Chartres Cathedral: “One could stay for weeks, months even and still not notice everything or feel one had done justice to the achievement of the architect, builders, masons and stained-glass makers who had created it.” Photograph: Alain Jocard

Carl Clancy rode away from Paris alone after his erstwhile partner, Walter Storey, returned to the United States, without explanation in Clancy(...)

James Joyce. While staying at the Grand Hotel Corneille in  1902/03 he hoped for, among other things, some regular work with The Irish Times. Photograph: Getty

Rue Corneille is a narrow street, perhaps 150m long, linking Place Paul Claudel and the Place de L’Odéon on Paris’s Left Bank. Today it (...)

The former Grand Hotel Corneille (now apartments) in Paris (right) and ajoining bookshop.   Carl Clancy stayed at the hotel in 1912/13; as did, at other  times,  James Joyce, JM Synge and WB Yeats. Photogaph: Peter Murtagh

When Carl Clancy and Walter Storey breezed into Paris in late November 1912, during all the time th(...)

Gary Walker photographing Henk te Veldhuis’s local history book. Photograph: Peter Murtagh.

It would be easy to think the Netherlands is one big motorway. As we travel south from Amsterdam on Easter we(...)

Gary Walker holding up the Ace Cafe counter. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The Ace Cafe in north London is a landmark institution for bikers, spoken of with reverence and respect. It is in a scroful(...)

Geoff Hill (left) and Gary Walker at Gretna Green, visited by Carl Clancy in 1912. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

In 1754 a quirk in the law had it that marriage in England had to take place in a church and those concerned had to be 21 years old or over. Bu(...)

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