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Kindergarten Politics
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
John Buchan didn’t think much of our ‘new manners’ in foreign policy during the 1920s.

SANDY was furious about the muddle in the Near East and the mishandling of Turkey. His view was that we were doing our best to hammer a much-divided Orient into a hostile unanimity.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Mistaken. Wrong.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Mean. View. Cry.

Use together in one sentence: Unanimity. Of course. Loathe.

More games: Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

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Mr Ivery Gets Away
Music: Camille Saint-Saens
Richard Hannay tracks a German spy down to a French château, but Hannay’s sense of fair play gives his enemy a chance.

‘HULLO, Mr Ivery,’ I said. ‘This is an odd place to meet again!’

In his amazement he fell back a step, while his hungry eyes took in my face. There was no mistake about the recognition. I saw something I had seen once before in him, and that was fear. Out went the light and he sprang for the door.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Mistake. Error. Confuse.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Face. Charge. Meet.

Use together in one sentence: Drive. Use. Swing.

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Collateral Damage
Music: Gustav Holst
Richard Hannay reflects on the innocent lives lost, when the lust for power or the desire for revenge makes us less than human.

THAT night I realized the crazy folly of war. When I saw the splintered shell of Ypres and heard hideous tales of German doings, I used to want to see the whole land of the Boche given up to fire and sword. I thought we could never end the war properly without giving the Huns some of their own medicine.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Hear. Attend. Listen.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Drive. Make. Keep.

Use together in one sentence: Let. Hut. Cure.

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The Summons Comes for Mr Standfast
Music: George Frideric Handel
In John Buchan’s story about the Great War, Richard Hannay must watch as his friend sacrifices his life for the Allies.

THEY took Peter from the wreckage with scarcely a scar except his twisted leg. Death had smoothed out some of the age in him, and left his face much as I remembered it long ago in the Mashonaland hills.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Progress. Process.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Read. Age. Twist.

Use together in one sentence: Battered. Upon. Pocket.

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