We live in a noisy world. And one of the side effects is the fact that many find complete silence unsettling and uncomfortable.
Perhaps this explains the current ding dong over Big Ben’s bing bong. On Monday, the chimes of Big Ben will ring out at noon, as they have done almost every day since July 11, 1859. And then you won’t hear them again for four years. This ringing pause has caused a right kerfuffle.