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Jim Brady
18th March 2013, 03:47 PM
Squat toilets ditched for sit-downs to help knees.
Thai people were relieved yesterday...to hear the country is scrapping it's squat toilets.The Public Health Ministry revealed it will remove 90% of their bog standard toilets by 2016 and replace them with sit-downs.The poop-ular move comes due to an alarming number of people suffering from squat related arthritis.These toilets are being blamed as a cause of osteoarthritis of the knee,some six million natives and some ex-pats have this condition. A source said "Prolonged periods of squatting have been found to cause arthritis.It is hoped the new toilets will save a few more knees and boost tourism.Just over 85% of households and public facilties use ankle-high Nile pans.I wonder what Tony in Cebu will think of this move.
Regards.
Jim.B.

Ivan Cloherty
18th March 2013, 03:49 PM
Squat toilets ditched for sit-downs to help knees.
Thai people were relieved yesterday...to hear the country is scrapping it's squat toilets.The Public Health Ministry revealed it will remove 90% of their bog standard toilets by 2016 and replace them with sit-downs.The poop-ular move comes due to an alarming number of people suffering from squat related arthritis.These toilets are being blamed as a cause of osteoarthritis of the knee,some six million natives and some ex-pats have this condition. A source said "Prolonged periods of squatting have been found to cause arthritis.It is hoped the new toilets will save a few more knees and boost tourism.Just over 85% of households and public facilties use ankle-high Nile pans.I wonder what Tony in Cebu will think of this move.
Regards.
Jim.B.

Not anther Government knee jerk reaction then!:smashPC:

Captain Kong
18th March 2013, 04:10 PM
I wish they would get rid of them in Manchester Airport, they are horrible and stink.
Tho` when I was in Bolton Hospital last June the Afghans missed the squat kazis and stood on the seats and then squated crapping all over the cisterns and seats. It was disgusting. I got myself out of there FAST.
These "people" do not belong in a civilised society.
Brian

robpage
18th March 2013, 05:52 PM
The Greeks still have them in a lot of public toilets , they are a nightmare if you have bad knees , and poor balance , not place to fall backwards into .

Rocky
18th March 2013, 07:04 PM
You would need really bad balance to fall over backwards and still end up **** faced

Doc Vernon
18th March 2013, 08:32 PM
Reminds me of Paris many Years ago when they had those type of Toilets,it was the first time me and mt late Brother saw them,and we were flabergasted!
But it has been said that besides the Knee thing,they were very Hygenic! Took some getting used to though,but hey it was something new to us haha!
And the Open Air Toilets where one just stands and has a good look at the people passing by whilst having a leak! haha!
Reckon these Aussies still do a lot of Knee Excersise in the Outback haha!
Cheers

Richard Quartermaine
18th March 2013, 11:09 PM
Is this the one you used in Paris, Vernon?

In Borneo - Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei - the dunny (loo) usually was adjacent to the food preparation area and you had to navigate through the women sitting on the floor to get to it.

Very few had doors and as you squatted with your feet on the footplate over the once white porcelain hole you could check out the menu. It was important to keep as much of your body covered as possible - not so much for modesty but to avoid loss of blood from the resident vampire mosquitoes.

Bon Appetite!

Richard

happy daze john in oz
19th March 2013, 12:03 AM
It would appear they have been a bit lax in the past, hence the need to flush things out.

Lou Barron
19th March 2013, 12:13 AM
So thats why get sore knees squating down to have a crap for three and a half years.

IT reminds me of a time when we was on a working party and one of our guys went into the bush to have a crapnext thing he came screaming out he had been bitten by a snake or something but he had been sitting on a patch of bamboo grass and speared him in the bum

john gill
19th March 2013, 08:34 AM
A few years ago we joined our daughter and future son in law backpacking through Asia and Oz. Whilst in Melbourne visiting a bar/restaurant, the lad came back from the gents looking a bit strange. Asking what was up he just said ''you'll see''. I duly went upstairs to empty my clog and discovered the dilemma. The urinal area was situated overlooking the restaurant area with a viewing area about chest height. You could see the people dining and vice-versa. However, the piss area seemed to be a sheet of clear glass which turned out to be a one-way mirror. A bit unnerving as you could see all but (allegedly) not the other way around.
gilly

Richard Quartermaine
19th March 2013, 11:23 AM
Seems to me they were running a hi class 'Exhibish".
Richard

happy daze john in oz
20th March 2013, 03:32 AM
There is an hotel in Melbourne where the toilets on the 30th floor overlook the city. It is floor to celling glass and some go there just for the view. But the best are the 'long drops', the dunny in the bush, very often found it picnic areas. The number who run out of there at the sight of a Red back spider is quite amazing.

Richard Quartermaine
20th March 2013, 12:12 PM
The "outback Dunny" - unfortunately this photo I took in 1965 doesn't show the redback spiders lurking under the seat or the red belly black snake curled up in the corner or the death adders under the chips on the wet weather track.
Richard

Captain Kong
20th March 2013, 04:55 PM
Anne and I were up in the Northern Territory, just desert, nothing, we were the only people in the world. just the heat and the flies, we were covered in red dust sticking to our sweat, and then covered in black flies, we looked like a spotted dick pudding, We came across a Dunny, I opened a door and it was THICK with millions and millions of black flies. Just could not get in there,
There was a dried up Creek so we went down there, she drops her knickers and I am also doing my bit, When She starts screaming , jumping up and down with knickers round her ankles, Big Ants galloping up her legs doing a mad dance, suddenly a bus pulls up and 40 Japanese tourist stood watching us, all we could hear was the clicking of 40 cameras. then they disapeared in a cloud of red dust just as fast as they came and we were all alone again.
These Ants were over one inch in length. I batted them off and we climbed out of there as fast as the Japanese.
Cheers
Brian.

Lou Barron
21st March 2013, 12:35 AM
I have often wondered about the bore hole toilets that was in Changi Jail they never seemed to get filled with approx 6000 pows useing them mind it was more of a liquid crap .I dont know how many that was drilled sometimes you had to line up and there was many when you could not hold on dysentery was very rife mind you it was a good place to hear all the news about the (bore hole rumours )

happy daze john in oz
21st March 2013, 01:03 AM
Anne and I were up in the Northern Territory, just desert, nothing, we were the only people in the world. just the heat and the flies, we were covered in red dust sticking to our sweat, and then covered in black flies, we looked like a spotted dick pudding, We came across a Dunny, I opened a door and it was THICK with millions and millions of black flies. Just could not get in there,
There was a dried up Creek so we went down there, she drops her knickers and I am also doing my bit, When She starts screaming , jumping up and down with knickers round her ankles, Big Ants galloping up her legs doing a mad dance, suddenly a bus pulls up and 40 Japanese tourist stood watching us, all we could hear was the clicking of 40 cameras. then they disapeared in a cloud of red dust just as fast as they came and we were all alone again.
These Ants were over one inch in length. I batted them off and we climbed out of there as fast as the Japanese.
Cheers
Brian.

Ah yes Brian, the Bull ants they realy do take hold when they bite.