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Obit: Diane Easby (May 2013)

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Subject: obit diane easby [borchester echo
From: The Sandman
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 01:22 PM

Ijust saw this news on face book,I only met her once, but i enjoyed her posts here, RIP.


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Subject: RE: obit diane easby [borchester echo
From: fat B****rd
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 01:23 PM

RIP Diane


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 01:34 PM

That is a shame. She was always well informed, and did not suffer fools at all, much less gladly.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: My guru always said
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 01:40 PM

Awful news, candle lit! RIP Diane


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 01:43 PM

She certainly didn't suffer me, although a fool I absolutely am not! That aside, her knowledge of music was encyclopaedic, and she defended the music she loved with every fibre. Diane had a wonderful grasp of vocabulary, and it was always a joy to read her posts (even when she 'went off on one'!). A real character, and a sad loss.

RIP Diane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 01:46 PM

Addendum to my post above - my Mudcat Handle comes from a heated exchange with Diane. I will be forever grateful to her for giving it to me.
Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 01:47 PM

I always loved the way she spoke her mind. She also gave me one of my favourite self-descriptions: snigger-songwriter. I was wondering only the other day why she'd gone quiet, having missed her wit and her fire. May your fiddle raise hell, Countess! RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: GUEST,MtheGM
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 01:49 PM

Adieu Diane: and thank you - One of my first and finest mentors when I came on to the Cat 4 years ago.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 01:57 PM

Intelligent, abrasive, opinionated, knowledgeable, sarcastic, and a Star of what I used to call the British Folk Wars here on the Mudcat. Didn't know her, but she gave as well as she got in every battle. In a world of people who suffer in silence, it was damnably refreshing to witness one who refused to keep her mouth shut and wouldn't back down. Rest in in Peace seems like an alien concept when I think of the Countess. I hope there is some sort of English Traditional Music Valhalla where Ms Easby can brawl to her heart's content, sleep the deep sleep of the innocent, and rise to fight again.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 02:04 PM

Very sad news. I shall miss her learned contributions.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 02:13 PM

Does anyone know if her cats are being cared for? She won't rest in peace unless they are. We need to find out.


God, watch out! She'll give you a hard time, but you will come to love her, as we all did...yes, even her Sidmouth Seagull cared about her and I've missed her a lot these past years, for we danced a Merry Dance together...


I know her cats meant all to her and when she was ill a while back, it was worrying her so much that no-one was caring for them.

Does anyone know what's happened to them?

I'll miss you, kid, but one day I'll be up there too and then, we can start arguing all over again.. xxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: The Sandman
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 02:13 PM

Life is very short.
It is very easy to get a completely wrong impression of someone from internet discussion forums.Icooresponede with Diane a lot by e mail and I remember her from her time at Cecil Sharp House, she was vivacious , witty, knowledgeable and humourous, she was not perfect, who is?, but I will miss her a lot.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 02:24 PM

Oh, it says here she died in May..

http://www.froots.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7312


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: GUEST,Ruth Archer
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 02:26 PM

Gutted.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 02:30 PM

I've just written to Ian Anderson, to see if he knows more...


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: gnu
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 02:44 PM

Oh my! Ditto all of the above posts. RIP and thanks, Diane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: GUEST,Sean Breadin (Sedayne / Blandiver)
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 03:16 PM

Sad news. RIP. Much respect.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 03:28 PM

Reading the Froots thread it seems nobody knows much about it.

This is very sad news.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 03:33 PM

Very sad indeed.

DtG


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 04:27 PM

Very sad news.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 04:44 PM

She gave me such a hard time when I first joined the Mudcat family, but failed to scare me off. Life was never dull when she was at the keyboard. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: selby
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 05:06 PM

Had a couple of strong discussions with her I find the sad thing at this moment we as a community where not there for her if she needed us because unfortunately she did not ask or tell us, I remember her going into hospital earlier in the year and being worried about her cats but I feel we all forgot her,


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 05:25 PM

I'm sorry if I was nasty to her.


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Subject: RE: Obit: diane easby [borchester echo
From: The Sandman
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 07:19 PM

good words,Al.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Janie
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 10:14 PM

I'll simply second what LEJ said much more articulately than could I.

Condolences to her family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Ron Davies
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 11:26 PM

Somebody said that if he suffered fools gladly he'd have no time for anything else. She acted on this insight, it seems.   Good for her.   She'll be missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,highlandman at work
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 01:07 AM

Sorry to hear this. Never met her other than here; as someone who can be at times no less a fool than most of us, I blundered into her line of fire a time or two. But I always respected her knowledge and passion.
I will always remember her as having posted the absolute, far-and-away all-time funniest one-liner I have read anywhere, and it was a good-natured jab to boot. I'll have to hunt it down and refer to it here.
She has been missed already; sad to know it will be permanent.
-Glenn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 02:13 AM

"...I find the sad thing at this moment we as a community where not there for her if she needed us because unfortunately she did not ask or tell us, I remember her going into hospital earlier in the year and being worried about her cats but I feel we all forgot her,"


No, Selby, we did NOT forget her, and that thread is testament to that.

I was the one that started that thread, albeit in disguise, so as not to get the usual flack.

What few people know is the Diane and I wrote to each other 'behind the scenes'...and when one of her beloved cats went missing after she had moved house, long before she became ill, I wrote to her, suggesting that he might be back at her old house....as this had happened to a neighbour of mine, and their cat had walked from Pinner back to Walton-on-the-Naze.

She was very touched that I had written to her and told me that many, many others had also written to her and how deeply it had touched her heart. She'd put on Ian's board, over on fRoots, that the pain she felt from the loss of her cat was only akin to the sense of loss she had over losing her great friend, Sandy Denny.

We both knew that we brought people into the BBC board and, as such, into folk music...and Diane and I sparked off each other as no other two posters did...and often she'd have me rolling round the floor with her wit...although she most certainly went OTT at times, but those times were possibly some of the best, where I screeched and she sighed and we'd fight our verbal battles to the death.

When the BBC banned us both, they ended that board, utterly and totally. It had become the most popular, thriving and vibrant board they had and it ONLY worked because of Diane and I.

We were made for each other....and I most certainly had respect for her, even though she drove me nuts at times.

Her fieriness encouraged to me to learn so much more and her imagination brought out mine.

Strangely, with the news of her death, albeit seemingly to have occurred months ago, I feel I've lost the best writing partner I ever had....Diane was able to say things to me that NO other person was allowed to get away with.

I'd probably not even have become the passionate writer I have, were it not for her, for she ignited something in me.

I have missed her for many years, ever since we were broken apart by the BBC. I will always miss the silly ol' bat, for there will never be another Sweetums, for sure.

And I know that if she were reading this, she'd be putting fingers to keyboard to tear all the wimpish emotion apart, but inside her, inside that deeply private part of her, lay a very different side of her...

She even got a Get Well Soon card from her Sidmouth Seagull when she was taken ill, as I knew the hospital she was in and spoke to the nurses there as I wanted her to know that her cats WERE being taken care of. The nurse told me how very pleased she was to hear that, as Diane had been so desperately worried about them, and that she'd tell her immediately. "Could you also tell her that Lizzie sends her love, please"...and that was passed on to her...and she knew that I cared when she received my card, for it was one my daughter had painted, of a Sidmouth Sunset...and it was filled with words of concern and humour too.

So she DID know, very much, that people cared.   She lived the way she did because that was the way she wanted to live....But she KNEW she was cared about.

