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Colin Randall wrote here on France, things Anglo-French and more......but has moved

October 03, 2006

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This site has now moved to Salut!





Bienvenue to this blog, which I have created after working for nearly 29 years for The Daily Telegraph, the last 26 months as Paris Bureau Chief. A week ago, on Sept 26 2006, I was made redundant.
On this blog, I hope to share with readers my thoughts about France, the French, matters Anglo-French and many other things besides. Please be patient. Details of my departure are unresolved and I am not sure when I will start posting in earnest.


* The Anglo-French answer to Sonny and Cher? M et Mme Randall - Colin and Joëlle - when, er, young(er). Plus the genius of Matt on M Randall's unhappy end

This site has now moved to Salut!

43 Comments:

At October 03, 2006 8:25 PM, Blogger Cooper said...

Dear Mr Randall,

As a long-time reader of your Blog in the Torygraph - and a fellow Anglo (Scots actually ) here in Paris, I would like to make my first ever comment in a blog to wish you and yours well and to speed your 'pen' with this new blog.

I look forwards to reading you more and have forwarded your URL to others to help get the baby born..

Cooper.

 
At October 03, 2006 8:27 PM, Blogger Cooper said...

Dear Mr Randall,

As a long-time reader of your Blog in the Torygraph - and a fellow Anglo (Scots actually ) here in Paris, I would like to make my first ever comment in a blog to wish you and yours well and to speed your 'pen' with this new blog.

I look forwards to reading you more and have forwarded your URL to others to help get the baby born..

Cooper.

 
At October 03, 2006 8:29 PM, Blogger Cooper said...

Sorry for double posting. (Like I said - it's my first time)

PS - Please set up an RSS feed when you can.

 
At October 03, 2006 10:09 PM, Blogger Paris Lights said...

Good luck with your new pursuits and great job on handling petite, clearly you're a journalist with his heart and pen in the right place.

 
At October 03, 2006 10:19 PM, Blogger piu piu said...

aw. found u via petite anglaise. sorry botu the job. good luck mate!

 
At October 04, 2006 12:05 AM, Blogger Xavier Kreiss said...

Hello Colin,

Tough luck being made redundant. You have my sincere sympathy.

I'd just discovered your Telegraph blog when you announced the news..

You say you intend to share your thoughts on "France, the French, matters Anglo-French and many other things besides". I am one of the many well-wishers who look forward to it.

I am a (part-British)French journalist. I live in London where I worked for 25 years for the BBC's French service. So you can readily understand why I'm so interested.

Bonne chance, et

Salutations confraternelles!!

Xavier Kreiss

 
At October 04, 2006 1:40 AM, Blogger watchar said...

Bonne chance from a (very) former colleague who remembers you as that last photo in the Daily Telegraph blog. I retired early after editing the sort of copy you once phoned over to the Northern Echo from Bishop Auckland/Spennymoor in the North-East of England. Exhilarating though all that creativity over 37 years was, I thought there was more to experience in life than laying out news pages – ie seeing more of the world. But travelling – much of it exploring France and the continent in a motorhome – has its limitations. Where to now? I await “à ce stade de votre carrier” with interest.

 
At October 04, 2006 1:48 AM, Blogger Robert Marchenoir said...

Just for a while I suspected this might be by invitation only. Then I googled your new blog and found it announced in the open on This French Life. So I hope I am not crashing into a private party. I hope you have sound legal advice to assist you in this difficult situation. Looking forward to reading you when things have cleared up. Good luck.

 
At October 04, 2006 9:23 AM, Blogger woman wandering said...

Welcome to the world of bloggers ... it's a lovely world where something like democracy appears to actually work and you can follow your heart in terms of publishing.

All the best.
Di

 
At October 04, 2006 9:39 AM, Blogger Alan said...

I too found you via Petite. I'm pleased to have found you (have been reading the archives on the telegraph site, but sorry that it has taken so long). Hope you will start posting soon.

 
At October 04, 2006 10:43 AM, Blogger TryingTimes said...

I look forward to reading your views, as ever.


TT.

 
At October 04, 2006 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice blog model, Colin...

Good to see you back in blogland and I look forward to your Telegraph-shackle-free blogging!

 
At October 04, 2006 11:45 AM, Blogger MIKE DA HAT said...

Good Luck with your new blog. I'll be reading with interest.

 
At October 04, 2006 12:38 PM, Blogger Pomgirl said...

Good luck!

 
At October 04, 2006 1:34 PM, Blogger Chloe said...

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At October 04, 2006 1:36 PM, Blogger Chloe said...

Hi Colin,

I'm so delighted that you've found a new home for your blog, it's the best piece of journalism on the web. I can't wait for your next installment. We will miss you here.

Love Chloe
(DT feautures)

 
At October 04, 2006 1:51 PM, Blogger Mdx said...

