"SAINSBURY's NINE ELMS" - BUSTED TOILETS UP-DATE.
One of last week's extremely disatisfied "caught short"
females today opined that maybe this blog (>here
<) had a beneficial effect on the ongoing problem. Since Thursday SAINBSURY's
appears to have removed its digit
and both the WOMEN's
loos are now repaired. The outstanding issue is whether even so they are adequate - they aren't. There should be 6 women's closets not just 2.
Of course there is still the outstanding management somewhat abusive mis-decription of local folk as "RIFF RAFF".
AT LAST "LAMBETH LIFE" LOO NEWS WORLD EXCLUSIVE.
to for DAVID KELLY's
ghost and covert WMD
Beam me up scottie - fantastic! David Kelly
eat your heart out. Brixton town centre 24/7 clubbers your "caught short" toilet hassles are over. People have started queuing along the embankment already. In the end it must have been on the cards that "LAMBETH Life"
would come up with the goods. Lambeth Council Leader "Steve Peed"
must have worked damned hard to land this LL
pop-up-mackerel. Maybe they swapped vanloads of "F" words.
Of course this foul-mouthed war-lord-Mackerel
has been configured on this blog before (>here
<). The good folk of Brixton musta been really busting a gut for this news - it's a bit like an approaching wintertime LAMBETH LIfe Glastonbury.
All we need now is Paul Boateng's missus to "take control" and make sure everyone gets their mental health three pence worth.
"ALL IN THE WMD" - what an amazingly original tag line too. Seriously tho' it is a really big mental health problem when you wanna make war and a million or four folk are dead set against it and you have to find truly devious means to get the roadshow on board. It really is a mental health problem. Maybe its best dealt with at a venue in the Hague. Thank you thank you thank you Steve Peed. This blog has equated Peed with an electronic pop-up pissoir. How wrong we were. Christmas has sure come early this year - perhaps not in certain far away places but here in Lambeth oh yes!! Maybe sweet ef'fin n blindin Alastair will also share his wisdom on the mysterious COMMUNITY TOILET SCHEME? No perhaps not - a bit too fly-by-night even for him.
Wonder who Campbell's "LAMBETH Life" interviewer was - don't think it was DUBYA. A secretive sort anyway. Don't think it was Kate Hoey. The funny thing about the LL blurb is that Alastair reckons he was sane again during his Downing Street days. Beat that for bare faced stand-up. The reference to Jeffrey Archer also had a stand-up quality about it.
NEW LOO's GOOD NOOS - LABOUR's VAL SHAWCROSS "REMOVES DIGIT".
and read VAL SHAWCROSS's "Noo Streatham Loo" Noos.----Val Shawcross (Labour London Assembly member
for Lambeth & Southwark)
has removed her digit. In her winter newsletter
she windows her page 3 noos concerning the new public toilet opened at Streatham Common Station.
The venture was financed by SOUTHERN RAILWAYS
whom she had lobbied for a noo loo provision for local commuters.----Shawcross's
noosletter also shows her sat at STOCKWELL's
well known LONDON UNDERGROUND STATION
for a pen-in-hand
photoshoot. A rumour doing the rounds is that she was in the process of writing to STOCKWELL's 3 Ward Councillors
(so-called) Bowyer, Akhtar
imploring them to follow suit and get their digits out too. Fat chance. "FLUSHED WITH DISTRESS" eh!! -----
Tomorrow - Prince Charles - one loo not yet closed down at 60 years!!
"WE NEED MORE LOOS" - SAYS JOAN BAKEWELL's "UP FRONT" MANIFESTO.
