Latest news & views on loos & no. 2s from ‘The Daily Poo!’ + The Best Toilet Stools for Posture, Health & Wellbeing.

If you missed last weeks article, there are some great ideas for Valentines Day so do check back. Meanwhile, let’s catch up on all of the latest news from around the globe in a poo packed post. Starting with the relationship between coronavirus and as Science Alert suggests it could also be spread through poop, so we wanted to flag this up… https://www.sciencealert.com/latest-coronavirus-study-suggests-it-can-also-be-spread-through-poop and other news, ‘A run on toilet paper represents a quantum leap in the anxiety-buying department. Especially in Hong Kong, a city where the main problem with toilet paper is, arguably, that there’s too much of it. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/08/opinion/coronavirus-hong-kong.html Channel News Asia also explains, that there’s no need to panic about lack of toilet paper: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/novel-coronavirus-lawrence-wong-explains-why-there-is-no-need-to-12416408

As education about poop gains momentum in being taught and talked about at schools, many articles are now appearing about ‘poop education’ both human and for the animal kingdom. We’ve written three books on the subject (awaiting publication) one of which is our ‘All Animals Poo and We Do Too‘ which features a fun section entitled, ‘Match the Faeces to the Faces’… To give you a heads up on what to look for here’s the WWF’s ‘know your animal poo‘ article: https://www.wwf.org.uk/learn/know-your-animal-poo It’s important to engage children early on, ordinarily around potty time 3yrs as it breaks down fears, helps them understand and be aware of what’s healthy and what’s not, and it can be a lot of fun too, for both parents and their children. There’s an interesting article for new parents to read too, that’s worth being aware of about encopresis: https://parentology.com/encopresis-could-your-child-be-suffering-from-this-little-known-diagnosis/

A recurring theme we get in ‘The Daily Poo!‘ is about ‘Sit vs Squat‘ and the number of stand alone products (or should that be sit alone products:)) being offered to achieve the same result continues to grow in both popularity, and proof of concept. The ‘Toilet Stool‘ started with the ‘SquattyPotty TM’ and now there are a number of newcomers and awareness is growing of the benefits from lifting your legs to straighten your colon – i.e. mimicking a squat – which we were all designed to do and have done since the beginning of time.

However, we have patents pending to make going to the loo a lot easier with an aesthetic design to fit practically every bathroom and do away with the need to have an unsightly stool lurking in the bathroom, and that can be applied to hospitals, offices, public toilets, schools and anywhere that has a floor or wall mounted toilet – we believe there’s enough of a movement (ahem) to drive the need to make this option a standard for all toilet manufacturers to offer – for the health and care of their customers. To discuss our patents and a potential license do contact us at ‘The Daily Poo!

Meanwhile, let’s look at two articles to help you go, the first ‘How to Sh*t Sit!’ by Doug Powell: https://www.barfblog.com/2020/02/today-in-national-poop-day-how-to-sit-a-guide/ and the second, as mentioned above, ‘Toilet stools are the hottest new bathroom accessory ever since the release of the Squatty Potty. But more stools with improved features have jumped onto the scene since including the TURBO™ Bathroom Toilet Stool… Here are a few more of the leading toilet stools:

  1. Squatty Potty Toilet Stool
  2. Squatty Potty The Original Adjustable Height Bathroom Toilet Stool- Tao Bamboo
  3. The TUSHY Ottoman
  4. Squat ‘n’ Go Adjustable Bamboo Luxury Squatting Toilet
  5.  Relaxx Toilet Stool
  6.  EasyGoPro Toilet Stool
  7.  Morning Smile Toilet Stool
  8.  Squat and Go white Toilet Stool
  9. Step and Go Toilet Stool
  10. StrongTek Squatty Toilet Stool

Finally, let’s finish up with a couple of humorous articles and features to brighten your week:

  1. There’s a new comedy coming to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, ‘The Origin of the Faeces‘ which already has us laughing with the title alone!
  2. Dodge the Poop‘ would be sound advice for anyone… so here’s a new game for all the family that involves doing just that!
  3. Seems like poop is getting everywhere, in the Eurovision National Final in Czech Republic guess what the name of the band is that’s one of the leading frontrunners? https://escxtra.com/2020/02/02/czech-republic-eurovision-prediction/We all Poop!’

Next week in ‘The Daily Poo!’ as bidets and bidet attachments gain in popularity, we’ll take a look at wash vs wipe and catch up on all the latest news and views on poos and no. 2s – have a great week!

The Latest News & Views on Loos & no. 2s from ‘The Daily Poo!’ + Valentines Day Gifts.

