David Randall

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

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There was a time when Johnny McDermott was the young hero of American golf - then it all went terribly wrong

Tragic tale of the US Open champion of 100 years ago

This is the saddest story of a golf champion you will ever read. His name was Johnny McDermott and there was a time when he was the young hero of American golf, a slim Rory McIlroy of a specimen with a bouncing step and a whippy swing. He was the first American-born US Open champion when still a teenager, and 100 years ago he won again at the age of 20, so ending forever the long domination of the event by British-bred players. And then it all went horribly wrong. He spent almost all the last 55 years of his life in an institution, and although he could still swing a club, he could barely string a sentence together.

A street party in Battersea, London

Diamond Jubilee: Street parties? Bunting? Is this broken Britain?

One minute we're rioting; now we're flag-waving. We're an odd lot

2012: The Queen enjoys a day at the Epsom Derby yesterday, during which she watched the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup

The Queen, and her secret

As the United Kingdom celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, David Randall investigates the key to Elizabeth II's success

Dark clouds: Economic storms hit Greece as its debts exceed 160 per cent of GDP

Casualty! The eurozone sickness spreads

It seems increasingly likely that Greece will leave the eurozone. But what will this mean for the rest of Europe?

The Isle of Wight at war

Pathetic fantasist or Nazi spy? The mysterious Mrs O'Grady

She was the only British woman sentenced to death for treason during the Second World War. Now, a new book revisits her bizarre case

David Randall: The Emperor's New Clothes (20/05/12)

We're all monarchists now! So we are told, with the Jubilee in full swing. Our writer could hardly agree less
Charles Rothschild founded the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves (SPNR), and the successors of this scheme - known to us as the Wildlife Trusts - now manage 2,300 nature reserves

The banker who saved Britain

As the conservation movement marks a significant anniversary, David Randall looks at its pioneer, Charles Rothschild

LAST SIGHTING: Gareth Williams at Holland Park Tube station on 14 August 2010

Curious case of a lack of curiosity over missing spy

MI6's delay in noticing the disappearance of Gareth Williams means vital forensic evidence was lost

David Randall on Smartphones: 'What a clever thing. So versatile, doing so much more than you'd imagine'

David Randall: The Emperor's New Clothes (22/04/12)

In the first of a new series debunking modern myths, our writer looks through the smokescreen of smartphones

Briton in China mystery 'killed by drop of cyanide'

Extraordinary, and quite possibly officially sanctioned allegations were made last night that Neil Heywood, the Old Harrovian businessman found dead in a Chinese hotel room last November, died from poisoning by a drop of potassium cyanide.

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"