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colin randall
I'm a journalist and lifelong Sunderland supporter, based in France and London, from where I write about most things under the sun and the rain
Interests: film, football, france, badminton, folk music
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Driving in stifling Mediterranean heat of 33 degrees, the steering wheel and seat burning because the car had been left outside, is perhaps not the best way to listen to any music. But that is when I put on one... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Salut! Live
Another Salut! Live series. I have no idea how it will develop but let's get it started anyway ... Driving in France, I heard a song on RTL2 that was called Galway Girl before I knew that it was sung... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Salut! Live
June 2017 update: this tribute piece to a great song by an even greater departed heroine of folk and folk-rock, Sandy Denny, first appeared nine years ago when I was living in Abu Dhabi. Some of the versions mentioned in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Salut! Live
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Since the rotten news of Vin Garbutt's death, I have seen countless photos, video clips and verbal tributes. Among them all, what you see above speaks volumes for me since it couples two of the people from English folk that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Salut! Live
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Let me credit the CD's sleeve painting: Georgia Cox from Bath: visit her site Steve Wickham: Beekeeper After an utterly grim stream of news from home - from the London Bridge terrorist attack to the death of Vin Garbutt and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Salut! Live
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I make no apology for returning to Vin Garbutt, the magnificent and much-loved Teesside singer, songwriter and storyteller who died last week aged 69. Vin's widow Pat and the rest of the family have announced that the funeral will take... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Salut! Live
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As we grow older, news of contemporaries dying becomes depressingly routine. Some deaths hit harder than most, however, and it is with immense sadness that I record the passing of a man I regard as probably the best solo performer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Salut! Live
You prompted me to check my post more thoroughly and there I found my postal voting papers. Since the Labour MP, Virendra Sharma, was strongly pro-Remain, I shall suspend my serious misgivings about Corbyn and vote for him (Sharma), so Labour after all
I like that, Bill. And all offerings from Best Essay Writing Service have been removed
Ah, Sheona, but how many is he entitled to co-opt as he was co-opted? I'd have to look it up but unelected ministers are pretty commonplace in French government.
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Apr 17, 2017
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The younger Tony B in more familiar guise: credit BBC He irritates some, amuses or entertains others. I did see him once, deejaying at an old cinema in Ealing that's now a Christian centre. Whatever thoughts I've had about him... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Salut! Live
I had an enjoyable day there recently, Colin, and to my surprise found a very reasonable little restaurant in the narrow streets just down from the market. the name will come back to me!
Only here because we got return flights with Ryanair for 18 euros each!
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Photo: Matt Austin Geoff Lakeman entered my life 44 years ago. Newly moved down to London from the North East, I attended for the first time the excellent Herga folk club that John Heydon ran at the Royal Oak in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Salut! Live
The caption at Flickr reads: Enmore Theatre lorry - free Christmas cake to each child, Sat. matinee 24 Dec 1938 / by Sam Hood Salut!’s little sites – Salut!, Salut! Live and Salut! North - hardly amount to an empire,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Salut! Live
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NB: A technical problem has caused me to re-post this article at at this link and it seems sensible to delete this version to avoid duplication ... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Salut! Live
I usually charge for that kind of ad! Should I allow it because there is at least the semblance of an argument around the link?
Stills from my niece Geraldine's husband, Guillaume, have now taken its place
I will replace it ... just fell for the quick, easy illustration
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Must be New Guitar effect. My wife Joelle bought me a Yamaha for our anniversary (45th for heaven's sake) and I am newly enthused about music. My friend Joan Dawson warned me to expect sore fingertips for a few weeks... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Salut! Live
Thanks Ian. I shall certainly check that out.
There are positive aspects of Collins's review. but the quoted phrase was what leapt at me and wouldn't let go. I think filk reviewers must broadly expect their most contentious points to be commented upon - it's not as if I've done the distributor's trick of turning "anyone thinks this is a truly great film must be insane" into "a truly great film"!
Download Battle of Orgreave Stop Press: please see an update in the footnote* An e-mail with word of a new song arrived today from Ed Pickford, an outstanding North-eastern writer (Pound A Week Rise, One Miner’s Life, Ah Cud Hew... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Salut! Live
No, Mr B. They favour -ization endings on the other side or the Atlantic where Bill, despite sound Durham origins, has lived for decades. I would need to check but have a feeling the OED is, unfortunately, on their side.