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Death and dementia

Just read this in the latest Ansible:

Boris Johnson proposed the most plausible explanation to date of the ‘mystery’ surrounding Princess Diana’s death: ‘I will reveal how the Duke of Edinburgh secretly trained the Loch Ness Monster to swim up the Seine until it reached the Pont d’Alma and then I will explain how Philip then gave a kind of ghillie’s whistle and Nessie reared out of the water and so startled Henri Paul that he swerved into the path of Elvis Presley in the white Fiat Uno, at which point Prince Charles — hovering overhead in a Luftwaffe helicopter — switched on the supermagnet installed by MI6 in the concrete pillar of the tunnel and sucked the Merc to its doom.’ (BBC _What the Papers Say_, 22 Dec)

The edition of David Langford’s newsletter also contained an e-mail from Terry Pratchett, who has been diagnosed with ‘a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s’. The tone of the rest of the message is determinedly upbeat; he goes on to say, ‘I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this [is] maybe further off than you think — it’s too soon to tell.’

I’m not a huge fan of Terry Pratchett, but neither do I hate his work. I certainly hope he stays healthy and keeps on writing for a good while yet.

Source: Ansible.

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