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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Glockenspiel and Flags



The Glockenspiel that used to be outside the now defunct Swiss Centre in Leicester Square was restored recently, alongside the flags of the Swiss Cantons. It is supposed to chime with a five-minute performance five times a day Monday to Friday (at 12.00, 17.00–20.00), and eight times a day at the weekend (12.00 and hourly between 14.00–20.00). I have to confess, I think it is broken again. At least, I've not heard it lately, has anyone? It is supposed to sound like this.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 3

Comments on "Glockenspiel and Flags"

 

Blogger Helen said ... (13:53) : 

I thought they had silenced it but you are probably right: it is broken again. Haven't heard it since the Swiss Centre ceased to exist.

 

Blogger SRQ said ... (16:03) : 

Glockenspiels are nice. Too bad it's not chiming.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (19:35) : 

Ham - I can confirm that it is indeed working. We went past at 12.00 today and it was playing the Teddy Bears' Picnic! Also in attendance was an employee from Westminster Council who has to inspect it every day to make sure all the automata are working (eg. the cow's tail should wag and the man should stir the porridge) If there are any problems he has to email Switzerland who then contacts someone in Derby who then sorts out someone to fix it. Dianne

 

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