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shape (vb)
We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Vyne House, Hampshire. © Simon Q, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 2.0.
gaze (vb)
It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.
David Livingstone (1813-1873), ‘Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa’
Victoria Falls, Zambia. © Joachim Huber, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0.
eye (n.)
It was a sweet view — sweet to the eye and the mind. English verdure, English culture, English comfort.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), ‘Emma’
Glenridding, Cumbria. © David Iliff, Wikimedia Commons.
cover (n.)
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), ‘Atalanta in Calydon’ (1865)
Bluebells in Box Wood, Hertfordshire. © Airwolfhound, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0
play (vb)
The only way of really finding out a man’s true character is to play golf with him.
P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975), ‘The Clicking of Cuthbert’
Wentworth Golf Course. © Alan Hunt, Geograph. CC BY-SA 2.0.
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Tales from history, myth and fiction with traditional ‘Grammar School’ exercises
Mar 31
Friday
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Captain Charles Fryatt
Music: Sir John Blackwood McEwen
A civilian ferry captain was court-martialled by the Germans for thumbing his nose at their U-Boats.

ON July 27th, 1916, Captain Charles Fryatt, a civilian, was brought before a German military court in Bruges.

Entered into evidence were two gold watches presented to the captain by his employers, the Great Central Railway and the Great Eastern. One commemorated the occasion on March 3rd, 1915, when under Fryatt’s command SS Wrexham escaped the clutches of a U-Boat in a breathless pursuit over forty nautical miles.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Assassinate. Murder. Kill.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Award. Occasion. Rush.

Use together in one sentence: Escort. March. Breathless.

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Guardian of Peace
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
J. S. Mill argues that free trade has done more to put an end to war than any political union or military alliance.

COMMERCE first taught nations to see with goodwill the wealth and prosperity of one another. Before, the patriot, unless sufficiently advanced in culture to feel the world his country, wished all countries weak, poor, and ill-governed but his own: he now sees in their wealth and progress a direct source of wealth and progress to his own country.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Race. War. Increase.

Use together in one sentence: Another. Institution. Interest.

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Heracles and the Cretan Bull
Music: Richard Jones
Heracles seems to be the only one who can keep Poseidon’s rampaging white bull under control.

WHEN King Minos of Crete promised to sacrifice to Poseidon whatever should next emerge from the sea, Poseidon kindly sent him a superb white bull. Minos, however, could not bring himself to destroy so magnificent a beast, so he kept it for himself and substituted another from his own herds.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Shoulder. Result. Keep.

Use together in one sentence: Its. Pleased. Sire.

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Mothering Sunday
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
Mothering Sunday is a peculiarly British celebration of Christian faith, close family and responsible freedom.

CONSTANCE Smith worked in a Nottingham dispensary for the Girls’ Friendly Society, helping young women without family support. In 1920, her experiences led her to campaign for the wider observance of Mothering Sunday.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Custom. Customs. Costume.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Fill. Grant. Campaign.

Use together in one sentence: Strict. Cathedral. Family.

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A Monument to Liberty
Music: Camille Saint-Saens
Samuel Smiles explains why the London and Birmingham Railway was an achievement superior to the Great Pyramid of Giza.

THE Great Pyramid of Egypt was, according to Diodorus Siculus, constructed by 300,000 — according to Herodotus, by 100,000 — men. It required for its execution twenty years, and the labour expended upon it has been estimated as equivalent to lifting 15,733,000,000 of cubic feet of stone one foot high.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Require. Request. Requisition.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Estimate. Result. Lift.

Use together in one sentence: Cubic. Stone. In the face of.

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Annunciation
Music: Pavel Chesnokov
Cynewulf reflects on the mystery of the appearance of the angel Gabriel to Mary.

YOUNG was the woman,
an untouched maid, he took for mother;
it was with no man’s caresses of love
that the bride grew great with child.
Never then, nor since, in this world
was any woman’s reward its equal;
it was Mystery, the Master’s secret.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Until. By.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Light. Lift. Man.

Use together in one sentence: Long. Spirit. Make.

Language games with this Post: Précis. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.