Lizzie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Will Fly
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 02:27 AM

Ah - will we ever talk of "f*olk" again... RIP Diane, and thanks for our conversations about the Cousins and Klooks Kleek.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,JeremyRS
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 04:00 AM

Very sad to hear this news. I never met Diane but like many enjoyed reading her posts here and elsewhere even when I didn't agree with thm. And also like many here had a spat or two with her, but always felt that she was driven by her passionate love of music and caring about it and so never took offence.

Much sympathy to her family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,Banjiman
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 04:08 AM

One of the great Mudcat characters gone ......... like everyone else I will miss having my throat torn out by her.

Again as others have said, private correspondence with her was always of a different nature completely.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Edthefolkie
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 06:23 AM

Oh dear, that is bad news. RIP Diane. Although at one time we moved in some of the same circles, we never actually met. I'm so glad I sent her a card when she was ill.

Actually, if you forget the invective, she talked a lot of good sense. Lizzie, I didn't know that she knew Sandy - I can imagine sparks flying there, both of them took no prisoners on the surface, but underneath??


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 06:41 AM

Could any of her friends give a short description of her life. She clearly did and knew a lot


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 07:14 AM

David Delarre's Mum was one of her close friends, as was Ralph Jordan, and if anyone can contact Ralph, with regard to Diane's cats, I'd be very grateful.

I'm really worried about them...need to know they're OK and being loved and cared for.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 09:39 AM

Lizzie. If you were such bosom pals with late Diane, I assume you have the means to contact her family if you so wish. I have no connection with the family. And if she sadly died in May, the cats either ran away or are dead from starvation by now. Why not contact the local PDSA (or similar) Anyway, I already have 2 cats. So I couldn't take anymore on. BTW cats are pretty resourceful animals, assuming they managed to get out of the house. Sorry, but I can't help.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 09:45 AM

I daresay the police would have contacted the RSPCA at the time but as Ralph says it's too late to worry about them now.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,Chris Murray
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 09:54 AM

I'm a relic of the Radio 2 boards and was sometimes on the receiving end of some of Diane's more cutting remarks but I didn't mind as she was often very funny! I used to enjoy reading her comments and there's no doubt that she knew more about folk music than I ever will. I'll miss her.

I don't contribute to Mudcat now mainly because of the nastiness that used to be directed towards me but I am a lurker so I knew that Diane had been ill and I knew what was the matter with her.

I don't really believe that the Radio 2 folk message board was closed down because of the bickering. If I remember rightly, all of the boards were closed down to save money, including the Terry Wogan board. The Archers message boards have gone the same way.

What Ralphie said about the cats.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 11:39 AM

yes perhaps we're all talking and arguing with one big piece of cyber protoplasm......beware THE NET....!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 11:44 AM

Or with someone who screws up an Obit thread because they can't read...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 12:02 PM

Diane Easby - 'Countess Richard' ill. This is "that" thread to which Lizzie referred, begun last November. Her brother posted in that thread.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 12:18 PM

I always enjoyed her posts.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 12:42 PM

Thank you, Jeri.

Ralph, I will try to get a message to David Delarre.

George, can you contact him via Jim Causley, I wonder? David said ages back on the BBC board that his Mum and Diane were best friends.   



Unlike you, Ralph, I would rather try to do what I can to try and trace her cats, if it is at all possible, but thank you for you message. As this is an Obit thread for Diane, I will refrain from suggesting that you stick your head up your arse for being so deliberately, and unnecessarily rude.

Again, thank you.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,Marianne S.
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 01:08 PM

"As this is an Obit thread for Diane, I will refrain from suggesting that you stick your head up your arse for being so deliberately, and unnecessarily rude."

This is indeed an obit thread and a little more respect is due. To say you will refrain from suggesting something whilst doing exactly that is intellectual dishonesty.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,highlandman at work
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 01:11 PM

As promised:
In a 2008 thread entitled "Folk Dreams," Jack Blandiver related that he had dreamt about winning some sort of competition, first prize in which was "to take Maddy Prior to a singaround of my choice for her 50th birthday."
Jack elaborated for a paragraph or three and asked if anyone else had these sort of dreams.
To which Diane immediately responded, "Her fiftieth? Did you fall asleep in a Tardis?"
I apologize if I am the only one who finds this so funny, but I laughed at it for hours then, and it still makes me chuckle.
It is how I will always remember Diane, for her blazingly quick and razor sharp wit, plus her encyclopedic knowledge and her passion for music.
RIP Diane.
-Glenn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,grumpy
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 01:11 PM

Diane was a cantankerous, grizzly, and very grumpy old git, but she certainly knew her stuff and her postings made me laugh out loud many times. Above all, she recognized the power of tradition and sought to support it as much as she could.

I'll down a pint for her tonight.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 01:19 PM

Lizzie...Rude? Don't think so. Just practical. I'm sure the police would have contacted the local rescue centre months ago regarding the cats. If anyone is being rude I would suggest it isn't me. Yes, I had my run ins on line with Diane, but, having had a few meetings with her over the years, I managed to form a friendship. Don't think that the same will happen with you?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,Chris Murray
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 02:04 PM

There was a thread a few years ago when Diane first became ill. A mudcatter went to see her in hospital - but I can't remember who it was. I must admit that I've been wondering how she was - and fearing the worst.

Yes, she was very very funny at times. That's how I like to remember her.

I'm surprised Ian from fRoots doesn't know more - I always thought they were friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,Chris Murray
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 02:21 PM

Sorry, Jeri, I misread the message. I'm sure Diane would have laughed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 02:34 PM

I emailed Jim C with a request to pass it on the David Delarre, with a request to pass it on to his Mum, with a request to get in touch with me.

I considered refraining from suggesting that you refrain from holding your collective breath. But in the end I refrained from refraining.

Anyone got an aspirin?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: MikeL2
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 02:41 PM

Sorry to hear the sad news. Never met Dianne - except through her many posts here.

RIP Dianne you are already being missed here.

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 03:09 PM

Chris, I'm sorry I crabbed at you, too.
(Mudcat is losing posts again -- third time I've sent this.)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 03:46 PM

You accused me of being sexist... of leering over women.... of being some sort of pervert... but hey Diane... you knew your music even if you got me wrong! Rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 04:01 PM

It's sunk in a bit now and out of the initial sadness I have started looking through old posts.

I once had an idea to walk the route as sung in Mr Fox's 'The Gypsy'. Two grand things came from that thread. I got in touch with Bob Pegg to go over some details and found him one of the most helpful and generous people I have encountered. Second was Diane offering to join me -

I love mad ideas! In early April this year I walked the Hambledon Drove Road section of the Cleveland Way and part of the Lyke Wake walk.

I'm up for this one. We could all have Mr Fox on our walkmans...and try and make the overnight stops at pubs with music.



I really wish I had done it now but, when I do, I will certainly take Diane up on the Walkman idea and have a pint or two for her as well :-)

There were many others and lots of PMs, far too many to mention. But I shall reflect and remember her fondly as one of my mentors and a fellow spirit in not suffering fools gladly.

Cheers Diane, I am sure you would know what I am referring too!

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Kampervan
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 04:44 PM

How sad, how very very sad I am to hear this news.

Like many others, my first contact with Diane came shortly after I joined Mudcat and I posted a critical comment about a well-known and very popular artist.

Diane castigated me in no uncertain terms, quite rightly, because what I said was personal and opinionated rather than constructive criticism.

