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Eddie Mair | 12:31 UK time, Tuesday, 13 October 2009

pmweather.JPG...gets the attention of today's Daily Mail.

Listener reaction is here and here.

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  • 1. At 12:42pm on 13 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    Has the new format been passed by the Daily Mail yet.

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  • 2. At 12:53pm on 13 Oct 2009, U14138029 wrote:

    Looternite (1) - Richard Littlejohn thinks that it will enable MPs to get away with more dodgy expenses and Melanie Phillips says we should expect a rise in teenage pregnancies as a direct result of the change.

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  • 3. At 12:54pm on 13 Oct 2009, Sid wrote:

    Before I forget - Peter Gibbs' 'back to square one' story is probably not true.

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  • 4. At 12:55pm on 13 Oct 2009, Sid wrote:

    PF - did you miss the 'Immigrants Cause Thunderstorms' story?

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  • 5. At 1:07pm on 13 Oct 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I think the Daily Mail story just confirms my view of said rag - and I'm glad to see that commentators on their website agree that the DM doesn't really seem to have 'got it'.

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  • 6. At 1:26pm on 13 Oct 2009, Sid wrote:

    I thought the new weather was going to be on University Challenge last night ... turned out to be a poem by Seamus Heaney.

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  • 7. At 1:30pm on 13 Oct 2009, Sid wrote:

    ... which starts:

    Dogger, Rockall, Malin, Irish Sea:
    Green, swift upsurges, North Atlantic flux
    Conjured by that strong gale-warming voice,
    Collapse into a sibilant penumbra.

    ... if you're interested.

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  • 8. At 1:33pm on 13 Oct 2009, annasee wrote:

    Now now, don't knock the Daily Mail. I've said it before & I'll say it again, our hens love it. It's just the right size to line the hen house & it has excellent absorbency. 3 sheets of that and you can lift a mountain of guano out of the hen house in the morning without it tearing.

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  • 9. At 1:40pm on 13 Oct 2009, U14138029 wrote:

    annasee (8) - Can you detail how much guano the hens contribute and how much is already in the paper?

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  • 10. At 1:41pm on 13 Oct 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Annasee: I'd say that's about all it's fit for. I'm sure there are others who will disagree, but, hey! we're all entitled to an opinion ;o)

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  • 11. At 2:16pm on 13 Oct 2009, madasastickchick wrote:

    Sid @ 7, yes me too.

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  • 12. At 2:22pm on 13 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #2. PrestonFirmlie
    Is this new style weather forecast to be placed in the Daily Mail "causes cancer" list or the "cure for cancer" list.

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  • 13. At 3:16pm on 13 Oct 2009, davetelendos wrote:

    Oh dear. By the time it got to North West England I had frogotten why I was supposed to be listening and then in the panic I missed the forecast. I must do better.

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  • 14. At 3:21pm on 13 Oct 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Eddie (pictured) - I've just been sent a text message that that says B-O-O-O. I think it's bang out of order.

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  • 15. At 3:47pm on 13 Oct 2009, reggaethecat wrote:

    I don't see why you would need to look at the map to understand the forecast. Do people not know where they live? Apart from that, I didn't really notice much difference - it seems to have been as inaccurate as usual. Personally I tend to be more distracted during the TV forecast when it's an attractive woman presenting it.

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  • 16. At 3:47pm on 13 Oct 2009, ladymaryellenwood wrote:

    We are at the meeting of Eastern Scotland, South West Scotland, North West England and North East England. Will we not get any weather or will we get the worst of each region as usual?

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  • 17. At 3:47pm on 13 Oct 2009, SproutGhost wrote:

    LOL The Daily Wail, but could have been worse, could have been The Indy!

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  • 18. At 4:39pm on 13 Oct 2009, DragonewtPlinth wrote:

    We have also experienced the 'Sorry you were out card' when we were in fact in the house.

    Another relatively new development is a large rise in the number of envelopes that arrive having been opened. Most worryingly the envelope that contained my Uncle's Power of Attorney documents that I needed to sign.

    It could be faulty machinery but it also makes you wonder if someone is checking if there is something valuable in there.

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  • 19. At 4:44pm on 13 Oct 2009, Dr_Hackenbush wrote:

    The problem with this map is that you can't click on it for a closer look, which would then allow you to see which side of a certain boundary you are on. This is so small that a lot of people must feel that they could be covered by one of two (or more) regions.

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  • 20. At 4:55pm on 13 Oct 2009, geoffk007 wrote:

    I'm in Central Southern England, it's a vey thin area on the map...

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  • 21. At 5:05pm on 13 Oct 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Sid, I saw that too. *sigh* Jeremy.

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  • 22. At 5:14pm on 13 Oct 2009, eebyjeebee wrote:

    Now it sounds as if FINALLY the MP's are feeling the same amount of anger and injustice felt by members of the general public about expenses!! Stop whingeing, pay up as your party leaders say and stop wasting time which should be spent on running our country.

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  • 23. At 5:18pm on 13 Oct 2009, eebyjeebee wrote:

    I really couldn't concentrate on the new weather format because of the annoying way Peter Gibbs started the forecast for almost every area by saying by pronouncing "a" as "ay" - WHY?????

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  • 24. At 5:25pm on 13 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    SG 17, Stick to the Mail. The Indy is above your head.

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  • 25. At 5:59pm on 13 Oct 2009, maggymay10 wrote:

    At last....a weather forecast which I can follow! Please kkep this going. Elsewhere I was advised by the Dan last night to "turn up my thermostat a notch and pop an extra blanket on the bed" ARRGH!!!! Cut the comment and give us what we want, a wx forecast like the one I just heard on PM from Susan.

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  • 26. At 7:26pm on 13 Oct 2009, 63hatter wrote:

    I like the new weather forecast format. Much easier to 'catch' the bit you want. Please please stick with it.

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  • 27. At 8:57pm on 13 Oct 2009, bella wrote:

    The trouble is, weather variations don't tend to stick to county boundaries. I applaud the idea, but I have to say I didn't really notice much difference; whereas Mr Gibbs' Shipping Forecast style was significantly better. But I suppose I'm just an old geek.

    The thing about weather is that it moves. So the starting point might be to say what is coming at us and in what direction. After that, the sector-by-sector method might be OK. And sticking to a fixed order is certainly beneficial. If there is a severe weather warning to give, give it at the start as per Gale warnings; don't upset the established sequence.

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