fun (n.)
Everything in life that’s any fun, as somebody wisely observed, is either immoral, illegal or fattening.
P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975), “The Girl in Blue” (1970)
The Co-operative Store at Beamish Museum, County Durham. © Cory Doctorow, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0
value (n.)
The terms of justice, the terms of science, the value of government, are the everlasting ramparts of Greece and Rome – the father and mother of civilisation.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), ‘The Uses of Reading’
The theatre at Delphi, Greece. © William Neuheisel, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0.
determination (n.)
In some ways I believe I epitomise the average New Zealander: I have modest abilities, I combine these with a good deal of determination, and I rather like to succeed.
Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008)
The Remarkables, Queenstown, New Zealand. © Christian Mehlführer, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0.
famous (adj.)
Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.
Ecclesiasticus 44:1
Thomas Clarkson, Anti-Slavery Convention (1840). By Benjamin Haydon (1786-1845), via Wikimedia Commons.
expect (vb)
England expects every Man will do his Duty
Horatio, Lord Nelson (1758-1805), Battle of Trafalgar
Captain’s cabin, HMS Victory. © Nilfanion, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 4.0.
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The British Army finds itself trapped on a beach at Dunkirk in France (1940) 1 post
June 28th, 1940
The British Army finds itself trapped on a beach at Dunkirk in France
The Evacuation of Dunkirk
Music: Frank Bridge
The fate of the British army hung by a thread in May 1940, but ships large and small, military and civilian, came to the rescue.

AFTER Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, the British Expeditionary Force, a thorn in the German side during the Great War, was again deployed to France.

This time, however, the speed of the enemy’s advance through Holland and Belgium, bursting into France by the Ardennes, caught everyone by surprise.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Although. However.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Help. Surprise. Craft.

Use together in one sentence: However. Pleasure. Nearly.

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Well Out Of It
Music: Muzio Clementi
Anne Elliot is mortified to hear Frederick Wentworth’s opinion of her, but manages to find comfort in his words.

“CAPTAIN Wentworth is not very gallant by you, Anne, though he was so attentive to me. Henrietta asked him what he thought of you, when they went away, and he said, ‘You were so altered he should not have known you again.’”

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Composition. Composure.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Look. Know. Respect.

Use together in one sentence: Common. No. Bloom.

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Joseph and the Coat of Many Colours
Music: Edward Elgar
Joseph’s brothers decide they have had enough of their rival in their father’s affections.

JOSEPH was the favourite among the twelve sons of Jacob, and the others resented it.

They resented the coat of many colours which Jacob had given him, and above all they resented Joseph’s recurrent dreams in which they bowed low before him.

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Distinguish using sentences: Contented. Contentious.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Coat. Train. Dream.

Use together in one sentence: Rather. Safely. Favourite.

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Caught in the Net
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
A distinguished critic tries to trick Dr Johnson into an honest opinion, which was neither necessary nor very rewarding.

AT this time the controversy concerning the pieces published by Mr James Macpherson, as translations of Ossian, was at its height. Johnson had all along denied their authenticity; and, what was still more provoking to their admirers, maintained that they had no merit.

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Distinguish using sentences: Acknowledge. Recognise. Know.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Man. Author. Lead.

Use together in one sentence: Serious. Many. Author.

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A Solemn Duty
Music: Joseph Boulogne Chavalier de Saint Georges
Monsieur St Aubert falls seriously ill on a walking tour with his daughter Emily, and before the end asks an unexpected favour.

“HEAR, then, what I am going to tell you. The closet, which adjoins my chamber at La Vallee, has a sliding board in the floor. You will know it by a remarkable knot in the wood, and by its being the next board, except one, to the wainscot, which fronts the door.”

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Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Place. Return. Press.

Use together in one sentence: Direction. Your. About.

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Buy British
Music: Malcolm Arnold
A nation with its own laws and a strong sense of shared cultural identity makes good economic sense.

EVERY individual is continually exerting himself to find out the most advantageous employment for whatever capital he can command. It is his own advantage, indeed, and not that of the society, which he has in view. But the study of his own advantage naturally, or rather necessarily, leads him to prefer that employment which is most advantageous to the society.

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Distinguish using sentences: Acknowledge. Recognise. Know.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Command. Trust. Lead.

Use together in one sentence: Profit. Must. Command.

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