I've tried never to do that since and to always look for the positive in people rather than the negatives.

Diane taught me that, and we exchanged several PMs in which she was unfailingly friendly and helpful.

As has been said repeatedly, her knowledge of f*lk was encyclopaedic and she was always ready to give anyone the benefit of it (whether it was wanted or not!)

I know that she stopped participating in Mudcat some time ago but I will always remember her with affection; and the thought that she will never again contribute to this forum is intensely sad and depressing.

Thanks for everything Diane, it was great knowing you - even from a distance.

K/van


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,Chris Murray
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 07:35 PM

I've just been looking at Diane's posts on Mudcat. Her last post (less than a year ago) was an enthusiastic review of a concert that she'd been to, with information about future concerts. That was so typical of her. She constantly enjoyed the music, particularly anything new and fresh.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,cardboard cutout
Date: 23 Aug 13 - 08:53 AM

I never (knowingly) met Diane/Countess Richard/Borchester Echo either, but always enjoyed her posts and appreciated both her defence of younger more innovative or creative artists, (which was the purpose for which she first joined Mudcat, I seem to remember),and comments against the general messageboard reactionary excesses.

Very sad, and she's much missed. Hoping she had the ending she would have chosen.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,Captain Jack Sparrow
Date: 23 Aug 13 - 09:30 AM

Diane was one of the great characters of the Folk Message boards. She certainly knew a lot about music and was pretty good at passing that knowledge on, albeit that sometimes you felt you had been on the receiving end of a live hand grenade. She had her own blind spots to the attractions of certain artists and sometimes overlooked deficiencies in her own favourites, but so do we all. I shall miss her.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 23 Aug 13 - 11:51 AM

Sad news indeed. Diane was a loyal supporter of The Halliard & Nic Jones. We never met; corresponded intermittently & spoke on the phone occasionally. I valued her knowledge highly & sought her counsel often. A great loss...Diane was one of a kind.
                                                    Nigel Paterson.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: GUEST,Emma B
Date: 23 Aug 13 - 01:00 PM

Like many others who respected Diane for her wealth of knowlwdge and forthrightfulness I will miss her wit and wisdom.
I never had the fortune to meet her in real life but stayed in touch by her occasional posts to a friendship group of other likeminded 'lapsed catters' on Facebook.
R.I.P


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo]
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 25 Aug 13 - 09:30 AM

From Ralph: >>Lizzie...Rude? Don't think so. Just practical. I'm sure the police would have contacted the local rescue centre months ago regarding the cats.<<

Well, they sure as hell didn't do that when she was taken into hospital, Ralph. I, and others, contacted various organizations and this was eventually sorted out for her, because she was worrying her head off in hospital, as she knew her cats *weren't* being taken care of.

George has very kindly contacted others who may know what happened to them and hopefully, they ARE being taken care.

I know she won't rest, were this not the case.



>>>>"If anyone is being rude I would suggest it isn't me."<<<<

Nope, you've been a spiteful, sarcastic, unpleasant ol' bugger towards me since I DARED to suggest on the BBC board, that many artists came together to sing some of Nic's songs, with the money being raised going to help him.

You see, Diane wrote to me to tell me that you wanted it passed on to me that if EVER I took Nic's name and started writing about him, you'd make sure I came to know about it...She wrote to me on Myspace....She'd been having a 3 hour conversation with you and seemed a little out of it, as she was spitting out vitriol to me, where before, she'd been kind and 'normal'. She also told me you were her dearest friend.


>>>"Yes, I had my run ins on line with Diane, but, having had a few meetings with her over the years, I managed to form a friendship. Don't think that the same will happen with you?<<

How absolutely correct you are, Ralph, for I do not make friends with those who are total shits towards me...You even got told off for your constant bitchy bullying of me by Fiona, another of the BBC posters now passed on...despite me being her Numero Uno person to harrass..

This was because Diane and I had both verbally whacked her bum for being a real pain in the arse towards us both, trying to get us removed from the board, constantly moan moan moaning about us....BOTH Diane and I had kept quiet until one day, she simply way overstepped the mark and got told what both of us should have told her a very, very long time before...

This upset her and, having finally had a dose of her own medicine, she then took YOU to task for doing exactly what she herself had done so often to me, telling you that she now knew how it felt and asking you stop...

But you never did...bringing it over too....

My friends aren't folks such as you, but kind, loving people who'd never dream of doing what you did, what you do.

I don't like you anymore, pure and simple. I once liked your music, but now no longer own any of it, for bullying, snidey little shits do not live in my record collection, no matter how lovely their music.



>>>>"As this is an Obit thread for Diane, I will refrain from suggesting that you stick your head up your arse for being so deliberately, and unnecessarily rude."

This is indeed an obit thread and a little more respect is due. To say you will refrain from suggesting something whilst doing exactly that is intellectual dishonesty.<<<<

Sigh....

It's called fecking HUMOUR, Marianne! And, may I politely suggest that as this IS an Obit thread, you either talk about the person who has died, or just don't say a word, rather than come in here and ONLY post what you did....

You see, it's...doh...HUMOUR! As in, I SAID it, then said I wasn't going to say it...

I rest me case m'Lud!

Gawd, Diane would be having a fit over the lack of humour in this thread, for the one thing she did have, at times, was a rollickingly dry wit. She could be a right pain in the arse at times and drove me nuts, but there was another side to her too...and I think she'd been fumingly angry with the world ever since Sandy Denny died, who she once mentioned on fRoots as having been her best friend...

And now, I'll leave some of the Moaning Minnies to this thread...

Oh, but before I go, Chris, I DO accept apologies, because, as ever, you were so fast to jump in with criticism of me that you didn't even BOTH to go and find the thread about Diane that I started...

Please note, that the reason I started that thread Incognito (which Joe and a few others knew about) was BECAUSE of folks such as yourself who just can't WAIT to swoop down and have a go at me..

You fucked up badly
You chose NOT to apologise...

YOUR decision
YOUR personality....

Thank you.

I hope Sweetums is up there giving Fiona Faery a right talking to and making God wish he was down here for a while, because she sure will be The BADDEST Angel in town. ;0)

:0)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Silas
Date: 26 Aug 13 - 01:08 PM

Really sad news. I, like many people here had more than one run in with Diane - but its only because we are all pasionate about our music - she was incredibly knowledeable, we will probably never know just how knowledgeable and well connected she was which is a real shame. We said some pretty mean things to each other in the past. I regret this now - but it is too late to put that right and if she was still here I probably wouldnt want to! Such is human nature.

Ma your god bless you Diane - and thanks for the memories.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: theleveller
Date: 26 Aug 13 - 01:36 PM

Sad to hear this news. We had many a bitter battle (which I'm sure we both enjoyed)- often when we were on the same side. Latterly, we found we had a lot in common; not just folk music and especially young performers like Mawkin, but our political leanings, love of English literature and cats, our Yorkshire roots, and the fact that we both painted our bathrooms red (she repainted hers because she said it was like showering in tomato soup). Thank goodness you were an athiest - God woudn't stand a chance against you.

Goodbye, Diane. I think Nikos Kazantzakis' epitaph would be appropriate for you: "I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: treewind
Date: 26 Aug 13 - 06:37 PM

Mary and I have met Diane and even stayed with her once after a London gig. She was a charming host (I think we might have been given her bedroom while she slept in the spare room, but one doesn't ask) and over a long breakfast we put the folk world to rights (as you do). In real life she was much more quiet spoken than you might expect from her Mudcat postings, but she certainly knew a lot about the folk scene over many decades.

