Paralympics and Bathroom Gadgets


The Paralympics is nearly upon us literally it will be starting in a couple of hours and I am very excited. The Olympics was simply outstanding and the atmosphere was sublime and as an added bonus Great Britain did well in the medals tally as well. It was amazing to see top notch athletes in the peak of human fitness breaking world records but for me I think the Paralympics is going to be even better. I mean breaking world records is one thing breaking world records with say only having 1 leg or scoring 5 amazing goals in football but being blind is simply outstanding.

So I thought to myself how to link the Paralympics to a bathroom. Then it hit me, I love gadgets and so I thought I will find a few gadgets/products suitable to grace any Paralympian’s bathroom.

Here are just three great gadgets/products that I found which are affordable and could be used by a number of athletes with a range of disabilities.

Suction brush

This is the cheapest of the three items that I have discovered and it is a very simple product but has quite a wide range of potential uses.

The product is a lightweight plastic brush that has the ability to be attached to most hard surfaces as it contains two suction cups on the back of the brush. This gives the user the ability to scrub their hands, feet or sports boots with only one hand. The brush is easily portable and can be attached easily with only a small amount of pressure being applied to the brush. I think this is a great simple gadget that can be used in many different situations.

Quick Suction Rail Grips

The next gadget/product is similar in some respects to the brush yet completely different at the same time. The product is a grip that like the brush has suction cups on and can be positioned almost anywhere on a hard surface. The grip is a support unit that helps people with a disability grab hold of and help to either pull themselves up or lower themselves down. The added bonus for Paralympic athlete’s is that the grip could be used to do pull ups on or sits ups so the grip could be used as an exercise aid.

Bathroom Mirror with Sensor

The last but not least bathroom gadget/product for disabled people is a mirror that has LED lights that activate via a built in sensor. This is a brilliant mirror as you don’t need to touch, pull or move anything simply entering the bathroom is enough to activate the lights. This product becomes really useful if needing the loo in the middle of the night as there’s no need to be flailing about trying to find a light switch. A great product for disabled people as no extra effort is needed.

So that wraps up my brief few bathroom gadgets/products for disabled people. I know there are hundreds more amazing products out there that can benefit disabled people greatly.

As always please leave any comments as I love hearing from you all and I hope you all enjoy watching the Paralympics.

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Fridays Fun Poll Over or Under that is the question?


Friday’s fun poll continues on from my previous blog about the position of the TPDS (toliet paper delivery system). If you haven’t read the previous blog i’d suggest you go back and have a quick read to get more of an understanding of the issue involved.

If you are fully upto date with this connumbdrum of a debate then please let me know what your decision is on this matter.

I know some of you will have very strong opinions and if you’d like to leave a comment to help persude others that your way is the right way then please do.

For those of you that either don’t know what were talking about or simply think that this whole debate is irrelevant and pointless please vote as well.

Looking forward to the results, enjoy.

The Great Toilet Roll Debate


Which way to roll the toilet paper from the front or from the back?

Some of you may think that this alternative bathroom blog is full of general bobbins and irrelevant issues that have no relevance to either society or an individual. Well today I am going to introduce a topic that everyone has an opinion on and one that has in the past led to broken marriages, life long friendships ended and even murder.

The great debate is the position of how a toilet roll should be situated with regard to the toilet paper’s accessibility. To help evaluate this debate further I have devised a phrase, the ‘Toilet Paper Delivery System’ or TPDS.  Below is a diagram that illustrates the debate.

As you can see from the diagram there are two positions.

Position A = Under

Position B = Over

If you have laughed or smiled or sniggered at any time since reading this blog then you have drastically underestimated this debate. There have been scientific studies over this debate from a sociological aspect as well as a psychological and philosophical approach. Yet no conclusive result has been attained.

Research has shown that 60-70% of people prefer the over method of TPDS compared to the 30-40% of people who prefer the under TPDS. To provide a broad over view and will discuss what people perceive to be the pro’s and con’s of both over TPDS and under TPDS.

Over TPDS

Pros

Over TPDS is easier to find and see the loose end piece of toilet paper.

Over TPDS reduces the unfortunate accident of knocking your knuckles against the wall when achieving the desired amount of toilet paper.

Over TPDS is generally used by manufacturers to display their loo roll products as patterned wall paper can be more aesthetically displayed.

Under TPDS

Pros

Under TPDS can be said to provide a tidier appearance due to the loose end being hidden underneath and out of view.

Under TPDS has less chance of unravelling if an earthquake were to occur.

