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chimes up for big ben; with sports betting's top tipster DEREK MCGOVERN E-MAIL: betsguru@aol.com.

Byline: ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY JOHN SHAW

IT could cost PS40million to repair Big Ben - time really is money.

It's a bad time to malfunction because the clocks are soon to go back. Instead of shelling out PS40m, I suggest Big Ben bigwigs take the clock back to whoever they bought it from.

People say when the clocks go back you gain an hour but that hour is spent fretting whether the clocks on the computer, video, oven and iPad have been re-set automatically or not. Big Ben malfunctioned in August when the bongs were delayed by six seconds, a clocksmith explaining that it was down to age.

"Imagine running your car 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for 156 years," he said, and that was indeed the record of the last one I bought.

Work is expected to start soon, and Hills offer 4-1 that the bells do not bong on New Year's Eve.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 23, 2015
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