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Five minutes of civilised calm from the English countryside. As featured on BBC Radio Suffolk.
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Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in East London, as the capital starts to wake up. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Thomas Hardy, The Ruined Maid. "O 'Melia, my dear, this does everything crown! Who could have supposed I should meet you in Town?..." From the show: Colossians 3:23 Just William's Luck by Richmal Crompton On this day: 28th September, 1066, the invasion force of William the Conqueror lands at Pevensey Bay On this day: 28th September, 1836, Thomas Crapper, sanitary engineer and promoter of indoor lavatories, is born in Yorkshire Music to wake you up – Why Don't We Just Dance? by Josh Turner Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in East London, as the capital starts to wake up. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Seamus Heaney, At The Wellhead. "Your songs, when you sing them with your two eyes closed As you always do, are like a local road We’ve known every turn of in the past..." From the show: Joel 2:23 On this day: 21st September, 1819, John Keats writes a letter from Winchester, mentioning that he has composed a new poem on the beauties of Autumn On this day: 21st September, 1538, the agents of King Henry VIII smash the shrine of St Swithin in Winchester. It will not be restored until 1962 On this day: 21st September, 1937, The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien is published to immediate acclaim. Its sequel, The Lord of The Rings, would not follow until nearly 20 years later Music to wake you up – Coming Home, sung by Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie Country Strong Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in East London, as the capital starts to wake up. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Ted Hughes, September. "We sit late, watching the dark slowly unfold: No clock counts this..." From the show: Psalm 27:9 The Code of the Woosters, by PG Wodehouse – first serialised in Britain in the Daily Mail in 1938, beginning on this day On this day: 14th September, 1752, Britain adopts the Gregorian calendar, leaping to September 14th from September 2nd. Years later, some were still campaigning for the return of their lost "eleven days". On this day: 14th September, 1804, the ornithologist John Gould was born in Lyme Regis. He would identify "Darwin's finches" and was also a celebrated illustrator of ornithological books, particularly famous for his work on the birds of Australia. Music to wake you up – Letter to You by Bruce Springsteen Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in East London, as the capital starts to wake up. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Louis MacNeice, an extract from Autumn Journal. "September has come, it is hers Whose vitality leaps in the autumn..." From the show: Lamentations 3:22-23 On this day: 7th September, 1895, the first games of what would become rugby league are played across the north of England On this day: 7th September, 1533, Elizabeth I is born, daughter of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII On this day: 7th September, 1940, the Blitz of London begins. It will continue until 2nd November Music to wake you up – If Ever I Stray by Frank Turner Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Rudyard Kipling, Dane-geld. "Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you. We will therefore pay you cash to go away..." From the show: Matthew 24:27 The Gardener's Year, Karel Capek On this day: 10th August, 991 AD, the Anglo-Saxons failed to turn back a Viking invasion at the Battle of Maldon. The defeat leads King Ethelred to pay the first "Dane-geld" – 3,300kg of silver in this case – in an attempt to buy off the victors On this day, 10th August, 1856, William Willett was born in Farnham, the builder whose pamphlet proposing Daylight Saving Time would bring the idea to British attention Music to wake you up – Too Darn Hot, sung by Ella Fitzgerald Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Edward Thomas, How At Once. "How at once should I know, When stretched in the harvest blue..." From the show: 1 John 2:17 The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton On this day: 3rd August, 1914, Edward Grey says "the lamps are going out all over Europe" On this day: 3rd August, 1803, Joseph Paxton, designer of the Crystal Palace is born in Bedfordshire Music to wake you up – Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by RS Thomas, The Other. "There are nights that are so still that I can hear the small owl calling..." From the show: Ezra 10:4 Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo On this day: 27th July, 1586, Sir Walter Raleigh introduces tobacco (and potatoes) to the English court On this day: 27th July, 1857, Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge is born in Bodmin. He would rise from poor beginnings to the heights of the British Museum Music to wake you up – The Detectorists Theme by Johnny Flynn Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With an extract from Virgil's Georgics. "So all things are fated to slide towards the worst, and revert by slipping back..." From the show: Song of Solomon 5:2 A letter from John Keats to his brother Tom, written on a walking tour of Scotland On this day: 20th July, 1304, Edward I takes Stirling castle On this day: 20th July, 1804, Richard Owen, who gave dinosaurs their name, is born in Lancaster Music to wake you up – Biscuits by Kacey Musgraves Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Adam Zagajewski, Try to Praise the Mutilated World. "Remember the moments when we were together in a white room and the curtain fluttered..." From the show: Deuteronomy 31:8 The amazing (and perhaps even lucky) hummingbird hawk-moth The Mating Season by PG Wodehouse On this day: 13th July, 1568, Alexander Nowell, Dean of St Paul's, accidentally invents bottled beer on a fishing trip On this day: 13th July, 1793, John Clare, England's greatest nature poet, is born in Peterborough Music to wake you up – Going Nowhere by Frank Turner Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by AE Housman, an extract from Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff. "And malt does more than Milton can To justify God’s ways to man..." From the show: Proverbs, 15:29 The Gardener's Year, by Karel Capek and the Growing Stone of Blaxhall, Suffolk On this day: 6th July, 1348 – Pope