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before he died, he asked us to tweet: ‘Goodbye world the time has come, I had some fun’— TonyNicklinson (@TonyNicklinson) August 22, 2012
Tony died six days after the failure of his high court bid to be allowed to end his life with the help of a doctor.
In June, he used Twitter to speak with readers and Observer journalist Elizabeth Day about his life, his hopes and living with locked-in syndrome.
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The physical and mental effort involved is exhausting. To select a single letter from the computer screen, Tony must look at it, then blink. It is a process with obvious limitations: the technology is sensitive and will occasionally throw up the wrong letter and Tony has to start again. The most exasperating thing is how slow it all is. In his former life, he used to enjoy a good conversational ruck and the satisfaction of a perfectly pitched punch line. Elizabeth Day speaks to Tony Nicklinson, who has locked-in syndrome, about communicating with the world via Twitter and his right to die campaign
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Twitter is like – it’s like I blinked into existence. I’ve been writing comedy for 20 years, but I only got invited on to Have I Got News For You” – which has been going for 22 years – “six months ago. It’s because suddenly I existed for a lot of people who otherwise wouldn’t have known me. Twitter has made me – it’s not only brought me out as an individual, but people don’t ask me about priests any more, people don’t ask me about Ireland – two things that are a part of my life, but priests are not a big part of my life. It’s been great to be able to talk about different things because of Twitter. Graham Linehan, the IT Crowd and Father Ted writer, talks about social networks, internet distractions and why so-called pirates are really fans
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Life is tweet, says the UK’s former deputy prime minister John Prescott, as the number of people in the UK using Twitter reaches 10 million:
Twitter is OUR media, the public have become the news editors and the Twitter trend list is the running order.
It’s given me a voice and a connection to millions of people that the distorted prism of the mainstream media denied.
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So MC Hammer tweeted about our new ad:
Ad of the Day adweek.com/news/advertisi…— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) March 3, 2012
And we got a little excited:
@jamesrbuk I don’t use auto follow :)— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) March 6, 2012
He doesn’t auto follow folks.
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#Occupy supporters in Cardiff have carried a coffin through the city centre. Symbolises death of protest…— steven morris(@stevenmorris20) February 8, 2012
Steven Morris tweets from the trial in Cardiff of two men arrested after trying to set up an Occupy camp in Cardiff castle. Read a letter to the guardian from those opposing the action here. Here’s an extract:
As trade unionists, elected representatives, lawyers and campaigners, we feel that the 11 November police action constitutes an attack on the right to peacefully protest. Furthermore, the subsequent CPS decision to prosecute, far from serving any public interest, endangers free expression and risks chilling democracy. We call for the charges against Eric and Jason to be dropped. We also call on South Wales Constabulary to act responsibly when called on to “police” protest.
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Wendi Deng joins Twitter - following in the footsteps of Rupert Murdoch.
Hello Twitter. As News International has finally come to their senses, it’s time to confirm that yes, this is a fake account. I’m not Wendi.— Wendi Deng Murdoch (@Wendi_Deng) January 3, 2012