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Cleaning Out My Cupboard

Hey, I’m not implying it’s time for a spring clean even though spring will be in the air very soon. A bit of dusting up might not be a bad idea, though; the way our grannies did things was not always detrimental to our well-being or comfort.

I went to Palma’s La Seu Cathedral yesterday and spotted this array of cleaning utensils. I could not resist taking a shot and showing you the image. I’m interested in the facts behind the facts, so to speak, and in the story behind the story. Yes, we admire the Cathedral for its history, for its architecture, for its grandeur, for its splendid adornments, for its church services, for its beautiful sound, for its soul, for its pomp, for the altercations it might arouse, for its light, for the mind-numbing precision in mathematical calculations of its master plan, for the hidden skeletons it holds beneath its walls, whatever. I estimate that perhaps 2,000 visitors came to the Catedral yesterday and I wonder how many of those have given a thought about the up-keep and maintenance, the cleaning and the polishing that is needed day-in, day-out just to make sure La Seu looks spick and span for another few hundred years and another few million visitors.

I’m not sure who is in charge of the worldly side of things at the Cathedral; it might well be the Sacristán, a nice bearded man who one can see at the cathedral seemingly being in love with whatever he does. I think the cleaning ladies and men (?) probably like their work too, or so the cleanliness of their workplace would suggest. Muchas gracias, señoras y señores.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 19th, 2010. The time was 12:49:49.

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February 2010


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