Carruthers Monday Aug 18 10:59 AM
August 18th 2014: London's Big Ben gets a polish from abseiling cleaners
glatt Monday Aug 18 11:31 AM
Such intricate detail on that tower.
Sheldonrs Monday Aug 18 11:38 AM
Sort of a hand job on Big Ben's face.
Clodfobble Monday Aug 18 05:05 PM
There's a part of my brain that knows that abseiling = rappelling, but somehow every time I see the word I imagine something closer to paragliding. Then I see a picture or some kind of context and remember what it really means. But for a moment I was imagining men in squirrel flight suits swooping around the clock tower with a cloth in their hand, one wipe per pass.
Gravdigr Monday Aug 18 05:25 PM
♪ ♫Ab-seiling, takes me away♪ ♫
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Aug 19 01:20 AM
Somebody took a bunch of brass bars/tubes, stroking, beating and sweet talking them into a sculpture. One which when hoisted way the hell up in the air, won't disappear, or look too clunky. Scaling with drawings and models makes it possible, but the vision and skill of the era's mostly uncredited craftsmen is astounding. We're talking 1858, the year Minnesota became a state, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Apparitions at Lourdes, and the first recorded game of Australian rules Football, for reference.
I guess the Brits weren't impressed, at least not as sure, because it was just referred to as the clock tower. After 150 years of pondering they must have decided it was acceptable, because instead of selling it to some rich guy in Arizona, they named it the Elizabeth Tower, for the Queen. Or maybe because they're both attractive, old and doddering.
Carruthers Tuesday Aug 19 05:12 AM
Even with all the safety equipment the contractors are using, the sight of them up there makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.
Diaphone Jim Tuesday Aug 19 12:44 PM
The contrast between the cleaner of the past and those of the present puts this on my list of the top Cellar Images of the Day.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Aug 19 12:46 PM
Or a news photographer as crazy as the cleaners.
Carruthers Tuesday Aug 19 01:03 PM
Diaphone Jim Tuesday Aug 19 07:15 PM
Due to my slow dial-up modem connection, I very seldom attempt to watch video suggestions.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Aug 19 07:46 PM
Jim, the 1953 film doesn't show much. They go over the side, being careful not to bump their very large balls.
Carruthers Tuesday Aug 19 11:42 PM
It's the main video above the title 'The Big Ben Clock...'
The start button in the bottom LH corner is sometimes slow to appear.
Bruce, being the all round splendid chap that he is, has provided a couple of screen grabs that will give you a flavour of it.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Aug 20 12:25 AM
Hey, wait a minute. How did you know I'm chapped?
Gravdigr Wednesday Aug 20 03:33 PM
"What did you do yesterday?"
Sheldonrs Wednesday Aug 20 05:29 PM