14th May, 2020 – Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things – / For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow...

Hello from Suffolk. Here's five minutes of civilised calm recorded in the peace of the English countryside. With a poem: Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

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From the show:

The Middle Years, Henry James

Gonio castle, resting place of St Matthias the apostle

On this day: May 14, 1796, Edward Jenner tests the world's first vaccine

(Bonus: the always-excellent In Our Time on Jenner and immunisation)

If you need some music to wake you up – how about On the Sunny Side of the Street sung by Frank Sinatra:

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