The cost of renovating England’s Big Ben tower increased this week, and while many Brits likely thought they were being gouged, the fault lies with the Germans.
Britain’s Big Ben tower at the Houses of Parliament was more badly damaged by German bombs during World War Two than originally thought, experts said on Thursday, as the bill for its restoration rose by nearly 20 million pounds.
Among other problems, bomb damage inflicted on the tower during the Second World War had been found to be more extensive than first thought.
Although the tower survived Nazi bombing, its roof and dials were damaged in a May 1941 air raid which destroyed the main House of Commons chamber.
I guess it’s a good thing the engineers noticed it, but I wonder if enough people examined the damage after the bombing to make sure the tower wouldn’t collapse onto itself… like Rosie O’Donnell after a box of Ring Dings.