I'm sorry to hear she's gone, and rather sad that her death wasn't reported nearer the time it happened, even on Mudcat which often gets the news first.

RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Smedley
Date: 27 Aug 13 - 06:52 AM

Sad news. Her posts here would enliven any discussion with sharp and merciless wit and she will be greatly missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 27 Aug 13 - 08:24 AM

Just caught up with this thread having been away for a week and I am very sorry to hear this bad news. Diane's knowledge of music, politics and grammar was unquestionable and she literally dared you to confront her. Yes, we clashed from time to time regarding folk music but the infuriating this was that while we both cherished the same values regarding the music, its portrayal and presentation, I nearly always found her coming at it from an opposite angle. When she did actually agree with you it seemed like you had achieved a profound victory!
We did correspond via Facebook and on PM occasionally where we got along very well; the greatest compliment she paid me was when David Sutherland, also from the North East, had done exceptionally well on Mastermind answering questions on The Child Ballads. Going on Facebook to confess that this person wasn't me she answered that she thought it wouldn't be "since it would be a bit of a hike to travel from Nottingham to Gateshead for work every day!"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: alanabit
Date: 27 Aug 13 - 12:29 PM

She was certainly an interesting and lively member of this forum. I met her once at St.Albans when I played there with Markus. I don't know the area well, but I believe she made a considerable effort to get out. She was witty and engaging in person and I wish I had known her better.
Many people here knew her a lot better than I did, but I found her interesting for many reasons, not least for the fact that she too had lived in Germany. (She spoke fluent German and French to a level that she was able to work as a translator).
I am very sad to hear of her passing.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Brian Peters
Date: 27 Aug 13 - 02:56 PM

As Anahata said, Diane was surprisingly soft-spoken in person, if you only knew her via Mudcat. I never had an online fall-out with her myself, and I admire those above who have put past flamewars behind them to offer their tributes. Some of her posts were witty, most of them knowledgable, and some of them plain terrifying. All of which made her one of the 'must read' contributors here. A very sad loss.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Lizzie Cornish
Date: 27 Aug 13 - 06:09 PM

You know, I would have loved to have actually *seen* Diane, in a photo. I've visualized her so often...

And leveller, I loved your post.. :0) x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 28 Aug 13 - 07:13 AM

I was shocked to arrive home and open Facebook messages from Chris, first saying that he was asking a friend to call to her flat, then confirming the sad news. Even sadder that the only people who seem to care enough to make enquiries all live miles away. I wonder if there was even a funeral.

I met her for lunch last time I was in London, and (along with Kevin Shiels) had a great gabfest putting the folk world to rights, recalling old friends and reliving past times. I was so looking forward to getting together with her again, and taking that canal-side walk in Canonbury, near where I used to live, that we promised ourselves. She was a stalwart of another era, and it's devastating to think that one more of us is gone.

I can confirm what other people have said - that she was far nicer and gentler in real life than her peppery online persona would suggest. Also far more sensitive. We emailed each other quite a lot at one time (I think later on, eyesight problems made computer work difficult for her - she was going to Moorfields regularly, plus a whole slew of medical appointments in other areas). But it always baffled me that she could be such a great friend offline and then - too often - turn into Ms Hyde once she got anywhere near a forum. She once expressed private regret to me about how many people she had pissed off, prompting me to wonder (but not ask) why she wrote in such a provocative manner.

It's been a horrible time for losing people. I'm just home from California, where I've been attending my very ill father, who died while I was there. I had intermittent internet access, and the first time I popped my nose in here, it was to learn that our beloved Kat had passed. Then when I got back to my own computer and and looked at my Facebook messages, I found out from Chris that Diane was gone. Then here, only to learn about Bobbie Ritchie (R.I.P.). Interestingly, Diane had sent me an audio clip of Simon Ritchie (of whom she was a fan) as a Christmas greeting just this year past. So it's with a very heavy heart that I write this. In the immortal words of James Taylor:

Always thought I'd see you again.

Rest in peace, Diane


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Mike Rogers
Date: 28 Aug 13 - 07:37 AM

I always wanted to meet Diane, partly because she knew some people that I knew from way back, and partly because I suspected that there was humour, rather than malice, in some of retorts. Sad that she's passed gently.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,squeezy
Date: 28 Aug 13 - 08:24 AM

This is horrible news - and such sad circumstances.

I did meet her many times in person and all I can say is that face-to-face she was charming and intelligent and meeting her put the sometimes abrasive nature of her musings on various forums in to context - which was that she was very driven and passionate about music and particularly traditional music and had very strong views - but she was normally smiling when she conveyed them. I think that taught me a lot about the pitfalls of trying to discuss important things using only text with people you don't know much about.

Lizzie if you want to know what she looked like - here's a picture of Diane at a Bellowhead gig

RIP Diane


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 29 Aug 13 - 05:01 AM

Glad we had that short time with Diane recently Bonnie. I don't think I could put thoughts better than you did.

Kevin


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 29 Aug 13 - 05:53 AM

Cheers, Kevin - it was great to reconnect with you too. I wish I could delete from my mental screen the image of her mail still lying there untouched three months later - and all that it implies - but I'll probably never quite manage it. Therefore I'm even gladder for the fun memories of our jolly boozy lunch together.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 29 Aug 13 - 06:00 PM

Apart from a few short lines in another forum and on her Facebook page, this thread may be the only "remembrance book" Diane has, or ever will have.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Aug 13 - 09:43 PM

Open, closed
Opened, closed
Opened closed
Do we have a trigger happy Mod here or just some nasty comments?

Sweetums is probably the worst. Wait, no....it can't be. Can it?

She was a nasty bitch in print. Never met her in person but she lied about me, put words in my mouth,claimed I said things I never said, and I had no use for her.

No idea if she 'knew music' or not, but I'm betting that Liz (DCML) wasn't her best friend in spite of what Ms. Liz says....sweetums indeed.

Oh, and see to her cats please? four months after she dies? Cats dead, feral, re-homed. If Liz is such a GOOD friend, why didn't SHE take the poor pusses, or at least know about their homeless-ness sooner? Eh?

Eh? OH...right...it's Lizzie. Sorry. Diane, whoever, whatever you were, I wish you well on your new Journey.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 29 Aug 13 - 10:14 PM

Oh Guest! Please have a care about Diane's friends feelings - whom she is now separated from.

She wasn't my mate. She was the only person I have ever refused to have as a friend on Facebook - I am ashamed to say. I think she could see I was in earnest about music - as much as herself - but she had no appreciation of the dilemma contemporary folk artists found themselves in the seventies - after the English folk clubs had been purged of the hated Yankee influence.

But thats all past and gone - and she was one of our number. She'd sat in the same clubs we had - formed different conclusions.

I know the time to say nice things about one's fellow humans is when they're alive to hear it. But nonetheless - Diana's friends were taking a little comfort from recalling her gentler side. What would it have cost you to let it lie?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Bryony
Date: 29 Aug 13 - 10:38 PM

Gosh, I am shocked. I did meet Diane a few times as she was a big supporter of The Witches. She certainly knew her stuff and often sent me links to songs and tunes back on the BBC site...many of which were moderated away, much to her fury! How sad that we didn't find out sooner. RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Ellen Vannin
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 03:20 AM

Big Al - I think the problem for Diane's friends is that someone is claiming a friendship which did not, in fact, exist, and in terms - 'Sweetums' - which would have made Diane very angry. It's Diane's friends who are protesting against this grotesque behaviour on the part of someone whom Diane could not stand.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 06:02 AM

What Big Al said. Turned up to eleven.

