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“Britain’s laziest dog walker”? Heck, this guy is the world’s laziest dog walker

via Ananova

A Newcastle man has been named one of the laziest in Britain for walking his pet dog while sitting in his car.

Kevin Pyle’s son drives him slowly around the block and holds a lead attached to his bull mastiff Bruce, who walks alongside, through the window.

He claims to cover around four miles a week but never does any walking himself, reports the Daily Telegraph.

He said: “It sounds terrible that I take Bruce for a walk like that, but it saves me from getting wet when it’s raining. He really enjoys it and it saves my legs.”

Now Mr Pyle, 35, of Fenham, has won the title of being the region’s Great North Bum after he was nominated by his 18-year-old son Karl.

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October 14, 2008 Posted by | dogs, People | , | Comments Off on “Britain’s laziest dog walker”? Heck, this guy is the world’s laziest dog walker

October, 14, 1858. Big Ben is placed in St. Stephen’s Tower

Today is the anniversary of the raising of the bell known as Big Ben to the top of the Westminster Tower.

Raising the bell 180 feet up the central shaft of the tower to the clock chamber took 18 hours, spread over two days. Eight men turned a giant windlass hauling a huge, purpose-built, 1,800-foot chain over huge drums. The chains lifted a timber cradle carrying the bell. Guide wheels that ran along restraining timbers within the tower kept the cradle from swinging back and forth…

Big Ben has tolled — and told — the hours for a century and a half, more or less, through peace and war, with very occasional interruptions for repairs, cleaning and a few weather-related malfunctions. The striking of the bell has been controlled by electric motor since 1912, but the clock itself is still hand-wound thrice weekly.

There is a lengthy compilation of newspaper articles from the time describing the manufacture, testing and moving of the bell at this link along with several pictures.

October 14, 2008 Posted by | cool stuff, Great Things | , | Comments Off on October, 14, 1858. Big Ben is placed in St. Stephen’s Tower