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WILLIAM FARQUHAR. THE FIRST RESIDENT OF SINGAPORE

...William Farquhar, a descendant of the ancient Scottish clan of Farquar – (meaning "honest" or "beloved man" in Gaelic) – had lived up to his forefathers' name. True to the chosen path of a British soldier, he won... Read more >

TWO RAFFLES. PART II: A MERCHANT AND HUMANITARIAN ALL ROLLED INTO ONE

This turned out to be the hour of triumph for Raffles. He persuaded Lord Minto, general-governor of all Britain's possessions in the East, that the conquering of Java would be vital for the Empire... Read more >

THE ERA OF FABERGE

For one month this year, Moscow was once again immersed in the essence of Faberge. Between 20 May and 28 June, the Department of Private Collections of Pushkin Fine Arts Museum held an exhibtion of over 300 objects manufactured by Faberge... Read more >

THE MERLION OF THE LION CITY: HOW SINGAPORE'S ICON AND NICKNAME CAME ABOUT

According to the local annals, a long time ago there was a huge monster with the head of a lion and the body of a fish – the Merlion - who lived in ancient Singapore and protected its inhabitants. At the sight of the enemy, the monster's eyes... Read more >

TWO RAFFLES. PART I: THE GOVERNOR OF JAVA

In life in general and in history in particular, a erson may be remembered for something else other than what he really deserves to be. Ask anyone today: “Who is Sir Stamford Raffles? Read more >

A SINGAPORE TEA PARTY FOR A RUSSIAN TSAR

1 His Imperial Highness. On 3 March 1891, Singapore’s daily newspaper The Straits Times received a telegram from the London-based news information agency Reuters. Read more >

SINGAPORE THROUGH THE EYES OF A RUSSIAN GENTLEMAN

Russian writer, Ivan Goncharov, most famous for his novel Oblomov, took part in a sea voyage between 1852 and 1855 aboard the Russian three-master warship Pallada, as secretary to Admiral Yevfimy Putyatin Read more >

WALTER SPIES – ?A RUSSIAN REFORMER OF BALINESE ART

The name Walter Spies, in at least one of his many roles, is known to any educated Balinese person. Nearly forgotten in Europe, he is more likely to be remembered as a friend of Charlie Chaplin Read more >

HISTORY IN LIQUID FORM

In July 2010, the world’s oldest surviving champagne was discovered in Finnish waters and saw the light of day after a deep slumber of about two centuries at the stern of an unidentified shipwreck. In July 2011, two bottles of the liquid treasure crossed Read more >

NIKOLAI MIKLOUHO-MACLAY: A RUSSIAN FRIEND OF THE PAPUANS

Not as a Russian, but rather as Tamo-boro-boro (the highest chieftain) of the Papuans from the Maclay Coast, do I wish to address His Royal Majesty with the request of patronage over my country and my people. Read more >

 
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