Marc’s Almanac

Marc’s Almanac

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Five minutes of civilised calm from the English countryside. As featured on BBC Radio Suffolk. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com to receive an email when new episodes are added. 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


21st September, 2020 – At The Wellhead
Sep 21 • 6 min
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…
14th September, 2020 – September
Sep 14 • 6 min
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…
7th September, 2020 – Autumn Journal
Sep 7 • 5 min
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…
10th August, 2020 – Dane-geld
Aug 10 • 5 min
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…
3rd August, 2020 – How At Once
Aug 3 • 4 min
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…
27th July, 2020 – The Other
Jul 27 • 5 min
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:…
20th July, 2020 – Ancient Maxims
Jul 20 • 5 min
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…
13th July, 2020 – Praise the Mutilated World
Jul 13 • 5 min
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…
6th July, 2020 – Ale’s The Stuff To Drink
Jul 6 • 5 min
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…
29th June, 2020 – The Vagabond
Jun 29 • 5 min
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…
22nd June, 2020 – Raptor
Jun 22 • 5 min
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…”…
15th June, 2020 – Waiting for the Barbarians
Jun 15 • 6 min
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…
12th June, 2020 – The Guy in the Glass
Jun 12 • 5 min
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…
11th June, 2020 – Mowing
Jun 11 • 5 min
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…
10th June, 2020 – Bright is the Ring of Words
Jun 10 • 5 min
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…”…
9th June, 2020 – Tarantella
Jun 9 • 5 min
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…
8th June, 2020 – The Pylons
Jun 8 • 5 min
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…
5th June, 2020 – It is not growing like a tree…
Jun 5 • 5 min
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…
4th June, 2020 – Ah, for a man…
Jun 4 • 5 min
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…
3rd June, 2020 – An English Light
Jun 3 • 5 min
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Felix Dennis, An English Light. “9:45 on a fine June night, I watch from the window and write and write…” From…
2nd June, 2020 – Drummer Hodge
Jun 2 • 5 min
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Thomas Hardy, Drummer Hodge. “They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest Uncoffined – just as found…” From the show: A…
1st June, 2020 – The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Jun 1 • 4 min
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by William Butler Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree. “I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree And a small cabin…
29th May, 2020 – The Whitsun Weddings
May 29 • 5 min
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Philip Larkin, an extract from The Whitsun Weddings. “All afternoon, through the tall heat that slept For miles…
28th May, 2020 – East Coker
May 28 • 4 min
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by TS Eliot, and extract from East Coker. “I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope For hope would be hope…
27th May, 2020 – Prague
May 27 • 5 min
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Christian Wiman, Prague. “When I was learning words and you were in the bath there was a flurry of small birds…
26th May, 2020 – i thank You, God
May 26 • 4 min
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by ee cummings, i thank You, God. “i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of…
22nd May, 2020 – The Rolling English Road
May 22 • 6 min
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by GK Chesterton, The Rolling English Road. “Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode, The rolling…
21st May, 2020 – A Walk
May 21 • 5 min
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, A Walk. “My eyes already touch the sunny hill. going far beyond the road I have begun…” From…
20th May, 2020 – The School of York
May 20 • 5 min
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a poem by Alcuin, The School of York. “To some he made the grammar understood, And poured on others rhetoric’s copious…
19th May, 2020 – Ode to a Nightingale
May 19 • 5 min
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With an extract from Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats. “I cannot see what flowers are at my feet, Nor what soft incense hangs…
18th May, 2020 – When in Disgrace with Fortune
May 18 • 5 min
Five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. Sign up at https://marcsalmanac.substack.com With a sonnet by William Shakespeare. “When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state…” From…
15th May, 2020 – The Things That Haven’t Been Done
May 15 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Sit back and enjoy five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. With a poem by Edgar Guest, The Things That Haven’t Been Done Before. “The things that haven’t been done before, Those are…
14th May, 2020 – Pied Beauty
