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.
Next, an explosion of fantasy in gingerbread – a Brothers Grimm themed gingerbread castle in Seattle’s annual Christmas Gingerbread Village.
Armies of Nutcrackers and Reindeer in ballet shoes are just some of the fantastical things that make Leavenworth a town less ordinary.
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
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.
He was a star. Ailsa. So humane. No writer has made me laugh as hard and as much as he has.
He really was special, Tish, with such a great way of looking at the world. xxx
I’m sorry, I have never heard of him but i will research this and check out some of the books you have recommended,
Dawn, I wish you much joy on your discovery of Terry’s Discworld. The titles I have mentioned above, along with
“Guards, Guards” and “Moving Pictures” are all great starter books – they introduce you to some major characters whose adventures you can then follow through Discworld. xxx
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A beautiful tribute to a fantastic writer, Ailsa. I will reread his books. And your photos are marvelous as always!
Here’s my entry: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/travel-theme-fantastic/
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.
A great tribute to him.
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
This is fantastic topic Ailsa. :-). Those images from Yellowstone are amazing.
My contribution for this week:
Great post, Klara, that mural of Le jeune Albert – where was that taken? It’s marvellous. xxx Ailsa
I’ll miss Terry too.
The world is a little less magical today. 😦
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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…
What a pretty little robin, I could almost hear her warbling from here. As for Terry’s books, any of the ones I mentioned above are great introductions to his Discworld series. I hope you love them as much as I do. xxx
Am off to download now 😀 thanks x
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.
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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One day I will visit Yellowstone. Tasmania is more choice
correction “my choice”
I’m glad you added ‘my’. I thought you might have turned Kiwi!
I love that story about your great great grandfather, Mick, how great you were able to visit – and yes, you simply must visit Yellowstone, it is somewhere I long to go back to – my dream is to go back in midwinter, it’s supposed to be all kinds of magic in the snow. xxx
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Great shots. Terry will be sadly missed. Here are my pics https://photographicjewells.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/fantastic/
Lovely post, Julz, That sidewalk fish is adorable. Yes, I loved the Hogfather too. xxx
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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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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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here is my entry: http://cubusregio.com/2015/03/14/travel-theme-fantastic-phantastisch/
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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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Here we go for my take on fantastic, Ailsa: http://suejudd.com/2015/03/14/some-fantastic-walls-well-maybe-not/
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A fantastic wall…
Love the Yellowstone.
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This was a little harder Ailsa, but finally dug one up..
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Not easy, this one, Ailsa…I had to consult a dictionary to get it right – and I still don’t know if I did…http://wp.me/p1hCI2-4d5
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Thanks for the challenge! It was Fantastic!!
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Sad lost… Thanks for the challenge… I’ll be looking for something as I finish this…
Here’s my entry:
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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 https://sasieology.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/travel-theme-fantastic/
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RIP TP, the world has lost a great mind.
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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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Terry Pratchett, one of the fantastic writers I admire. What a great tribute!
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My yesterday blog post changed my perception, so today “Fantastic II”:
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