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The positive side to losing 5 million bucks

It’s old news now, but in case you didn’t know Seattle has finally offloaded its troublesome spaceship toilets (see previous posts here and here and here). The 5 toilets which sold for $US12,549 cost Seattle $5 million – and most articles are painting it as some spectacular failure. But the...

To Dig, or Not to Dig? 0

To Dig, or Not to Dig?

It’s an age old question and one that I often ponder. Do I dig a hole for a toilet? Or do I not dig a hole for a toilet? What to do, what to do… On the one hand, I might find gold. On the other, I might get buried...

Friday Flush 15.08.08 4

Friday Flush 15.08.08

I recently did a study of female toilet users in pubs, trying to get an idea of what women like and don’t like about public toilets. I was surprised that one of the things that came out top of the list was hand dryers – most women prefer hand towels....

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9. Dear Man Over There

Dear Man Over There, From my desk tucked in behind my wardrobe, I can see your balcony – which is almost as big as my shoebox apartment. I can see all the balconies of all the apartments on this side of your building. Did you know, Man, that you are...

Friday Flush 08.08.08 0

Friday Flush 08.08.08

An auspicious day, according to the Chinese, and with the opening of the Olympics today, Beijing can be proud to boast that it has 5,333 public toilets and 8,000 toilet attendants.   Topping the list of most useful items in this week’s flush is The Woon Box, an all-in-one toilet,...

Faeces: public enemy #1 1

Faeces: public enemy #1

When Val Curtis wanted to effect some real good, she turned to the powers of evil.   Dr Curtis, an anthropologist, decided positive action needed to be taken to stop the millions of unnecessary deaths from diseases caused by dirty hands. Handwashing with soap can reduce the risk of diarrhoea...

Tesco toilet update 0

Tesco toilet update

Ah, so the reason that Tesco’s meat processor Brown Brothers’ shitty toilet practices have made it into the news (you might need to read that sentence a couple of times to make sense of it) is because the union has staged a protest at the Lanark Tesco. I probably should...

Friday Flush 1.08.2008 0

Friday Flush 1.08.2008

Bringing you all the loo news you can handle, and some that you can’t – just in time for the weekend!   Sheffield artist Jacqui Bellamy has been snapping photos of women in the toilets of nightclub Razor Stiletto “queuing, chatting, putting on make-up etc,” and will be showing her...

Failure to launch 0

Failure to launch

The eBay auction for Seattle’s failed auto-loos has er, failed. City officials are hopeful though that an extended auction date may prove more successful. So, the big question is, why did the spaceship toilets fail in the first place?   Toilet provision is a thorny issue with most civic councils....

Friday Flush 25/07/2008 0

Friday Flush 25/07/2008

Oooh, it’s quite an international flush today, and a big one at that! So what we need is a massive toilet. A Yorkshire Water campaign to encourage people to ‘do one thing differently’ to conserve water is being fronted by giant toilets. I don’t believe the toilets actually speak or...