The Bakewell manifesto: 'We need more loos' ------------------------------------'We need more loos, and I'm not shy about it,' says Joan Bakewell, the new official Voice of the Elderly.----Michael McCarthy
reportsThe Independent. Monday, 10 November 2008
Dame Joan Bakewell wants to address 'everyday difficulties'-----
They're the niggles you don't notice ... unless you're old. The irritations that don't bother you ... unless you're old. The nuisances that aren't a problem ... unless you're old.-----
But now one of Britain's best-known broadcasters is going to start pointing them out to the rest of us in her new role as the Government's official Voice of Older People.-----
Dame Joan Bakewell, the Sixties TV presenter who is still a prolific writer at the age of 75, said yesterday she wanted to make younger people take note of how their elders encounter the world – even in little ways. "I spend my life now noticing the problems of being old, which young people simply do not see," she said. "Some of them are matters of life and death, some of them are tiny things, but even the tiny things can become real problems."-----
Dame Joan has been appointed by the minister for Women, Harriet Harman, to act as an "independent and informed advocate" on issues that affect older people's lives. Her official role will include raising the profile of age equality issues and encouraging public debate around legislation dealing with age discrimination – but she made clear that she would speak out just as much about the business of everyday life and how difficult it can be.-----
Giving examples from loos to lifts (or the lack of both) and from opening parcels to getting served in restaurants, she said she wanted younger people to take them on board, because one day they would be their problems, too. "One of my tiny irritations," she said, "is that when you're on a plane, the cabin staff are not allowed to lift your luggage into the overhead rack, because of health and safety regulations. So old people have to call on other passengers to help them. Can we have a solution to this problem? Can someone notice it's a problem?"-----
Similarly, she said, dragging a wheeled suitcase could be very difficult, especially in stations on the London Underground where there are few lifts. "The world is going to have to have more lifts," she said.-----
Modern packaging, she said, was now so robust that it was often hard to open. Dining alone in restaurants was also difficult, not least in catching the waiter's eye. "Take a book, because it's going to be a long wait," she said.-----
She will even be raising awkward subjects such as the provision of public lavatories. "Nobody dares say it, but I don't mind saying it. Old people need to go to the loo more often. A lot of rather fastidious older people want to stay correct and might be worried about that kind of thing. It's a terrible thing to have to worry about."-----
Famously dubbed "The thinking man's crumpet" when she presented Late Night Line Up in the 1960s in notably short skirts, Dame Joan also enjoyed a long and secret liaison with the playwright Harold Pinter. Next year, her first novel, All the Nice Girls, is being published by Virago. She describes it as "quite a romance".-----
Minor irritants: Time for action-----
*Trailing a wheeled suitcase around on a trip, which is all very well until you come to somewhere like a London Underground station where there are no lifts. Getting it up the various flights of stairs can be a real problem if you're elderly. Bakewell verdict: The world needs more lifts.-----
*Hoisting your luggage into the overhead compartment in an aircraft. The cabin staff, believe it or not, are not allowed to help you in case they injure themselves.
Bakewell verdict: When will someone notice this problem?-----
*Trying to open packages that are too robustly packaged. "Sometimes you have to hack your way in with a carving knife," says Dame Joan.-----
Bakewell verdict: Packaging should be redesigned with older people in mind.
* Trying to attract the attention of the waiter in a restaurant if you're dining alone. One thing if you're 35, quite another if you're 75.-----
Bakewell verdict: take a book, it's going to be a long wait.-----
*Finding a public loo when you need one. Increasingly difficult as some are being closed. Very important for the elderly. Semi-taboo, but not for Dame Joan.-----
Bakewell verdict: provide more loos.-----
11 CommentsThank you very much Joan Bakewell. Here at STOCKWELL TOILET WATCH we have been flogging away at the problem 24/7 for years to pretty well deaf ears. Ditto the pro rata urgent need for greater public toilet provision for women - all we get (or rather eventually may get) are pop-up pissoirs for about 10 hours a week for men. Yesterday at our very large (Nine Elms) local SAINSBURY's just one single WC cubicle for women users - absolutely disgraceful. We are in the process of taking the matter up with Sainsbury's.
Posted by Ian Cameron 10.11.08.
