So farewell, George Melly. There isn't much fun left in jazz any more; it takes itself so seriously. George didn't — always having fun, listening to his favourite Bessie Smith records. He was one of the last generation of jazz musicians to enjoy his work and to convey that feeling to his audience; he was also of all things a collector of Surrealism. I hope he leaves me one of his suits. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if the women don't get you, the liquor must.