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2011-03-16 09:00:00

LONDON, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Much has been made lately of the return to 'simple classicism' in watchmaking, but for Dent London the idea of form following function has been the foundation of the company's ethos for almost 200 years. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/prne/dent/47616 The latest manifestation of that belief is the new Dent Denison, a classic, three-handed wristwatch made in the finest English...

2009-08-05 17:25:23

A pair of British businessmen have created a 70-foot-tall tribute to London's 150-year-old Big Ben clock from more than 500 bales of straw. Chris Sadler and Mike Harper, who have joined annually to create straw sculptures alongside the A51 road between Nantwich and Chester in England's Cheshire county, said this year's 20-ton Big Ben sculpture, which features a steel frame and a working clock that is illuminated at night, was made to honor the London landmark's 150th birthday, the Daily Mail...

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2009-07-11 23:25:00

Big Ben, the world's most famous bell ringing out the hours on the world's most famous clock, celebrated its 150th anniversary Saturday in London. A message was projected on the clock, The Daily Telegraph reported: Happy Birthday, Big Ben, 150 years, 1859-2009. Most people use the name Big Ben to refer to the clock on the Houses of Parliament clock tower or to the entire tower. But the name originally applied only to the bell, which weighs almost 14 tons. After 150 years, Big Ben still holds...

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2009-05-31 18:05:00

Big Ben, arguably the world's most famous clock, is being spruced up after 150 years of marking time for the people of London, its keeper says. It's a typical piece of Victorian engineering, Mike McCann, who is in charge of making sure the Parliament Square time piece, is in kept in good shape, told the BBC. It will last for hundreds of years. Mainly we wind it three times a week. McCann said a lot of people think Bi Ben is electronic, but it is all clockwork, driven by weights -- and it...

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2007-08-11 09:10:00

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER LONDON - 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. Time briefly stood still as the clock's hands were frozen shortly after 8 a.m. They then were wound to 12 o'clock as a team of specialist "industrial rope-access technicians" descended to clean the clock's four latticework faces, part of maintenance ahead of its 150th anniversary in 2009....


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
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This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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