Under TPDS also has less chance of being unravelled by small children or pets such as cats or dogs (we’ve all seen the Andrex commercials with the cute puppy).

Each toilet roll position has its own benefits and faults but ultimately it comes down to personal preference and something that only you can decide. Like all great debates such as Vampires vs Werewolves, Pirates vs Ninjas or Cake vs Biscuits this debate will rage on through out all eternity.

As with most of my blog’s I could write more, and I realise I am only scratching the surface of this debate. I will no doubt return to this topic at a later date to delve deeper into this conundrum.

Well I hope you enjoyed this blog and that you haven’t lost any friendships over it. On Friday the fun poll will be this debate so think long and hard and make sure you return on Friday to make your vote.

Friday’s Fun Poll What do you listen to in the shower?


After blogging on the top 5 shower radios earlier on in the week I thought it would be appropriate to continue the theme and ask you all what you listen to in the shower.

There is lots of choice out there with regard to radio stations almost too much choice. There are radio stations for Funk, Garage, Soul, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Metal, Disco, Jazz, Classical, Opera, Rap, Hip-hop, Ska, Dubstep, Dance, Drum and Bass literally every type or form of music is available. Sometimes though you do need to do a bit of searching but eventually you find what you’re looking for.

Shower Image Kings Bathrooms

Maybe you have a fancy hi-tech shower radio that incorporates Bluetooth and are able to stream your own tunes from your mobile or computer and don’t listen to the radio. Maybe you even have a morning playlist that helps to wake you up and get you fully re-vitalised for the day ahead.

With so much choice with regards to music and radio choices and due to everyone’s individual preferences it’s time to have a poll and see what everyone listens to.

Below is a simple poll with a few choices. As always please leave a comment as i’d love to hear from you. You can even suggest the frequency and name of your favourite station so i can check it out. As always enjoy.

Top 5 Shower Radios


So you’ve come to the realisation that you need a new shower enclosure and so you’ve done the right thing and browsed through Kings Bathrooms range of quality shower enclosures to find the best style suitable for your space and style in your bathroom.

You have also been astounded and amazed at the price of your new shower enclosure from Kings Bathroom that you had to tell all your family and friends about the amazing deal. If they don’t believe you then you point them to the new Kings Bathroom You Tube video to prove the amazing styles and prices (conveniently situated below). If they are still not convinced you welcome them round to see your home to see your new bathroom centre piece with a beaming smile.

So you’ve brought and installed your new shower enclosure from Kings Bathroom and saved yourself enough money for a good slap up meal. You’ve also managed to convince your family and friends of this amazing shower enclosure deal and hope that they to will take up the amazing offer.

You then decide that today is the day when you are going to have your first shower in your new enclosure. You drop the towel on the bathroom floor and step in as naked as when you were born, turn the shower on and then you realise ………….you forgot to buy a new shower radio.

Shower radios are brilliant they give you useful information in the morning from the news, weather and travel reports. Plus they provide music for you to dance and sing (usually badly unless your blessed with a voice like Tom Jones or Aretha Franklin).

So to help you have the best shower experience possible in your new shower enclosure here is my top 5 shower radios to purchase.

Top 5 Shower Radios

  1. Steepletone Penguin Shower Radio
  2. H20-100 Power Water Pressure Powered Shower Radio
  3. Microphone Shower Radio
  4. Hipe Waterproof Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker & Hands free Speakerphone for streaming Audi and Answering your phone-White
  5. Clatonic DR 814 Shower Radio with Motion Sensor – White

Penguin Shower Radio

  1. Steepletone Penguin Shower Radio

This is a good all round fun shower radio that is ideal for people with a fun sense of humour or for a family with kids. The radio is in the shape of a penguin with a rubber ring and goggles. It has easy to use buttons and requires 3 AA batteries to work and can tune into both FM and MW.

Water Powered Shower Radio

  1. H20 – 100 Power Water Pressure Powered Shower Radio

This is a fantastic shower radio that is truly a work of brilliant innovation. The radio does not need batteries to work as it is powered by the water pressure of the shower. I mean that is very clever plus environmentally friendly and cost saving on batteries.

The radio is easy to install directly onto the faucet of your shower, when you turn the shower on it turns the turbine inside the radio and generates power to run the radio. The radio will also work after the shower is turned off as the turbine also charges up the rechargeable battery inside meaning you can be listening to your tunes while drying off. Easy to use buttons are situated on the front of the radio.

