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Postby jonny » Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:25 pm

I would love to live in a grave yard :!:

Does that make me a bit strange :?: :twisted:
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:38 pm

No I would like it too :wink: In fact the caretaker house of a graveyard nearby is uninhabited at the moment. I wonder if it´s for sale :P
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Postby high eight » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:13 pm

jonny wrote:I would love to live in a grave yard :!:

Does that make me a bit strange :?: :twisted:


There is a church not far from where I live in Kent that has been converted into flats; - http://www.flickr.com/photos/28083135@N06/4822070386/ As far as I know, the graveyard is still extant.

Not that I'd want to live there: I've read my M R James.
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Postby TheMole » Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:13 am

:? hi folks, I don´t understand what does "SINGULA SINGULAR SINGULA" mean... (it is from the chant on Bengo Macarona)
Could anybody help me? :)
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:27 am

I think (I don't have the book handy) that it means something like 'there's only one'. That would fit with the football chant that goes:

One [insert name here]
There's only one [insert name here]
One [insert name here]
There's only one [insert name here]

Sung to the tune of the chorus of Guantanamera. :D
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Postby TheMole » Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:21 pm

:D and by the way, when talking Bengo Macarona, did anybody find out meanings of:

Chubb
Unki
QIS
Hons
Deux
PHGK (Blit) (surely Blit isn´t a place, is it??)
DMSK
KCbfJ

(from p. 355 of hardback; I believe Bug is Buggarup, Bra is Brazeneck)
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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:57 pm

Hons is presumably "with honours"

is Blit something that comes up in Science of Discworld - it seems to be connected to slood?

Edit to add Blit on the discwold wiki

which also suggests Unki is a place (does it get mentioned in Last Continent?)
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Trevor Likely and Jewels = The Beckhams?

Postby Til » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:22 pm

Did anyone else think of the Beckhams while reading the book?

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Postby deldaisy » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:25 pm

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Postby Dotsie » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:26 pm

Most definitely!

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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:30 pm

Greetings Til! Yes, definitely the Beckhams. :D
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Postby Til » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:41 am

good to know I'm not the only one.

I somehow thought it should be in the Annotations if somebody else had noticed it. Or is it only the more "mysterious" annotations that go there?

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Postby Dotsie » Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:02 am

Loads of stuff goes into his books that reflects real life, I think it's only when people might think it's too outlandish to be true that he comments on it. The rest of it is up to us to find out for ourselves, so we can feel clever for it :wink:
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Postby Til » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:00 pm

Dotsie wrote:Loads of stuff goes into his books that reflects real life, I think it's only when people might think it's too outlandish to be true that he comments on it. The rest of it is up to us to find out for ourselves, so we can feel clever for it :wink:


oh, does this mean that there is only stuff in the annotations that are "officially" confirmed by Mr. Pratchett? Or do you refer to the maintainer of the wiki?

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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:23 pm

Terry rarely admits to his references. It's left pretty much up to the reader. Indeed, there's some references that people have pointed out that he's been surprised about as well. He's very well-read and it seems that some things are subconsciously put into the books.

It's like Pierre de Lancre, who was a judge in France famous for his witch hunting and writing books about witchcraft. It seems Terry has used this name to create the famous home of the witch trio in his books. But Terry claims he wasn't thinking that at all when he wrote the books. :)
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