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.

Friday’s Fun Gender Poll


After a two part blog about explaining how each gender spends time in the bathroom it’s time for you guys to vote on exactly who you think spends longer in the bathroom. Hopefully you have been thinking about it over this week and come to a conclusion and are able to vote.

If you havent had a chance to read either parts of this debate then the links are here Part 1 Males and Part 2 Females.

As always thanks for voting and please leave any other comments.

Gender and the Bathroom Debate Part 2 Female’s


On Monday I briefly delved into the long running debate of why do men take so long in the bathroom? I’m now going to shed some light on why women take so long in the bathroom? This is just so the debate is on an equal playing field ready for Friday’s Fun Poll of who takes the longest in the bathroom men or women.

I will again start off by stating that I am going to be very broad and so quite a few generalisations will be made. Everyone is unique and different and will have their own routines and rituals so please remember a lot of these points are going to be generalisations so please don’t get offended.

So now I’ve covered my back on with the debate.

The difference between men and women is quite significant both physically and psychologically there is no doubting that. Yes men and women can both enjoy sports, reading, films and lots of other common interests but there is lots of smaller points of interest that significantly differ from each gender.

Women in the toilet

These differences can be suggested as being ingrained by social interaction and pressures for example a baby boy is always dressed in blue and a baby girl is always dressed in pink. There’s nothing to say that the colours can be switched around and have a baby boy dressed in pink rather then blue. Hopefully you see where I’m getting at with this point even if I have said it in a confusing muddled way.

Basically I’m saying that society and peer pressure shapes us as people whether we like it or not or whether we admit to it or not. So your there reading this thinking what is this guy chatting about, what does this have to do with women spending more time in the bathroom. Well read on and my pearls of undeniable wisdom will be revealed.

Women spend a long time in the bathroom due to mainly getting themselves ready and comfortable for the day ahead or going out. Unlike men where they mainly use the extended bathroom time to do their business, read and generally relax and escape from the world for while. Women are getting themselves prepared and ready for the world by applying make-up, styling their hair and general self grooming and styling.

women doing make-up

This is the slight fundamental difference between men and women. That women use bathroom time to get ready, although I will point out that the trend is changing. Men are now becoming women and to be honest this annoys me. Men should be men. They are supposed to be a bit smelly and ruff around the edges it’s what defines our masculinity, but more and more men are becoming pooffy lady boys who can’t even hammer a nail into a wall. I apologise though I’m going off on a tangent into another social issue which really annoys me, and needs to be addressed significantly before we all end up becoming self obsessed Asexual beings with no gender differences.

Back to why women spend ages in the bathroom.

Taking this theory of women taking time to get ready in the bathroom this can also be applied when women are out in a social situation with other women. It’s the usual scenario and the mystery of why do women go to the toilet together? This is definitely a situation that men find bizarre and peculiar, but the answer is simple. Women go together to the bathroom to talk. They chat about what’s going on with their lives and if there on a double date they talk about the men. Basically women talk about anything and everything.

In thinking about all of this I came to a final conclusion, that women use the bathroom in the same way as men. Both genders use the bathroom to escape from life for a short while. Although the genders differ in the activities they do in the bathroom, for men it’s reading and doing their business. While for women it’s either talking (in groups) or getting ready (make-up, hair etc). But for both genders the bathroom time is a time to escape from life. I guess this is why when it comes to buying or selling a house the bathroom is such an essential room and can either make or break a sale.

As always thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed it and please leave any comments as I’d love to hear from you.

Gender and the Bathroom Debate Part 1 Male’s


Why do men take so long in the Bathroom?

 

Over the weekend I asked a friend for ideas on what to write about on this bathroom blog and he did’nt disappoint and came up with a gem of an idea. The premise of the idea is simple yet is an age old gender debate that has been around for decades.

 

The basic idea of this debate is what do men use the bathroom for and what do women use the bathroom for. It’s ok people don’t worry I’m not going to go into any specific details it’s more a case that I’m going to try and investigate how each gender perceives their bathroom time.

 

Due to the massive nature of this debate I’m splitting this blog up into two parts one part for the men and one part for the women. Seeing as I’m a man I’m going to start with the men so let the age old debate begin.

 

I’d like to first point out that a lot of this debate in the main atleast is going to be very broad and so quite a few generalisations will be made. I know everyone is different and everyone has their own routines or rituals so please remember a lot of these points are going to be generalisations.

Man Rules

The simple answer to the question is that men take so long in the bathroom because they want to.

