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So, when on Monday a politician dabbed away tears during Big Ben's final bongs, I'll admit my first thought was "harden up".
As a few people on social media noted, British MPs making a giant fuss about silencing a bell for a four-year restoration project is like a university student learning to make risotto the evening before a final 5,000-word essay is due.
Surely at this moment in this nation's history they should be focusing on their biggest task for a generation — Brexit.
The controversial $47 million renovation is being done for seemingly sound reasons.
Elizabeth Tower, the building that houses Big Ben, is in need of repair, much like the rest of the Palace of Westminster.
The clock at the top has to be totally dismantled with each cog examined, the glass repaired and the hands refurbished.
Union officials claim if The Great Bell, as Big Ben is officially known, kept ringing throughout the process then workers would be deafened.
"At nearly 120 decibels it's like putting your ear next to a police siren," Hugh Roberston from the Trades Union Congress said.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: pravdaseeker
Hearing Big Ben is on my bucket list.
That and getting me some bangers & mash.
originally posted by: TJames
I'm in Britain and I couldn't give a # that big ben isn't chiming, it's a #ing clock FFS who cares outside of central London?