Well the readership of Saturday''s Times will be amazed at the attention given to Rugby and England are playing is the reason offered.
Along with all this interest in sporting activites is the recent death of the famous
Times Columnist Alan Coren who died this week of lung cancer ... his family
were at his bedside and he was given morphine .... there is much talked about
Alan Coren''s geat literary career and he was a star in the world of journalism
and entertainment ... his career started at Grammar School and he was
soon to go to Oxford University and take a First at Oxford. He is survived by his daughter Victoria and son Giles .... Giles like his late father, Alan Coren, is also a Times
Columnist ... Alan Coren''s father was a plumber and his wife is a doctor!
My own family became quite interested in the work and writings of Alan Coren and I was introduced to Victoria Coren as she was a mate of my eldest son at Oxford Unversity
About 10 years ago I was in London to meet with a Czech Teacher from Prague and was invited to have lunch at Express Pizza with Victoria Coren and my son and a fine
table was laid before us all those years ago in London .. I kept my appointment with my Czech counterpart and about one year later I went to work in Czech Republic for about one year.
The quizzes created by Alan Coren have always been a favourite of mine as a teacher of 20 years standing in full time employment .. and there are few members of my classes at home or Overseas who have not touched down with these excellent quizzes which are a great success with our students ... as they both educate and entertain and keep the mind active!
Alan Coren has been broadcasting on Radio 4 and recently too since relocating to England I have been tuned in and great pleasure have I had at the goings on of
Alan Coren and his Radio 4 Team ..
The Times mentions in the Obituary that the funeral will be at Hampstead Cemetary in Cricklwood. The column written over the last few years was about Cricklewood! I was convinced it was a place of fiction and imagine my suprise several years ago when I met my family and whilst waiting for them to arrive from London Heathrow Airport, a London bus flashed past and the writing read ... C R I C K L E W O O D ... it was real after all.
Sad news at the passing of the great writer and journalist Alan Coren he will be sadly missed but his writings will live on in the Times and no doubt his family will continue his outstanding traditions ...
Great stuff .. keep on reading the Times ...