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Night Music: Permanent Bedtime

I’ve refrained from blogging about this next site, because I wasn’t sure if it was a friends-of-friends deal, and I wasn’t sure how robust the site was. I’ve been assured that it’s public and strong. Therefore, my friends, I give you Permanent Bedtime.

Permanent Bedtime plays a complete edition of the BBC Shipping Forecast, including the preceding musical element to the Forecast, “Sailing By,” written by Ronald Binge.

The latenight edition of the Shipping Forecast has long been praised by the British as a gentle aid to restful sleep. And dream-filled sleep, too, because the Forecast is famous for listing “places” that are entirely notional, a virtual geography inhabited only by ships and the wondering minds of people drifting off into sleep. Sleep districts of the British imagination: Fastnet, Rockall, Dogger, Cromarty, Viking…

Anyway. Pleasant dreams. Good night.

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6 Comments

  1. Emma Emma

    I live in Sydney and I’ve been looking for a way to stream the Shipping Forecast ever since I read Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Prayer’. Nerdy but true. So, thanks. x_o

  2. Stuart Stuart

    There is a bandwidth cost associated with the underlying S3 system.
    I was just about to set it playing as i tried to go to sleep then felt bad about it. The weather forecast from UK( at some random time ) with the fog horns for June gloom in Newport and the waves from a nice big southern swell would be an interesting mix.

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