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    Uk Council Installs Asian Squat Toilets For Cultural Awareness

    Shopping centre bosses approve 'Asian squat toilets' following cultural awareness course



    By James Tozer DAILY MAIL
    Last updated at 8:43 PM on 14th July 2010

    Different: A squat toilet, also known as a Nile Pan, like the ones which are being installed at the shopping centre



    For centuries, the great British loo has been a matter of envy to the rest of the world.

    Thanks to the efforts of pioneers like the legendary Thomas Crapper, we have long since led the world in comfort and hygiene.


    Now, however, that could be about to change.


    For most of us, the squat toilet is nothing more than a staple of horror stories about old-fashioned French service stations or the exploits of adventurous backpackers in far-flung parts of India.


    But this basic form of plumbing, also known as a Turkish toilet or Nile pan, could be coming to a shopping centre near you - and all in the name of cultural sensitivity.


    From next week, shoppers in Rochdale who push open the cubicle door expecting the reassuring sight of a modern, clean lavatory could instead be faced with little more than a hole in the ground.


    Bosses of the Greater Manchester town's Exchange mall have installed two as part of an upgrade costing several thousand pounds after attending a cultural awareness course run by a local Muslim community activist.

    A familiar sight in parts of the Middle East, and still sometimes seen in France and Italy, the toilets require users to squat above them, rather than sitting.

    With one in ten of Rochdale's population of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin, centre managers say they have been told some members of the local Asian community prefer them for cultural reasons.


    Aware: Staff at the Rochdale Exchange were sent on a course and opted to have the squat toilets installed

    The town hit the headlines during this year's General Election campaign when pensioner Gillian Duffy was dismissed by Gordon Brown as a 'bigoted woman' when she voiced concern about immigration.


    News of the introduction of squat toilets was met by disbelief, however.


    'This strikes me as a classic case of excessive pandering to a politically correct minority,' said Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley.


    'We in Britain are rightly proud of our toilets, and the onus is on people who come to this country to appreciate them for what they are.

    'It's absolutely ludicrous - Thomas Crapper would be turning in his grave!'
    The Exchange shopping centre is in the process of refurbishing its ladies' and gents' toilets, and the changes were made after managers went on a cultural training course.


    Proud Rochdalian: Ghulam Rasul Shahzad runs courses on cultural understanding and community cohesion



    It was hosted by Ghulam Rasul Shahzad, a retired Rochdale Council training officer who runs courses for the groups including the police on cultural understanding and community cohesion.


    A former Labour council candidate, Mr Shahzad received the OBE from the Queen last month for his services to the community and social housing.


    He was last year given a Community Crimefighter Award by the then Prime Minister, Mr Brown.


    Mr Shahzad took shopping centre manager Lorenzo O'Reilly and his team on a tour around Rochdale's Central Mosque, including a look at its toilets, as part of the course.


    'The management at the centre were very committed to improving the service they offered to the community and were very responsive,' he said.


    'We always work together to understand each other from both sides and find a balance.


    'That is the beauty of Rochdale. That is why I am proud to be a Rochdalian.'

    A spokeswoman for the centre said: 'We regularly receive cultural awareness training from Ghulam and when we were planning the toilets this was something that cropped up.'


    As a result, when the facilities reopen next Monday, both the ladies' and gents' will have a cubicle containing a squat toilet.


    Turkish or squat toilets are favoured over flush toilets in many parts of Asia as they don't require expensive modern plumbing systems.

    Proponents of what some campaigners call the natural posture toilet claim there are health benefits to squatting, rather than sitting.


    Canterbury Prison recently installed one for foreign inmates as part of a £17,000 upgrade.

    But they are regarded as unhygienic and backward in many parts of the world - infamously, a controversial sculpture briefly displayed at EU offices in Brussels last year lampooning member states depicted Bulgaria as a squat toilet.


    Mike Bone, of the British Toilet Association, warned the washing facilities associated with squat toilets could pose a hygiene hazard.


    'We really don't see a need for them,' he said.


    Read more: Shopping centre management install Asian 'stand-up' toilets following cultural awareness course | Mail Online

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    Many Chinese I've known from HK prefer the squatters- they think sit down bogs are unclean.

    The Thai I know prefer the sitters though- if they don't have one, they want one.

    Anyhow, what the West needs is Bum Guns!!

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    How long before the claims roll in for compensation due to near drowning, broken legs or back problems?

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    "some members of the local Asian community prefer them for cultural reasons".

    this doesn't affect me, i really don't care - but isn't this stretching 'culture' a bit far? Language, dance, arts etc = culture.
    Going to the toilet? We all do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Many Chinese I've known from HK prefer the squatters- they think sit down bogs are unclean.

    The Thai I know prefer the sitters though- if they don't have one, they want one.

