Daily Archives: May 23, 2007

The Full Monty: God bless French TV

On a distant planet named “Cannes” a film festival is in full weightless swing. It is the cue for French television to go “French Glamour” mad. On TV2 last night Sophie Marceau held court in blue while a Select Committee … Continue reading

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Spies Like Us

So you are 32, Tom Coryat, walking prodigious distances through northern France each day. Talking with who ever you find. Remember the words of his friend, John Gifford: “the wonder of this age, which doth admireHow Travell, Wit and Art … Continue reading

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Clermont: Quite Quiet

Tim Moore sped through in his Rolls Royce, Tom Coryat found them mean and ignoble, but I like the places between Amiens and Paris. They do not have major tour attractions, though in the country nearby there is horseriding, country … Continue reading

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Passing Through to Clermont

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Around the World in One Attic

Verne is everywhere, even Breteuil In the upstairs study of the Maison Jules Verne in Amiens, we find the author’s Google; his version of the Elizabethan “commonplace” book. Verne’s library is over 12,000 books strong, and there are maps, atlases, … Continue reading

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