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

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.5 • 2 Ratings

Five minutes of civilised calm from the English countryside. As featured on BBC Radio Suffolk.
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You can find a playlist of the recommended songs to wake up to on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxBpfbS-x5t3GLN-TVXMNSSwnAlum0l8Z

    26th October, 2020 – Batter My Heart

    26th October, 2020 – Batter My Heart

    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 John Donne, one of his Holy Sonnets.

    "Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you

    As yet but knock..."

    From the show:

    Song of Solomon 2:14

    The charge of the Light Brigade – here's a rare wax cylinder recording from 1890 of Tennyson reading his poem

    On this day: 26th October, 899, King Alfred the Great, educator, reformer and warrior, goes to glory

    On this day: 26th October, 1977, wild smallpox infects its final victim in Somalia – a hospital cook, Ali Maow Maalin

    Music to wake you up – Gimme Some Lovin' by the Spencer Davis Group

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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
    19th October, 2020 – The Way Through The Woods

    19th October, 2020 – The Way Through The Woods

    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 Rudyard Kipling, The Way Through The Woods.

    "They shut the road through the woods
    Seventy years ago..."

    From the show:

    Proverbs 17:17

    Boswell's Life of Johnson

    On this day: 19th October, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington at Yorktown, ending the American Revolutionary War

    On this day: 19th October, 1889, Arthur Satherley, country music pioneer, was born in Bedminster

    Music to wake you up – Living in a Ghost Town by The Rolling Stones

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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
    12th October, 2020 – All My Friends...

    12th October, 2020 – All My Friends...

    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 Christian Wiman, All My Friends Are Finding New Beliefs.

    "All my friends are finding new beliefs.

    This one converts to Catholicism and this one to trees..."

    From the show:

    Psalm 59:16

    On this day: 12th October, 1492, Christopher Columbus lands in the New World

    On this day: 12th October, 1915, the nurse and Anglican martyr Edith Cavell is executed by firing squad

    On this day: 12th October, 1845, the "angel of prisons" Elizabeth Fry passes away after a lifetime of philanthropy inspired by her Quaker faith

    Music to wake you up – Carry You Home by Ward Thomas

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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
    5th October, 2020 – A Day in Autumn

    5th October, 2020 – A Day in Autumn

    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 RS Thomas, A Day in Autumn.

    "Having looked up

    From the day’s chores, pause a minute..."

    From the show:

    Proverbs 2:8

    Samuel Pepys sneaks a look backstage at Drury Lane in 1667

    On this day: 5th October, 1919, the character actor Donald Pleasence is born in Worksop, the son of a stationmaster

    On this day: 5th October, 1930, the airship R101 crashes in France, killing the Air Minister and 47 others, ending the British dream of an airship fleet to connect the British Empire

    Music to wake you up – Christmas in Prison by John Prine

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    • 5 min
    28th September, 2020 – The Ruined Maid

    28th September, 2020 – The Ruined Maid

    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

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    Have a lovely day.


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    • 6 min
    21st September, 2020 – At The Wellhead

    21st September, 2020 – At The Wellhead

    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

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    Have a lovely day.


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    • 6 min

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