Category Archives: Clermont

Madame Bovary & the Champions League

For Traditionalists Clermont finds Thomas fascinated by a “wanted” poster – for an Englishman, naturally. I think he’s light on details because Paris is pulling him in. He’s seen carved birds, met pilgrims, enjoyed several active gallowes: but his most … Continue reading

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Of Words the Monopoly

When thou wast borne, some say, & all do thinke,The urine that thou mad’st, was perfect inke. Better than Rhubarbe purging melancholyOne that hath got of words the monopolyThat evesdrops a phrase, and like a spieWatcheth each bombast word, as … Continue reading

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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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