Sunday, 28 November 2010

Antofagasta Clock Tower

My father-in-law sent me the slide below. He took this photo of Antofagasta Clock Tower in 1957! Antofagasta is a port city in Northern Chile.

Antofagasta Clock Tower
Antofagasta Clock Tower in 1957


'Dear Alan

Here is the slide of the clock tower in Chile. It is in Antofagasta, not Valparaiso. It was built in 1910 with subscriptions from the British community to mark the centenary of Chile's independence. If I recall correctly the chimes are based on Big Ben.

The slide was in full colour but has since deteriorated, but sepia gives it an antique flavour - after all it was taken in 1957, several years before you were born!

Ted'


 
 



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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Remembrance Day

In memory of those who have died in war there will be a two minute silence across Great Britain today at 11am.

Remembrance Day
"At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918 World War I formally ended.

Note: The watch in the photo is a Smiths Empire pocket watch, made in Great Britain.

Monday, 8 November 2010

National Audit Office Clock Tower

This is the National Audit Office Clock Tower at: 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road, London. The clock tower is only a few minutes walk from London Victoria train station.

National Audit Office
National Audit Office Clock Tower

National Audit Office
National Audit Office Clock at 12:09pm

National Audit Office
The railway lines here lead into London Victoria Train Station

The role of the National Audit Office is to:
  • 'Audit the accounts of all government departments and agencies as well as a wide range of other public bodies'
  • 'Report to Parliament on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which these bodies have used public money.'

Saturday, 6 November 2010

London Victoria Station

London Victoria train station was built in 1862 and is named after Queen Victoria. The station has a large clock above the main entrance, and another large clock inside the station.

Victoria Station Clock
Clock above the main entrance to London Victoria Station

Victoria Station Clock
Entrance to London Victoria Station

Victoria Station Clock
Clock inside London Victoria Station

Victoria Station Clock
Close-up photo of the clock inside the station.

Swatch Booth a Victoria Station
There is a Swatch shop in the station
(photo taken with my mobile phone)

Street Clock
This is a photo of a street clock (H. Stain Ltd) close to Victoria Station. It is on the junction of Victoria Street and Buckingham Palace Road. The clock Tower 'Little Ben' is a little further down the road from here.
(photo taken with my mobile phone)

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Little Ben

This clock is called Little Ben. It is located close to Victoria Train Station in London, UK. The clock was first built in 1892 but was taken down in 1964, then re-erected in 1981 as a symbol of British-Franco friendship: which is appropriate today since Britain and France have just signed a fifty year defence pact.

Little Ben

The time on the clock is permanently set to British Summer Time, so now that the UK has switched back to GMT time the clock is running one hour fast.

Text on the clock reads:

"Little Ben's Apology for Summer Time

My hands you may retard or may advance
My heart beats true for England as for France"

Prime Minister David Cameron has mentioned that the government will look into extending Summer Time throughout the year, which may mean that Little Ben won't need to apologise any more for running on Summer Time!


Little Ben

Restored and Rebuilt in 1981 by John Smith & Sons
Midland Clock Works, Derby Ltd
Derby