Next meeting: Tuesday 20th May 2014 (confirmed!)

For more information, contact Nanny Ogg – lewis_oz@bigpond.com –
or visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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11) A BEAUTIFUL, CROWDFUNDED MARC SIMONETTI ART BOOK

You may recall French illustrator Marc Simonetti's stunning art for the cover of Turtle Recall. Now he is offering the world his first collection in book form, titled "Coverama". With 63 days left on his crowdfunding page, "Coverama" has already surpassed its goal total of $10,000, but that's no reason to stop supporting it. Discworld fans dug deep for Snowgum's "Troll Bridge" crowdfund appeal, and we all know how successful that drive was!

Crowdfunding for "Coverama" ends on 15th July 2014...

"IT'S ART and Marc Simonetti are proud to present Marc's first ART BOOK: Coverama. Marc Simonetti is a French illustrator who has illustrated many great Fantasy and Sci-Fi books, such as George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire and Terry Pratchett's Discworld Novels. He's has also worked for video game companies like (EA, Ubisoft, Activision, Sony...) and worked as a concept artist and color key artist on advertisements and long feature films... The hardcover Art Book will have around 240 pages printed on high quality paper, and will be full of illustrations. The text will be in both English and French. Their subjects will cover the Game of Thrones books, The Disc World , Lovecraft's worlds, Fantasy and Scifi books, video games and advertisements, personal works, and several "Making Of" made especially for the book... You will enjoy a unique sneak peek on the art process as well and some never seen sketches... Some illustrations will have a link to their online video making of. I will do at least 4 original images, including the book cover art and their full Making Of, explained in text and in online videos..."

There are several pledge levels (we all know how these things go now)n – Civilian for $15.00, Scout for $30.00, Mercenary – France for $40.00, Mercenary – Worldwide for $50.00, Bounty Hunter for $100.00, Colonel for $250.00, Rear Admiral for $500.00, High Admiral for $750.00, and Commander for $1,000.00. To discover what each level offers, visit the page:

http://www.itsartmag.com/features/projects/coverama-by-marc-simonetti/

[Editor's note: for more of Simonetti's quirky Discworld covers art, go to www.marcsimonetti.com - my personal favourites are his covers for Reaper Man, Small Gods, and definitely Soul Music. He also does really scary Feegles.]

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12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Susan would approve! As dispensed by the very enlightened Barrett Pharmacy of Watford City, North Dakota:

http://tinyurl.com/n899tlp

...and Nanny Ogg would definitely approve of this ever so louche Interesting Vegetable, as posted by The Poke:

http://tinyurl.com/lymbzm3

Here be an iconograph of the assembled 3-D foldable "Raising Steam" characters (see item 8.1 above):

http://tinyurl.com/lk8re7y

GlenBricker, who created the Discworld Lego proposal, now brings us a Tiffany Aching with frying pan, diary, ship beasties and Feegles. Lego-Tiffany is a truly scary sight; I doubt even the Quin would want to mess with her:

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/57284

...and finally, a marvellously motley collection of Wincanton Spring Fling-ers rockin' the Pink Pussycat Club:

http://tinyurl.com/lcgxwrm

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13) CLOSE

You may remember, from Men at Arms, that the Fools' Guild has a secret museum of clown faces painted on eggs, with an egg for each clown's unique and "protected" make-up. Here be the real Roundworld version:

"A clown's face is his livelihood; it's an unwritten rule among clowns that one must not copy the face of another. Accordingly, in 1946 London clown Stan Bult began painting the faces of his colleagues onto eggshells, effectively trademarking their identities. Bult's collection was largely destroyed in an accident in 1965, but London's Circus Clowns Club resurrected the practice in 1984 and added samples of its members' costumes and wig hair, making each into a peculiar sort of portrait. In 1979, Leon 'Buttons' McBryde, a clown with the Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus, heard about the British practice and established his own egg registry, which now includes hundreds of portraits of clowns hand-painted by his wife, Linda. The U.S. registry has been used in at least one court case in which one clown charged another with infringing his design..."

http://www.futilitycloset.com/2014/05/09/the-clown-egg-register/

And here is a wonderful collection of clown-face egg photographs by Luke Stephenson:

http://lukestephenson.com/the-clown-egg-register/

And finally, a message, in poster form, for orangutan-loving choccy-bar consumers in Fourecks. It's a graphic list of which popular snack bars contain palm oil and which do not. Buy smart, tuckshop-raiders!

http://tinyurl.com/mppt6da

And that's the lot for now. Enjoy this merrie month of May, don't forget to wear the lilac on the 25th, and we'll see you again soon!

– Annie Mac

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