Something for the weekend

Charles 4 Comments

A little while ago I had a debate with Jonathan Taylor within this blog about funeral music. I have no interest in music, I said, can think of nothing that would describe me or sum me up, want nothing. I prefer spoken words. Jonathan then had one of those moments of heady inspiration, the greatest attraction of this otherwise rather plodding blog and the reason why you all come to it, and suggested I have the shipping forecast. If you don’t know it, it’s on Radio 4 dead early in the morning at again shortly after midnight. It is meaningless to a landlubber but the words make their own music:

Low, Rockall, 987, deepening rapidly, expected Fair Isle 964 by 0700 tomorrow.


I have thought about Jonathan’s suggestion. I love it. I want the version above, read by the great Brian Perkins, please!

And while we’re in weekend mood, here’s the face of Christ on a Marmite lid.

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13 years ago

Recently, a man was a bit stumped for a piece of music to exit to, since his dad wasn’t especially bothered about music. I said that some people liked to leave to something a little more upbeat. As we chatted on, I learned that his dad was very keen on “Poirot” on TV, so they decided on the theme from that in the middle. Not deathless music, but it worked, and they weren’t really choosing music, they were choosing an image and a link. So on the same theme, when they said he liked cricket, and used to follow it… Read more »

Charles Cowling
13 years ago

Ah, birdsong! Wonderful!

13 years ago

And that, of course, isn’t the face of Jesus on the marmite jar, it’s Frank Zappa, as aney fule kno.

Rupert Callender
13 years ago

Of course Charles, as well you know, the decision about what music if any to have at your funeral is not yours to make…..