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Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...

Possibly in the face of stiff competition, it is New Delhi that has the doubtful honour of hosting the seventh World Toilet Summit. I am not making this up.

This is held under the aegis of the Singapore-based World Toilet Organization, and said WTO uses a heart shaped loo seat as part of its logo. Moreover, make haste to its merchandise section, where one can avail oneself of a logo polo shirt, with early purchasers also entitled to a rather fetching dual pin badge. There is also a section of quizzes and games for those interested in such things.

Doubtless this summit is a worthy endeavour, but once a schoolboy, always a schoolboy. Highlights of the programme include "the issue of hygiene in Indian villages, preventing water-borne infections and global access to toilets. An Australian delegate will deliver a report on toilets in TV and a Greek speaker will talk latrines in Ancient Greece".

Meanwhile, I will take my cue from Nancy Mitford, and wish it would re-name itself the World Lavatory Association, meanwhile quite possibly the Apocalypse truly is upon us.

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Blogger Mountjoy said... 3:07 pm

So is a WTO sanction when they ban a member from using the toilet?  



Anonymous verity said... 5:45 pm

I too had a Mitfordesque moment. World Loo Association might be a good compromise, given that doesn't clash with the equally important World Trade Organisation.

I was in Singapore when they strarted getting fixated on loos. This was because men in the HBD - public housing flats, how sold off privately - flats were using the lifts as mobile loos. So they installed cameras in the lifts and thoughtfully published the photos in The Straits Times of the miscreants peeing.

The one I remember was run on the front page, with a big photograph, under the headline: First Woman Caught Urinating in HBD Lift!

She didn't half look startled.  



Anonymous once a schoolboy said... 7:03 am

Are you taking the piss?  



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