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September 06, 2012, 11:56 AM

Queen of the world

By Lawrence Skilling

Queen of the world ready to be taken down

The first lift
Safely on the ground and ready to be loaded into the van

Surrey, UK - I went to pick up this marble statue in Bristol a few days ago. It was one of those jobs which had dragged on for over 6 months with various people saying they'd do it; then they didn't and then we kept putting it off because of the weather, personnel… because we didn't know how to do the job basically. The statue is a 1966 solid marble interpretation of the Madonna as Queen of the World (Yes, that's the Globe she is holding, not a netball) which is in the grounds of a school 600m down a hill away from any kind of road. One of our old geezer contacts suggested using scaffold poles to make a tripod gantry from which we could hang an engine block and tackle and thence winch the statue up and away. Knock us all over with a feather, but it actually worked. All of a sudden Stonehenge, the Pyramids, medieval cathedrals, seemed quite feasible as DIY build projects. There were some slightly anxious moments as we swung our one tonne Virgin, pendulum style, into the back of the van but overall we were pretty chuffed with ourselves. Scooby the Springer Spaniel was given a treat for us being so clever and that was that, so we thought.
As ever, pride comes before a fall.

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