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Clock clean-up

Aug. 18: Dangling sixty metres above the ground from one of Britain’s most famous landmarks, it is far from being an ordinary day in the office for these window cleaners.

The four workers, wearing helmets and climbing gear, are tasked with buffing and shining the 312 pieces of glass that make up the iconic clock face on the Westminster tower that houses Big Ben.

The Great Clock, which sits atop Parliament’s newly-named Elizabeth Tower, began ticking in 1859 and was last cleaned in 2010.

One face of the clock will be cleaned every day from today, with tomorrow’s crew working in the rays of the rising sun, and the north and west dials to be tackled on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

The chairman of the British Watch and Clock Makers’ Guild said the cleaners were “very brave or mad one or the other.”

 
 
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