David Randall

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

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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.

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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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015