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Obit: Diane Easby (May 2013)

The Sandman 21 Aug 13 - 01:22 PM
fat B****rd 21 Aug 13 - 01:23 PM
Richard Bridge 21 Aug 13 - 01:34 PM
My guru always said 21 Aug 13 - 01:40 PM
Backwoodsman 21 Aug 13 - 01:43 PM
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GUEST,Ruth Archer 21 Aug 13 - 02:26 PM
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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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