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Loveliest sound?

Eddie Mair | 17:11 UK time, Wednesday, 24 January 2007

What is it? (and to inspire you here is the link to the worst sounds again!)


  1. At 09:31 AM on 25 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Loveliest sound ...

    Anything which combines birdsong (blackbirds, thrushes, robins, skylarks, nightingale - all or any of these. Other birds are available, as Jason would say...) with the rustling of trees and grasses in a gentle breeze and/or the soothing sound of water running over rocks in a stream.

    I can imagine it now. It's lovely. Please, can I stay there?

  2. At 09:50 AM on 25 Jan 2007, Belinda wrote:

    The sound of silence - the actual thing, not the song. Wind through tree branches. My husband's laughter. Jade Goody.

    (Just kidding about that last one).

  3. At 10:09 AM on 25 Jan 2007, Simon Worrall wrote:

    BigSis (1);
    It's here already. Just pop over to the beach.


  4. At 11:03 AM on 25 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Si: I did. As you know. You're very frisky today, aren't you? Is it the marmalade?

  5. At 11:31 AM on 25 Jan 2007, Fiona wrote:

    Loveliest sounds?

    1. The sound of the sea lapping the shore is pretty high up there.
    2. My kids laughing, and at the moment my 2 year old daughter, who is learning to talk, saying "big turtle little turtle"........it's so cute! (sorry you have to be there I guess!)

  6. At 12:02 PM on 25 Jan 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    My late husband's voice saying silly things in my head all this time later;
    Picking up the phone and hearing "Hello, it's mother";
    The Sunday morning version of the Archers music (my mother-in-law found it very amusing);
    Eddie Mair's voice;
    Karen Carpenter's voice (although, sadly, not a lot of The Carpenters' music);
    The theme tune for "The News Quiz" -- the promise of amusment to come;
    Music too varied and vast to list here (but a special mention for Albinoni and Prokofiev);
    and so much more.

  7. At 12:21 PM on 25 Jan 2007, gossipmistress wrote:

    1.Curlews calling - absolute favourite

    2.Scrunch of feet on gravel

    3.The voice of a particular veterinary pathologist whom we all fight to speak to on the phone (never seen him!)

  8. At 12:26 PM on 25 Jan 2007, roger garnham wrote:

    Hi team , Roger from southend again. Nice to hear the british medical association picked up on my idea to buy heroin from the farmers in afghanistan, I mentioned a few weeks ago.

  9. At 12:29 PM on 25 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Appy (6): Your No. 1 has made me cry.

    Memo to self: Be nice to SO today and everyday.

  10. At 01:43 PM on 25 Jan 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Roger, I suspect you must have been frogging under a different name at that time?

  11. At 01:56 PM on 25 Jan 2007, David Shires wrote:

    1. A loud annoying noise:
    Davina McColl (and others) confusing talking-very-loudly with being entertaining

    2. A quiet annoying noise:
    Radio 4 presenters using plural verbs with singular nouns such as "The House of Commons", "10 Downing Street", " The Met Office", "A group of protesters" etc.

  12. At 03:12 PM on 25 Jan 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Big Sis, and I've just been crying over Jason's post on the previous thread. Weepy old day today!

  13. At 03:41 PM on 25 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Ah, Appy, but that humungous hug from Eddie must have helped, surely? ;o)

  14. At 03:43 PM on 25 Jan 2007, Mark Intime wrote:

    Soft slumbered sighs,
    And skittish streams
    Hushed sun-warmed surf,
    My silent dreams.
    A haunted flute
    The scythe's swift mow,
    Spring cukoo's call,
    Love poem's flow.

    I ran out of sweet, sticky thoughts. I blame Eddie for quoting Burns.

  15. At 04:01 PM on 25 Jan 2007, david wrote:

    Nicest noise; the Bell bird of New Zealand, especially when heard at Doubtful Sound with no other extraneous noises.

  16. At 05:45 PM on 25 Jan 2007, Frances O wrote:

    Argh, David (11), my pet hate, too, that spurious plural thing.

  17. At 06:38 PM on 25 Jan 2007, Annasee wrote:

    david - (15) now you've gone & made me homesick! Stop that.

    Loveliest sound of last week - Lynn Fletcher of the Halle playing the violin solos in Ein Heldenleben. (Think it might be on Radio 3 still if you want to listen again). It was as though she was incapable of playing any note less than perfectly. Absolutely stunningly beautiful.

    Loveliest sound of my life. First cry from our daughter. (ok, the novelty wore off soon, but the relief of hearing that first cry!)

  18. At 09:29 PM on 25 Jan 2007, madmary wrote:

    Eddie Mair's voice of course!


  19. At 10:51 PM on 25 Jan 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    Babbling brooks. Waves lapping a beach. The sound of Venice in the evening (no car noises)

  20. At 11:28 PM on 25 Jan 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Big Sis (13), it most certainly did.

    I'm a little surprised at how many of you quote bird-noises (I can't bring myself to use the term "song") among lovely sounds. A bit of gentle twittering in the background is one thing but I can't bear a lot of it -- spoils an otherwise pefectly pleasant evening in a countyside garden. There was a pheasant in my back garden for quite some time this afternoon (yes, I was "working from home" --- hence all the frogging and doing the washing up). This was quite an enjoyable experience because it remained completely silent.

  21. At 02:20 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    You know, I'm surprised at that comment, Appy, though of course you are quite entitled to your views (on birdsong, I mean). Certainly, not all birdsong is tuneful, but doesn't your heart lift as, say, a thrush, blackbird or robin sings its little heart out? Like you, I'm fortunate enough to have ready access to wildlife here, and I frequently stop whatever I'm doing to listen to the magic of tuneful birdsong - the emphasis being on the tuneful, of course! Crows, starlings, and their ilk are very much omitted from the list.

    As I write this, looking through my study window I am likely to see blue tits, great tits, robins, blackbirds, choughs, wrens, thrushes, sparrows (another less tuneful, but very amusing, visitor), and others. I'm very happy to hear them sing.

  22. At 03:44 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Appy, I agree with you that some bird noises are tedious. The chiding blackbird comes to mind. If your pheasant had spoken it wouldn't have been tuneful (at least, not by human standards)

    Which reminds me of the time when PM ended with a bird song every night for a short period. Oh, joy (as Stanley Unwin used to say).

  23. At 11:15 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    I guess, being a Hitchcock fan, I just can't cope with too much bird.

  24. At 01:09 PM on 27 Jan 2007, gossipmistress wrote:

    William Byrd. Now there'a a lovely sound......

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