The gherkin washers: Just don't drop your squeegee!


Blackleaf
#1
In one part of London, Big Ben's chimes have been stopped for 6 weeks whilst the great clock, the most famous in the world, is given a makeover ready for its 150th birthday in 2009.

In another part of the metropolis a skyscraper, 30 St Mary Axe (dubbed "The Gherkin" because of its shape), is having its windows cleaned for the first time since it opened in 2004 - and it's not a job for you if you are scared of heights.


The gherkin washers: Just don't drop your squeegee!

15th August 2007
Daily Mail


Looking south down Bishopsgate (external - login to view), one of the main roads leading through London's financial district. At 590 ft, the building is the 6th tallest in London.


Scared of heights?

Well, this is definitely not the job for you. For the first time since it opened three years ago, the famous 540ft 'Gherkin' building in the City of London is having its windows cleaned - from the very top.

The construction of the building means that a specialist team of nine men have to abseil down the side of the building to do the windows on the highest section, before reaching a height where the more commonplace cleaners' cradles can be used to finish off the 744 windows - 24,000square metres of glass, the equivalent of five football pitches.

It will take the team up to ten days to complete.

Meal breaks are taken sitting on top of the 40-storey building.

Despite its high-tech interior, the work has to be done in the old-fashioned way: with a bucket of soapy water and a squeegee.
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Time for a wash and brush-up:London's high-tech Gherkin is being cleaned with a bucket of soap and water. Click enlarge for the full picture




City Slicker:The Gherkin looks as good as new





Just hanging around? Hardly, this job takes window cleaning to a whole new level




New heights: This job offers a window of opportunity if you're not faint-hearted




High tea: Meal breaks are taken sitting on top of the 540ft, 40-store building



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hermanntrude
#2
I've never called it "the gherkin" I always called it "the buttplug"
 
DurkaDurka
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

I've never called it "the gherkin" I always called it "the buttplug"

haha, it certainly resembles one.
 
eh1eh
#4
Oh! I thought butt plugs were called gherkins in England.
 
hermanntrude
#5
that's pickles
 
Twila
#6
k, those people are insane...just insane.
 
eh1eh
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

that's pickles

I would say 'I know' but I think maybe 'that's pickles' , may have another meaning I'm unaware of.
 
DurkaDurka
#8
That is a pretty ridiculous looking building... if Dr.Evil was gay, that would be his hideout.
 
hermanntrude
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by eh1ehView Post

I would say 'I know' but I think maybe 'that's pickles' , may have another meaning I'm unaware of.

nono. I was setting you up to say "what, they call butt-plugs pickles in england?" or something similar. You're no good as a straight-man
 
eh1eh
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

k, those people are insane...just insane.

Or really drunk, like the steel erectors of days gone by. Really though they have created a trade born from the need to erect new types of large buildings like blimp hangers. Also some new structures use a fabric roof system and these insane gentelmen rig up to install it. I saw it on Discovery channel.
 
eh1eh
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

nono. I was setting you up to say "what, they call butt-plugs pickles in england?" or something similar. You're no good as a straight-man

What do they call butt plugs in England?

Does a straight man need to be straight? By that I mean not impaired as I am a breeder but alas slightly impaired.. LOL
 
hermanntrude
#12
question #1: butt-plugs
question#2: it's not neccesary
 
eh1eh
#13
#1. Self evident
#2. Just going long for a joke.
 
hermanntrude
#14
#1: :0p~
#2: :0p~
 
Twila
#15
k, to recap....in this thread we've had mentioned both butt plugs and steel erectors....how low will it go?
 
hermanntrude
#16
how low would you like it to go, twila? :0)
 
Twila
#17
hmm, I'm afraid to say...might change everyones perception of me...
 
Cosmo
#18
Blackleaf ... look what you started!! You should know the maturity level around here wouldn't sustain such a topic!

hee hee ... it does kinda look like something batter operated tho, doesn't it?
 
Twila
#19
like a silver rabbit maybe?
 
Cosmo
#20
Zactly, Twila! Obviously you are familiar with such things?
 
shadowshiv
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

hmm, I'm afraid to say...might change everyones perception of me...

People actually have a perception of you?

Uh...gotta go!
 
shadowshiv
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

like a silver rabbit maybe?

Is that what you call it when Elmer Fudd finally is able to get Bugs Bunny in the end?
 

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