Thursday, 1 September 2011

Wendy's Flush

Oh blimey weird new interface on Blogger.... And a guest post! From pal Wendy at Wendy House. Here she tells us about a rather glamorous toileting experience in Reading... which is good because all my new ones seem to be from the West Country... or Exeter. I will hand you over to Wendy...



Venue: Abbot Cook, 153 London Road, Reading, RG1 5DE
Website: The Abbot Cook in Reading Time and date: 1.07pm, 14/08/2011
Weather conditions: Sunny with torrential downpours.

Cemetery Junction, is a well known Reading town traffic black spot, but getting caught-short in a traffic jam isn't a problem for people with insider knowledge. I'd recommend pulling into the Abbot Cook for a wee visual, treat. There's no missing the cheerful visual splash at the end of the bar! A textured vibrant mural across the toilet doorways. Squinting does help to find the polite 'Ladies' and "Gents signs on the golden doorframes.


No scent wafting from the doorways [flowery or potty] is a good sign. When on the other side of the doors it takes a couple of minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness of a black room with white fittings. I pressed my nose against the OCD-thrillingly clean large black tiles. Sparkling reflections on all walls, sinks, mirrors and dastardly-efficient hot-air hand-dryer, confirmed the local vampires don't hang-out here. Safe. The cubicle equipment is a disapointment compared to the colourful then black entrance experiences. A white toilet bowl, plastic sanitary disposal bin and do-it-yourself bowl-brush does the job, providing no more thrills. Despite the little let-down, I'll be returning on another weekend for a Sunday lunch, live Jazz and a vampire-free dump.


Thank you Wendy! Luckily I have another gust [or guest?] post from Mr Lax on standby to break up my fixation wih Devon loos. Meanwhile, I am still very busy. Sx

41 comments:

  1. Yay First!

    A very stylish location! Given the high amount of chalk in our water shiny black surfaces are deadly - every little drop turns into a nasty grey spot immedeately.

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  2. Mr Mags: We will have to ask Wendy if the water is hard in Reading?
    I wonder who has to polish all those tiles. I am tempted to go there and get out my squirty stuff.
    Sx

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  3. A vampire-free dump? God Lord, what a way with words young Wendy has...

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  4. Very evocative report from Wendy (also ginger?)!

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  5. Ms Nurse: Indeed, there are no windy words with Wendy!

    Mr Lax: NO! Wendy isn't ginger!
    I have met her several times; she is one of the brainiest and nicest people in the blogosphere and has physically come to my rescue. A fair distance to travel for a friend in need.

    Sx

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  6. La di da.
    My Word such extravagance...not the Loo silly, having someone blog for you!
    Just kidding of course... how delightful. This is a wonderful tradition this guest blogging thingamabob. It conveys a sense of security and "trust" to the general public.
    Imagine letting another person take your shiny Aston Martin Virage oot for the weekend.

    Wendy had me from "I pressed my nose against the OCD-thrillingly clean large black tiles" If a germophobic OCDer like moi can enjoy a review of a public "terlet" you must be doing something extraordinary.

    Toodle-Loo!

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  7. Mr Birdpoop: ...I would say hello and welcome... but you are strangely familiar...
    Yep, I could get used to someone writing my blogposts for me.
    Any Canadian toileting experiences that you'd like to submit?
    Sx

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  8. Hello Miss Scarlet:
    Well, as far as we can see [we are, sadly, terribly myopic]Wendy has tracked down an extremely lavish loo here. We particularly like the trompe l'oeil effect doors.

    Such a pity that it is in Reading and that the fittings are lack lustre, otherwise we may have been tempted to make a day of it and visit specially.

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  9. The Top-Hats: I must visit Wendy soon, to see her and Happyfroggy... hopefully we will be meeting in this toilet. We might even go to the bar for a drink.
    Sx

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  10. Everything one looks for in a water closet.

    If I'm ever in Reading (and I'll admit to having spent the majority of my life mispronouncing that, btw...) I'll have to pop in.

    Pearl

    p.s. May have to send you some American bathrooms. I believe Psycho Suzi's, an imaginative tiki bar in my neighborhood, may have something to offer...

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  11. Pearl: I believe I was over at yours whilst you were here!
    Indeed I have tried reading in Reading - English pronounciation is a nightmare.
    Please do submit a guest post, it'll keep me out of trouble!
    Sx

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  12. Mr Lax: Apologies.

    Ducks: Hello and Welcome!!!
    There will be plenty more porcelain. This is to become an international toilet blog. Please feel free to submit.
    Sx

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  13. Incase anyone's thinking of tapping me for cash
    1) I'm not *that* flush
    2) ginger has been known to show up in my family (Scarlet's visited too)

    What Scarlet probably hasn't realised is that I 'll be pestering her to publish pictures of almost every public loo that I visit from now on, I suspect she'll have to put me on a ration...

    Thanks all x

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  14. What wonderful decor for humble toilet doors. More imaginative than Lads and Lasses, or Stars and Starlets. But personally cleanliness is always more important than decor. I want to know I'm not in the middle of germ city, about to be mugged by something very nasty.

