Tuesday, 28 May 2013

A Metaphorical Vitamin Injection

Lots of people have been feeling under the weather recently, which is why we have taken it upon ourselves to cheer everyone up. We took a medium-sized jaunt to the National Museum of Copenhagen recently, with Intellectual Friend, which left us feeling refreshed and invigorated. We found the archaeological artefacts at least as interesting as the toilets, and so we're including photos of both! Consider this a concentrated dose of awesomeness! Danish toilets and hygiene-related archaeological finds: just what the doctor ordered!

The toilets at the National museum of Denmark.
We couldn't imagine better ones!

If there is such a thing as "bog-standard awesomeness", then this is it.

Paper towels and a hygienically covered toilet-roll holder!
This is where we collectively purr like a contented kitten:
Purr, purr, purr.

Lots of places seem to have a problem with paper towels
blocking up the plumbing.

Here's where it gets really exciting!
The metal objects are hygiene implements found in a Viking age grave.
The glass vessel indicates that the grave belongs to a person
of high social status. In other words, these are posh toilet articles!

Close-up of fabulous tools! Read more about Viking hygiene here.

There, does that feel better? We hope you're feeling rejuvenated and intellectually stimulated. In case you're not, though, here's a little gem from Twitter that made us chortle to no inconsiderable extent the other day:
"When life gets you down, try referring to something as a 'sweet-ass X', but move the hyphen along. Right now I'm enjoying a sweet ass-coffee."

Related Reading
Hanging Out with Hygeia at Glyptoteket
Quickly, Before We Sober Up: Icelandic Nostalgia
Tømmermænd at Café Jorden, or, Sleepless in Aarhus, or, Fear and Loathing in Jutland 
Feeling Single, Seeing Double: Sct. Clemens Brewery, Aarhus 
Blogging Something Rotten

Thursday, 16 May 2013

We Contemplate How to Get Jake Gyllenhaal into a Ladies' Toilet

A greeting from Australian Friend today - "As seen in the ladies' toilets at Melbourne University library". We're posting this in all haste, in between our non-toilet-blogging duties, so we'll have to manage without an in-depth analysis. However, Australian Friend's pithy comment says it all, really (note the totally rad Aussie substitution of plural s for z):
Things have changed since the feminist dayz of my undergrad youth!

Graffiti reply says, "Well[,] I don't see how we're gonna
get Jake Gyllenhaal into a ladies' toilet[,] but ok..."

In order to cheer up our Australian friends, we'd like to point out that in our experience it's actually very easy to get a gentleman into a ladies' toilet. All it takes is liberal consumption of alcohol! If your selected gentleman proves reluctant, dangle a well-filled hipflask in front of him, and you're sorted. We don't have any experience with gentleman actors from Hollywood, but with ordinary mortals this method is well-documented.

Related Reading
Fan Takes Photo of Jake Gyllenhaal on the Toilet
Jake Gyllenhaal's Toilet Stalker
The Intellectual Streak Continues: Leeds University Library Bogs, or, Yorkshire Graffitti

The Berrick Saul Building at the University of York: Finally, a British Nod in the Direction of the 21st Century  
Let's Talk About Graffiti
Bykrogen: Rustic Cheer

Sunday, 12 May 2013

In Which We Indulge in Poetry and Out-of-Context French Expressions

 We at the Privy Counsel have souls which are nothing if not overflowing with poetry. Spring has arrived at Privy counsel HQ, and birds are flapping and tooting, and flowers stretching lasciviously, all over the place. While out giving the Privy Counsel constitutions some refreshing exercise, gracing the lanes and alleys with our elegant forms in harmonious motion, we happened upon these handsome bird-cherry blossoms. Did they remind us of something? Did they ever! We think you'll agree that the colours match exactly those of the tasteful toilets below. We came across these agreeable facilities while enjoying some very rock'n'roll wedding festivities in France last year. (N.b. these are not the same toilets that Australian Friend broke.)

The scent of bird cherry is rather a favourite of ours

See what we mean about the colours? Un peu mon neveu!

Hubba!  Les bras nous en tombent!

La vache! Great, n'est-ce pas!
We won't bother you with trifles like points on a beautiful day like today (also we were very hungover at the point of use and remember very little of the experience except that we noted that there being soap was an advantage) - off you all go and cavort with the birds and the bees! Pas piqué des hannetons!

Related Reading
Trains, Sweat and Fears
Amie Australienne Va au Mariage, Casse Toilette
All Wedding Toilets

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

An Unbearably Exciting Outing

Due to our ever increasing eccentricity and incoherence, we've been stalking our friends at their places of work. Yes, we're that creepy. But, as we all know, the rewards of mindboggling creepiness are immense! We found these waycool retro Swedish toilets! We're not exactly sure where this is (one of the effects of increasing eccentricity and incoherence is the inability to remember where one is), but it's probably at some faculty of engineering or other. If it helps, you get the lift at the end of the corridor. The other one doesn't work. Wherever this place is , our excursion there was unbearably exciting! Check out all these old-school doors, taps and coat-hooks!

We do enjoy clear signage.

Phwoarrr, check out this old-school door handle!

Well, spank us with a rose-scented flannel
- one gets two different soaps to choose from!

A cantankerous old toilet blogger's heart skips a beat
at the sight of such a lovely toilet-roll holder
and such a lovely retro tap! Retro MIXER TAP, we hasten to point out!

The epitome of bog standard!

More straightforward signage, helpfully bilingual.
(The "not" underlined for extra clarity, we note with approval.)

A perfectly adequate coat-hook!

We're happy to note that the weather has improved somewhat
since we took these pictures.

We just had to sneak next door and snap
another exciting sink in the same place!

This retro door had us all a-flutter!

Well, wasn't that refreshing? Now, if you'll excuse us we have some more sneaking around and mindboggling creepiness to attend to.
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