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there's a special toilet in the middle who are less aimful

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large sign

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neither the man nor women on these toilet signs have multiple legs.  which could cause a problem if you think about it. 

second thoughts, don't think about it.

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lack of apostrophes or just plurals or plurals ?

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sorry to spring this on you so suddenly.  i don't normally take photos in public toilets, but i'm a little confused by these loos which appear in new zealand.

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i think the idea is you stand on the little platform.  but it raises so many unfortunate questions i probably should stop writing.  next.

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one of our new hobbies is going round 'open houses' at the weekend to look at our neighbours house and not buy them.  it's great when you find a house with a robo-toilet like this one.

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these signs were bigger than a person.  i didn't like the look of mine much. he seems much to keen.

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i think i've shown you some pictures of these loos before, but here they are again cuz they're great.

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somehow the fact that we know the toilet isn't flushing gives more weight and acceptance to the fact that it's closed. all we needed was that extra bit of info

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toilets - would suit hunchback

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this rather nice signs warns kids not to pay by the poo outlet pipe.  good advice.  interesting that the photo looks like a face with a sign eye patch.

sometimes i'm glad comments are broken !

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is this possibly the worst toilet sign ever ?  it looks like they didn't have any writing materials so had to use what they had to hand.  yuck.

still, it prepared you for what was behind the door - a legendary kiwi long drop toilet.

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best to keep the two things apart

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(just as an update to anyone who recently tuned in, we've just emigrated to New Zealand and the blog is running on auto for a while just in case I don't have Internet access or time to blog when we get there !)

i suspect however, that i've not been able to help myself and have slotted some NZ updates in amongst the preloaded pictures to completely confuse the chronology

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who wants bags which smell like poop ?   'scented poop bags' does sound like something you'd shout in a particular stressful moment.

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my day in museums with my dad involved a lot of toilets.  i actually used the loo three times during our time together, but he didn't go once.  we shows a younger man's bladder can be weaker than an older one.  fact.

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the top picture is from the sewer museum, and the one above is from the space museum.  apparently they train people to use these toilets by videoing the activity so their technique can be honed.  nice.

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here are some loo facts

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this was a nice money spinning idea for those who wanted to spend a pound rather than a penny

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and here's a lovely training potty

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and various paraphenalia (worth a click to see what you can see)

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I don't think I even got half way through our scottish holiday before being distracted by real life.  So i'll have a few days of scottish things, and slot in real life around it.

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I am usually very careful about taking pictures in toilets, but everyone was doing it here.  In a very tasteful way of course.

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I was even allowed to show the girls round the men's room.

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we then went and stared at a parked up war ship

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ah.  an english man and his toilet signage.  or perhaps woman.  it was a unisex loo.

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you can choose where to go

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it costs 30 pence to spend a penny these days.  but i was impressed by 30p PER VISIT.  what counts as a visit ?  is there a time limit ?  why no season tickets ?  so many questions.

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can you work out what all these items are ?  one of those looks like his wife's face

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brad went to hong kong and spotted this great sign.  no idea what it means, but i suspect it's bad

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parkland toilets ?  that'll be a tree.

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i wasn't quite able to get back far enough for this to say men hang.  but you can see what i was trying to do

[and now we live in new zealand, we realise a 'hangi' is actually a culturally important thing.  sometime you have to sit on a photo for a year or so before it makes sense !]

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it just materialised

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i went for a windowless room in my most recent stay in an easyhotel.  i think i'll go back to the windowed option next time though.  it was just a bit too much like a cleaning cupboard.  but brilliant nevertheless (and for 40 squids in central london, you can't complain)

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what are these things about ? they were on a power line over the thames.  they look like targets or urinal swishers

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wait a full five minutes, but starting from when ?

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day 8 was particularly wet so we went to picton castle with it's gardens and er castle.  we had a great guided tour of the downstairs of the castle and even got to see some rooms off the usual tourist route due to the lack of visitors !

we spent a good number of hours there wandering round the garden, tearoom etc and the girls did a quiz round the garden.

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but the best thing was the sign above which was in their loos.  is this not the best toilet sign ever ?  brilliant use of  'dog messes'

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silent world didn't have a public toilet.  probably to keep the noise down.

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how desperate are you ?  in some cases a toilet won't suffice and you'll be choosing the master blaster option

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sneaky hidden sign

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i don't mind paying my way, although i'd rather not have to pay 20 pence to have a tinkle in paddington station.  however, my need was great, and my walk had been long so i decimated i was prepared to part with 20 pence as well as some liquid (apologies if your eating)

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anyway, i popped my 20 pence piece in the barrier slot and it didn't open.  bit of a shock actually as i was expecting it to open and walked in to it.  the chap above then appeared and told me the price had gone up to 30 pence.

i decided that was too much for a wee, so pressed the reject button, but my coin wasn't returned.  i told the chap i wasn't prepared to pay 30 pence and i wanted my 20 pence back as a matter of principle.  he said the machine wouldn't give it back !

so we had a little stand-off with me saying "i'd like my 20 pence back please" and him saying "it's 30 pence now, and you can't have it back sorry".  so i asked if i could take his photo to celebrate the difficult predicament we were in.  he kindly agreed, and gave me a smile, then we went back to politely arguing.

anyway, another customer came along and he let us both in for an additional 10 pence as consolation for the price going up and the lack of refunds.  that was kind of him, and i think was a special offer for the first day of the new pricing structure.

