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The Voyage of ‘Golden Hinde’
two-part story
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
Elizabethan adventurer Sir Francis Drake combined sailing round the world with really annoying the King of Spain.

IT was no secret in Elizabeth I’s reign that King Philip of Spain coveted her crown.

He had never understood why it passed from his late wife, Mary, to her half-sister Elizabeth and not to him, and he resented Elizabeth giving refuge to dissidents fleeing bloody persecution in the Spanish Netherlands.

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The Re-rediscovery of America
Music: Matthew Locke
John Day of Bristol did not want Christopher Columbus to labour under a misapprehension.

ON 24th June 1497, the Feast of St John the Baptist, Venetian captain John Cabot and his crew of Englishmen landed at Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland, after leaving Bristol aboard the ‘Matthew’ towards the end of May. Cabot did not venture far inland or found any settlements, but took careful notes and charted the coastline.

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1 Heracles and the Cattle of Geryon
Heracles must get the better of a three-bodied giant and steal his cattle.
2 Heracles and the Girdle of Hippolyte
A princess covets the belt of a warrior-queen, so Heracles is despatched to get it for her.
3 Heracles and the Mares of Diomedes
Eurystheus pits his cousin against a son of Ares and some man-eating horses.
4 Heracles and the Cretan Bull
Heracles seems to be the only one who can keep Poseidon’s rampaging white bull under control.
5 Heracles and the Birds of Lake Stymphalia
Our hero is sent to deal with some man-eating birds, but cannot reach their lakeside refuge.
6 The Tragedy of King Oedipus
Oedipus flees home in an attempt to escape a dreadful prophecy, unware that it is following at his heels.
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7 The Peasant, the Penny and Marko the Rich
Marko adopts drastic measures to get out of repaying the loan of a penny.
8 Heracles and the Augean Stables
Heracles shows his capacity for thinking outside the box, but spoils it by trying to be just a little bit too clever.
9 The Legend of Pollard’s Lands
An enterprising knight rids the Bishop of Durham of a troublesome boar, but the price comes as a shock to his lordship.
10 Heracles and the Erymanthian Boar
Snaring a wild boar turns out to be much less dangerous than keeping centaurs away from their wine.
11 The Legend of King Leir
An early British king discovers what he is really worth to his daughters.
12 Bellerophon and the Chimera
The wronged hero vanquishes a dreadful monster with the help of a winged horse, but then it all goes to his head.
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13 The Sword of Damocles
A reminder that those with extreme wealth and power have everything but the peace to enjoy it.
14 Heracles and the Cerynaean Hind
Eurystheus sends his cousin on another labour, this time hoping the task is too delicate for the big man.
15 Hera and the Boeotian Bride
Zeus employs a little psychology to effect a reunion with his offended wife.
16 Apple of Discord
Thetis snubs Eris, goddess of Discord, and sets off a series of events leading to the Trojan War.
17 Cap o’ Rushes
A girl’s choice of words sees her turned out of hearth and home.
18 The Bald Lover
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
A man’s mid-life crisis leaves him a little ... exposed.
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19 Robin Hood and the Debt of Honour
The outlaw showed that strange as it may be, he did have a code of honour.
20 The Hare and the Tortoise
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
One had natural talent but no discipline, the other had discipline but no natural talent.
21 Romulus and the Sabine Women
The legend of how Rome was settled gave rise to the March festival of Roman motherhood.
22 The Knight, the Lady, and the Forest of Sorrow
Based on a fable by Jerome K. Jerome
(1859-1927)
A little fable of encouragement for all the suffering.
23 Belling the Cat
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
A council of mice comes up with a plan to outsmart the Cat, but volunteers are a bit thin on the ground.
24 The Siege of Troy: the Abduction of Helen
Paris, prince of Troy, takes the not unwilling Queen of Sparta back home with him, and sparks twenty years of retribution.
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25 The Legend of Beowulf
The oldest surviving heroic legend in English begins with a wild creature of the fens that hunts men for prey.
26 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
A knight issues a bizarre challenge to King Arthur and his court.
27 How Brutus of Troy Became Britain’s First King
An early mediaeval myth linking British civilization to the Fall of Troy.
28 The Midas Touch
An ancient Greek myth about the dangers of easy wealth.
29 Pygmalion and Galatea
Pygmalion discovered that prudishness is not the same as purity.
30 Damon and Pythias
A tale of two friends with complete confidence in each other, and loyal to the death.
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31 The Gordian Knot
Alexander fulfilled the letter of a prophecy and he did become ruler of the world, but it wasn’t quite fair.
32 Heracles and the Hydra
The Greek hero thinks he has paid off more of his debt to the gods, but an unpleasant surprise awaits him.
33 The Ugly Duckling
Based on a fable by Hans Christian Andersen
(1805-1875)
It’s not where you came from that matters, it’s where you belong.
34 The Princess on the Pea
Based on a fable by Hans Christian Andersen
(1805-1875)
A fastidious prince felt he deserved a girl of royal refinement, and he certainly found one.
35 Phrixus and the Golden Fleece
Long before Jason came to claim it, the golden fleece had already saved a boy’s life.
36 Jason and the Golden Fleece
A political rival sends Jason on a hopeless errand, to fetch the golden fleece.
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37 Perseus and the Gorgon
When Polydectes, King of Seriphos, sent Perseus to get the Gorgon’s head, he hoped the boy would never come back.
38 The Hunt for the Wild Boar of Calydon
Artemis, goddess of the hunt, pursued a bitter and relentless vengeance upon a king who carelessly slighted her.
39 Heracles at the Crossroads
The gods had given Heracles every grace of body and mind, but there was one thing he must do for himself: choose how to use them.
40 Hephaestus and the Love Net
When he caught his wife with her lover, the ugly blacksmith of the gods showed that he was not without his pride.
41 William of Cloudsley
William is Cumbria’s very own blend of Robin Hood and William Tell - with a happy ending, too.
42 The Eagle, the Jackdaw, and the Shepherd
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
An over-excited jackdaw goes out of his league, and pays the price.
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43 The Farmer and the Buried Treasure
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
An affectionate father came up with an imaginative way to get his sons to work on the farm.
44 The Partridge and the Cockerels
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
It’s hard when messed-up people treat you badly, but if you take it personally it only makes it worse.
45 Orpheus and Eurydice
Orpheus would lose his beloved wife Eurydice to death not once, but twice.
46 The Lambton Worm
Part One. John Lambton goes fishing on a Sunday, and lets loose all kinds of trouble.
47 The Fox and the Grapes
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
Some people disparage what they can’t have.
48 The Lion and the Mouse
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
A casual act of mercy brought an unexpected reward.
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49 Perseus and Andromeda
Wielding the Gorgon’s head, Perseus saves a beautiful maiden from a ravening sea-monster.
50 The Fox and the Bramble
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
A fox tries to save herself from a fall, but finds she would have been better off taking the tumble.
51 Heracles and the Nemean Lion
Sending a hero off to ‘certain death’ never seems to work out...
52 Theseus and the Minotaur
A warning not to be forgetful of others, even in triumph.
53 Odysseus Comes Home
The wandering King was alive after all - unknown to his “widow’s” suitors.
54 The Crow and the Pitcher
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
Brute force is no substitute for quick thinking.
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55 The Ape and the Fox
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
A valuable lesson when dealing with practised liars.
56 The Emperor’s New Clothes
Based on a fable by Hans Christian Andersen
(1805-1875)
A telling satire on fashionable thinking among the elite.
57 The Goose with the Golden Egg
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
Don’t get greedy when things are going well.
58 The Debtor and his Pig
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
There are no lengths to which some people won’t go.
59 The Cat’s Wedding
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
It’s easier to change how you look than to hide who you are.
60 The Dog and the Bell
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos
Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.

