Posts Tagged: Sylvia Brooke

Lady Ottoline Morrell | photographic portraits

Her photographs, pasted into albums and never intended for a wide audience, nonetheless bear eloquent witness to a life lived in fine company

Lady Ottoline Morrell | photographic portraits

Her photographs, pasted into albums and never intended for a wide audience, nonetheless bear eloquent witness to a life lived in fine company

Places: The Astana

Through Sylvia’s eyes we witness Sarawakian etiquette, a marked difference from the days when she “came and went without ceremony and usually in a bus”. And we accompany her through The Astana, which she describes as “a fantastic medley of beauty and bad taste”.

Places: The Astana

Through Sylvia’s eyes we witness Sarawakian etiquette, a marked difference from the days when she “came and went without ceremony and usually in a bus”. And we accompany her through The Astana, which she describes as “a fantastic medley of beauty and bad taste”.

Strange Flowers guide to London: part 3

The choice of blue plaque honourees is leadenly conservative and sometimes bafflingly perverse, celebrating lesser colonial administrators known only to their mothers. Or it may be that current residents would rather not have their homes associated with drunks, deviants and diabolists.

Strange Flowers guide to London: part 3

The choice of blue plaque honourees is leadenly conservative and sometimes bafflingly perverse, celebrating lesser colonial administrators known only to their mothers. Or it may be that current residents would rather not have their homes associated with drunks, deviants and diabolists.

The white caliph

Gerard MacBryan was described as a “complete crook”, a “quisling”, an “undesirable character”, “a kind of evil genius”. He was the heir to an asylum and his tale embraces intrigue, treachery and a descent into Heart of Darkness-style tropical insanity.

The white caliph

Gerard MacBryan was described as a “complete crook”, a “quisling”, an “undesirable character”, “a kind of evil genius”. He was the heir to an asylum and his tale embraces intrigue, treachery and a descent into Heart of Darkness-style tropical insanity.

Sarawak job

Sylvia, who took to her the role of ranee with relish, was not the demure consort expected by the largely Muslim nation, combining hauteur and lewdness while shamelessly (and misleadingly) talking up the dangerous exoticism of Sarawak to outsiders.

Sarawak job

Sylvia, who took to her the role of ranee with relish, was not the demure consort expected by the largely Muslim nation, combining hauteur and lewdness while shamelessly (and misleadingly) talking up the dangerous exoticism of Sarawak to outsiders.