Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

Norwegian sea

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 05 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3136
  1. James Owen Drife, retired professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

    Like many landlubbers I enjoy BBC Radio 4’s shipping forecast, with its exotically named sea areas. I assumed that beyond North Utsire you dropped off the edge, but recently my wife and I ventured across the 61st parallel, where the North Sea and the Meteorological Office stop. We wish we’d done it sooner.

    Being of a certain age we sailed in more comfort than the Vikings, few of whom lived past 45. Not all tourists reach the Arctic …

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