Fare Dodging Pigeon Cleans Trains

Fare Dodging Pigeon Cleans Trains

Freeloading pigeon has new role on Brighton line trains

Pigeon fare dodger image by Robert MacMillan (via Shutterstock).
A fare dodging pigeon waiting for the 1652 to Marlow at Cookham station. We think. Image by Robert MacMillan (via Shutterstock).

Whether you leave your train at Liverpool Lime Street, or any of the Manchester stations, the next people you notice on leaving the train are the ticket barrier staff. Northern and Merseyrail hire Revenue Protection Officers from an external body and stop fare dodgers from freeloading. In the animal kingdom, only those of the winged or small furry variety can negotiate their way past the ticket barriers. With the former, pretty straightforward. Especially when you happen to be a pigeon without a Season Ticket or a Permit To Travel.

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Ten Industrial Cleaning Themed Songs

Ten Industrial Cleaning Themed Songs

A handful of songs which could be dedicated to industrial cleaning – and the odd group with cleaning themed connections

Industrial cleaning songs record player image by Indigolotos (via Shutterstock).
You’re listening to CleanHire 320, and here’s today’s cleaning tune countdown… (Image by Indigolotos, via Shutterstock)

In the good old days of local radio, we at Clean Hire would have been familiar with Clive Tyldesley’s commentary on Radio City. Or Billy Butler’s wisecracks – also seen on the BBC and the long-forgotten Saturday morning television programme, The Mersey Pirate. Till Doctor Fox spoiled the party, Radio City, Piccadilly Radio, and the other independent stations had their own singles chart. Supposing Clean Hire had its own station, our ten songs would have a cleaning theme. Such as these seen below.

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Iconic Vacuum Cleaners: The Vax 111 Orange Tub

Iconic Vacuum Cleaners: The Vax 111 Orange Tub

A look at the 1980s’ successful orange Vax vacuum cleaner

Vax advert still
A still from the 1990 Vax television advert.

It is hard to imagine an era without wet and dry vacuum cleaners for domestic use. Carpet cleaning at one point meant a separate device or a bottle of carpet cleaner. This meant a vacuum cleaner for dust and a carpet shampooer for cleaning your Axminster. In 1977, Alan Brazier had a cunning plan when he formed Vax UK Ltd.

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One’s Applying for a Cleaning Job

One’s Applying for a Cleaning Job

Two cleaning positions advertised on The Royal Household website, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Windsor Castle

HM The Queen Cleaning Jobcentre Card
By Royal Appointment: two cleaning positions at HM, The Queen’s desirable residences.

Fed up with your present position? Sick of the same superstore shelves ad infinitum? Fancy a change of scenery? The Royal Household is asking for two cleaners; one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the other one at Windsor Castle. As advertised on The Royal Household’s website, cleaning positions are available on a full time or a part time basis.

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300 Vacuum Cleaners (and No Room to Clean)

300 Vacuum Cleaners (and No Room to Clean)

How a collection of 300 vacuum cleaners are proving to be a headache for Steve Many moons ago, we looked at the Vacuum Cleaner Museum in Heanor, Derbyshire. The visitor attraction is undoubtedly the place to go to if you love your vacuum cleaners. Claiming to have the third largest collection of vacuum cleaners in […]

A Toast for the Tefal Vacuum Cleaner

A Toast for the Tefal Vacuum Cleaner

Tefal takes on the vacuum cleaner market alongside Dyson with a new bagless cleaner Tefal: what is the first thing you think of when you hear the name Tefal? The first thing that springs to mind is cheese toasties. Teasmades and kettles. Anything to do with cheese and bacon or both, or chips. The brand […]

Want a Clean Mug at Work? Wash It At Home!

Want a Clean Mug at Work? Wash It At Home!

Shocking findings on why a coffee mug is best washed at home   The works kitchen or brewing up area is in many cases a good help for many colleagues. It saves on the cost of several Costabucks coffees. Some have microwave ovens which are good for warming up food from home. Some even have […]

Central Vacuum Cleaner for NYC Linear Park

Central Vacuum Cleaner for NYC Linear Park

How a central vacuum cleaner, underneath the former West Side Line in New York City aims to keep the city’s much-loved elevated park in tip-top condition. A revolutionary system of pneumatic tubes is set to improve the cleanliness of one of New York City’s most popular open spaces. Pneumatic tubes, akin to a giant central […]

Floating Barrier Key to Cleaner Oceans

Floating Barrier Key to Cleaner Oceans

How a floating barrier aims to clean the seas

Discarded Bottle Beach
Yuk! A discarded bottle on a beach (image via Shutterstock).

Underwater cleaning can be a labour intensive job. It is one that requires a fleet of boats rather than a giant bin bag. Over in The Netherlands, a non-profit organisation is developing a suitable alternative. The Ocean Cleanup Foundation is testing a floating barrier. Two metres in depth and 100 metres long, it is designed to collect loads of plastic bags, bottles, fishing nets, and the like.     Read more about Floating Barrier Key to Cleaner Oceans