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The Kitchen Cat (part one)
Part One. Ruth Lorimer’s strangely comfortless life changes when she finds a scruffy little cat on the stairs, but not everyone is pleased.
Amy Walton (1845-1925)
Stories in Short

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Featured Music
from the British Isles

› Symphony No. 4 in E Minor

1: Con fuoco

Sir Hubert Parry (1848-1914)

Performed by the London Philharmonic, conducted by Matthias Bamert.

New Stories
The Lessons of History
England’s first and greatest historian explains why history is so important.
Saint Bede of Jarrow (672-735)
The Falkland Islands
A proudly British group of islands far off in the South Atlantic.
The Ashes of English Cricket
How the cricketing rivalry between England and Australia got its name.
First Impressions, Second Thoughts
Elizabeth Bennet began to wonder if being Mr Darcy’s wife might have had its compensations.
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Penicillin
An improbable chain of coincidences led to one of the great medical revolutions just when it was most needed.
The Peninsular War
Napoleon’s six-year-long campaign to bring Spain and Portugal into his united Europe was frustrated by Arthur Wellesley.
The Battle of Trafalgar
At the cost of his own life, Lord Nelson showed Napoleon that he could rule neither Britain nor the waves.
The Bald Lover
A man’s mid-life crisis leaves him a little exposed.
Aesop of Samos
New Puzzles
Bead
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Hut
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Rib
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Quickword No. 25
Do you know ‘withdraw’ (7 letters), and ‘domesticated’ (4 letters)?
Spitfire
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with SPIT and finish with FIRE.
Nave
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Hope
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Tulip
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.

From the Archives

‘Please Sir, I Want Some More!’
Oliver was elected as the unwilling spokesman for all the hungry children.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
The Six-Day War
The USSR tried to draw Israel into the Cold War with the West, but Israel proved it could take care of itself.
The Cat Who Walks by Himself (part one)
Part One. The sly cat hatches a plan to get all the benefits of domestic life without any of the responsibilities.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
The Martyrdom of St Alban
Alban voluntarily swapped places with a priest, and was executed for being a member of a banned religious sect.
Saint Bede of Jarrow (672-735)
The Birds (part one)
Two men fed up with Athenian politics decide to build a city in the sky.
Aristophanes (c. 445-386 BC)
‘God Save the King!’
The simple melody of the United Kingdom’s national anthem has stirred the souls of some great composers.
Welcome to Micklegarth
After the Norman Conquest, thousands of worried Englishmen departed for a new life in the Byzantine world.
The Indian Mutiny
Army unrest spread throughout northeast India, and brought direct rule from London.