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Relief is at hand ........

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:41 pm
by Telo
It seems that the government is considering urgent action to address the national shortage of public toilets, with pubs and restaurants being encouraged to open their toilets to non-patrons in exchange for as much as £600 a year.

But the British Toilet Association said the idea is only part of the answer to a problem plaguing the nation.

Welcome news, I'm sure, for elderly sailors making the journey north for the Chentlemen's Cruise.

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:45 pm
by Silkie
Surely we must be the only nation on Earth to have a national toilet association to protect consumers' (perhaps not quite le mot juste) interests?

I'm sure our more elderly cruisers will be delighted with such facilities, as you say

BTA

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:35 am
by Olivepage
Never heard of the British Toilet Association.

Wonder what the president or whatever he is actually does, I mean, what qualifications does the job demand. Must be a question of pulling the right strings. How are they funded, taxpayer I suppose otherwise they'd have gone down the tubes long ago.

But one wonderful quote

"But, he added, the community restaurant scheme should only be "one important tool in the public toilet armoury".

Many a true word.

Re: BTA

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:49 am
by little boy blue
[quote = "Olivepage".......... "one important tool in the public toilet [/quote]

wonder if he meant to say " stool " :moon:

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:57 am
by chakalo
The British Toilet Association was initially formed by a group of distraught relatives of people who had paid 4/- (20P) to take a leak in one of those newly installed stainless steel cubicles which appeared on various streets in London, and were never seen again once the automatic door closed!! :)

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:41 pm
by Olivepage
"and were never seen again once the automatic door closed!!"

Which one

Where

I've got the 40p

Buy SWMBO a couple of bottles of coke and sort of casually stroll past.

Come on - tell all.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:42 pm
by chakalo
:D A cunning plan, but!!

One was installed close to the bus terminal at Aldgate East in London years ago,and along with about 25 other potential passengers I was entertained by the London Fire Brigade who arrived with blue lights flashing and attacked the small fortress like stainless steel structure.

After a few very entertaining minutes they extracted a large, extremely red faced lady who scuttled off to riotous applause.

So plan 'B', as I think they have an alarm button installed. :D

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:41 pm
by lady_stormrider
I had an unpleasant discovery after we volunteered to pay the £10 mooring fee in Lamlash last summer. There was an additional charge of 20 english pence to use the only non-male automated toilet. But at least it was supplied with the 'necessary'. Quite a lot aren't

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:38 pm
by sahona
There's a plethora of public watering holes with perfectly good cludgies in Lamlash, why waste time carting it all down the street before getting rid?

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:45 pm
by jim.r
sahona wrote:There's a plethora of public watering holes with perfectly good cludgies in Lamlash, why waste time carting it all down the street before getting rid?


Many happy memories of the PHT!

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:59 pm
by bilbo
those newly installed stainless steel cubicles which appeared on various streets in London


A bit like a modern 'Tardis', then....?

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:39 pm
by chakalo
Very much so Bilbo. Instructions,coin slot and enter button on outside. Inside.. automatic light, extractor fan, door clicks shut, humming and wirring noises..bloody terrifying.. :D

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:38 pm
by lady_stormrider
sahona wrote:There's a plethora of public watering holes with perfectly good cludgies in Lamlash, why waste time carting it all down the street before getting rid?


As a lady I have heard of such establishments. Are these not the same places that entrap my skipper into purchasing me a schooner of sweet sherry whilst he looks at all the other boats in the harbour?

Thereby I need to go again - thus proving that alcohol is only rented.

I should add it was the only one I saw all fortnight on our first cruise round the Clyde Coast & Arran.

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:48 pm
by chakalo
I knew a Clyde watering hole a long time ago " Betty's Bar," outside Princes Dock. :oops: Is it still there??

Lady_Stormrider it definitely wouldn't be on your itinerary.. :D :D

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:58 pm
by sahona
Used to be a 'place of interest' ( and I wouldn't tangle with Betty) but a bit out of the way if you were on hands and knees. How about the Bonnington on commerce st. 1/2 crown for a gill of grey wine and a pint of scrumpy. Released from your cubical container for the handsome price of 5 shillings, and then there was Greenock...
Rufus A. Badgers.