Guest at 09:43, I realise everyone is entitled to free speech and their own opinions, but you could at least have the basic decency and courage to identify yourself.

Diane's friends were taking a little comfort from recalling her gentler side. What would it have cost you to let it lie?

Re cats, if the police knew in May that she'd died, they would have dealt with it in May. Someone must have had to go into the flat to carry out the necessary procedures, and hungry kitties would have been meowing and leaping at the door. Impossible to miss. I can't believe they were locked back inside unattended afterwards. The RSPCA or somebody would have brought them out and seen them into shelter. Maybe a neighbour even took them in.

Diane did certainly love those cats. They were her constant companions, while it took someone living in Iceland to ask that enquiries be made, when he got no response to constant attempts at communication with her. Think about that.

Please, no more fighting. PLEASE. Points have been raised, points have been answered. Now let it lie, and let Diane lie.

I want to be able to think of this thread as a gathering of friends. Feeling bad enough already.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: The Sandman
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 07:57 AM

well said,Bonnie.
I enjoyed Dianes posts on this forum, I shall miss her.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Ambridge Extra
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 08:21 AM

You know, Diane loved a good scrap. What she hated was bullshit. What she would absolutely loathe if she were here to see it is the sickening fawning of MLC. So in her own words:

"What you refuse to understand is that Beer & Knightley just want you to SHUT UP. What they don't mind is criticism as long as it is informed and music-based. They understand that many (myself among them) far prefer some of their other projects to SoH which continues to strike me as over-produced and a tad bombastic. For this reason I have never seen a SoH set but wish them well and hope they make a living. I've never even met Steve K and have encountered Mr Beer only vaguely at a workshop. Thus, I neither "love" nor "hate" them but have come to admire them as people for enduring so bravely all the shit that MLC hurls their way. Do grow up, fuck off and LEARN SOMETHING before spouting any more drivel."

" 'Diane and I have been joking'

I am not joking. Nor was Phil Beer. Nor Eliza Carthy. Nor many others who don't (yet) say what they think about the embarrassment they suffer from MLC's destructive drivel so very publicly. Music fora are for exchanging information; they are not crazed fanzines. I come here to seek and to impart information on songs and tunes, not to see distasteful crap about "boysies". "

She said a lot more, and a lot more strongly, both in PMs and on threads over the years, but know this: Diane could not stand Lizzie Cornish. She loathed her. And there is nothing that would make her turn in her grave more than this self-serving, attention-seeking post-mortem fawning. Diane would have told MLC to fuck off in no uncertain terms. And I don't care if it makes mods or anyone else uncomfortable: as she isn't here to do it for herself, I am doing it for her.

Wherever you are, Diane: give 'em hell. I'm sorry we all let you down. xx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Silas
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 08:27 AM

Amen to that Bonnie - she was sometimes angry because she was passionate about music. She gave me a right bollocking about a comment I made on the Bulmer/Nic Jones thread a few years ago, but I was actually trying to support her argument at the time!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 10:16 AM

"....but know this: Diane could not stand Lizzie Cornish. She loathed her. And there is nothing that would make her turn in her grave more than this self-serving, attention-seeking post-mortem fawning. Diane would have told MLC to fuck off in no uncertain terms. And I don't care if it makes mods or anyone else uncomfortable: as she isn't here to do it for herself, I am doing it for her..."

Well, well, I wondered how long it would be before you turned up again.

Sadly, for you, Diane and I DID write to each other..and I DID send her a get well card whilst she was in hospital recently..and I DID phone up and speak to the nurse on her ward to ask her to let Diane know her cats were being taken care of by some friends of hers who were sorting it all out...and the nurse DID tell me how worried Diane had been about them and now, she felt she'd be able to relax at long last, as she'd been in a real state about them since her admission...

And I DID start the thread asking others to help, as a 'Guest' because of foul folks like you who are so filled with hatred.

I chose not to be like you..

I've also chosen to dwell on the GOOD side of things in here..as have so many others.

Thanks anyway and have a nice day. xx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 10:33 AM

Sorry, but I can stand it no longer as well.

Lizzie, look at how many time you put 'I did' in your post. It's easy, you put them in caps. It is all about you and what you did. This thread is supposed to be in remembrance of Diane but once again you have tried to make it about you and appropriate it to your own ends.

Luckily I did know Diane on this forum, on others, by many personal mails, by lots of mutual friends and I can confirm what Ambridge Extra says. Your relationship with Diane was all one way. Just like your relationship with Show of Hands and Eliza Carthy. Diane did not want it. She really could not stand you and for you to pretend you had some sort of special relationship is both disrespectful and dishonest.

Please stop it now.

DtG.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 11:09 AM

This thread is depressing on so many levels.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 11:21 AM

Lizzie. Stop digging. Nobody appreciates your rants. Having had many a conversation with Diane regarding you, I couldn't type her opinion of you and your attitudes. I'd be banned in perpetuity. Best to leave it, don't you think? Just a thought. She was 50 times the woman you'll ever be.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 11:50 AM

.... so, I'm returning from a year of self imposed exile.

I never knew or corresponded with Diane Easby
but actually feel some kind of sentimental loss.

I greatly admired and envied her abrasive wit and searing intellect.

I always entertained the idle notion
that if I ever did get round to posting any self produced recordings,
Her's would be the opinion/criticism I'd most respect and value..

no matter how scathing.........


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Rain Dog
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 12:28 PM

I first encountered Diane on the BBC Folk board which in turn led me to this place. We exchanged a few pms here, especially in 2004 when she was not able to take up my offer of a ticket to see a certain performer in Hammersmith. I enjoyed reading most of her posts and will miss her from the various boards.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 12:29 PM

You guys know what I did this afternoon? I went out into the back field and planted blooming fuchsia and lemon balm and lavender. Now my garden is beautiful. My mind's in a lot better shape too.

When twilight comes I'm going to sit out there with a cool drink and watch the sunset and raise a parting glass.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Acme
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 12:34 PM

Very nice, Bonnie!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 12:35 PM

Well done and said, Bonnie. I haven't planted anything as our back is full of builders rubble (Don't ask!) but I will still raise a glass and start plans for the walk Diane and I talked about long ago.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 01:21 PM

RIP Diane. It's such a pity that some have chosen an obituary thread of all things, to try to score points against Lizzie, who is merely trying in her own way to pay tribute to Diane. Those involved should be deeply deeply ashamed of themselves. Please don't bother with any self-righteous justifications. Once I've typed this I'm out of here once again. This thread has become very depressing indeed. I never, despite my long experience of the bad side of Mudcat, expected that anyone would stoop so low.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Morris-ey
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 01:36 PM

Diane and I did not always agree but she had some integrity and I am saddened at her death.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Acme
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 02:06 PM

This thread is a hot mess. I never crossed swords with Easby, but one has to feel a bit sorry for her after the not-so-tender ministrations she has received in this discussion. It falls into the "add insult to injury" category.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 02:31 PM

I liked Diane's posts, I found her acerbic, informed and interesting.
I'm saddened to see another MC character gone.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 02:49 PM

I felt most honoured the evening she came totally unannounced to the folk club I used to run.She was generous in her praise and that meant a lot.

thanks Diane

She was of a rare breed and is already missed by many.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 03:00 PM

I was just looking through my PM Archive at a message from Diane on May 25th 2010, the last one in fact, about 60s/70s writers, the last line made me burst out laughing,
' Colin Irwin is a twat, the people of Minehead collectively hate him because he said he " couldn't find " The Hobby Horse. '

How can you not love someone who still makes you laugh after they have gone, beautiful.

