Thursday, March 20, 2008

If You Go, Remember to Go Before You Go

The wholesale killing of cats and dogs, the extreme crackdown by the Communist Chinese government on Tibetan nationalists and Buddhist monks that has killed some 80 Tibetans would be enough for most people to boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

If not, maybe this will dissuade the hard hearted. Most toilets in China are of the squat over a hole in the floor style. Only after objections by Western and western minded athletes and journalists (even journalist have some standards) has China seen fit to install sit-down toilets in the 31 Olympic venues. "We will change the toilets in as many as we can, especially those for the key clients, athletes, Olympic family members and the media," said Yao Hui, a senior official responsible for the management of Olympic venues.

Beijing has 5,200 public toilets of the squat over a hole in the floor variety; that's 1,200 more than the 4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire. Should you find yourself at a 2008 Beijing Olympic Games venue heeding the call of the wild, Banterist, Brian Sack, provides suitable instructions. Print out the instructions as you may need the paper.



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7 comments:

Gayle said...

I wouldn't attend the Olympics if someone for my plane fare their and back, Indigo! Neither do I intend to watch it on tv. I will not engage in being a part of this stupidity in any way.

I saw on the news that the Olympics are going to be held during their monsoon season, but that the Chinese believe they can keep it from raining. BWAAHAAAHAAHAAA! I hope the entire thing is flooded out! I will only feel bad for the athletes, but they can always compete another time and place.

Gayle said...

Sorry. Of course I meant to say "if someone 'paid' for my plane fair..."

Mike H. said...

been there, done that.

Mike H. said...

BTW, no worse than a straddle trench.

Indigo Red said...

Me too, Mike. In Turkey and Spain. Although Turkey was better for Westerners, Spain was downright primitive. But, that was 30 yeras ago. I would think Spain has caught up with the rest of Europe.

Mike H. said...

You have to leave some of that stuff as it is. Atmosphere for the tourists. Heh

Indigo Red said...

I would prefer my atmosphere to be clean and smelling of fresh meadows sans muffins, thank you very much.