The Shipping Forecast

A Miscellany

Author: Nic Compton

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473530288

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 4970

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. It has inspired everyone from Seamus Heaney to Radiohead, and from Radio 4 announcers to the writers of Keeping Up Appearances. In 1995, a plan to move the late-night broadcast by just 12 minutes caused a national outcry and was ultimately scrapped. Published with Radio 4 and the Met Office, The Shipping Forecast is the official miscellany for seafarers and armchair travellers alike. It features fascinating facts alongside lyrics from Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy, Radiohead and more. From the places themselves – how they got their names, what’s happened there through the ages – to the poems and parodies that it’s inspired, this is a beautifully evocative tribute to one of Britain's – and Radio 4's – best-loved broadcasts.

Attention All Shipping

A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast

Author: Charlie Connelly

Publisher: Abacus

ISBN: 0748131876

Category: Travel

Page: 384

View: 8853

This solemn, rhythmic intonation of the shipping forecast on BBC radio is as familiar as the sound of Big Ben chiming the hour. Since its first broadcast in the 1920s it has inspired poems, songs and novels in addition to its intended objective of warning generations of seafarers of impending storms and gales. Sitting at home listening to the shipping forecast can be a cosily reassuring experience. There's no danger of a westerly gale eight, veering southwesterly increasing nine later (visibility poor) gusting through your average suburban living room, blowing the Sunday papers all over the place and startling the cat. Yet familiar though the sea areas are by name, few people give much thought to where they are or what they contain. 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. Armchair travel will never be the same again.

Rain Later, Good

Painting the Shipping Forecast

Author: Peter Collyer

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408159015

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 8369

Rain Later, Good is the award winning story of Peter Collyer's extraordinary journey around the Shipping Forecast areas and has been a bestseller since first publication. The artist's brilliant and detailed paintings reproduced actual size, offer a series of images which help conjure up the most mythical locations, whilst his delightful idiosyncratic text provides a wealth of fascinating insights. He introduces us to the people who live and work in these areas, and passes on snippets of tantalising information to give a powerful impression of the place and convey a real feeling of being there. The beautiful paintings which come from Peter Collyer's travels truly capture the spirit of these wild and isolated spots. This is a book to be treasured, and its reissue will be welcomed by Peter's many admirers. 'A very remarkable painter. His work is simply stunning with an observed intensity which makes him very special indeed.' Chris Beetles in The Daily Telegraph 'The most delightful and unexpected book I've encountered this year... a wonderful book.' John Naughton, The Times

And Now the Shipping Forecast

A Tide of History Around Our Shores

Author: Peter Jefferson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781906860615


Page: 256

View: 5462

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, thisabook begins with the genesis of the forecast itself. This narrative spans from 19th-century inventions of the Beaufort wind scale andaFitzroy''s barometer and the founding of the British Meteorological Office to maritime codes, conventions, and traditions and life on the ocean wave. With a look at how technological progress has intervened in the collation, production, and transmission ofathe "Shipping Forecast," this book showsahow the broadcasts earned such a deep-rooted place in theaaudiences'' psyche."

A Journey

My Political Life

Author: Tony Blair

Publisher: Vintage Books Canada

ISBN: 0307398218

Category: Great Britain

Page: 784

View: 1092

In this remarkably gripping memoir, one of the most dynamic and controversial leaders of modern times gives us a firsthand account of his years in office and beyond. Here, for the first time, Tony Blair recounts his role in shaping our recent history, from the aftermath of Princess Diana's death to the war on terror. With rare honesty and courage, he recounts the belief in ethical intervention that led to his decision to go to war in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and, most controversial of all, Iraq. Filled with fascinating revelations about Blair's close friendship with the Clinton family, his admiration for George W. Bush, and his relationship with Barack Obama, A Journey is a must-read political memoir, providing an unprecedented glimpse into Tony Blair's experiences as Prime Minister, through his own eyes. In his expansive new introduction, Tony Blair discusses his vision of a future based on open-mindedness, yet fully couched in the complex realities of our times.

And Now, The Weather...

A celebration of our national obsession

Author: Alison Maloney

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473530989

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 9690

Along with the fine art of queuing and proper tea, talking about the weather is the essence of Britishness. We’re all a little bit obsessed by it. Will it snow this Christmas? Was this year really the warmest on record? And where on earth did ‘raining cats and dogs’ come from? According to recent research, 94% of British people admit to having discussed the weather in the past six hours, while 38% say they have in the past 60 minutes. And Now, The Weather... is an almanac, a miscellany, and a celebration of our most famous obsession. Including beautiful illustrations, maps and line drawings, And Now, The Weather... is a perfect gift for the cloudspotter in your life. Features include: - The Lore of Weather – myths, legends and old wives tales about the weather. - Lost in Translation – Colloquial names for weather around the country, from Custard Winds to Mizzle. - Extreme Weather – Bizarre events in the history of British Weather including red rain and a downpour of frogs and fish. - Plus tables showing record breaking sunshine, wind speed, rainfall, heat etc.