I wish she was still with us.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 03:38 PM

Perfect story Dave H. Absolutely sums Diane up to a T.

The other Dave, whoever you are, I am glad you are off this thread. Or, in words Diane would approve of, Fuck off.

Maggie - I did warn you.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 05:50 PM

So sorry to hear this sad news.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: The Sandman
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 08:49 PM

I miss Diane Easby.
I have no objection to any of Lizzies postings. What I find annoying are anonymous poster/ posters, who come on to this thread to cause trouble, please show some respect, this is an obituary thread.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Acme
Date: 30 Aug 13 - 09:33 PM

GSS, turning the discussion away from the subject of the thread has been the problem, is what has made it unrespectful.

Dear Readers,

The thread is being moderated and it will remain an obituary thread. If you were a friend or have a memory that contributes, then please post it. If you have the desire to change the subject, your posts will be deleted.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Chris Murray
Date: 31 Aug 13 - 07:43 PM

Sorry Lizzie. I made a mistake and I haven't looked at the board for 10 days now so didn't realise that an apology was expected. I accept that my comment might have sounded flippant and out of place but I genuinely thought for a moment that you were really Good Soldier Schweik. I don't post on Mudcat much now (too much unpleasantness) so I'm a bit out of touch. It wasn't meant as a criticism of you - I misread your comment, for which I sincerely apologise. Yes, I should have checked it properly - and I will in future.

As I said, Diane would have laughed at me for being so stupid but she wouldn't have thought I was being malicious. I'm not.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Lizzie Cornish
Date: 11 Sep 13 - 09:34 AM

Thank you for your apology, Chris.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Rahere (Jeremy Main)
Date: 11 Sep 13 - 04:50 PM

Bonnie,
I've been away on the Continent for a good many years, you may just remember me in the Jack Hayward gang in the 80s. After singing with CSH's House Choir for a year, I've just met up with a new Singer's Club at Bowes Park, and live not far away, at Oakwood (ie within a couple of miles of Diane's home). Your word is, of course, good enough for me. I don't greatly follow MudCat, so I've only just woken up to this, but I'm posting this as although it's too late to do any real good now, none the less there are folks on the ground who might be able to help if it turns out there's something needing to be done. I certainly discovered Borchester's postings and felt they made sense.
The Bowes Park club's only just started, under Cath Perry (used to run the CSH Saturday voice group) and Mary Blake. So I guess if there are loose ends, there are folks who can help without too much hassle. For example, her Facebook page remains open, so I'm wondering what happened next. Sometimes if they're hunting for heirs, the funeral may be deferred. Does anyone who knew her know if she had a family to take care of matters? If they don't know, don't suppose, the last thing anyone would want want is to impose. But on the other hand, if she were to face a Rigby funeral, I'd think we might want to do something about it.
I'll check back here in the morning, unless anyone really knows I'll check very quietly with the hospital - I'm passing in that direction anyway.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 11 Sep 13 - 05:31 PM

Hi Jeremy - lovely to touch base again.

Sadly, Diane died back in May. The shock you sense here is that none of us knew about it until now. Chris and I left Facebook messages etc back in the summer, which went unanswered. And now, a lot of questions still go unanswered and probably always will.

I don't live in the UK anymore (the news of your singers' club makes me homesick!) but you can email me - bonnieharp att hot mail dott comm, send a message through Facebook, or - if you join this site - a personal message ("PM") here, though I won't be at my computer tomorrow.

I want for all that was best in Diane - and there was a lot - to be remembered and live on after her; and what was worst in her to be forgiven.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Sep 13 - 06:41 PM

Many thanks, Bonnie. I'd heard you moved back, their gain is our loss.
Sometimes in such cases progress is slow: I'll ask quietly at the hospital tomorrow, probably through the chaplains, so the rest of the story can be found out, as far as possible.
I'll post anything I discover here. She did a lot to carry the flag and the rest of her tale should be told.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Chris Murray
Date: 11 Sep 13 - 06:58 PM

When Diane was ill a few years ago, Lizzie started a thread on Mudcat. Diane's brother contributed to it. I daresay you can find the link on a previous post.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Sep 13 - 08:11 PM

You're right, Chris, and he left an email address. I've dropped him a sympathetic note offering your condolences, asking him to tell the tale.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Rahere
Date: 12 Sep 13 - 12:27 AM

Further to my last, I'm a tad cautious about the contact: a background check implies he's in his early 40s, far younger than Diane seemed to be, and unless anyone actually knows what their relationship actually was, I'd be cautious about taking it quite for granted, because there are aspects of his life which may explain his comments about estrangement. It's even possible he may not be aware of her decease, so I'm going to check with the hospital chaplains anyway, just to be on the safe side.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: The Sandman
Date: 12 Sep 13 - 12:31 AM

I want for all that was best in Diane - and there was a lot - to be remembered and live on after her; and what was worst in her to be forgiven."
well said,Bonnie, that is exactly how i feel, the last correspondence I had with Diane was passing on a message to her that her brother was trying to contact her, She sent me a note thanking me.
I feel sadness for any older person living in London or any big city alone,cities seem to have lost any community awareness.
I still feel sadness about her death.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Rahere
Date: 12 Sep 13 - 02:47 AM

Might I check when, brother Schweik? Sadly, her own brother was very much your companion in arms, and clearly had the same problems resettling back into civilian life so many of their peers have: his LinkedIn page shows a recognisable pattern, in that when he was in contact here claiming to have been out of contact in Afghanistan, he was supposedly a security supervisor in Canary Wharf! I'll let you know what I discover.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Lizzie Cornish
Date: 12 Sep 13 - 03:55 AM

Rahere...here's the thread I started a while back, in which Diane's brother posted...

Diane ill - Thread


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,Lizzie Cornish
Date: 12 Sep 13 - 07:09 AM

Rahere, this is David Easby's email...the one he left in the thread I linked to, above...

diesdog@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Acme
Date: 12 Sep 13 - 11:57 PM

Some downright weird posts have been deleted because they don't have to do with the obituary, they are part of a far-fetched expedition suggested by a guest.

Rahere, please stop posting your speculative stuff. This is an obituary thread for a woman who died several months ago. Leave her and her friends in peace.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 13 Sep 13 - 04:45 AM

Rahere does not speak for me. I have no reason to believe that the accounts as given originally are not correct.

My last statement.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 14 Sep 13 - 09:59 AM

May I just point out for anyone who's interested that Diane did not live in the Borough of Enfield.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Jack Campin
Date: 14 Sep 13 - 11:50 AM

I looked on iannounce.co.uk, which compiles death notices from newspapers around the UK, and nobody's put one in any paper for Diane.

If the original source on Facebook, whoever it is, has access to a death certificate, can they do that? (You need the certificate or a copy of it to insert the ad).


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 14 Sep 13 - 12:35 PM

Everybody, please. Just stop. Diane is not missing. Her brother is in full possession of the facts and he is dealing with the matter. The reason he didn't do so sooner is that he didn't know until recently.

