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PostPosted: 05-10-2013 19:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

St Ives contractor fails to open town's public toilets

Shops, cafes and pubs in a Cornish town were inundated with people asking to use their toilets because public facilities were not opened.
St Ives Town Council said the job of opening and closing the town's 12 public facilities was normally undertaken by a private contractor.

Visitor Graham Broadhurst, from Henley-on-Thames, said it was "chaotic".
"The queue for the toilet I was waiting to use in a pub was a mile long," said Mr Broadhurst.
"It really was chaotic and people were saying they couldn't get hold of any of the councillors."
Although a "very uncomfortable experience", Mr Broadhurst said it would not put him off visiting the town in the future.
"St Ives's is great... but this was a bad advert for it," he added.

Councillor Tim Andrews said he not been able "to get to the bottom of what happened", but declined to name the company responsible.
"A contractor is used to open and close the toilets and for some reason - and it would not be right to speculate - that didn't happen this morning," he told BBC News.
"When shops and businesses became aware of the problem, some put signs in their windows offering facilities.
"The community pulled together and the town council is very appreciative of that."

The councillor added that some of public toilets had now been opened.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-24413676

I expect the council were still debating how to address their chairperson! Twisted Evil
But if the Chair becomes gender-neutral, will the toilets become uni-sex?

(Apologies for cross threading! Wink )
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PostPosted: 05-10-2013 22:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cross legging? Wink
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PostPosted: 18-10-2013 08:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

What happens when you flush a plane loo?
Is the contents of an aeroplane toilet jettisoned during a flight? The latest in our Travel Truths series reveals all
By Oliver Smith
2:08PM BST 17 Oct 2013

Unless you’ve flown first class, or in a private jet, aircraft loos are windowless, cramped affairs that usually reek of cheap sanitizer. But they have come a long way.

An excellent article on the website Aviation Global News charts the history of the plane lavatory, and asks why the smallest room in the sky – "an unheralded hero of aircraft safety," no less – rarely gets the coverage it deserves.

The first flight (made by Orville Wright, although some conspiracy theorists think otherwise – more on that here), it explains, lasted just 12 seconds – “hardly long enough to get worked up from a bladder perspective, although one may surmise that a number two might have been on his mind”.

But before long, planes were flying for much longer. “It is obvious that someone, somewhere, was the first person to relieve themselves in an aircraft. Who was this urinary pioneer? — history does not record,” laments the blog. “It is a reasonable presumption that bottles, tubes and buckets were involved, but that information, too, is lost to time. Why are there so few facts recorded about early aircraft toilets? Most likely it was the squeamishness of the age.”

Some interesting facts have been recorded, however. Second World War pilots, for example, couldn’t stand the “slop bucket” loos – or “Elsans” – found on board Lancaster bombers. They often overflowed in turbulent conditions, or were tricky to use.

One unidentified airman described his hatred for the contraptions thusly: “While we were flying in rough air, this devil’s convenience often shared its contents with the floor of the aircraft, the walls, the ceiling, and sometimes a bit remained in the container itself.

"It doesn't take much imagination to picture what it was like trying to combat fear and airsickness while struggling to remove enough gear in cramped quarters and at the same time trying to use the bloody Elsan… This loathsome creation invariably overflowed on long trips and in turbulence was always prone to bathe the nether regions of the user. It was one of the true reminders to me that war is hell.” Tell us what you really think. Twisted Evil

Crews sometimes preferred to urinate or defecate into containers, before simply hurling their business out of a window. Some reputedly jettisoned full Elsan toilets on German targets along with their bombs – an early example of biological warfare.

James Kemper’s modern vacuum toilet wasn’t patented until the Seventies, with the first one installed by Boeing in 1982. Before that, plane loos were unwieldy boxes that utilised large quantities of blue liquid [actually known as "Skykem", a reader has reliably informed us] and were prone to leaking. So next time you’re queuing to use the facilities at 30,000 feet, count yourself lucky.

Kemper’s nifty device uses a little liquid, but relies on non-stick coating and vacuum suction to wash away the nastiness. The video below shows just how efficiently the vacuum works.
[video]
“The person in this video is just stupid, immature, inconsiderate, and has no life,” comments one YouTube user, beneath the clip. “I am definitely doing this on my next flight.” Quite.

So what does happen to all that waste? Is it jettisoned into the sky? To all those fliers who make a point of holding it in until the plane reaches French soil, prepare to be sorely disappointed.

