David Randall

David Randall is a British journalist and author of The Universal Journalist, a textbook on journalism.

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Long wait: The crowd packing the Olympic Stadium at Athens in 1896 eagerly anticipate a home marathon win

The first ever marathon – in tweets

As the runners get ready for today's endurance race, David Randall gives us a modern take on 1896

The return of football: Instead of the thrilling speed and intelligent comments of Bradley Wiggins, we will have John Terry

The Emperor's New Clothes (12/08/12)

What could thrill us more now than the start of a new football season? Just about anything...

David Randall: The Emperor's New Clothes (05/08/12)

Women's football has been mocked for years. But this is one game in which men are outplayed
Carole Waug, whose body was found in a lockup garage in New Malden

The secret life of Carole Waugh

Despite Libyan connection, police believe the answers to the wealthy woman's death will be found in London

David Randall: The Emperor's New Clothes (15/07/12)

Young people today! Rude, selfish, thoughtless.... But chivalry is not dead, finds our resident sexuagenarian

Job done! The world according to JT

History is littered with misunderstandings. We asked the Chelsea captain to shed some light

The Olympics... it's not like it was in the old days

Athletes carrying Colt 45s? Sprinters wearing white gloves? Beers before the marathon? The first modern Olympics, Athens 1896, were a very different proposition

Just champion: American Donald Budge, above left, gives a radio interview after his victory over Britain's Bunny Austin, right, in the 1938 Gentlemen's Singles Final

Time, Gentlemen please! It's 1938, and Bunny is the great British hope

It is Friday 1 July 1938, and we are entering the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. In the distance, the Riviera Express can be heard sounding its whistle as it steams through Wimbledon station; while all around us there is the noisy clatter of excited crowds arriving at the club's gates. We have just stepped from a London taxi, giving the driver half-a-crown – an extravagant tip, perhaps, but we are in festive mood. This afternoon, at 10 minutes to two, Donald Budge of the United States and our own British hope, Henry "Bunny" Austin, will walk out on court to contest the final of the Gentlemen's Singles.

Canary Wharf, the financial district in the city of London

Banking scandal: Greedy, shoddy, deceitful. A modern cesspit

It was a week of truly shocking revelations. Will the banks finally be brought to book for their behaviour?

Remind me who I am again?

The Olympics minister, Hugh Robertson, got angry with London 2012 security operatives on Wednesday. He tried to get into the Games' Media Centre without his security pass and the doormen refused to admit him. Mr Robertson, whose face is more E-list than A, was annoyed, affronted even, not to be recognised. And so he demanded: "Do you know who I am?"

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