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Heracles and the Cattle of Geryon
Music: Francesco Geminiani
Heracles must get the better of a three-bodied giant and steal his cattle.

ON the tiny island of Cadiz at the southern tip of Spain there lived a herd of magnificent red cattle, guarded by a herdsman named Eurytion and his two-headed dog, Orthrus, brother of Cerberus. Their master was Geryon, a giant with three heads and bodies, joined at the hip, and Eurystheus ordered Heracles to steal his entire herd.

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Distinguish using sentences: Herd. Heard.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Turn. Sun. Dog.

Use together in one sentence: Cool. Sea. Join.

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Pure Selfishness
Music: Nikolai Medtner
The brilliant but dangerously obsessive Dr Griffin decides that ‘the end justifies the means’.

“TO do such a thing would be to transcend magic. And I beheld a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man — the mystery, the power, the freedom. Drawbacks I saw none. And I, a shabby, poverty-struck, hemmed-in demonstrator, teaching fools in a provincial college, might suddenly become — this.”

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Distinguish using sentences: Broadcast. Publish.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Research. Show. Do.

Use together in one sentence: Poverty. Shabby. Vision.

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Arthur MacPherson
Music: Frank Bridge
MacPherson’s tireless afforts to promote Russian sport earned him a unique Imperial honour, and the enmity of the Communists.

ARTHUR MacPherson’s grandfather, Murdoch, had moved from Perth to St Petersburg in the 1830s. But where Murdoch’s business was shipyards, Arthur was an investor, timber merchant, and sports promoter.

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Distinguish using sentences: Draw. Sketch.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Move. Draw. Sport.

Use together in one sentence: Before. Ally. Competitive.

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The Aspden Cup
Music: John Field
British factory workers started a historic three-cornered league in the Russian city of St Petersburg.

IN 1879, British expatriates formed Russia’s first football team, the St Petersburg Football Club, and started playing matches against the crews of visiting ships. Soon three new teams, largely recruited from among the labourers and sports-mad administrators of local textile mills, were vying for the Aspden Cup, sponsored by English entrepreneur Thomas Aspden.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Start. Startle.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Start. Turn. Season.

Use together in one sentence: Crown. Thereafter. Great.

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Passover to Pentecost
Music: George Frideric Handel
St Bede explains how the Exodus and the Ten Commandments are related to Easter and Whitsuntide.

THE children of Israel, delivered from slavery in Egypt by the sacrifice of a lamb, set out across the desert towards the Promised Land, and came to Mount Sinai.

There, fifty days after Passover, the Lord descended upon the summit amid the sound of trumpets, and thunderclaps and lightning flashes, and laid down the Ten Commandments.

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Distinguish using sentences: Light. Alight.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Hope. Lay. Breast.

Use together in one sentence: Desert. Thunderclap. Breast.

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Paxton’s Palace
Music: Sir Arthur Sullivan
Sir Joseph Paxton not only designed the venue for the Great Exhibition of 1851, he embodied the festival’s most cherished principles.

JOSEPH Paxton one day confided to John Ellis MP, a fellow board-member of the Midland Railway, that he had designed a building truly fit to host the forthcoming Great Exhibition of 1851, the exciting showcase for Imperial science and industry destined for Hyde Park. Ellis gave Paxton just nine days to submit a formal application.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Aboard. Board. Bored.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Iron. Frame. Stand.

Use together in one sentence: Engineering. Daughter. News.

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