Fascinating indeed ! I've just checked my birthday (I was born in 1958) and the weather forecast on the Home Service at 17:55 seems to contain a feature which I thought, until now, was just an idea of mine. It says:
Forecast for land areas, followed by a detailed forecast for the South-East region
[RANT]Brilliant ! I have a bee in my bonnet about weather forecasts. They're delivered by weatherpeople who are interested in, well, weather. So that's what we hear about. The more interesting the weather, the more we hear about it. Given the way the planet spins there is quite often some really interesting weather coming the way of Cornwall. Or Northern Ireland. Or The Hebrides. Lovely places all. But HARDLY ANYONE LIVES THERE ! All the people live in the major conurbations of the South East/South Central, the Midlands, the Liverpool-Manchester-Sheffield-Leeds cluster and the Scottish Lowlands. We need equal attention focussed on, say, these four regions and one other which should be 'Everywhere Else'. That way loads and loads of people might get to find out what their weather is actually going to be rather than just being dismissed with "sunshine and showers" which I, for one, was this morning. It's not as if they don't know. All I had to do was get up, switch the PC on and go to the BBC weather site and the soothsaying for my patch was there in detail. It seems that 56 years ago the radio weatherpeople could do that too.[/RANT]
Goes for a lie down in a soothingly lit room ...