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Jason and the Golden Fleece (part one)
A political rival sends Jason on a hopeless errand, to fetch the golden fleece.

Letters Game

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Language & History

Bite-size tales with word games and writing practice

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The Holy Bible

Authorised Version of 1611, with Apocrypha

“For centuries the Bible has been a wholesome and strengthening influence in our national life, and it behoves us in these momentous days to turn with renewed faith to this Divine source of comfort and inspiration.”

King George VI

September 15, 1939

Featured Music
from the British Isles

› Symphony No. 7 (1845)

3: Minuet - Tempo Giusto

Sir George Macfarren (1813-1887)

Performed by the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Werner Andreas Albert.

New Stories
Bite-size tales from history, myth and fiction, with a little music and some exercises in grammar and composition.
Bellerophon and the Chimera
The wronged hero vanquishes a dreadful monster with the help of a winged horse, but then it all goes to his head.
‘God Tempers the Wind to the Shorn Lamb’
Mary Mason could not forgive herself for a past misdeed.
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)
Jane Austen (part one)
The blushing clergyman’s daughter is recognised today as one of the great figures of English literature.
Xerxes Scourges the Hellespont
The Persian King felt that a lord of his majesty should not have to take any nonsense from an overgrown river.
Herodotus (?484-?425 BC)
Turning the Tide
King Canute enacted a memorable demonstration of the limits of government power.
Henry of Huntingdon (?1088-?1157)
The Last English King
The Normans conquered England in 1066, and the country would never be the same again.
Ethelred to William I
England’s rulers from the king who lost his crown to the Danes, to the French duke who took the crown from the English.
Alfred to Ethelred
England’s rulers from the only one named ‘the Great’, to the king who lost his crown to the Danes.
New Puzzles
Quick brainteasers testing vocabulary and arithmetic.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Triplet No. 14
Find the magic letter that can change three words into three different ones.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Quickword No. 31
Do you know ‘a river, part of the Bristol-London waterway’ (6 letters), and ‘e.g. D minor’ (3 letters)?
Nene Scene
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Quickword No. 30
Do you know ‘pull along behind one’ (3 letters), and ‘self-evident or accepted proposition’ (5 letters)?
From the Archives
Some stories you may have missed.
Damon and Pythias
A tale of two friends with complete confidence in each other, and loyal to the death.
Grace Darling (part one)
Mild-mannered Grace Darling persuaded her father to let her help him rescue the survivors of a shipwreck.
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.
Aesop of Samos
The glory of political power soon passes away.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Fanny Comes Home
Fanny Price, eight years after being adopted by her wealthy uncle and aunt, has gone back home for the first time, full of anticipation.
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Alfred Learns To Read
Even as a child, King Alfred couldn’t resist a challenge.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Daniel in the Lions’ Den
The King who condemned him to the den of lions felt far worse about it than Daniel did.
Two Gentlemen of Verona (part one)
Parted from his beloved Julia, Proteus follows his friend Valentine to Milan, where he meets the bewitching Silvia.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)