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.

Listen to today’s Almanac by clicking this link. Or at YouTube, below:

You can also find the latest episode on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Overcast. Just search for Marc’s Almanac.

From the show:

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:

(Listen to the full playlist on YouTube)

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

Do please share this with anyone who might need a touch of calm – the easiest way is simply to forward on this email. Or click the green button below.

If you’ve been sent this by a friend, you can sign up for free to receive these email alerts yourself whenever a new episode goes live at marcsalmanac.substack.com

And do please keep your requests and messages coming. You can reply to this or send me a voice message.

Have a lovely day.


Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/marc-sidwell/message