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article imageReview: ‘Dirty Britain’ Special

By Alexander Baron     Jun 6, 2013 in Environment
This eye-opening programme gives an insight into the work of the people who clean up after us, but one word of warning, don't watch it on an empty stomach.
And certainly not just before you eat. There are some fascinating statistics in Dirty Britain. Did you know there are 300,000 miles of sewer in Britain? Some of the others you really don't want to know. Running to around three quarters of an hour, this is the first episode of a two part series - the second will be shown next week.
In this era of manufactured austerity, the cleaning profession has proven more resilient than most, and herein we meet a lady chimney sweep who has a degree, and a bloke who came from Roumania with or later obtained a degree in English and now he is...well, let's just say cleaning. The former runs her own business, and has taken on an employee. No, this is not what David Webb meant by dirty women, but the pay is good, and there are no police raids to worry about.
Other professions featured here include dog groomers and common or garden domestic cleaners.
One of the more hard-working cleaners is not an inspector, but a professional-looking lady who walks around swabbing the buttons on zebra crossings and cashpoints. Unlike the dead rats removed by the professional vermin exterminators and the unmentionables removed by toilet cleaners, the dirt on these is invisible, but having seen her in action with her meter, the last thing you want to do is withdraw some money from the local hole in the wall then eat an apple without first washing your hands.
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