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Leonard of Quirm Strikes Again!

Anyone who knows the works of Sir Terry will be aware of the innovations of Leonard of Quirm and his complete inability to give them snappy names. Lord Vetinari ought to tell him just to put an “i” in front and Jobs done if you see what I mean.

It would appear the European science establishment has the same disease. What do you think the very large telescope they built in Chile is called? Here’s a clue. It’s generally known by it’s initials “VLT”. Then there is the Large Hadron Collider which is a large thing that collides hadrons. “Hadron” mind has been misprinted on occasion to general hilarity – well in physics you get your laughs where you can. But the Multi-Cubic Kilometre Neutrino Telescope or KM3NeT takes the last custard cream from the packet.


  1. Able says:

    Being a fanatical Sir Terry fan I have often thought I had the misfortune to meet the real life counterparts to some of his juicier characters. (I shall refrain from mentioning names, places or roles in case the one who reminded me of Detritus comes to ‘splat’ me).

    Myself, I like to imagine I’m a bit like Sam Vimes, tenacious, tortured (with cheap boots and cigars and a penchant for crunchy black bits in my eggs), unfortunately I suspect I have more in common with Rincewind. Someone seems definitely out to get me, everything that could go wrong has (multiple times) and I do feel that a half-brick in a sock is a sensible way of dealing with some people.

    Nice to see that scientists have sufficient imagination to spare to think up these… well, look acronyms (or is it initialisms) are cool, right?. Sorry, I have to go return some books to the library, the librarian can get a bit testy if they’re late. Ooook!

  2. JuliaM says:

    “Lord Vetinari ought to tell him just to put an “i” in front and Jobs done if you see what I mean.”

    Ouch! ;)

  3. Rob F says:

    I’d like to think that I’m a bit like Cohen the barbarian, but I’m finding that as I get older, I’m more and more like the Bursar.

    Bduh, bduh! Marmalade, Mrs Crippins?

  4. NickM says:

    Rob F,
    Shit down here and shuck shome shoup Grandad!

    Detritus might not be the sharpest pencil in the box but he is a good guardsman. He is for starters fiercely loyal (even able to knock himself out with a salute) and an incredibly handy fella to have in a tight spot. Especially with that siege crossbow. I love the bit when he winds up stuck in the pork futures warehouse and his super-cooled brain goes all Russell and Whitehead on him and it all winds up as brackets or something.

    Now the thing about transfinite arithmetic is…

    Well, I think it’s cool. I mean “sums” is numbers (and why do they still witter on about numeracy (when I almost never used a calculator in university exams). maths isn’t that. It is awesomely beautiful and it isn’t about the shite I learned at school – Sheila, Kwimbo and Bob have to design a summer house… Am I the only cunt ever to sit on The National Distress with a book on group theory and do the questions – at least until some sweaty fat fucker from Darlington (you can tell from the accent) disturbs you by asking if you want to pay for the privilege of a polystyrene cone of a beverage that is allegedly “tea”.

    Anyway. this was a very quick post but if you want to amplify it by being about Sir Terry then just go with it. Why not? This is the… No it isn’t. I know what you buggers are like. But it’s given me an idea. What could possibly go wrong? We need a Pratchett post because he’s brilliant.

  5. Rob F says:

    He is! I know that “I fell out of my chair laughing” is a bit of a cliche, but I really did. Well, halfway off the sofa, anyway. It was that bit in Guards! Guards! where Nobby and Colon have to turn up in plain clothes that did it.

  6. Tim Newman says:

    Lord Vetinari ought to tell him just to put an “i” in front and Jobs done if you see what I mean.

    Although HP beat Apple by a few years with iPaq. I’m surprised how quickly Apple convinced everyone this was their idea.

  7. macheath says:

    Local government spin does this kind of thing rather differently: one of my favourites is the Pedestrian User-Friendly Intelligent Crossing which has inexplicably become ‘Puffin’ (possibly because they feared the kind of graffiti that perpetually infuriates the caretaker of Glasgow’s Pollock Hall).

    Don’t be fooled by the pseudonym above – trapped in this human form is definitely the soul of a vegetarian female werewolf.

  8. NickM says:

    You should live in Manchester. The heart of the gay community here is focused on Canal Street, or as the sign is invariably vandalized, “anal treet”.

  9. Rob F says:

    I walk down Canal Street on my way to work. In twelve years, I’ve so far been approached by two gay men (and three prostitutes, closer to Piccadilly Gardens!).

    I wasn’t offended…they were compliments, in their way!

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