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The Shipping Forecast: A Miscellany

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The rhythmic lullaby of ‘North Utsire, South Utsire’ has been lulling the nation’s insomniacs to sleep for over 90 years. It has inspired songs, poetry and imaginations across the globe – as well as providing a very real service for the nation’s seafarers who might fall prey to storms and gales. In 1995, a plan to move the late-night broadcast by just 12 minutes caused a n ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by BBC Books
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Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-in-2016
A very nicely put-together book, much better-written than 'Attention All Shipping' and benefiting from a sailor's expertise. My one quibble would be the endless quotes all pretty much saying the same thing about the status of the Forecast in the British psyche and having very little to do with the sea area in question.
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För alla med sjömanssjäl. Alldeles underbar!
Stephen Lee
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is OK for passing the time, but I found that the snippets of information about each of the shipping forecast areas were fairly unmemorable, and the quotes from people waxing lyrical about the cosiness of the forecast soon became repetitive.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: culture, non-fiction
Quick and enjoyable to read, although I'm pretty sure I was informed of the Met Office's decision to rename Finisterre about six separate times throughout the book... Just in case you didn't know, it was a contentious issue of the highest order.
John Meffen
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I like Radio 4!
Ally Myers
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An awesome explanation and dive into a most sacred institution.
Stephanie Wasek
A book that is as lovely as the shipping forecast -- and should prove to be just as enduring.
David Ellcock
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A interesting enough almanac-style book, that suffers from being padded out somewhat with quotations from Radio 4 news readers and by poor editing / proof-reading. Examples of the latter:
- "Sitting exactly on the boundary between the Forth and Fyne (sic.) sea areas lies the island of Lindisfarne" (p.56);
- "'This is a gale warning issued by the Met Office at 13:65 (sic.)'" (p.157).

When a book is based around the presentation of short, snappy, fact-based paragraphs, then it's pretty much essenti
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic, read-2017
This is a lovely mixture of the factual - actual position of each shipping area, average wind speed, highest recorded wave and other fascinating things, alongside a miscellany of facts, poems and stories for each area, and people's thoughts and reminiscences about the shipping forecast itself.

It is really a very British thing though - I can't imagine the poetry of 'North Utsire, South Utsire, Fisher, Dogger, German Bite ,' having the same resonance for anyone else!
Ronnie Mcdiarmid
Being a huge fan of the ships, I found this book an excellent filler to the often hypnotic forecast, full of interesting background stories about all the areas in forecast, a book that will be "dipped into" often
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of the shipping forecast and this book is very interesting. It has information about area's in the forecast, about the history of it and anecdotes from people who have read it on air which gives an insight to the accuracy involved in the broadcast.
Seguleh First
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Nic Compton is a writer/photographer specialising in sailing - but with a keen interest in environmental issues. After an idyllic childhood on boats in the Mediterranean, he returned to the UK at age 14 to complete his formal education, including in a degree in English with American & Commonwealth Arts at Exeter University. After a decade or so working as a journeyman shipwright, he studied Jo ...more
“UKIP SHIPPING FORECAST by Nicholas Pegg After a UKIP councillor claimed widespread flooding in the UK was God’s punishment for allowing same-sex marriage, author/performer Nicholas Pegg wrote his own version of the Shipping Forecast. His recording went viral, receiving 250,000 hits in four days. ‘And now the shipping forecast issued by UKIP on Sunday the 19 January 2014 at 1200 UTC. There are warnings of gays in Viking, Forties, Cromarty, Southeast Iceland and Bongo Bongo land. The general synopsis at midday: Low intelligence expected, becoming Little England by midnight tonight. And now the area forecasts for the next 24 hours. Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire: south easterly gay seven to severe gay nine, occasionally bisexual. Showers – gay. Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher: women veering southerly 4 or 5, losing their identity and becoming sluts. Rain – moderate or gay. German blight, immigration veering north – figures variable, becoming psychotic. Showers – gay. Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth: benefit tourism 98%, becoming variable – later slight, or imaginary. Showers – gay. Biscay, Trafalgar: warm, lingering nationalism. Kiss me Hardy, later becoming heterosexual – good. FitzRoy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey: right or extreme right, veering racist 4 or 5, increasing to 5 to 7. Homophobic outburst – back-peddling westerly and becoming untenable. Showers – gay. Fair Isle, Faeroes, South East Iceland: powerbase decreasing, variable – becoming unelectable. Good. And that concludes the forecast.” 1 likes
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