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After very little sleep, I am back at the coalface (well, the desk) and am about to work really hard - my play off is to watch the Terry Pratchett: Back in Black biopic.  I am still looking forward to it, but I didn't realise that his closest family and friends will be playing themselves i.e. his daughter, Rhianna, Neil Gaiman, Paul Kidby and favourite reader Stephen Briggs etc.  This might be harder to watch than I had thought.

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BBC reveal plans for "poignant" new Terry Pratchett documentary





Word from Rhi Pratchett on her Twitter page - so glad to know that it is with her full involvement and blessing :-)

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Mustrum Ridcully did a lot for rare species. For one thing, he kept them rare.
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Right now, Sir Pterry, I can well identify with this.  I so look forward to reading something that I don't have to dissect.
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You'd like Freedom, Truth and Justice, wouldn't you comrade sergeant?' said Reg encouragingly.

'I'd like a hard-boiled egg,' said Vimes, shaking the match out.

There was some nervous laughter, but Reg looked offended.

'In the circumstances, sergeant, I think we should set our sights a little higher...'

'Well, yes, we could,' said Vimes, coming down the steps. He glanced at the sheets of paper in front of Reg. The man cared. He really did. And he was serious. He really was.

'But... well, Reg, tomorrow the sun will come up again, and I'm pretty sure that whatever happens we won't have found Freedom, and there won't be a whole load of Justice, and I'm damn sure we won't have found Truth. But it's just possible that I might get a hard-boiled egg. What's this all about Reg?'

'The People's Republic of Treacle Mine Road!' said Reg proudly.

The occupants of these graves had died for something. In the sunset glow, in the rising of the moon, in the taste of the cigar, in the warmth that comes with sheer exhaustion, Vimes saw it.

History finds a way. The nature of events changed, but the nature of the dead had not. It had been a mean, shameful little fight that ended them, a flyspeck footnote of history, but they hadn't been mean or shameful men. They hadn't run, and they could have run with honour. They'd stayed, and he wondered if the path seemed as clear to them then as it did to him now. They'd stayed not because they wanted to be heroes, but because they chose to think of it as their job, and it was in front of them...'

John Keel, Billy Wiglet, Horace Nancyball, Dai Dickens, Cecil 'Snouty' Clapman, Ned Coates and, technically, Reg Shoe.
Probably there were no more than twenty people in the city who knew all the names, because there were no statues, no monuments, nothing written down anywhere. You had to have been there.

X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett
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Getting increasingly friustrated that apps/other gadgets always wing their way to iPad as the first stop product launch - what is wrong with Android? Seriously.  I wanted to upload Yearwalk but found that it was an Apple-only product (think this has changed - will check as YW has been out for nearly 2 years now).

Gods damn it
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I pinch this off of Dreamwidth 'Fanfic' page. I never realised that Paul Darrow played Sam Vimes at all. I posted the pic to the Pratchett forum on FB, querying the production and found out that it was a theatre version.  I think Darrow would have been better cast as Lord Vetinari (played by Jeremy Irons/Charles Dance.  I think Darrow already coins that genre very chillingly).  Someone else suggested Ken Stott as Vimes, which would be closer to the plot, me thinks.

At some point, I am going to have to find a fanfic Pratchett forum on LJ!!!!
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I am thoroughly pleased that we are exploring the ideas of Utopia and Dystopia in class (I hope this isn't to the detriment of the Goth genre proposal).  Inevitably, we were shown the work of Tudor courtier Thomas More - Utopia

Info on Thomas More's Utopia )

Invariably, we have looked at my favourite works - Under cut for photo size

George Orwell's 1984 )

Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, )

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale )
I have always been fascinated with Utopia/Dystopia ever since I watched Patrick McGoohan in The Prisoner as a child.  Many, many sci fi/fantasies are built on Uto/Dysto societies and it does explore the dark side of what people do when they have power over others on a massive scale. Lord of the Flies/Rings are prime examples as well as Terry Pratchett's Discworld Series. If I have a chance to do this as part of a dissertation, I will be cock-a-hoop.

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