Saturday, December 06, 2008

Drastic Enteritus


Being firmly convinced that decent drains and proper toilets are the hallmark of all civilized societies I tend more towards armchair travel than the real variety. Other cultures and cuisines are all very well and good, but there is little alluring about fly encircled toilet rims.

Having said that, I do like to dream about exotic destinations and the attractions they offer. I was reading up on Shanghai the other day and was pleased to note that one hotel claimed that all guests were sure to have a 'drastically good time'. I haven't had many drastically good times, so I'm sure it would prove to be an invigorating holiday.

The British economy is definitely going round the U bend, so I think we should all go out and have a drastically good time.

Britain needs drastics.

38 comments:

Tessa said...

Tunnocks, your fascination with all things sanitary makes me think you should read The Big Necessity by Rose George. Sub-titled The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters, it's a terrific read, honest. And there's a recording available from the Beeb, of Gerard Hoffnung giving his famous speech to the Oxford Union, which also includes his story of the French hotelier offering French widows in every room, among other mistranslated delights for the weary traveller that should give you a good laugh.

MJ said...

Avoid Canada.

No indoor plumbing and you'll freeze your bits off in the outhouse.

The Poet Laura-eate said...

I've never seen the point of abroad either. Funny food, funny money, strange lavatories. And some of them don't even speak English, it's outrageous!

;-)

garfer said...

Tessa

Contrary to popular belief I am not obsessed with matters alimentary, it's just that I draw the line when it comes to stinky toilets.

MJ

The thought of poutine excreta is enough to put anyone off Canada.

Laura-eate

Yes, and some of them don't even stand at attention when the National anthem is played, the disrespectful daygo oiks.

KAZ said...

Shanghai Noon was on BBC last night.
Now watching that is pretty drastic.

Peevish McSnark said...

Oh, dear. Your mind is in the toilet. Again.

I'm thinking you need more fiber in your diet.

FirstNations said...

honestly, mj is right. canada is appalling. they don't even use paper afterwards; they just scoot across the carpet like spaniels. its pathetic.

Betty said...

You may as well take your chances with toilets in other countries. The worst state I've ever seen a WC in was one I saw in Dawlish in Devon. Bleeeargh.

MJ said...

Can I get some cream for this rug burn?

garfer said...

Kaz

More excruciating than drastic.

Peevish

It's spelt fibre, and I disdain it.

FN

I thought they went in the woods along with bears.

Betty

I'm surprised they've heard of toilets in darkest Devon.

MJ

Put in some wooden flooring.

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