Just want to say Bonjour and Courage!
Blogger is built in with an RSS feed (Feedburner is an easy way as well) - so adding your blog to my Google Reader :) Found you through Petite Anglaise as well.

 
At October 04, 2006 2:59 PM, Blogger Damian said...

Hi Colin

I've come across from Petite's blog to see what's here, and I think I'll be coming back regularly.

Good luck.

 
At October 04, 2006 3:15 PM, Blogger richard of orléans said...

Hi Colin looking forward to your posts.

 
At October 04, 2006 4:34 PM, Blogger dirty dingus said...

I greatly enjoyed your telegraph blog and I shall return to this one now that I know about its existence.

Bonne Chance!

 
At October 04, 2006 5:17 PM, Blogger Colin Berry said...

I put this blog site up on my Favourites last night, Mr. Randall, which required choosing an appropriate icon from my ISP's menu. So I chose, guess what, the guitar, seeing as how you and that dodgy pal of yours - Bill of Ontario- were into folk music.

Feeling as I do in a somewhat sombre frame of mind at the moment, occasioned by what the trick-cyclists would term a "sense of loss", I reminisced briefly on my own brief acquaintance with said musical genre whilst at University (Birmingham Edgbaston, '63-'66). So much was happening musically in those years, needless to say, that I really didn't give folk music a fair trial: just one visit in fact to a gig at the student Union. But one particular number was performed that has stuck in my mind to this day. It was a tribute to a terrible accident (I'm still in sad mode, as you can see) in which a party of Croydon schoolboys on a trip to Norway never reached their destination. Their chartered aircraft slammed into a mountainside on the notoriously difficult approach to Stavanger airport. The words of the song went "Young birds, lost their wings". Recalling them still brings tears to these old eyes, thinking of all those wasted young lives, snuffed out at so cruel a moment, on a trip they and their parents had planned for, probably for months, if not years (60s, don't forget). That lyric has left me with a life-long respect for the aptness and inventiveness of folk music in capturing the spirit of the times.

PS Am resubmittng this under a slightly different username: either I miskeyed a password twice, or the system has a defective memory.

 
At October 04, 2006 6:35 PM, Blogger Passante said...

Found your former gig not long ago. Sorry about the job. I'll bookmark this new blog. Et bonne chance.

 
At October 04, 2006 6:44 PM, Blogger Bill Taylor said...

Wotcher, watchar! Care to identify yourself further? If you were editing Colin's copy, you were doubtless doing mine, too.
Bill Taylor

 
At October 04, 2006 7:43 PM, Blogger Tara said...

Hi! I don't know you at all (just came over through Petite's blog) and wanted to wish you all the best.

Just out of curiosity, what made you chose blogger over, say, wordpress.com for your new blog?

 
At October 04, 2006 7:48 PM, Blogger meredic said...

The very best of luck.

 
At October 04, 2006 10:58 PM, Blogger Colin Berry said...

It says we can use HTML tags. Ages since I've used them. Let's see if they work. All this should appear in bold.

To be honest, I'm killing two birds - had trouble earlier with the system not recognizing my log-in details, so am trying again.

 
At October 04, 2006 11:01 PM, Blogger Bill Taylor said...

That's the first time Colin Berry has been honest in living. I wonder if he's considered that, this being a French-run blog, it's instinctively trying to reject him.

 
At October 05, 2006 12:22 AM, Blogger lesley said...

four comments when you just did a TEST? you should start your own religion, colin. give us a shout when you have details and don't forget rome.

 
At October 05, 2006 7:06 AM, Blogger richard of orléans said...

Strangely I am also having problems with this software. I suspect there is some American involvement somewhere and maybe a poodle carying the luggage.

 
At October 05, 2006 9:37 AM, Blogger Colin Berry said...

OK, so the bold option is working. Let's now try some italics. What can one say that needs italics ? Thinks.....

Brainwave:

How many people agree with me that ad hominem attacks are rarely if ever justified, and ought to be outlawed from this forum - at Colin R's discretion ?

(I'd call it a Bill of Rights, but the only Bill I see at present seems to have trouble in distinguishing between right and wrong)

 
At October 05, 2006 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Colin (If I may),

I too have been through the "redundancy ritual".

It is a rollercoaster ride.

However, the "ups" more than compensated for the "downs" and (in my case) led onto things I would never have imagined possible.

Good luck.

"Insider"

 
At October 05, 2006 10:24 AM, Blogger fjl said...

Sorry to hear that. We look forward to some good topical stuff which no doubt will embarrass us all and put us all to shame! :-)

 
At October 05, 2006 10:26 AM, Blogger fjl said...

..I spent ten years in France as an ex pat with my little boy, I will be linking to you. Vive the Petite team. I can't think why they've lost you, but things are baffling sometimes.....

