Experts concerned at Big Ben's angle of dangle

Britain's Houses of Parliament, and Ben Ben, are not on entirely safe ground. The tower is visibly leaning half a meter at its spire. [Reuters]

A construction expert who worked on the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy and a multi-storey carpark under the houses of parliament in central London, said there was nothing to worry about, and it would take 10,000 years to reach an angle of concern.

The other "angle of concern" famously contemplated by the British establishment is that found in any given pornographic movie.


  1. From my side of the river it leans to the right. To make it lean to the left I have to cross the river to Parliament Square risking the attention of the security services for ‘wearing the wrong clothes’ ‘being on drugs’ in the vicinity of a Government building and scaring the tourists. Maybe there’s a message there.

  2. He worked on the leaning tower of Pisa before the carpark under the bell tower? No wonder it’s skewiff!

  3. Lets see. An article about the “angle of dangle” of London’s Big Ben as illustrated by a map of Scotland…

    It’s a backhanded compliment to the “gravitas” of Scottish men?

    1. Oh, ye of little culture.

      The angle of the dangle is equal to the tilt of the kilt.

      Nae joke.  Joke!!

  4. Two things. Why is there a map of Scotland at the top of this article? Last time I checked Big Ben was in London…
    Also, Big Ben is the bell, not the tower. The Tower is The Clock Tower and not St. Stephens Tower as some confused souls call it… but most importantly, it is in LONDON and not GLASGOW…

    1. Rob is British, he’s well aware of this (unless you’re not aware Rob, feel fee to step in).  The map is illustrating the ‘angle of dangle’.  You do have to click through to the wiki page if, like me, you weren’t aware of what this is.

  5. So, 10,000 more years if the rate of dangle increase is constant, right? Because if it moved .5 meter in, say, six months, you might want to get out of the way.

    1. I’m guessing that the continental drift, assuming the British isles can be allowed to have any of that, would cause for the big bell-tower to fall over in an area currently occupied by Scotland, in about ten thousand years. 
      Now I’ll read the article. 

  6. I could have been dreaming, but I thought I read somewhere recently that Big Ben had an odd moment back in the 1940’s when a bunch of birds landed on the minute hand and kept the bells from chiming by a minute or so because of their combined weight.

  7. Is this even news? I remember hearing (on a TV show) years ago that the clock tower has had a slight lean to it ever since it was built in the 1800s. The story doesn’t say anything about the lean increasing or the rate of increase. So is the lean getting worse, or is this just the original tilt that’s been there for the last century and a half?

  8. That is also not the proper Mull of Kintyre, as it goes very ‘mirror-image-y’ there at the pointy end. The real Mull is much ruder looking.

  9. Ah, the angle of the dangle and the Mull of Kintyre explained: must be what Macca was referring to in the song of the same name  when he sang about “Flickering embers growing higher and higher”, no ? 

  10. For an ‘expert’ , I didn’t hear about any yearly survey data being checked on…  it’s like the whole lean thing has just been by eye and oral tradition since day 1.

    And the selling to the Russians or Chinese..   there’s some sorta ruse going on, how could something so absurd ever take up debate time in the House? 

    I smell bullshit.

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