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Attention All Shipping by Charlie Connelly

Attention All Shipping

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The 40 Best Audio books comment: The quirkiest travelogue since The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, except that the places Charlie Connelly sets off to explore are as familiar as your living room furniture. Lundy, Portland, Fisher, German Bight, South East Iceland - you've heard the long mysterious litany of names on the shipping forecast every night and maybe even worried about the gale force eights and nines that threaten to overwhelm them, but where on earth are they and what if anything happens on them? Connelly tells all with great panache.

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Audio Length: 3 hours and 6 min.


Attention All Shipping by Charlie Connelly

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.

About the Author

Charlie Connelly

Charlie Connelly is a freelance writer specialising in European sport and travel and has written for BBC Match of the Day magazine, Four Four Two, Time Out and the award-winning Scottish Sunday Herald Magazine.

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19th May 2005


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