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Belling the Cat
Music: Sir Arthur Sullivan
A council of mice comes up with a plan to outsmart the Cat, but volunteers are a bit thin on the ground.

LONG ago, the Mice gathered in anxious council to debate how they could best defend themselves against their great enemy, the Cat.

After a great deal of excited squeaking, one Mouse addressed the assembly with statesmanlike gravity.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Each. Every. All.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Bell. Address. Debate.

Use together in one sentence: Enemy. Another. Shall.

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Pangur Bán
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
A 9th century Irish monk scribbled some verses about a beloved cat into his copy book.

I, AND Pangur Bán —
each doing what he does best:
his mind on the hunt,
mine on my own pursuits.

I love, better than fame, relaxing
with my texts, in painstaking study;
Pangur Bán does not envy me that:
he loves his own childish craft.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Colliery. Mine.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Hunt. Fall. Catch.

Use together in one sentence: Regular. Craft. On.

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The Cats of Harrison Weir
Music: Frank Bridge
A Victorian artist and avid bird-watcher banished cats from his country cottage, but soon wished he hadn’t.

THE world’s first cat show, held at London’s Crystal Palace in 1871, was organised by Harrison Weir, artist, illustrator and bird-watcher.

Harrison had learnt drawing and engraving under George Baxter, the pioneer of commercial colour printing. As songbirds were a favourite subject, later on he bought himself a country cottage so he could observe them from his window. Cats, reluctantly, were forbidden.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Behind. Beyond.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Well. Kill. Farm.

Use together in one sentence: Duck. Subject. Favourite.

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Persian Treasures
Music: Albert Ketèlbey
‘Be careful what you wish for’, they say, and there could be no more endearing example.

‘MY hat!’ Cyril remarked. ‘I never thought about its being a PERSIAN carpet.’

Yet it was now plain that it was so, for the beautiful objects which it had brought back were cats — Persian cats, grey Persian cats, and there were, as I have said, 199 of them, and they were sitting on the carpet as close as they could get to each other.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Appear. Seem. Seam.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Move. Rise. Floor.

Use together in one sentence: Mackintosh. About. Yet.

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Tom and Terrier
Music: Gustav Holst
A fox terrier spies what looks like a hapless victim – until he gets up close.

HALF-way up the High Street a cat darted out from one of the houses in front of us, and began to trot across the road. Montmorency gave a cry of joy — the cry of a stern warrior who sees his enemy given over to his hands — the sort of cry Cromwell might have uttered when the Scots came down the hill — and flew after his prey.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Enemy. Enmity.

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

Use together in one sentence: Road. Who. Mile.

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The Friendship of Cats
Music: John Field
A cat’s affection is not easy to win, but the rewards make the effort worthwhile.

WINNING the friendship of a cat is a difficult business. The cat is a philosophical creature, methodical, quiet, tenacious of his habits, fond of order and cleanliness, who does not scatter his affections about indiscriminately.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Your. You’re.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Order.

Use together in one sentence: Indiscriminate. Winning. Companion.

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