Loveliest of Trees – 26th March, 2021

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now / Is hung with bloom along the bough...

Hello from London. Here's five minutes of civilised calm recorded in East London as the capital starts to wake up. With a poem by AE Housman.

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On this day: 26th March, 1953, Jonas Salk announced he had 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

If you need some music to wake you up – how about Rock Island Line by Lonnie Donegan:

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Opening/closing music courtesy of Chillhop: Philanthrope, Leavv - What Was Before

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