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Lizzie we had this same problem with our loo in the main bathroom.( which now is my sons ) It was different to the normal ones but after many seats we eventually found the right one. Hope you are lucky.

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There you go, my day pales into insignificance. I couldn't hope to compete with niceties of bog seats and puppy pee. My thunder has been stolen, by a toilet seat! How much further can I sink?

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@LizzieM  I feel sad for the situation with little Jack.... and I’m sure you must feel sad too.  It’s not nice when a pet comes towards the end of their life.....  it must be difficult as you say he does have some good days.   Just keep loving him while he’s still around.  The carpets and floor coverings can wait!  Thinking of you all xx

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Margie, we love Jack to bits but this situation is getting so difficult and I’m afraid his days are numbered, his only saving grace is that he’s still eating well and as far as I’m aware the house isn’t smelly!  

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We had a problem with loo seats for years.  They kept breaking for no apparrent reason. Plastic and wood versions suffered equally. 

It wasn't until i realised that the pan itself was distorted.. that it dawned all seats were going to break until it was replaced. 

Another triumph of Construction Skills in the long history of Broseley Homes.

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3 hours ago, nonnaB said:

Lizzie we had this same problem with our loo in the main bathroom.( which now is my sons ) It was different to the normal ones but after many seats we eventually found the right one. Hope you are lucky.

My lasting memory of Italian loos is of one up a mountain, above Pietra Ligure.  I was on holiday there in 1970 and my friend and I went up to a restaurant in Ranzi and it was the first time we'd come across a 'hole in the ground' toilet!  Since then of course I've experienced similar public conveniences throughout France, particularly on the motorway 'Aires'.  

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My memory of Italian loos, again in the 70's, was having to give the woman in charge of the ladies some silly amount in lire, to be allowed a couple of sheets of loo roll before entering!

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Not now Ann. Everything well almost everything is automated, very clean and disinfected, at least the ones I visit. In the hospital where I was having chemo and other tests and exams I knew where every single loo was.:victory:

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9 hours ago, LizzieM said:

My lasting memory of Italian loos is of one up a mountain, above Pietra Ligure.  I was on holiday there in 1970 and my friend and I went up to a restaurant in Ranzi and it was the first time we'd come across a 'hole in the ground' toilet!  Since then of course I've experienced similar public conveniences throughout France, particularly on the motorway 'Aires'.  

 

Yes Lizzie I remember them well. Tough if you had to go in after a man. The floors were all wet through and they were smelly. They had never seemed to have heard of toilet cleaner.

In 1989 we bought a restaurant that did weddings etc. There was only one loo so guests ( most weddings were 200+ guests) either had to go elsewhere or cross their legs.:wacko:

I remember we had a cleaner to do the every day jobs but never ever did the toilet. We got rid of her and I set to cleaning it. The limescale wouldn't go away whatever I tried ( here the water is really hard) so I got all the chemicals together and tried them one by one. Unfortunately I put the wrong ones together and nearly knocked myself out with the fumes. Anyway whatever I mixed did the trick. We were only there about 6 months. The place was so big and we also bought the house to it. Beautiful properties but when we found some documents of the previous owners that didn't tally we took advice and came out a little bit poorer but safe in the knowledge that we didn't have the worry that the previous owners would have had. 

We came out poorer because we made them an offer ( that they were foolish not to take) we asked for the money back for the house and they could take the restaurant back free. Stupid thing to do in theory but in practice we didn't get the agro afterwards. 

I was upset about it at first as Alex did the bargaining without telling me but after it was the best thing he could have done. Now no regrets at all.

These hole in the ground loos are no longer. If I had to go and found out that's what is was I refused to go and waited til I got home or popped into a bar. Thinking about it I suppose they thought it more hygienic not to have seat there.

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Nonna - I know the toilets in Italy aren't like that, with the rationed loo roll, these days!  We've been to Italy on holiday several times in recent years, and we love it - it's our favourite country to visit

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France back in the 50’s when you had to grab hold of a rope to stop you falling into the pit!

