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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 19:38
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Mr D, was that last one aimed at you or me? I'm bogged down here.
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 19:39
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Japanese toilets are great. As well as offering you a wash and blow dry, they also provide soundtracks of birdsong or running water to cover any embarrassing noises you might make. And the seat is heated in winter.

Davaar No need to get down in the dumps about it.
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 19:43
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Singaporegirl! There are people reading this, you know.
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 19:49
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Singaporgirl, when Drapes was in the land of the rising sun,Japanese toilets consisted of a six inch diameter hole in the ground, one had to adopt a rather undignified Sumo Wrestler type to stance to do the biz, twas a kind of zen excercise using Japanes toilets then.
The nice bar girls did bring one a thingy with hot towels on it afterwards though.
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 19:56
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UL 730, maybe it was a different Fred. In a past era, maybe still for all I know, all movie programs in all RN ships featured a Tom and Jerry, always greeted by the roar "Good Old Fred!" from artistically sensitive assembled matelots. This was in honour of the producer, Frederick C Quimby (1883-1965).
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 20:00
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Mr Draper There are some who believe that the squatting stance required to use traditional Japanese toilets strengthens the muscles in the hindquarters and so, in women, at least, may help reduce the incidence of urinary incontinence.

Davaar I can see I've shocked you. I'll stop going through the motions and climb back onto my high-minded literary pedestal.
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 20:02
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Mind you, it was a long time ago, on a clear night one could still see Hiroshima glowing in the dark.
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 20:18
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Did you work out the correct way to face the hole in the ground, Herr D?
And why do the Japanese have only WOMEN servicing the mens' toilets? The mens' dunnies in Nihon don't have doors on them either, so prospective wives can check out and compare prospective husbands - not that you'd ever catch them doing that!!

Oysters in Nagasaki are brilliantly fluorescent.

Did you ever return that sign you nicked from the Railway X-ing at Port Pirie, Mr D? They're having regular car-train prangs there you know.

Nothing like Wrigleys Juicy Fruit chewing gum - I can remember when it was 2p (Aussie) for a packet of 4 - then they charged 10c for 10 come the conversion to Decimal currency.
Thieving b's...10c was the equivalent of 1/-...should've been 12 instead of 10!! Baaaarrrrstaarrrds!
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 20:31
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Twas a large bronze hand bell one liberated from the Port Pirie railway crossing Kaptain, alas it was left aboard the good ship British Monarch, a fine old five hatch cargo ship,she looked like a ship, not a floating tin box such as they turn out now.
She will long ago have been dragged to the scrap yard and turned into razor blades, manys the tale she could have told.
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 21:30
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Eighteenth-century poet William Cowper penned 'Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk', a good example of anapestic trimeter. His spiritual mentor, the Rev John Newton, wrote 'Amazing Grace'.
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 21:46
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I am afraid of moths.
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 22:04
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The 18th century savants Dr Johnson and Adam Smith once met. In the course of conversation:
(a) Johnson said to Smith: "You, Sir, are a liar"; and
(b) Smith said to Johnson: "You, Sir, are a son of a b*tch".

From that modest beginning, JetBlast grew.

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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 22:29
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'...much enquiry having been made concerning a gentleman, who had quitted a company where Johnson was, and no information being obtained; at last Johnson observed, that "he did not care to speak ill of any man behind his back, but he believed the gentleman was an attorney".'

James Boswell: The Life of Samuel Johnson
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 22:31
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Sure, but Adam Smith had his number. Bang on.
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Old 23rd Aug 2003, 00:08
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Yankee Doodle became the official song of the US state of Conneticut in 1978. It is said to have up to 190 verses.

As far as I know, Frosty the Snowman has not been officially adopted by any US state, even Texas.
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Old 23rd Aug 2003, 00:47
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Yes but those green octopus like face eaters from Beta Reticulum don't know that.
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Old 23rd Aug 2003, 01:46
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Whooooowheeee!!!!!!!!!!!!! My farts really STINK!
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Old 23rd Aug 2003, 09:43
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singerpawgal.

forsooth, thou doth speakest the right... Mr Newton's composition has also a nautical theme.

He ran away to sea, apparently ( though not in anything remotely coloured like a legume nor accompanied by wing'd or furr'd fauna) to escape from his conscience. In the process he was thrown overboard, picked up and eventually accepted God's providence and grace.

Marvellous, stirring hymn, nothing like the sound coming off a still lake from an unseen lone piper.

I first saw those 'funny' toilet facillities in Europe, the sight of a ground-level commode filled one with trepidation. Lucky there were normal receptacles opposite.

* * * Scatalogical addenda from a small island * * *
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Old 23rd Aug 2003, 11:49
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Just came back from the shops with 10 goldfish to feed my protopteris. They should last about 2 or 3 days.

I wonder what a barbequed protopteris would taste like
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Old 23rd Aug 2003, 13:04
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I'm on Sakhalin Island slowly working my way through a Russian hangover, which is remarkably similar to a Scottish one. But vodka inspired.
Maybe a cold beer will do the trick.
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