The last time I saw Chris Harman he was in his element.
A year into the most ferocious financial and economic crisis since the 1930s, we were sharing a platform at the Marxism conference in central London. We were both trying, probably unsuccessfully, not to sound smug.
I always enjoyed those sessions with Chris. We could hardly be described as political soul mates, but on some of the big issues - the chronic instability of modern capitalism, the delusional nature of the long post-1992 global boom, the futility of New Labour's business-as-usual approach - we were in broad agreement.