Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Sharing My Private View of Public Toilets; Stick a Hose out of a Wall and Expect Me to Wash My Nether Regions with It and I'm Right out of My Comfort Zone. Not Only Do You End Up with a Wet Bum, but Also Wet Shoes, Wet Socks, Wet Feet

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Sharing My Private View of Public Toilets; Stick a Hose out of a Wall and Expect Me to Wash My Nether Regions with It and I'm Right out of My Comfort Zone. Not Only Do You End Up with a Wet Bum, but Also Wet Shoes, Wet Socks, Wet Feet

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Byline: TUESDAY With Damian Bathersby

TO the best of my knowledge, I have never written a column about public toilets. I checked my files and couldn't find one.

Sure, there may have been references to them but never an entire column devoted to them.

Until now. So, if you're having breakfast, maybe you should leave reading this for later.

If you don't like the topic, blame the NSW government because it got me thinking about public toilets when it went and opened a public toilet on the peak of Mt Kosciuszko.

I have no idea if this is a particularly special loo but at more than 2000 metres above sea level, it is without question, the highest toilet in the nation.

Apparently, it will come in handy for the 100,000 or so bushwalkers who hike to the summit of the mountain each year.

What they used to do when nature called really isn't worth thinking about.

I know, because I thought about it and wished I hadn't.

But it also got me thinking about some of the great public toilets I have visited - and there have been some beauties.

The one that immediately comes to mind is on top of The Peak, in Hong Kong. I remember it vividly.

Its back door looks down on the skyscrapers of Hong Kong - surely one of the most dramatic backdrops for a toilet anywhere in the world.

I took a photograph of that view and had it printed on the side of my coffee mug at work.

Why? I don't know.

But I do find public toilets tell you a lot about the town where they are found.

Adelaide, for instance, is a picturesque place and the space-age public toilets we found in the CBD a few years back maintained the high standard of the city's public buildings.

Anyone who has been there will know what I am talking about - cylindrical, stainless steel structures with sliding doors that open and close by hydraulics. …

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