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Five minutes of civilised calm. As featured on BBC Radio Suffolk.
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Marc’s Almanac Marc Sidwell

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    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Five minutes of civilised calm. As featured on BBC Radio Suffolk.
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    To The Sea – 4th June, 2021

    To The Sea – 4th June, 2021

    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 Philip Larkin, To The Sea.

    "Everything crowds under the low horizon:

    Steep beach, blue water, towels, red bathing caps..."

    From the show:

    Opening/closing music courtesy of Chillhop: Philanthrope, Leavv - What Was Before https://chll.to/d6b0ec27

    On this day: 4th June, 1940, Britain completes the miracle of Dunkirk, rescuing 338,226 stranded troops from France with an improvised flotilla of 800 boats.

    On this day: 4th June, 1910, Christopher Cockerell, the inventor of the hovercraft, is born in Cambridge.

    Music to wake you up – I Still Believe by Frank Turner

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    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.


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    • 6 min
    Reminder – 28th May, 2021

    Reminder – 28th May, 2021

    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 Mark Jarman, Reminder.

    "You're here and God's in heaven..."

    From the show:

    Opening/closing music courtesy of Chillhop: Philanthrope, Leavv - What Was Before https://chll.to/d6b0ec27

    On this day: 28th May, 1936, Alan Turing submits his paper On Computable Numbers, setting out the theoretical basis for modern computers

    On this day: 28th May, 1908, Ian Lancaster Fleming, the creator of James Bond, is born in London

    Music to wake you up – Good Day Sunshine by The Beatles

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    Have a lovely day.


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    • 5 min
    The Hug – 14th May, 2021

    The Hug – 14th May, 2021

    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 Thom Gunn, The Hug.

    "I dozed, I slept. My sleep broke on a hug..."

    From the show:

    Opening/closing music courtesy of Chillhop: Philanthrope, Leavv - What Was Before https://chll.to/d6b0ec27

    On this day: 14th May, 1796, Edward Jenner inaugurates the science of vaccination by infecting his gardener's son with cowpox, protecting him from smallpox. And while the Covid-19 vaccines have understandably dominated this year's news, the successful trials of the first highly effective malaria vaccine by researchers from the University of Oxford has been another piece of enormously good news. Malaria currently kills 400,000 people every year.

    On this day: 14th May, 1771, Robert Owen is born in Newport, an important early voice for workers rights but also the father of English socialism, who refused to accept the failure of his more radical experiments

    Music to wake you up – It's All Coming Back To Me Now by Celine Dion

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    • 6 min
    For The Fallen – 7th May, 2021

    For The Fallen – 7th May, 2021

    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 Laurence Binyon, For The Fallen.

    "At the going down of the sun and in the morning

    We will remember them..."

    From the show:

    Opening/closing music courtesy of Chillhop: Philanthrope, Leavv - What Was Before https://chll.to/d6b0ec27

    On this day: 7th May 1945, General Jodl signs Germany's unconditional surrender, ending the Second World War in Europe

    On this day: 7th May 1952, Geoffrey Dummer gives the first public talk laying out the idea of the integrated circuit, better known today as the microchip, and the basis for all modern computers

    Music to wake you up – We'll Meet Again by Vera Lynn

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    • 7 min
    Today – 30th April, 2021

    Today – 30th April, 2021

    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 Billy Collins, Today.

    "If ever there were a spring day so perfect,

    so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

    that it made you want to throw

    open all the windows in the house..."

    From the show:

    Opening/closing music courtesy of Chillhop: Philanthrope, Leavv - What Was Before https://chll.to/d6b0ec27

    On this day: 30th April 1506, the signing of the so-called Intercursus Malus, a notoriously uneven trade treaty between England and the Duchy of Burgundy

    On this day: 30th April 1602, the English Merlin, William Lilly, is born in Diseworth, Leicestershire

    Music to wake you up – Iko Iko by Justin Wellington

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    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.


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    • 6 min
    Brave Horatius – 16th April, 2021

    Brave Horatius – 16th April, 2021

    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 Lord Macaulay, an extract from Horatius.

    "And how can man die better
    Than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers,
    And the temples of his Gods..."

    From the show:

    Opening/closing music courtesy of Chillhop: Philanthrope, Leavv - What Was Before https://chll.to/d6b0ec27

    On this day: 16th April, 1953, the Queen launches the Royal Yacht, Britannia

    On this day: 16th April, 1889, Charles Chaplin is born in Walworth, London

    Music to wake you up – No I in Beer by Brad Paisley

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    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.


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    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Graham O. ,

Blessings

A serene, sane wave of joy in a crazy world! God bless.

original barnowl ,

Marc's Almanac

A gem of a podcast with a wonderful variety of beautifully read poems alongside literary snippets and interesting historical facts relevant to each day.

Bob JC ,

Bob

A heartening way
To start the day

Thanks Marc

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