Monday, 30 June 2008
Few would suggest the early morning grind of a Belfast window cleaning round is the ideal preparation for an afternoon attempting to breach the formidable English defensive pairing of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand. Stuart Elliott, though, could justifiably beg to differ. Then, while Ferdinand, Terry, et al were eyeing their first lucrative contract, Elliott was shelling out for buckets and chamois leathers as he spent his weekdays hauling his ladders around his home city before turning out for Glentoran on a Saturday. Elliott's early experiences sum up the difference between the two teams as eloquently as the 103-place gap that separates them in the Fifa world rankings. Yet despite having never been to Old Trafford before, the Hull City striker carries with him on to the pitch a growing reputation as a goalscorer of note, underlined by his standing as the joint leading scorer in English football this season. Sharing his tally of 28 goals? Thierry Henry. The 26-year-old established himself at Glentoran before a £100,000 move to Motherwell five years ago provided a more visible platform and 22 goals in 50 League starts earned him a £230,000 to Hull, who were then in the bottom division.
Elliott has maintained his impressive ratio of a goal every other game with Hull, and while his rise has not been meteoric, he admits he has not grown accustomed to his growing fame. "A few years back I was just a young lad from east Belfast cleaning windows and playing for the Glens," said Elliott, a committed Christian. "It is by God's grace that I moved to Motherwell and then on to Hull City. I have been in good scoring form this season and if I get an opportunity on Saturday I would be confident of taking it.
Sunday, 29 June 2008
More information & video's at Aquatech. Forum talk here in the WFP section.
Previous blog on the autobrush here.
Saturday, 28 June 2008
And while I'm at it, sign the Sörbo petition -Alex & Chris of Window Cleaning Resource, have been trying to stock Sörbo gear for the last upteen months with no result. This is rummoured to be an embargo from other window cleaning gear suppliers who are trying to put the block on these guys. Main features this week are WFP training academy, Greg Coulker, this Blog!, Sörbo (see picture) & Unger. For all you people that haven't seen the daily phone call to Mr. Sörbo from Chris & head-less Alex - shown below.
Friday, 27 June 2008
And another example of really bad window cleaning in so many ways. This guy has all the equipment but doesn't know how to use it!
AN abseiling window cleaner survived a seven-storey plunge from a Surfers Paradise high rise yesterday. Walter Torres, 20, was cleaning windows at the Solaire apartments on the corner of Ferny and Cypress avenues when he fell, hitting and dislodging a steel beam on the way down but failing to hit the ground. The accident came after two construction workers fell 26 floors to their deaths on a Broadbeach high-rise development on Saturday. Andrew Horchner, operations and safety manager for All Industrial Abseilers, the company Mr Torres works for said it appeared a problem with the abseiling ropes had caused the Robina man's accident. "It seems it was a procedural problem where the ropes got caught up on a higher anchorage and was not able to be seen by him or others on the job," said Mr Horchner. "Once he weighted the ropes it actually pulled through and he fell about seven stories and hit a piece of structure after the rope took up his weight, so his safety system worked because if it didn't, he wouldn't be here now."
Mr Horchner said company representatives had gone over safety issues with their workers following the accident. "We went through a full safety brief on Monday so they were more than aware of safety issues," he said. "Everyone was extra careful and extra sharp on the ropes so this is an unfortunate accident." Tony Clark, who is on holiday from New Zealand, said he rushed to help Mr Torres after hearing a loud bang and seeing him dangling from his harness. "We just heard the steel beam come down and we looked over from across the road," said Mr Clark. "I thought, 'He's dead' but then he put an arm up and I thought, 'He's all right'. "He was up about 10 feet and we couldn't get to him of course. "He started lowering himself down and we said (not to) and once he got to about eight feet we helped him down." Mr Clark said Mr Torres had blood on his face and neck and was whimpering in pain and complaining about his leg. Police from the nearby Surfers Paradise Police Station as well as ambulance crews attended the scene. A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said Mr Torres was taken to Gold Coast Hospital with neck and spinal injuries and was last night in an unstable condition. Workmates who gathered around Mr Torres as paramedics attended to him said he remained in high spirits, joking that he received a 'big wedgie' from his harness. Another man, who was working on the building and asked not to be named, said abseilers were well trained and it was a safe job. "It will be interesting to see what's happened," he said. "We all know exactly what we're doing, you're never scared." "We have a buddy system. We all check each other before we go over so it's really quite a mystery. "If you do everything right, there's no danger." Workplace Health and Safety are investigating the accident.
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Not a Back Street Boys Fan then?...
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Monday, 23 June 2008
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Friday, 20 June 2008
In the first video the "Nitto Denko Corporation" explain what going on inside your reverse osmosis membrane & how they work in the form of a 3D animation. The second video: Bill from window cleaning resource does a great job to show you a real life version & unfolds the membrane in front of your eyes. In the third video you get to see Bill doing an inspection of a membrane before cleaning. Lastly, the fourth video you get to see how deionisation resin is regenerated on a semi-industrial scale. Thanks to window cleaning resource for taking the time to put these video's together. If you're wondering why I'm posting so many video's from window cleaning resource, its the only company out there producing video's on a regular basis for us window cleaners!
