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Last days of the raj. Sikh servant delivering afternoon tea.

When tea met sugar, they formed a power couple that altered the course of history. It was a marriage shaped by fashion, health fads and global economics. And it doomed millions of Africans to slavery.

Zanzibar the "Old dispensary"

Zanzibar the "Old dispensary"

Zanzibar the "Old dispensary" main balcony.

Zanzibar the "Old dispensary" main balcony.

British Raj, India, picnic

Picnic Crumbs is a wonderfully evocative collection of stories relayed by writers, travellers and gastronomes of all persuasions describing their memorable picnics of past and present.

What a great hat and neckline - note the position to forehead. Note high waist on Indian man's wraps.

Days of Empire the British Raj in India. It was cricket and croquet on the lawns and Gin and Tonics at the exclusive clubs. The sun never set on the British Empire.

Ko S'law minus turben option 1

English Child on Pony Held by Indian Servant - Early Century Photograph

THE VICTORIA ROOM  235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst (02) 9357 4488 www.thevictoriaroom.com  I say it’s more boudoir than British Raj but maybe that’s because the hot single bartenders are handing out red roses. Ten years on and The Victoria Room still has the ladies lining up to get in for afternoon tea, and night-time pleasures. Celebrations last week were hot: a male pole dancer, a sexy chanteuse, swing dancers, a magician and a duo of trapeze vixens.

THE VICTORIA ROOM 235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst (02) 9357 4488 www.thevictoriaroom.com I say it’s more boudoir than British Raj but maybe that’s because the hot single bartenders are handing out red roses. Ten years on and The Victoria Room still has the ladies lining up to get in for afternoon tea, and night-time pleasures. Celebrations last week were hot: a male pole dancer, a sexy chanteuse, swing dancers, a magician and a duo of trapeze vixens.

Goa, maison coloniale portugaise

Portuguese-influenced villa, near Chapora, Goa, India. Such a beautiful house

Abandoned Havana, Cuba - Photo by Chip Cooper and Nestor Marti.

Abandoned Havana, Cuba - Photo by Chip Cooper and Nestor Marti.

A bride of the British Raj: Iris Butler on her wedding day - she was one of the "fishing fleet" who went to India to find husbands.

Husband hunters of the Raj: How a 'fishing fleet' of 1920s society girls were drawn into sexual intrigues in India even steamier than the climate

Ancient knowledge: Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, Melacca Malaysia:

Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum, Malacca. Step back in time with a visit to this museum which is an actual Peranakan heritage town house and is a great example of Peranakan culture.

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