“There is no way to jettison the contents of the lavatories during flight,” explains Patrick Smith, a pilot and author of Cockpit Confidential, a book about air travel. “At the end of a flight, the blue fluid, along with your contributions to it, are vacuumed into a tank on the back of a truck. (The truck driver’s job is even lousier than the co-pilot’s, but it pays better.)

"The driver then wheels around to the back of the airport and furtively offloads the waste in a ditch behind a parking lot... In truth I don’t know what he does with it. Time to start a new urban legend.” Cool

There is one caveat, however. It is impossible to empty passengers' waste from an aircraft intentionally, but not by mistake.
“A man in California once won a lawsuit after pieces of “blue ice” fell from a plane and came crashing through the skylight of his sailboat,” added Captain Smith. “A leak, extending from a toilet’s exterior nozzle fitting, caused runoff to freeze, build, and then drop like a neon ice bomb. If you think that’s bad, a 727 once suffered an engine separation after ingesting a frozen chunk of its own leaked toilet waste, inspiring the line “when the s*** hits the turbofan.”” Very Happy

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/travel-truths/10385682/What-happens-when-you-flush-a-plane-loo.html
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PostPosted: 18-10-2013 19:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Certainly some icefalls have been traced to this.
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PostPosted: 28-10-2013 12:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Moose Hunter Shoots Norway Man On Toilet
http://news.sky.com/story/1159343/moose-hunter-shoots-norway-man-on-toilet
An accident leaves an elderly man in hospital and a hunter in police custody - while the moose he meant to hit escapes unscathed.9:58pm UK, Thursday 24 October 2013

There are estimated to be more than 100,000 moose in Norway. Pic: File

A moose hunter in Norway accidentally shot a pensioner sitting on the toilet in a nearby holiday home.

The man had been aiming for the animal, but saw his wayward bullet pierce the wooden wall behind it and strike the unsuspecting victim.

Officials said the man in his 70s was rushed to hospital by helicopter from the site in the island Vesteroy, around 74 miles south of capital Oslo.

His injury was not though to be life-threatening. The moose also escaped unharmed.

Anders Stroemsaether, the policeman leading the investigation, said the hunter had been detained for questioning and the victim was likely to recover.

"He was in the toilet when he was shot in the abdomen," he told NRK.

"His injury should not be life-threatening.

"His wife is clear that she does not hold a grudge against the hunter who shot (her husband). She is of course upset by what has happened, but she is being taken care of by the police and her family.

"It is obvious that there is a risk involved in hunting. A hunter is always responsible for ensuring the background is clear when a shot is fired and everyone understands that what has happened here should not happen."
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PostPosted: 07-11-2013 17:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Physicists probe urination 'splashback' problem
By James Morgan, Science reporter, BBC News

US physicists have studied the fluid dynamics of urine "splashback" - and found tips to help men and women with their accuracy and hygiene.
Using high-speed cameras, the team filmed jets of liquid striking toilet walls and studied the resulting spray.
Splashback was low when the jets were used close up with a narrow "angle of attack", said the Brigham Young University team.

They will present their research at an American Physical Society meeting.
"In response to harsh and repeated criticisms from our mothers and several failed relationships with women, we present the splash dynamics of a simulated human male urine stream," reads their conference abstract.

But there is a more serious side to the research.
The work is led by Prof Tadd Truscott and Randy Hurd of the "Splash Lab" at Brigham Young in Provo, Utah, who jokingly refer to themselves as "wizz kids".
"People ask me, are you serious? I tell them yes, this may involve 12-year-old humour, but it's also a real problem," Prof Truscott told BBC News.
"We've all been in disgusting toilets with puddles on the floor - these places are a breeding ground for bacteria."

For example, the detergents used to clean hospital toilets could actually increase the spray of disease-causing bacteria, by reducing the surface tension of water, according to a recent study.

Slow-motion video reveals the splashback when "urine" strikes toilet water
One might think the physics of aiming urination had already been summarised by the formula: "get it all in the bowl". But micturation is still a messier business than it needs to be, according to the research.

Taking measurements live "in the field" did not appeal to the scientists, so the duo built a urination simulator. The "Water Angle Navigation Guide" is a five-gallon bucket with hoses connected to two types of synthetic urethra.

The team fired coloured water at various target "toilets" at the velocity and pressure of average human urination.
Then, using a high-speed camera, they captured the moment of impact in remarkable visual detail.

