Terry in the Media

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Postby Exp. Date, the rat » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:09 am



Hear! Hear! Terry, I agree with that it is not suicide. Suicide is indeed one last desperate plead for help, where as going on your own with love ones around you, with 'all the paper work taken care of', on your own terms is NOBLE! Like Windlepoons said, "I am going out and I don't know when I will be back." He knew he was going to die, and he was okay with it. Everyone else knew he would be going soon so they let him go on his own terms!
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:17 am

I'm for this mostly although it's not just a question of the person who's ill - but Terry says his nearest and dearest have been involved in the decision. That's fine if everyone most closely concerned is aware of, agrees or most importantly are ready to accept the situation.

My father goes into a hospice tomorrow - not to die, but to have his palliative treatment sorted out by experts whose skills are focused on keeping him out of pain and comfortable (he's refused further cancer treatment and has an estimated 4 - 6 months left him). My mother is trying hard to accept this, but is in no way ready to accept it's the 'beginning of the end', so an accelerated course is for now something my father is also not ready to accelerate or to force upon her, even though I suspect he wants to go a.s.a.p. So long as the person dying is still able and willing to stay on and leave it to 'nature' that is their choice as is the option to choose the time themselves.

Choice is always good but I wish he only had himself to consider because he's in a bad way just now - but 2 weeks time and he could be feeling differently so I think he's right to see it through. With due respect to Terry it's 'easy' to make this kind of decision hypothetically when he's not in terrible, constant pain and has a very reasonable lifestyle in which he's physically and mentally able to weigh and express his decisions and wishes and still able to steer his own course professionally with some concessions - I think he's right I really do, but he's possibly years away from having to make the choice for real (many, many years away I hope). So of course I have more 'sympathy' for people like my dad, or Debby Burry whose existence has many limitations and are nearer to possible devastating and permanent degradation of their quality of life - Terry's statements are therefore aspirational not essential - so far as he's concerned personally at this moment.

Debby Burry was interviewed this morning and she's still saying she's ecstatic with the new guidelines because although they do not go far enough they do give her a framework and knowledge to use which will mean that when her MS becomes intolerable for her and her partner she can choose her moment knowing that if he helps her to die - with her medical advisors support - they can now plan that knowing that he and her care team will not face prosecution.

As for Dignatas-style clinics - we already have them in this and most other countries, except ours are currently obliged to operate to stricter guidelines and are there for more than the last hours. So is Dignatas come to that - it is not there just to help end life but to make the last days supportable for the patient and their loved one for as long as they can go on. My dad isn't going into St. Luke's Hospice to die - yet. But if he deteriorates or his status is compromised by say, a heart attack, whilst he's there they have no resusitation equipment and he can choose to take the option not to be taken to a nearby general hospital if that happens. If he has to go the 'natural' route then that also is eased with drugs that are purely needed to keep him out of pain and in doses where he will sink deeper into insensibility until he slips away in peace. This happens all the time, when the outcome is inevitable and close, as a 'halfway house' to assisted suicide.

Yesterday's government announcements were a small and 'grudging' breakthrough perhaps, but now the ball is rolling towards putting this final situation onto a footing where people have the choice to do this in a way that is not punitive legally for those brave and compassionate enough to help someone die as they wish. Terry's ending may then be entirely possible for everyone, but controlled and I hope not open to abuse by people who are not like my mother or Debby Burry's partner and want someone to die in a timely manner for more selfish and criminal reasons and against the patient's wishes. That is paramount in this and why it's currently and mostly the correct reason why nature 'must' take it's course.
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:47 am

Interview in the Telegraph. :)
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Postby Batty » Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:47 pm

I thought the author was a bit anti-TP. Why mention the lavatory, or dusty carpet?

I enjoyed reading about the fish in the chalk pit and seeing people as colours, though. I wonder if TP still sees people as hues?
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:55 pm

There seems to be a sort of under current to the article that's trying to make out that Terry is not with it.

That last bit about the telephone number - I do that all the time. And as it's supposed to be an interview about Unseen Academicals (according toi the title) it would be nice if they'd actually written anything about it. :roll:
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Postby Dotsie » Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:15 pm

No wonder Terry was "touchy and abrasive". The reporter sounds like a dick.

And only yesterday, Mr D had to check my mobile number on his phone so he could give it to his mother. He doesn't know the landline number at all :lol:
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:03 pm

My favourite one is where I go to top up my mobile at the cashpoint and go blank of the telephone number. :lol:
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:59 pm

I can't remember my mobile phone number. Everytime someone wants my number I have to check it :wink:
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:03 pm

Me three I don't phone myself unless I'm trying to find my mobile Image
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:04 pm

Tonyblack wrote:Interview in the Telegraph. :)


The reporter is absolute PANTS!!! What a jerk to be judging a man who wants some brandy no matter what time it is. Who cares if the place is not tidy and a man who is as intelligent as TP has every right to be Vain if he wants to be. I dislike that whole tone of the article.
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Postby cols » Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:25 pm

Batty wrote:I thought the author was a bit anti-TP. Why mention the lavatory, or dusty carpet?


The whole way through I got that impression, he didn't seem to like Terry or know very much about him, I wouldn't blame TP for being a bit testy I would have asked the guy to leave as he seems , to quote Dotsie , a dick

He seemed to portray TP as a writer in the past tense and where are the insights in to one the best authors ever??? No he chooses to discuss dust :evil:
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Postby Trish » Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:45 pm

Yup, the reporter & co were dicks.
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Postby Dotsie » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:41 pm

Interview with Terry in New Scientist

Much better description of his study, I must say.
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Postby cols » Mon Nov 02, 2009 5:04 pm

Good interview , I liked it . Thanks Dotsie
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Postby Batty » Mon Nov 02, 2009 6:59 pm

Thanks for posting that, Dotsie.
As to the question regarding how the water gets back to Discworld, I'd have thought that the answer is obvious.
The elephants scoop it up in their trunks and blow it back up! :lol:
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