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Malcolm Douglas ill

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SINSULL 15 Apr 09 - 08:01 AM
GUEST,PL 15 Apr 09 - 07:39 AM
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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: SINSULL
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 08:01 AM

Here is the obituary thread:
thread.cfm?threadid=119593
    I'm going to close this thread to avoid confusion.
    Please follow the link to the obituary thread.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: GUEST,PL
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 07:39 AM

From the Guardian here:



Our friend Malcolm Douglas, who has died from cancer aged 54, had many talents, but two in particular brought him to national prominence. He had a compendious knowledge and understanding of traditional folk song (mainly, but not exclusively, English folk song), and he was a renowned illustrator and comic artist. He fell into these contrasting fields by accident, but he treated them with meticulous attention to detail and a professionalism that belied his lack of formal training.

He became an illustrator after volunteering to illustrate a student union newspaper at Sheffield University, and found that people were prepared to pay him to do what had hitherto been a hobby. His illustrations featured in a wide range of comics, of which the best known was Oink; he was also the illustrator of the footballing devilkin Fred the Red, for five years delighting both young and old readers of Manchester United match programmes.

For the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) he revised the evergreen song collection The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, originally edited by Ralph Vaughan Williams and AL Lloyd in 1959. In his new edition, published in 2003 as Classic English Folk Songs, he corrected previous errors and brought to the book a wealth of additional detail. He did the same well-researched and comprehensive review of another of the EFDSS's most successful publications, Marrow Bones (2007), a collection of folk songs from Dorset and Hampshire, originally edited by Frank Purslow. He was working on a third, The Wanton Seed, when he succumbed to illness. He was also well-known among folk-music enthusiasts for his contributions to the online forum The Mudcat Café, where he had posted almost 9,000 detailed answers to questions about the most obscure aspects of folk song and music.

Malcolm was born and brought up in south London, and after attending Trinity School of John Whitgift in Croydon, he went to Sheffield University to study French and English and decided to stay on in the city, which he regarded as his home town.

He was committed to the principle of the people's ownership of their cultural heritage and was involved in many grassroots initiatives, even expressing concern about what he saw as the over-professionalisation of the folk arts. He was co-host at the Red Deer folk club in Sheffield for a decade and was active in regional organisations such as the South Riding Folk Network (SRFN) and Yorkshire Folk Arts, maintaining websites for both organisations, editing the SRFN magazine and designing the South Yorkshire folk magazine Stirrings.

Malcolm was also a performer, playing the fiddle, mandolin and cittern with various concert and dance bands, and was a familiar figure at music sessions in and around Sheffield.

He is survived by his mother, Sylph, and his brother, Ian.

   


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 07:27 AM

I've just seen his Obit in the Guardian, 15th April 09. Did I miss it here?


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: GUEST,Sheila
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 10:40 PM

Dear Malcolm,
Everything said above goes for me, as well. Your erudition is awesome, and you've always responded intelligently and with kindness. I need to think of some new queries, just to hear from you. All the best for the holidays, and wishing you a healthy New Year.
Sheila in New York


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 03:39 PM

I'm glad you're out of the hospital, Malcolm. Hope to see you back soon.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: ClaireBear
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 02:41 PM

O be joyful!

Claire


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 02:26 PM

Brilliant news!
Is there anything we can do to help?

Have a good Christmas, Malcolm.

Cheers, Dave


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: John J
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 12:20 PM

Good show!

JJ


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 11:39 AM

That is GREAT news!! Thanks for the updates.


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 11:22 AM

That the Great Mother and the All Father may be praised, now, and ever, and from all ages to all ages.

Convalesce well, Malcolm ; and thank you, Steve and Dave E for keeping us in touch.


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 10:57 AM

Thank the Lord, and also FolkieDave for the updates-have the best Christmas possible Malcolm, and a considerably better New Year than this one! Linda


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Fergie
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 10:32 AM

Hurrah! that is good news.

Happy Christmas Malcolm

Fergus


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Lighter
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 05:54 PM

Great news! Way to go, Malcolm!


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Folkiedave
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 04:56 PM

Malcolm has been released from health custody.


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 12:20 AM

Get well soon, Malcolm. You're needed here!


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: CapriUni
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 02:09 PM

That 'not fully diagnosed' is worrying, let's hope a) the diagnosis is found quickly, and b) it surrenders to treatment and graciously leaves the premises with all due haste.

