Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football ( Read more... )
October is not that far away.
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In a letter published on the website of artist Paul Kidby, the writer said the condition was behind a "phantom stroke" he had earlier this year.
Pratchett said his statement should be interpreted as "I am not dead" and that he had taken the news "philosophically" and "possibly with a mild optimism".
Yawn, it seems every time I stay overseas I become a night owl. Going to sleep earlier then 12 seems to cause havoc with my system.
Thanks to the lovely food poisoning I am finally starting to make a dent in my Movies folder. It is quite amazing how many movies there are out there.
I've finally managed to start watching "Hogfather", the first live-action adaptation of Terry Pratchett's. Having been a huge fan of his for the past 10 years I am once again amazed at the level of complexity he weaves into the story. Among the humour and the main premise he weaves the concept of people's ability to 'not' see what is really out there. The mind's power to see exactly what it wants to see and discarding anything it no longer believes in as it grows older. This is quite a recurrent theme in Terry Pratchett works.
This theme of 'seeing what is really there' is what I believe lies at the heart of "Pan's labyrinth". The heroine, bookish whimsical Ofelia discovers the fairies and the magical dark fantasy world that lies just underneath the real, but no less dark world she is living in. The movie is set in post-Civil-War
Back to the "Hogfather" adaptation, like with all live-action adaptations of a fictional world written on paper first, some characters of course are not the same as I would imagine them to be. For example, Mr Teatime just lacks the menace of his fictional counterpart and the Dean of the
The Monks of Cool, whose tiny and exclusive monastery is hidden in a really
cool and laid-back valley in the lower Ramtops, have a passing-out test for a
novice. He is taken into a room full of all types of clothing and asked: Yo,
my son, which of these is the most stylish thing to wear? And the correct
answer is: Hey, whatever I select.(Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies)"