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The Shipping Forecast

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The Shipping Forecast

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The Shipping Forecast

“And now the shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency….”

Four times a day, regular as clockwork, this impenetrable, and yet somehow comforting information is relayed on Radio 4. It is preceded by the timeless strains of Sailing By (composer Ronald Binge). For agoraphobic Sheila on TV’s Shameless, the places in the forecast seemed to epitomize everything she was missing out on. She dreamed of one day visiting Malin when she could walk out of her own front door. For the ICONS team, tucked up in bed with our cocoa, the midnight forecast just reminds us of how snug and warm we are when poor old Cromarty and Dogger are once again experiencing gales.

“Viking North Utsire South Utsire forties southeast 7 to severe gale 9, becoming variable 3 or 4 in south forties. Rain. Moderate. Cromarty southeast 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 3 or 4 in southwest. Occasional rain. Moderate or good. Dogger Fisher southeast becoming cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 4 or 5 in Dogger. Rain. Moderate or good.”

You’ve got to love it.

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Your comments

There are hundreds of things about England I find most dear, one of them being the ‘Shipping Forecast’ on Radio 4. It makes me feel safe and at home!

Amanda Redman

Whatever is happening with my life, all is well when I hear the shipping forecast. It is an institution, and so very English.
Ms Moll

I remember hearing it on Radio 2 when I was younger, the broadcaster's voice and what he said seemed fascinating and calming to listen to. If I am up late enough to catch it now I still love listening to it and it still instills me with calm and awe. Also, from the point of being a diver, we listen to it to find out about on-shore and off-shore winds, which obviously makes a difference to whether the sea is choppy or not. So, not only is it important to the guys doing jobs we never think about out at sea, but it's a lifeline for sea divers. I wish it was on Radio 4 F.M. more often so I wouldn't have to stay up so late to catch to it.
Di Davies

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