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23 July 2017 in toilets | Stories from India, the UK and the internet

I’m going to start by saying a word about what I’m not going to write about. In this week’s toilet news that I get in my email, I got news about a suicide in a school toilet, about a rape in a public toilet, about a woman giving birth to a baby, which subsequently died, in a public toilet and about a man sexually abusing children in a toilet. Toilets, for a number of reasons, are a venue for some of society’s great evils and I will address this in some future posts, but for right now, I don’t think I’ve found the right tone for that, so I’m going to avoid it for today, but I will come back to it in the future.

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The first story I will report on is from Attitude Magazine and it is about a new computer game based in a men’s toilet in Ohio in the 1960s, where the aim is to cruise men, i.e. pick up men for sex in a public toilet. The aim of the game is to successfully pick men up without the police catching you. I never thought of cruising as something you could “win” at before, but I guess I was wrong.

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A still from The Tearoom game – picture from Attitude

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Next to the city of Kozhikode in Kerala, where The Hindu reports that shopping centre staff are complaining about the lack of toilets. Most of the male staff will find a laneway to piss in, but apparently, the female employees either have to bring a pot to work that they then empty in the streets afterwards, or else bring a bottle which they can close tightly and take home in their bags to empty. We have it lucky.

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Then there’s this tweet from the @Visit_Wakefield account about the wrong way to put a toilet roll.

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Finally, to an Instagram account after my own heart. A man who goes around London photographing and reviewing gents’ toilets on Instagram as “London Urinal”. Keep your freak flying!

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Unflushable flushables, frozen poo and a toilet of terror

Swindon is facing huge bills in order to pay for clearing sewage blockages, according to this report in the Swindon Advertiser. Since the start of 2015, more than double the number of blockages had to be cleared in comparison to the whole of 2010 and Thames Water is blaming wet wipes, putting out a plea for toilet users not to flush sanitary towels, wet wipes or cotton wool down the toilet. Even if they’re marketed as flushable, it doesn’t mean that they’ll break down. Apparently most domestic sewage pipes only have the “diameter of a cricket ball”, so they’re very easy to block, and the number of sewage floods is on the rise. And apparently there are “sewage flood hotspots” in the SN2 and SN3 postcodes. It doesn’t bear thinking about. In case you haven’t got the message yet, here’s a picture.

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Sludgy sewage – think before you flush! (Pic from the Swindon Advertiser)

In other gross news, the Metro reports on a “frozen poo bomb”. A plane flying over a house in Wiltshire released a frozen ball of urine and poo into the air and it came crashing through the roof. Luckily no one was injured, although there is now a hole in the roof. “Keith, 70, said: ‘On our insurance forms do we put “house hit by frozen urine and poo”… will they believe us?’”

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The offending poo bomb. (Picture from the Metro)

And to finish, yet another terrifying picture, this time from Gawker. This is a toilet in a luxury apartment in Guadalajara, Mexico. It has a glass floor sitting on top of an old fifteen-storey elevator shaft. I wouldn’t be able to unclench. f3d9eb664f7118fb82ec6ec12c756554

Bus toilets, gold toilets, closed toilets and a toilet giveaway

In the first of two bus toilet related stories today, the Edinburgh Evening News, reports on a price hike at Edinburgh bus station, where using the toilets now costs 40 pence. This is ten pence more expensive than “most major Scottish cities and towns”. The injustice smarts even worse when we read that passengers in Stirling and Aberdeen bus stations have access to free toilets in adjacent shopping centres. I will refrain from using the “spend a penny” line that I fear blogging about toilet-related news will force me to read multiple variations of forever more.

Today’s other bus toilet story is another wonderfully local one from the Iceland Monitor, which reports that there will be no toilets on the bus to Akureyri. Akureyri, which the Iceland Monitor tells me is known as the “uncrowned capital of the North” is the second largest city in Iceland and it has been announced that buses on the six-hour journey from Rekjavik to Akureyri will have no “functioning” toilet for the next month. The bus company announced that the “drivers will do their best for passengers”, which is more enigmatic than it is comforting.

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A Straeto bus (the company which runs the route from Rekjavik to Akureyri) – it is not clear from the Iceland Monitor whether or not this is a photo of a bus without a “functioning toilet” – from the Iceland Monitor

The headline calls them “gold toilets”, but the photograph begs to differ. Today’s Quartz features a story about a “boutique office” in London (is there anything that can’t be called boutique any more?) with “champagne on demand” and gold toilets, but as you can see from this picture, the toilet clearly isn’t gold. It’s porcelain.

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Not a golden toilet, from qz.com

Here at “Today in toilets”, we bring you the truth. The door is impressively golden, as indeed is the toilet brush holder, but no matter how boutique this office, the toilet is no more golden than the one in the Darby Arms in my native Ballincollig.

Wales Online today ran a story on the reaction of Facebook users to the local council’s decision to close seven public toilets. The council has decided to close (after public consultation) the toilets underneath the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl , at Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Derwen Road, Bridgend, Price Town Square and Blackmill Square in the Ogmore Valley and Pandy Road, Aberkenfig, (roll these placenames around in your mouth; nowhere has names that are more enjoyable to say than Wales does) to the disgust of Facebook users, who want to know if the council are “taking the piss”. Some suggest that citizens should start using the councillors’ own toilets from now on, and others say that the queues at the bus station toilets will now be even longer. (I have a feeling I will be reading and writing a lot about bus stations). The article ends with the opinion of one Facebooker, who isn’t particularly bothered. Apparently the toilets “stench of urine” because the council gave up on them long ago.

Finally today, good news for any readers from West Seattle, as Craigslist is running this ad in the “free stuff” section:

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