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    Terry Pratchett diagnosed with Alzheimer's

    I know there's a few fans of his work on CW (one of our number even taking his username from a character from the discworld series) so was surprised this hasn't been commented more on. There was rather a touching interview with Pratchett in yesterday's Guardian "There's humour in the darkest places" wherein he seems to be quite amazingly sanguine about his condition. 59 seems hellishly young for such a cruel disease to strike tho.

    Wish him all the best, obv.
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    Terribly sad. I've never been a huge follower of his work, but I have read some of it and it's genuinely funny and clever, and he always seemed like a really great guy.
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    My grandad had alzhiemers disease, he died from it .Hope he gets well.
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    **** me, 59 is no age, wish him well.
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    Anyway, admire his stance on his disease. The more people who struggle with it that go out in public, the better (especially due to the kind of attitudes that come out early in that interview - beating about the bush helps no one), and it's obviously not crippling yet. I do hope he doesn't work himself out though, and I guess that the best of his work is behind him at this stage (though it usually is when you've written thirty books)

    As Brumby said, he seems not touched about it all. Love this quote. "I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else."
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    Heard this on the radio a while ago, he is giving £500,000 to Alzhemiers research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Heard this on the radio a while ago, he is giving £500,000 to Alzhemiers research.
    I wish him all the best, but I ****ing hate that.
    It's the reason why Christopher Reeve was a douche.
    He wouldn't have pledged his riches to research into whatever he had (I can't remember) if he didn't suffer from it.


    Edit: Actually, I don't mind yet about Terry. People haven't hailed him a saint for pledging so much money to research. Yet. I hated it because people called Reeve a saint because he pledged so much money for himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1-9-7-7 View Post
    I wish him all the best, but I ****ing hate that.
    It's the reason why Christopher Reeve was a douche.
    He wouldn't have pledged his riches to research into whatever he had (I can't remember) if he didn't suffer from it.
    So what? isn't it sort of the obvious thing to do? If you are suffering from a certain disease doesn't it make sense that you give it a charity that you have a direct link to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    So what? isn't it sort of the obvious thing to do? If you are suffering from a certain disease doesn't it make sense that you give it a charity that you have a direct link to?
    See edit.

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    Fair enough, but I still don't see any problem with someone being hailed as a good perso if they pledge £500,000 to any charity.

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    When it's purely for personal gain, I think it kind of defeats the object of charity.

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    I don't understand what you are suggesting. Are you saying he gave money to the charity, so that it would look like he was being generous, but he had an ulterior motive of simply helping himself?

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    Pretty much.
    In Reeve's case that is.
    I don't know about Pratchett cos I know shag all about the guy other than he writes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1-9-7-7 View Post
    Pretty much.
    In Reeve's case that is.
    I don't know about Pratchett cos I know shag all about the guy other than he writes.
    That is such a ridiculous thing to say. It is his money, that he has earned. Do you expect him to sit there, thinking: "Hmm, I have Alzhiemers disease and £500,000 to give to a charity. How about I give it to Marie Curie Cancer Research?"?

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    Your still kinda missing what I'm saying.
    Theres nothing wrong with pledging your money to help you out.
    But when you go out to the press and act like your a saint and have always given money to this charity you suddenly need help from, when you haven't, I think you've stepped the boundary.
    Enough about this anyways, no need to ruin this mans thread with arguments.

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