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 ,
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.
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.
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!