Word Play: Confusables

Compose your own sentences to show the difference between these words:

Raze. Raise. Erase.

New Stories
By John Stuart Mill
(1806-1873)
John Stuart Mill reminds us that governments and the courts must never be allowed to criminalise matters of belief or opinion.
By Charles Dickens
(1812-1870)
Charles Dickens sketches for us the shyly ingratiating youth who gets himself in a tangle in the presence of Beauty.
The only truly global conflict in history began when German troops crossed into Poland in September 1939.
By Richard Cobden
(1804-1865)
Richard Cobden questioned both the wisdom and the motives of politicians who intervene on foreign soil.
New Puzzles
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Try writing complete sentences using these nouns as either the subject or the object of a verb.
Try writing complete sentences using these verbs in either the active or the passive voice.
Polyword ‘Hive’
Make as many words as you can with the letters below. All your words must be at least four letters long, and must also include the highlighted letter. What’s the nine-letter word?

SEE how many words you can make using the letters below. All your words must be at least 4 letters long, and must include the letter (change).

We found commonly used words, plus one 9-letter word. Can you do better?

Use each letter only once. But if there are e.g. two As, you can used them both.

Don’t count proper nouns such as April, Zeus, or Newcastle (pretty much anything that has to be spelled with a capital letter at the start), or acronyms like HMRC.

Don’t just add -S for plurals or third person singular verbs, e.g. CAT → CATS or SPEAK → SPEAKS.

Note: You can find more Polywords and other games on our Nine Lives puzzle page, and most of our stories are accompanied by games with words, grammar and numbers.

More Puzzles
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with FALL and finish with RISE.
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with PIG and finish with STY.
Find the magic letter that can change three words into three different ones.
Find the magic letter that can change three words into three different ones.
Decide whether a word is a verb or a noun (or both), and compose example sentences.
See if you can guess these words letter-by-letter.
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