Everyone knows the old trick: broken plates, dried-on food, terrible stacking. Hubby does a shoddy job with the dishes, night after night, until exasperated wife says “Sod it; I’ll just do them myself from now on.” Well, men, brace yourselves for a new challenge, because someone has upped the ante! A man in his 60s had to be rescued by a team of firefighters in Walney, after falling from his roof while giving the windows a good scrub. He wasn’t seriously injured, and we bet his wife won’t be asking him to clean those windows again for quite a while. We were unable to confirm the rumours that onlookers at the scene heard him mutter “I love it when a plan comes together”.
It’s already been such a strange March as the country lunges slowly from winter to spring. The ‘nice’ weather has been a long time coming, and if we blink we just might miss it, but for a lot of Brits, the coming of spring means donning the sacred rubber gloves, filling up foaming buckets of water and starting to clean a path to the summer. Yes, folks, it’s that time again! In homage to this glorious ritual, Channel Four has brought back a program that on the surface should be about as entertaining as watching self-cleaning windows, clean themselves, but I admit I am truly hooked. In this oddly gripping drama, this week we get to meet the lady with nine kids who is fighting a continuous war against grime and Gareth, who surrendered over 20 years ago and hasn’t cleaned for two decades.
Your great grandmother would recommend these amazing old cleaning methods, which have been put to the test in today’s world and found to be surprisingly effective. The tips have come to light in a book written by Tessa Cunningham all about cleaning the Victorian household.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai
George Formby, eat your heart out. The tallest building in the world was never going to be easy to clean, but it takes a team of 36 window cleaners three months to wash this 2,717 foot skyscraper. Battling small whirlwinds called vortices, men with good old fashioned buckets and squeegees wash the 24,348 windows even in dust storms and scorching sun. The work is so gruelling that they have to carry electrolyte packs and wear special clothing. 12 state-of-the-art machines move along tracks fixed to the outside of the building, transporting them to the necessary windows. Check out the BBC video below for some footage of men at work on the Burj Khalifa.