When I was growing up (many years ago), there used to be a saying: “If you want to know the time, ask a policeman”. Presumably it started when most people did not carry around timepieces of their own, whereas policemen were issued with them as standard equipment.
These days, it would seem, that London’s policemen consult a higher authority: the “Speaking Clock”.
Guess how much they spent ringing the Speaking Clock for the time in the past two years?
Just a staggering £35,000. The mind boggles. Particularly when they could have got the time, for free, from their mobile phones to atomic clock accuracy…