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On 30th September, 1760 : Algerian pirates are wrecked near Penzance

Pirates at Penzance
The people of Penzance in Cornwall did not think an Algerian corsair much better than a French warship.

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Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)

Performed by the French orchestra ‘Les Siècles’ under François-Xavier Roth.

New Stories
Bite-size tales from history, myth and fiction.
Swept off her Feet
Marianne Dashwood sprains an ankle, but help is at hand.
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
A Perfect Combination of Imperfections
Jane Eyre meets a not very handsome stranger, and likes him all the better for it.
Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)
The Greeks, the Governor and the Potatoes
John Kapodistrias had an instinct for how a long-oppressed people might think.
Richard Church
The headstrong Irish boy became part of the Greek resistance movement that won independence in 1832.
Huskisson’s Legacy
Charles Dickens explains how cutting tax and regulation on Britain’s global trade made everyone better off.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
The Founding of Australia
Within little more than half a century a British penal colony turned into a prosperous, free-trade democracy.
Bear and Forbear
A sympathetic understanding of the trials of other people is essential for getting along.
Samuel Smiles (1812-1904)
St Helen Finds the True Cross (part one)
The mother of the Roman Emperor goes to Jerusalem on a quest close to her heart.
Based on ‘Elene’ by Cynewulf (8th century)
How Liberating the Slaves also Clothed the Poor
The closure of slave plantations following the Abolition of Slavery Act in 1833 had a curious side-effect.
Based on an article by Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
New Puzzles
Quick brainteasers testing vocabulary and arithmetic.
Pied
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Hive
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Triplet No. 16
Find the magic letter that can change three words into three different ones.
Once
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Goatherd
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with GOAT and finish with HERD.
Hunt
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Quickword No. 34
Do you know ‘current of cold air’ (7 letters), and ‘e.g. fascinator’ (3 letters)?
Hero
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Lace
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
From the Archives
Some stories you may have missed.
The Season of ‘Goodwill’
‘Goodwill’ was on everyone’s lips, but the Roman Emperor and the God of Israel had very different ideas about it.
The Pitman Poet (part one)
Joseph Skipsey taught himself to read and write by candlelight, hundreds of feet below ground in a Northumberland pit.
Daniel in the Lions’ Den
The King who condemned him to the den of lions felt far worse about it than Daniel did.
The Case of Jonathan Strong (part one)
Granville Sharp and his surgeon brother William rescued a young African man from the streets of London.
The Man Who Would Be King (part one)
Two rascally former British soldiers in India set off to become kings of Kafiristan.
Based on the short story by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Florence Nightingale (part one)
Florence used her logical mind and society connections to save thousands of lives in the Crimean War.
Noah’s Flood
God’s love proved to be bigger and stronger than all man’s wickedness.
The Harmonious Blacksmith
Handel called it ‘Air and Variations’, but by Charles Dickens’s day everyone knew it as ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’.
Music by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
For Valour
The Victoria Cross is the highest award made to our Armed Forces.