Page 156. " He was standing at the table in Blackwell's "
Blackwell's bookshop as it is today
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 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.

Page 159. " which took us from Holywell to the Parks, through Mesopotamia, and over the ferry to North Oxford "
Oxford University parkland
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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 Prior to 1926, a ferry operated from the island, but it has now been replaced by a footbridge.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):

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Page 159. " never goes to the Newman "

The Oxford University Newman Society was established in 1878 to promote Catholic faith and culture within the University.

It is still in existence today.

Page 169. " Stragglers from Kemal's army "

 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.

Page 170. " the caravan at Aleppo "
Aleppo - a view of the old town
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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.

 

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Page 170. " Here I am in Pontus, Ephesus, Trebizond "
Library of Celsus at Ephesus
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 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.

Trebizond is the historical name for Trabzon, a city on the Black Sea coast of Turkey; it was the capital of the Empire of Trabizond between 1204 and 1461.

 

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Page 170. " Krak-des-chevaliers, Samothrace, Batum "
Krak des Chevaliers
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Krak des Chevaliers is a well preserved fortress in Syria. It was built originally in 1031 for the Emir of Aleppo but was subsequently held by Crusaders.

Samothrace is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It was the site of a group of temples known as the Sanctuary of the Great Gods.

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.

Page 170. " on the terrace of the St George Hotel at Beirut "

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.

picture of the hotel taken sometime between 1945 and 1955. 

Page 170. " met him by chance at Constantinople "
Istanbul skyline from the Sea of Marmara
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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.

 

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Page 171. " and of Cook's being shut over the holidays "

Statue of Thomas Cook in Leicester
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 Thomas Cook's was a travel agency founded by Thomas Cook (1808-1892) in the mid 19th Century.

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. 

Page 172. " I told him about my rooms in the Ile St-Louis "
The Île Saint-Louis, Paris
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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.

 

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Page 172. " They never go near the Louvre "

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.

 

Musée du Louvre
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Page 173. " Half of them are out to make a popular splash like Picabia "
'Physical Culture' by Francis Picabia (1913)
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Francis Picabia (1879-1953) was a French artist and poet who experimented with various painting styles including Cubism, Dadaism and traditional figurative painting.

He is also well known for his paintings of nudes which were used to decorate North African brothels during the Second World War.

Page 173. " doing advertisements for Vogue "
Vogue cover (1917)
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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.

Page 173. " And the teachers still go on trying to make them paint like Delacroix "

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) was a French Romantic artist, whose understanding of light and colour influenced subsequent Impressionist painters.

 

A painting by Delacroix (1824)
Public DomainA painting by Delacroix (1824) - Credit: Eugène Delacroix