Category: Life

On the bathroom wall 0

On the bathroom wall

An exhibition at New York’s Nicholas Robinson Gallery has piqued my interest in public toilet art. The exhibition by Munich-based artist Florian Süssmayr includes a painting of graffiti on a bathroom wall.                                                                                                                                                        I’ve seen some really beautiful graffiti on toilet walls, and it always provokes the question ‘is it art?’...

Stirring the Pot 0

Stirring the Pot

You’d have to have been hiding under your toilet to have missed the news out of the UK this week of a national government guideline on public toilets. Communities Minister Baroness Andrews unveiled the guidelines today, admitting that “some people may find the whole idea of a strategic guide on...

Beijing becomes city with world’s largest number of public toilets 0

Beijing becomes city with world’s largest number of public toilets

Beijing becomes city with world’s largest number of public toilets Of course, it’s not hard to beat New York in this pissing contest, as New York doesn’t have ANY public toilets!

One New Zealand dunny 0

One New Zealand dunny

They don’t make their toilets half bad down under. This gorgeous little cabin is somewhere on the South Island (I’ll have to dig out my notes to find out exactly where). It makes the long drops of my youth seem dingy by comparison. Of course, the long drops of my...

God is everywhere… even in the bog 0

God is everywhere… even in the bog

A godly father, sitting on a draughtTo do as need and nature hath us taught,Mumbled (as was his manner) certain prayers,And unto him the devil straight repairs,And bodly to revile him he begins,Alleging that such prayers were deadly sinsAnd that he shewed he was devoid of graceTo speak to God...

Dirty Bombs 0

Dirty Bombs

There’s nothing worse than walking into a toilet and finding pee on the seat. Or so I thought until Thursday.A friend walked into the toilets at her work and discovered not one, but two poo pellets on the seat.I have a number of questions about this. How do you manage...

Loo Users Lose Out 0

Loo Users Lose Out

This is just the sort of story I find so disappointing. Bloody vandals have forced the closure of toilets. Maybe it’s worth paying $US30,000 a year to have vandal-free spaceship toilets.

Spaceships, Toilets & Tycoons 0

Spaceships, Toilets & Tycoons

I was absolutely stoked to discover that there’s a Toilet Tycoon. Well, not quite. Louis Herrera is a self-proclaimed toilet expert. He is also the president of Public Facilities and Services, a company looking to sell amazing self cleaning, polite, music playing toilet contraptions at amazing prices to less than...

The City that Never Pees 0

The City that Never Pees

I was surprised to discover today that New York has a real toilet problem. I wonder how much this has to do with Americans’ distaste of the word ‘toilet’. Whatver the reason, tourists to the Big Apple are warned to plan toilet breaks in advance! The Bathroom Diaries has a...

Toilet Trophies 0

Toilet Trophies

I’ve traveled the world quite a bit and in various countries I’ve sometimes seen a toilet displaying a plaque proudly stating that it is a winner of some toilet award or other – from caravan parks in Australia to the Forbidden City in Beijing. I don’t know why this is...