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Rebel Rugby
Music: Eric Ball
The Nazi-collaborating Vichy government in France paid Rugby League the supreme compliment: they banned it.

IN 1940, Paris fell to the invading German army. Parts of France which were not actually occupied came under the authority of an extremely unpopular puppet government sympathetic to Nazi Germany, based in Vichy.

The influential men in Vichy were enthusiasts of the English sport of Rugby, because (they said) they admired its noble amateur code.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Bar. Ban.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Form. Manufacture. Market.

Use together in one sentence: Professional. Puppet. Other.

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Rugby League
Music: George Hespe
The less glamorous code of Rugby football, but the best for sheer speed and strength.

THE game of Rugby football developed at a Public school in the Warwickshire town of Rugby, early in the Victorian era. Soon it had spread across England, and competitions were organised by the Rugby Football Union, which insisted that players should be strictly amateur.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Aware. Awake. Alert.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Score. Manufacture. Team.

Use together in one sentence: Establish. Those. Rule.

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Mathieu Martinel and the Drowning Soldier
Music: Ignace Pleyel
A young French cavalry soldier took a tremendous risk to rescue a drowning man.

IN 1820, Mathieu Martinel was in Strasbourg when he saw a fellow cavalryman had fallen into the river, right beside the weir of a churning mill-wheel. Martinel leapt straight into the turbid waters, and grabbed onto the drowning man.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Oblivious. Unconscious.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Catch. Water. Slip.

Use together in one sentence: Sluice. Clutch. Straight.

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The Gift Thrice Given
A story about William the Conqueror’s father, Robert the Magnificent.

WHEN attending mass at the Abbey of Cerizy, his own foundation, Robert one day remarked a stranger knight, when asked for his alms at the offertory, reply sadly, that he had nothing to give.

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The Selfless Courage of Leo the Cook
Music: Jean-Baptiste Lully
In 6th century France, a faithful kitchen servant sold himself into slavery to rescue a kidnapped boy.

GREGORY, Bishop of Langres, had a nephew named Attalus, who was kidnapped by a Frankish chieftain near Trier, and kept in slavery as a stable-boy.

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The Daring Escape of Richard the Fearless
Music: Louise Farrenc
The ten-year-old got away from a royal castle disguised as a bundle of hay.

AFTER the murder of William Longsword, the powerful Duke of Normandy, King Louis IV of France surprised everyone by turning up at the funeral, and taking the duke’s young son Richard, aged about ten, into his own care, which was little more than an imprisonment.

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