Update: Peter Collyer’s watercolours illustrate the Shipping Forecast

Since I uploaded my last blog post, on the Shipping Forecast, artist Peter Collyer has given me permission to illustrate the post with images from his book Rain Later, Good — for which I am extremely grateful.

He reports that a new edition of the book is to be published in September by Adlard Coles.  This will be a paperback with a new introduction, and will include the sea areas only (so not the section on coastal stations).

Please do go see the images now illustrating that post — they’re well worth a look!  Or you may prefer to go to Peter Collyer’s web site to see more of his work.  (Click on the link  Stolen paintings and you may help to catch a thief!)

Also please note that some time ago the Royal National Lifeboat Institute chose Rain Later, Good as the publication to celebrate their 175th anniversary (which was the year I moved to the UK).  I’ve made the RNLI a Featured Link, too — it’s a remarkable charity providing life-saving services, and worthy of all the support you can give.
Next post will continue with topics from the opening ceremony of the Olympics.  I’ll try not to let watching the sports and cheering for the US and the UK slow me down.  (Though actually I cheer for Belgium, too, because I once lived there, and for Sudan because my husband used to live there, and for the women on teams from Arab countries, and for the Zambians because I have a friend from Zambia, and for the Dutch and the Swedes because my husband has long-time clients there who have become friends, and…I cheer for a lot of people, actually).



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4 responses to “Update: Peter Collyer’s watercolours illustrate the Shipping Forecast

  1. Rod Cuff

    I continue to love your blog, Mary Ellen, and the Olympic material so far has been especially good.

    A personal note about cheering for several countries: Owing to (in this case) a fortuitous 24-hour delay on a flight out of China at the end of a marvellous 24-day trip in 2008 along part of the Silk Road and to view a total solar eclipse at the edge of the Gobi Desert (I put all that in to make you jealous 🙂 ), our party of a dozen or so people were in Beijing for the opening night of the Olympics there.

    Most of us watched much of the ceremony on Chinese TV in a bar near our hotel, and were in a pretty convivial state by the time the national teams paraded in one by one. As each new country appeared, we’d cheer for it if at least one of our party had visited that country at some point. Between us, we were a VERY well-travelled lot, and there was much whooping. Along the other end of the bar, the locals kept throwing puzzled glances at this white European bunch cheering and waving their arms at odd times. (“Why are they cheering for Malawi? for Botswana? for Fiji? for Peru?”). Cue for more beer …

    Best wishes — Rod

    • Thanks for the comment! Yeah, I left out our cheering for Botswana, because I like the Mma Romatswe books, and lots of others. And I cheer for any country that has only a handful of athletes on the team–well, really, I can find a reason to cheer pretty much anybody, though I tend to withdraw my support — not that it matters! — from individual athletes who do lots of aggressive-looking victory grimacing and fist-pumping.

      Saw an article (last Sunday’s Times, maybe?) about how the athletes from other teams are surprised that the British spectators cheer *everyone*. But anybody who can do a double back flip and land on a board 4 inches wide, or jump multiple metres up into the air, or (insert almost-incredible feat here) deserves applause in my book.

  2. MEF, bearing in mind my connection with the country, did you perchance, also cheer for Pakistan?
    Those Pakistanis who were born in Britain had a tough time figuring out which team cheer for, when Pakistan played GB at hockey. The more so, since most were seated amongst tourists and relatives visiting from Pakistan, whose allegiance was unquestioned. The dilemma was solved by by the BritPaks cheering on both sides as the game progressed! Perhaps, something to be adopted by all onlookers in future.

    • There’s a photo going around the internet showing the Bushes — George Sr and George Jr — sitting with a government minister from China who used to be the Chinese ambassador to the US, at the US-China basketball game. You gotta wonder how the cheering in that section worked out…

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