Microphone Shower Radio

  1. Microphone Shower Radio

If you enjoy singing in the shower and I mean who doesn’t, then this is the shower radio for you. The radio is shaped like a microphone with easy to use buttons on the side. There is also a hook at the bottom so when you don’t want to sing into the mic when your favourite tune is playing you can always hang it up. This is defiantly the radio if you are a budding rock or pop star.

Bluetooth Shower Radio

  1. Hipe Waterproof Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker & Hands free Speakerphone for streaming Audi and Answering your phone-White

This is the most hi-tech and expensive of the radios listed but it does come with some impressive features that warrant the price tag. The radio is Bluetooth enabled and so you can connect to any other Bluetooth device. This enables you to be able to stream music and even answer phone calls from your mobile while being in the shower. This is defiantly the radio for people constantly on the move or gadget lovers. This radio has easy to use buttons on the front and is available in white or black.

Motion Sensor Shower Radio

  1. Clatonic DR 814 Shower Radio with Motion Sensor

This is a fantastic shower radio that has some great features. The radio has easy to use buttons located on the front of it and a hook at the top but that is not the main feature of this radio. The main feature is that the radio has a built in motion sensor that automatically turns the radio on and off. It also has both AM and FM bands giving you a wide choice of stations to listen to.

Well hope you enjoyed my top 5 shower radios and that you found your perfect companion to compliment your new shower enclosure.

As always please drop me a comment I’d love to hear from you.

Shower Enclosure Sale to save you from Olympic Blues


The Olympics has finally drawn to a close and the Paralympics is soon to begin. With all this excitement coming to an end after Great Britain producing some simply stunning results this has been a fantastic games.

But what will everyone do now that the games are not going to be back for another 4 years? Plus they are moving a long distance all the way over to sunny Brazil.

To help you all deal with the frustration of what to do with all this spare time now. Here at Kings Bathrooms we are having a huge sale on nearly all of our shower enclosures to help you pass the time.

Here is a list of all the shower enclosure types available in our sale.

Pivot Door Shower Enclosures

Bow Hinge Door shower Enclosures

Bi-Fold Door Shower Enclosures

Quadrant Shower Enclosures

Offset Quadrant Shower Enclosures

Sliding Door Shower Enclosures

Side Panels

Bath Shower Screens

Walk Thru Shower Enclosures

Quadrant Shower Enclosure

Quadrant Shower Enclosure

Let me give you a couple of comparison between our prices and the leading high street prices.

B&Q 800mm Quadrant Shower Enclosure £219.98

Better Bathrooms 800mm Quadrant Shower Enclosure £89.00

Kings Bathroom 800mm Quadrant Shower Enclosure £59.99

Wickes 760mm Pivot Door Shower Enclosure £161.49

Kings Bathroom 760mm Pivot Door Shower Enclosure £59.99

As you can see we have absolutely huge savings and beat our competitors hands down.

We are so sure that you will be blown away with our prices that we have guaranteed that you won’t find the same shower enclosure both make and model anywhere cheaper in the UK.

If you are suffering from Olympic blues, and need something to do. Why not re-invigorate your bathroom with a new shower enclosure from Kings Bathrooms.

Bathroom Olympics


With all this Olympic hype swirling round Great Britain I have been caught up in the hype and am loving it immensely. I have been watching as many different sports as possible and been introduced to new sports and how they work.

So I thought to myself why has no one thought about creating the Bathroom Olympics? I mean the bathroom can be such a fun place that you could invite all your mates round and instead of playing the bog standard board games and usual shenanigans you could all play Bathroom Olympics.

The Olympics is such an amazing astounding event that it manages to bring people from all over the world together in harmony. It’s amazing how sport can play such a key component in bringing people together.

It was with this idea and thought process that I decided it was time to bring everyone close with the Bathroom Olympics. I know what you’re thinking here he goes again on another one of his hair brained crazy ideas, but this time I have struck gold. I truly believe that after you have read the amazing games below that you to will be a convert to the Bathroom Olympics.

I know one or two of these games are going to be hard to judge as personal space maybe infringed upon, but that infringement will no doubt bring people closer together so we can end up being all one big happy family.

To kick the Bathroom Olympic proceedings off there needs to be a Bathroom Olympic pledge just like the real Olympics. You can always amend this to suit your needs or keep it how it is.

 

The Bathroom Olympic Pledge:

In the name of all the competitors taking part in this illustrious and amazing competition I promise that we will respect and abide by all the laws governing this competition. We will have fun, laugh, smile and enjoy all aspects of this competition. We will mock the loser and be envious of the winner. But at the top of this all we will come together in brother and sister unity in a competition of complete and utter pointlessness.

