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I partook of a very English ritual this evening: listening to the shipping forecast on BBC Radio 4. In her book Watching the English, anthropologist Kate Fox mentions that it's the closest thing to a religious observance many people in England have. At first, that seemed bizarre, though now I can see some logic in it. I imagine it would be rather reassuring to hear that all those areas surrounding one's home are out there as always and, even with showers, good.

Idea: make a project of visiting all the North Fitzroys in the world. There's one in the shipping forecast regions around Britain (though that's an area of sea more than a place), and also one in the Falklands.

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On May 9th, 2005 03:08 am (UTC), gths commented:
As much as you might find the idea of tuning into cricket commentary unappealing, the Test Match Special over summer with the Ashes tests could be worth tuning into. The last series the ABC commentator was just as intrigued about the shipping forecast, which the cricket commentary would pause for.

We didn't get it here of course since the ABC used the gap for the news bulletins.
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On May 9th, 2005 08:28 am (UTC), dreamstooloud replied:
hola graham the happy scum!

nice icon btw.

oddly enuff my (British) parents do something very similar. the shipping forecast isn't broadcast in New Mexico, so they listen to this national weather service thing (or possibly in fact National Weather Service thing).

but the thing is, it's basically a robot. it's local weather for rural areas all over America, generated as text through some government system, and then fed to some text-reader software. essentially their classic British ritual has warped into some deraNged form of robot worship.

although perhaps I exaggerate.
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On May 9th, 2005 09:30 am (UTC), spudlee commented:
whats the shipping forecast?
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On May 9th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
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On May 9th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC), lokicarbis commented:
Idea: make a project of visiting all the North Fitzroys in the world. There's one in the shipping forecast regions around Britain (though that's an area of sea more than a place), and also one in the Falklands.

I've been thinking about something similar, but been unable to decide on a place name. So far, Richmond is my leading contestant - I can get to 5 of them without leaving Oz...
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On May 9th, 2005 09:52 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Richmond
There's one on the District Line in London, and another one that's a market town in Yorkshire.
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