Iain Oughtred

A Life in Wooden Boats

Author: Nic Compton

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408105152

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

View: 6009

A celebration of the work of popular wooden boat designer Iain Oughtred with colour photography showcasing the beauty of the boats as well as the Scottish landscape where he is based.

The Floodgates

Author: Daniel Wagner

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1481752839

Category: Fiction

Page: 218

View: 555

I must preface my remarks briefly with two items that found their way into our local news in order for my readers to more fully understand the concepts I have written about. First, the Hanford Nuclear repository on the Columbia River has consistently been a topic of debate and concern because of possible leakages of radioactive wastes and the risks to groundwater and the Columbia River. The governor recently addressed these concerns, and the debate is ongoing. Second, in March of 2013, a report was publicized regarding the Cascadian Subduction Zone by the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission. The report, in brief, mentioned a “chilling forecast about NW quake.” The zone in all probability is part of the Pacific Rim of Fire. This discovery’s possible impacts on the Columbia Basin and its environs are up for debate. I decided that this was a good time to approach an independent publisher about my book, The Floodgates, which is a story of natural disaster and its social impact. I completed this project sometime prior to 9/11, but because of that tragedy and its aftermath, I decided that it was an inappropriate time to pursue a market for my book. In 2003, I returned to the book and went through the copyrighting process, which was completed in December of that year. I wrote The Floodgates to tell two stories: my own and the Pacific Northwest’s. Personal narrative and geography have always been inseparable, as anyone from the Northwest knows. I tell this story through the fictional, albeit realistic, tragedy of a dam breaking. As a young child, I was fascinated with dams—the wonders of the Northwest. The cover picture of this book, which shows the Grand Coulee Dam circa 1951, is testimony to that. I gained much insight about my topic through laboring on her in late 1970. I ended up with a healthy dose of respect for the concrete behemoth as well as the stories of the people around it. With the advent of the Mt. St. Helens eruption on May 18, 1980, I returned my thoughts to the Grand Coulee, wondering what its fate would be in the event of disaster. The thought experiment brought me to the altered social and environmental landscape. In hindsight, we live increasingly in a technological world, one using instant messaging and cyberspace and with an ephemeral quality. With that in mind, I could not conclude my manuscript without introducing Chris, nerdy, aloof, and a consummate hacker, who manages, like a Don Quixote, to tip the windmills of the BPA grids.


The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast

Author: John R. Gribbin,Mary Gribbin

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9780300103618

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 5751

A richly textured biography of Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle on which Charles Darwin was a passenger, explores his accomplishments and motivations, including his tenure as governor of New Zealand, his contribution to Darwin's ideas of evolution, and his innovations in the field of meteorological science.

The Rise and Fall of the Saturday Globe

Author: Ralph Frasca

Publisher: Susquehanna University Press

ISBN: 9780945636168

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 201

View: 4913

In the postbellum nineteenth century, journalism reached larger audiences with more information in less time. With the rise of industrialization and mechanization, the means of conveying news to the public improved dramatically. In 1873 Frederic Hudson, one of the nation's first journalism historians, predicted that these technological advances would spawn genuinely national newspapers. Such publications would be circulated to all parts of the country by means of pneumatic tubes, he wrote, which could convey newspapers from one coast to the other within three hours. The prophesy of compressed air blowing bunches of newspapers across the length and breadth of the country was so far awry that it is amusing to consider today. However, Hudson's forecast of a national newspaper, which seemed just as far-fetched in that era of a distinctly provincial press, came to fruition in only the following decade. As the population soared (due in large measure to immigration), as urban areas blossomed, and as the public became increasingly literate, more people turned to newspapers for information about their community and nation. It was against this backdrop that the Saturday Globe was born in 1881. From its auspicious infancy in Utica, New York, the Saturday Globe grew into a major newspaper with nationwide circulation. Through its pioneering use of regional editions, it became the first truly national newspaper in United States history. It served as a unifying force for disparate communities, which were constantly being redefined by the expansion of industry and the increase in population. The Saturday Globe's readership, which peaked at nearly 300,000, was attracted by its stunning artwork, its national scope, and its charming miscellany of stories. In many ways, the Saturday Globe was a theoretical forerunner of USA Today. Although it eschewed the political partisanship so common among newspapers of the era, the Saturday Globe emanated a morally conservative tenor, which was sometimes difficult to reconcile with the newspaper's tendency toward sensationalism. Relying on many diverse sources, Ralph Frasca constructs a comprehensive social history of the Saturday Globe, placing it in a larger context by showing how cultural, technological, economic, demographic, and journalistic forces in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries both created a milieu for the Saturday Globe's inception and success and lead to its demise forty-three years later. The story of the Saturday Globe offers insight into the processes by which mighty newspapers rise, fall, and erode into the deepest recesses of time. The survival of America's newspapers is just as much a concern now as when the Saturday Globe, a mere husk of its former self, folded. While the Saturday Globe fought a losing battle against imitators and magazines, today's newspapers wage a similar war against the encroachment of the broadcast media. The history of the Saturday Globe offers a compelling case study of a major newspaper's rise and fall.