    Anyhow, what the West needs is Bum Guns!!
    True sabang with a couple of provisos, we installed a bum gun in OZ when I first returned after a stint in Asia. I discovered that.
    Water pressure in Oz is way higher than Asia, on a cold morning in Melbourne shooting water at 5 deg C up your chuff Is not a great idea.
    There can’t be good living where there is not good drinking

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    I much prefer squatters for public toilets, the only part of me that touches anything is my feet touching the floor.
    Who knows what pox ridden crab crawling filthy arse was on that seat immediately prior to you putting your rosy cheeked bare arse on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    hooting water at 5 deg C up your chuff
    I quite like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dug
    rosy cheeked bare arse
    Thats what the Chinks are worried about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dug
    Who knows what pox ridden crab crawling filthy arse was on that seat immediately prior
    Probably someones feet, desperately trying to balance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    what the West needs is Bum Guns!!
    I agree, but how do you solve the cold water sprayed up the butt epidemic?

    I am being serious....for once anyway.

    Do you get a heater for the bum gun? Is it on demand?

    Mrs. Chi suggested we have one that is connected to the hot and cold pipes until I explained to her that the water sitting in the pipes are cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    shooting water at 5 deg C up your chuff Is not a great idea.
    Chuff.....

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    Mind you, just thinking here, places like Minnesota (where you plug your car in at night to stop the water freezing & destroying your engine) might be a bit rough in winter.

    Only Gandhi would enjoy jetting his anus with super cold water. Imagine what it would be like to have frostbite of the rectum? Ouch.
    probes Aliens

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    The European Union has announced its intention to encourage even more Third World immigrants to enter Europe as the news emerged that at least 51,000 Romanians have sought work in Britain in the last six months alone.
    The wave of non-EU nationals and Romanians comes as the “economically inactive” segment of the UK population continues to climb to in excess of 8.2 million.
    According to EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, rules will be simplified for non-EU nationals to enter Europe for workers looking to take up “jobs in farming, tourism and other industries.”
    Despite rising unemployment across the EU, Ms Malmstrom claimed the additional Third World workers were needed to “fill labour shortages.”
    Mrs Malmstrom was quoted as saying that “We know unemployment rates are still very high in Europe.” Official EU figures have revealed that in certain business sectors, EU-wide unemployment is as high as 10 percent.
    Nonetheless, Ms Malmstrom plans to speed up procedures for hiring managers, specialists and seasonal workers from outside the 27 EU member states.
    Meanwhile, separate figures released by a Romanian recruitment agency showed that more than 50,000 Romanians applied for jobs in Britain in the first six months of this year.
    According to the report, Britain is the second most popular destination after Germany for Romanians seeking to work abroad.
    Some 426,443 Romanians applied for jobs in the EU, of which 72,000 were accepted.
    Tens of thousands of Romanians came to Britain after their country joined the EU in 2007 and there are now almost three million Romanians living in EU states other than their own.
    The addition of Turkey to the EU will add at least another 40 million mainly Muslims to the “freedom of movement” policy within the EU. That nation’s relaxation of all border visa controls with the rest of the Middle East will also allow a further mass invasion of Europe from the Arab nations.

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    If I were young and foolhardy, I might just do a low budget Reality Doco' about moving to Romania (as is my EU Right), and being an aggressive beggar there. Set up some nice trailer camps, obviously in the few public parks in that Gulag that justify a proper British presence. Pilfer a few things.

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    They took my Shitter

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
    Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling on the sky the message It Is Dead,
    Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

    It was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that it would last for ever: I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
    Englands abandend my shitter and that's no good.

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    Nice. We really need more "cultural awareness" in the UK. How about leper colonies, or people having their limbs or heads amputated in the town square?
    We could have clouds of black flies over the meat in a butcher's shop window, with a few deliberately-deformed kids begging outside even.

    Leave the black holes in Calcutta, thanks.

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    Knew the squat toilet tutorial would come in handy


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    Can't read the paper on a squatter.
    And what does a disabled squatter look lilke.
    OK, cultural awareness, let the Brits see how the fucking third world peasants live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    And what does a disabled squatter look lilke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    Can't read the paper on a squatter.
    Oh yes you can.

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    Hope the council gets busted under the disabled discrimination act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    Can't read the paper on a squatter.
    And what does a disabled squatter look lilke.
    OK, cultural awareness, let the Brits see how the fucking third world peasants live.

    The writing is on the wall, the UK is heading down the toilet.

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    British WCs in British houses in Brittain are designed for Brits.

    You want an Eastern style toilet, build and design one yourself.

    Then there'll be no slippin' and slidin' away.

    Fucking idiots. For once I hope someone will paint some graphic 'art' on the walls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    Can't read the paper on a squatter.
    Oh yes you can.
    Not for long.
    And a broadsheet would be tricky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    Can't read the paper on a squatter.
    Oh yes you can.
    Not for long.
    And a broadsheet would be tricky.
    Read then wipe!!

    Back to the old days of news-paper bog roll.

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