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Nos 371 to 380
Ignaz Moscheles
History of Israel
The Six-Day War
The USSR tried to draw Israel into the Cold War with the West, but Israel proved it could take care of itself.

IN May 1967, Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser began massing troops on the Israeli border, apparently acting on misinformation from the USSR. He also expelled a UN peacekeeping force from the Sinai Peninsula, and closed the Straits of Tiran, denying access to the Red Sea.

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No. 371
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Tudor Era
The Nine-Day Queen
Lady Jane Grey’s accession was almost instantly overturned.

JUST before the young King Edward VI, son of Henry VIII, died in 1553, he unexpectedly named Lady Jane Grey as his successor, passing over his half-sisters Elizabeth and Mary.

Jane was Edward’s cousin once removed: Edward’s grandfather King Henry VII was her great-grandfather.

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No. 372
Muzio Clementi
Extracts from Literature
A Tempting Offer
True moral integrity comes from within.
By Jane Austen
(1775-1817)

“IS there anything I can do for you in town? I have half an idea of going into Norfolk again soon. I am not satisfied about Maddison. I am sure he still means to impose on me if possible, and get a cousin of his own into a certain mill, which I design for somebody else.

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No. 373
William Byrd
The Spanish Armada (1588)
The Spanish Armada
Philip of Spain’s attempt to teach Elizabeth I a lesson did not go as planned.

KING Philip II of Spain was a Catholic, and the husband of Queen Elizabeth I’s half-sister Queen Mary I.

He did not approve of Elizabeth’s Protestant beliefs, and thought she had no right to sit on his late wife’s throne.

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No. 374
Ignaz Moscheles
Modern History
The Bombardment of Algiers
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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No. 375
Charles Villiers Stanford
Poets and Poetry
A Farewell
A last goodbye breathes promise of a merry meeting.
By Charles Kingsley
(1819-75)

MY fairest child, I have no song to give you; No lark could pipe to skies so dull and grey; Yet, ere we part, one lesson I can leave you For every day.

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No. 376
John Field
Poets and Poetry
The Rainbow
God’s covenant of love is a fresh joy every time it appears.
By William Wordsworth
(1770-1850)

MY heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!

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No. 377
3 three-part story
George Frideric Handel and Byzantine Chant
Lives of the Saints
St Bede of Wearmouth and Jarrow
The mild-mannered, artistic monk was nevertheless a founding father of the English nation.

THE church of St Peter in Monkwearmouth is all that remains today of a monastery founded in 674 by St Benedict Biscop, a local man who had studied abroad and was a frequent visitor to Rome.

The land was donated by Ecgfrith, King of Northumbria, and included the home of a Christian family with a one-year-old boy called Bede.

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No. 378
Sir Hubert Parry
Magna Carta
The Langbaurgh Charter
Peter de Brus and his tenants agreed to work together after King John ordered a crackdown on unpaid rents.

THE wapentake of Langbaurgh, an area of modern-day Cleveland south of Middlesbrough, was granted by King John to Peter de Brus, Lord of Skelton, in 1207. Naturally, Peter was expected to pay rent to the Crown, a burden which was passed on to his tenants.

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No. 379
2 two-part story
Charles Avison
Stories in Short
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Parted from his beloved Julia, Proteus follows his friend Valentine to Milan, where he meets the bewitching Silvia.
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
(1564-1616)

ONE day, Valentine came to bid farewell to his fast friend Proteus. Proteus had fallen in love, and Valentine, weary of listening to Proteus’s raptures about his Julia, thought he might try his luck in Milan. Luck was unusually kind, bringing him Silvia, the pretty, teasing daughter of the Duke of Milan.

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No. 380
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1878 The death of Alfred Bird, Birmingham pharmacist and confectioner
From our Archive
By Cornelius Tacitus
(AD 56-117)
A proud British king, taken to Rome as a trophy of Empire, refused to plead for his life.
By Cynewulf
(8th century)
Northumbrian poet Cynewulf paints a word-picture of heaven and the seraph-band that swoops and soars before the throne.
Pope Agatho reached out to the English church to help him make his case at an important Council in the Imperial capital.
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(1875-1912)
A gifted composer of classical music in the romantic tradition, admired by Stanford, Elgar, and Sullivan.
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The prospect of facing daunting odds made his cousin quail, but Henry acted like a true King.

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Polyword ‘Dart’
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.

More Word Games
A word search game with a dash of strategy.
Guess these words letter by letter – before the cats are gone!
Do you know ‘stout’ (6 letters), and ‘gloat’ (4 letters)?
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with FLAG and finish with POLE.
Find the magic letter that can change three words into three different ones.