Sport David Coleman has died aged 87

Coleman covered the Olympics among others for the BBC for nearly 50 years with his final swansong coming at the 2000 Sydney Games

LONG RUNNERS / No 24: Mastermind

Age: 22 (it started in 1972).

Obituary: Monica Rose

Monica Rose, television presenter: born London 11 February 1948; married 1982 Terry Dunnell; died Leicester 4 February 1994.

LEADERS OF THE PACK / One war widow's fight to the death: Radio Programme Of The Year

A DIGNIFIED, eloquent, very old lady called Gertrude Farr died last summer. She had spent 75 years hoping that her husband's good name would be restored, but it wasn't. The story of Harry Farr, wrongly shot for cowardice in Flanders, was told in Matt Thompson's It is with Very Great Regret (R4), part of the excellent Document series and the best programme I heard this year. It combined the excitement of discovery with a sense of living history as Gertrude remembered her distant courting days and her tragic widowing. And it came right up to date with John Major's insulting refusal to set the record straight.

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BOOK REVIEW / It's no joke being a literary parodist: 'Misreadings' - Umberto Eco trs William Weaver: Cape, 19.99 pounds

OF ALL the European intellectual stars to have once written a humorous column, Umberto Eco is surely the least surprising candidate. Indeed, for many readers, it's perhaps more surprising now to be reminded of his pre-Name of the Rose reputation as a literary theorist, Joycean scholar and semiotician who then, so surprisingly, turned bestseller. Admittedly, this column was written for an Italian literary monthly, and his subjects mostly fit the forum. But the short pieces collected in Misreadings are among Eco's earliest publications (dating from 1959) and evidence that he didn't suddenly lighten up in mid-life.

Youngest master

Gavin Fuller, 24, a part-time archivist, of Fareham, Hampshire, became the BBC's youngest Mastermind champion by winning the final of the 21st competition.

Happy Anniversary: Mother of all holidays

Here are some dates to celebrate in the coming week, historically an exceptionally good period for Siamese coincidences and women.

Full marks for not keeping score

HAVE you noticed that television and radio quiz shows actually evolve? Clive Anderson, for instance, has been an innovative quizmaster and chat-show host, and I am not just thinking of the way in which he seems to enjoy being more nervous and twitchy than his guests. (Is he the only host who starts his show at the end of a sentence? 'Yes, well . . . anyway, right . . .')

Letter: A question of sport

Sir: The Royal Family in 1992 has been increasingly honest. This trend could be extended to other traditionally hallowed institutions. Even comparatively unimportant details, taken together, build to a false impression. Is it not time, for example, that Oxford and Cambridge declared which of their sportsmen are genuine academics? Are (predominantly male) sportsmen giving false prestige to the universities? And are they being allowed to claim academic credentials unfairly?

TELEVISION / The height of good manners

IT LOOKED as though Compo, the gurning clown from Last of the Summer Wine, had taken up rock- climbing. Dressed in a pair of old- fashioned hob-nail boots and a tattered tweed jacket, cinched at the waist with a length of rope, a figure was hauling himself up a stretch of icy granite. He was in fact a top alpine guide, kitted out in fancy dress to add authenticity to the reconstruction of a celebrated Victorian climb. A little behind him, breathing rather more heavily, came Chris Bonington in knickerbockers, knee-socks and a tramp's hat.
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