This photo makes me want to shout Garde-loo !


Hi Folks,


The photograph sent to me in an email appealed to my weird sense of humour and also reminded me of a shout which was used a lot by us as children when we skidded down the hills and valleys of the fields at the rear of our childhood home . The 'yell' was as stated ..... GARDE-LOOOO !! It was shouted as we let fly down the hill of snow and ice... This was a term used apparently certuries ago too as explained in the following info - found thanks to the world wide web.......

Modern toilet invented by watchmaker

It is often incorrectly quoted that the toilet was invented by a Mr Thomas Crapper in the 18th century. Actually, simple toilets have been used since Babylonian times. In 1596, John Harrington invented an indoor water closet for Queen Elizabeth I. But Harrington then published a book with tasteless puns about his own invention. The toilet then dropped into obscurity for nearly 200 years. In 1775, London watchmaker Alexander Cummings patented the forerunner of today's toilet. the standard flush toilet.

There was a Mr Crapper around at the time - he happened to be a successful plumber, appropriately.

The British word for toilet, "loo", derives from the French "garde a l'eau!" In medieval Europe people had little conception of hygene and threw the contents of their chamber pots out the window into the street below. In France the practice was preceded by "garde a l'eau!" ("watch out for the water!"). In England, this phrase was Anglicised, first to "gardy-loo!", then just "loo", and eventually came to mean the toilet/lavatory itself. The American word for toilet, "john", is called after the John Harington mentioned above.

In 1913, the Russian airline became the first to feature a toilet on board. The movie Psycho is said to be the first film to show a toilet being flushed. Toilet paper is thought to have been introduced in China at around 850, long before the advent of the toilet as we know it.

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This has nothing to do with a Loo as such - I just thought it very funny and very typical of a Scottish joke ...... Enjoy !

Sister Senga and Sister Helen, are travelling from Scotland through Europe in their car. They get to Transylvania and are stopped at a traffic light. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a tiny little Dracula jumps onto the hood of the car and hisses through the windshield ...
"Aw naw!" shouts Sister Senga. "Whit are we gonnae dae?""Turn the windae wipers oan. That will get rid of the abomination" says Sister Helen. Sister Senga switches them on, knocking Dracula about, but he clings on and continues hissing at the nuns. "Whit ahm a' gonnae dae noo?" she shouts. "Switch on the windae washirs.... I filled it up with Holy Water at the Vatican !" says Sister Helen. Sister Senga turns on the windae washirs. Dracula screams as the water burns his skin, but he clings on and continues hissing at the nuns. "It did'nae wurk, whit'll a dae?" shouts Sister Senga."Show him your cross!" says Sister Helen. "Aye, that's whit tae dae." says Sister Senga. She opens the window and shouts.......
"Get tae Hell aff the bleedin' car ya wee vampire beggar" ...



Cheers from the land of the Tartan, Love Kate xxx.