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Big Ben Clock Tower Renamed to "Elizabeth Tower"
Posted 28 June 2012 - 03:49 AM
I mean no disrespect and it is indeed an honorable thing to have a landmark renamed, it was just unexpected and odd to me.
London: Big Ben clock tower renamed Elizabeth Tower to honor queen
The landmark known as Big Ben has been renamed Elizabeth Tower in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. (Felipe Trueba / EPA)
By Mary Forgione Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
June 27, 2012, 6:45 a.m.
The Big Ben clock tower, one of London's best-known landmarks, has been renamed Elizabeth Tower as a diamond jubilee gift to Queen Elizabeth II. The House of Commons Commission made the decision Monday for the tower that was completed in 1859, but no official renaming has yet been scheduled, according to the British Parliament's website.
Though everyone has been calling the decorative Parliament tower Big Ben, the nickname actually applies only to the Great Bell, the very one that strikes the time. (The theories on whom the bell was named for point to two possibilities: Sir Benjamin Hall, a public works commissioner, and Ben Caunt, a heavyweight boxing champ.) Technically, the tower was just called the Clock Tower.
So now Elizabeth Tower joins Victoria Tower, another Parliament high point that was renamed for Queen Victoria in 1860 to commemorate her 60-year reign.
Visitors can get a close-up look at the clock on a free tour that ascends the 334 spiral steps to the top of the tower for fantastic views of London and the famous timepiece.
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." -Albert Einstein
Posted 28 June 2012 - 05:03 AM
I'm sure us Americans at least will go on calling it Big Ben and forgetting what the actual building is called.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 07:41 AM
Rich and powerful people just like to slap their names on stuff because it makes them feel important.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 01:53 PM
Another point is that, in a not so distant future, people will look at the tower - if it still exists - and remember the story behind the name. It's history. Queen Elizabeth has been queen for 60 years and has undeniably shaped and influenced Britain's contemprorary and recent history. I believe "Elizabeth Tower" will be a reminder of our current times.
If the tower had a more special name than just "Clock Tower", I'd understand any criticism, but this way? Honestly, I don't think it will have any effect at all. People will continue to call it Big Ben. The onlys problem I can think of is the touristic information.... All those tourist guide books which will have to be rewritten (change the name) and reprinted. That's a factor that has to be taken into account.
"All scientific advancement due to intellegence overcoming, compensating, for limitations. Can't carry a load, so invent wheel. Can't catch food, so invent spear. Limitations. No limitations, no advancement. No advancement, culture stagnates. Works other way too. Advancement before culture is ready. Disastrous."
There's definitely truth in that...
Posted 28 June 2012 - 11:57 PM
All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible. - T. E. Lawrence
Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:11 AM
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