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(News.com.au)   As if he wasn't cool enough already, now we learn that Terry Pratchett's first act after being knighted was to forge his own sword. Out of meteorites   (news.com.au) divider line 289
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2010-09-20 06:35:07 AM
This deserves a "Seriously Cool" tag.
 
2010-09-20 06:40:23 AM
My daughter loves Terry Pratchett. I'll have to make sure she reads this.
 
2010-09-20 07:29:31 AM
He said: "It annoys me that knights aren't allowed to carry their swords. That would be knife crime."

awesome
 
2010-09-20 08:12:15 AM
I want a meteorite-sword!

Very freakin' cool.
 
2010-09-20 08:24:20 AM
It was not enough, however, simply to find some metal and get a blacksmith to bash it into shape.

Pratchett, believing the sword would not truly be his own unless it was made from metal he had produced, found a field with deposits of iron ore near his home in Wiltshire, west of London.

He gathered the deposits and smelted the iron ore himself.


Forged at a shop called Our Sworded Affairs?
 
2010-09-20 09:12:39 AM
I bet it's bloody efficient at cutting things.
 
2010-09-20 09:20:43 AM
Did he give it a cool name? Hidden magical swords of destiny need a cool name.
 
2010-09-20 09:50:48 AM
At least that's what they told him he did.
 
2010-09-20 09:51:10 AM
EvilEgg: Did he give it a cool name? Hidden magical swords of destiny need a cool name.

When do we get to quest for it? That'd be an epic find I bet!

Also, it is still sad to me every time I'm reminded this man has Alzheimer's... such a cruel fate for such a good humorous writer.
 
2010-09-20 09:52:11 AM
Could be he the kind of man who puts a sword in the stone?
 
2010-09-20 09:52:38 AM
Damn I love me some Pratchett. Just finished reading Maskuerade last night.

/bloody quantum
 
2010-09-20 09:53:50 AM
Epic writer, epic life. The Queen should grant a dispensation to allow him to carry his sword around. He'd probably get all geared up in armor and be the first "real" knight in a long time.
 
2010-09-20 09:54:16 AM
Is he sure it was a metoeorite and not just a Boeing Bomb?
 
2010-09-20 09:54:38 AM
Pratchett, who has Alzheimer's disease, also said he had thrown in "several pieces of meteorites - thunderbolt iron, you see - highly magical, you've got to chuck that stuff in whether you believe in it or not".

One part of this sentence is not relevant to the article. See if you can spot it.
 
2010-09-20 09:54:39 AM
pics, useless, etc...


/love pratchett
 
2010-09-20 09:55:15 AM
I wonder if the "safe place" he put it is like the safe place I put my spare car keys - It's so safe, not even I know where it is.
 
2010-09-20 09:56:06 AM
Who?
 
2010-09-20 09:56:07 AM
Nanny State confiscates sword in 3..2..1...
 
2010-09-20 09:57:22 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

/approves
 
2010-09-20 09:57:33 AM
Oook...
 
2010-09-20 09:57:57 AM
haddie: Pratchett, who has Alzheimer's disease, also said he had thrown in "several pieces of meteorites - thunderbolt iron, you see - highly magical, you've got to chuck that stuff in whether you believe in it or not".

One part of this sentence is not relevant to the article. See if you can spot it.


It's pretty standard to add informative clauses in otherwise unrelated sentences in news paper articles. It helps keep the length down while adding more detail. Good newspaper writing is starting to become a lost art, really. Online news doesn't need to be nearly as compact.
 
2010-09-20 09:58:08 AM
He's ten pounds of awesome in a five pound bag.

/own every single TP book except Weird Sisters
 
2010-09-20 09:58:35 AM
Well, that settles it. He's officially the coolest and most badass writer of the century
 
2010-09-20 09:58:44 AM
OK, so it's like a regular sword, only meteor?
 
2010-09-20 09:58:50 AM
Transkaren: I wonder if the "safe place" he put it is like the safe place I put my spare car keys - It's so safe, not even I know where it is.

It's actually in the closet, but he forgot where he put it, so it remains hidden to him.
 
2010-09-20 09:58:57 AM
Sid_6.7: haddie: Pratchett, who has Alzheimer's disease, also said he had thrown in "several pieces of meteorites - thunderbolt iron, you see - highly magical, you've got to chuck that stuff in whether you believe in it or not".

One part of this sentence is not relevant to the article. See if you can spot it.

