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Saturday, 17 April 2010
Quaint urinals


Remember the days when people could smoke in public places? When designers even put handy ashtrays next to the urinals? Seeing a reminder of this time (above)  brought to mind what LP Hartley wrote in his novel The Go Between:

The past is a different world. They do things differently there.

Posted by bigblue on 17/04/2010 at 03:00 PM
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When I was in England in the 1960s there was a book called “The good loo guide”—a guide to the public loos of London. When we visited the UK in 2005 there weren’t any, and even the station loos had been replaced by a plastic contraption on one platform. Seems that Englishmen no longer have the need to piss, though in the past they did things differently.

Posted by SteveH  on  24/04/2010  at  05:12 AM

I think that it’s linked to the shrinking of the state under neo-liberalism: the public loos have been “replaced” with ones in businesses, such as restaurants. Normally when I need to piss in a city like London I look for the golden arches (if you will pardon the expression) of McDonalds.

Posted by bigblue  on  01/05/2010  at  09:42 AM

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