"Attention All Shipping" is a humorous account of Charlie Connelly's journey around the shipping forecast areas, explaining the history of the broadcasts, how each shipping area was named and reports of his visit to each of the areas mentioned in each report. It's a travelogue with a difference, ... Read review
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oadcast in the 1920s the shipping forecast on the BBC radio has inspired poems. songs and novels in addition to its intended objective of warning generations of seafarers of impending storms and gales. In Attention All Shipping. Charlie Connelly wittily explores the places behind the voice. those mysterious regions whose names seem often to bear no relation to conventional geography.
"My mother is an avid listener of Radio 4 and so I grew up listening to the Archers, the Round Britain Quiz, the Afternoon Play and, my favourite, the Shipping Forecast. I suppose it's quite an odd "favourite" for a child but I always felt there was something exciting and just a little exotic about the Shipping Forecast. The places had strange names - Dogger, Fitzroy, German Bight - and the way in which the report was given was like no other weather ..."
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