The Shipping Forecast

A Miscellany

Author: Nic Compton

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473530288

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 1580


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.

Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany

A Ditty Bag of Wonders from the Golden Age of Sail

Author: Julian Stockwin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407028758

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 224

View: 7894


Lt Cdr Julian Stockwin shares his love and knowledge of the sea in this entertaining collection of maritime stories and little-known trivia. Featuring nautical facts and feats, including superstitions at sea, the history of animals on the waves - until 1975 when all animals were banned from Royal Navy ships - and how the inventor of the umbrella helped man the British Navy, it is packed with informative tales. Focusing on the glory days of tall ships he explores marine myths and unearths the truth behind commonly held beliefs about the sea, such as whether Lord Nelson's body was really pickled in rum to transport it back to England after his death at Trafalgar. Interspersed throughout are salty sayings showing the modern words and phrases that originate from the mariners of old - 'cut of his jib', 'high and dry', 'the coast is clear', 'first rate' and 'slush fund'. Accompanied by nostalgic black and white line drawings Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany is a charming giftbook guaranteed to appeal to the sailing enthusiast, but also amuse and inform even the staunchest landlubber.

Come Rain or Shine

A Weather Miscellany

Author: Storm Dunlop

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW

ISBN: 1783725451

Category: Nature

Page: 208

View: 7104


Read on to discover... • The truth about upside-down rainbows. • The pioneers of meteorology – their instruments and inventions. • How to win a balloon race. • The largest raindrops ever recorded. • ‘Watermelon snow’, ‘thundersnow’ and ‘weather bombs’. • The ten main types of cloud and the different features of lightning. The weather is a subject that the British simply cannot leave alone, and for good reason – it’s likely that for more than half the year they will experience at least three seasons in one day, so there’s always plenty to talk about. This charming miscellany, as wide-ranging and unpredictable as the weather itself, is filled with curious historical facts, amazing statistics and fascinating anecdotes that will keep you entertained come rain or shine!

Sunday Miscellany

A Selection from 2003 and 2004

Author: Marie Heaney

Publisher: N.A


Category: English essays

Page: 290

View: 7978


For thousands of listeners to RTE 1, Sunday morning means Sunday Miscellany. The programme's mix of 'music and musings' has evoked memories and provoked responses in its listeners for over thirty years. It is the mingling of the professional and the amateur that gives the radio programme its unique appeal and in Sunday Miscellany: A selection from 2003 and 2004, this pattern is maintained. Here you will find familiar and unfamiliar names writing on topics that range from the anecdotal to the factual, from the personal to the historical, from the humorous to the poignant. Sunday Miscellany: A selection from 2003 and 2004 will give listeners-turned-readers a chance to revisit the places, to recapture the memories, to relive the stories, to hear again those Sunday morning voices that came across the airways so fleetingly and memorably.

Shite's Unoriginal Miscellany

Author: Antal Parody,Stephen Blake,Andrew John

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 9781843170648

Category: Humor

Page: 160

View: 4412


Among a mass of arcane, vital, or merely fascinating information—semaphore signals, flowerpot sizes, gestation periods for small mammals, Oxbridge colleges, and Indian tribes at the Little Big Horn—priceless snippets that a reader may one day need to know are offered, such as things to say to your mother on her birthday, sightings of dead celebrities, organ enlargement, and of course, things to do with mashed potatoes. Here, too, is information that will come in handy when you least expect it, from pick-up lines and ways to end a romance and from popular irritants to song titles. Bizarrely ordered and insanely edited, this blend of humor and knowledge provide a superior recipe for instant laughter. A. Parody's previous books include Old Shite's Almanac and Shitedoku.