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Alice Mary Smith
Aesop’s Fables
The Lion and the Mouse
A casual act of mercy brought an unexpected reward.
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos

A LION who had caught a mouse was on the point of eating it, when the little rascal spoke up.

‘Your proper prey is deer’ he squeaked crossly, ‘and creatures with horns. A meal of mouse would be no more than a grain of salt on your lips.’

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No. 51
Greek and Roman Myths
Theseus and the Minotaur
A warning not to be forgetful of others, even in triumph.

THE white bull of King Minos sired a dreadful half-man, half-bull called the Minotaur, which was at length confined in the Labyrinth, an ingenious maze.

Every year, at Minos’s command, a ship with a black flag of grief set out from Athens, bearing seven youths and seven maidens for the minotaur to consume in its lair.

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No. 52
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Greek and Roman Myths
Orpheus and Eurydice
Orpheus would lose his beloved wife Eurydice to death not once, but twice.

ORPHEUS settled in Thessaly, where he married Eurydice, and taught the people the art of music.

One day, Eurydice was bitten by a venomous snake, and died. Determined never to be parted from her, Orpheus set out for the abode of the dead.

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No. 53
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. 54
George Frideric Handel
Greek and Roman Myths
Heracles and the Nemean Lion
Sending a hero off to ‘certain death’ never seems to work out...

IT was Hera who sent two snakes to devour Heracles in his cot, but he strangled them with his bare hands.

And it was Hera who induced a fit of madness in Heracles so great, that he slew his wife and six children.

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No. 55
Muzio Clementi
Aesop of Samos
The Ape and the Fox
A valuable lesson when dealing with practised liars.
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos

ONCE upon a time, a fox and an ape were travelling the same road, and passed through a cemetery.

The ape waved a leathery hand towards the rows of headstones. “All these” he said “mark the last resting place of slaves given their freedom by my ancestors”.

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No. 56
Felix Mendelssohn
Aesop of Samos
The Dog and the Bell
Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos

ONCE upon a time, there was a dog whose habit it was to bite people in secret.

But his master fashioned a little copper bell and fastened it around the dog’s neck, so everyone far and wide would know whether the dog was at their heels.

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No. 57
Aesop of Samos
The Crow and the Pitcher
Brute force is no substitute for quick thinking.
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos

AN extremely thirsty crow stumbled across a pitcher, and when she peered inside she found that it was half-filled with water.

But the neck was very narrow, and try as she might she could neither reach the water with her beak, nor summon up sufficient force to tip the pitcher on its side.

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No. 58
John Field
Aesop of Samos
The Debtor and his Pig
There are no lengths to which some people won’t go.
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos

ONCE upon a time in Athens, there was a man who was in debt, and his creditor was pressing him to repay.

His first response was to ask for an extension on his loan, as (so he said) he could not raise the money.

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No. 59
George Frideric Handel
Aesop of Samos
The Cat’s Wedding
It’s easier to change how you look than to hide who you are.
Based on a fable by
Aesop of Samos

Aphrodite felt sorry for the lovesick cat, and did indeed turn her into a very lovely young woman. Naturally, the young man immediately fell in love with her, and they were soon married.

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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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