Category Archives: toilets

Latrine-cleaners and politicians

Dalrymple writes:

Someone has to do politics, just as people have to do other unpleasant jobs, such as cleaning lavatories.


One of the shortest recorded careers in the Civil Service

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 18.30.18On coming down from Oxford, writes Dalrymple, Ivor Brown joined the Civil Service.

He was asked as his first task to deal with an official request by the constabulary of Staffordshire for more lavatories.

Brown decided that the Civil Service

was not for him, and resigned after two days.

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The public conveniences at Clichy-sous-Bois

Residents of Clichy will never forget what the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has done for them

Anne Hidalgo: arguably the greatest mayor Paris has ever had, and certainly the bravest

The name of Anne Hidalgo is ever on the lips of Clichy dwellers, who will never forget the many kindnesses that the mayor of Paris has shown them in working tirelessly to improve their security and quality of life

Dalrymple quotes a resident of this go-to zone of Paris:

‘What I like about it? No need to look for public toilets. They are under the sky, in the buildings.’

The resident has a travel tip:

‘Come armed.’

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