One Tweeting Year

Yesterday was the end of my first Tweeting year. My one year anniversary since I set up the Justice for Nico Twitter account.

This type of thing gives you reason to pause and take stock of what has happened during that year and I thought a lot about where things were at when I first set up the account and where things have got to now. I was mightily struck not only by the massive changes on the Justice Train from then to now, but also by the personal changes I’ve gone through along the way. Astonishing changes.

Strangely – or maybe not strangely as this type of thing seems to happen to me a lot, serendipity struck again yesterday. My first Twitter anniversary was marked by a series of events which seem to go some way to summing up this last year.

The day started with someone on Twitter (I won’t say her name as I haven’t asked her permission) asking me what the justice I want looks like. She reminded me that she had asked me the same question a year ago and that I was still unable to answer the question. She pointed out was that without a clear description of what we wanted and how we hope to achieve it, without clear definable goals, it was difficult for people to support me as they wouldn’t be completely sure of what they were supporting.

At this point I hadn’t said on Twitter that it was my one year anniversary, but knowing that the same person had, by some strange chance, tweeted me a year ago to ask me the very same question and the fact I still couldn’t answer it, really got me thinking.

But I didn’t have much time to think because just after 9.00am the interview I’d recorded with BBC Oxford was broadcast. I thought I would listen to it go out live and Tweet along with it, offering comments as it went out on air. This didn’t go as well as I hoped for as my computer kept freezing and I couldn’t get my tweets out fast enough – but I still managed to comment on a few of the comments I made in the interview (which is pretty strange if you think about it)!

If you’d like to listen to the interview it’s on BBC Catch up for the next month. Follow this link and the interview begins at 2 hours 6 minutes. There is quite 15 minutes of me being interviewed and then a short, excellent interview with Beverley Dawkins to end with. You can find the interview by following this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02s9984#auto

Apart from sounding like “a posh chipmunk” on the radio (according to my daughter) as you listen to the interview you’ll also notice a certain amount of woffling answers from me, almost politicians answers, where I seem to be saying an awful lot, but am not actually giving much away in terms of real information. This is because, prior to the interview, I was advised to be careful with my answers and not to allow myself to make any statements which might either be seen as commenting on the scope of the investigation or be seen to pre-judge the outcome. Sounded easy enough but I can tell you, when you’re sitting in the room being interviewed and you have no script and no prior knowledge of what you’re going to be asked – well, some grade A woffling really was the only way that I could pad things out to some decent sounding answers without actually commenting or pre-judging like crazy!

I would say that my normal voice is more like a female Danny Dyer crossed with a Spanish pseudo posh chipmunk, if you’re interested, but try as I might – this slightly intimidating posh bird sound comes out of my mouth on the radio and now it’s happening more often I think I may just have to run with it, rather than let myself be self-conscious about it. It certainly seems to work well if the interviewer asks me something a bit more controversial – as he did. Something the interviewer said was picked up by quite a lot of people on Twitter. He asked me “Have you never just thought, just let Nico rest in peace, let’s just leave it”.

If you want to know what I replied to that, you’ll have to listen to the interview, but I can tell you that an awful lot of people on Twitter thought it was outrageous and watching all those people voicing their outrage via many, many Tweets seemed to me to be very much part of my first Twitter anniversary.

Then the interview finished, the tweeting slowed down and then I received an email.

It was the initial draft of the “Scope of Investigation” document from the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. They needed me to go through it carefully and tell them about any amendment or additions I wanted to make. I was about to climb onto our new Justice Train in a serious way and there was no going back now.

Here’s to another year of Twitter. I can’t let myself start to think too much about what the next year might bring.

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