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Toilet Trauma For Trapped Teacher ::

Reported by Tristan Ingram on December 14, 2007

A retired English teacher survived being locked in a toilet in Aberdeen for four days last week after the door handle jammed, preventing him from escaping.

David Leggat, 55, popped into the loo at the virtually deserted Kittybrewster and Woodside Bowling Club last Monday afternoon and told reporters he drew on survival training skills to warm his feet in a basin, when no-one else came to the club until Thursday.

"I had nothing with me to eat so I sipped cold tap water to keep me going,” he told the Aberdeen Evening Express. “

"At least there was a toilet to use,” the unmarried bowler added, “The only thing I regret is not getting trapped behind the bar."

Ironically, toilets featured in a top ten list of Britain’s most ludicrous laws recently in a poll conducted by satellite channel UKTV Gold, who reported ‘If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requires the use of your toilet, you are required to let them enter’ though in Mr Leggat’s case he was eventually released by the club secretary and a cleaner with a screw-driver.

Toilets also played a significant role in the life of Liverpool house star Yousef who told Skrufff a couple of years ago he’d developed a fear of heights following a childhood incident.

“I have dreams about doing parachute jumps in which I go up but I don't actually jump,” Yousef told Skrufff in 2004.

“I think it goes back to when I was a kid I used to have this recurring dream where I used to fall out of a first floor window into the street. Because there was one time I was locked out and tried to climb up the drain pipe to get through the toilet window and got stuck so maybe that stayed with me,” he suggested.

Conversely, Chris Lowe from the Pet Shop Boys told Skrufff last year he’d regarded toilets as a sanctuary when his band first found fame in the mid 80s with their debut (and eventually number one) single West End Girls.

“When the original West End Girls came out on import, I was a student at Liverpool University. I’d go to a club in Liverpool sometimes and it would come on, and I’d be really embarrassed in case anyone thought it was me,” said Chris.

“I’d run into the toilet as soon as it came on, even though no-one actually knew it was me,” he laughed.

Underwater- mixed by Yousef, is out now on Underwater Records.

Down the Toilet Links: (Glow in the dark toilet seats, no more spray) (A regular toilet has a terribly small seat. This creates very uncomfortable pressure points, consequently producing numbness in the legs and thighs from lack of proper blood flow. Our toilet seats have 150% more contact surface area . . .') ('Whiff is not a joke. It is a legitimate and effective nutritional supplement that dramatically reduces or even eliminates the smell of poop itself . . .)

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