quiet (adj.)
It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,
The holy time is quiet as a nun,
Breathless with adoration.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850), ‘It is a Beauteous Evening’
Wasdale from Wastwater.
© GkgAlf, Wikimedia Commons.
honest (adj.)
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), ‘I keep six honest serving-men’
Wild asiatic asses, India.
© Shaunak-Chitgopkar, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0.
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.
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
Anti-Slavery Convention, 1840.
By Benjamin Haydon (1786-1845), via Wikimedia Commons.
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Stanford’s Piano Concerto No. 2 receives its English premiere at last (1916)
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‘Risoluto’
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
December 7th, 1916: Stanford’s Piano Concerto No. 2 receives its English premiere at last
Despite setback after setback, Stanford was determined to hear his music played in public.

THE Leeds Festival of 1910 caused a stir with the appearance of Sergei Rachmaninoff as soloist in his own Second Piano Concerto, adding the Russian to a long list of overseas composers brought to England by the conductor, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford.

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Distinguish using sentences: Until. By.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Leave. Cost. Part.

Use together in one sentence: Influence. Concerto. Although.

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‘Sussex’
Music: George Butterworth
A meditation on our instinctive love for the place in which we live.

GOD gave all men all earth to love,But since our hearts are small,Ordained for each one spot should proveBelovèd over all;That, as He watched Creation’s birth,So we, in godlike mood,May of our love create our earthAnd see that it is good.

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Distinguish using sentences: Shore. Sure.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: See. Man. Land.

Use together in one sentence: May. Lot. Us.

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The Return of Plum Pudding
Music: John Playford
The Puritans said it was unfit for God-fearing men, but George I thought it fit for a King.

RICH and luxurious plum pudding was banned as “unfit for God-fearing people” by the republican Puritans in 1647, prompting riots in Kent.

Christmas celebrations returned with Charles II in 1660, and in 1714 King George I requested plum pudding for his first Christmas in England, making it fashionable once again.

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Distinguish using sentences: Require. Request. Requisition.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Prompt. Use. Egg.

Use together in one sentence: Ban. Republican. Sixpence.

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No Thoroughfare
Music: Sir William Sterndale Bennett
At twenty-five and owner of his own business, Walter Wilding thought his world was secure, but it was about to be rocked to its foundations.

WHEN a tearful mother left her baby son at London’s Foundling Hospital, she went away knowing only that they had named him ‘Walter Wilding’. He was eleven when she returned and claimed him by that name, lavishing a mother’s love on him until she died thirteen years later.

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Distinguish using sentences: Until. By.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Die. Name. Return.

Use together in one sentence: Go away. At once. Leave.

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The Battle of Agincourt
Music: Sir William Walton
One of the best-known of all battles in English history, but not because of the conflict of which it was a part.

IN 1340, Edward III was persuaded by his Flemish allies to assume the title of ‘King of France’, precipitating the Hundred Years’ War. Initial success gave way to a truce in 1396, and in 1415 the young Dauphin, Charles, impatiently demanded that Henry V renounce his great-grandfather’s claims, or come over and prove them in battle.

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The London and Birmingham Railway
Music: Alice Mary Smith
The textile moguls of Manchester and Liverpool engaged the Stephensons to complete their link to the capital.

THE London and Birmingham Railway opened on September 17th, 1838, connecting Euston to Curzon Street via Rugby and Coventry in five and a half hours. At Curzon Street, passengers could change to the Grand Junction Railway for Manchester and Liverpool, whose cotton-merchants and mill-owners had paid for the link to the capital.

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Distinguish using sentences: Capital. Capitol.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Pay. Fire. Smoke.

Use together in one sentence: Day. Connect. Mile.

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