The TUSHY Ottoman | photo copyright TUSHY LLC

Welcome to this week’s edition of ‘The Daily Poo!‘ where we look at what’s going on in the world of loos & no. 2s, health issues, Valentine Gifts, challenges around the world, inventions, fascinating facts and quite a lot of silliness too. Let’s start with the perfect Valentine gift, as Feb 14th is fast approaching. There’s a company called ‘TUSHY‘ who have managed, amongst other things, to make a posh version of the ‘squattypottyTM’ and, although we have patents pending out there for an alternative – the TUSHY Ottoman may just be the most beautiful option for straightening your colons, or that of the one(s) you love… Added to which, their core product is, as their name suggests, an attachable bidet to wash your tush. Plus they have more eco-friendly and beautifully designed products in their range too, take a look at the website and discover them all! Another great gift idea is that amazing Poo-Pourri tried and tested by us here at ‘The Daily Poo!‘ for the home, small enough to carry around and it really works. Another of our favourites is the ‘Who Gives a Crap‘ toilet paper range, and ‘Aesop Post-Poo Drops.’ If you love someone then surely you must give a crap and all of the above could just show your true affections.

Meanwhile back to the news and views:

  1. Whilst we’re on the subject of ablutions – which we are every week 🙂 Men’sHealth explain why taking a poo is good for your mental health!
  2. Can’t do what you need to do in a public toilet? You’re not alone… Today looks at shy bowel and shy bladder.
  3. Where does all our poop go?… take NYC for example as Live Science explains…
  4. Let’s almost seamlessly transition from poop to coffee. Curious? Well this new coffee shop puts the crap into crappuccino. Fancy some Jacu Poo Brew?
  5. Ever wondered why husbands take so long to poop? Ashley Jones of Romper has ‘Experts Explain What They *Might* Be Doing.’

A few other fascinating articles, stay on track with our guide to the history of the toilet, how they work and more abstract news such as why talking about cow poop has become an art form… here they are:

  1. A great article on, ‘What the Earliest Toilets Say About How Human Civilisation Has Evolved.’ Latrines have been around for thousands of years. Though they haven’t exactly always been sanitary. Discover by Bridget Alex.
  2. At a certain time in the not too distant past, in Australia they had ‘dunnycarts‘ to take away poop, and in places like Norfolk in the UK, it was ‘honeycarts‘ as Keith Skipper explains for the Eastern Daily Press, ‘It was like the Deliveroo of its day, only in reverse. The takeway convenience of the honeycart.’
  3. From 2019 Chris Woodford runs through a few toilets on ExplainThatStuff, and illustrates how they work. Flush, Macerating, Vacuum & Composting.
  4. As the Science Museum continues its successful ‘It takes Guts‘ a gross, squirm-inducing show about the workings of the human digestive system, Farmers Weekly points out the effect that talking about cow poo has on unruly children. Teachers, catch the full YouTube of ‘It Takes Guts’ here.

That’s it for now. We’ll be back with more of ‘The Daily Poo!‘ next week…

ABC of Opera Productions | Update

ABC of Opera | The Academy of Barmy Composers

  • The grant application has been sent for approval to Arts Council Wales, supported by Welsh National Opera [WNO] for an R&D period for the ABC of Opera stage show.
  • As the summer holidays kick in, we’ve now exceeded our 100+ ABC of Opera workshops and ‘Sing me a Story’ workshops for pre-school and KS1-3.
  • We have been awarded an author grant by the Welsh Books Council and a marketing grant too, via our publishers, Graffeg Ltd.
  • In the next weeks/months after Mark H negotiated a book contract with Graffeg obo Mark Llewelyn Evans, a series of our books will now e written and illustrated as we head towards the end of 2018. ‘The Academy of Barmy Composers’ [working title] is also being scripted for a stage show(s) to tie in with the book releases and should be on track for playing at theatres by late 2019, early 2020.

We’ll keep you posted…

The Costume Store | ABC of Opera

Yesterday, as The Costume Store in Great Dunmow, Essex was having a stock clearance, Mark H headed off to pick up some items for the ABC of Opera Workshops, and to appear from the magical trunk that accompanies the team to each school.

Run by the charming Tony & Ray, it was an Aladdin’s cave of costumes and all sorts – as they have been providing costumes for major shows, operas, Gilbert & Sullivan etc. for many many years. Although all of the kids love dressing up Mark resisted but did get some amazing pieces, many of which, apart from the obvious costumes, are to enlighten and amuse the children at the workshops.

Corsets, long satin gloves, bloomers trimmed with lace, bowler hats [John Blow], bustles, hoops, crowns, fairy wings, and some that show just how heavy the costumes were, all in all quite a day + one stunning piece that had been designed for the original D’Oyly Carte Opera Company – the list was endless and fascinating…  so look out kids, there’s no escape!