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I have many friends who I've never met. Terry Pratchett was, I have to say, the greatest of them. He gave me company, comfort, joy, laughter tears and sadness tears and new ideas. He constantly questioned my old ideas, sometimes adding to them, sometimes gently correcting them or, at times, forcing me to realise that I'd been flat-out wrong. And all with a wry, twinkly-eyed humour which never berated nor belittled.

I am sad that my friend who I never met has met his own most sympathetic and memorable character, Death. I am glad that my friend is no longer suffering. I will miss my friend, though I never met him, terribly terribly much.
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It's Erwin Schrödinger's 126th birthday, as Google helpfully reminds us. Lucky he's dead (or is he…?), I say—the birthday cake would be one helluva fire-risk. In honour of this, and bearing in mind the indisputable fact that a Terry Pratchett quote is, like a motion to adjourn, always in order, I give you (from Lords And Ladies) this amendment to Schrödinger's most famous thought experiment. (Thankfully, it's available in full on the Discworld Wiki. Which means I didn't have to find it and type it out by hand. Result!)

Greebo had spent an irritating two minutes in that box. Technically, a cat locked in a box may be alive or it may be dead. You never know until you look. In fact, the mere act of opening the box will determine the state of the cat, although in this case there were three determinate states the cat could be in: these being Alive, Dead, and Bloody Furious.

Shawn dived sideways as Greebo went off like a Claymore mine.

"Don't worry about him," said Magrat dreamily, as the elf flailed at the maddened cat. "He's just a big softy."

Happy Birthday, Erwin
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Reading this article on assisted death, at the Why Evolution is True website, I was reminded of Terry Pratchett's 2010 Richard Dimbleby lecture on the subject.

It's a well written and moving piece; and well delivered on his behalf—for reasons explained in the introduction—by Tony Robinson. And I'll shut up, now, and let you watch it.
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