For the Love of Radio 4

An Unofficial Companion

Author: Caroline Hodgson

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW

ISBN: 1783722541

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

View: 970

Who were the original Goons? What is happening when presenters ‘crash the pips’? Which radio programme has featured guest appearances by the Duchess of Cornwall, Alan Titchmarsh, Mike Gatting and Kirstie Allsopp? From Farming Today at sunrise to the gentle strains of ‘Sailing By’ and the Shipping Forecast long after midnight, Radio 4 provides the soundtrack to life for millions of Britons. In For the Love of Radio 4: An Unofficial Companion, Caroline Hodgson celebrates all that’s best about the nation’s favourite spoken word station, taking us on a tour through its history, its key personalities and programmes, and countless memorable moments from the archives.

The Book of Tides

Author: William Thomson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1786480808

Category: Travel

Page: 224

View: 1610

An idiosyncratic, richly illustrated guide to Britain's rivers, seas and shores, for everyone who loves the water and the natural world - a Norwegian Wood for Britain's waters This is a book for those who want to understand better how the waters surrounding us affect our daily lives, how it imperceptibly but crucially shapes our actions, and has shaped our landscape for millenia. It's for anyone who knows and loves our coast, and who wants to understand, discover, surf, or sail it better. Inspired by his own witnessing of the power of the sea through travelling around Britain's coastline in a panel van with his young family, William Thomson tells the story of the cycles of the sea. He combines a lyrical, passionate narrative with graphically beautiful renderings of the main forms of water which affect Britain: Rip, Rapids, Swell, Stream, Tide, Wave, Whirlpool, Tsunami. The Book of Tides is a book for all of us who feel the pull of the sea and the tug of the tide.

Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

Author: Julia Cresswell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199547939

Category: History

Page: 502

View: 743

Contains alphabetically arranged entries that explore the origin, evolution, and social history of over three thousand English language words.

The First World War

A Miscellany

Author: Norman Ferguson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781849534529

Category: History

Page: 188

View: 7790

Have you ever wondered who fired the first British shot of World War One? Or who claimed the glory of downing the Red Baron? And what has Winnie the Pooh got to do with it all?Telling the stories of the battles, the aircraft, the weapons, the soldiers, the poets, the campaigns and the many heroes, Norman Ferguson delves deep into the history of the 'Great War'. Through anecdotes and statistics, and drawing on letters, speeches and official reports, this comprehensive miscellany is a compelling guide to a war that transformed and marked forever the course of twentieth-century history.

Paper Yachts

Streamlined Designs and Water-Resistant Templates to Make and Sail

Author: Nic Compton,Nick Robinson

Publisher: Potter Craft

ISBN: 9780307460219

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 80

View: 460

"A sailor's love of the high seas need not be limited by time or money. Now, anybody can enjoy sailing -- all it takes is some paper and your own immagination! Paper Yachts lets you enjoy big-boat racing on a small scale. Create miniature imitations of the most competitive yachts on the planet, from the larger International America's Cup Class to the small and nimble Extreme 40s. Captain your own vessel with 16 water-resistant templates that allow you to set sail in the tub, pool, stream, or ocean. Detailed instructions and illustrations help you fold and launch each sailboat, and course suggestions set you up for serious match racing or a mixed class regatta. Loaded with gorgeous photos and nautical information, Paper Yachts is more than origami, it's the excitement of sailing. So weigh anchor, cast off, and be an admiral of the sea for a day"--P. [4] of cover.

Shouting Fire

Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age

Author: Alan M. Dershowitz

Publisher: Little Brown & Company

ISBN: 9780316181419

Category: Law

Page: 550

View: 4308

The author presents a collection of his best writings on civil liberties issues, from the right to choice to the separation of church and state, and provides his own controversial philosophy of rights.


Author: Nicole Jordan

Publisher: Ivy Books

ISBN: 0804119791

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 7793

After vowing never to fall in love, Raven Kendrick is forced into a marriage of convenience by scandal and finds herself fiercely attracted by her dashing and enigmatic rescuer, one of London's most notorious rakes. Simultaneous.

A Fine Excess

Contemporary Literature at Play

Author: Kirby Gann,Kristin Herbert

Publisher: Sarabande Books

ISBN: 9781889330518

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 255

View: 8958

A lively collection of works by writers who put language first.