Monday, 16 October 2017

Last Photographs of the Interior of Lawrence Durrell's Tower in the Rue Mamoun


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.






Wednesday, 11 October 2017

St Joseph's School in Darjeeling Honours the Wrong Durrell

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.

Gerald Durrell left India at three; he never went to St Joseph's.










Sunday, 8 October 2017

Margo Durrell at Malvern Girls' College

Malvern's pupils' ledger for spring term 1929.
Margo Durrell was at Malvern Girls' College (now Malvern St James Girls' School) from spring term 1929 to summer term 1935 when she blew it all and went to Corfu.

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.