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Saturday, May 30, 2009

'BIG BEN'



Have u ever heard about 'BIG BEN'???
emm,the first time i heard about the BIG BEN is from BULETIN UTAMA...
do you know BULETIN UTAMA??



Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north-eastern end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The nickname is often also used to refer to the clock and the clock tower.This is the world's largest four-faced, chiming clock and the third largest free-standing clock tower in the world. It celebrates its 150th birthday in 2009, during which celebratory events are planned.


The clock has become a symbol of the United Kingdom and London, particularly in the visual media. When a television or film-maker wishes to indicate a generic location in Britain, a popular way to do so is to show an image of the Clock Tower, often with a red double-decker bus or black cab in the foreground. The sound of the clock chiming has also been used this way in audio media, but as the Westminster Quarters are heard from other clocks and other devices, the unique nature of this sound has been considerably diluted.The pendulum bob weighs 203 kg. The bob is made from concentric tubes of steel and zinc. Each period of the pendulum is 2 seconds. The total weight of the pendulum is 299 kg.


The Clock Tower is a focus of New Year celebrations in the United Kingdom, with radio and TV stations tuning to its chimes to welcome the start of the year. Similarly, on Remembrance Day, the chimes of Big Ben are broadcast to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and the start of two minutes' silence.


It was also used in the filming of Shanghai Knights starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, and was depicted as being partially destroyed in the Doctor Who episode "Aliens of London". An animated version of the clock and its inner workings were also used as the setting for the climactic final battle between Basil of Baker Street and his nemesis Ratigan in the Walt Disney animated film The Great Mouse Detective, and is shown being destroyed by a UFO in the film Mars Attacks! and by a lightning bolt in the film "The Avengers (film)".This shows that how great the influences of BIG BEN for the film producers...



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2 comments:

~ain~ said...

salam..kak, jam yg kat bangunan SULTAN abdul Samad tu x dikire sbgi BIG BEN ke? huhu...

mIra said...

???
rsnye x..
npe ain ty cam tu..
sbb nm 2 kl xclap juz untuk jam tu jer..
tp xtaulah..
hehehe..