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English - Enterprising People

Enterprising People 2 -Billy Connolly

Enterprising: (adjective).  Showing initiative and willingness to undertake new projects.

Billy Connolly, CBE (born William Connolly, Jr. on 24 November 1942) is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor. He is sometimes known, especially in his native Scotland, by the nickname The Big Yin (The Big One).
Between the ages of fourteen and twenty, Connolly was brought up in a tenement. He later lived in Partick. He attended St. Peter's Primary School in Glasgow and St. Gerard's Secondary School in Govan.


At the age of 15, he left school with two engineering qualifications. He worked as a delivery boy until he was sixteen, then his first trade, in the early 1960s, was as a welder (specifically a boilermaker) in the Glasgow shipyards.

He gave it up towards the end of the decade to pursue being a folk singer in a pop/folk band and subsequently as a soloist.

In the early 1970s he made the transition from folk-singer to that of fully-fledged comedian. He also became an actor, and has appeared in many films.

Mr S. Sutton

Try Our "Brain Challenge"


Five Questions!

           1   What major world event was happening in 1942?
           2   What is a nickname?
           3   Why do you think he was given the nickname mentioned in the passage?
           4   Calculate Connolly’s approximate age when he started folk singing.
           5   What figure of speech is the term “fully fledged comedian”?

            Five Words!

         Write the following words in your jotter. Look at the words in a dictionary, or ask an          adult to help with their meanings. Write the meaning for each word in your jotter,          beside the word.

         native            tenement             welder            subsequent            transition        

            Research/Personal Investigation

         *  Find out what a CBE is.
         *  Make a list of the films in which Connolly has appeared.



Mr S. Sutton

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