--- All my admiration for Dame Joan Bakewell! Don't give up! Go on with your fight! We are behind you. -----
Posted by Jacqueline Knops 10.11.08.-----
Also the ubiquitous background jingles and drum machine going on in the background during radio news and travel reports. Older people are less able to pick out the words from the background sounds. And we process speech slightly more slowly, so when the travel or weather presenter speaks fast to try and fit into the time slot, sometimes we miss stuff. ----
Posted by Inge Jones 10.11.08.-----
Here and in Europe definitely. On a recent trip to Europe, as soon as the coaches stop the women's queues form up like a Russian bread line from Belgium to Bonn. The quys were actually escorting women in and out of the gents to avoid unnecessary flooding! ---
Posted by Aslan 10.11.08.-----
I'm only in my 20s and I already agree with there needing to be more loos! But good on Joan for bringing the older generation's needs to the fore for one! :) -----
Posted by Phaedra Isabella 10.11.08.-----
I'm getting older every day. You are too. Let's give some thought to what this old lady has to say. Then let's get our elected representatives to do what she tells them to. Let's go, now, before it's too late (and I'm truly OLD)! :-) Pattern-chaser "Who cares, wins"----
Posted by Pattern-chaser 10.11.08.-----
The elderly are frequently accused of being 'grumpy' and there are even TV series based around this premise. Perhaps if these issues are addressed they might have less reason to be so grumpy. ---
Posted by Bill Samson 10.11.08.-----
I wish there was something to be done for the elderley who are renting privately. If something goes wrong in the house, we cannot call on the council for help and many people are just not able to pay for the handyman or the plumber or whatever to put things right. Also, I have always done my own decorating and have enjoyed it but sadly I am no longer able to wield a paint brush. I think it important to have clean and happy surroundings. Isn't there some way of getting young people interested in helping with these simple things. ---
Posted by aline 10.11.08.-----
I was visiting the city of Munich recently - a city that promotes its beers, the results of which may not only affect the elderly. On the other hand, most underground stations seem to have public toilets that are open until late in the evening. In London, the few that exist tend to be closed early. ----
Posted by Hugh Kennedy 10.11.08.-----
How would Joan Bakewell feel if her daughter told her she was a prostitute? Bakewell's "legalise brothels" idea is thinly-veiled anti-feminism ---
Posted by Kerry Sanders 10.11.08.
SAINSBURY'S NINE ELMS - "RIFF RAFF" EXCUSES.
If you're not
"caught short" CLICK
on image to enjoy SCENIC SAINSBURY's.
If you ARE caught short and female you are well and truly lumbered because SAINSBURY'S NINE ELMS although with pretty extensive floor space and shopping areas is almost a write-off so far as women's toilet provision is concerned - just one WC cubicle.
Sunday is a very busy day and women are having to queue for very long periods -today a store Manager was summoned because of the extreme distress this lack of women's toilet provision was causing. In addition to just one single toilet cubicle the store's DISABLED TOILET was also NOT functioning - that provision has been barred now for at least a week - imagine SAINSBURY's leaving one of its shopping isles "off limits" for such a period - pretty unlikely - they'd sort it.
So over to JOHN CADLE the store manager in question - ah well (using Mr Cadle's own terminology) its all down to the "local riff raff" - especially on Sunday's - apparently there is a better class of Sainsbury clientele on other days. Of course this doesn't quite explain the week long DISABLED TOILET cop out. Apparently in its origins that was also a Riff Raff kick-back.
Of course (unmentioned by Mr Cadle) of a Sunday the store doesn't actually open until mid-day so until noon there aren't any "RIFF RAFF" vandals "on scene" at Sainsbury's.
This BLOG over and over has stressed that pro-rata women need MORE public toilet provision than men - altho' there appear to be deaf ears a-plenty which totally fail to take on board this urgent need. Sainsbury's quite apart from its abysmal RIFF RAFF "excuses" is a DEAF EAR STORE too.