The sheets of an unmade bed are soaked in a familiar and mildly rebarbative scent.
The Labour peer and former Liberty director is expected to join Jeremy Corbyn's team next week.
The leader's confident address will have impressed even his fiercest foes.
The party won't split, Corbynite divisions are growing and MPs have accepted Brexit.
The party's deputy leader exhilarated delegates with his paean to the Blair and Brown years.
The London mayor doused the Labour conference with cold electoral truths.
I write this, at 3.04pm on a sticky Thursday afternoon, in the state in which Adam, before his shame, strolled in the Garden of Eden.
The rise of English identity has left a glaring space in politics for an English nationalist party. Who is going to fill it?
If the takeover of the party by the far-left succeeds there will be no opportunity to rescue it from the wilder shores of socialism, says the former deputy leader.
In 1988, Marxism Today put out a list of "modern" and "new" things. Now, with the future of the left forcing us to radically rethink the "new times", the New Statesman has updated the list for 2016.
The shadow chancellor sought to build a bridge between the past and the present by crediting the 1997 government.