One of the most iconic sights in London England is the Houses of Parliament and the clock tower. The chimes in the tower are called “Big Ben”. The Indy 100 notes that when the chimes were to be silent while renovation work was being done, a letter was received from an eight year old girl who offered to “shout “BONG” before the  BBC news comes on while the bells are out of action”.

BBC News actually responded to this girl’s concern.

Re. Big Ben’s Bongs (lack of).

“Dear Miss Hanson,

Thank you for your letter and your very imaginative idea about what to do when Big Ben falls silent for repairs early next year. Some of the cleverest and most important people at the BBC are scratching their heads, wondering quite what to do….

So it would be quite a task for you, doing the Bongs: you’d have to rush in after school each day (and at the weekend), rush home for tea, homework, a bit of chillin’, then a quick sleep. And then – here’s the hard bit – you’d have to rush back again at midnight, because there are live bongs again before the midnight news. That’s an awful lot of work for someone who is still quite young. I know I wouldn’t like to do all that.

Thank you very much for writing to us. I’m very impressed that you listen to Radio 4. I wish my two children did.

Have a spiffing Christmas and a stupendous and lucky 2017.

Roger Sawyer.

Editor: PM, Broadcasting House, iPM – BBC Radio 4″