Bent Christophersen was the last person to photograph inside the Villa Ambron in Alexandria before it was destroyed last month. I have posted some of Bent's photographs earlier; now he has kindly provided more (the copyright is his). Here is one of the corridor leading to the base of the tower, several of the stairway leading up, and the Rue Mamoun street sign which is all that remains of the past.
Monday, 16 October 2017
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
|Wrong Durrell in box at bottom right.|
Lawrence Durrell, who was born in India, attended the Jesuit-run St Joseph's School at North Point in Darjeeling for two years, 1921-22, before coming to England to continue his education.
But it seems St Joseph's knows nothing about this and has instead honoured Gerald Durrell as the 'well known author' among its North Point alumni. Gerry, however, left India in 1928 when he was three; he never went to St Joseph's. It is nice to know that Jesuits sometimes get things wrong.
Sunday, 8 October 2017
|Malvern's pupils' ledger for spring term 1929.|
She was always in two minds about whether it had been right to leave Malvern Girls’ College. ‘Corfu was an escape, in a way,’ she recalled. ‘I was doing very well at Malvern. I could have had a career, you see, which I sometimes wish I had done.’
She might have been an actress or a ballet principal as the school magazine for summer 1930 shows, when Margo appeared in the school ballet Joy Incarnate in the role of a snowdrop.
Malvern lost a snowdrop but gained an illustrious Old Girl.
|Margo Durrell as a snowdrop.|