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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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    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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    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
    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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    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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    • 7 min
    The Goodly Fere – 2nd April, 2021

    The Goodly Fere – 2nd 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 Ezra Pound, The Ballad of the Goodly Fere.

    "No capon priest was the Goodly Fere

    But a man o' men was he..."

    From the show:

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

    On this day: 2nd April, 2020, the world's recorded cases of Covid-19 passed one million. As of yesterday, thanks to an unprecedented effort, more than 31 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

    On this day: 2nd April, 1827, William Holman Hunt was born in Cheapside. A major pre-Raphaelite painter, his religious canvases such as The Scapegoat still resonate today

    Music to wake you up – Wade in the Water by Eva Cassidy

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    • 7 min
    Loveliest of Trees – 26th March, 2021

    Loveliest of Trees – 26th March, 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 AE Housman.

    "Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

    Is hung with bloom along the bough..."

    From the show:

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

    On this day: 26th March, 1953, Jonas Salk announces he has successfully tested an experimental polio vaccine on himself and his family. In less than a decade, thanks to mass vaccination, polio cases in the US alone fell from more than 57,000 a year to fewer than 200.

    Also on this day: 26th March, 1859, AE Housman was born in Bromsgrove. He became a superb classical scholar, but is best-known today for his poetry, especially the volume A Shropshire Lad

    Music to wake you up – Rock Island Line by Lonnie Donegan

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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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    • 5 min
    Absent in the Spring – 19th March, 2021

    Absent in the Spring – 19th March, 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 sonnet by William Shakespeare.

    "From you have I been absent in the spring,

    When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,

    Hath put a spirit of youth in everything..."

    From the show:

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

    On this day: 19th March, 1982, Argentines, claiming to be scrap metal dealers, land on South Georgia Island, the first manoeuvre in the Falklands War

    On this day: 19th March, 1813, David Livingstone is born in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire. After a childhood working 12 hour days in a mill, he became a medic, explorer, missionary and anti-slavery campaigner

    Music to wake you up – You're The One That I Want from the musical Grease

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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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    • 5 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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