So that’s what a Bong is

Workmen clean the clock face of St Stephens Tower which houses Big Ben in London Saturday Aug. 11, 2007.  Big Ben is losing its bongs — temporarily. The famous bell that sounds the hour at Britain's Houses of Parliament is to fall silent for scheduled repairs for only the fourth time in a century and a half. Officials said the distinctive bongs would strike for the last time at 8 a.m. (0700 GMT) Saturday before four to six weeks of maintenance work on the clock.  (AP Photo/Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)AP – Big Ben’s bongs fell silent Saturday as workers rappelled down Parliament’s iconic clock tower, beginning a month of maintenance work on the clock and its world-famous bell.

Big Ben’s bongs fall silent for repairs (AP)

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