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In the March edition of New English Review, the good doctor remembers childhood trips to the zoo, his fascination with millipedes, a friendly cricket match in London at the Oval, and The Spectator columnist Jeffrey Bernard. Memories…

Of the patrons, the most deplorable or notorious was a man called Jeffrey Bernard, who actually umpired the cricket match, at least for a time. He could be relied upon to be neutral because he wrote for the Spectator but drank (and how!) at the Coach and Horses. Indeed, his drinking, and the problems it occasioned, was the subject of his weekly column called Low Life which sometimes failed to appear, it absence that week being explained to disappointed readers by the lapidary statement that ‘Jeffrey Bernard is unwell.’

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