The Anonymous Widower

A Bathroom For Flirts?

I took these two pictures in the Silken Gran Dominie hotel.

C would have loved this, it gives endless opportunities for discrete displays of flesh to your partner.

She could be an exuberant flirt at times.

I remember one incident, where in a hotel in Berlin with a two-star Michelin restaurant, she’d secretly put the full set of underwear with stockings on for our mutual enjoyment. She was demure to everyone in a silk suit and I knew nothing of any surprise, until she returned from the loo, felt for my hand under the table and put a small scrap of fabric into my grasp.

The small scrap of fabric was her knickers.

She was then unduly slow with the rest of the meal!

December 9, 2013 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Shower Room Was Designed By An Idiot

If I’m being charitable, to call Jerry an idiot is probably best, but sometimes I feel he was almost a sadist.

I said how if you have a shower, a lot of the water outside the shower area, gets thoroughly wet and if you use the toilet in the morning, you need to put shoes on, as if you’re in socks, they just soak up the water.

But the shower isn’t fit for purpose. I find it impossible to stand in the shower and wash underneath my arms unless I use a flannel, which I don’t have to do in all of the other showers I’ve used over the last few years. And guess what? There’s no place to put a flannel, so it inevitably falls on the floor. I don’t have trouble picking it up, but the tiles he used are very slippery when wet and one day, they’ll claim a victim. I just hope it’s not me.

The shower too, doesn’t know how to mix the water, so depending on where you stand, you either get hot or cold water, but rarely something in between.

The sooner the builders finish the bathroom downstairs the better.  As then they can fix the two shower rooms.

I’m looking forward to 2015!

August 21, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

A Good Hotel, But!

I stayed in the Stureplan Hotel in Stockholm.

Hotel Stureplan, Stockholm

Hotel Stureplan, Stockholm

It was a good hotel, for what I paid, and I couldn’t complain about the position, staff or the food, where I even got gluten-free bread for breakfast.

But it had various faults that annoyed me.

The first and one of the most serious was the intermittent wi-fi.  I couldn’t get it in my bedroom unless I connected first in the lobby that was on the way to the lift. Security on wei-fi doesn’t bother me, but this can’t be the most secure, if you have to use your device in the open.

I think the hotel had had a makeover from a designer.  Look at this picture of the shampoo and shower gel.

Shampoo And Shower Gel

Shampoo And Shower Gel

The only way to tell is to read the small writing on the back, which for me, means glasses.  But as I don’t shower in my glasses, I couldn’t tell which was which, when I needed them. Anbd trhen there was the shower controls.

Unfathomable Shower Controls

Unfathomable Shower Controls

it worked well, but which side was the water control and which was the temperature. The only way I worked it out, was by experiment, after giving it a good once over with my glasses. I still haven’t found a hotel shower as good as the digital Aqualiser Quartz, I had in Suffolk.

I think partly, my problem may well be my left hand, which doesn’t work that well and also because I need my glasses to decipher things like this. Surely, all controls should be obvious to someone who is virtually blind!

I wasn’t struck with the shower door, as water leaked underneath and made the floor slippery.

A Useless Shower Door

A Useless Shower Door

My balance is good for someone, who had a bad stroke, but I know quite a few people, who would have found the floor dangerous.

But it was the little touches that I didn’t like. The hotel seemed to have quite a few steps like this.

A Tricky Step

A Tricky Step

If my house can be designed with totally flat floors, surely a good hotel can. Luckily, I didn’t trip up badly.

I also didn’t like the tissues.

A Silly Box Of Tissues

A Silly Box Of Tissues

With my rhinitis, it was just one good blow and they were in the bin. Not very green!

June 17, 2013 Posted by | Food, Transport/Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The British Win The Bathroom Race

According to The times this morning, the British are fasted in the bathroom in the morning.

The figures quoted are.

Britain – 19 min. 42 sec.

France – 27 min. 11 sec.

Italians – 27 min. 33 sec.

Germans – 27 min 35 sec.

Obviously women were slower than men.

March 13, 2013 Posted by | World | | 3 Comments

The Self-Filling Bath

I am refitting my bathroom in the next few weeks, as the current bath is one of Gerry’s El Cheapo specials, which is actually dangerous to get in and out of.  It also has taps that work on a hot-one way, cold the other basis.  There’s a video here.

I’m fitting a whirlpool bath and whilst talking to the saleslady, I thought it would be nice to have an self-filling option. I was told she’d never seen one.  On the other hand you can get taps that set the temperature.

I searched the Internet and haven’t found a system.

I wonder why not!  It’s a dream for a farmer, a builder or someone who works outside in the cold, wet and filth. Imagine you’re just coming to the end of a hard working day and are walking home or just about to get in your vehicle to drive there.  You bring up an app on your smart phone or send a text from your Nokia 6310i to tell the bath to  get itself ready in fifteen minutes say. It then fills itself to your required level and temperature, a couple of minutes before you get home.

The logic for the self filling bath is overwhelming.  Even in my situation here, I would love to be able to set it off and then perhaps finish a post on my blog or a bit of cooking, whilst it was filling.  After all,most of us just hang around in the bathroom, whilst waiting for the water to get to the required level and temperature.

It’s not that the technology is at all difficult. In my view, you wouldn’t actually measure the depth of water directly, but probably by weighing the bath with a simple load cell.

It’s just straightforward automation, that’s been around for years.

What I can’t understand, is why it is not commonplace? But then there are other simple pieces of automation that aren’t either.

October 12, 2012 Posted by | Computing, World | , , , | 3 Comments

Toilet with a Built-In Washbasin

Something like this was shown on the BBC this morning.  They were saying it is a good idea for saving water, as you use the hand-washing water to refill the cistern.

It is!  But!

I would say that it is much more important as a space-saving device.  After all, how many toilets don’t really have the space for a basin.  It must also be a lot easier to fit, as you only need to plumb in one piece of sanitary ware.

Here’s a link to one of these devices from an Australian company.

December 14, 2009 Posted by | World | | Leave a comment