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Pirates at Penzance
Music: Jean-Baptiste Lully
The people of Penzance in Cornwall did not think an Algerian corsair much better than a French warship.

IN the small hours of 30th September, 1760, Penzance was woken by the firing of guns, and news spread that a large and unusual ship had run aground near Newlyn. A crowd gathered in the grey dawn, fearing to see a French fleet massing in the Channel.

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Distinguish using sentences: Bound for. Bound to.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Channel. Cry. Ship.

Use together in one sentence: Come. At one’s side. Townsfolk.

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The Bombardment of Algiers
Music: Ignaz Moscheles
For two centuries, human traffickers had stolen English men, women and children for the slave-markets of the Arab world.

WITHIN fifty years of victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588, England’s navy was so neglected that Arab pirates from the Barbary coast were raiding Cornish villages and commandeering fishing-boats with impunity, abducting hundreds of men, women and children for slave-labour in docks and on farms, down mines and in homes across the Ottoman Empire.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Coast. Shore.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Number. Man. State.

Use together in one sentence: Farm. Beating. Down.

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