Category: Toilets

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Toilet review: Raffles, Singapore

Well, it’s been a damn long time since I’ve done a toilet review, but here’s a good one for you. The oh so fancy Raffles Hotel, Singapore, famous for the Singapore Sling and peanut-filled floors. But of course, we don’t care about that sort of thing around here. We only...

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Portland airport pet toilet and internet jerks

I love the internet, because you get to find out fascinating things. For instance, Portland Airport (that’s in the USA) has installed an indoor toilet area for service animals. Naww, isn’t that cute? In the interest of journalistic integrity I conscientiously googled Portland airport pet toilet thinking I would find...

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Such lengths for a loo

Two tales this week show the extraordinary lengths people will go to in order to get a loo. A young girl in Dhanapur village in India went on hunger strike for two days to persuade her parents that they should build a toilet in their home. The 15 year old...

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On the phenomenon of toilet cafes

Approximately one hundred years ago, this blog started life as a place where I could collect all the toilet news you never knew you wanted to know. A few years have passed since I’ve done anything regularly toilet-related, but today an email popped into my inbox about a toilet cafe...

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Visiting John Snow

We’ve made some new friends in Zagreb and a few weeks ago, in a fit of drunkenness, I loudly exclaimed to them “I’m passionate about sanitation!” So it’s no surprise, really, that we went along to visit the John Snow pub in London. After my exclamation, our new friends looked...

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Chicken poo power

A chicken/egg farm in Queensland is attempting to reduce its power bill by harnessing the power of chicken poo. CEO Geoff Sondergeld hopes that the installation of power-producing digesters will drastically cut their cost of electricity. Although the power company will not permit them to go completely off-grid, the infrastructure...

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A poo bus

The UK’s first bus run on biogas has hit the streets of Bristol. Wittily named ‘the number two’, the bus runs between Bath and Bristol Airport. The yearly output of 5 people is needed for each tank of gas. Wondering what biogas is? If you haven’t already figured it out,...

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Urgent Need for Latrine Light Innovation

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is offering a prize of $20,000 for an innovative solution to one of Africa’s biggest WASH problems: suitable lighting at night to make toilets safer. When people are forced to leave their homes by conflicts or disasters, they often relocate to refugee or displaced persons...

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Space toilet chocolates

Sometimes a story just falls out of the sky and lands in your lap and says, “Hey, man, the universe is on your side.” That’s how I feel about this story about everybody’s favourite astronaut Cady Coleman. I’ve written before about toilets on the International Space Station because frankly who...

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Spacey commode

The sun goes down, the day turns to night. You look up at the stars and see a light moving faster than the others – is it a satellite? A plane? The space station? Ooh, ooh it’s the space station! And, of course, your first thought is always, how do...