Sad news that Hugh Mellor, the kindest and most loyal of friends, died this morning. I knew that he’d been having treatment for a lymphoma — but even so, this was unexpected. Somehow I thought Hugh would always be with us. Argumentative to the last (only a couple of weeks ago he was trying to get me to see the light about conditionals), he was the very model of a straight-talking, clear-thinking philosopher, who always did his readers and disputants the courtesy of making his positions and his arguments absolutely plain. And he had much more of a hinterland than most of us, with a particular love for the theatre (he was still acting until just three or four years ago). I’ll miss him a great deal.