I have confidences to respect and would ask all of you to do the same. There is no mystery. Just a bereaved relation who would like to be left in peace to get on with the matter. As Diane should be left in peace to rest.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: GUEST,David Easby
Date: 26 Sep 13 - 04:41 PM

Hello all,

I am Diane's brother. We had no sight contact for over 40 years but had communicated via email since she had the trip to hospital 2 years ago whilst I was in Afghanistan. I have, today, had full disclosure from the Coroner's Office. The lady in the flat next door had not seen her for best part of a week and informed the Police who gained access on 14 May 2013. She was certified dead at 0047 15 May. The result of the Post Mortem on 17 May was that she had suffered a massive stroke. Our mother had several and I had a minor one some years ago. Fast forward, I have arranged for a cremation at New Southgate Crematorium in Brunswick Park Road N11 for 1545 hrs Wednesday 30 October 2013. There will be no religious ceremony, as Diane had no affiliation, apart from Working Men's Clubs (CIU).

I would ask that all friends, web contacts, those who had been taken to task (a huge audience, if I remember Diane) and anyone else who knew her would be so good as to attend this event to mark her passing.
I was asked if there was any music she liked to be played during the event. I am sure that you all know much better than me (it was the 60's), so if you would bring some CDs I am sure that some could be played. I am sure that we will hear some SD!

Whilst I was in Afghanistan I thought that it was about time I tried to find out where the big sister was and to try to re-establish contact, this was achieved. However, after my return, despite many emails to her, a meeting was not to be. Hindsight is twopence a bucket.

I look forward to meeting Diane's acquaintances and to give her a good send off.

This can only happen once, so please be "on parade."

With many thanks,

David Easby.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 26 Sep 13 - 05:41 PM

I will try my best but it is a bit of a trek from Yorkshire and we may be minding the grandkids that week. I would like to pay my respects in some way at least so please keep us posted, David, and if anyone arranges a fund for her favourite charity let us know how to contribute.

Thanks for getting in touch.

Dave.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Noreen
Date: 26 Sep 13 - 05:43 PM

Hello David,

Thank you very much for letting us know what happened, and for making the arrangements- which can't have been easy for you.


I never met Diane in person, only on this forum. I hope a few others who are within striking distance may be able to join you on 30 October to mark her passing.

Best regards,

Noreen


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 27 Sep 13 - 08:14 AM

I can't tell you how much I wish I could be there, but I'm unlikely to be able to make the trek from Ireland at that time. However, I will certainly be present in spirit - sitting quietly and thinking of her at the appointed hour. I will then raise a glass to her memory (not for the first time) and sing a verse for her.

The last time I did this was in my garden at sunset. And it sparks a memory which may be appropriate to relate here.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had been out in our back field planting blooming things and nourishing things. But I had to fly to California unexpectedly, to attend my 95-year-old father who was suddenly taken seriously ill; and he died while I was there. So I spent much of the summer away from my plants.

One of these was something the garden centre had given me without charge, because it was in such poor shape. The man said I was welcome to take it if I thought I could do anything with it, so I brought it home and moved it into a larger pot, with plenty of water and soil-enriching food, and put it out in the sun. But still it ailed and drooped, barely hanging on to life. Then the news from California came crashing in, and I had more pressing things to deal with. I left Michael in charge of looking after everything and flew away.

Upon my return, I went outside to visit everybody and see how they were doing, and all were in rude good health except that one, which remained brown-tinged and spindly. I thought about permanently relocating it to the compost heap, but when I picked it up and looked closely I saw that it wasn't quite dead; and something in me recoiled from tossing a living thing on the trash pile. So I went the other way, filled up a bigger planter with fresh earth and more water, and moved it to a new spot, sunnier and calmer, less windy. And…

It took on a whole new life. Suddenly it started sprouting buds, the brown turned to green and the blossoms multiplied. Every time a bloom faded, three more seemed to take its place. It reminded me of someone constantly singing, for the sheer joy of it. The flowers are still going strong as I type this, on a grey, unmistakably autumn day. By now you may be wondering the name of this plant that has so wholly resurrected itself:

Dianthus


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Acme
Date: 27 Sep 13 - 12:17 PM

Nice story, Bonnie!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby [borchester echo] (2013)
From: Kampervan
Date: 27 Sep 13 - 02:00 PM

I wonder if details of this meeting should be posted as a separate thread, there may be lots of people who would like to attend, but who have looked at this thread earlier and, for various reasons, might not look at it again.

K/van


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Subject: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 27 Sep 13 - 02:19 PM

Perhaps the mod could change title to indicate to those who have strayed from the thread that a service is now planned?


Title changed to alert readers to the upcoming event. --mudelf


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Subject: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: The Sandman
Date: 27 Sep 13 - 03:08 PM

I live in Ireland, so I will not be able to be there, but I will be with you all in spirit. Dick Miles


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Subject: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: GUEST,highlandman at work
Date: 27 Sep 13 - 04:06 PM

Thank you, David Easby, for setting on an even keel what was becoming a rather wobbly thread....
You have my personal condolences.
Like many I will be unable to attend but certainly will observe the moment on Diane's behalf wherever I am at the time.
Regards
-Glenn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: GUEST,Chris Murray
Date: 28 Sep 13 - 07:35 PM

I'm glad Diane's brother has answered a few people's questions.

I know Lizzie has left Mudcat but I hope she's reading this thread as I know she'll want to go to the funeral.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: Anne Lister
Date: 29 Sep 13 - 11:56 AM

Thank you for this - I too will be unable to be there, but I am so glad it is taking place. I will be thinking of Diane on that day and at that time, and will raise a glass to her memory.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 29 Sep 13 - 12:09 PM

David, I'll try my best to get there...just looking up details on the Mega Train/Coach page (I'm down in Devon)...

Thank you for posting the details and if I can get there, I will see you on the 30th.

PS: Probably best not to play any Show of Hands songs, else Diane will send a thunderbolt down to me. :0) xxx   Much love to you. xx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: The Sandman
Date: 30 Sep 13 - 09:00 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 10 Oct 13 - 03:24 AM

refresh again


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 10 Oct 13 - 04:16 AM

Thanks David - depending on whether I am back from Scotland yet, I will try to make it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 10 Oct 13 - 11:10 AM

Scroll down...

Bus/Train/Car/Satelite travel details for the Crematorium

I'm having mega problems tying up train/bus times with getting home again...and I can't stay overnight as I need to be back for Thursday morning, early...

Ho hum...will keep working on it though....


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Subject: Diane Easby Funeral 29 Oct/3:15, Darlington Crem.
From: GUEST,Alan Easby
Date: 22 Oct 13 - 12:58 PM

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The rearrangement of Diane Easbys funeral will take place at Darlington Crematoriam on October 29th @ 3.15pm. Hopefully this will be convenient for those travelling from Yorkshire, and for those travelling from Ireland like myself I can recommend the rail and sail tickets available for £63 to anywhere in the UK. C.D s of the greatest hits of the 60s will not be required and no one will be required to go on parade. We look forward to meeting some of Dianes friends and tales of the sister we never knew.
I tried to make this more visible, and changed the thread title (allowing for the allowable number of characters. If it could be better, please let me know. --Jeri


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 Oct 13 - 01:52 PM

A lot nearer for me. Just work in the way now so have to see what I can do! Hopefully see you there Alan.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Oct 13 - 02:15 PM

I'll be there.

