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The Fleming Valve
Music: York Bowen
A Victorian children’s book inspired the birth of modern electronics.

FANNY Umphelby’s ‘Child’s Guide To Knowledge’ can have had few readers more devoted, or more distinguished in later life, than Ambrose Fleming.

Her collection of scientific facts sparked his long career at University College, London, and at the Marconi Company, assisting in the first transatlantic radio transmissions.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Wave. Waive.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Radio. Career. Flow.

Use together in one sentence: Proud. Solid-state. Rely.

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Hyder Ali and Tipu
Music: Johann Christian Bach
The British encountered no stouter resistance in India than Mysore’s gifted commmander Hyder Ali and his son, Tipu.

IN 1778, King Louis XVI of France declared war on Britain, and London responded by driving the colonial French out of the port of Mahé in Mysore, a kingdom in southwest India dating back to the turn of the fifteenth century.

This trespass incensed Hyder Ali, Mysore’s brilliant military commander whose hero status had already relegated King Krishnaraja Wodeyar II to a mere figurehead.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Bear. Bare.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Hunt. Campaign. Turn.

Use together in one sentence: Relegate. Over. Down.

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Mysore’s Golden Age
Music: Nikolai Medtner
The Princely State of Mysore (today in Karnataka) was hailed as an example of good governance to all the world.

KRISHNARAJA Wodeyar IV inherited the throne of Mysore in 1894, though his mother acted as regent until 1902. The Kingdom had a recent history of good governance, owing much to chief administrator Purniah from 1799 to 1812, and British Commissioner Sir Mark Cubbon from 1843 to 1861. A democratic legislature had been introduced in 1881.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Engineer. Mechanic. Mechanical.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Purpose. Craft. Fall.

Use together in one sentence: Best. Emphatic. Power.

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Benno Moiseiwitsch
Music: Johannes Brahms
One of the twentieth century’s greatest pianists, who put himself and his art at the service of his adopted country.

AT fifteen, budding pianist Benno Moiseiwitsch inquired at the Royal Academy of Music in London about continuing studies that had begun in his hometown, Odessa, and had brought him the Anton Rubinstein Prize when he was nine. His prospective tutors told him frankly that they did not know what they could teach him.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Ally. Friend. Confederate.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Exact. Know. Career.

Use together in one sentence: What. Undermine. Beneath.

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The Boer Wars
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
South African settlers of Dutch descent could not escape the march of the British Empire.

IN 1836, disaffected colonists of Dutch descent from the British-run Cape Colony made their ‘Great Trek’ north, and founded Natal, Transvaal and Orange Free State. British governance followed close behind, however, occupying Natal in 1842, and invading Transvaal in 1877 after it fell into bankruptcy.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Invade. Enter.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Form. Help. March.

Use together in one sentence: Bankruptcy. Early. Come to nothing.

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‘Risoluto’
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
Despite setback after setback, Stanford was determined to hear his music played in public.

THE Leeds Festival of 1910 caused a stir with the appearance of Sergei Rachmaninoff as soloist in his own Second Piano Concerto, adding the Russian to a long list of overseas composers brought to England by the conductor, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Price. Cost. Value.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Leave. Part. Reward.

Use together in one sentence: Own. Dash one’s hopes. Leave.

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