So, farewell then, Alan Coren.
I used to read his stuff in Punch. Not that I ever bought Punch, but it was always in the dentist’s waiting room, and Alan always raised a chuckle, which I suppose is what you want when you’re at the dentist.
It’s not very PC nowadays, but his impersonation of Idi Amin (the most amazin’ man there has ever been) was a classic. Somewhere I have the LP, with John Bird on narration.
Then of course there was The News Quiz and Call My Bluff… how flat would they have been without Alan’s flights of fancy? Such a fixture was Alan, that I don’t think anyone could replace him, and I don’t think anyone should even try. That’ll just be another sad gap in our culture.