 

For men the bathroom is viewed as their kingdom to which they are the king. The domain of the bathroom is a place of freedom to escape the world for a while and have a bit of reflective time. This notion can be expanded due to the euphemism of the toilet as a throne.

 

“This particular euphemism, throne, is said to have come from none other than King Louis XIV, who often saw to royal business from his toilet, deeming it an alternative to his usual throne.”

http://www.bigsiteofamazingfacts.com/why-is-the-toilet-called-a-throne-and-where-did-the-term-come-from

 

The bathroom for men is not only their kingdom but a place of solitude where men can in essence simply be alone. A lot of men but not all, enjoy being alone with their thoughts and able to take time out in a busy day to just relax. This relaxing can take a number of different forms the most popular one is reading on the toilet. The phenomenon of reading on the toilet is not exactly a new fad that people have only just discovered and are enjoying. It’s been going on for ages. I do want to mention that it’s not just men that enjoy reading on the toilet I’m sure a lot of women enjoy doing it as well. I’m not going to delve too far into reading on the toilet as I’ve planned for a whole separate blog on this topic.

 

Going back to the question of why do men spend so long in the bathroom? As I’ve stated men enjoy time by themselves and we know that if we go into the bathroom then no ones gonna follow. Providing the perfect arena to relax and also do our business at the same time. Just like killing two birds with one stone to coin a phrase.

This is a Potty Putter bargain at £9.99. The image is a link to the shop that sells them.

 

The other reason why men take so long in the bathroom could be that they have more of a bowel issue then women and need longer to fully de-clentch and release their bowels. Although I can’t back this up with any scientific proof it’s just an idea.

 

I know this blog is only just the tip of the iceberg and I’m sure at some point I will come back to this wonderful debate and engage it fully with adequate research. But I feel as a start to this issue this is as far as I’m going to go. I will leave you with a few anonymous quotes I found on Yahoo by two men who share their view as to why they take a while in the bathroom.

 

“I can’t speak for all men of course, but for me, it’s my one escape from the hell of married life. In the john, it’s my own private kingdom away from the demanding ball and chain. So of course, I tend to stay in there a little extra long, whether I’m reading or not.”

 

“We know you wont fallow us in there, and sometimes we just sit on the can for about an hour and read **** thats sitting near us and relax.”

 

I will delve briefly into the female gender and the bathroom on Wednesday. If you have any comments then I’d love to hear from you and thanks for reading.

Fridays Fun Bathroom Phobia Poll


The weather here in the UK is beyond horrible with a month’s amount of rain expected to fall in 48 hours or less. So to help cheer us all up from this pathetic excuse of a summer (in the UK atleast) we have the Friday fun poll. Yaaaay whooooo.

Earlier on this week we went on a terrifiying journey to discover people’s darkest fears about bathrooms. The places we visited and passed through were not pleasant but atleast we all made it out and there was a good positive message at the end. If you haven’t had an opportunity to read the article then please visit it here for a quick read.

So with bathroom phobia’s the topic for the poll I have as usual put a couple of suggestions down for you to choose from, but by all means add any other suggestions in the comments section.

Hope you have fun with this poll and look forward to seeing the results.

Bathroom Phobias


I’m going to take you all on a journey to discover the deepest darkest fears of many people. This journey may uncover some hidden truths and fears that you have tried to ignore, but I don’t apologise for what I am about to reveal. So sit back, try to relax and read on as I unravel the mysteries and terror of bathroom phobias.

You may be thinking that I am going to be exploring the fear that many people have of horrible bathroom décor, the type of décor that has a voice and screams at you through your eye balls when you look at it. The type of décor where you swear the paint colour looks as if it’s come from the sneeze of a slug with a cold. Or the wallpaper that looks as if it’s been placed on a slide and a family of baboons with a bowel problem slide down it. I think you get the picture of this type of horrible décor. Maybe you are unfortunate to have such a disastrous bathroom, and I feel for you I really do (I take it the house was inherited and you are saving up for a complete re-decoration). Anyway it is not the fear of awful bathroom décor that I am going to be talking about, the fears that I will be discussing are a lot more common place and potentially even more terrifying.

So what are these fears you ask if not slug sneezing baboon sliding décor. Well I first feel I must give a disclaimer that I am not to be held responsible. If you have a flash back of a childhood memory that you have locked away and that you then need to go back to counselling before you can resume a normal day to day life. Don’t send me the bill cos I’m not paying, you have been fully warned.