It's pretty standard to add informative clauses in otherwise unrelated sentences in news paper articles. It helps keep the length down while adding more detail. Good newspaper writing is starting to become a lost art, really. Online news doesn't need to be nearly as compact.


They put it in the sentence as if it qualifies his statement about thunderbolt iron.
 
2010-09-20 09:59:53 AM
SockMonkeyHolocaust: At least that's what they told him he did.

Too soon!
 
2010-09-20 10:00:08 AM
just wanted to get in on the pratchett love.

/reading men at arms for the brazilianth time
 
2010-09-20 10:00:13 AM
img267.imageshack.us

Impressed.
 
2010-09-20 10:00:21 AM
The Panzerbjorn approve.
 
2010-09-20 10:00:33 AM
landimal: He's ten pounds of awesome in a five pound bag.

/own every single TP book except Weird Sisters


The Tiffany Aching books might be my favorite. I want to hang with the Nac Mac Feegle.

/crivens
 
2010-09-20 10:00:44 AM
Lutwidge: OK, so it's like a regular sword, only meteor?

*snert*
 
2010-09-20 10:01:12 AM
paizo.com
approves.
 
2010-09-20 10:02:06 AM
PonceAlyosha: Sid_6.7: haddie: Pratchett, who has Alzheimer's disease, also said he had thrown in "several pieces of meteorites - thunderbolt iron, you see - highly magical, you've got to chuck that stuff in whether you believe in it or not".

One part of this sentence is not relevant to the article. See if you can spot it.

It's pretty standard to add informative clauses in otherwise unrelated sentences in news paper articles. It helps keep the length down while adding more detail. Good newspaper writing is starting to become a lost art, really. Online news doesn't need to be nearly as compact.

They put it in the sentence as if it qualifies his statement about thunderbolt iron.


Yes, that is how it reads.

not only that, no picture of the sword? that would have been nice to include with the article.
 
2010-09-20 10:02:15 AM
Oh Sir Terry, you English pimp you. Why are you so balls out awesome?
 
2010-09-20 10:02:32 AM
jweedy: Damn I love me some Pratchett. Just finished reading Maskuerade last night.

/bloody quantum


Maskerade (or however it's spelled) is the next one up for me. Thanks for the reminder!
 
2010-09-20 10:02:53 AM
schattenteufel: approves.

mafiascum.net

Does not approve
 
2010-09-20 10:03:43 AM
foo monkey: /approves

You win three internets. Now get out of my head!
 
2010-09-20 10:04:27 AM
Man, he was already my favorite writer. I think he may have just become my favorite knight. I really wish they had a picture of that sword too.
 
2010-09-20 10:05:01 AM
foo monkey: /approves
i164.photobucket.com

/sword in question
 
2010-09-20 10:05:36 AM
Transkaren: I wonder if the "safe place" he put it is like the safe place I put my spare car keys - It's so safe, not even I know where it is.

It's even more secret to an Alzheimer patient.
 
2010-09-20 10:05:47 AM
schattenteufel: approves.

Indeed.
Link (new window)
 
2010-09-20 10:06:14 AM
Sword Picture

link
 
2010-09-20 10:07:00 AM
I THOUGHT I HE DIED.
 
2010-09-20 10:07:33 AM
How many can there be again?
theflickcast.com
 
2010-09-20 10:08:04 AM
Very cool, but just a little concerning ... at least when you put "Hidden in a secret place" and Alzheimers together.

Reminds me of a friend who checked for obstructions in the sewer of his newly purchased home and pulled out a hidden LoTR Orc sword. Now labelled as The Sword in the Sump!
 
2010-09-20 10:08:48 AM
Coolfusis: foo monkey: /approves


/sword in question


You win 4 Internets b/c you actually showed the forged sword.

/we are such farking nerds
 
2010-09-20 10:09:05 AM
EatHam: He said: "It annoys me that knights aren't allowed to carry their swords. That would be knife crime."

awesome


You would think there would be a loophole for Knights. I mean they are friggin Knights. I'd carry one around all the damned time.
 
2010-09-20 10:09:19 AM
Sounds like an attention whore. Gets knighted (which is retarded by the way) and just HAS to have not only a sword (I assume all true knights just gots to have them a sword) but makes sure the media knows he's so bad ass he made his with meteors.

Laaaame!
kristinag.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-09-20 10:09:31 AM
foo monkey: /approves

Space Sword....

//The Last Airbender FTW..
 
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