In the meantime, I give a Yuletide greeting of "Was Hael, Was Hael!" Good Health! Good Health!


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Folkiedave
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 01:36 PM

Let me try that again.

Update Monday Decembeer 15th 6.00 pm UK time.

The stent - whereby he can eat - is working its magic and he is feeling a lot better.

Short term - this means he will be going home soon, not fully diagnosed, but well enough. For fairly obvious reasons the less people in hospital at Xmas the better.

His mother went to visit yesterday.

From the locals - once again - many thanks for all your good wishes.


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Folkiedave
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 01:31 PM

Up date Monday 6.00 pm


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 07:49 AM

Just found this. Best wishes Malcolm and hope you are better soon.


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: GUEST,jOhn
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 02:32 AM

Get well soon.


jOhn


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 05:50 PM

Ditto to all Dave McG said above.


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: DMcG
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 05:39 PM

I've just logged into Mudcat for the first time in a few days, so have only just learned about this. I can only echo what everyone else has said. Malcolm has been a great help to me on this site and others and it is excellent news to hear he seems to be responding to treatment. Malcolm, just take things easy for a while. We will muddle through somehow and then you can have the pleasure of sorting all our mistakes out when you get back!


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 08:09 AM

Actually Ralphie, the 'Cat has a long history of this kind of thing dating back to even before Malcolm arrived here. Here was the first almost ten years ago and perhaps a less deserving 'Catter....

Malcolm is the latest and I am so glad to hear he's getting better! Maybe it is all just smoke and mirrors but the good thoughts and prayers of so many humane and wonderful people sure as hell can't hurt and I tell ya' what.......it may just be that little extra that gets us over the hump. Works for me (on numerous occasions!).................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 07:40 AM

It's getting pretty obvious that Malcolms illness is reaching out across the globe.
How wonderful is that?
Would that any of the rest of us could have the same response.
Come on Malc. Get better soon.
It's not just your knowledge, It's your all encompassing friendship the is so important.
I just hope that Christmas treats you well.
Ralphie.
(Don't bother about the Card and the Present this year....It's fine!!!)


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: GUEST,andymac
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 07:11 AM

Like many others here, I've never met Malcolm but stand in awed admiration at his knowledge and recall.
Whenever I am looking for some background on a song variant, I have one or two people I ask in person but towering about even them is Malcolm.

Glad to hear you're improving, just keep improving and get well soon.

Andymac (Scotland and Norway)


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 06:17 AM

Or How about this one?

"In fact they have 79 variants of Den vonde stjukmori, but only two refer to Moderen under Mulde in their notes. I wish, sometimes, that I understood Norwegian; I am assuming for the moment that this is The Wicked Stepmother, but I can't find a definition of stjukmori anywhere..."

From 2001


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 06:56 PM

Poppa..it's pretty easy, actually. Just go to the Quick Links up top, click to get the Drop Down Menu, then scroll down to Old Adv. Forum Search, follow that, put the user name in the appropriate box and voila!

FolkieDave, that sounds good! Still sending good wishes from Colorado!


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Folkiedave
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 06:09 PM

I tooka a moment or two to look at some of the posts. I recommend anyone to do the same.

Here's my favourite from the first page!! The problem isn't important - but look at that answer.

For what it's worth (if there is any connection, it's pretty tenuous), the Montreal Family Herald and Weekly Star ran a regular feature, 'Old Favourites', from 1895 to 1968, and apparently published two folio anthologies (1898 and 1900), though under what titles I don't know. For more on the column and the songs it included, see Edith Fowke, "Old Favourites": A Selective Index in Canadian Journal for Traditional Music, 7, 1979.

Now who dare contradict that!!!


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Little Robyn
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 05:37 PM

Wow! 8779 posts since July 1999.
That's brilliant Malcolm.
Hurry and get better - we miss you here.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 04:35 PM

Please add my encouragement for a speedy but complete recovery. Malcolm has been an incredible resource here at the Mudcat Forum.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: JohnB
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 04:25 PM

Give him all the best from Canada too Dave.
JohnB


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: PoppaGator
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 04:11 PM

Thanks, to both Joe and 'spaw.

I'd still like to know how I could have done that myself ~ probably to do whatever 'spaw did. (Joe could well be using some kind of insider's trick not availabel to us peons.)


