Thursday, June 09, 2011

Tweet your memories of Andrew Reeves tomorrow 10 am - 12 noon

Tomorrow we have to say goodbye to our friend Andrew Reeves.

It's going to be a really difficult day after a hideous week.

I had a little idea this morning as I was lying in bed.  Andrew, as we all know, loved Twitter. He'd been a very early adopter of it and in fact, when he first came up to Scotland, it was still done via text message as well as the web. That is how I came to be lying by the pool in Mallorca finding him the answer to a question he asked.

We'll all have little treasured memories like that, things about our time with Andrew that makes us smile.

So, I thought that tomorrow morning it might be a good idea to share some of these memories on Twitter, using the hashtag #andrewreeves. I'd thought between 10 am and 12 noon, but don't feel unduly constrained by these times.

The reason I'm telling you now is so you can, if you want, schedule some in advance if you're not going to be around. There are several Twitter applications, like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite which allow you to do that.

Maybe it'll be a campaign, a particularly garish tie, a bit of old fashioned smut, a blog post, a Twitter exchange, a photograph or something cat related that springs to mind - or maybe all of the above. Tell us about it.

And for those memories which don't fit easily into 140 characters, I shall have an open thread on here from early tomorrow morning, and on Facebook too. Andrew's been a bit part of our lives for a long time now and there will be many stories to tell and more to learn about him. Whether we're able to be at his funeral in person tomorrow or not, this gives us another way of saying our farewells and expressing our appreciation for an extraordinary guy.

If you think this is a good idea, please spread the word as far and wide as you can.

I'm trying to keep tabs on all the online stuff that's written about Andrew so I can give all the links to his family. I know his husband Roger has really appreciated all the messages he's had.  One particularly special one was his obituary in the Scotsman today. It was written by his friend and colleague Graeme Littlejohn. Preparing an obituary about a friend is a hard thing to do but Graeme totally captured his personality, describing him perfectly.

I also missed Anders Hanson's tribute earlier in the week and Edinburgh Councillor Paul Edie's.

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