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18 June 2017 in Toilets | Stories from Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, China and from the air

We’re starting in my native land of Ireland, where the small tourist town of Dingle has installed public toilets for dogs. Beat 102-103 FM reports┬áthat a number of these toilets have sprung up around the town over the last week.

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A dog posing for a publicity shot at one of the new doggy loos in Dingle. Photo from the Dingle Tidy Towns Facebook page


The BBC is reporting on a town in Sweden that is considering playing music in school toilet block. This is to help students who are too afraid to use the toilets for fear of being heard. Apparently, students are afraid of being overheard peeing as well as pooing and some are avoiding going to the toilet all day long as a result.

I always thought of Nordic people as unafraid of their own bodies. That’ll teach me to stereotype.


A temporary settlement in South Africa is requesting its long-drop toilets back. Northglen News is reporting that the settlement’s plumbed in toilets are blocked and the resulting flood means that the residents have to deal with raw sewage swimming about. Also the fact that all water comes from the same source, it means that residents can’t have showers. Modernisation without investment in services would appear to be useless.


A strange story from the South China Morning Post, where the problem of truancy at Wuhan International Culture University, is being tackled with new punishments. Male students who skip classes are being punished by being made to clean the female dorms and women’s bathrooms and the female students who skip classes are being made to clean the men’s dorms and toilets. I don’t understand the gender-swapping. Is it meant to be more humiliating? Anyway, apparently this new policy is proving to be effective and students are no longer staying at home playing computer games instead of going to lectures.


Finally, to the airways, where a story on Australia’s 97.3 FM┬áreports that flight attendants, when forced to clean a little airplane toilet after a particularly smelly poo, will brew a pot of coffee and throw the coffee down the toilet before cleaning in order to neutralise the smell. Something to try at home?


Catching a snake in a toilet, odour chimneys and a miserable Christmas

We start with the National Geographic, which this week shared a video of a snake in Thailand being caught in a toilet. This is the second time this year that a video of a snake being extracted from a toilet in Thailand has made the international news. Watch your bums, folks!

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Catching the oriental rat snake – from National Geographic

Watch the whole video here.


TV New Zealand reports on a problem for tourists and locals along the Whanganui River. Sailing along the river is a popular summer activity for Kiwis and travellers alike, but when they are taken short, they sometimes avoid using the “long drop” toilets provided by the tourism authorities because of the noxious smelling toilets and they end up defecating in the open on the banks of the river. To end this problem and to try to encourage people to use the long-drop toilets, the public authorities have updated the facilities by adding “odour chimneys” to allow the poo smell to float away on the wind.

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The toilets with odour chimneys – from TVNZ


And finally, a sad Christmas for one homeless man in Scotland, who The Evening Telegraph reports was arrested for injecting heroin in full view of the public in McDonalds in Dundee on Christmas Eve. He was arrested and pled guilty. His sentencing was postponed until January 25th.