Bathroom Olympics Events

Perfect Temperature

This is probably one of the hardest games in the Bathroom Olympics. The contestant has 10 minutes to run the perfect temperature bath, as no one likes a bath that is to hot or to cold. After the 10 minutes is up the temperature of the bath is measured by a thermometer and the closest to 38 degrees C is the winner. A contestant does not have to use all the allotted 10 minutes if they feel they have reached the achieved temperature. If there is a draw then the contestant who achieved the temperature the quickest is the winner.

Rubber Duck throwing

The contestant sits in the bath tub and has to throw a rubber duck from a minimal distance of one and a half metres into a bathroom basin. The contestant has 3 rubber ducks and scores a point for each rubber duck successfully thrown into the basin.

Soap Juggling

This is a really simple game but is great fun. The contestant has to juggle 3 Bars of soap for as long as possible. The soaps will be placed in a basin full of water before the event starts. The longest time recorded before dropping a soap is the winner.

Splash Back

This is more of the extreme sports and I apologise if anyone is offended but it’s just a bit of toilet humour. Hopefully everyone knows the term splash back but for those that don’t it is the splashing of water hitting the derrière when doing your business. The scoring would be based on surface area wetness.

Towel Drying

The contestant takes a 5 minute shower and has to dry themselves as quick as possible using a standardized medium towel. Marks will be taken off for red marks left after rubbing to hard against the body.

Tap Running

The contestant has to turn on all taps so they are full flowing and have reached the fastest flowing capacity where you can’t turn them any further. Once this is in place the contestant then needs to turn all taps off as quickly as possible until no drops remain.

Toothpaste Squirting

For this event you will need a tube of toothpaste but make sure it is the squeezy tube variety not the pump action toothpaste.

The contestant has to squeeze or push the toothpaste tube in a sharp quick action to see how far they can squirt the toothpaste. The furthest distance attained is the winner.

Bathroom Heptathlon

Takes in all the above events and the highest score after all events is crowned the winner.

 

Well hope you are blown away by the amazing set of games laid out for you all to compete in. So get your friends and family round and enjoy your own Bathroom Olympics.

As always any comments are welcome, maybe you can think of another bathroom game I haven’t thought of by all means let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday’s Fun Zombie Apocolypse Poll


Through out this week I have hopefully given you a good grounding in how to survive a zombie apocalypse when stuck in a bathroom in the two part blog (previous blogs Part 1 and Part 2) . I have taken you through weapons, escape route planning, supplies and re-fuelling. For this Friday’s fun poll I thought it would be a good idea to see which bathroom items people are willing to sacrifice.

The scenario is that you have only time to grab one of the items listed in the poll below. Make a wise decision because every item is essential in some perspective including the rubber duck.

Have fun people and by all means please leave a comment as to why you would select a certain item.

How To Survive A Zombie Apocolypse In A Bathroom Part 2


Hopefully you have read Part 1 in this series and are fully up to date with your bathroom survival so far. If you haven’t read Part 1 then go and read it otherwise when the apocalypse happens and you’re stuck in a bathroom you will be zombie chow.

A brief review of how the survival is going. So far you have managed to kill two zombies your neighbour and your flatmates girlfriend. You’ve also managed to keep yourself hidden by employing the turtle technique or have block up the door so no other zombies can get in. Your doing really well and this is where I’m gonna dive straight in with the next stage in our zombie apocalypse survival.

3. Re-fuel

Although this seems like a trivial step seeing as a zombie apocalypse is in full swing but trust me this step is crucial for survival. Let me explain, you are in a panic stricken state your mind is going round in circles trying to comprehend that a zombie apocalypse is happening and your stomach is aching. To calm yourself down and get your self focused you need to preoccupy your brain and stomach with something else. Remember the scenario and remember that you have with you a cheese and ham sandwich and a bag of Haribo. This is the distraction that you need. So munch hard at a steady pace but remember to not eat all the Haribo you will need some left for instant energy later on. You can wash it all down with a drink of water from the bathroom tap. The food will provide energy when making a break for freedom plus it maybe your last meal, you don’t want to be zombie fodder on an empty stomach.

Con – If you’re a vegetarian you may not want to eat the ham in the sandwich.

