Wednesday, 28 November 2012
ABC Wednesday: "T" is for tasteful tactful toilet talk at the Lowry
Linking with ABC Wednesday where we have arrived at the letter "T". Sorry to lower the tone but toilets are an everyday necessity. Here we have a fine example of the sink area in the plush pink ladies at the Lowry Centre.
I co-wrote a proposal a long time ago for a book called The Urge to Go, which looked at everything from Roman sewers to loos in space, via Australian dunnies and the loos with the best view (one near Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio got my vote). Although rejected by publishers, there were a plethora of similar books and websites that appeared within the following decade. We were ahead of our time I guess.
Toilet hire is not something we might thing of often but it is a big job for events and festival organisers. Nixon Toilet Hire have, I'm sure, heard all the jokes as they go about their business providing an essential service at events such as firework displays, music festivals including Leeds. Reading and T in the Park, the Newark beer festival and the Great North Run.
World Toilet Day was on 19th November. It's a serious health issue if you do not have access to such facilities, as millions of people round the world still don't...
Back nearer to home, I was pleasantly surprised by a toilet block on the Trent & Mersey canal near the Anderton Boat Lift at the weekend. It was a cold and frosty morning outside but inside the loos were beautifully heated, spacious and even had a shelf full of books in the lobby entrance. Narrow boat voyagers are treated well along that stretch of canal!
My monthly guest post for Smitten By Britain is now up and it features Polperro, which is where I recently visited after a morning in nearby Looe… Do You Know Polperro? .