I've recently discovered my Google alerts aren't very effective but, with a little additional searching, I've still managed to cobble together another set of Dan-related links for your enjoyment.
Let's start with the perennial favourite, Facebook, and three more 'Daniel Corbett Appreciation Society'-type groups (two of which are network-specific).
The University of Bristol presents:
The Daniel Corbett Appreciation Society
A fifteen! A twenty two! Maybe a picnic in Portsmouth. Cold day, wrap the dog up warm if you're going out, maybe an extra jumper at the bus-stop. This blue, the rain, a drizzle, maybe a ten, a twelve, sunshine here, grey there, a fifteen, a sixteen. That's the weather... for now.
They've overdone it with the Dan-isms there, but you get the drift I suppose.
King's (London) presents:
Daniel Corbett Appreciation Society
This group pays homage to the greatest weather presenter of all time (step aside Michael Fish, there's a new king in town)!
Anyone who can make the weather forecast into a mini-drama deserves recognition. How can you not join?
Erm, probably because we're not in the King's (London) network..?
It seems to me that many of these groups are under the impression that they are the only group filling the Dan-shaped niche on Facebook (or even on the internet as a whole). Why do people create new groups without first checking to see if other similar ones already exist?
However, this next one is certainly unique:
Daniel Corbett/Chris Kamara Appreciation Society
Look at them move!
Daneil [sic] Corbett - Is this the greatest weatherman of all time? I think he just might be. He's all weatherman with an added 10% Ballerina. He presents weather as modern dance. And he's so eloquent. He certainly cacks all over Carol Kirkwood (not literally, that would be deeply unsound and wrong).
I've never heard of the other guy, who is apparently a presenter on Sky Sports (I have no interest in sport so that's hardly surprising) but it seems that most people in the group have never heard of either of them. Never heard of Dan?! Even Husband is incredulous.
Dan-related Facebook groups total: thur-teen (sorry, couldn't resist).
Despite the fact there are people in the UK who have never heard of him, it seems Dan's fame has spread (via BBC World?) as far as the Phillipines, the place of residence of the author of this short story about a cat who survives Hurricane Katrina:
(BBC Opening Song) Dan Corbett reporting: Good evening. In exactly two days, it will be two years after the catastrophe that Hurricane Katrina brought to New Orleans. In a matter of days this hurricane left hundreds of thousands homeless, and the same amount to animals that got deserted. We made a special clip in remembrance of all who didn’t make it, both humans and animals.
‘I could see the pictures; but somehow, it didn’t terrify me.’ The warmth of mom and dad being close by blurred the memory of the storm.
“You don’t have to watch, Jersey”, Shameeka said, stroking my back.
“I’ll change the channel,” added Sawyer.
Change the channel when Dan's on?! Unimaginable! It must be a different 'Dan Corbett', it's the only explanation ;-)
Best Before: December 39th 2005
Yet more fiction, this time with Dan predicting the trends of 2008:
The Hype with Daniel Corbett
Greetings. As you may know I was invited to write the alternative Christmas message this year, exclusive to this website but, fate stepped in and decided to give me a touch of flu so like melting whipped cream on hot apple pie, I dribble sweet fanciful apologies. Not to fret, though. I've been asked to give you the lowdown on the hot spots and not spots for next year.
When I'm not surveying Great Britain from my domed palace in the clouds, making sure that the evil of weather of 1987 doesn't hurt my children again, I'm quite the connoisseur. My friends will tell you that I adore, simply adore, making jam and baking scones. But I also find popular music and the arts fascinating. When I'm not munching away on my jam and cream scones in my own private weather centre, in between bouts, of shoving the westerly winds back into the north sea, I also adore social networking. So let's have a look at the 'real deals' of 2008. Forget the poppycock of The Guardian, The Sunday Times and the bright young things of The Observer, this is where it will happen. And my predictions are usually right... for now.
'Dan' then goes on to predict the hot trends in Music, TV, Fashion, etc. and then the weather;
My weather tips for next year include a band of rain, some blustery showers, a spot of light drizzle and a sprinkling of sand. Don't be too surprised that you won't encounter some light lemon hail around April. And some disturbed cloudy weather around the summer solstice. As ever, with the weather, and everything else, you never can be too careful and you should carry a brolly at all times.
Well, that's The Hype...for now!
And to finish, some quick links:
An interesting thread over at TV forum, '2007 Newscaster of the Year', in which several people name Dan as best weather presenter. Although, 'best weather: sunny' comes a close second ;-)
Tim started a new job. He has a TV on his desk and, 'was cheered up by seeing Dan "Nureyev" Corbett, the world's most graceful weatherman.'
More Dan and Ballet over at Hooting Yard.
A photo of Dan Corbett, National Hero.
Dan Corbett is the ultimate weatherman, he 'takes forecasting to the next level, and does his job better than anyone has ever done a job before.'
Daniel Corbett is a God (scroll down to the bottom), 'he loves weather SO much!'
And finally, having just slagged off the Google alerts thing, the following was its most recent offering.
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