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Toilets of the World

Mon, 26 Mar 2007

I saw this in my local bookshop and had to buy it. This obsession with toilet books harks back to 1997 and Adam Harts quite fantastic Thunder, Flush and Thomas Crapper: An Encycloopedia. Now out of print, it is a real classic and home to such anecdotes as a detailed explanation of the double-bend siphonic flush action. Anyone who reads this book must look at the item on "astronauts" and, my favourite, "australia".

Anyway, a slight digression. Toilets of the World has, as might be expected, pictures (and explanations) of toilets from around the world. A great book to leave in the, well, toilet, and dip in to. El Porvenir airport's toilet (Panama) is great. The Whiskey Cafe in Montreal, interesting..... and Rothesay Pier (Isle of Bute) is a real tribute to the Victorians (and one I have actually been to!).

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