Thursday, 9 April 2009

The Daddy of Time.

Midday - Chimes Big Ben, on a sunny day.
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13 comments:

Denise said...

It's been so long since I have actually seen Big Ben, this is a great shot! Thank you for sharing it.

chrome3d said...

Time to go to lunch then!

soulbrush said...

yahoo and it certainly was sunny here in london yesterday, spent the afternoon in kew gardens. sublime.

RuneE said...

It can't chime often, then... ;-)

PS More quackers...

Gail's Man said...

You made a good job of clocking that one. Obviously had some time on your hands and glad it's not a second hand picture!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Stunning picture Imac.... here are a few facts I came across that might be of interest your many visitors..

Big Ben

Possibly the most famous clock face and chimes in the world, Big Ben is actually the name of the biggest bell (13.5 tons) inside The Clock Tower (320ft) which forms part of the HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT.
Built in 1858/9 the bell was named after one Sir Benjamin Hall and when it was cast it was Britain's heaviest bell. The clock's four dials each have a diameter of 23ft, the minute hands are 14ft long and the numerals on each face are nearly 2 feet high. The accuracy of the clock movement is controlled by the placing of old pennies in the mechanism.
There is a light at the top of the tower which, when lit, indicates that the House of
Commons is sitting. During the day you can tell if they're sitting by looking for a flag at the top of the nearby Victoria Tower which is the tallest and largest of the Westminster towers.
The tower which houses Big Ben has been called by many names, one of the most popular being St Stephen's Tower. However, the official line, from the Head of Public Information at the Palace is that the Clock Tower is simply called The Clock Tower.

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Have a great Easter Weekend my friend, and make sure Julie gets a nice eg... ha! I'm sure you will do.

Tom & Jane

Reader Wil said...

That's beautifully said: "The Daddy of Time" and moreover: it's true!

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful picture!
God bless you
Léia

"Time is too slow for those who expect
Very fast for those who are afraid
Too long for those who mourn
Very short for those who celebrate
But for those who love, time is eternal "
(William Shakespeare)

ancient one said...

Perfect title for this post! My neice was there last year and has pictures of Big Ben!

Gattina said...

Nice timing ! How often have I heard it sitting in a pub at noon !

fishing guy said...

Mac: Big Ben is known around the world. Very neat photo.

George said...

What a beautiful picture of Big Ben!

Cath said...

That is a beautiful shot. The detail around the clock face is exquisite.