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Nos 551 to 560
Franz Joseph Haydn
Aesop’s Fables
The Partridge and the Cockerels
It’s hard when messed-up people treat you badly, but if you take it personally it only makes it worse.
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos

ONE day a man who kept cockerels was busy about his yard when a salesman came to the gate and offered him a tame partridge. So he bought it, and let it fend for itself among his other birds.

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No. 551
Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz
Aesop’s Fables
The Eagle, the Jackdaw, and the Shepherd
An over-excited jackdaw goes out of his league, and pays the price.
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos

ONCE upon a time, a mighty eagle swooped down from his lofty stone perch, and carried off a lamb.

A jackdaw watched it with rising envy, until he was so overcome with the desire to imitate him that, with a great whirring of wings, he landed on a full-grown ram, and promptly got tangled up in its fleece.

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No. 552
John Field
Poets and Poetry
Love’s Last Knot
Richard Crashaw offers the hope of eternity for wedded love.
By Richard Crashaw
(1613-1649)

TO these whom death again did wed,
This grave’s the second marriage-bed.
For though the hand of Fate could force
’Twixt soul and body a divorce,
It could not sever man and wife,
Because they both lived but one life.

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No. 553
Extracts from Literature
Typical Cat!
When a cat comes into your life, resistance is futile.
By P. G. Wodehouse
(1881-1975)

BY the end of the second day he was conveying the impression that he was the real owner of the apartment, and that it was due to his good nature that Elizabeth was allowed the run of the place.

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No. 554
Extracts from Literature
Angel Cat
Cats do have a conscience: it tells them when to look innocent.
By Jerome K. Jerome
(1859-1927)

“ONLY this morning I was watching that tortoise-shell of yours on the houseboat. She was creeping along the roof, behind the flower-boxes, stalking a young thrush that had perched upon a coil of rope. Murder gleamed from her eye, assassination lurked in every twitching muscle of her body.

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No. 555
Muzio Clementi
Greek and Roman Myths
Odysseus Comes Home
The wandering King was alive after all - unknown to his “widow’s” suitors.

WHEN Odysseus, King of Ithaca, had not returned from the Trojan War even after nineteen years, his nobles, feasting in his palace and neglecting his kingdom, thought only of marrying his grieving ‘widow’, Penelope, and taking his crown.

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No. 556
Francesco Geminiani
Aesop’s Fables
The Farmer and the Buried Treasure
An affectionate father came up with an imaginative way to get his sons to work on the farm.
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos

A FARMER who lay upon his deathbed wanted his sons to be able to take good care of themselves and the family vineyard after he was gone. But they had managed to avoid getting any hands-on experience of farming.

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No. 557
George Frideric Handel
Greek and Roman Myths
Perseus and Andromeda
Wielding the Gorgon’s head, Perseus saves a beautiful maiden from a ravening sea-monster.

AS Perseus passed by the Libyan coast, he heard a pitiable cry. It came from a lovely young woman, chained by hands and feet to a rock, who told him that she was the Princess Andromeda, and that her mother Cassiopeia had angered Poseidon by comparing the beautiful Nereids, the spirits of the waves, unfavourably with her.

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No. 558
2 two-part story
Richard Jones
Stories in Short
The Birds
Two men fed up with Athenian politics decide to build a city in the sky.
Based on the play by Aristophanes
(c. 445-386 BC)

TWO men from Athens, that cradle of democracy, were fed up with the childish politicking and squabbles about laws.

Imagine, said Pisthetaerus to his friend Euelpides, that we were birds! We could build ourselves a city in the sky, and get away from it all.

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No. 559
George Frideric Handel
Aesop’s Fables
The Fox and the Bramble
A fox tries to save herself from a fall, but finds she would have been better off taking the tumble.
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos

A VIXEN who was clambering over a fence found herself slipping, so to avoid a fall she reached out and grabbed at a nearby bush. But the bush was a bramble, and it cut her paws and made them bleed.

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No. 560
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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.

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