In the last post entitled Coronavirus and the Rich I was detailing some observations on how the rich and super-rich are dealing with this sudden freeze in our lives and the abrupt halt to their high-society social activities.
I mentioned how it's most certainly easier for them to isolate themselves in their large estates and multiple homes. I also noted that with their private jets and yachts they can travel much more safely than we, the great unwashed. And I also touched on how they can better limit their exposure to the virus because they have house staff - servants, butlers and personal assistants - to run their daily errands to the market, pharmacies and of course to the liquor stores and wine shops.
But that's where I left off and didn't address the obvious; what happens if all the servants and assistants are in lock-down too, and can't show up for work?
Now comes this excellent and amusing article from the Times of London (April 29, 2020) by Lucy Challenger, founder of Polo and Tweed (a recruitment agency that supplies staff to the ultra rich) dealing with this very issue of what actually happens when servants can't come to work! To quote Ms Challenger:
"Seeing as we're all in this lockdown together, let us spare a thought for the super-rich. In castles, palaces and penthouses across the land, oligarchs, royals, hedge-funders and trust-funders are having to confront a terrible truth: toilets do not clean themselves. Marble is a devil to look after. And keeping the silverware sparkling is surprisingly hard work. People are wanting to know -literally-how to do the laundry. They've never used a washing machine before. We explain how to understand the settings, how to separate items. To you and me, maybe this is common sense, but if you've never had to do it before, it's a bizarre new world of skills."
In her succinct and understated British style of humor, she goes on to caution against do-it-yourself cleaning techniques without proper professional staff to help out. Said she, "Chandeliers, it transpires, are a whole world of hurt, so be grateful if you don't have one." Which made me laugh so hard I had to wipe away tears. It reminded me of my own feeble attempt to deal with this subject in a post entitled "How to Clean a Chandelier" back in 2011.
Ms Challenger's Polo and Tweed is a premiere agency that matches well-trained house staff, in their various skills and capacities with the perfect employer, all across the globe. You might be wondering if I'm on their registry list? The answer to that would be no. In fact, I can only imagine how Ms Challenger would roll her eyes if I even applied.
Although I did graduate from a respectable household management school here in America, I know I could never compete with a proper British butler. I'm content with being an apostate American butler to this nutty old billionaire I'm working for at the moment. Who, by the way, has been hiding out at his gentleman's farm for the past month, along with his latest girlfriend of course. Which doesn't hurt my feelings one bit.
As always, thanks for dropping by this evening. I hope we're all staying safe as the world slowly comes to grips with the nightmare we're all facing.
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I appreciate these kind words and sentiments very much! But for me, writing about the rich and super rich is a cathartic release from my own shock and awe at the way they live and conduct themselves on a daily basis. The gulf between the haves and have nots is enormous.Delete
Thanks so much for reading,
Andrew, I noticed your Excellent book “The Billionaire’s Butler” shipped from the United Kingdom when I bought it, are you sure you’re not a British butler trying to cover your tracks? Also, did they ever figure out who did the deed? ChrisReplyDelete
Hi Chris. That's a reasonable guess, but I'm definitely not a British butler. Amazon ships from a number of locations globally, which might explain the confusion. As for who poisoned the brandy, it's generally agreed it was the Mistresses' son. But charges have been dropped, and last I heard he's still living in Switzerland.Delete
Hope all is well in your world,
Hi Andrew! How have you been? I hope you did not get Coronavirus. I am a bit worried since you have not updated since you've May. Please update when you can and tell us how your household is doing.ReplyDelete
Anna, you're such a dear to inquire. It's been a long difficult year dealing with the virus and shutdown. But luckily I managed somehow not to contract it and now fully vaccinated against it - as I hope you are too!Delete
And yes, I've finally found the time and wherewithal to start writing again and will put up a new post soon, possibly this very week.
Again, thank you so much for your concern, and for reading. Hope all is well with you!