superfurryandy wrote:kakaze wrote:The idea of Ankh-Morpork being built on top of Ankh-Morpork is based on Seattle, Washington.
That can be said of a lot of cities, though - there's a lot of old London underground, many many tributaries to the Thames that have long been built over, the most famous perhaps being the River Fleet.
Wikipedia wrote:Terry Pratchett has cited Seattle as one of the influences in his decision to give Ankh-Morpork its own Underground.
Wikipedia wrote wrote:Terry Pratchett has cited Seattle as one of the influences in his decision to give Ankh-Morpork its own Underground.
kakaze wrote:Jan Van Quirm wrote:not Ankh-Morpork the actual place - just putting the Underground in there
I'm sorry, isn't that what I said?kakaze wrote:The idea of Ankh-Morpork being built on top of Ankh-Morpork is based on Seattle, Washington.
Vena Ravenhaired wrote:As Ankh-Morpork is a twinned city, there must be (at least somewhere), a passing resemblance to Buda and Pest, originally separate, now joined, although the people condider themselves separate.
- [p. 9/9] "Fire roared through the bifurcated city of Ankh-Morpork."
Terry has said that the name 'Ankh-Morpork' was inspired neither by the ankh (the Egyptian cross with the closed loop on top), nor by the Australian or New Zealand species of bird (frogmouths and small brown owls, respectively) that go by the name of 'Morepork'.
Since I first wrote down the above annotation, there have been new developments, however. In The Streets of Ankh-Morpork and The Discworld Companion we are shown an illustration of the Ankh-Morpork coat of arms, which does feature a Morepork/owl holding an ankh. But from Terry's remarks (see next annotation) I feel it's safe to say that neither bird nor cross were explicitly on his mind when he first came up with the name Ankh-Morpork.
Finally, many readers have mentioned the resonance that Ankh-Morpork has with our world's Budapest: also a large city made up of two smaller cities (Buda and Pest) separated by a river.