May 14 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Sit back and enjoy five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. With a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty. “Glory be to God for dappled things – For skies of couple-colour as a…
13th May, 2020 – If
May 13 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Sit back and enjoy five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. With a poem by Rudyard Kipling, If. “If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you…”…
12th May, 2020 – Invitation to the Country
May 12 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Sit back and enjoy five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. With a poem by George Meredith, Invitation to the Country. “Cast off the yoke of toil and smoke As Spring is casting winter’s…
11th May, 2020 – The Waltz
May 11 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Sit back and enjoy five minutes of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. With a poem by Lord Byron, The Waltz. “Waltz—Waltz alone—both legs and arms demands, Liberal of feet, and lavish of her…
8th May, 2020 – Railway Rhymes
May 8 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Take five minutes for a dose of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. With a poem by Charles Larcom Graves, Railway Rhymes. “When books are pow’rless to beguile And papers only stir my bile, For…
7th May, 2020 – The Pied Piper of Hamelin
May 7 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Take five minutes for a dose of civilised calm, recorded in the peace of the English countryside. With the opening of Robert Browning’s poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin. “Rats! They fought the dogs, and killed the cats…” From…
6th May, 2020 – Ninetieth Birthday
May 6 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm recorded in the peace of the English countryside. With a poem by RS Thomas, Ninetieth Birthday. “You go up the long track That will take a car, but is best walked…” From the show: Anne…
5th May, 2020 – Nuns Fret Not
May 5 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm. With a poem by William Wordsworth, Nuns Fret Not. “Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room; And hermits are contented with their cells…” From the show: The Peregrine by JA Baker…
4th May, 2020 – The Quiet Life
May 4 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm. With a poem, The Quiet Life by Alexander Pope. “Happy the man whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound…” From the show: All Among The Barley by Melissa Harrison Melissa’s podcast,…
1st May, 2020 – Aurora Leigh
May 1 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With an extract from Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. “The tangled hedgerows, where the cows push out Impatient horns and tolerant churning mouths…”…
30th April, 2020 – The Promised Garden
Apr 30 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Theo Dorgan, The Promised Garden. “There is a garden where our hearts converse, At ease beside clear water, dreaming…” From the show: Akenfield:…
29th April, 2020 – Everyone Sang
Apr 29 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Siegfried Sassoon, Everyone Sang. “Everyone suddenly burst out singing; And I was filled with such delight…” From the show: Sweet Danger by Margery…
28th April, 2020 – Ozymandias
Apr 28 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Percy Shelley, Ozymandias. “I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert…” From the…
27th April, 2020 – The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Apr 27 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem translated by Edward Fitzgerald, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. “Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring The Winter Garment of Repentance fling…”…
24th April, 2020 – Portrait of a Lady
Apr 24 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by T.S. Eliot, Portrait of a Lady. “Now that lilacs are in bloom She has a bowl of lilacs in her room…” From the show: Weekend Wodehouse: Joy in the…
23rd April, 2020 – The Glory of the Garden
Apr 23 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Happy St George’s Day. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Rudyard Kipling, The Glory of the Garden. “Our England is a garden that is full of stately views, Of borders, beds and…
22nd April, 2020 – Summer Farm
Apr 22 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Norman MacCaig, Summer Farm. “Straws like tame lightnings lie about the grass And hang zigzag on hedges…” From the show: Figurehead of the Sirius in…
21st April, 2020 – This Royal Throne of Kings
Apr 21 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by William Shakespeare, John of Gaunt’s speech from Richard II. “This royal throne of kings, this sceptr’d isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of…
20th April, 2020 – Pangur Ban
Apr 20 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by a 9th-century Irish monk, Pangur Ban. “I and Pangur Ban my cat, ‘Tis a like task we are at…” From the show: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson…
17th April, 2020 – The Canterbury Tales
Apr 17 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer, the opening of his prologue to The Canterbury Tales. “When April’s gentle rains have pierced the drought Of March right to the…
16th April, 2020 – Norman and Saxon
Apr 16 • 6 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Rudyard Kipling, Norman and Saxon. “My son,” said the Norman Baron, “I am dying, and you will be heir To all the broad acres in England that William…
