Nick’s funeral will take place on 30 April at St Peter’s Church, De Beauvoir Road, N.1, at 1.00 p.m. He was an atheist, but the vicar isn’t fussy about that sort of thing and Nick was never militant.

To my surprise I’ve been asked to read a poem by Clive James. It seems calculated to have the mourners weeing themselves with laughter. This is appropriate. Nick was committed to the principle that we should all have fun, and this is as good an occcasion as any other. If one doesn’t understand that, one understands nothing about him. Still, I feel touched and humbled to be asked.

The messages about Nick continue to roll in. I’ve received some. Sue has received many more. They all speak of how much he was loved.