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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Viking, South East six to gale 8, occasionally gale 9 in the North.

"Viking, South East six to gale 8, occasionally gale 9 in the North."... This is just a mere snippet of what you can hear if you're up at such antisocial times as I am, listening to Radio 4 as they roll out their Shipping Forecast (followed by a really odd, 60s track played by the BBC Orchestra called Sailing Away (it's more tradition than anything else that they play it, I'm sure there's a good story behind it though)... Then, they play the National Anthem, and Radio 4 ends its transmission, segueing neatly into a relay for the BBC World Service.

This happens every night, only for a few hours though, as Radio 4 is soon back up and running with its programmes for farmers and early-morning risers.

It's bizarre that such an odd arrangement is still performed daily by the BBC on its longest-running station, but it's strangely comforting. Right, random thought of the day done! It's not 5:51am on Saturday night, and I'm contemplating bed... After:

• TWO fire alarms (one at 9:45pm, and another at around 2am..ish) - some interesting photos from that! I now take my camera outside whenever there's a fire alarm, as there's bound to be some quality snaps,

• way too much sleep deprivation,

• a horrendous lack of alcoholic beverages (I drank my last beer tonight, and I can't afford to buy any more until January! DANGEROUS!)
Hmm. Student Loan second instalment roll on :D


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