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May 16, 2006

1001 books – at least several hundred too many

4 out of 5 stars

I was given this book for my birthday recently.

I am slightly overwhelmed.

I reckon I've read at most 15–20% of these.

If I read one a week for the next 16 years I'll be there.

The all new Shipping Forecast

The all new Shipping Forecast seems rather different now in the early hours with Weather Forecasters reading it instead of newsreaders.

Something of the poetry of it has been lost and have been trying to work out why this might be:

  • Is it inexperience, ie they are yet to get used to doing it?

  • Do the Forecasters simply have too much professional interest? Is the news from North Utsira just too darned interesting for them to read it dispassionately?

  • Or is it that they are all much more used to winging it rather than reading from a carefully written and very precise script?

While we are on the broad subject of early morning radio, do I miss the Radio 4 UK theme? Not really, but once a week might be good.

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