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Marking time

Elizabeth Tower at night, swathed in scaffolding

Elizabeth Tower at night, swathed in scaffolding

Commonly yet inaccurately called “Big Ben”, the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament contain the famous bell that gives the tower and the clock itself their nickname. On Monday 21 August 2017, Big Ben fell silent after the noon chimes and will not be heard (regularly) again until the completion of major restoration work, which is scheduled to take four years. I took this photo in August 2018, the tower swathed in scaffolding but the clock faces (there are four) still illuminated at night. One has a sense that the clock and the tower are doing their duty — telling time — yet are only marking time, waiting to re-emerge in their full, restored glory.

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