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on the way out i saw the sign informing customers of the increased price.  the problem was it was too bright which resulted in urban eyes failing to spot it.

so there we are.  the story of my trip to the toilet on monday evening.  it doesn't get better than this (and for that i can only apologise).

it's not like anyone reads the words here anyway !

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in a nice coincidence type of way i took a photo of this urinal without realising the significance of the advert in the background

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these toilets had an area which was cordoned off.  it was quite a posh place so i suspect that it was the VIPee area.

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i've taken pictures of these towel dispensers before, but they are so jolly i thought i'd do another one !

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the cost of spending a penny in brussels seems to be about 40 euro cents.  this one was quite nice, despite the rather intrusive signage.

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quite what is going on here ?  are the additional toilets really up that pole ?

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i do like hand drier instruction diagrams.  i'd take more pictures of them but i'm always slightly waring of taking photos in public toilets !  this one was a particularly good one (and empty) so i thought i'd share it with you.

the top picture looks like some hand shadow puppetry, and the lower one is very mysterious - look at the finger and the details in the ear.  what IS going on ?

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shorley sent me this classic no loo-ing sign from amsterdam.  excellent stuff.

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this would make a great sign for anyone's toilet

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this is a great sign at Heathrow airport -  a place with lots of non English speakers.

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Urinal is such a brilliant word, but i suspect it doesn't translate too well.  i'm going to try and use it more often, particularly when visiting friends.  "can i use your urinal" ?

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i was trying to think of a pun around the word 'motion'.  something like 'this isn't much good if you suffer from motion sickness'.  dunno.  can you do better ?

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by the way, it should now be easier to leave comments, although you might have to re-register.  have a go and let me know how you get on.

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toilet possessivenesss is still very much in evidence in modern england.

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look at the fancy door on this !

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i miss working in london so much !

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great signage to accompany this huge statue in ipswich

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john sent me two pictures of some fantastic toilets. it's got instructions which say 'do not stand on the toilet seat' which seems quite sensible.

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and look at the fantastic receptacles. there's something for everyone here. urinals, a bin and a fireplace

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i don't usually encourage toilet photography as it has the potential to go very wrong. but these are great !

these signs started appearing in the toilet cubicle in an office i used to work in. i enjoyed they greatly. it's taken me months to get round putting them on here though. sorry if you've been waiting.

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how brilliant is this ? it's a dog sign (of a varietty i haven't seen before) stuck on a human toilet door.

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they should stick human signs on dog toilets. or perhaps they already do do.

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the people on the left look a bit constipated, whilst the lady on the right has laid a couple of eggs (preecy eggs perhaps)

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i don't often see toilet seats, so i was delighted to see this one at the top of a no parking sign.
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however, imagine my surprise when i came across another toilet seat way across london about 30 minutes later
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do you ever have days like that ?

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i like the signage here (you may have to click the picture for a big version). It announces Public Conveniences and offers three options: 'gentlemen', 'ladies & disabled' and 'bus shelter'.

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i went to the coliseum (home of Eno [not brian] yesterday for a meeting. i needed a power socket to plug my laptop in to send some emails and i was escorted to a little room by the staircase.

in it was a little table and an even smaller room with a sink (and i assume round the corner a toilet). unfortunately it was out of mobile and wifi coverage so it wasn't much use to me.

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fancy that.

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this toilet with its door wide open is temporarily closed.

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if you want to make something appealing to kids you need to turn it in to a computer game ... or ... associate it with poo. this classic ball shooting game (drop the balls down a pipe with air zooming through it to fire them) has been renamed as 'shoot your poo'.

the balls are the poos which can get cleansed by the water reeds (the things with teeth and eyes).

see, it makes perfect sense now i've explained it.

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i could see a problem here.

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another belgian day, another toilet related event. this time a sign (in english) on a bin

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things have got bad on london's tube network, with parts of it closed for maintenance. so they've laid on alternative transport, including these first class private booths which can be delivered directly to people's houses. brilliant.

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these toilets are in a National Trust property. as men stand and wee they are greated by a group photo of the elderly volunteers smiling back.

slightly offputting. (apologies if you're eating)

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Ian sent me this picture of a local french church with built in pissoir.

they were as bad inside as out

a dies. the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning. alphabetically speaking



our holiday bible club ended with a BBQ and outside concert which was good fun. many of the photos i took during the week were projected on to a screen at the side of the band and could only be viewed by standing behind us. which meant there were people standing next to myself and the drummer which was very strange.

anyway, we had a really good week, but what i won't miss most is the portaloos. kezia liked them, but i think that's because she found the flush good fun.


it's another one of those famous belgian outside toilets


do you think the problem in the thames may result from the toilets up stream ?


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in the prison museum in Kings Lynn

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this toilet made me think of Dr Who for some reason (returning to british telly on saturday night)


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more belgian gents facilities. it's great how they've all been painted to liven them up and make them standout.

this one had elvis on it:
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this one had some strange animals going mad:
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and how's this for a modern one in brussels ? i think it's only for blokes, but i guess ladies could use it too. just not quite as privately:
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.watch out for the door .and "nibbles" .And Full Stops At The Beginning Of Sentences Instead Of The End

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if you go to lulworth cove and go to the gentlemen's toilets you may be lucky enough to see this bizarre thing. it's the pattern on the wall by the sinks. it does very strange things to your eyes when you see it full size (it went from floor to ceiling if i remember correctly)

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blokes toilets at Broadlands.

there was more to it than just this hose pipe and mains lead
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there were a load of sinks in a row:
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