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Monday 24 May 2004 4.59pm
This is the latest verse in what is surely the greatest epic poem ever written in the English language:


THE GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT 1300
HIGH WESTERN IRELAND 1030 EXPECTED HEBRIDES 1028 BY 1300 TOMORROW. LOW NORTHERN SPAIN 1013 SLOW MOVING WITH LITTLE CHANGE. LOW NORWEGIAN SEA 1007 MOVING SLOWLY SOUTHEAST, LOSING ITS IDENTITY
THE AREA FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS
VIKING NORTH UTSIRE SOUTH UTSIRE
NORTHWEST 5 OR 6, OCCASIONALLY 7 IN SOUTH UTSIRE. SHOWERS. GOOD
FORTIES
NORTHWEST 5 OR 6, OCCASIONALLY 4 IN SOUTHWEST. SHOWERS. GOOD
CROMARTY
NORTHWEST 4 OR 5. SHOWERS. MAINLY GOOD
FORTH TYNE
NORTHWEST VEERING NORTHEAST 3 OR 4. SHOWERS. MAINLY GOOD
DOGGER
NORTHWEST 4 OR 5, OCCASIONALLY 6 IN EAST. FAIR. GOOD
FISHER
NORTHWEST 6 OR 7. SHOWERS. MAINLY GOOD
GERMAN BIGHT
NORTHWEST 4 OR 5, OCCASIONALLY 6 IN NORTHEAST. SHOWERS. MAINLY GOOD
HUMBER
VARIABLE BECOMING NORTHERLY 3 OR 4. FAIR. GOOD
THAMES DOVER WIGHT
VARIABLE 3 OR LESS BECOMING NORTHEASTERLY 3 OR 4. FAIR. GOOD
PORTLAND PLYMOUTH
EAST OR NORTHEAST 3 OR 4, OCCASIONALLY 5 IN SOUTH. FAIR. GOOD
BISCAY FITZROY
EAST OR NORTHEAST 4 OR 5, OCCASIONALLY 6 AT FIRST, BECOMING CYCLONIC 3 OR 4 IN SOUTH. THUNDERY SHOWERS IN SOUTH. MODERATE OR GOOD
SOLE
EAST OR NORTHEAST 4 OR 5, VEERING SOUTHEAST IN WEST LATER. FAIR. GOOD
LUNDY FASTNET
VARIABLE BECOMING EAST OR NORTHEAST 3 OR 4. FAIR. GOOD
IRISH SEA
VARIABLE BECOMING NORTHERLY 3 OR 4. FAIR. GOOD
SHANNON
VARIABLE BECOMING EAST OR SOUTHEAST 3 OR 4. FAIR. GOOD
ROCKALL
VARIABLE 3 OR LESS BECOMING EAST OR SOUTHEAST 4 OR 5. RAIN OR DRIZZLE IN NORTH. MODERATE OR GOOD
MALIN
VARIABLE BECOMING NORTHEASTERLY 3 OR 4. DRIZZLE IN NORTH. MODERATE OR GOOD
HEBRIDES
NORTHWEST BECOMING VARIABLE 3 OR 4. SHOWERS. MODERATE OR GOOD
BAILEY
WEST BECOMING VARIABLE THEN SOUTHEAST 3 OR 4. OCCASIONAL RAIN. MODERATE OR GOOD
FAIR ISLE
NORTHWEST 4 OR 5, OCCASIONALLY 6 IN NORTHEAST. SHOWERS. GOOD
FAEROES
NORTHWEST 5 OR 6 IN EAST AT FIRST, OTHERWISE VARIABLE 3 OR 4. SHOWERS. GOOD
SOUTHEAST ICELAND
VARIABLE BECOMING SOUTHWEST 3 OR 4, BUT NORTHWEST 5 IN EAST AT FIRST. OCCASIONAL RAIN. MODERATE OR GOOD


Wonderful!



Post edited (24 May 04 19:45)
Sue
Monday 24 May 2004 5.04pm
Oh yes. But whatever happened to Heligoland?



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Holiday flat in Barcelona
Monday 24 May 2004 5.46pm
I could never remember where the dogger bank was.....I was about to search my memory cell for a nice poem..Tennyson's ....Break Break Break, on thy cold grey stones oh sea...and I would that my tongue could utter, the thoughts that arise within me......

where the bleeding 'eck is the dogger bank!....and I DO like the Tennyson Poem by the way.....


and it keeps in with the nautical theme.....



jan
Monday 24 May 2004 7.11pm
Thanks for your choice, Jan - I hadn't read this for over twenty years:

Break, break, break,
On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
The thoughts that arise in me.

O, well for the fisherman's boy,
That he shouts with his sister at play!
O, well for the sailor lad,
That he sings in his boat on the bay!

And the stately ships go on
To their haven under the hill;
But O for the touch of a vanish'd hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still!

Break, break, break
At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
Will never come back to me.
Monday 24 May 2004 7.28pm
Heligoland has been German Bight since 1956, although Shena Mackay wrote a highly regarded novel of that name with a south London setting a few years ago!

The final watery phrase of ‘Sailing By' floated from Francis Campion's radio, leaving a trail of bubbles in the greenish light while Rowena climbed the spiral stair. As she passed the old poet's door, she heard the muffled benign syllables of the shipping forecast.

No more Heligoland, though. Heligoland was never mentioned now. Political and meteorological maps had been redrawn. Heligoland, or Helgoland, did exist, she knew from checking in an atlas, a small island in the North Sea belonging to Germany, off the mouth of the River Elbe, but the Heligoland of her heart was, as the imagination makes possible, both an island over unnavigable seas and a fairground roundabout. Her childhood world had been destroyed as if by a hurricane roaring out of blue skies, and so she could never hear the shipping forecast without becoming for a moment a child in a kitchen with her beloved aunt.
(c) Shena Mackay

I think lovers of euphonious poetry (and classicists) were more concerned by the 2002 replacement of Finisterre by FitzRoy
Sue
Monday 24 May 2004 8.04pm
I knew it would get someone going. Was that the Shena Mackay who married Paul Jones, ex Manfred Mann?



http://barcelonavisit.com
Holiday flat in Barcelona
Monday 24 May 2004 8.29pm
Very symbolic that we have dispensed with the mystery of the end of the earth, and instead commemorate someone who's about a scientific understanding of the natural environment.

There's still plenty of poetry in there though. You could certainly make a novel out of the above synopsis - I like the bit where it loses its identity in the Norwegian Sea.
Sue
Monday 24 May 2004 8.36pm
Blimey. Finisterre gone too! That's a tragedy. What next?



http://barcelonavisit.com
Holiday flat in Barcelona
Monday 24 May 2004 8.37pm
Now you are showing your age, Sue. :)
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