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Jeremy Clarke

Jeremy Clarke writes the The Spectator Low Life column.

Low Life

A hidden side of the Somme

We had the perfect guide who took us off the beaten track and knew when to keep quiet

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

The healing power of Champagne

‘Glass of bubbly, Marigold?’ I asked Catriona’s sister at a quarter to nine on the first morning of her visit

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

Would my scan results be a death sentence?

My oncologist sat beside me and, with a trembling hand, highlighted the crucial sentences

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

The downfall of the French middle class

The Corsican taxi driver painted a thrilling picture of impending social revolution

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

I rather enjoy my chemotherapy sessions

I don’t exactly look forward to them but it’s not so bad once I’m there

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

A tale of many swimming pools

Oscar and Klynton are visiting us in Provence and a 100-degree heatwave has hit. There’s only one place to be

By Jeremy Clarke

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How I love England — despite the hellhole that is Gatwick airport

The passport checking hall resembled a Nuremberg rally but most of us used it as an exercise in British stoicism

By Jeremy Clarke

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Help! I’m restaurant-phobic

Eating out once a week I can cheerfully manage. Twice, I start complaining

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

From ferreter to animal-rights champion

I was vice-chairman of the South West Lurcher, Terrier and Ferret Club. Now I’m pleading for the life of a mouse

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

A very annoying guide to the Somme battlefields

Our visit was marred by his tuneless humming and lack of historical insight but a few beers put everything right

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

Walking the Somme

The Ulster Tower was often struck by lightning

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

The curse of surgical stockings

As I wrestled with mine, my ward mate hung his head in shame

By Jeremy Clarke

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Jason Ricci is my mentor, guru and anointed one

Lately my afternoons are spent with America’s no. 1 blues harmonica player and his tongue-blocking techniques

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

The joy of ironing

If my internal critic gets too negative or noisy, I steam-flatten the commentary line by line

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

The beauty of French nurses

Whereas the older nurse was effortlessly capable of subjectivity, objectivity, sympathy and imagination, the younger woman was limited to the first category only

By Jeremy Clarke

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