Splashback was heightened by a phenomenon known as Plateau-Rayleigh instability, where a falling stream of liquid breaks up into droplets.
"The male urine stream breaks up about 6-7 inches outside the urethra exit," Mr Hurd explained.
"So by the time it hits the urinal, it's already in droplet form. And these droplets are the perpetrators of the splash formation on your khaki pants."

His advice? "The closer you are, the better. If you can get stream impact with the porcelain, it's a lot less chaotic."

Of course, in a domestic bathroom, distance from the toilet is governed chiefly by one variable: "to stand or sit".
"People are always arguing over which is better. Because when you sit close, you're also closer to getting wet," said Prof Truscott.
"In Germany there is a derogatory term 'sitzpinkler' for a man who sits down to pee. It means he's kind of a wuss.
"So we wanted to look at whether sitting down is really effective. What are the splash differences?"

To compare the two positions, the scientists gave rulers to their friends and sent them into the toilet.
"It turns out you are five times as far away when you stand up - and that's a pretty significant difference in impact velocity for those droplets of urine," said Mr Hurd.

Impact with the toilet water is captured in a video by the team.
"You can see the droplets create a large cavity in the water, which then collapses, causing even greater splashback. The amount of splash is considerable," Mr Hurd explained.
"It seems that sitting down is the best sure-fire way to avoid unwanted splashing in a traditional toilet."

Above all, he says, "the biggest thing you can do" to reduce splashback - sitting or standing - is to alter the "angle of attack".
Aiming directly at a vertical urinal wall - a 90 degree angle - causes a nasty kickback, as does aiming directly at the toilet water.
"Narrowing the angle really helps," said Mr Hurd. For a typical urinal, "best practice" means standing slightly to one side, and aiming downwards at a low angle of impact.
"This way you take advantage of both splash-reduction techniques," Hurd explains.

Prof Truscott encourages men and women to "be artistic" with their aim and find an angle to suit the particular facility they are faced with.
The designs of public toilets and home bathrooms does not always help us achieve 100% efficiency, he said.

"Most surfaces you pee into, such as porcelain, are hydrophilic, which is a disadvantage. The water spreads across them, creating a puddle to splash into," said Mr Hurd.
He believes that hydrophobic coatings will ultimately make toilets more hygienic, with important benefits for hospitals, schools, and workplaces.

The Brigham-Young team has been "inundated" with commercial products to reduce spray - such as fabric inserts, urinals with triangular fins, and toilet bowls with unusually sloping angles.
"Some work fantastically - others really don't work at all. It's almost worse than nothing," says Truscott.
"My favourite is painting a fly on the wall to indicate where you should aim. Unfortunately, some companies put that fly in the wrong place." Rolling Eyes

Sega has even developed a "Toylet" urinal game, installed in Tokyo Metro stations to award men points for accuracy.

But Prof Truscott says one of the most effective tricks is also the simplest - drop a few pieces of tissue into a toilet bowl to soften the blow.

The Splash Lab team plans to investigate further toilet designs and find "the optimal approach for urinal usage", removing some of the obstacles between men, women and bathroom harmony.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24820279

I've been investigating this problem for over six decades, but it didn't take me all that time to work out that narrowing the angle of attack is a good idea! Wink
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PostPosted: 07-11-2013 23:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

The whole thing sounds like a piss take to me.
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PostPosted: 18-12-2013 08:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Climbers say Corrour's toilet is most remote loo on UK mainland

Hillwalkers and mountaineers have disputed a claim that a double award-winning loo is the remotest public toilet on the UK mainland.
Loo at the Light in Sutherland won two accolades at the 2013 Loo of the Year Awards.
People who look after the facility at Stoer Head Lighthouse said it was a great achievement for mainland UK's "remotest public toilet".

However, climbers say Corrour Bothy's toilet is more remote.
The historic bothy is at the foot of Cairn Toul and the Devil's Point in the Lairig Ghru in the Cairngorms.
Corrour Bothy is looked after by volunteers.
Walkers and climbers, and their representative body the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, have posted messages on Twitter in support of the Lairig Ghru loo.
They argue that it is remoter because the long trek to get to it has to be made on foot, rather than by car.

But Leigh Sedgley, who is involved in the running of Loo at the Light, said she hoped the fact that the Sutherland site was maintained and cleaned daily strengthened its claim to the title.

She added: "The Loo at the Light is now without doubt the remotest award winning loo on the mainland UK, and 'probably' the remotest public loo on the mainland UK too."