Joan Crump


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 22 Oct 13 - 03:14 PM

[scuse shouting]:
CAN A CLONE PLEASE AMEND THE DATE INFO IN THE HEADING? ALSO NOTE DIFFERENT CITY

I still won't be able to make it over from Ireland - not just the distance but also time off from work - but will be there in spirit and memory.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct 3:15 Darlington
From: maeve
Date: 22 Oct 13 - 03:18 PM

As Bonnie has said, the heading needs to change again so those who are able to attend will get the word in time. Thanks, moderators!

"Darlington Crematoriam on October 29th @ 3.15pm." from Alan Easby.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; info on 30 Oct cremation
From: GUEST,surreysinger sans cookie
Date: 22 Oct 13 - 03:32 PM

Seconded, Bonnie. You got there before me. Could a Mudelf please ensure that the changed location is also put in the heading ?
I only met Diane in person the once, when she came to a local concert of the John Dipper Band, and our online relationship was a little variable, but I had hoped to be there to pay my respects. The change of date and location now make that a no go for me personally, but I hope that there is a good turnout for her.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 22 Oct 13 - 08:28 PM

For whoever has this thread on a tracer, take a look and check that it still is. Mine got unlinked somehow, presumably because of the thread title change. So you may have to click Trace again if you want to keep following it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: GUEST,Folkiedave
Date: 23 Oct 13 - 11:59 AM

I'll be there and a one or two of her other friends too.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 23 Oct 13 - 01:05 PM

I had planned to be at New Southgate on 30th but finding it difficult to plan around the new date.

As possibly the oldest connected mudcatter (knew Diane in the mid to late 60's and worked wth her at CSH in 1969/70) I will try to find a way to be there. Will check all available options tomorrow.

Will be there in thoughts if it doesn't work in actuallity.

Kevin


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: GUEST,Chris Foster in Iceland
Date: 23 Oct 13 - 05:36 PM

Sadly Bára and I will not be in Darlington next Tuesday. It is a big disappointment, as unlike many of the contributors to this thread, I met Diane in person, stayed at her place many times and corresponded in between times. She was good company, and a generous host with a keen understanding of the needs of a musician on the road. I know that she also offered hospitality to many other musicians needing a place to stay in London.

I do not visit Mudcat very often and normally never write here. However, just for the record, I'd like to say that the way I discovered, back in August, that Diane was dead was that having become increasingly worried at her lack of response to emails, Facebook messages, snail mail and also having failed to make contact by phone, I asked a friend to go round to her flat. On getting no answer to the door and seeing a big pile of post through the letter box, he called the police and they came round and upon checking their records, they were able to tell him that she had died in May.

When he relayed that news to me, I contacted Haringey Council and also managed to find an email address for her brother David that had been posted on here in 2011 at the time when I found Diane collapsed at her flat. (Some regulars here will remember that event) I sent him a message to express my condolences and to ask for more details about the circumstances of Diane's death and also the whereabouts of her grave, so that I could go and pay my respects. It turned out that he didn't know that she was dead. We have since kept in touch by email.

He contacted Haringey Council to find out for himself the circumstances of Diane's death and discovered that the council were still holding the body, as they had no contact details for family members or other people to notify. He then went ahead to deal with the situation and upon hearing that I would be on tour in England in October, he very kindly fixed the funeral date and time to coincide, so that Bára and I could be there.

Now that the original London funeral has been cancelled and a new funeral arranged up north a day earlier, I will not be there as Bára and I will be on our way to London on Tuesday.

We will be thinking of Diane and rest content that she has not had to know about all the strange and above all very sad events of the past 5 months, since her death.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 24 Oct 13 - 11:02 AM

I can't get to Darlington, so I'll say my goodbye to her in my own way on the day.

I hope that all goes well...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 24 Oct 13 - 11:04 AM

Chris, do you have ANY idea what happened to Diane's cats?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: The Sandman
Date: 24 Oct 13 - 12:16 PM

Well done Chris.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 03:30 AM

Chris, I'm so sorry that you're now not able to go to your friend's funeral, especially as you were the one, above all others, who kept in contact with her and whom she trusted enough to form a good friendship with.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 06:36 AM

Have been able to shift a few things around and now plan to be there.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 08:22 AM

Wish I could. Raise a glass to her for me, Kevin. Always hoped we three would do this again together in some pub or other.

Ironic that the person probably more deserving (if that's the right word) than any of being able to attend her memorial service won't now manage to. Maybe if Chris and I are ever in the London area at the same time (about as likely as the Transit of Venus, I suppose) we can round up Kevin and anyone else who's interested, and gather for a drink in her name. Something to think about anyway.

The Dianthus flowers I wrote about earlier are still blooming.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: GUEST,surreysinger sans cookie
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 09:02 AM

Bonnie - strange that. The same thought had occurred to me, as I am sure that there are quite a few down South and others who had organised their diary for the first date who won't be able to make it for the revised venue and time.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 25 Oct 13 - 10:41 AM

Well, let's all keep in touch. I'm not likely to be within hailing distance of London before next summer, or maaaaaaaaaaaaybe Easter break, dunno yet. (Spring mid-term is reserved for Packie Manus' 97th birthday.) Will have to see how Chris in Iceland is fixed first, and then contact everybody beforehand if & when (and Chris could get onto David Easby). But I think we should do it. We can start a new thread nearer the time.

bonnieharp [at] hotmail com


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 26 Oct 13 - 03:16 AM

Glass will be raised Bonnie. Sad that Chris can't make it but hopefully we'll all be somewhere at the same time. Even Ireland, been twice this year but not to your parts.

Still good memories of our meet up with Diane in Islington.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 04:45 AM

Refresh:

Diane Easby's funeral will take place at Darlington Crematorium on Wednesday October 29th at 3.15pm.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 07:18 AM

Tuesday is the 29th, Wednesday is the 30th ?

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 07:29 AM

I believe it is on Tuesday the 29th, Dave. At least that is when I am going!

DtG


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: The Sandman
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 07:47 AM

tuesday 29 oct, sorry i cant make it


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 09:13 AM

Sorry everybody! Yes, TUESDAY... apologies, wet brain...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 29 Oct 13 - 07:27 AM

One final reminder: Today, 3:15.

Rest in peace, Diane


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: GUEST,Folkiedave
Date: 29 Oct 13 - 07:13 PM

Kevin, Dave and Emma B went along today.

Quiet dignified ceremony with a few family paying their respects.

Kevin and I both spoke about the Diane we knew/didn't know and that it spoke wonders for her on-line persona that people were prepared to travel so far to say goodbye.

We met in a pub and as the three of us crossed the Market Square to a taxi rank a stranger stopped us and said "Are you looking for a real ale pub?'

I think Diane would have liked that.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: GUEST,Chris Murray
Date: 30 Oct 13 - 03:09 AM

I'm glad you were able to make it. I'm sure Diane was in most of our thoughts yesterday.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 30 Oct 13 - 03:47 AM

Echoing what Dave said. Glad I was able to be there and meet some of Diane's family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Oct 13 - 03:54 AM

Same here as well. Sad occasion but good to meet people. Hope all the homebound journeys went well.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diane Easby 2013; 29 Oct, Darlington Crem.
From: GUEST,highlandman at work
Date: 30 Oct 13 - 11:38 AM

Glad to hear it all went well. "Quiet and dignified" is a nice way to wind up after all the oddness of the last several weeks.
As promised, I did pay my respects quietly at home.
RIP
-Glenn


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