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Terry Pratchett - Choosing to Die preview [Jun. 9th, 2011|10:49 am]
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A preview of Terry Pratchett - Choosing to Die, due to be shown on BBC 2 on Monday 13 June 2011:

Terry Pratchett - Choosing to Die
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Lancre Morris Men [Apr. 28th, 2010|07:26 pm]
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Lancre Morris Men

I've been thinking about the Lancre Morris men - I've offered to do a Morris workshop at Discworld.

What type of morris do they dance?

Here's what the Discworld wiki says:

Morris has evolved in many traditions, but it is usually a competitive form of group dancing using props (handkerchiefs, bells, sticks, swords) and pitting sides against each other in team precision and individual skill in athletic steps. Sides may have from four to ten performers but the Ramtops version calls for teams of eight: six dancers, a musician and a spare (in the very likely event of injury.) The extra man may also act as the "Fool", mocking and pretending to interfere with the dancers or passing the hat among the spectators. Outside Lancre Town there are eight standing stones known as The Dancers; one of the named individual stones is "the Piper".

The Lancre Morris Men are six-time champions of the Fifteen Mountains All-Comers tournament. The Ramtops style is rather more athletic and, perhaps, competitive, than many, and seems similar to Rugby in potential for injury. The Stick and Bucket Dance, particularly, has resulted in many long-term disabilities.

As one of their number said he once watched a bunch of cissy townsfolk trying it and there "wasn't even a groinin' in an hour", it seems that the whole point of the Lancre version is to triumph through the artistic application of fighting moves. Somewhat like ninjitsu. Which explains how the Lancre Morris Men manage to so effectively batter so many elves during the long night's dance during the events Lords and Ladies.

Note that this is a dangerous, competitive and probably combative dance.  All of which reminds me of the cartoon series 'The Cloggies' by Bill Tidy.

The Cloggies, an Everyday Saga in the Life of Clog Dancing Folk was a long running cartoon by Bill Tidy which ran in the satirical magazine Private Eye from 1967 to 1981, and later in The Listener from 1985 to 1986. It gently satirised northern British male culture, and introduced a shocked nation to the scurrilous delights of Lancashire clog-dancing. This particular variation of the art involved two teams dancing towards each other in formation, followed by each attempting to cripple their opponents with gracefully executed knee- and foot- moves.

Remind you of the Lancre men?

In fact, 'Lancre' sounds a lot like 'Lancashire'...

'Lancashire clog dancing' is, of course, another name for North West morris.  (the vast majority of NW dances come from Lancashire and we're the only morris dancers to wear clogs) (it's different from Cotswold morris)

Which means that the Lancre men dance North West!  Yay!

So, who's coming to the workshop and does anyone want to offer their services as a musician?

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At long last... [Sep. 3rd, 2009|08:45 pm]
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So... slightly more than a year after the event, I've finally gotten around to posting the pics I took online.

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Discworld Convention 2010 Membership Now Open [May. 22nd, 2009|10:29 pm]
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Reposted from discworld_2010 for those that aren't members yet.

It is my great pleasure to announce that the 2010 International Discworld Convention is open for business! Membership and Hotel Bookings are now available at http://www.dwcon.org and we hope that the sign-up process will be seamless for you all. We've extended the early bird booking discount until the end of June and the full list of rates and when they change is on the site. The entire Concom are working hard to put together a really fantastic event and we fully expect the website to fill up with information over the next few weeks. We'll also be announcing our other guests and giving you plenty to get excited about.

As a reminder, the convention will be taking place in the Hilton Birmingham Metropole from the 27th - 30th August 2010 and we look forward to seeing you there.

Chairman, Discworld Convention 2010
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Discworld 2008 pictures [Apr. 19th, 2009|02:21 pm]
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My pictures from Discworld in Birmingham last August are now on my web site:

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Doh! [Dec. 16th, 2008|09:24 pm]
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A small batch of DVDs were sent out with incorrect postage. I have tracked down all the people in that batch and we have sent out a little bonus gift as recompense.
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DVDs in post [Dec. 15th, 2008|07:26 pm]
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DVDs went in the post for people who pre-ordered and we've been processing online orders. Shout if yours doesn't turn up in the next few days.
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Online DVD sales open [Dec. 2nd, 2008|12:17 pm]
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Online sales of the DVD opened yesterday. If you have any queries, contact dvdsales@dwcon.org
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General DVD release [Nov. 25th, 2008|12:51 pm]
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Given that there is still no details about the general release of the 2008 Discworld Double-Anniversary DVD, will the jump in price on the 1st of December (as mentioned here) be postponed?
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