Travel theme: Fantastic

The fiercely funny Terry Pratchett passed away yesterday. He was one of my guides through the insanity of today’s world, wielding humour like a sword in the face of injustice and facing fear head on, armed with little more than a swagger and a bad pun. He used the world of fantasy to examine humankind’s frailties, follies and foibles with unrelenting honesty.

If you’ve read his works you know what a blow it is to lose such an imaginative force far too early. If you’ve never read his books, rush out and discover “The Colour of Magic” “Equal Rites”, “Mort” and “The Light Fantastic” now to start you on your journey. In memory of a great, great talent, this week’s travel theme looks at all things fantastic and fantastical. I start with some photos of the otherworldly Yellowstone.

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Next, an explosion of fantasy in gingerbread – a Brothers Grimm themed gingerbread castle in Seattle’s annual Christmas Gingerbread Village.

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Brothers Grimm Castle of Fairy Tales

Armies of Nutcrackers and Reindeer in ballet shoes are just some of the fantastical things that make Leavenworth a town less ordinary.

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I hope you’re ready to trip the Light Fantastic and rustle up some truly imaginative images for your interpretation of this week’s theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Fantastic
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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Here are some words of wisdom from Terry Pratchett and his Discworld characters.

So much universe, and so little time. – The Last Hero

Most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally evil, but by people being fundamentally people. – Good Omens

It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done. – A Hat Full of Sky

Death isn’t cruel, merely terribly, terribly good at his job. – Sourcery

No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away. – Reaper Man

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In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Death was a skeleton who spoke IN CAPITAL LETTERS and rode a horse called Binky. In the world Terry has left behind, Death is a skeleton on a horse called Binky who took Terry by the hand far too soon. I will miss him terribly.

xxx Ailsa

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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86 Responses to Travel theme: Fantastic

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    He was a star. Ailsa. So humane. No writer has made me laugh as hard and as much as he has.

  2. I’m sorry, I have never heard of him but i will research this and check out some of the books you have recommended,

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  4. A beautiful tribute to a fantastic writer, Ailsa. I will reread his books. And your photos are marvelous as always!
    Here’s my entry:

    • ailsapm says:

      That is one stylish bug costume, Marion, and that tree in your header is amazing, I want one just like it in my garden! Yes, I’m doing the same thing, Marion, settling in for the evening to re-read Discworld from the very beginning. xxx

      • Big hugs to you. Have fun reading, dear. I started with Equal Rites, soon to be followed by Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad.
        I was enchanted with that tree the second I saw it. My partner noticed it first and dragged me over, telling me ‘You’ll love this!’. And he was right, it was hard to say goodbye to this merry wooden fellow.

  5. A great tribute to him.

    • ailsapm says:

      I can’t believe he’s gone, Raewyn, I always imagined he’d go on forever like all good wizards, but as he wrote himself, no one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world fade away. xxx

  6. klara says:

    This is fantastic topic Ailsa. :-). Those images from Yellowstone are amazing.
    My contribution for this week:

  7. I’ll miss Terry too.

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  9. elleturner4 says:

    I have made myself a promise to read at least one of his books. Thanks for your recommendations. Great photos as always but I particularly love the first two.
    Here’s my entry…

  10. viveka says:

    What an amazing tribune to Terry Pratchett with your fantastic gallery here …. And he make your heart warm everytime you pick up one of his books.

    • ailsapm says:

      He really did warm the heart, Viveka. I can’t count the number of times I’ve laughed out loud, uncontrollably, in public, much to my embarrassment, whilst reading his novels.

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  14. aj vosse says:

    No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away. – Reaper Man

    So true! Let’s hope our ripples will one day join the ripples he left… to keep perpetuating laughter and joy!

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  17. Jaspa says:

    Terry Pratchett was one of my two favourite authors, Ailsa (the other being Bernard Cornwell). Have you read Good Omens, which he co-wrote with Neil Gaiman? Genius! I can’t believe we’ve been robbed of any more of his books.

    Yet Thursday was also a happy day for me, as Rich signed contracts to return Jaspa’s Journey to print. A Fantastic way for me to celebrate Sir Terry’s legacy:

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  20. Such a great tribute to one of my all time favourite authors! I actually met him once 🙂 That, in itself was quite fantastic! I find it very hard still to imagine a world without him and his wonderful writing. I shall do my utmost to do him justice in the challenge this week.

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  25. Francesca says:

    This was a little harder Ailsa, but finally dug one up..

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  27. Leya says:

    Not easy, this one, Ailsa…I had to consult a dictionary to get it right – and I still don’t know if I did…

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  30. lumar1298 says:

    Sad lost… Thanks for the challenge… I’ll be looking for something as I finish this…

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  32. Sas says:

    Thank you for this Ailsa. I was such a big Terry Pratchett fan as a child/teenager. I was lucky to meet him once at a book signing, he was a truly inspirational man

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  36. Debbie says:

    My post has nothing to do with Terry Pratchett but I loved the theme of Fantastic and just went for it. Hope that’s OK!

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  39. cocoaupnorth says:

    Terry Pratchett, one of the fantastic writers I admire. What a great tribute!

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  41. cubusregio says:

    My yesterday blog post changed my perception, so today “Fantastic II”:

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