 
At October 05, 2006 11:34 AM, Blogger richard of orléans said...

ad hominem attacks are sometimes justified. Depends on the individual involved. Even some old handicapped guys have such a bad attitude that they deserve a rocket from time to time. It seems to me that the Bill of Rights allows the community to punish permanent offenders against the common good, indeed some nations.

 
At October 05, 2006 12:08 PM, Blogger richard of orléans said...

Colin, having fired a bunch of people over the years and been good at it might I draw your attention to some of the rules that I picked up from my Anglo Saxon colleagues. 1)Be excessively friendly, create the impression that you are trying to help to solve the firee’s problems whereas in reality you are just trying to short change him 2) let him stew in his juice. He is in a difficult position, wants to move on and will eventually lose patience. 3) play the game of 'the good relationship with the firm is paramount'. In reality it’s worth little but the firee likes to think he is still wanted.4) Convoke rapid meetings and then cancel them 5) Don’t talk figures and if you say anything low ball 6) Comment that you have no authority over the amount, the Board won’t pay, doesn’t have time to consider the question and they will put top lawyers on it. 7) Qualify everything you say and announce that finally you’ve had to change your mind 8) don’t take calls and don’t call back. As far as the firee’s concerned, he should 1) stay cool and play the long game. In reality there is more pressure on the firm to settle than the firee. Be extremely polite, friendly and helpful. Never respond to the provocations. Never show concern for a fast solution 2)take a good lawyer and let it be known that you do nothing without consulting him 3)know 101% your rights and jurisprudence 4)fix a high monetary objective and stick to it, don’t let ‘em have a penny. Consulting agreements etc. are pretty worthless. 5) Keep close friendly relations with your former colleagues; go to the main watering hole etc., puts pressure on the Company as being a rat, isolates the negotiator. But never discuss your deal, or give away any information.

 
At October 05, 2006 12:14 PM, Blogger richard of orléans said...

Oh yes stay friends, share a bottle of champagne when it's all over. It is really a fascinationg game of poker.

 
At October 05, 2006 3:23 PM, Blogger Bill Taylor said...

It can be hard to stay friends under those circumstances, though, Richard. So many employers - or ex-employers - and their legal advisers would see sharing a bottle of champagne as open to interpretation as some kind of concession and thus to be avoided. Paranoia and lawyers go hand-in-claw. Even if they accepted the invitation, they'd want to negotiate who paid for the bubbly.
Colin's true friends at the Telegraph will remain friends. As for the others - don't look back.

 
At October 05, 2006 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Louise signed in as present yet?

 
At October 05, 2006 5:24 PM, Blogger Colin Berry said...

Colin R has put a new one up today, which I've hardly had time to read, but I won't sully his new post with the bit of pedantry that follows.

Have previously tried the first two tags (and have resolved to omit the personal pronoun where it seems superfluous). It was that final "a" in the angle brackets that threw me - cos' it aint listed in my Complete Idiot's Guide to HTML. Thanks to the Preview facility, this dunce was able to find out what it does: it turns a URL into a proper link, the giveaway being the blue underlined font.

So here, for posterity, is the link to Colin R's record-breaker: the post ("We'll Meet Again") that attracted 187 comments no less! So how long will his erstwhile employers allow it to be accessed one wonders ? Probably not very long if it's treated with the same respect that was given all our comments in the changeover from old to new format last March or thereabouts ! All the more reason, then, to record it now, and maybe test it from time to time.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/foreign/colinrandall/may06/wellmeetagain.htm

 
At October 05, 2006 6:00 PM, Blogger richard of orléans said...

Bill of course it's incredibly hard. There you are with 20 odd years of experience in a company, you have given the best of what you have.You feel pretty emotional about things.Opposite you there is an HR or lawyer creep who is paid to be nasty and has loads of experience at it. But if you want to negotiate the best deal, you have to dominate your emotions and treat it like business as usual. It is your first step to being an entrepreneur, which is the real grown up experience in life. Dealing with your own money.And if you do a good job, yes invite them for a bottle of champagne and tell them to pay the bill.That's class. Of course friends are friends, that's different, this is just getting a kick out of life.

 
At October 05, 2006 7:21 PM, Blogger Bill Taylor said...

I've done the entrepreneur thing, Richard - three years of freelancing - but not because I was made redundant. The whole damned newspaper collapsed from under us so there wasn't much chance of negotiating a settlement. It's what brought me from the U.S. to Canada, which turned out to be the best move I ever made. Didn't make me want to share my champagne with them, though.

 
At October 06, 2006 9:58 PM, Blogger Halcyon said...

Glad you found a new home for your blog. I liked to take a look at the old one during my morning news intake.

 
At October 06, 2006 9:59 PM, Blogger Halcyon said...

One more thing, I loved the farewell photo!

 

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