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
A Bristol man cut his father's throat after being taunted as a paedophile for having a 14-year-old girlfriend, a court heard. Billy Hunter, aged 21, launched the sustained knife attack on 47-year-old Ian Hunter after a row at the older man's maisonette at Brandon House in Hotwells, Bristol Crown Court was told yesterday. A jury heard the window cleaner suffered 31 cuts, 25 to his head, neck and shoulders, one of which completely severed an artery in his neck. Billy Hunter, of Highbury Road, in Bedminster, denies murder in November last year. Peter Blair, QC, prosecuting, told the court Hunter was staying temporarily with his father. Mr Blair said tenant Anthony Warrener had gone to bed but woken up at 3am to use the toilet. Mr Blair said when Mr Warrener crossed the landing, he noticed a light had been left on downstairs and went to turn it off. "When he went downstairs, he saw Ian Hunter lying on the living-room floor with what appeared to be his throat slashed," Mr Blair said. Mr Blair said police later pieced together what had happened.
Monday, 16 June 2008
Sunday, 15 June 2008
Saturday, 14 June 2008
PATTAYA PARK TOWER CLEANS UP 55TH FLOOR WINDOWS:
Juju Jullien likes to ride his bike. He likes the whir of the wheels, the way the ground recedes behind him, the reel of the hills and rivers, the mountains and sky passing by. So when Jullien and his wife, Laurel Robinson, moved to Norwood in early May, Jullien decided to make his daily commute to work in Telluride on two wheels. Jullien began the daily commute on May 14. With a round-trip of 70 miles, six days a week, as well as a fair share of adverse weather, the task hasn’t been easy. But one month and 1,500 miles into it, what started as an individual pledge has grown into a mission to make the region’s roads more inviting for cyclists and safer for everyone. At the same time, Jullien’s commitment serves as an inspiration and a reminder of what incredible tasks a little passion can fuel. Jullien has pledged to give 20 cents from his snowclearing/window washing company Ropetech per mile he rides for the campaign. So far, 1,500 miles have translated into $300. He hopes that this pledge will start momentum. Anyone who is inspired to add a few cents can chip in. He’s going to be handing out educational flyers to drivers at Society Turn on several afternoons in June, talking with them about giving cyclists room. He has successfully requested that a representative from the Colorado Department of Transportation come to town and check out the need for more “Share the Road” signs (there are currently five in the county.) And he is working with Rick Repola, of Repo Graphics, to come up with some signs or stickers that educate drivers on road-sharing etiquette. “I just want to say, ‘Do it when you feel like it. Ride your bike as much as you want to because it’s fun. When you jump in your car, think ‘do I really need to drive?’” he said. Anyone who wants to pledge money per mile that Jullien rides can do so through the non-profit Sheep Mountain Alliance. Juju Jullien is the contact, call him at 708-9368, or sent him a check at PO Box 313.
Friday, 13 June 2008
AS Nick Bradley drives his 1952 Austin A40 Somerset from Elland to Land's End he will be thinking of his late wife, Muriel (pictured). In 2000 Muriel died aged 53 from stomach cancer. She was given just two months to live but bravely battled the disease, which spread to the rest of her body, for two years. Window cleaner Nick, 64, of School Close, Ripponden, will tackle the 1,000-mile round trip from Overgate Hospice, Elland, to Land's End, Cornwall, on July 1 in her memory. His three-week journey will avoid busy motorways in favour of scenic country lanes through Derbyshire, the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire. "My wife wasn't in a hospice but I think it would have been good for her during her final weeks," he said. "Her mum Kathleen recently died in a hospice near Warrington and it was there I found out that hospices are only funded by the Government for 12 weeks of the year. "For the rest of the time they are reliant on public donations. "I thought it was shocking and wanted to do something about it. "In preparation for the challenge, Nick is practising his navigation skills. The father-of-three has also bought a tent and plans to stop off at places of interest along the way. He will be travelling between 60 and 80 miles a day at a cruising speed of 50 miles per hour. "I'm looking forward to it, especially as friends have rallied around to help with preparing the car and me for it. "The car is 50 years behind the times, so I shall have to concentrate when driving. I don't want a puncture. I plan to travel lightly and fill the car with spare parts instead. "I don't want to get to Cornwall on the back of an AA truck. "I have always wanted to go back to Cornwall as we enjoyed our family holidays there. I'm bound to be thinking of Muriel along the way. "Nick hopes to raise as much cash as possible for Overgate Hospice. Laura Ramsden, Overgate community fund-raiser, said: "It's a new and exciting idea and I'm sure he will have lots of adventures along the way."