David Randall

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

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Platform shoes were big in the 70s

David Randall: The Seventies, decade of glamour and grit

As the BBC launches a new series 'The 70s', our writer rifles through his memory bank to relive those kaleidoscopic days

A light goes out as 'King of Kitsch' dies aged 54

Derided by the critics but loved by the public, Thomas Kinkade made a fortune from his glowingly sentimental landscapes. David Randall looks at his life and legacy

David Randall: Let's strim these mowing jobsworths

Our writer bemoans the obsessive razing of our wild flora

David Randall: So elegant, so refined – and vicious as hell

Swans are magnificent but don't get too close
Caroline Monet at the funeral of her partner, Abel Chennouf, last week

Girlfriend to marry soldier shot dead by scooter killer

The pregnant fiancée of one of Mohamed Merah's victims is making plans for a posthumous wedding

Queen Elizabeth: What if she told us what she really thinks?

The Queen: My husband and I would like to tell you what we really think ...

On Tuesday, the Queen addresses both houses of Parliament for the umpteenth time in her reign. What if, instead of the platitudes written for her, she gave vent to 60 years of pent-up feelings about the British political class? What if she told us what she really thinks?

Send your nominations now for the <i>IoS</i> Happy List 2012

Our fifth annual Independent on Sunday Happy List is now being prepared, and we’re seeking nominations.

The Olympic Flame could fail to arrive on time

Come on, Britain! Stop moaning! It's the Olympics, for heaven's sake!

We are guaranteed the gold for pessimism, but is that the trophy we want, wonders David Randall

The wife and children of stoker William Mintram of Chapel Road. A convicted killer, Mintram gave his life jacket to his son-in-law to save his life - and lost his own

The forgotten victims: How the Titanic tragedy handed a devastating legacy to the people of Southampton

Of the 700 crew who perished on the Titanic, 550 came from Southampton. Their stories have rarely been told – until now.

Cameron at the Quaker Oats site

Cursed! The astonishing story of porridge's poster boy

David Cameron may yet come to regret his breakfast encounter with the shot-putting, kilt-wearing giant who has adorned cereal boxes across the land for many a chilly winter. David Randall unravels an amazing tale

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital