light (adj.)
Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need.
Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927), ‘Three Men in a Boat’
Rowing boats, Derwent Water, Cumbria. © Krautrock, Wikimedia Commons.
struggle (vb.)
If there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.
Samuel Smiles (1812-1904), ‘Character’
Andy Carroll scores v. Ipswich. © mikebrown59, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 2.0.
ourselves (pron.)
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
William Hazlitt (1778-1830), ‘Political Essays’
Queen’s Official Birthday Parade, 2007. © Jon, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 2.0.
invention (n.)
The locomotive is not the invention of one man, but of a nation of mechanical engineers.
Robert Stephenson (1803-1859)
Caprotti valvegear, BR Standard 5MT No. 73129. © Phil Sangwell, Wikimedia Commons.
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.
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January 3rd ‘English style’
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Very short stories from history, myth and fiction
with traditional exercises in grammar and composition.
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The Last Gladiator
Music: Muzio Clementi
The people of Rome suddenly turned their back on centuries of ‘sport’ - all because of one harmless old man.

THE Victory Games began harmlessly enough, but soon the gladiators leapt into the arena. Death was all around, while happy crowds punched the air and shouted themselves hoarse.

Suddenly, a frail old man in a tattered robe ran onto the sandy floor, pushing the giant gladiators apart, pleading with them to stop their madness.

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Language games with this Post: Précis.

Douglass in Britain
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Frederick Douglass, the American runaway slave turned Abolitionist, spent some of his happiest days in Britain.

THE publication of his memoirs caused a storm that in 1845 led Frederick Douglass (as he put it) ‘to seek a refuge in monarchical England, from the dangers of Republican slavery’. The chief concern was that his old master, Captain Auld, might reclaim his ‘property’, for Frederick was technically a runaway slave still.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Courteous. Obsequious. Curt.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Concern. Land. Lead.

Use together in one sentence: White. Grand. Against.

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Dr Wollaston
Music: Johann Baptist Cramer
William Hyde Wollaston discovered new elements and helped Faraday to greatness, all from the top of a tea-tray.

AFTER graduating in medicine from Gonville and Caius in 1793, and practising as a rural doctor in Cambridgeshire for a few years, William Wollaston came into family money and settled in London, free to indulge his passion for chemistry.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Each. Every. All.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Lead. Watch. Gas.

Use together in one sentence: Rhodium. Kind. Keep.

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Douglass’s Debt
Music: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
British statesmen were among those who inspired the career of one of America’s greatest men, Frederick Douglass.

I MET there one of Sheridan’s mighty speeches, on the subject of Catholic Emancipation, Lord Chatham’s speech on the American War, and speeches by the great William Pitt, and by Fox.

These were all choice documents to me, and I read them over and over again, with an interest ever increasing, because it was ever gaining in intelligence; for the more I read them the better I understood them.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: There. Their. They’re.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Meet. Document. Hold.

Use together in one sentence: Heart. Understand. Mind.

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The School of Difficulty
Music: Johann Baptist Cramer
It is not educational institutions and methods that advance science or the arts, but people.

MEN who are resolved to find a way for themselves, will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not lie ready to their hand, they will make them.

It is not those who have enjoyed the advantages of colleges, museums, and public galleries, that have accomplished the most for science and art; nor have the greatest mechanics and inventors been trained in mechanics’ institutes.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Will. Would.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Do. Train. Man.

Use together in one sentence: Make. Best. Reply.

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Mr Faraday
Music: Jan Ladislav Dussek
Faraday’s work on electromagnetism made him an architect of modern living, and one of Albert Einstein’s three most revered physicists.

YOUNG Michael Faraday worked in a bookshop, so he had plenty to read. He did not spurn his good fortune, and was especially fascinated by science and electricity.

One customer, the eminent pianist William Dance, spotted Michael’s enthusiasm and sent him tickets to Sir Humphrey Davy’s famous public lectures.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Device. Devise.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Machine. Space. Spot.

Use together in one sentence: Especially. Enthusiasm. Sanitation.

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