Clement VI issues the first of two papal bulls stating that Jews were falsely accused of spreading the Black Death, then devastating Europe, and that they should be protected, not persecuted On this day: 6th July, 1934 – Fred Perry won the men's Wimbledon title from Jack Crawford in straight sets. It would be the first of three straight title victories at Wimbledon for Perry Music to wake you up – No I in Beer by Brad Paisley Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Vagabond. "Wealth I seek not, hope nor love, Nor a friend to know me; All I seek, the heaven above And the road below me..." From the show: The Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald Isaiah, 3:4-5 On this day: 29th June, 1613 – The Globe theatre, where some of William Shakespeare's greatest plays were first performed, burns down during a production of Henry VIII, or All is True On this day: 29th June, 1903 – Alan Blumlein is born in Hampstead, London. A brilliant electrical engineer, he invented stereo sound and pioneered TV and radio Music to wake you up – I've Got the Sexiest Accent in the World by Dominic Frisby Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by RS Thomas, Raptor. "You have made God small, setting him astride a pipette or a retort studying the bubbles..." From the show: Jeremiah 20:9 Sam the Sudden by PG Wodehouse On this day: 22nd June, 1633 – Galileo Galilei is forced to deny in public that the earth goes around the sun. By tradition, immediately afterwards he stamped his foot on the ground and said "eppur si muove": "nevertheless, it moves". On this day: 22nd June, 1675 – King Charles II establishes the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, along with the post of Astronomer Royal. Music to wake you up – Even Though I'm Leaving by Luke Combs Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by CP Cavafy, Waiting for the Barbarians. "What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today...." From the show: On this day: 15th June, 1215, King John sets his seal to Magna Carta, explicitly establishing the rule of law, governing the ruler and the ruled alike On this day: 15th June, 1911, Wilbert Vere Awdrey was born in Ampfield, Hampshire. An Anglican vicar and railway enthusiast, he would create Thomas the Tank Engine in 1943 to amuse his son Christopher who was ill with the measles. Music to wake you up – Revolution by The Beatles Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Dale Wimbrow, The Guy in the Glass. "When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf, And the world makes you King for a day..." From the show: Proverbs 18:21 Weekend Wodehouse: Ice in the Bedroom On this day: 12th June, 1381 – John Ball preaches to a crowd at Blackheath during the Peasants Revolt. He asks, "When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?" On this day: 12th June, 1802 – Harriet Martineau is born in Norwich. Her Illustrations of Political Economy dramatised the case for a free market in everyday terms Friday film: Band of Brothers Music to wake you up – In Heaven There Is No Beer by Flaco Jimenez Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Robert Frost, Mowing. "There was never a sound beside the wood but one, And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground..." From the show: Colossians 3:13 On this day: 11th June, celebrating Barnabas the apostle On this day: 11th June 1578, Sir Humphrey Gilbert receives letters patent from Queen Elizabeth I, giving him authority to colonise north America and begin the British empire The Love that Lays the Swale in Rows – an essay on technology based on Frost's poem Mowing Music to wake you up – Kokomo by The Beach Boys Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, Bright is the Ring of Words. "Bright is the ring of words When the right man rings them..." From the show: Daniel 3:16-18 'William the Reformer' from William – Again, by Richmal Crompton On this day: 10th June 1540, Thomas Cromwell is arrested and stripped of property and titles at the orders of King Henry VIII On this day, 10th June 1921, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh is born in Corfu Music to wake you up – Sunshine by Bonnie Tyler Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Hilaire Belloc, Tarantella. "Do you remember an inn, Miranda? Do you remember an inn?..." From the show: Matthew 6:14 St Ignatius of Loyola, author of the Spiritual Exercises and the evening Examen ritual On this day: 9th June, 597 – St Columba dies, warrior saint, Scottish evangelist and founder of the abbey of Iona On this day: 9th June, 1549 – the Church of England adopts the Book of Common Prayer Music to wake you up – Homemade by Jake Owen Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Stephen Spender, The Pylons. "The secret of these hills was stone, and cottages Of that stone made..." From the show: Isaiah, 1:7 On this day: 8th June, 1949 – George Orwell publishes his novel of technological totalitarianism, 1984 On this day: 8th June, 1955 – Sir Tim Berners-Lee OM, inventor of the worldwide web, is born in London Music to wake you up – Poor Wayfaring Stranger by The Hillbilly Thomists Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Ben Jonson. "It is not growing like a tree In bulk doth make Man better be..." From the show: Exodus 4: 10-12 Weekend Wodehouse: Something Fresh, a Blandings novel On this day: 5th June, 1833 – Ada Lovelace meets Charles Babbage for the first time On this day: 5th June, 1723 – Adam Smith is baptised in Kirkcaldy, Fife Friday film: Groundhog Day Music to wake you up – Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, an extract from Maud. "Ah God, for a man with heart, head, hand, Like some of the simple great ones gone..." From the show: Proverbs 15:1 On this day: 4th June, 1927 – play begins in the first Ryder Cup On this day: 4th June, 1940 – Winston Churchill gives perhaps his famous speech, "We shall fight on the beaches" Music to wake you up – The Next Storm by Frank Turner Sign up to receive email alerts and show notes with links when a new episode goes live at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com Please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm, and please keep sending in your messages and requests. You can leave a voice message at https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message. If you like Marc's Almanac please do leave a review on Apple podcasts. It really helps new listeners to find me. Have a lovely day. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message
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