Friday, February 20, 2009

Moderate or Good

Believe it or not I am setting my radio alarm really early these days so I can listen to the shipping forecast.

I just love the shipping forecast! Like every other landlubber, the shipping forecast means absolutely nothing to me, yet that is why it so pleasurable to listen to. I can just lie in my bed and let these mysterious announcements wash over me and be glad that I don't have to worry about it. It has such a soothing effect.

Meanwhile the captain of a ship somewhere is bracing himself for a terrible storm.


Anonymous said...

Is this a special kind of british humor?

Celestial Fundie said...

I am sure there are other British people who enjoy the shipping forecast.

We are an island race.

Missy said...

Matthew, you often make me smile.

Celestial Fundie said...

Oh good.

Palm boy said...

I don't think I've heard those before. My landlocked area of the States probably doesn't have them.


Yes... I must confess that I like them too. There is something very officially British about them - a remainder that Britannia ruled the waves etc.,

Think of our RN folk and merchant seamen and fishing men out listening with more than a passing interest to them.

I wish I knew a lot more about weather forecasting in general. I have a couple of books - but it is getting the time. Especially now that I blog a bit more.


alvin said...

I'm from Montana and the only thing we got going through our channels are brook trout! And you could possibly see a bull trout ever once in awhile.
And they do give a person a certain amount of peace when you are eating them.

well I use to live in Montana

alvin :)

Celestial Fundie said...

Alvin, thanks for dropping in.

Colin, I thought you might be a shipping forecast fan.

PB, I suppose they wouldn't need one.



Just in case, any readers of your blog think that I am a totally sad case [i] by visiting your blog in the first place :o) [ii] liking the shipping forecast and [iii] liking weather forecasting in general to the extent that I actually have two books on the latter ... I should point out that they are two books (well ... one of them in particular anyway) that make the subject look very exciting.

To help what little skills I do possess, I purchased the brass weather forecasting gadget (no longer available)which is a real novelty. (I am not fond of the electronic stuff with silly wee icons etc.,)

I need to access here though for the latest updates from Cork airport:

It's fun!

Now everytime I hear about Trafalgar, I'll no longer think of Nelson and England expecting every man to do his duty, but Matthew expecting every one to remove their shoes at the door.


P/s On RTE, we get the Irish shipping forecast as well. It's good too, although not as much as the one with that lovely old BBC official voice that you listen to.

Celestial Fundie said...

Sometimes the guy has an estuary accent (which I seem to have picked up since becoming a southerner).

Rose~ said...

That is a great illustration for this post.

I can't relate at all to the idea of listiening to shipping forecasts, being at least 14 hours from any coast, but I can definitly understand the soothing effect of realizing you are safe in contrast to the danger of the elements.

Celestial Fundie said...

Yes, absolutely