SIR,—I entirely agree with what Mr. Woodward says about Big
Ben and Contemplation. Could the B.B.C. be persuaded to give us a distinct one minute's pause between the last stroke of Big Ben and the beginning of the news at each news bulletin? That would give such an enormous number of people who listen at other hours than 9 p.m. an opportunity to collect themselves and think.—Yours, &c., The Shelling, Waltham Sr. Lawrence. G. BENNETT.