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The Stockton and Darlington Railway
Music: John Field
George Stephenson and his son Robert created the world’s first passenger railway.

THE Stockton and Darlington Railway is celebrated as the first public railway for fare-paying passengers, and over 30,000 travelled the line in twelve months from July 1826. But their single, horse-drawn carriages on rails (fare one-and-six) were not the line’s real business.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Publicity. Public.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Line. Use. Lead.

Use together in one sentence: Son. Rails. Behind.

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The Legend of Pollard’s Lands
Music: George Frideric Handel
An enterprising knight rids the Bishop of Durham of a troublesome boar, but the price comes as a shock to his lordship.

THE estates around Auckland Castle, seat of the Bishops of Durham, were troubled by a wild boar, so much so that the Bishop and even the King had each put up a princely reward for his head.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Aware. Awake. Alert.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Trouble. Finish. Say.

Use together in one sentence: Awake. Slice off. Princely.

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The Hetton Railway
Music: George Frederick Pinto
The railway earned a special place in history as the first to be designed for steam locomotives only.

HETTON Colliery opened on November 18, 1822, complete with an eight-mile waggonway to the port of Sunderland at the mouth of the River Wear. Designed by local man George Stephenson, it was the first railway to be operated by steam power alone.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Behind. Beyond.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Mouth. Design. Pay.

Use together in one sentence: Colliery. Complete. Railway.

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The Lessons of History
Music: Sir Hubert Parry
England’s first and greatest historian explains why history is so important.

I WARMLY welcome the genuine eagerness with which you not only apply yourself to listen most attentively to the words of Scripture, but also make the effort to acquaint yourself in detail with the sayings and doings of earlier generations, and particularly the famous men of our own nation.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Imitate. Intimate.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Know. Record.

Use together in one sentence: Pursue. Know. Before.

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The Man who Made the Headlines
Music: Edward Elgar
William Stead conceived modern print journalism in the belief that newspapers could change the world.

WHEN William Stead became editor of ‘The Northern Echo’ in 1871, he was just 22 and the youngest newspaper-editor in the country.

He exploited Darlington’s railway connections to expand the newspaper’s circulation, helping William Gladstone’s Liberal Party to power in 1880.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Interview. Interrogate.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Travel. Move. Help.

Use together in one sentence: Expand. After. Editor.

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Silver Swan
Music: Camille Saint-Saens
Mark Twain’s attention was drawn off people-watching for a moment by an extraordinarily lifelike machine.

OF course we visited the renowned International Exposition. It was a wonderful show, but the moving masses of people of all nations we saw there were a still more wonderful show.

I discovered that if I were to stay there a month, I should still find myself looking at the people instead of the inanimate objects on exhibition.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Tour. Visit.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Stay. Shop. Approach.

Use together in one sentence: All. Show. Fish.

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