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Sharp’s Castle
At Bamburgh, John Sharp organised free healthcare and education, bargain groceries, and the world’s first coastguard service.

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Category: Kings and Queens

Q. Who was the father of King Edward the Confessor?
Canute

also known as Cnut

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The Holy Bible

Authorised Version of 1611, with Apocrypha

“For centuries the Bible has been a wholesome and strengthening influence in our national life, and it behoves us in these momentous days to turn with renewed faith to this Divine source of comfort and inspiration.”

King George VI

September 15, 1939

Featured Music
from the British Isles

› Concerto grosso No. 9 in A minor

2: Conspirito

Charles Avison (1709-1770)

Performed by The English Concert, conducted by Trevor Pinnock.

New Stories
Bite-size tales from history, myth and fiction, with a little music and some exercises in grammar and composition.
Pirates at Penzance
The people of Penzance in Cornwall did not think an Algerian corsair much better than a French warship.
Britain and the Tsars (part one)
Britain’s ties to the rulers of Russia go back to the time of the Norman Invasion.
The Summons Comes for Mr Standfast (part one)
In John Buchan’s story about the Great War, Richard Hannay must watch as his friend sacrifices his life for the Allies.
John Buchan (1875-1940)
For Valour
The Victoria Cross is the highest award made to our Armed Forces.
Burning Daylight
George Stephenson argued that his steam engines were solar-powered.
Samuel Smiles (1812-1904)
The Spear of St Mercurius (part one)
Roman Emperor Julian was ready to destroy an entire Christian community over his wounded pride.
Based on a sermon by Elfric of Eynsham
With Hymns and Sweet Perfumes
Elfric imagines how the Virgin Mary went to her eternal home.
Elfric of Eynsham
Flodden Edge
The Scots paid a heavy price for honouring their ‘Auld Alliance’ with France.
New Puzzles
Quick brainteasers testing vocabulary and arithmetic.
Bell
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Singlets
See how long it takes you to find a pair of words in a jumble of letters.
Ash and Oak
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with ASH and finish with OAK.
Quickword No. 33
Do you know ‘rim’ (4 letters), and ‘the Roman name for Chester’ (4 letters)?
Heft
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Veil
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Tall Ship
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with TALL and finish with SHIP.
Malt
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
From the Archives
Some stories you may have missed.
The Battle of Marathon
Remembered as the inspiration of the famous Olympic road race, but much, more more important than that.
Elisha and the Fiery Horsemen (part one)
The King of Syria goes on a mole-hunt, but Elisha does not seem to mind being his prime suspect.
Typical Cat!
When a cat comes into your life, resistance is futile.
P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)
The ‘Black Hole’ of Calcutta
The inhuman cruelty of the Nawab of Bengal’s men brought swift retribution on their master.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (part one)
A knight issues a bizarre challenge to King Arthur and his court.
St Wilfrid’s Debt
The Blessed Virgin Mary adds four years to the life of Bishop Wilfrid, and an angel suggests a suitable thank-you.
Based on an account by Stephen of Ripon (early 8th century)
Mathieu Martinel and the Drowning Soldier
A young French cavalry soldier took a tremendous risk to rescue a drowning man.
Based on an account by Charlotte Yonge (1823-1901)
Daffodils
A poem about the blessing of fond memories.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)