Haribo

4. RVLB Remembering Visualising Listening Business  

Right, so you’ve calmed down had potentially your last meal and are psyched to take on all zombies in your way. Your adrenaline is through the roof and you are ready to smash zombies up Incredible Hulk style. The only down fall is that your not the Incredible Hulk and therein lies the problem. But you have the unique advantage over zombies that you don’t have a sole craving for brains and can think logically and strategically.

I’ve split this stage of survival up into a handy acronym RVLB – Remembering, Visualising, Listening and Business. Below is how each component is crucial for survival and shows you how you should use your brain rather then lose your brain.

Remembering

The first word in the acronym is Remembering. Remember what I hear you ask? Well fortunately it’s not did you take the bin out for collection or did you remember to pay your credit card bill. These should be the last things entering your head. You have to remember your main aim is survival, and so you need to remember your surrounding area. Your aim is to try to remember playing as a kid in the street and all the little alleyways and roads around you, thinking of where you want to go to for your route to freedom.

Visualising

You could be mistaken for thinking that this is just another facet of remembering and thinking that I’m being over cautious about route planning, but trust me this is not a stage you want to miss out. Once you have remembered and thought of a route you need to literally visualise the route in your head making adjustments of which road and street to move down if you encounter a horde of zombies. Running around like a headless chicken will get you into sticky situations. So visualising as much of your route and compensating for route changes provides you with a higher survival rate. Remember use your brain, don’t lose it.

 Listening

I don’t say this lightly but your ears are literally your best tool for survival end of. If it were a case of I could have a super hearing device or a machine gun during a zombie apocalypse give me the hearing device every single time. Listening for zombie movement is essential for survival your eyes can deceive you into thinking that it’s safe. Just remember the green cross code Stop, Look and LISTEN.

Listening

Business

Lastly on the acronym we have Business. Now there’s no polite way to say this but when you gotta go, you gotta go, it’s as simple as that. Think about it for a moment, you’ve just experiencing fending off two zombies for the first time in your life I’m sure you will need to check yourself. Also you may not feel like you need to go, but you need to give it a try. The last thing you want is that your running as fast as you can and you feel the sudden urge for the toilet it’s not a good situation to be in. Just remember when doing your business you need to be quick and as much as possible quite. The last thing you want is a zombie attack while on the bog trust me you don’t want to die with your pants down. Added bonus is that you can be doing the Remembering, Visualising and Listening all while doing your Business.

Con – Fresh underwear is in your cupboard next door, commando may have to be an option.

Bonus – Going commando gives you a lovely free feeling if you’re into that kind of thing.

5. Supplies

The last section is to fully prepare you for your breakaway to freedom and survival beyond the next few hours. Although you are only in the bathroom, there is key supplies that you need to make sure you pick up.

Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is brilliant, it comes in handy in so many situations such as blowing your nose, cleaning, washing and obviously its main purpose, wiping your bum. So make sure to pack at least one toilet roll as you never know when you maybe in an isolated place needing to go to the loo with no toilet paper available. You can by all means skip this advice if you’re hardcore, and embark on the Bear Grylls / Ray Mears style and wipe your bum with a leaf. But everyone likes abit of luxury so why deprive yourself, take some toilet roll.

Toilet Paper

Toothpaste and Toothbrush

This one is almost self explanatory, no one likes bad breath plus do you have any idea how hard it will be to find a good dentist in a post apocalyptic zombie world. So take them both and make sure you brush everyday.

Razor or Perfume

The final piece of information I am going to give you before making a break for it is to pack either a razor or some perfume. Why? I hear you say. Let me explain, you’ve made a dash for freedom and have succeeded, you mange to bump into other survivors and have found a safe secure location. Everything is all going well. Now the task of re-populating mankind is at hand, the only problem is that no one is attracted to the opposite sex because the men all look like beardy weridy’s and the women smell like gone off milk. This means that no honka donk badonka donk will be going on and the re-population of the human race is in peril. A quick shave or splash of perfume combined with a Barry White or Al Green album can help get things back on track. So for the sake of the human race I implore you pick up a razor or perfume and let those that have died in the zombie apocalypse not of died in vain.

Survival or Zombie Dinner

So we have got to the knife edge of survival or zombie dinner. If you have followed all my instructions then you are now ready to make a break for it. Fully loaded with supplies and a specific route to freedom mapped out in your head. I wish you all the best in your survival. Now take one last listen, pick up your weapon of choice, remove the bathtub from the door or lift it up off of yourself and run like you have never run before. Good Luck

As always if you have any comments or other survival tips please do leave a comment I’d love to hear from you.