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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Sunshine and snow: a variation on the shipping forecast



A casual glimpse out the back and the sun in several moods. Thin and ablaze were my two

One minute thin winter sun. Next minute a meteor.

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Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast by Charlie Connelly

A great idea for a holiday and a book. Visit all the areas we listen to on the shipping forecast. Those names like Rockall, Malin, Fastnet and Cromarty are part of the rhythm of the radio listener, especially devotees of Test Match Special. The weather was rough and the pubs plentiful. Oil platforms, Whitby, Norwegian drunks, Sealand, Portland quarries, fiddle music in Lerwick, a bike ride on The Isle of man and the smell of coffee in Bilbao.
  They are not places I would rush off to, but if you were there anyway? Whitby is in that category and I'll certainly take another look at the Captain Cook museum. I didn't know Finnistere had been renamed Fitzroy, but appropriate, given he was a major meteorological pioneer. Shipping is safer as a result of his work. This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson is a great book about Fitzroy's voyage on The Beagle.

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