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 03:16 PM

Malcolm's Postings

Good idea Poppa...


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: PoppaGator
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 03:07 PM

Glad to hear that Malcolm is doing well. I'm quite late putting my two-cents'-worth into this thread, but better late than never.

For VirginiaTam and anyone else who hasn't yet encountered Malcolm, I wanted to post a link to his list of postings, but I don't know how to locate it without first finding a thread to which he has contributed.

Every message in every thread begins with the writer's name in blue ~ as a "clickie." If you click on the name, you get to a list of all of that person's contributions, in reverse chorological order. Access to Malcolm's list would be helpful to anyone who doesn't know him yet; just about ANY randomly-selected message will be an example of some really erudite folk scholarship.

Joe, elf, clone, whoever: can you link us to Malcolm's message-list?
Done. -Joe-

Posts from Malcolm Douglas


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Folkiedave
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 02:52 PM

I have been to see Malcolm tonight and he seemed a lot better.

He is expecting to be allowed to eat tomorrow (Saturday) which will improve him even more I would suspect.

Thanks for all the good wishes - they are appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 11 Dec 08 - 05:52 PM

I hope that you get well soon Malcolm.


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Dec 08 - 05:03 PM

That Gervase...he's some writer, isn't he?!**bg**

Well put, Gervase and exactly what we all wish for you, Malcolm. You are one of the Shining Examples of the Best of Mudcat. Thanks, and please come back when you feel up to it.

kat


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: GUEST,jim mac farland
Date: 11 Dec 08 - 05:25 AM

get well soon malcolm

jim mac farland


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 11 Dec 08 - 03:08 AM

I am quite new to Mudcat so don't know of you yet. Please return that I may learn.

Good thoughts and wishes coming at you from Essex and to those providing your care.


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: skarpi
Date: 11 Dec 08 - 01:59 AM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Skarpi Iceland


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Partridge
Date: 11 Dec 08 - 01:28 AM

be better soon

love

pat xx


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 05:50 PM

Well put, Gervase.

Sounds like the Mudthinking is starting to work, folks! Keep it coming!


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Gervase
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 05:34 PM

I don't usually post to threads like this but - well Malcolm is one of those people who consistently restore my faith in this place with his freely-given and hard-won erudition. In a fairer world his work would already have been recognised with honorary degrees and doctorates. Let's hope the medics looking after him are as careful and well-versed in their field as he is in his.
Get well soon.


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 05:19 PM

Be well, Malcolm.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Rowan
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 05:17 PM

Truly he's a gentleman and a scholar!

All the best, cobber.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 04:00 PM

Dave,
Please warn him, as a national monument, he must not scare us like this!


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 03:59 PM

> He looked a lot, lot better than when I saw him two days ago - a lot better.

YESSSSS - that's what I was waiting to hear. It's great that he's up to even thinking about driving a computer, and I loved the quip. Here's looking forward to good news from Sheffield S10 2JF.

B xxx


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Folkiedave
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 03:44 PM

I have just returned from visiting Malcolm this evening with Ron and Jenny Day. He sends his regards to all those who have wished him well. Please feel free to send messages and cards if you knew him or have ever contacted him personally.

Ward K1, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF will get him.

We have permission to take his laptop in - that will make him happier than anything, especially if he can get an internet connection (!!)

I asked him for a quote to his many friends on here. "I liked the morphine but I don't intend to make a habit of it" was what he offered.

He looked a lot, lot better than when I saw him two days ago - a lot better. He is likely to be in for a few days at the least.


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: IvanB
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 02:58 PM

Ever since I joined Mudcat and Malcolm was the first to respond to my query, I've regarded him in awe for both his innate good sense as well as his encyclopedic knowledge (or that to know where to look if he doesn't have the answer immediately at hand). For him to show human frailties such as illness is almost beyond my ken.

But, life is life and, Malcolm, you have all my best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. Along with Steve I can only offer my wishful thinking, but be assured I'm wishfully thinking as hard as I can for you.


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Subject: RE: Malcolm Douglas ill
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 02:25 PM

Many, many thanks, for all your good wishes. I'm not in the slightest bit religious and to the best of my knowledge I don't think Malcolm is, but if wishful thinking counts for anything Malcolm should make a very speedy recovery. A few of us this side of the pond have extensive indexes and access to enormous libraries, but Malcolm is very special, he holds much of this knowledge in his head!


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