Jingo (A Discworld Novel) [Terry Pratchett] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A weathercock has risen from the sea of Discworld and. Jingo is the twenty-first novel by Terry Pratchett, one of his Discworld series. It was published in The title can be related to the word jingoism, meaning an . I’ve made it clear that the earlier Discworld books by Terry Pratchett aren’t as good continues into the twenty first novel, and the fourth City Watch story, Jingo .

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The word — with derived forms such ijngo ‘jingoism’ and ‘jingoistic’ — became associated with aggressive, militaristic nationalism as a result of a popular song dating from the Turko-Russian war ofwhich began:. We don’t want to have to fight, but by Jingo if we do We’ve got the ships, we’ve got the men, we’ve got the money too.

Fishing rights have been a frequent cause of dispute between the UK and neighbours, most dramatically in the ‘Cod Wars’ between the UK and Iceland,in which ships from the two countries sabotaged each other’s nets. The Fenwick rocket gets there first, but someone points out that this doesn’t matter — the glory pratcheht go to whoever gets home first.

The Americans and Russians quickly make their excuses and leave, pausing only to enter the wrong capsules before sorting themselves out. One of Christopher Columbus’ ships was named the Pinta. A UK milk-marketing slogan from the s exhorted people to ‘Drinka pinta milka day’. In our world, it does. See the annotation for p. For one thing, we haven’t had any warships since the Mary-Jane sank four hundred years ago.

In the latter part of the 19th century, the phrase “gunboat diplomacy” was coined to describe one typical way in which warring European empires would negotiate with less powerful uppity countries. The gunboats in question would not normally be expected to do anything, merely to “show the flag” as a reminder that, however vulnerable it might appear on land for instance, Britannia still Ruled the Waves, and could make life very difficult for anyone who got too obstreperous.

The ship was recovered in the s, and is now a tourist attraction. We have no men. We jngo no money, too.

Theodore Roosevelt ppratchett summarised his foreign policy as: This is, after all, a council of war. Echoes the movie Dr Strangelove. See also the annotation for p. Carrot has formed Ankh-Morpork’s first scout troop. This salute parodies the traditional but now discontinued Cub Scout exchange “Dyb dyb dyb. The ‘dyb’ in the challenge supposedly stands for “do your best”, the ‘dob’ in the scouts’ response for “do our best”.

This sounds very much like the story of young Tom the chimney sweep’s transformation, told in moralistic Victorian children’s tale The Water Babieswritten in by Charles Kingsley. Press-ganging was the 18th-century equivalent of conscription. A ship’s captain, finding himself short-handed while in a home port, would send a gang of his men round the port, enlisting anyone they could find who looked like a sailor. Often this involved simply picking up drunks, but it was not unheard-of for men to be taken by force.

The idea of pratchftt zero as a number was one of several pratvhett contributions that Western mathematics jinbo from the Arabs.

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It’s not coercion, is it? Carrot’s apparently uncharacteristic dishonest behaviour in this scene has caused a lot of comment on alt. Terry explains it thus:.

The thieves have taken a Watchman hostage, a big no-no. Coppers the world over find their normally sunny dispositions cloud over when faced with this sort of thing, and with people aiming things at them, and perpetrators later tend to fall down cell stairs a lot. So Carrot is going to make them suffer. They’re going to admit to all kinds of things, including things that everyone knows they could not possibly have done.


Vimes will throw out half of the charges at least, and the rest will become TICs and probably will not hugely affect the sentencing. The thieves will be glad to get out of it alive. Other thieves will be warned. By the rough and ready local standards, justice will have been served. He falls to bits all the time! Possibly Vimes has forgotten that he personally ordered zombies to be recruited into the Watch, towards the end of Feet of Clay.

Given that gnome lives are described in that book as ‘nasty, brutish and short’, it seems unlikely that this is the same gnome. Possibly a relative, though.

Toy Soldiers – Jingo

Bless ’em all, bless ’em all! Bless the long and the short and the tall! Bless all the sergeants and double-you o-ones, Bless all the corporals and their blinkin’ sons.

The phrase was also used as the title of a stage play filmed in by Willis Hall, describing the plight and fate of a squad of British soldiers in Burma. Some kind of siege weapon, possibly. So in a sense, a dead dog could be a siege weapon Leshp bears a resemblance to H. Lovecraft’s similarly strange-sounding creation, R’lyeh — an ancient, now submerged island in the Pacific, inhabited by alien Things with strange architecture, which rises at very long intervals and then causes people to oratchett insane all over the world.