15th April, 2020 – I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
Apr 15 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud. “I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills..” From the show: Dorothy…
14th April, 2020 – The Tuft of Flowers
Apr 14 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Robert Frost, The Tuft of Flowers. “I went to turn the grass once after one Who mowed it in the dew before the sun…” From the show: Recreations of a…
13th April, 2020 – Trees
Apr 13 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Alfred Joyce Kilmer, Trees. “I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree…” From the show: The Magician’s Nephew by CS Lewis, which…
10th April, 2020 – Love, iii
Apr 10 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by George Herbert, Love, iii. “Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back Guilty of dust and sin…” From the show: Weekend Wodehouse: Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey…
9th April, 2020 – Adlestrop
Apr 9 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Edward Thomas, Adlestrop. “Yes. I remember Adlestrop…” From the show: The Cottage Garden The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer George…
8th April, 2020 – The Tyger
Apr 8 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by William Blake, The Tyger. “Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night…” From the show: Blake’s illustrated poem, The Tyger The Natural…
7th April, 2020 – The Lambs of Grasmere
Apr 7 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Christina Rossetti, The Lambs of Grasmere. “Day after day, night after night, From lamb to lamb the shepherds went…” From the show: Sutton Hoo on…
6th April, 2020 – ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers
Apr 6 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Emily Dickinson, ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers. “Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul…” From the show: Three Men in a Boat…
3rd April, 2020 – Home Thoughts, From Abroad
Apr 3 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Robert Browning, Home Thoughts, From Abroad. “Oh, to be in England Now that April’s there…” From the show: Uncle Dynamite Discipline, by George…
2nd April, 2020 – The Trees
Apr 2 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Philip Larkin, The Trees. “The trees are coming into leaf Like something almost being said…” From the show: Radar history at Orford Ness and…
1st April, 2020 – Upon Westminster Bridge
Apr 1 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by William Wordsworth, Upon Westminster Bridge. “Earth has not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so…
31st March, 2020 – The Sun Rising
Mar 31 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by John Donne, The Sun Rising. “Busy old fool, unruly sun, Why dost thou thus, Through windows, and through curtains call on us…” From the show: The…
30th March, 2020 – Spring
Mar 30 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a moment from Wind in the Willows and Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins. “Nothing is so beautiful as Spring – When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and…
27th March, 2020 – On A Lane In Spring
Mar 27 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With some weekend Wodehouse and John Clare’s On a Lane in Spring. “A Little Lane, the brook runs close beside And spangles in the sunshine while the fish glide…
26th March, 2020 – On His Blindness
Mar 26 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With John Milton’s On His Blindness. “They also serve who only stand and wait.” From the show: “Learning in Wartime” by CS Lewis The Gilgamesh Flood Tablet, first…
25th March, 2020 – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Mar 25 • 4 min
Happy new year from Suffolk, England. It’s Lady Day and here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With an extract from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. “Both the ground and the groves put on green garments; Birds begin to build, and…
24th March, 2020 – Seaside Golf
Mar 24 • 3 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by John Betjeman, Seaside Golf. “How straight it flew, how long it flew, It clear’d the rutty track…” From the show: Live at the Abbey from Pro Corda…
23rd March, 2020 – Lockdown
Mar 23 • 5 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by Brother Richard Hendrick, OFM, Lockdown. “The sky is clearing, Spring is coming, And we are always encompassed by Love…” From the show: Brother…
22nd March, 2020 – The Bright Field
Mar 22 • 3 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm to start your day right. With a poem by RS Thomas, The Bright Field. “I have seen the sun break through to illuminate a small field…” From the show: St Bartholomew the Great’s services on…
20th March, 2020 – Awareness of Alcuin
Mar 20 • 4 min
Hello from Suffolk, England. Here’s five minutes of civilised calm from the English countryside to start your day right. With a poem about Alcuin of York by Siegfried Sassoon. “At peace in my tall-windowed Wiltshire room, (Birds overheard from chill March…
Calm from the English countryside
Mar 19 • 0 min
However you start your day, add a bite-sized serving of civilised calm from Suffolk, England. With a poem by John Masefield: “Epilogue”. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message