To start this first stage of the journey off I will start off gently. The first fear is one that may seem trivial and in a sense comedic but to those that have this fear there is nothing funny about this at all.

Hinodiprobia is the name for this fear and it is the fear of soap. I know exactly what your thinking how can anyone be afraid of soap that’s ridiculous, but it’s true some people have a fear of soap and in particular bars of soap. Think about it for a moment, you are at your grandma’s house and you go to visit the toilet. You do your business and then turn to the basin to wash your hands, and there it is in front of you, a bar of soap that looks like it’s been there since time began. The soap has slowly decreased in size after dinosaurs and cavemen have used it, but its still there all wrinkly and cracked with strange discolouration on it.

Soap is good for you there is no doubting that it kills off germs which can potentially give you an upset stomach especially after going to the toilet. But this specific fear, in a sense like all fears is completely irrational and illogical. So why do people have this fear? Well I’m not a psychologist and also I don’t have this fear, so unfortunately I can only relay that this is a genuine bathroom fear, but I can’t elaborate.

Ok, moving swiftly on in our journey to a fear which everyone will instantly recognise and know. You may even have a sixth sense and know that I am going to mention the word Spiders or to give it the correct fear name Arachnophobia.

Spiders love bathrooms, they can’t get enough of crawling around down behind the back of the toilet. Then climbing up into the corner ceiling making some web based artwork followed by sliding and scampering about the bath. I bet if spiders could talk they would say that a bathroom is like a massive playground with roundabouts and slides galore, I guess that’s why they always hang out there.

Although the spiders are having fun it can not be said the same about people who suffer from Arachnophobia. Upon seeing a spider people who suffer with this fear usually do one of two things. They either stand as still as possible silently praying to themselves that the spider will go away, or they run about screaming like a little girl. I have personally witnessed both of these outcomes in particular I recall a big strong man being reduced to a quivering mess and running as fast as he can on seeing a spider. Again with the soap scenario I can not comment on why people have this fear, as again it is quite irrational seeing as the average size of a spider (in the UK) is barely bigger then a child’s thumbnail.

We now move on to the final most terrifying of all bathroom fears and one which is more bone chilling then mutating a soap and spider together to create a Spioap. The fear is so unbelievable scary that it is essentially an amalgamation of several phobias put together. The technical names for the phobias are Agoraphobia, Parcopresis and Paruresis, but in simple laymen terms it is the fear of going to the toilet in a strange place.

If you burst out laughing just after reading that last line then shame on you, the fear of going to the toilet is common place, and I will proudly say that I suffer from this. Although I do not suffer from this phobia to a severe degree just more in an uncomfortable sort of way rather then in a scared and frightened way. Basically I don’t like to go unless I’m in my own environment or at least an environment that I have become accustom to and are relaxed in. This may seem like too much information, but seeing as I’ve grown close to everyone over the last few paragraphs I feel I can let you know that I find it hard to de-clench when not in relaxed surrounding. I’m sure many other people suffer from this and maybe you’re there at home, work, school or where ever you are and you’re punching your hand in the air with sheer joy at the fact that you’re not the only one. Well I can tell you that you’re definitely not the only one. Below is a quote from a BBC article from November 2006.

A campaign is being launched to raise awareness of the crippling impact of toilet phobia.

The National Phobic Society estimates at least four million Britons are affected-but the true number could be many more.”

Now that article was written in 2006 that was 6 years ago so potentially there could be even more phobia sufferers. There are lots of reasons why people suffer from toilet phobia and as I said I am not a psychology expert nor am I an extreme sufferer. Everyone is unique and individual everyone has their own reasons why they have this phobia. It’s the same with all phobia’s no one knows why they have a particular phobia just they do.

To finish off this journey from our deepest darkest fears, I’m going to lead you to the light at the end of the tunnel. So what is this light at the end of the tunnel I hear you mutter to yourself, well here is my Jerry Springer words of wisdom.

We are all unique and wonderful individuals all with our own quirky fears and phobias mostly with no apparent reason for why. But the good thing is that although we maybe scared of spiders, soaps or de-clenching in public places you can be sure that there’s even more stranger phobia’s out there and that everyone has a phobia. So take care of yourselves and each other.  

Hope you enjoyed this blog and please do comment below if you have any unique phobia’s I’d love to hear about them. Also check out our Friday fun poll as it will be all about phobias. Thanks for reading as always.

PS if you want more information on phobias then check these sites out.

http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/about-anxiety/anxiety-disorders/toilet-phobia/

http://www.socialphobiaworld.com/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6128738.stm