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Sir Titus Salt
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
His alpaca-wool mills near Bradford proved the social benefits of private enterprise in the right hands.

ON a trip to Liverpool, shortly after taking over his father’s wool business in 1833, Titus Salt stumbled across some bales of alpaca-wool, then little-known in England. His father forbade him to buy them, but he did, and by 1850 his business had outgrown its Bradford premises.

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Distinguish using sentences: Premise. Premises.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Hope. Trip. Escape.

Use together in one sentence: Hospital. Alpaca. Overcrowding.

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Caedmon Learns to Sing
Music: Byzantine Chant
A shy and unmusical stable-hand suddenly began to sing wise and moving hymns.

THE farmhands on the estates of the monastery at Whitby liked a song in the evening, but whenever the harp looked like coming his way, Caedmon would slip out and go to bed in the stables.

On one such occasion, a man appeared in his dreams and greeted him. ‘Caedmon’ he said, ‘sing to me’.

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Distinguish using sentences: Aware. Awake. Alert.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Occasion. Bed. Line.

Use together in one sentence: Slip out. Tongue. Lips.

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The Tale of Beggar’s Bridge
Music: Sir William Sterndale Bennett
The proof of Thomas Ferres’s rags-to-riches tale is quite literally written in stone, but popular lore adds some tantalising and romantic detail.

A GRACEFUL bridge over the Esk at Glaisdale bears the date 1619, and the initials T.F., for Thomas Ferres, Mayor of Hull. Thomas amassed a fortune plying the east coast as master of a trading-ship called the Francis, which he poured into housing, education and apprenticeships for the poor.

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Distinguish using sentences: Bear. Bare.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Part. Go. Trade.

Use together in one sentence: Bridge. Against. Go.

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St Wilfrid and the Angel of Light
St Wilfrid finds comfort during his tussle with the King of Northumbria

AFTER the King of Northumbria, Ecgfrith, expelled Wilfrid from his place as Bishop of York in 678, Wilfrid went to Rome, and brought back with him a letter of support from the Pope. However, the letter only made the King more angry. He had his sheriff, Osfrith, lock Wilfrid in a deep dungeon where little daylight came, ordering for good measure that no lamps be lit there by night.

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Distinguish using sentences: Light. Alight.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Support. Lock. Crack.

Use together in one sentence: Go. Intrigued. Order.

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St Wilfrid and the Sheriff’s Wife
St Wilfrid brings healing to the wife of his own gaoler.

THE King’s sheriff, Osfrith, was a married man. One day, his wife suddenly fell ill. First, she experienced a growing stiffness, which in time became a complete numbness in all her limbs. The sheriff found her cold to the touch, and flecks of foam appeared round her mouth.

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Distinguish using sentences: Aid. Aide.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Keep. Water. Mouth.

Use together in one sentence: Else. Foam. Warmth.

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St Hild and the Synod of Whitby
The respected Abbess oversaw the English Church’s historic commitment to adopt Byzantine traditions.

HILD was the Abbess of a monastery for both men and women in Whitby, on the north east coast of England. “All who knew her”, says St Bede, “called her mother, because of her outstanding devotion and grace”.

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Distinguish using sentences: Each. Both.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Farm. Call. Say.

Use together in one sentence: Sing. Music. Coast.

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