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Strip 10184 was published in the Evening Standard in April 1998
Facing the monolithic Chester-Perry Building is another potential skyscraper. For here is the Myles & Rudge Building and it is high above the existing roof, skipping amongst the girders of the new extension, that the onlooker may see the Blondini Brothers (Scaffolding to the Gentry). They made their entrance into Bristow's life in a rather spectacular way strip 3190
Strip 3190 was published in the Evening Standard in June 1971 and in Bristow (1972) from where this scan is taken.

The Blondini brothers, George and Jim, seem to have little imagination. No sooner does Bristow discard a bumper number of the House Journal with a picture showing the proposed extension to the Northern branch than the Blondinis find it amongst the scaffolding and instantly redesign to match.

Winning the M&R contract was the best thing that ever happened to them. After at least ten years the work has still gone no further than the erection of girders, and their clients are happy so long as extra floors can be added whenever a rival threatens to put up a higher building. So at home are the Blondinis that they advertise their work with theatrical type notices on the pavement, which are plastered with banners like "10th Fantastic Season". They are in any case more interested in the applause of the watching clerks for their death-defying stunts than in actually building the extension.

Bristow keeps an eye on them from his own vantage point across the street. That is, when they are working at all. Messrs Myles and Rudge try to spot them as they gaze upwards from the street. The Blondinis are more likely to be in the pub strip 5529
Strip 5529 was published in the Evening Standard in November 1979. This scan is from the Sydney Morning Herald in January 1980
or on holiday strip 4989
Strip 4989 was published in the Evening Standard in October 1977

The Blondinis are generally easy going types, keen to complete their work yet given to snapping at one another over trivial matters and one day even resorting to fighting to settle some pointless dispute. Naturally this takes place on the topmost girder but luckily they both have excellent balance. After they make up they like to review their progress on the job, surveying the bare girders with a cheerful "Tomorrow we'll go out and look at wallpaper". In more sombre mood they wonder how people in years to come will regard their master work. "Blot on the landscape George". "Damn right, Jim". It seems that this particular blot may be a very long time in coming.