Happy Birthday Big Ben

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Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by tiger76 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:24 pm

160 years young today,plenty of restoration work still to complete arguably the world's most famous clock though.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-48924345

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Re: Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by theroyaldyche » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:29 pm

Whos bigger?
Big ben or Akinfenwa?

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Re: Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by martin_p » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:31 pm

‘It’s the bell that’s called Big Ben, not the clock’ goes up the cry!

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Re: Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by Bosscat » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:34 pm

martin_p wrote:‘It’s the bell that’s called Big Ben, not the clock’ goes up the cry!
Was wondering who would be 1st ;)

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Re: Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by Rileybobs » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:33 pm

All the best pal, many happy returns.

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Re: Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by bfcmik » Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:28 am

Big Ben may be just the Great Bell inside the tower but to 99% of the world the whole tower is known as Big Ben. It is just a question of semantics, pedantism v general usage. To say different is like saying my hoover is not a hoover because it was made by a different company!
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Re: Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by Buxtonclaret » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:57 am

An iconic tower.
Happy Birthday!

Certainly wouldn't want to hoover the stairs right up to the top though. ;)

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Re: Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by Vino blanco » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:38 pm

Buxton, there are 334 steps up to the top of the 315 foot high tower. The clock dials are 23 feet across, whilst the minute hands are 14 foot long and the hour hands 9 foot long. Not a lot of people know that.
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Re: Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by tiger76 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:25 pm

Vino blanco wrote:Buxton, there are 334 steps up to the top of the 315 foot high tower. The clock dials are 23 feet across, whilst the minute hands are 14 foot long and the hour hands 9 foot long. Not a lot of people know that.
They do now :lol: it just shows how deceptive TV footage can be,it never looks that large on the news reports.

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Re: Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by morpheus2 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:26 pm

Thought this might have been about Tommy Robinson's new cell mate....though it's more likely to be Big Baba.

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Re: Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by Buxtonclaret » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:18 pm

Vino blanco wrote:Buxton, there are 334 steps up to the top of the 315 foot high tower. The clock dials are 23 feet across, whilst the minute hands are 14 foot long and the hour hands 9 foot long. Not a lot of people know that.

Great post, Vino.
Re-enforces what I said about hoovering them! ;)

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Re: Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by Dark Cloud » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:56 pm

bfcmik wrote:Big Ben may be just the Great Bell inside the tower but to 99% of the world the whole tower is known as Big Ben. It is just a question of semantics, pedantism v general usage. To say different is like saying my hoover is not a hoover because it was made by a different company!
But your hoover is NOT a Hoover if it's made by a different company!! ;)
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Re: Happy Birthday Big Ben

Post by conyoviejo » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:54 pm

how many steps up the Tower ? Richard Hannay will know.

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