The Hidden Almanac for
Friday January 24th, 2014
Episode 58
Previous episode: 2014-01-22
Next episode: 2014-01-27


Today Prince Sergi III marked the spring thaw. It is also the day a mouse infiltrated the squirrels, and marks the capture of a fugitive. It is the Feast day of St. Leitaiyo, and in the garden snowdrops are emerging.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is January 24th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1545 that Prince Sergei III watched the ice begin to break up on the river that ran through his army’s wintering ground. In a letter home, he noted the event, and said “Spring—and battle—will soon be upon us again. I fear that many fewer of us will live to watch the ice return.”

And it was on this day that the Council of Sixteen sent a mouse spy, disguised as a young squirrel, to infiltrate the home of the enemy. Armed with a tail wig and doused in squirrel pheromones, Lady Vervain of the Eighteenth Wainscoting family went forth to spy upon the squirrel oppressors. The hopes of a grateful mouse tribe went with her.

And it was on this day in the year 804, that a young milkmaid was tending to her cows, when an injured man stumbled into her cow byre. He was extremely rude and so she handed him over to the first party of armed men who came by looking for a fugitive. The man was executed on the spot. “Such a mouth on him,” the milkmaid is reported to have said. “If he’d been polite, I mighta hidden him.” As the man was, in fact, the bastard son of the Emperor of the West, fleeing from a failed coup attempt, this event likely changed the course of history. Historians have occasionally speculated that if the gentlemen had had the sense to say “Please” a bit more and “peasant wench” a bit less, we would all be speaking Troyzantian right now.

Today is the Feast Day of St. Leitaiyo, patron of unlikely flying animals. He is portrayed as a fox-headed man surrounded by flying squirrels,[1] gliding frogs,[2] and that one snake that can do the weird thing with its rib cage.[3]

In the garden, some sheltered areas are beginning to see the first signs of snowdrops emerging. If you are one of our more northerly listeners, this would be a good time to stand in the garden, face due south, and shake your fist.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for January 24th, 2014. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013, Ursula Vernon.

Notes Edit

  1. flying squirrels
  2. gliding frogs
  3. that one snake that can do the weird thing with its rib cage

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