Sir Terence David John Pratchett was an English humorist and author of fantasy novels comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971; the first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, after which Pratchett wrote an average of two books a year. His 2011 Discworld novel Snuff became the third-fastest-selling hardback adult-readership novel since records began in the UK, selling 55,000 copies in the first three days; the final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown, was published in August 2015, five months after his death. Pratchett, with more than 85 million books sold worldwide in 37 languages, was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1998 and was knighted for services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours. In 2001 he won the annual Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, the first Discworld book marketed for children.
He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2010. In December 2007, Pratchett announced that he had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, he made a substantial public donation to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, filmed a television programme chronicling his experiences with the condition for the BBC, became a patron for Alzheimer's Research UK. Pratchett died on 12 March 2015, aged 66. Pratchett was born on 28 April 1948 in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, the only child of David and Eileen Pratchett, of Hay-on-Wye, his family moved to Bridgwater, Somerset in 1957, following which he passed his eleven plus exam in 1959, earning a place at High Wycombe Technical High School where he was a key member of the debating society and wrote stories for the school magazine. Pratchett described himself as a "non-descript student" and, in his Who's Who entry, credits his education to the Beaconsfield Public Library, his maternal grandparents came from Ireland. His early interests included astronomy.
He collected Brooke Bond tea cards about space, owned a telescope and wanted to be an astronomer, but lacked the necessary mathematical skills. He developed an interest in reading science fiction and began attending science fiction conventions from about 1963–1964, but stopped a few years when he got his first job as a trainee journalist at the local paper, his early reading included the works of H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, "every book you ought to read", which he regarded as "getting an education". Pratchett published his first short story, "Business Rivals", in the High Wycombe Technical School magazine in 1962, it is the tale of a man named Crucible who finds the Devil in his flat in a cloud of sulphurous smoke. "The Hades Business", published in the school magazine when he was 13, was published commercially when he was 15. Pratchett earned five O-levels and started A-level courses in Art and History, his initial career choice was journalism and he left school at 17, in 1965, to start an apprenticeship with Arthur Church, the editor of the Bucks Free Press.
In this position he wrote, among other things, over eighty stories for the Children's Circle section under the name Uncle Jim. Two of these episodic stories contain. While on day release from his apprenticeship he finished his A-Level in English and took the National Council for the Training of Journalists proficiency course where he received the highest marks of his group. Pratchett had his writing breakthrough in 1968 when he interviewed Peter Bander van Duren, co-director of a small publishing company, Colin Smythe Ltd. During the meeting, Pratchett mentioned he had written The Carpet People. Colin Smythe Ltd published the book with illustrations by the author; the book received strong, although few and was followed by the science fiction novels The Dark Side of the Sun and Strata. After various positions in journalism, in 1980 Pratchett became Press Officer for the Central Electricity Generating Board in an area that covered four nuclear power stations, he joked that he had demonstrated "impeccable timing" by making this career change so soon after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Pennsylvania, US, said he would "write a book about my experiences, if I thought anyone would believe it".
The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in hardback by Colin Smythe Ltd in 1983. The paperback edition was published by Corgi, an imprint of Transworld, in 1985. Pratchett's popularity increased when the BBC's Woman's Hour broadcast The Colour of Magic as a serial in six parts, Equal Rites. Subsequently, the hardback rights were taken by the publishing house Victor Gollancz Ltd, which remained Pratchett's publisher until 1997, Colin Smythe having become Pratchett's agent. Pratchett was the first fantasy author published by Gollancz. Pratchett gave up working for the CEGB to make his living through writing in 1987, after finishing the fourth Discworld novel, Mort, his sales increased and many of his books occupied top places on the best-seller list. According to The Times, Pratchett was the top-selling and highest earning UK author in 1996; some of his books have been published by another Transworld imprint. In the US, Pratchett is published by HarperCollins. According to the Bookseller's Pocket Yearbook, in 2003 Pratchett's UK sales amounted to 3.4% of the fiction market by hardback sales and 3.8% by value, putting him
Gimborn Castle is a former moated castle situated in a remote valley of the upper Leppe in the municipality of Marienheide in the Oberbergischer Kreis of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Gimborn Castle is a castle in the Gimborn district of the municipality of Marienheide in Oberbergischer Kreis in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Districts neighbouring on Gimborn are Boinghausen in the north, Jedinghausen in the east, Erlinghagen in the south, Unterlichtinghagen in the west; this former water castle lies in the upper Leppe valley. It was pledged in 1273 from the county of Berg to the county of Mark, became the Residenz in the county of Gimborn Neustadt of the House of Schwarzenberg in 1631. Since 1874 the castle has belonged to the Barons von Fürstenberg zu Gimborn. Since 1969 the Castle has served as a conference site and meeting place for the International Police Association. Once a year, the Castle opens its gates to the Schützenfest of the Gimborn Saint Sebastianus Schützenverein.
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Stromae, a Belgian singer and songwriter has two studio albums, one extended play, 19 singles and five promotional singles. His first extended play, Juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic…, was released in 2007, his second single, "Up Saw Liz", was released in 2009. His second mixtape, Mixture Elecstro as released in 2010. "Alors on danse" was released on 26 September 2009 as the lead single from his debut studio album. The song became a huge international success reaching number one in 14 countries including Austria, Denmark, Italy and Switzerland, his debut studio album, was released on 14 June 2010. "Te Quiero" was released as the second single from the album. "House'llelujah" was released as the third single from the album peaking to number 22 in Belgium. In 2013, was released his second album Racine carrée; the three singles from the album reached the number 1 position both in France and Belgium occupying the two first places in his home country. Official website