Punch,  45 (1863), 236.

A Boom from Big Ben

Big Ben


Letter, Spoof


Time, Instruments, Technology

    The bell in the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, describes the resumption of his duty of ringing after a long period of idleness while a crack was being repaired. Noting reports that he is performing his 'functions in an exemplary manner', confesses: 'since I've been set to work again, I have done my very best to sound my very worst, and make my voice as husky as I can, in the hope of being once more put on the sick list'. Proceeds to complain about his duties.

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