Blackwell's is a bookshop which is located at 50 Broad Street, Oxford.
Since the 1920s, it has expanded and developed into a large company with a chain of outlets and an online retail service.
Holywell is the name of one of the parishes of Oxford.
Holywell Street is a road in central Oxford next to Hertford College which Evelyn Waugh attended in the 1920s. It is generally assumed that Hertford is also Charles Ryder's college.
The Parks are the University Parks which are situated mainly on the west bank of the River Cherwell.
Here, Mesopotamia is not the region between the Tigris and the Euphrates, but a narrow island in the University Parks. Prior to 1926, a ferry operated from the island, but it has now been replaced by a footbridge.
North Oxford is a desirable residential area and the site of several private schools.
Map showing Holywell Street (bottom) and the University Parks (top):
The Oxford University Newman Society was established in 1878 to promote Catholic faith and culture within the University.
It is still in existence today.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938) successfully led the Turkish national movement in the Turkish War of Independence. He subsequently became the founder of modern Turkey and its first president.
A caravan is a group of travellers journeying together, usually with horses or camels. The word is most commonly associated with the Middle East and North Africa.
Aleppo in Northern Syria is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. The mid 1920s was a politically turbulent time in the history of the city and surrounding areas.
Pontus, or Pontos, was the Greek name for an area on the southern coast of the Black Sea, situated in what is now Turkey.
The ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus are located in present-day Turkey. At different points in its history, the city came under the control of both the Greeks and the Romans. It is the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, namely the Temple of Artemis (Diana) which was built around 550 BC and destroyed in 401AD.
Batum (now Batumi) is a city on the Black Sea coast in what is now Georgia. It is the site of an ancient Greek colony known as Bathus or Bathys.
Beirut is the capital of Lebanon.
The St George Hotel is described as an iconic 1960s hotel, and as having been a desirable venue in the 1930s. Little information is available about its history prior to that period. Does anyone have more information about this?
The hotel is not currently in use, having been damaged by a bomb blast in 2005.
A picture of the hotel taken sometime between 1945 and 1955.
Prior to 1930, Constantinople was the name of the Turkish city of Istanbul.
It was founded by the Roman emperor Constantine in the 4th Century, and became the capital of both the Roman and the Ottoman empires.
Although a travel agency business called the Thomas Cook Group is still in business today, the original family company of Thomas Cook and Son was sold to the Compagnie Internationale des Wagon-Lits in 1928.
The Île Saint-Louis is an island on the River Seine in Paris. It is connected to the rest of the city by bridges.
It is a mainly residential area with no métro station and only two bus stops, a peaceful haven amidst the bustle of the city.
The Musée du Louvre is a famous Paris museum, housed in the Louvre Palace.
Established in 1793, it now houses over 35,000 works of art displayed in eight departments, including Egyptian Antiquities, Islamic Art, Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Sculptures.
The metal and glass structure known as the Louvre Pyramid was installed in the front courtyard of the palace in 1989.
He is also well known for his paintings of nudes which were used to decorate North African brothels during the Second World War.
Vogue, now a monthly fashion and lifestyle magazine, began life as a weekly magazine in 1892, and was published fortnightly between 1909 and 1973.
The magazine was famous for its illustrated covers up until the late 1930s when photographic images began to be used instead.