Save the Shipping Forecast

Shipping Forecast

Apparently the BBC suspects we no longer need its famous Shipping Forecast and is running a survey to gather evidence on whether we think it’s important.

My view is that the Shipping Forecast is essential – we can’t rely on mobile phone networks, which in my experience often break down or stop transmitting or receiving data for periods, particularly in bad weather. And besides the equipment boat and shipping uses is also fallible – for example when the batteries are drained or when damp has done its work – and can’t ever be our only source of information.

It’s also a cultural icon that would be missed by many who never go to sea.

I’ve had my say. Have yours at the YBW website.

PS – And here’s something to make you a laugh. Les Barker’s version of the shipping forecast read by the BBC’s Brian Perkins. ? The Shipping Forecast BBC Radio 4’s Brian Perkins – Video Dailymotion. Thanks to Malcolm Woods for this one!

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Chris Perkins Macgregor canoe on BBC TV

Scotch Mist in Argyll

Remember Chris Perkin’s award-winning Macgregor canoe built to Iain Oughtred’s design? Well, it has turned up on a BBC series following largely forgotten steamer routes taken by Victorian holiday-makers, and pioneer canoeist Macgregor himself. (I’m sure they’re not forgotten among boating enthusiasts!)

It’s a wonderfully scenic part of the world and it’s great to see Chris’s immaculate little boat being paddled by the presenter, and I think the series will be well worth watching. Broadcast transmissions have been restricted, but it is available to many of us via the BBC iPlayer.

More photos of the boat can be found on Chris’s Flickr photostream.