The Tenby Observer is proud to report that trains across Wales run by the Arriva Trains network are now trialling toilet walls that feature a large colourful image of Tenby Harbour. The train company wanted to brighten up the cubicles using vinyl images and Tenby was the one that was chosen. In one of those sentences that always makes you feel sorry for people working in PR, the train company’s spokesperson said “We’ve had some great feedback from the trial project over Twitter.”
Meanwhile, at the BBC Radio One studios in London, Justin Bieber caused a panic when he pulled the “Do Not Pull” cord in a disabled toilet. The Mirror reports that “Once the alarm sounded security had to check it out. Bieber said he pulled it because it said not to. It was an odd thing to do.” Indeed.
The Namibian reports on an upsetting speech from the Minister for Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa which said that only about 29% of schools have flush toilets, while 58% have pit latrines. In the remaining 12% of schools, students and teachers have to use the Bush. Fewer than half of the schools have soap in the toilets. The minister said that education cannot improve unless health care improves and therefore that good sanitation is essential to a good education.
We end with a truly terrifying story (for me at least). Slate ran this report in the wake of two snakes found in different Australian toilets in September. The report starts with the a man in Israel who was bitten on his penis by a snake that emerged from the toilet he was sitting on. Luckily, his injuries were minor. As well as snakes, the story covers the many occurrences of rats appearing from toilets, and even biting people on the bum while they were sitting on the toilet. Rats coming up from the sewers through toilets are common enough in one area of Seattle that the local government has issued guidance on what to do when you see a rat coming up from your toilet. I’m clenching up at the very thought. There’s even a story of a squirrel being rescued from a toilet. Writing this blog is affecting me in ways I didn’t think possible.