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June 28th, 1940
The British Army finds itself trapped on a beach at Dunkirk in France
The Evacuation of Dunkirk
Music: Frank Bridge
The fate of the British army hung by a thread in May 1940, but ships large and small, military and civilian, came to the rescue.

AFTER Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, the British Expeditionary Force, a thorn in the German side during the Great War, was again deployed to France.

This time, however, the speed of the enemy’s advance through Holland and Belgium, bursting into France by the Ardennes, caught everyone by surprise.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Invade. Evade.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Advance. Catch. Surprise.

Use together in one sentence: Man. Find. Ship.

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The Last Days of Charles II
Music: Henry Purcell
James calls Fr Huddleston to his brother’s deathbed, ready for a most delicate task.

IT was, they said, not unusual for Chiffinch, Charles’s confidential servant, to bring certain charming visitors up the back stairs to his master’s bedroom. Now the King lay upon his deathbed, however, the visitor was of another kind.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Lobby. Persuade.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Search. War. Exchange.

Use together in one sentence: Kind. Persuade. Notice.

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Buy British
Music: Malcolm Arnold
A nation with its own laws and a strong sense of shared cultural identity makes good economic sense.

EVERY individual is continually exerting himself to find out the most advantageous employment for whatever capital he can command. It is his own advantage, indeed, and not that of the society, which he has in view. But the study of his own advantage naturally, or rather necessarily, leads him to prefer that employment which is most advantageous to the society.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Lead. Led.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: View. Command. Support.

Use together in one sentence: Society. Deal. Employment.

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The Sneeze of History
Music: Alexei Fyodorovich Lvov
It was the opinion of Leo Tolstoy that even Napoleon was never master of his own destiny.

MANY historians say that the French did not win the battle of Borodino because Napoleon had a cold, and that if he had not had a cold the orders he gave before and during the battle would have been still more full of genius and Russia would have been lost and the face of the world have been changed.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Affect. Effect.

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

Use together in one sentence: Cold. Because. Become.

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Big Spenders
Music: Thomas Linley the Younger
Adam Smith warns that politicians are the last people who should lecture the public about how to run their affairs.

GREAT nations are never impoverished by private, though they sometimes are by public prodigality and misconduct. The whole, or almost the whole public revenue is, in most countries, employed in maintaining unproductive hands.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Can. Could.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Well. Man. Produce.

Use together in one sentence: Extravagance. Great. Always.

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The Glorious First of June
Music: James Hook
Admiral Lord Howe battered a French fleet far out in the Atlantic, and helped prevent the spread of bloody revolution.

IN 1793, during their year of bloody Terror, the newly republican government in France publicly executed King Louis XVI, and promptly declared themselves at war with Britain unless the oppressed subjects of King George III followed their revolutionary example.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Conform. Confirm.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Fear. Prompt. Date.

Use together in one sentence: During. Get. King.

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