Example sentences of "once upon a [noun] " in BNC.

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1 PORTAFERRY is featured in the first of the six-part series Once Upon A Place ( UTV , 7.00pm ) in which local people tell the story of their own area .
2 This is a book much to be admired ; it contains exactly the sort of information I would have divulged to my own foundation students once upon a sketchbook project .
4 ‘ Nothing will come of nothing ’ , as King Lear said once upon a time .
5 Once upon a time another German government let Lenin cross another Germany in a sealed train on his way to Russia .
6 Once upon a time , this might have been 95 per cent .
7 MOSCOW — Once upon a time , in a previous journalistic incarnation , I worked at Westminster .
8 Once upon a time there was a man who thought he could be a dragon-master .
9 Once upon a time , long long ago and far far away , out in the dreamlands , there was another Margaret just like you .
10 Once upon a time Fenna had brooded on a hoard for so many years and with such desire that it had quickened and grown , diamonds breeding and bringing up their young under his weight .
11 Once upon a time , of course , when you craved new clothes , you had to save for them — a quaint custom almost as outdated as horsedrawn carriages and farthingales .
12 ONCE upon a time people indulged in the ages-old craft of telling stories to each other — but then television and video stepped in and took the words out of our mouths .
13 Once upon a time book-buying parents could rely on the classics to keep the kids quiet .
14 Once upon a time , if you were caught short , there would be a convenience at your disposal .
15 I 'd have done anything for you once upon a time .
16 Once upon a time , ’ he had written .
17 Once upon a time , there was a boy called Nigel Charles Hughes .
18 Once upon a time , when Daddy was a little boy , he used to wake in the night and cry .
19 ( The Countess of Clancarty , rumoured to have been the Earl 's cook once upon a time , charged £2,000 for the service , and Lady St John of Bletso , whose provincial protégées were known as ‘ the Blets ’ , the same amount . )
20 Once upon a time , she had been able to withstand Florentine summers better than any English woman she knew but of late they had begun to tire her , to make her feel that in everything she did she was pushing a large boulder up a hill .
21 After the narrows at St Goar and the infamous Lorelei , the river opens out again and begins to look a little cleaner , as though it might even , once upon a time , have been blue .
22 It seems that once upon a time OS/2 was going to be the real version of Windows , but Microsoft changed its mind and decided to go it alone .
23 ONCE upon a time , a school trip meant a week under canvas in Wales or , if it was especially adventurous , a visit across the Channel .
24 Once upon a time man lived by hunting and by gathering .
25 According to a Sumerian poet : ‘ Once upon a time there was no snake , there was no scorpion , / There was no hyena , there was no lion , / There was no wild dog , no wolf , / There was no fear , no terror , / Man had no rival . ’
26 Once upon a time , there was waking , which was slow and painful , and then quite a long period , replete with chances and triumphs and defeats and risks , which sometimes , though not always , ended in lunch .
27 Once upon a time he had read a quite terrifying number of books and accumulated an equally terrifying number of opinions about them .
28 Once upon a time a few years ago it was realised that the costs of circuits from the Post Office to broadcast choral evensong ‘ live ’ easily outstripped the courtesy fees paid to the participants .
29 However , once upon a time the mathematician was a child too .
30 It has a ‘ once upon a time ’ approach and , while avoiding negative criticisms of New Age philosophies , it takes the reader on a tour of some of the more positive Christian beliefs .
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