# £3 for a bong?

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

1. ### monicabilongameStar 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?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-polit...ICZ3EdNCRdy2hPfNtWqgaoa3EicP-X2dripUd7SlmxGMs

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 gassmannStar 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.

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3. ### LondonCanaryStar commenter

£500,000/17 million =approx £0.03
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4. ### monicabilongameStar commenter

Well, maths was never my strong point!

5. ### LondonCanaryStar commenter

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

6. ### LondonCanaryStar 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)

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7. ### monicabilongameStar commenter

Even so! Too many zeros... I blame my age. Nonetheless, I'm still not willing to stump up - not even 3p.

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8. ### LondonCanaryStar commenter

Perhaps Miss will teach it in year 6
#OpenGoal

9. ### lanokiaStar commenter

Ringing a bell costs half a million?

I am so getting into the bell ringing industry!

10. ### monicabilongameStar 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.

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11. ### Aquamarina1234Star commenter

Patronising put-downs make you see red, don't they? Or do I mean sea pink?

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12. ### nixmithEstablished 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.

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13. ### monicabilongameStar commenter

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

14. ### Duke of YorkStar commenter

Surely we need something momentously insane to celebrate the insanity of Brexit?

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15. ### burajdaStar 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 YorkStar 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. ### Aquamarina1234Star commenter

Those are pretty. These are too.

18. ### monicabilongameStar commenter

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

19. ### moonpennyOccasional 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.

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20. ### moonpennyOccasional commenter

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

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