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‘Really, I do not see the signal!’
Music: Franz Joseph Haydn
Sometimes it is right to ‘turn a blind eye’.

IN King George III’s day, Britain’s maritime trading Empire, stretching from North America to India, provoked envy across Europe.

Napoleon Bonaparte carefully fanned the flames of resentment until, on 2nd April 1801, a fleet of ships gathered at Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark-Norway, eager to force Britain to share her supposedly ill-gotten wealth.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Europe. The European Union.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: See. Share. Fly.

Use together in one sentence: Silence. Trade. King.

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The Battle of Trafalgar
Music: George Frideric Handel
At the cost of his own life, Lord Nelson showed Napoleon that he could rule neither Britain nor the waves.

IN 1805, the French fleet was not at its height. Many able officers had been executed in the Revolution, and memories were still raw of Nelson’s victory at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.

Napoleon therefore planned to ally with the Spanish fleet at Cadíz, before daring to confront the Royal Navy in the English Channel.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Already. All ready.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Arm. Shoulder. Plan.

Use together in one sentence: Battle. Cadíz. Shoulder.

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Captain Moorsom’s ‘Revenge’
Music: Muzio Clementi
The Whitby man held his nerve to keep five enemy ships busy at Trafalgar, and subsequently led Nelson’s funeral procession.

AS soon as battle was joined at Trafalgar, Robert Moorsom, captain of HMS Revenge, alarmed his crew by sailing directly towards five enemy ships.

He had few forward-firing cannon, and the broadsides of the enemy tore through Revenge’s rigging and across her deck without reply, while Moorsom strolled among the flying splinters ‘as though walking to church’.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Till. Until.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Alarm. Battle. Win.

Use together in one sentence: Pristine. Short range. Forbid.

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The Character of Horatio Lord Nelson
Music: Muzio Clementi
High praise from someone who knew him better than most.

LET the country mourn their hero; I grieve for the loss of the most fascinating companion I ever conversed with — the greatest and most simple of men — one of the nicest and most innocent — interesting beyond all, on shore, in public and even in private life.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Alone. Lonely. Remote.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Let. Ship. Mind.

Use together in one sentence: Find out. Cabin. Fascinating.

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