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Big Ben's tilt now visible to the naked eye

Leaning tower of London? Big Ben is tilting
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44846729/ns/travel-news/t/leaning-tower-london-big-ben-tilting/

Big Ben leaning over: Time's up for tilting clock tower of London
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2047021/Big-Ben-leaning-Times-tilting-clock-tower-London.html

Big Ben: UK Parliament
http://www.parliament.uk/bigben

Big Ben Webcam
http://www.camvista.com/england/london/bigben.php3

Big Ben Strikes 12
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9wWBjnaEck&feature=related

Big Ben Dashboard Widget
http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/justforfun/bigben_thedashboardwidgetandgadgetdevelopment.html

London's Historic Buildings Hit: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Houses Struck
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lFNQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HA4EAAAAIBAJ&dq=big%20ben&pg=6773%2C2000920


The Big Ben Clock Tower has been a fixture of the London skyline since 1859, and over the last 150 years it has endured quite a bit of tumult. In addition to mechanical failure and bombings, Big Ben has been slowly sinking into the ground, causing it to lean to the northwest. The tilt is now visible to the naked eye, and the level of the tilt is accelerating. Big Ben just celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009, and the newly visible tilt is causing concern among tourists and citizens alike. Years of underground developments such as a new underground parking garage and an extension of a line of the London subway system have all contributed to the tilt, which is starting to cause cracks in the walls and ceilings of parts of the House of Commons as well. While the tilt is disconcerting, engineers believe that the level of tilt is still safe, and that they have some years yet before they will have to do something to repair the tilt and save Big Ben. [CMH]

The first link will take you to an article from MSNBC on Big Ben's tilt. The second link leads to another story from the UK's own Daily Mail about the fate of Big Ben. The third link will take users to the UK Parliament's Big Ben page which is replete with all things Big Ben including key dates, construction histories, an FAQ, and more. Moving along, the fourth link leads to a charming webcam of Big Ben and Parliament that should indulge users who want to keep a real-time eye on foggy London. The fifth link will take users to a short video that allows them to hear the famous chimes of Big Ben. Next, users will find a link to a widget for their Mac of the world's most famous clock, which will let them put the chimes of Big Ben right on their dashboard. The final link whisks users to an article from the May 12, 1941 issue of the Milwaukee Sentinel, which discusses the WWII bombings of many of London's famous buildings, including Big Ben.
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Date Issued 2011-10-14
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Date of Scout Publication 2011-10-14
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2011/scout-111014#1

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