Probably the same now knowing the French.

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When I first came to France I was warned never to go anywhere without plenty of toilet paper. My first experience ever of a French public toilet was at Nice airport. It was staffed by numerous Gorgonian women each with their tray of small change in which you were supposed to donate an appropriate amount of money in exchange for (like Italy) the two sheets (small size) of what they termed papier hygenique but which would be just as suitable as sandpaper (Izal had nothing on that). Suddenly, I didn't need to go any longer.

 

I should point out that it's not like that now and, apart from remote areas, all hygiene facilities are up to the best standards. Campsites can be a bit iffy (and whiffy) and a very useful bit of equipment to take camping is a small spade to dig your own latrine.

 

I was reading the other day, though, that the "crouch over the hole in the ground" type of wasted disposal is probably the best posture for easy passage of solid waste.

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I also remember the old circular gents’ pissoirs in Paris where you could see the occupants’ heads and feet. It was the first time I saw a bidet in which I used to soak my feet after a day’s sightseeing. I was told that the French were a very hygienic race who washed their hands before using the toilet!

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30 minutes ago, philmayfield said:

I was told that the French were a very hygienic race who washed their hands before using the toilet!

 

As part of coursework some years ago we researched the market for handsoap, the French at that time had the lowest sales in Europe.

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In China the public loos had a mix of regular toilets and holes in the ground. Of course, we ladies wanted to use the regular toilets and there were less of them than the holey ones. It took longer for the ladies, than the men who were in and out quickly. So the guide would tell us to use the men's as well and he stood guard outside.  I did notice when older Chinese ladies came in the  loos, they'd squat at the holes, with the door open!

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On 9/4/2020 at 12:49 AM, DJ360 said:

Photo of current situation here. My house on left.

 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SMWyE5xCNGUeMYav7

 

To be honest DJ if like you say, you've left that ground level broken wall like that for 20 odd years I do not blame your neighbour for growing those plants to hide it from his side, I think you should let your neighbour maintain your side as well?     

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My neighbour never cuts her front hedge, when I have had enough of looking @ it, I get the clippers & extension lead out, a few years ago I took it from 6 foot to a more manageable 3 foot, she never said a word?  

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8 hours ago, philmayfield said:

I also remember the old circular gents’ pissoirs in Paris where you could see the occupants’ heads and feet. It was the first time I saw a bidet in which I used to soak my feet after a day’s sightseeing. I was told that the French were a very hygienic race who washed their hands before using the toilet!

 

When I first came to Italy to meet my future in laws every house new or old had a bidet and I thought they must be very well to do. When we had our bathroom redone in Radcliffe we installed a bidet. Prospective buyers , when we decided to come back here, were puzzled as to what it was.. 

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I've got a pal in Peterborough who did plumbing work. He once told me that quite a lot of call outs were to seized up bidet taps, because they were never used. A status symbol perhaps.

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We HAD bidets at 3 previous houses, we inherited them, don’t think we would have installed them ourselves.  Certainly wouldn’t bother again, they were mainly for decoration! 

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As it's quite a while since I went on a holiday abroad ,Toilets ?? if you want a 5* toilet then you need to visit Singapore, the toilet is a computer. It will lift the lid for you, flush automatically the the seat is washed dryed and before used again it will compleatly turn over, the toilet is about 7ftx6ft and at the side of you is a column about a foot in length and 1ft wide. On the column are about 12 buttons for you to press, 1 will wash you, when required. 2 will pass paper , (not news paper) that paper the the little doggy chase's    other numbers carry on doing other things, and so on. It is a while since we went so maybe these toilets have changed a little. Come to think of it Toilet might have been in Thailand it was a long time ago now.

Very worst toilet that i have visited.  (Sorry nonnaB)  we were traverling around Europe and went to catch the train to Italy,  I could not keep my legs crossed any longer. so went on the ladies at the station just one of those holes in the ground, and it was UHHH!    I will say no more.

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