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Big Ben's Bongs Fall Silent for Repairs

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER
The Associated Press
Saturday, August 11, 2007; 6:31 AM

LONDON -- Big Ben's bongs fell silent Saturday as workers rappelled down Parliament's iconic clock tower, beginning a month of maintenance work on the clock and its world-famous bell.

Time briefly stood still as the clock's hands were frozen shortly after 8 a.m. They then were wound to 12 o'clock as a team of specialist "industrial rope-access technicians" descended to clean the clock's four latticework faces, part of maintenance ahead of its 150th anniversary in 2009.

Although the clock soon will be ticking again, the famed bell that sounds the hour at Britain's Houses of Parliament will be silent for four to six weeks as engineers replace bearings in the clock mechanism.

This is the first time since 1956 that both Big Ben's sonorous hourly bongs and the chimes that mark each quarter-hour will be silent, robbing London of one of its most distinctive sounds.

Parliament's neo-Gothic clock tower, designed by Charles Barry, is popularly known as Big Ben, although the name refers only to the 13.5 ton Great Bell inside.

Cast at the Whitechapel Foundry in east London, Big Ben first rang out in July 1859. Soon after, it cracked _ as an earlier version had during testing. Officials simply turned the bell so the hammer wouldn't strike the crack. That same bell, crack and all, remains in use.



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It is the crack in the bell which makes its sound iconic. Does the same hold true for you?

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Some say the sounds that frequently issue from my crack are also iconic. Not to mention pungent.


BTW: Lose the apostrophe. Sorry. Pet peeve.

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Having breakfast?



Yes, and it's one of those days :-)

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Some say the sounds that frequently issue from my crack are also iconic. Not to mention pungent.


BTW: Lose the apostophe. Sorry. Pet peeve.
APOSTROPHE.......sorry.....pet peeve!

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I didn't realise I had to go back and fix it-but seein' as it's you.....

BTW, what is D.O.L. ?
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Many moons ago, the following was included in my sig, but my Hell's Angels chums thought it was a bit sissy:

It's is not, it isn't ain't, and it's it's, not its, if you mean it is. If you don't, it's its. Then too, it's hers. It isn't her's. It isn't our's either. It's ours, and likewise yours and theirs.
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Many moons ago, the following was included in my sig, but my Hell's Angels chums thought it was a bit sissy:

It's is not, it isn't ain't, and it's it's, not its, if you mean it is. If you don't, it's its. Then too, it's hers. It isn't her's. It isn't our's either. It's ours, and likewise yours and theirs.
Makes perfect sense.

D.O.L. means Dog On Lap. I makes it difficult to hit all the laptop keys with the necessary force...hence, the missing 'r'.

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Makes perfect sense.

D.O.L. means Dog On Lap. I makes it difficult to hit all the laptop keys with the necessary force...hence, the missing 'r'.

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Now you will have Bruce Almighty and guage convinced that you can't spell 'It'!

I'm glad you clarified D.O.L. Being a Saturday morning I had come to the conclusion it meant "Doing old lady".
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