Going Postal Discussion *Spoilers*

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Postby kakaze » Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:05 pm

Someone asked Terry about the chapters at the Con.

He said that it wasn't do to pressure from editors or publishers. He said that he just always liked the little teasers that you saw in the very old movies. That's also the inspiration for the little artwork (pointing fingers, etc) in the chapter titles.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:17 pm

Indeed - those chapter teasers are a really old thing. If you read Gulliver's Travels (1726) it has the teasers at the start of the chapters. :)
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Postby Lady Vetinari » Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:14 am

Charles Dickens also wrote 'teasers' at the beginning of his chapters - some of the titles of his takes up half a page! :lol: That is what the chapter headers of Going Postal and Making Money remind me of.

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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:28 pm

You now have just one week to read or reread Thief of Time for the discussion starting on Monday 5th October. :D
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Postby kakaze » Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:12 pm

I just read something interesting. The clacks were real! In 1793 a French man named Claud Chappe built a mechanical signaling system like a semaphore mounted on a vertical post. It was able to send a short message 21 miles in 11 minutes and apparently could send messages from Paris to Marseilles in half an hour.

Three years later England built a similar, but simpler, mechanical telegraph but it only lasted a few years before it was displaced by the electric telegraph.
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:41 pm

kakaze wrote:I just read something interesting. The clacks were real! In 1793 a French man named Claud Chappe built a mechanical signaling system like a semaphore mounted on a vertical post. It was able to send a short message 21 miles in 11 minutes and apparently could send messages from Paris to Marseilles in half an hour.

Three years later England built a similar, but simpler, mechanical telegraph but it only lasted a few years before it was displaced by the electric telegraph.
Absolutely! :D Semaphore devises were used a lot during the Napoleonic Wars. In one of the Sharpe books by Bernard Cornwell (I've forgotten which :oops: ) part of the plot revolves around getting a message via the semaphore.
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Postby CrysaniaMajere » Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:49 pm

wow, i'm getting quite an education on this forum :shock: . I had never heard of that.
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Postby kakaze » Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:30 pm

CrysaniaMajere wrote:wow, i'm getting quite an education on this forum :shock: . I had never heard of that.


1. Mr. Pratchett's books are simply stuffed with historical & cultural references.

2. We (the readers) can be increadably obsessive sometimes.

3. I'm in the middle of a very interesting book about Victorian technology. :twisted:
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:15 pm

CrysaniaMajere wrote:wow, i'm getting quite an education on this forum :shock: . I had never heard of that.


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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:44 pm

Actually, semaphore was used a lot earlier with the means of flags. The large towers simply meant that a larger signal could be seen from a long way off. :)

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Is actually made up of the semaphore signals for 'N' and 'D' as in 'Nuclear Disarmament'. :)

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Postby kakaze » Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:17 am

Tonyblack wrote:Actually, semaphore was used a lot earlier with the means of flags.


Yeah, I knew that. I'd just thought the idea of building a string of semaphore towers across the land to send short messages quickly was just a figment of Terry's imagination.

I just think it's too bad they waited until four years before the electric telegraph before coming up with the idea... :roll:
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:27 am

:lol: Yeah, it did make the whole thing obselete really quickly. :lol:
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:25 am

Was Bill Gates related to the inventor of the Roundworld clacks by any chance? MS seem to have got the hang of built-in obsolesense (mispelt? but cant' be arsed to look it up) pretty bloody quickly... :evil:
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Postby chris.ph » Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:07 pm

im sure pooh will correct you jan :lol:
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:57 pm

Thank goodness he's back chris - I won't be able to relax until he's been in and put me right :wink:
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