May 31, 2009

Happy birthday Big Ben

One of my favourite landmarks in London, Big Ben, is celebrating its 150th anniversary today. Technically Big Ben only refers to the largest bell in the clock tower, but for generations the whole tower has been referred to as Big Ben.

The clockwork is typical Victorian engineering which will last for hundreds and hundreds years. The only maintenance needed is winding three times a week, oiling and making sure the time is accurate. Other than that it runs like clockwork...

Many happy returns Big Ben. May you stand tall for at least another 150 years.

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