Toilets of the World
‘ I just happened to glance at the night sky and I marvelled at the millions of stars glistening like pieces of quicksilver thrown carelessly onto black velvet. In awe I watched the waxen moon ride across the zenith of the heavens like an amber chariot towards the void of infinite space wherein the tethered bolts of Jupiter and Mars hang forever in their orbital majesty; and as I looked at all this, I thought, ‘I must put a roof on this lavatory’.
What’s this page doing here? A bog standard report? I’m simply fascinated by toilets – a crucial aspect of every journey. I spend a substantial amount of time on each trip looking for them, anticipating them, planning for them and evaluating them. They vary from the ultra-comfortable ultra -high-tech heated bowls of Japan and Korea to the gut-wrenching open trenches in China, where there is no privacy and children scramble to watch, to the side of the open road in the bush Africa. ‘Women on the left side of the truck, men on the right’. If you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go….