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VISITORS to London are going to miss out – on the sound of Big Ben.

The Daily Express reports that the clock's famous 'bongs' will be silenced for four years to protect workers who are renovating the Elizabeth Tower which houses Big Ben and its bell.

They will still ring out for important national events such as New Year's Eve and Remembrance Sunday but this will be the longest period Big Ben has been silenced in its 157-year history.

Steve Jags, the keeper of the Great Clock, said: “Big Ben falling silent is a significant milestone in this crucial conservation project.

“This essential programme of works will safeguard the clock on a long term basis, as well as protecting and preserving its home - the Elizabeth Tower.”


According to The Guardian, Madame Tussauds is in the first stages of a four-month process of creating a wax figure of Prime Minister Theresa May.

The figure will placed outside the Downing Street set at the London attraction, joining politicians such as Donald Trump and Angela Merkel.

Edward Fuller, general manager of Madame Tussauds London, commented: “Following the recent general election, we look forward to hearing the consensus of the great British public as we reveal the first stages of Theresa May’s wax figure in creation.

“While the prime minister’s Brexit strategy may be unclear, we can be sure that her completed figure will bear a striking resemblance to the woman herself when it launches later this year.”


New research claims to show that millions of British motorists are driving their cars without any knowledge of the symbols on the dashboard.

The Daily Mirror says that a study of 2,000 drivers shows nine in 10 have had a symbol pop up on the dashboard which they haven’t recognised.

David Carter, spokesman for Accident Advice Helpline, said: “It’s worrying how little drivers know about their own cars.

“Knowing the meaning of a dashboard symbol on your car could be the difference between having an accident or not.”


The bendy bus could be back in London, according to The Independent.

The articulated vehicles were taken off the roads in 2011 by Boris Johnson, when he was Mayor of London, branding them “cumbersome machines” and adding that he thought they were dangerous, encouraged fare dodging, and were too big for some roads.

But London's Assembly Transport Committee has been told that despite two billion journeys made on London buses every year, passenger numbers fell by six per cent between 2014/15 and 2016/17.

Passengers have also experienced a 20 per cent increase in “excess wait time” over the last several years and the committee is now considering reintroducing bendy buses because they have a higher capacity than other buses and allow passengers on and off more quickly than standard double deckers, improving efficiency.

“Bendy buses are controversial – but in outer London they may be the solution to more capacity on routes that feed stations,” said Caroline Pidgeon, deputy chair of the committee.


Apparently we Brits spend an awful lot of time just waiting around.

The Daily Mirror reports on a survey by telecom firm TalkTalk which claims that we fritter away almost two years of our lives just hanging around for such things as staying in for parcels, being put on hold by a phone operator and queuing.

Sitting in traffic takes up 1.2 hours a month - the equivalent of 37 days in a lifetime.

And the research said that on average Brits get so fed up of hanging around, they complain nine times a month about how long they have been kept in limbo.


Reference list:

The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

The Metro (www.metro.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)