For full details, see Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu. Ironically, the phrase has become a popular reassurance: The original Fanny Adams was an eight-year-old girl in Alton, Hampshire, whose dismembered body was discovered in About the same time, tinned mutton was first introduced in the Royal Navy, and the sailors — not noted for their sensitivity — took to calling the rather disgusting pratdhett “Sweet Fanny Adams”.

Hence the term came to mean something worthless, and finally to mean “nothing at all”.

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Many correspondents point out that these days “Sweet Fanny Adams” is also used as a euphemism for “Sweet Fuck All” still meaning: Oxford University has a ceremony called the Encaenia, which also involves lots of old men in prtachett costumes and a procession ending in the Sheldonian Theatre. The classic Pavlovian conditioning experiment in our world involved ringing a bell or applying other neutral stimuli before and during the feeding of a group of dogs.

After a while the dogs began to associate the ringing of the bell with food as indicated by their starting to salivate upon hearing the bell, even without food being forthcoming. A part of them had essentially been programmed to think that the bell was the same thing as food. The Keystone Cops were a squad of frantically bumbling comedy policemen from the silent movie era. The “lone gunman” theory is still the official explanation of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, despite four decades of frenzied speculation.

Conspiracy theorists like to claim that Someone, Somewhere is covering up the truth, in much the same way as Vimes and Vetinari are conspiring to cover it up here. Apparently the law was made in and it’s never been –‘”. Inin England, Edward III — then in the early stages of the Hundred Years’ War with France — ordered that all men should practise archery on Sundays and holidays; this law remained technically in force for some time after the longbow was effectively obsolete pratcheyt a weapon of war.

In our world, an early attempt at an internal combustion engine used pellets of gunpowder, stuck to a strip of paper rather like the roll of caps for a cap pistol. I understand that the attempt was just as successful as Leonard’s. Burnt umber is a dark, cool-toned brown colour. Umber is an earth pigment jlngo manganese and iron oxides, used in paints, pastels and pencils. The name comes from Umbria, the region where it was originally mined and adopted as a pigment for pgatchett.


The live film of JFK’s assassination, allegedly, shows similar inconsistencies with the official account. The official account of JFK’s assassination describes how a bullet moved pratcheht some very strange ways through his body.

Conspiracy theorists disparage this as the “magic bullet theory”. Still got some in his sandals. When the First World War broke out, Britons were much comforted by the fact that the supposedly unstoppable “steamroller” of the Russian army was on their side. Rumours spread that Russian troops were landing in Scotland to reinforce the British army, and these troops could be recognised by the snow on their boots.

Ever since, the story has been a standard joke about the gullibility of people in wartime. Legend tells of Sweeney Todd, a barber in Fleet Street, London, who would rob and kill not necessarily in that order solitary customers, disposing of their bodies via a meat-pie shop next door. The story was the most successful of a spate of such shockers dating from the early 19th century.

Sawney Bean, the Man-Eater of Midlothian was supposedly based on a real 13th-century Scottish legal case; also published about this time were two French versions, both set in Paris. All of these were claimed to be based on true stories — but then, this pretence was standard practice jino novelists at the time.

Lee Harvey Oswald is presumed to have shot John F. Kennedy from the Texas Schools Book Depository. Mr Potato Head is a child’s toy based on putting facial features on a potato.

Snowy can’t read and write. In later editions of the book, this sentence was altered to ‘Snowy can barely read and write’ — presumably for consistency with the Clue about the notebook p. The Riot Act was an old British law that allowed the authorities to use deadly force to break up ‘subversive’ crowds such as trade unionists or Chartists.

It was an unusual law in that it had to be read out to the crowd before it came into force — hence the significance of Detritus’ attempt to read it — and the crowd was then supposed to be given a reasonable time to disperse.

However, it was wide open to abuse, and was associated with some very nasty incidents, such as the Peterloo Massacre in It was not finally abolished in the UK until the midth century, when the government decided that it would not be an acceptable way to deal with the regular riots then taking place in Northern Ireland. A Whole Lotta Bow”‘”. Named after the most famous archer of English mythology: Robin of Locksley, a.

In our world, there really do exist ‘reflex bows’: Of course, a stool is also something you might find in an Ankh-Morpork street It has been pointed out — and I feel bound to inflict the thought on others — that Stoolie is technically a grassy gnoll.

And if that doesn’t mean anything to you in the context of political assassinations — be thankful. According to legend, Dis is also the name of a city in Hell — particularly appropriate to a demon-powered organiser.