invention (n.)
The locomotive is not the invention of one man, but of a nation of mechanical engineers.
Robert Stephenson (1803-1859)
Caprotti valvegear, BR Standard 5MT No. 73129. © Phil Sangwell, Wikimedia Commons.
home (adv.)
Rise up betimes, and be not the last; but get thee home without delay.
Ecclesiasticus 32:11
More London offices, London. © David Iliff, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0.
quiet (adj.)
It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,
The holy time is quiet as a nun,
Breathless with adoration.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850), ‘It is a Beauteous Evening’
Wasdale from Wastwater. © GkgAlf, Wikimedia Commons.
determination (n.)
In some ways I believe I epitomise the average New Zealander: I have modest abilities, I combine these with a good deal of determination, and I rather like to succeed.
Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008)
The Remarkables, Queenstown, New Zealand. © Christian Mehlführer, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0.
diligent (adj.)
Where wages are high, we shall always find the workmen more active, diligent, and expeditious, than where they are low.
Adam Smith (1723-1790), ‘Wealth of Nations’
Historic textile machinery in Burnley, Lancashire. © Clem Rutter, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0.
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The Blessings of Nicholas Mogilevsky
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
Passengers sharing Bishop Nicholas’s Moscow-bound flight found his blessings faintly silly, but that was when the engines were running.

NICHOLAS Mogilevsky liked to pronounce blessings. He blessed every member of his congregation after holy communion, over a thousand of them. He blessed every passenger who stepped onto his train. And he blessed every passenger sharing his plane to Moscow in 1947, bound for a church synod.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Pray. Prey.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Train. Fall. Share.

Use together in one sentence: Urge. Panic. Congregation.

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Joseph and the Coat of Many Colours
Music: Edward Elgar
Joseph’s brothers decide they have had enough of their rival in their father’s affections.

JOSEPH was the favourite among the twelve sons of Jacob, and the others resented it.

They resented the coat of many colours which Jacob had given him, and above all they resented Joseph’s recurrent dreams in which they bowed low before him.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Manslaughter. Murder.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Kill. Find. Dream.

Use together in one sentence: Find. Bundle. Rescue.

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Caught in the Net
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
A distinguished critic tries to trick Dr Johnson into an honest opinion, which was neither necessary nor very rewarding.

AT this time the controversy concerning the pieces published by Mr James Macpherson, as translations of Ossian, was at its height. Johnson had all along denied their authenticity; and, what was still more provoking to their admirers, maintained that they had no merit.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Right. Rite. Write.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Man. Express. Talk.

Use together in one sentence: Antiquity. Ask. Still.

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A Solemn Duty
Music: Joseph Boulogne Chavalier de Saint Georges
Monsieur St Aubert falls seriously ill on a walking tour with his daughter Emily, and before the end asks an unexpected favour.

“HEAR, then, what I am going to tell you. The closet, which adjoins my chamber at La Vallee, has a sliding board in the floor. You will know it by a remarkable knot in the wood, and by its being the next board, except one, to the wainscot, which fronts the door.”

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Its. It’s.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Ease. Board. Return.

Use together in one sentence: Slide. Pause. Add.

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Buy British
Music: Malcolm Arnold
A nation with its own laws and a strong sense of shared cultural identity makes good economic sense.

EVERY individual is continually exerting himself to find out the most advantageous employment for whatever capital he can command. It is his own advantage, indeed, and not that of the society, which he has in view. But the study of his own advantage naturally, or rather necessarily, leads him to prefer that employment which is most advantageous to the society.

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Distinguish using sentences: Command. Commend.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Command. Know. Deal.

Use together in one sentence: Consumption. Long. View.

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The (Fairly) Honest Lawyer
Music: Joseph Boulogne Chavalier de Saint Georges
Andre-Louis Moreau lives for vengeance on the master swordsman who killed his friend.

“MY enemy is a swordsman of great strength — the best blade in the province, if not the best blade in France. I thought I would come to Paris to learn something of the art, and then go back and kill him. You see, I have not the means to take lessons otherwise.”

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Distinguish using sentences: Impulse. Impel.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Face. Find. Wait.

Use together in one sentence: Would. Ask. Swordsman.

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