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.