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And Now the Shipping Forecast: A Tide of History Around Our Shores
This affectionate look at the revered British radio broadcast surveys the history and lore of the four-times daily announcements of weather reports and forecasts for the seas around the coasts of the British Isles. Written from the perspective of an announcer who read the on-air forecast for nearly 40 years, thisbook begins with the genesis of the forecast itself. This nar ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by UIT Cambridge Ltd.
(first published May 19th 2011)
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This book was beautifully produced by Here Design for UIT Press. I wish as much care had been spent on the prose, which rambles like a late-night radio announcer with time to fill, and wraps up most sections in clichés instead of drawing fresh conclusions. Leave it at the pub, please. Much space is spent on how the forecast gets from teletype to listeners via readers like Jefferson, but almost nothing is told about the meteorologists who actually write it. It's a pity because there is a germ of ...more
A rambling overview of history along the coast of the UK, bound loosely together by the shipping forecast which has been broadcast on the BBC since its debut in the 1920s. A welcome insight into why the forecast began and how it is produced, why it still exists, and a reminder that many people who never plan to go to sea stay awake until 1am just to hear it.