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Choon Choosday: Sailing By

15 September, 2015

There is a whole subset of british society that finds themselves still awake as 12.45AM every night, listening to Radio 4. And for those people, me included, the shipping forecast is a strangely hypnotic and reassuring end to the day.

Before it begins, after book of the week, Sailing By is played. A 1963 piece written by Ronald Binge. I think the original purpose was for those in boats, listening out at sea, to be able to tune their longwave radios and latch onto the familiar swaying strings amongst the dial full of white noise and half-heard voices. I’m sure it is a comfort for them to hear a slice of home while they may be drifting in the Bay of Biscay or just of the coast of South East Iceland. And it’s a comfort for those of us snuggled in bed too. It’s a reassurance. It’s a slice of Britain. It’s a

choooooooooooonn!!

 

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