Lady Partridge has confused John Berryman with John Betjeman.
His poetry gained great popular acclaim because of its straightforward style, strongly rhythmic qualities, and a sense of being quintessentially English. These characteristics may be seen in the following extract from 'A Subaltern's Love Song', one of his best-known poems:
Miss J. Hunter Dunn, Miss J. Hunter Dunn,
Furnish'd and burnish'd by Aldershot sun,
What strenuous singles we played after tea,
We in the tournament - you against me!
Love-thirty, love-forty, oh! weakness of joy,
The speed of a swallow, the grace of a boy,
With carefullest carelessness, gaily you won,
I am weak from your loveliness, Joan Hunter Dunn.
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The Huguenots were followers of the theologian John Calvin and members of the Protestant Reformed Church in 16th and 17th century France. Because of religious persecution, about half a million Hugeuenots were forced to flee France and settle in countries sympathetic to the Protestant faith, such as England, Scotland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden.
Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751) was a Dutch-born silversmith whose father, a Huguenot, had been forced to leave France in 1685. The de Lamerie family later moved to London where Paul eventually became apprenticed to the Hugeunot goldsmith* Pierre Platel. He established his own business in 1713, and became an acclaimed silversmith, particularly renowned for pieces in the Rococo style.
* goldsmiths were capable of working with both gold and silver.
The reform programme was initiated by Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government who believed that over-regulation and elitist social networks were impairing the efficiency of the financial markets. The aim of the reforms, therefore, was to promote meritocracy and the concept of the free market.
The picture on the right shows the former London Stock Exchange at 60 Threadneedle Street in the City of London. This is where the Big Bang took place.
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was a French impressionist painter whose work was not particularly appreciated during his lifetime, but became popular after his death.
He painted in France, in Martinique, and in Tahiti, where he produced some of his most striking and colourful works.
No painting with the title 'Le Matin aux Champs' appears in a catalogue of Gauguin's complete works (789 paintings) on the Internet, nor does there appear to be a painting with any other title which matches the description in the text.
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The Hereford breed of cattle originated in the English county of Herefordshire, and has now spread throughout the world.
Hereford cattle have distinctive white faces and brown coats (usually described as 'red'). They are renowned for their docility and good-natured temperament, and are generally reared for beef production.
The Charolais breed of cattle originated in the Charolais area of France, and is now to be found in many locations throughout the world.
They have off-white, or cream coloured coats (usually described simply as 'white') and are generally bred for beef production.
RAF Greenham Common, which opened in 1942, is a former Royal Airforce base in Berkshire, England. During the 1960s, it was transferred into the hands of the United States Airforce and in 1980, it was decided that the base would house 96 cruise missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.
In response to this in 1981, a group of women established a peace camp at the site to protest against the cruise missiles and to carry out a campaign of non-violent direct action. This action included mass encirclings of the base, the cutting of the perimeter fences, and blockading of convoys leaving the base. As a result, women from the peace camp were arrested, taken to court, and imprisoned. In August 1989, one of the camp participants, a young woman called Helen Wyn Thomas, was killed when she was struck by a vehicle towing a police horsebox.
Changes in nuclear defence policies meant that cruise missiles were eventually removed from the base in 1991, and the base itself closed in 1993. However, the peace camp remained until 2000, when permission was granted to house a memorial on the site.
Today, Greenham Common has become an area of public parkland and the site of a Business Park. Several memorials have been created to commemorate different aspect of Greenham Common's history. These include a memorial garden dedicated to Helen Wyn Thomas.
Miss Moneypenny is a fictional character in Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, and in the films based on the novels. She is the private secretary of M, the head of M16 (the British Secret Service) and is smitten with Bond; however, even though she flirts with him, she never manages to have a relationship with him.
In the Bond films, Miss Moneypenny has been played by six different actresses, including Lois Maxwell, Samantha Bond, and Naomie Harris.
Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) was a Russian ballet dancer who defected to the West in 1961 whilst on tour with the Kirov ballet.
He subsequently danced with the Royal Ballet in London where he formed a famous dance partnership with Margot Fonteyn. As well as this, he did film and television work and toured in Australia and the U.S.A before being appointed Director of the Paris Opera Ballet in 1983.
Nureyev was openly homosexual and had several long-term relationships with men, including one with the Danish dancer Erik Bruhn who died in 1986. In 1984, he was diagnosed as being HIV-positive, and by 1992 was suffering from the final stages of AIDS. He died in a Paris hospital in January 1993 and is buried in a Russian cemetery at Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, not far from Paris.