After two double Glenfiddichs at The Witch and the Wardrobe, George is amused at my anecdote about first catching site of him standing in the doorway of a burger bar on the Fulham Road 20 years previously. He was wearing a huge hat then, too, and I pointed him out to my girlfriend. Look, I said, there's George Melly.
Who's he? she said.
He's George Melly, the jazz singer, I replied.
Really? I don't know anything about jazz, she said, but does he always wear that hat?

That's amazing, said George, 'this is the very hat I used to wear on my forays down Fulham Road.'

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