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Hera and the Boeotian Bride
Zeus employs a little psychology to effect a reunion with his offended wife.
Greek Myths

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Featured Music
from the British Isles

› The Naiads, Op. 15 (1836)

Sir William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875)

Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Braithwaite.

New Stories
Hera and the Boeotian Bride
Zeus employs a little psychology to effect a reunion with his offended wife.
The Stockton and Darlington Railway (part one)
George Stephenson and his son Robert created the world’s first passenger railway.
The Hetton Railway
The railway earned a special place in history as the first to be designed for steam locomotives only.
The Story of Pentecost (part one)
Jesus’s apostles receive the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, and the startling effects quickly draw a crowd.
The Music of the Spheres
Sir William Herschel not only discovered Uranus and infrared radiation, but composed two dozen symphonies as well.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (part one)
Hermia and her lover Lysander elope from Athens, only to become tangled with squabbling fairies in the woods.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
The Gift of the Gab
There was one form of power that self-taught engineering genius George Stephenson never harnessed.
The Siren ‘Greatness’
In encouraging women into music, Alice Mary Smith thought promises of ‘greatness’ counterproductive.
New Puzzles
Roar
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Percentages
Work out these percentages in your head. Can you beat the clock?
Division
Divide one number by another number. Can you beat the clock?
Subtraction
Take one number from another number. Can you beat the clock?
Free
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Twelve Times Table
Practise your twelve times table against the clock.
Multiplication
Multiply two numbers together. Can you beat the clock?
Twenty-Fives
Practise doing sums using multiples of 25, 50 and 75.
From the Archives
St Cuthbert and the Otters
An inquisitive monk spied on a guest’s night-time walks.
Saint Bede of Jarrow (672-735)
The Spanish Armada
Philip of Spain’s attempt to teach Elizabeth I a lesson did not go as planned.
Black Agnes Dunbar
When Edward III sent the Earl of Salisbury to take her absent husband’s castle, Agnes brushed his attack aside - literally.
St Mary of Egypt (part one)
Back in the 6th century, a young sex-addict was ruining her own life and the lives of others.
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
Only an anonymous tip-off prevented England losing her sovereignty as well as her King.
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.
November
Humorist Thomas Hood obviously didn’t like to see the nights drawing in
Thomas Hood (1799-1845)
St Nicholas of the Cats
A very unusual monastery with some very unusual protectors.
Byzantine Tradition