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£3 for a bong?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by monicabilongame, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    All you leave voters, would you like to contribute towards Big Ben being bonged to mark leaving the EU? You know, as a sort of victory knell?


    I'm sure that - what was it? 17m people voting leave? - there will be plenty of people only too eager to contribute. It only works out at around £3 a leave voter (if my calculations are correct).
  2. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Johnson said ""We're working up a plan so people can bung a bob for a Big Ben bong" - a bob is 5p, not £3. Personally, I think they could play a recording of the bell over a PA system in the Elizabeth tower. The BBC has got one that they use daily.
    LondonCanary likes this.
  3. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    £500,000/17 million =approx £0.03
    (Shame thread titles cannot be edited)
    nomad likes this.
  4. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Well, maths was never my strong point!
  5. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    17 million *£0.05=£850,000
    (That's £350,000 more than the estimate)
  6. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    I wouldn't classify dividing one number by another as 'maths'. More like basic arithmetic.
    (People say things like " maths was never my strong point" but it always seems to-be with reference to arithmetic rather than, say, performing differential calculus or volume of solids of révolution)
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2020
  7. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Even so! Too many zeros... I blame my age. Nonetheless, I'm still not willing to stump up - not even 3p.
    Laphroig and littlejackhorner like this.
  8. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Perhaps Miss will teach it in year 6
  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Ringing a bell costs half a million?

    I am so getting into the bell ringing industry!
  10. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    #FaceBovvered? I have no problem with fessing up about being carp at maths - or should I say arithmetic - and I can't be shamed by anyone taking the mickey. So don't bother trying; it's wasted energy.
    mothorchid likes this.
  11. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Patronising put-downs make you see red, don't they? Or do I mean sea pink?
    marymoocow and foxtail3 like this.
  12. nixmith

    nixmith Established commenter

    This is insane, it should not even be under discussion.

    The issue is this: Big Ben is being refurbished, to get it donging again at the end of the month would cost half a million - just don't bother, instead pay a few grand for a loud speaker system to play the sounds (I'm sure ITV have them from 'News at Ten' yes?) and fire off a few fireworks too.

    Job done! and money saved.
    Jamvic likes this.
  13. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter


    Lol - not really. I just think it's funny that someone would try.
  14. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Surely we need something momentously insane to celebrate the insanity of Brexit?
    mathsmutt likes this.
  15. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    Other big bells in big clock towers are available.
    Can't they find one in a Leave voting city rather than Brexit rejecting London?
  16. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Bells have traditionally been used for all manner of things other than announcing the time. Anyone who watched spaghetti westerns will be familiar with the mournful chime of bell signifying that death was about to take place and of course we're all aware of the phrase, "Alarm bells rang" to alert us of danger. I suspect that's the underlying reason why they ring church bells when people get married as well.
  17. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Those are pretty. These are too.
  18. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Ahh yes, but the ones I posted are sea pinks.
  19. moonpenny

    moonpenny Occasional commenter

    Some idiot came up with a supposedly ‘catchy’ tongue twister for Boris to use in the interview , while at the same time as ripping of a Spike Milligan poem probably the same person who came up with the pop it in the microwave Brexit analogy

    In a Bing! Bang! Bong!
    When heads go ‘Dong! ’
    And the ref says ‘No foul! ’
    But he could be wrong.

    There's a Bong! Bang! Bing!
    When bells go ‘Ping! ’
    As you just finish this round.
    Saved - yet still in the ring!

    In a Bong! Bing! Bang!
    When fists go ‘Clang! ’
    Can't quite avoid 'em when they do
    Along with that painful pang!

    So it’s
    Bing! Bang! Bong!
    Heads go ‘Dong! ’
    Bong! Bang! Bing!
    Bells go ‘Ping! ’
    Bong! Bing! Bang!
    Fists go ‘Clang! ’

    A nasty place to hang…
    Come in fresh and strong,
    Leave it weak and hurting.
    Better Know your ‘sweet science’
    in a Bing! Bang! Bing! Bang! Bong!

    Boris’s fluster and bluster made about as much sense as the above.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  20. moonpenny

    moonpenny Occasional commenter

    So no, I am hanging on to my 3p.
    Jamvic likes this.

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