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  15. tis me who's perplexed....I've not been getting notifications of your postings for the longest time.

    Anyway, although you postings dropped off my radar, I am now able to comment again. If it's not one thing it's another!

    I love the whole guest loo theme Ms S. Next time I'm partaking of a pee in a Scandinavian wet room, I'll surreptitiously snap away and send you a contribution. Bx

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  16. Can we have a post from a unisex loo please? Literally if possible.

    Nice black tiles. Glad I don't have to clean them.

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  17. A black forest shateau?

    We have it hard in the north Scarlet, trying to produce a decent froth in the shower is nigh-on impossible.

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  18. Squirt on, you crazy diamond!

    And why are you and LX always excusing?

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  19. Let me know if you need an update on scottish toilets.
    I can ping you a few photos of unisex bogs.....

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  20. Wendy: You are most welcome to send me pics as you roam further than I do and seem to have an instinct for a better class of toileting experience.

    Nick: I seem to sniff out the most unsavoury public facilities... I have one very nice one on my phone and two that are none too pleasant. I will have to start taking my cleaning equipment wherever I go.

    BUX: Apologies! This is a new blog... well actually I don't blog anymore, I closed the old blog and this is like a side-salad... a flimsy add-on if you like, for when I feel like saying hello.
    I am enjoying the toilets too.

    Mr Joey: I think someone has the unisex loo covered....

    Mr Lax: Apologies!

    Mitzi: Blogging word blindness!! Were you thinking château/gâteaux?
    Hard water is expensive... best saved for some gâteaux in a château.

    Mr Mags: I was bullied when I was young, hence apologising became a form of defence against attackers. No worries, I have had several years of therapy at the tax payer's expense and have nearly recovered.
    I cannot speak for Mr Lax.

    Macy: Yes please!!!!

    Sxxx

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  22. Wendy: No, don't worry... that was just me and Mr Lax having a silly moment... and then Mitzi was sorting her spelling out and wanted to get it right.
    I will tidy up.

    Sx

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  23. Wendy: There all neat and tidy now!
    Sx

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  24. Fantastic 'Muriels'.
    I thought of you in The County Stores loo in Taunton. Very efficient Dyson hand dryer - but noisy.

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  25. Pat: Yes! I have also used a Dyson hand-dryer - very impressive.
    I had an amusing toileting experience in Exeter on Monday. I will try to write it up for a future post... but will have to go back for the pics.
    Sx

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  26. Yes Scarlet I think it was, but not with château/gâteaux. Shateau was quite deliberate, it was a play on words, a punnilingus, shat and the french word for water eau. With the black tiles and white grouting reminiscent of a black forest gâteau or schwarzwälder Kirschtorte to please Mago.

    Believe it or not I was having difficulty spelling the word "forest" , it just didn't look right, so I changed it to forrest, that didn't look right either, so I looked the word up in the dictionary, I was right the first time.

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  27. I knew what you meant when I read your comment last night!
    And then lost the plot this morning...
    Sx

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  28. Those Dunny Doors Would make a great back drop for my hats! A real garden of flowers Miss S, Thank you to your roving reporter Miss Wendy. what an inspiration.

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  29. I deleted my comment because of the numerous spelling mistakes, a silly moment, and because I could. I rather lioke the mystery of a trail of delted comments in a comment thread...

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  30. Princess: I have some more very posh loos from Wendy, which feature leather Chesterfield sofas... I am obviously visiting all the wrong establishments!

    Wendy: I will not tidy your deleted comment... although it pains me to have an untidy comment box.

    Sxx

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  31. I am sorry to hear that you were bullied, Scarlet - appologizing and pointy elbows are surely helpful.

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  32. At least there is a bowl-brush... Little chance to find one in a public restroom here... and if there is one, it's likely nobody will (know how to) use it!

    And please, help a poor french-canadian... is it Ree-ding or Redd-ding. I want to say it right next time I play Monopoly!
    Hugs
    Jon

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  33. Hello cousin Blue!!

    It's Redding, m'dear. And I am free for a game of Monopoly if I can be the doggie.
    Sx

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  34. I do enjoy a stylish loo. Haven't been to the pub mentioned yet but this could well be an extra incentive to visit.

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  35. Mr Lax: Do you have a dog in the US version? I also like being the hat or the boot... not so keen on the iron.

    Happyfroggy: This loo is another incentive to visit Reading!
    I must come for a visit and see you and Wendy.

    Sx

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  36. You would indeed need to squint to see the gender signs above the doorways.

    Perhaps the Gents room should have a big stamen painted onto the flower.

    Nice work, Wendy.

    Miss Scarlet, I'm quite excited that you plan to expand this series internationally.

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  37. MJ: Due to the popularity of the toileting experience I think I may have to dedicate this blog to all thing lavatorial. I will then have to re-open my old blog for general chit-chat and random nonsense.
    This is all quite an undertaking for a blogger such as myself who no longer blogs.
    Anyhow, there are two adverts that have tickled me lately... one most definitely won't be on Youtube... the other is one that I'm pretty sure that Mitzi will get her mitts on before I get myself organised enough to post it!

    Sx

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