Saturday, 31 January 2015

London Flusher

A 'flusher' in London is one of the people hired to unblock London sewer systems by, um, descending into the depths.

This wonderful photo apparently shows the gear used by a flusher in the Twentieth Century. Eat your heart out, steampunkers.

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  1. All that protection, and he's not wearing gloves?

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  2. I bet he has his sandwiches in his pocket too!

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  3. Check out the Davy lamp - I guess methane explosions were a thing...

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    1. I noticed that. A manhole cover blew off without warning recently in a UK city. A toddler was damn lucky to be unhurt.

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  4. Reminds me of one of the EM4 Scavengers.

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    1. Exactly what I thought! I have the mini of this photograph!

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    2. EM4 are Copplestone sculps, are they not.

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    3. One of my favourite sculptors.

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  5. I immediately caught the "no gloves" policy too! :)

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    1. His glove could be in his pocket with his pork pie and sandwiches.

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  6. I once had a job maintaining sewerage pumps. Once one got clogged with kitchen fat, and we had to get someone in to unblock the pipe. He turns up, clad in t-shirt, shorts and trainers, opened the manhole, jumped right in and went to work!

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  7. what a shit job. Wonder if it paid well.

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    1. What do you mean paid? It still exists. I suspect the job pays very well these days.

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