02/13/22 • 32 min
You join us tonight at the end of a rather windy day. There seems to be a fairly common feeling that we have been encountering a lot of blustery winds recently, both meteorologically and metaphorically. Tonight, we stoke the fire and reflect on the place of the wind in our lives, history and culture.
“11th February, Friday.
There’s a wrapping chill to the air
And the scent of wet earth.
Penny unsuccessfully tries to jump a large puddle.
One some late winter days
The way the sun slants through the trees
And glances of my face and shoulders
Make the grey world fold open into a summer’s evening
Of long shadows stretching across pub garden lawns
And the air is filled with the sigh of collared doves
And time not yet spent.”
In this episode I read short extracts from;
John Marzluff and Tony Angell’s (2005) In the Company of Crows published by Yale University Press.
Anonymous (c.1365) The Chronicle of Anonymous of Canterbury 1346-1365. A recent scholarly edition has been published by Oxford University Press (2008/2019).
I also refer to:
Storm Dunlop’s (2021) Weather Almanac 2022 published by Harper Collins.
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In the intro and the outro, Saint-Saen's The Swan is performed by Karr and Bernstein (1961) and available on CC at archive.org.
Two-stroke narrowboat engine recorded by 'James2nd' on the River Weaver, Cheshire. Uploaded to Freesound.org on 23rd June 2018. Creative Commons Licence.
Piano and keyboard interludes composed and performed by Helen Ingram.
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