NPR is having articles on the British shipping forecast, and how it part of the psyche of people - their habits, their music, their writing. I don't know why I like this, but I do. It seems The Pythons would have had a skit on it.
For many Britons, the Shipping Forecast is woven into the fabric of life. The routine's the same every night. You finish your cup of tea. Put out the cat and lock up. Hop into bed. Switch on the radio and serenely drift off to this.
BBC Radio 4 broadcasts the Shipping Forecast four times a day, but the late-night bulletin — shortly before 1 a.m. — possesses a particular mystique. It's not uncommon for listeners to ask for the music that introduces it — "Sailing By" — to be played at their funerals.
Last Nights Forecast: http://tunein.com/topic/?TopicId=58910391
The NPR articlehttp://www.wbur.org/npr/249722733/the-shipping-forecast-from-britains-seas-into-its-soul