Whichever site is rightful holder of the claim, both share the aim of encouraging responsible toileting in the outdoors.
"Wild toileting" near Stoer Head had become an unpleasant and unhygienic problem. The public toilets were opened in August and paid for by money raised following a public appeal.
The site was named best Scottish eco-friendly and best car park toilet at the annual Loo of the Year Awards.

Stoer Head Lighthouse gets up to 10,000 visitors a year but the nearest toilet was about six miles (9km) away along a single track road at Clachtoll.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-25419246
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PostPosted: 19-12-2013 09:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cambridge rail worker's health fears over excrement spray

Rail workers are being sprayed by human urine and faeces from passing trains, putting their health at risk.
A Network Rail worker said staff were "genuinely concerned" about excrement, urine and sanitary towels on the tracks.

Network Rail accepted that train toilets which emptied on the track were "outdated and unpleasant" for track workers.
Greater Anglia said it was hoping to phase out toilets which dump waste.

The man who works across the East Anglia region said: "A train would be coming and we'd stand back the recommended distance.
"It's not unusual to feel a spray, a kind of mist in the air. That's bad enough, but then you walk back to where you've been working on the tracks there's [faeces] everywhere."

Passenger waste is discharged from trains not fitted with retention tanks.
The majority of trains running through Cambridge station are operated by Greater Anglia, First Capital Connect and CrossCountry.
More than half of Greater Anglia's trains in the Cambridge area do not have retention tanks. The other two operators' trains do not discharge on to the track.

"We'd like to see them replaced or modified, but this requires effort from across the industry and funding," said a Network Rail spokesman.

The Department for Transport said the government recognised "this is a very unpleasant experience for railway workers and the public" and was "working closely" with Greater Anglia on a fleet upgrade.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-25430657
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PostPosted: 19-12-2013 11:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has always gone on but I thought it was being phased out years ago.

Coming from a railway town, I've heard lots of turds on the track stories.

It's all coming back to me…. Very Happy

Stationmasters in the smaller country stations used to dread the express coming through as there'd sometimes be a little souvenir splattered across the front windows. Shocked

The P-Way workers who maintain the tracks used to be issued with caps which had a long 'veil' on the back to protect their necks from the sun. They also worked against flying poo.

My brother fondly remembers one long-haired ganger who refused to wear his. That man had a long, hot walk back to base one summer afternoon, when the gang refused to let him ride in the van. Something to do with his striking new hair ornament. Laughing
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PostPosted: 19-12-2013 20:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew that this kind of thing had been going on for years, but had no idea it was quite that bad.
Whenever I've waited for trains, I've often smelt a pungent smell coming from the tracks and seen what looks like toilet paper strewn about. There is definitely a very strong smell rather like coffee grounds - I wonder if the train's restaurant staff chuck coffee grounds out while the train is in the station? Or is that the smell of the shit?
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Remind me not to try railway station coffee.
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Toilet pun calendar bid for Lydiard Millicent church
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-25484444

Toilet pun calendar

Church-goers hope to raise £50,000 for a toilet and a new boiler

A church is raising money to install a new loo by selling a calendar based on toilet puns.

The congregation at All Saints Church in Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire, is aiming to raise £50,000 to replace an old boiler and install a washroom.

The Reverend Tricia Roberts said: "We were joking around and suddenly came up with this idea for toilet euphemisms."

She said they planned to put the new facilities at the back of the church building, which is Grade II* listed.

'Potty'
Ms Roberts said: "It's a problem when we have a service like a wedding or a funeral and people have to travel a distance as we haven't got any washroom facilities.

"And although we have a very hospitable pub in the village, it's not always open. We have a potty at the back of the church for younger members."

Toilet pun calendar
Welsh congregation members took part in 'take a leek' for March
She said each month of the calendar had its own euphemism and featured a photograph using members of the congregation.

"We started with 'pull the chain' and got the bell ringers to pull the chains. And for February, we have a photo of a couple who are 'sitting on the throne' with crowns on their heads."

She said other months used various well known sayings including "spend a penny", "the little boys room" and "powder your nose".
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PostPosted: 23-12-2013 11:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, that's great, Lydiard Millicent is the village next to mine. I go though it every day to college.

(and I never knew about train loos, I always thought it a joke)
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PostPosted: 23-12-2013 12:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

On certain European trains when you flush the lav and hold the handle town you can actually see the track through the trap-door whizzing away beneath you.
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