People of Westminster, it’s time to invest in your own personal clock/watch/phone. The House of Commons has confirmed that Big Ben will fall silent as Elizabeth Tower undergoes repair works, which will begin in 2017 and continue for three years. The period will be formally known as London’s Great Dong Crisis.
There’s a hell of a lot of work to be done. There are cracks in the tower’s masonry, the lights illuminating the four clock faces need to be replaced by low-energy LEDs, the frame holding Big Ben is damaged, the glasswork needs attention and the roof has seen better days too. Altogether, the job will require a staggering £29 million. Whoever allowed the situation to become so bad has a lot to answer for.
Interestingly, the clock faces are in line for a special makeover (or perhaps makeunder would be more appropriate). Architects are trying to work out their original colour scheme, as the current black-and-gold paintjob was only applied in the 1980s. Fingers crossed for rose gold trim. [Guardian]