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Big Ben's Bongs are going to be missing for 4 years



 
 
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Old August 15th 17, 05:05 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
charles[_2_]
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In article ,
Martin wrote:
On Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:21:00 +0100, charles wrote:


In article ,
Ian Jackson wrote:
In message , Martin
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You could even
play the Westminster chimes from ice cream vans :-)


Brilliant idea. Many are more than loud enough!


you could convert all the ice crean Vans in the country and feed
distorted sound through the nation.


All you have to do is synchronise them. :-)


If they all get their signal from the same satellite channel, that will be
good enough.

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Old August 15th 17, 05:18 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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In message , charles
writes
In article ,
Martin wrote:
On Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:21:00 +0100, charles wrote:


In article ,
Ian Jackson wrote:
In message , Martin
writes



You could even
play the Westminster chimes from ice cream vans :-)

Brilliant idea. Many are more than loud enough!

you could convert all the ice crean Vans in the country and feed
distorted sound through the nation.


All you have to do is synchronise them. :-)


If they all get their signal from the same satellite channel, that will be
good enough.

All absolutely brilliant ideas. Problem sorted!
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  #23  
Old August 15th 17, 06:17 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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On Monday, 14 August 2017 18:38:14 UTC+1, Ian Jackson wrote:
Big Ben's Bongs are going to be missing for 4 years.
Why not use a loud loudspeaker system (located nearby) to play
recordings?


Or a network of Bluetooth transmitters so all the tourists can still hear
the bongs on their phones.

I bet the bells still remain in situ anyway in case they're needed for a
Royal Funeral.


Apparently they will remain in situ, but the weights will be dropped. About
1/2 day task to recommission.

They will be used for Remembrance Sunday and New Year. So a funeral should
be no problem. Let's see, Diana died Sat night/Sun morning, funeral
Saturday, Queen Mother Sat afternoon, funeral a week Tuesday. I was manager
of a small insurance office based at a student's union, they asked us all to
close for the silence so we went through and stood to attention in the tv
room. Also sported a very non-uniform black tie, ties were forbidden by
that firm.

James

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Old August 15th 17, 08:44 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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Default Big Ben's Bongs are going to be missing for 4 years

On Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:23:03 +0100, Indy Jess John
wrote:

On 15/08/2017 14:46, Martin wrote:
On Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:51:23 +0100, Ian Jackson
wrote:

In .NET, Yellow
writes
In ,
says...

Yellow wrote:

says...

Why not use a loud loudspeaker system (located nearby) to play
recordings?

I thought something similar. Can't we just frig it in the meantime?

They want the bells silenced so they're not a H&S risk to the workers, a
"quiet" recording wouldn't really be worth bothering with, surely?

But it would not have to be played out of the tower where they are
working.

As I have already said, there are three mosques not too far away that
may be able help out. Unfortunately, the quarterly chimes might
sometimes interfere with the calls for prayer.


There's no shortage of churches with bells in London. Why use a mosque?


None of the other churches have bells that sound exactly like the
Westminster chimes. So the proposal was to broadcast a recording of the
silenced peal, and mosques have loudspeakers for broadcasting the Call
To Prayer to the streets around, whereas Christian churches don't.

There is another tower, the Victoria Tower, at the other end of the
Palace of Westminster (the Houses of Parliament). That tower is slightly
taller than the Elizabeth Tower, the Clock Tower that contains Big Ben.
Perhaps loudspeakers could be fixed to the top of it to broadcast
recordings of Big Ben.

On the other hand it might be that all the people who live or work in or
near the Palace of Westminster will be delighted to have a few years of
relative silence.


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Old August 16th 17, 08:59 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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Default Big Ben's Bongs are going to be missing for 4 years

In article ,
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On Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:27:16 +0200, Martin wrote:



There's no shortage of churches with bells in London. Why use a
mosque?

None of the other churches have bells that sound exactly like the
Westminster chimes. So the proposal was to broadcast a recording of
the silenced peal, and mosques have loudspeakers for broadcasting the
Call To Prayer to the streets around, whereas Christian churches don't.


It's possible that the owners of the mosques would not think it is a
good idea. It wouldn't be difficult to put loudspeakers in any church
tower. You could even play the Westminster chimes from ice cream vans :-)


Forget the chimes,you want something tourists will remember and be heard
over a large part of central London and be distinctive and unmistakable
HMS Belfast isn't too far away, start with a few firings of the 4" and
mark the hours with firing from the 6" . She has 12 so all hours can
be marked. The shard may need a glazier on standby.



The Imperial War Museum has a couple of really big naval guns.

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Old August 16th 17, 11:07 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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Default Big Ben's Bongs are going to be missing for 4 years

On Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:21:00 +0100, charles
wrote:


You could even
play the Westminster chimes from ice cream vans :-)


Brilliant idea. Many are more than loud enough!


you could convert all the ice crean Vans in the country and distorted sound
through the nation.


You could produce a phone app, if there isn't one already, that would
play the appropriate chimes. It could use the phone's GPS location
info to determine how loud to play them, so that out of normal earshot
of the tower it wouldn't play them at all. Just like the real thing.

Such an app could be augmented to play the sounds of any other
silenced bells, or any other sound to replace them. You are invited to
consider what might be played within normal earshot of York Minster
for example - the Laurel & Hardy theme perhaps? or that song that goes
"There I was, digging a hole..."?

Rod.
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Old August 16th 17, 11:57 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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On Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:46:56 +0100
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She has 12 so all hours can be marked. The shard may need a glazier
on standby.


What a brilliant opportunity to get rid of the Shard!

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Old August 16th 17, 12:54 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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"Roderick Stewart" wrote in message
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On Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:21:00 +0100, charles
wrote:


You could even
play the Westminster chimes from ice cream vans :-)


Brilliant idea. Many are more than loud enough!


you could convert all the ice crean Vans in the country and distorted
sound
through the nation.


You could produce a phone app, if there isn't one already, that would
play the appropriate chimes. It could use the phone's GPS location
info to determine how loud to play them, so that out of normal earshot
of the tower it wouldn't play them at all. Just like the real thing.

Such an app could be augmented to play the sounds of any other
silenced bells, or any other sound to replace them. You are invited to
consider what might be played within normal earshot of York Minster
for example - the Laurel & Hardy theme perhaps? or that song that goes
"There I was, digging a hole..."?


I live near York and I've watched the shenanigans with the bell-ringers and
the dean, with a sort of jaundiced and wry smile. Just when you think it
can't get any worse, it does.

My feeling is that if someone has been suspected of an offence but never
charged or prosecuted, and is no longer being investigated by the police, he
(and his supporters) should not be discriminated against..

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Old August 16th 17, 02:15 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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On 16/08/2017 12:54, NY wrote:

I live near York and I've watched the shenanigans with the bell-ringers
and the dean, with a sort of jaundiced and wry smile. Just when you
think it can't get any worse, it does.

My feeling is that if someone has been suspected of an offence but never
charged or prosecuted, and is no longer being investigated by the
police, he (and his supporters) should not be discriminated against..


Even if he was guilty, a bell ringer is no more likely to encounter a
child in the bell tower than he is in York city centre.

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