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Big Ben – A Brief History of Time by Jas (Blog 288)

December 31, 2015 • Culture & Community, Entertainment, Music, News, People

In the London Sims, as with real-life London, our celebrations of the New Year

revolve around the chimes of Big Ben. So, as we plan our events for this evening ,

I thought I`d give you some info on the iconic London landmark.
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How many of you knew, for example, that in the shadow of Big Ben, Sexy Brits club

has a massive crown high up on the roof? In a monarchic(?) coincidence I was on

the roof to take a picture of the Elizabeth Tower (known to most in RL and SL as Big Ben),

when I discovered it. Perhaps it`s a nod to our Queen or just a symbol of pure Britishness.

The Real-life Big Ben itself is,  of course, the huge bell that chimes from the tower.

Pictured below it was made in 1858 and placed in the tower in 1859.

 

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However, the success of the bell was, sadly, not equalled by the pairing of it with a

massive hammer. Just a few months of striking and it caused a huge crack in the bell.

Big Ben wasn`t used again for another three years -until they could build a lighter hammer,

and turn the bell around so that it would be struck in the non- damaged section.

The chimes have never rung perfectly since – thanks to the large crack remaining.

There are no such inrachel host_001 (2)perfections in Second Life, so we can hear the familiar Ding-Dongs of our Big Ben strike at midnight in the highest of definitions.

 DJ Adam Dixon (below,) is on the decks in Hyde Park, and I couldn`t swear who the host is going to be, but Rachel (left) certainly seemed to be getting into the colourful party spirit the last time I saw her! 

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So, as old Father Time hands over the reins to the New Year Child (as pictured below, left),

tFather time 7765here`s no better place to celebrate than the London Sims.

 

Happy New Year scrolls from Dege and Milner (1912)

 

 

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