Bravery or madness?
- Posted Feb. 17, 2011 by Helen Hooker in Architecture. Viewed 4224 times
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When I emerged from school at lunchtime today I looked upwards to admire the Cathedral in the warm afternoon sunshine. As I did so I was astonished to see three men climbing up the spire ?? not something you see every day. One of them was a long way up and the chap behind him was carrying a ladder, presumably to attach to the spire to allow them access to the very top. By the time I got my camera out the third man had disappeared from view. I can only assume they were doing some work on the spire??s lightning rod which runs just behind the ladders they??d lashed to the building. It made me wonder as to the sanity of people who do jobs like these. It was a lovely sunny day today but I??m sure there must be days when they have to carry out such tasks in rain and wind which must be absolutely terrifying. One thing??s for sure ?? you wouldn??t find me volunteering to do that job!!
Incidentally, I have been up as far as the base of the spire of Chichester Cathedral (where the crenellations are in this photo) and the view was magnificent but it only involved negotiating spiral staircases ?? no ladders required!
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